Early in the morning, on February 25, the stick-of-destiny said "Pregnant." It suddenly became a lot harder to keep our huge secret than I anticipated it would be! We mostly stuck to our guns, but agreed that we would tell our parents and sisters after my first appointment/sono with my doctor. Fast forward to March 20, finally seeing our little bean for the very first time and hearing baby Mims' sweet heartbeat. I was almost 8 weeks along at this point and was dying to share our big news! We made the rounds, calling our parents and sisters on speakerphone and dropping the baby bomb. It was a joyful occasion and I loved having extra people to
It seemed like an eternity getting to that first appointment and telling a tiny handful of people. The 4 weeks following were even longer! We knew that this news was a long time coming, so we had a lot of fun coming up with exciting ways to announce our pregnancy to our two biggest circles - our church congregation and my Labor & Delivery coworkers.
I still don't know how I hid a pregnancy for almost 13 weeks from the rest of the L&D staff, but I'm pretty stinkin proud of myself! I mean, these women are honed in on pregnancy! The plan was to spill the beans at church, and then the next day I worked, I'd share our surprise to my coworkers. I made a fun little announcement card for my coworkers and a pan of cake batter blondes (in shades of pink & blue!). My well-meaning coworkers have been hounding me for years about getting on the babywagon, so the news was met with squeals and tears and laughter. It was priceless!
However awesome telling my coworkers was, telling our church really was a huge highlight! After that 8 week ultrasound, Jordan started announcing to the students that we were having a "Super Secret Special Guest" on April 22. He announced it sunday morning, wednesday night, basically anytime we were around a group of students or adults, we'd make sure they knew to be at church on April 22. We were both a steel trap, and didn't give away a single hint about our Big Guest. We got tons of guesses - TONS of guesses. After hearing some of them, I was honestly worried that our big guest would be a disappointment... I mean, Tim Tebow? Shane & Shane? Francis Chan, Bethany Hamilton, John Piper, Jeremy Lin, Chris Tomlin... We heard lots of big names.
So, to try and live up to the big name hype, we made a fun little video to announce baby Mims. It was met with lots of love and excitement! We heard from so many folks that this baby is a better guest and a bigger surprise than Tim Tebow! It is wonderful to feel such support from our church family.
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