Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More about Baby Goodlin # 3

First of all, Thank you so much for all of your kinds thought words about Baby Goodlin #3, what a blessing!  I was brought to tears by your notes....... mostly because I was so nervous people wouldn't be excited for us, for this baby, but so many of you are!  I am due September 23rd.

God is funny sometimes, the way He does things.  I mean we were trying to get pregnant for 6 months and then the moment we stop, boom I am pregnant!  Its like that old wifes myth, as soon as you go to adopt you get pregnant (my Dr. said it's not a myth)

This was a BIG surprise for us.  After Brett and I decided we were going to adopt Norah we thought it would be best to hold off on trying to get pregnant for a while, so we starting preventing.  So much for prevention........... One month after Carrisa passed I knew I was pregnant right away, before I missed my cycle.  I told Brett that I thought I might be pregnant and he laughed and thought it wasn't possible.  The next morning I took a test and it was positive right away!  I called Brett and we just started laughing, we could not believe it!  We were filled with so much joy and excitement!

Life has been hard since Carrisa's passing. I wish I could thoroughly explain to you what it is like being surrounded by death and sadness, it is very heavy and draining. ...... When we found out there was life in side of me it was like God was giving us a reminder of His love and of His promises.  Life is such a weird mix of the mystery of death and the miracle of life, and they always seem to intertwine with each other.

I have been a mess with my emotions.  I have so desperately wanted to be able to tell Carrisa that we are pregnant, because I know she would have been overjoyed for us!  The thing is, she already knows... ..  I have also had complications, which just drove up the emotion factor (everything is fine now).  I have felt like since we are taking on Norah people wouldn't be as excited for us, that they would see us having another baby as too much to handle, or a burden, which is not true.  We would not have picked this timing, we weren't trying to, we know that more time adjusting to two children would have been nice, but we have learned that God's timing is so much better than our own!  God has given us this baby as a gift!  He had a reason and a purpose for doing it now and this baby means so much!

Starting my pregnancy photos.  We had one month photo, and it disappeared. 

2 months
3 months

The girls have been great, patting me on the back when I have been sick to my stomach and telling me it will be ok.  The nausea is pretty much gone now, thankfully.  We are very excited for this crazy change in our lives.  One to three children in just 7 months, with no twins!


  1. I wish you all the best! Sept. is a good time to have a baby, well minus being hugely preggo in the summer. lol My 3rd was due on the 24th & we had him on the 12th. But it's nice for their b-day parties, the weather is usually still nice enough to have outdoor parties!

  2. That happened to my aunt and uncle, they adopted my cousin Gabe and then shortly after got pregnant with there last, a total of six kids :) God know's what he is doing and each and every child is a blessing :) Congrats!

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  4. Jenni, I had a lump in my throat reading your blog. I have been following your blog the last few months and I am BLOWN AWAY by how the Lord is pouring out His kindness and love. It reminds me of that verse in Hosea that talks about how He leads his children with kindness-with ties of love. I am so happy for you guys and pray He pours out his grace on your family during all these transitions... be assured He is LAVISHLY blessing you with this new life! Blessings, Emily

  5. It was wonderful and amazing news, we are all jumping for joy and cannot wait to give you all big hugs!! Ella eyes popped out of her head, she hopes it's another girl, go figure!! God is amazing, so thrilled with this new BLESSING!!

  6. Wow! Congrats! (and can I have your 3 months preggo belly for my regular belly!?!) :)

  7. I am just speechlessly cocooned in His love along with you for #3. God's timing and ways make one hilarious...knowing it could only be Him. His ways are not our ways. Both of your capacities for immense joy, forbearance in suffering and uninhibited trust show how it all is supposed to be. This window into your lives feeds my soul. Overjoyed for you. Will be praying...hmmm...boy?


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