Surprise!
April 10, 2012

After many long months of trying
Our house will be filled with much crying
    Whether girl or a boy
    We are both filled with joy
And here is some proof we’re not lying:

We hit ten weeks yesterday.  Our first appointment with our midwife is next Monday.  We are due at the end of October or early November.  Please keep your fingers crossed!

** Charlotte is two years and eight months old.  I am ten weeks pregnant.


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  1. By on April 10, 2012

    Omg! Congrats Sarah, I wish you the best of luck!

  2. By on April 10, 2012

    I have followed your blog for a long time and rarely comment, but I wanted to come out of lurk-dom and say CONGRATULATIONS! This is so exciting! I know this means so much to you guys, and have been hoping that good things happen for you. I am so happy for you :)

  3. By Elle on April 10, 2012

    Such wonderful news. Congrats!

  4. By Naomi on April 10, 2012

    Yeah! welcome to the wonderful world of two!

  5. By on April 10, 2012

    oh my this is so exciting
    congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. By on April 10, 2012

    Wonderful news!!

  7. By Gracia on April 10, 2012

    Congrats!! When you shared your pregnancy with Aurora I went incognito and wrote you this message:

    ————

    I had to change the name I usually comment here with because of what I’m going to say… I started reading you at the very beginning, when you were pregnant with Charlotte.

    I loved how you wrote about pregnancy, parenthood and your life in general. You made me wish for kids soon, you made me want to walk that path, and you were one of the influences that lead me&hubs;to decide to start trying a full 2 years earlier than planned. When I read about you struggling to get pregnant for the second time, -and this is what I think is amazing about the net- I wished with all my heart you’d get pregnant soon.
    Last month husband and I decided to get off birth control and after 2-3 months to get my cycles to where they should be, start actively trying. Since then, I’ve read every single one of your posts thinking how great it would be to read about a “parallel” pregnancy to mine, etc.

    I still have to wait 2 more months until we try, but I’m so excited thinking that I’ll have twice as many of your posts about pregnancy by the time I get there!!

    You and your family are a real inspiration to many readers, I hope you know that. All the best for this new adventure, I’m sure it’ll be wonderful. :)

    ——-

    Then I read about your loss, and I thought about how unfair it was that you had to say goodbye to two of your children.

    Months later I heard my doctor say the words “hormone levels not able to sustain a pregnancy” and “shouldn’t be able to ovulate on your own”, and I came back here to read and learn from your adoption process. It was not a path we were ready to follow yet, but it was one we definitely wanted to know more about.

    I’ve learnt so much from what you write, and you’ve inspired me a lot all the way. And no, these are not the hormones talking. Although maybe they are. Because you know what? That doctor was wrong! Ha! I’m 16 weeks pregnant and CAN’T WAIT to read all about your pregnancy

  8. By Megan on April 10, 2012

    So excited for you, Sarah!!  Many congrats!!!

  9. By on April 10, 2012

    What wonderful news!!!

  10. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations! I’m thrilled for you and your family!

  11. By Cambria on April 10, 2012

    Fingers crossed and positive vibes being sent your way! Congratulations, mama!!

  12. By Dspence on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations a hundred times over! You are in my prayers.

  13. By on April 10, 2012

    Congrats! This is great news indeed. i am so happy for you. i had Hannah about the same time as you had charlotte and then i lost my second one at about the same time as aurora. We are not exactly seriously trying for another baby and are quite contented to just have 1 child for now.

  14. By on April 10, 2012

    Congrats!! Iv been following for about a month now and I love this blog. I am soooo happy for you!!!! Congrats! Congrats!!

  15. By on April 10, 2012

    I am so happy for your family! Congratulations!

  16. By CrysHouse on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations, Sarah.  I know this has been a much-anticipated positive :)

  17. By Sara Miller on April 10, 2012

    What a pleasant surprise to wake up to this morning!  I am so happy for you - and will most certainly be keeping all fingers and toes crossed…as well as praying for your new little one to grow steadily, strongly and healthfully!

  18. By on April 10, 2012

    Best of luck to your family.

  19. By on April 10, 2012

    Yay! that’s wonderful news!

  20. By on April 10, 2012

    good luck to you and your family and it’s newest member!

