The Holidays are among us, and with great excitement and joy for the season, its blessings, and hopes for the future, we tend to reflect on the year past. For me, the year flew by quicker than I ever imagined. In particular, one year ago was the onset for planning to grow the Lanier family. My husband and I sat down and had ‘the talk’, I began researching ways to prepare, and my planner became my new best friend for counting down the days until we would start to try. Throughout the year, life threw us curveballs and we adjusted our plans based on life events; however, as the curveballs became more frequent, we decided to stay the path and put all the details in God’s hands.
Let me tell you…God provided! In August (first try), we were blessed with a positive pregnancy. I seriously could NOT believe it. My best friend is dealing with infertility and going through the IVF process, and watching her path compared to my own made me happy and grateful, but oh so sad. Fortunately, she was as excited for me (if not more).
At first I was obsessed. I downloaded every app there is (Ovia, Baby Center, What to Expect, etc.) and checked them religiously. I was in a deep state of denial, which lasted until my first doctor’s appointment (when I heard the heartbeat). The denial was no joke though, I seriously took another pregnancy test the day I was going to my 9 week appointment. My husband thought I was crazy! Even after, we went home to announce and the overflow of congratulations made me want to throw up for fear that it wasn’t real or that I would miscarry.
Come 14 weeks, Wesley and I paid for the early detection gender reveal ultrasound. It was amazing to see our baby moving around, and after 30 minutes we walked out with a sealed envelope to be placed away for a week until our gender reveal party. Strange enough, after wanting to know for so many weeks, finding out the gender at this point was bittersweet. The way I saw it, I had the world of possibilities before I knew. I had a Pinterest board full of fun ideas for both boy and girl. Finding out would make it so ‘real’. Ahh this was getting a little nerve-wracking. The night of the party though, surrounded by family and our best friends, Wesley and I popped a balloon, and pink confetti rained all over us. We hugged, grabbed his grandmother to stand up with us, and announced her name will be ‘Callie Mae’ after his grandmother ‘Maebelle’. Whoa, again it was becoming so ‘real’. We had a name. It was no longer ‘it’ or ‘the baby’.
In the last two weeks (weeks 16-18), I have felt her moving and have gone to the doctor once more for the anatomy ultrasound. Here they measure and check for all major anatomy, as well as confirm once more the gender. As far as I know, God has blessed us with a healthy and extremely active little girl.
Life really can’t get much better in the Lanier’s Residence right now. Though, I will admit that the reality of adding this sweet little girl into the mix is becoming stronger and stronger. I’m taking pregnancy day-by-day, but I’ve also been EXTREMELY lucky with that too. Other than some random heartburn and shortness-of-breath (plus a TON of potty breaks), I’m up and moving with the same strength and energy that I’ve always had.
With all of this being said, life as I now know it is much different. I began this blog a year and a half ago when I was a few months into marriage, just looking for something ‘fun’ to do. I’ve posted here and there about food, DIY crafts, and about some of my favorite products. No solid and consistent time has been placed into this outlet due to my full-time job; however, children interest me daily. I work with kids and now I’m about to have my own. I’m also going to be reducing my hours at work due to little Miss Callie, and I’m hoping to utilize my quiet time by posting my learnings and advice here at Live Laugh Lanier for you all to find companionship and answers in your time of maternal adventures.
Stay tuned for more updates on my pregnancy & feel free to leave some questions below,