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We're Expecting!

Hey friends! There’s something pretty big going on in my life right now, and for those that know me personally, you know that I’m pregnant! I’m 39 weeks as I write this. The end of my pregnancy is near! :) I am very close to meeting my baby girl, and my husband and I are so very excited.

It all started one day in the middle of August, I took a test around two of my close friends, because I knew that when I did get pregnant I wanted to tell Craig in a special way. When I saw the positive test I didn’t know what to do with myself! We wanted to get pregnant last year, but seeing the positive test made it so real. I wanted to cry and I was jittery, and my friend calmed me down and helped me get the things to surprise my husband. We went to Party City and got some balloons that spelled out “Future Dad.” We rushed to the house and she helped me put it all up before he got home from work. I also texted his friend that he works with to keep him there until I was done. When he did get home, he was overwhelmed with emotion and joy. His reaction was so beautiful and I instantly knew how lucky our child would be to have a dad as special as him. I have the video on my personal Instagram account [mandysparkles] if you would like to see.

Pregnancy has been quite the journey, throughout the last 39 weeks I’ve experienced a lot of the common symptoms. In the first trimester I had nausea, headaches, fatigue and some round ligament pain. In the second trimester, I felt great and my energy was back, however I was really stuffy at night. And now in my third trimester, my nausea came back, I’m always tired, I can’t sleep, I’m swollen, and I have heartburn almost constantly. I also have rib and back pain. But I know it will all be worth it and I cannot wait to meet her.

I became pregnant at 35 years old and I will be giving birth at 36. I am so happy that things worked out this way, because I feel that I am now the best, most mature version of myself. I’ve had so much fun and experienced so much until this point and I am ready to experience the joy of motherhood. They say when a child is born, so is a mother, and I am very excited to go through this life change with my husband. Don’t get me wrong, I know it will be challenging and frustrating at times, but I am looking forward to it. I have so many plans for my baby and starting a family brings me so much joy. She’s taking a while to make her appearance, please keep me in your prayers for a safe and quick delivery. Thank you!

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