  21. By on April 10, 2012

    Yay for you!  I am due the same time actually with my first.  10 weeks today!  :)

  22. By Courtney @ Bundle of Wonder on April 10, 2012

    Oh Sarah!  I’m so happy for you all!  I am literally in tears right now!  I can’t wait to follow you on a second pregnancy journey!

  23. By on April 10, 2012

    Oh Sarah! How is it possible to feel so much joy for someone I don’t know personally? I have my baby girl gurgling next to me and I hope you have yours in your arms in the blink of an eye. Many, many hugs from Texas.

  24. By beyond on April 10, 2012

    congrats! yay! sending good energy…
    (and congrats to gracia and lindsay, too!)

  25. By Alicia S. on April 10, 2012

    Dude! I knew it! I swear, somehow I knew that a post like this was coming soon. Congratulations!!!

  26. By on April 10, 2012

    Best news ever! Congratulations!! So happy for you guys..that little peanut is SO lucky to have kickass parents!

  27. By Sasha on April 10, 2012

    Oh, dear Sarah, I’m sooo happy for you!!!! This made my day! I’ll be praying for you and your new little one. Congratulations, happy and healthy nine months, as they say!

  28. By Haley on April 10, 2012

    So happy to hear this news! It seems especially fitting during Eastertide, the season of new life. So so so excited for your family and sending prayers for yours and baby’s health! Yay!

  29. By on April 10, 2012

    Am now covered in goosebumps!!! I am so very excited for you and your family!!! Xoxo

  30. By Monica on April 10, 2012

    Yippee! I am so happy for you and your family. What a beautiful blessing!

  31. By Theresa on April 10, 2012

    I seriously had a feeling like two days ago that you were pregnant! Congratulations!!!!!! I know that your family is BEYOND excited for this baby! He/She will be so loved! I’m so happy for Charlotte especially!

  32. By elizabeth Mackey on April 10, 2012

    Oh Sarah what joy!!! So happy for your family. Many blessings to you all.

  33. By on April 10, 2012

    Congrats! I wish you the best of luck this time round.

  34. By Sarah Christensen on April 10, 2012

    Theresa and Alicia - I’ve been getting e-mails asking too…because I haven’t been posting as much, people were starting to wonder if I was just too busy vomiting lol =)

    Thank you so much everyone.  Hann, I am so sorry to hear about your loss.  I’m glad to hear that you are happy with one child, though, because that was the hardest point for me to get to.  And Gracia and Lindsay, CONGRATULATIONS on your pregnancies!!  How exciting!

  35. By Amber on April 10, 2012

    SARAH, I MUST TYPE IN CAPSLOCK BECAUSE THIS IS SO EXCITING AND I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D

  36. By Sarah@CrazyLoveGambleStyle on April 10, 2012

    So very, very happy for you and your family!!

  37. By on April 10, 2012

    Many many congratulations and prayers!!!

  38. By Clare on April 10, 2012

    If I had more fingers, I would cross them.  You are an amazing mother.  I read your blog and it gives me strength and encourages me.  I read it before I was a parent and loved it.  But now, it means so much more.  Each child you have is lucky to be touched by you.  This little one will be no different.  I wish you and him/her the best.

  39. By momiss on April 10, 2012

    They are crossed!  CONGRATS!!

  40. By carolina on April 10, 2012

    OMG, CONGRATS SARAH!!!! Many Many Prayers and well wishes. :o) Nobody deserves this as much as you! Be Well, Think Happy, Glorious Thoughts, and I can pretty much vouch that everyone will be wishing, praying, and knowing that the outcome will be a healthy and beautiful baby boy or girl. XOXOX

  41. By on April 10, 2012

    I am a serious lurker on here and have been following you since Charlotte was very little (I have since had my own who is now 15 mos) and it is nice to see something very good come to someone who is very nice. You share a lot of the same principles I do. CONGRATS!!!

  42. By Sabrina on April 10, 2012

    So incredibly happy for you!!!  Brings tears to my eyes!  I know your road to baby #2 has been long….God has truly blessed you for your patience.  Praying for a healthy and “easy” pregnancy!!!

  43. By Catherine on April 10, 2012

    Oh gosh, girlie!  I saw the title in my google reader and KNEW!  I don’t even know you but got all choked up at your sonogram pic thinking of how happy I am for your family.  Congrats, congrats, congrats!

  44. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations! I have been following you since you were pregnant with Charlotte…and I was pregnant with my first as well. My son is 2 weeks younger than Charlotte. I have been hoping you would get pregnant again. I am 17 weeks and now we get to be pregnant together again. My fingers are crossed all goes well with this pregnancy. Hugs!

  45. By Lindsey on April 10, 2012

    Fingers crossed and all my good thoughts and wishes and vibes and everything going to all FOUR of you!!

  46. By Megan on April 10, 2012

    Congrats!!!!! This is exciting, hoping this is a sticky baby. 

    What does this mean for the possible foster children though?

  47. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations, Sarah!!! So happy for you and your family. Best of luck! This is so exciting and wonderful. :)

  48. By Sarah Christensen on April 10, 2012

    Megan - We have to postpone accepting a long-term adoptive placement until this baby turns one.  Our current plan is to finish certification and become a respite home (72 hour placements before the preliminary court hearing after which they are placed with a foster home) during the pregnancy and infancy if we can - and then accept an adoptive placement after the one-year point.  But whether or not we can become a respite home during the pregnancy and infancy depend largely on what our agency is comfortable with and they haven’t given us an answer on that yet so we don’t know yet what path we’ll be on.

    When it comes to accepting an adoptive placement, we have two choices.  When this baby turns one, we can accept a 2.5 year old who will bridge the gap between Charlotte and this baby - or we can wait another 6-12 months and accept an infant.  We’re leaning toward the first, primarily because infants are so much easier to place than toddlers.

  49. By missjoules on April 10, 2012

    Oh Sarah, congratulations to you and your family. I am so happy for you all! Lots of hugs!

  50. By Courtney Fullerton on April 10, 2012

    Tears of joy for you! Oh, the happiest days ahead ...

  51. By Sandra on April 10, 2012

    :-))))

    You know HOW happy I am for you, Sarah…

    Big virtual hug ;-)
    Sandra

  52. By Sarah on April 10, 2012

    so.happy. I am crying at my laptop. As a mother of four, I have been praying for Charlotte to get a sibling, be it through blood or adoption. She is going to be an excellent big sister!!!! You are in my prayers daily. Can’t wait to read all your pregnancy posts, I didn’t start following you until Charlotte was almost one!

  53. By christy on April 10, 2012

    YAYAY!! i am sooooooooooooo happy for you guys! i know how long and hard this road has been.  praying for a smooth sailing pregnancy!

  54. By on April 10, 2012

    Oh my! Yay! Fingers crossed and happy thoughts!

  55. By on April 10, 2012

    OMG! Seriously teary eyed over here! I am SOOOO happy for you guys! Charlotte is going to be an amazing big sister! Congratulations! I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers!

  56. By on April 10, 2012

    What a WONDERFUL surprise Sarah!  I can’t believe how long I’ve been reading your blog for (YEARS), and am so THRILLED for you!!!  I hope & pray baby is healthy and happy come Oct/Nov!

  57. By Megan R. on April 10, 2012

    Beyond words sort of happy for you….seriously over the moon.  Congratulations!!!  Fingers crossed for sure!

  58. By lena on April 10, 2012

    What wonderful news!  I am so happy for you and your family.

  59. By Amanda Brown on April 10, 2012

    Hurrah!!! That is beautiful news, Sarah! Congratulations to your lovely family. :)

  60. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!!  I am so happy for you!  Fingers & toes crossed and lots of happy thoughts & well wishes coming your way!

  61. By on April 10, 2012

    I needed some fantastic news today. What a wonderful blessing. I’m so excited for you, Donald and Charlotte. Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!!!!

  62. By on April 10, 2012

    Overjoyed for you! No better way to celebrate than with a lovely limerick!

  63. By Lauren @ with two cats on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!!! So excited for you and your family and to follow along on your new adventures :)

  64. By on April 10, 2012

    I’m so happy for you!

  65. By Des on April 10, 2012

    Oh, I’m so happy for you and your family. Sending you the best of thoughts!

  66. By tara pollard pakosta on April 10, 2012

    oh sarah, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am sooooooo HAPPY for you!
    tara

  67. By on April 10, 2012

    Awesome, Sarah. Fingers crossed. xo

  68. By on April 10, 2012

    Wow, look at that - what a blessing. Praying for safety for the wee one, and peace for you all.

  69. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations Sarah! I know it seems silly since I don’t know you, but from reading your blog it feels like I do and this has truly made my day. I am so happy for you and your little family, and wish you the best of luck :)

  70. By on April 10, 2012

    Oh Sarah-I got goosebumps as I read this post!!!  I am so happy for you and your family!  Congratulations and wishing you a happy, healthy 9 months!

  71. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

  72. By Dianna on April 10, 2012

    So happy for you four! Can’t wait to read all about it!

  73. By on April 10, 2012

    So happy for you and your family. Congratulations!

  74. By Ashley Austrew on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations, Sarah! I am so, so very happy for you guys! Wishing you all the best!

  75. By Molly @ Little Stories Everywhere on April 10, 2012

    Yay, Yay, Yay!!!!! God is so faithful.

  76. By on April 10, 2012

    I never comment, but I read you every day!

    I love you guys.

    Congrats, I am crossing fingers, toes, and anything else I can cross that it goes smoothly for you.

    Ridiculously happy for you, it has made my day!

  77. By Amy on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations!!  I’m so happy to see that first photo, so excited for your family!

  78. By on April 10, 2012

    I’m so glad this post finally came!

    I am so happy for you, Donald and Charlotte. And I’m excited to be aunty to another amazing child of yours!

    Love you so much!

  79. By on April 10, 2012

    Congratulations! Such great news. Sending good vibes and positive thoughts your way. I am due with my second at the end of September/early October :)

  80. By on April 11, 2012

    Congrats Sarah! That is truely wonderful news. I have been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Charlotte. My first is 22 months old and the second is due Nov 7th!  I often look to your blog for inspiring things to do with my toddler. Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

  81. By gretchen from lifenut on April 11, 2012

    Congrats…due date buddy! I hope the rest of your pregnancy is solidly uneventful, aside from blue clitori.

  82. By on April 11, 2012

    YAY! CONGRATULATIONS! Here’s to hoping for a completely boring uneventful pregnancy for you. :)

    Also: Dear Universe,
    Is it my turn now?!

  83. By Sheila on April 11, 2012

    So happy and hopeful for you!  Hoping so hard all goes well!

    Does Charlotte know yet?  What does she think?

  84. By on April 11, 2012

    Congratulations!

    I’m currently 14 weeks, so it’ll be fun to read your stories alongside what I’ve been experiencing.

  85. By on April 11, 2012

    Sarah, I adore your blog and have been reading since before Charlotte was born, but this is the first time I’ve commented.  My heart is leaping with joy for you and your family, and I am sending loads of positive energy and best wishes your way.  So happy for you!

  86. By Krista on April 11, 2012

    Congratulations to you and your family. Such wonderful news!

  87. By on April 11, 2012

    YAY!YAY!YAY!YAY!!!!

    Congratulations Sarah! It’s been a while since I’ve commented on here, but I’ve been reading every post. This is great news, I am crossing fingers and will be thinking good thoughts until your child is safely in your arms :)

  88. By Courtney on April 11, 2012

    Congratulations!  I’m so excited for you guys! :D

  89. By on April 11, 2012

    Congrats!!! SUPER excited for you and I cant wait to follow along.

  90. By on April 11, 2012

    yay, Yay, YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYY!!!!
    Thrilled for you and for family. Fingers crossed, prayers headed your way. Also looking forward to following along. You are such an inspiring mom!!

  91. By Melissa on April 11, 2012

    Congratulations how wonderful!  Sending good thoughts your way!

  92. By on April 11, 2012

    Congratulations! This couldn’t happen to a more genuine family.

  93. By on April 11, 2012

    Sarah- I remember reading your blog while I was newly pregnant with my daughter (who turns one this month!) and feeling so inspired by you. I must confess that during some particularly rough moments at home I’ve actually asked myself, “what would Sarah do right now?” Although I’ve never commented, I have, at times, considered emailing you to thank you for encouraging me to be a more patient, fun, and present parent. I am genuinely so happy for you, your family, and your new precious addition. Congratulations!

  94. By Drew on April 13, 2012

    Congratulations. I am crossing fingers and praying for you, your family and the little one on the way.

  95. By Heather on April 20, 2012

    Yay! So excited for you!


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