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April 16, 2008

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Wow. Well I arrived too late for all the guessing, so I guess I get to be first with the congratulations?!

You are so sweet, CJ.

Knowing you, I knew this would be a big surprise - something that you would have been working hard at not having happen - but I also knew that you would welcome the baby. It will all work out.

I am and will be praying for a smooth pregnancy, for all the details to fall into place, for you to enjoy this time with a new life coming to join your family.

And I think it's wonderful.

Congratulations!

What a surprise! Congratulations! :)

Ooooh, I was hoping pregnant was the correct answer, as soon as I read the guess. Congratulations!

Congratulations!

first, congratulations, sweet mama- sorry i missed the original post!

second, i so hear you on the pregnancy and academia conundrum...i was sort of relieved that just as i was beginning to show (without question) i was put on the moderate bedrest- so much easier to avoid all those quizzical looks and chatter.

finally, we first got an clue about the pnut's possibility the first weekend of advent 2004- i remember saturday night i was up most of the night doing mental gymnastics over what a pregnancy would mean for my degree, my ministry, my life at that point- next morning we sang a familiar YM song "I say Yes! My Lord/Digo Si Senor" and in that moment i felt every fear and feeling of uncertainty i had replaced with a deep sense of peace and joy. my most heartfelt wish for all good things for you!

Wow! Congratulations. How amazing the way things get rearranged in our lives when something like this happens. I guess you husband won't have to take down the baby's crib after all.

Looking forward to hearing about this new little one.

Wow! Congratulations! Here's to being ready for what comes next!

Wow. Congratulations!

(Maybe next time, you don't move the baby gear so decisively into the basement and then post your strong suspicion that babies are not in the immediate future? Because I've always imagined that Abram had just finished putting up an elaborate plan for rotating the herds through his in-laws' fields and Sarai had just been feeling at peace with all the fertile women in her weaving circle when God came calling. The dangers of thinking you know what's coming next....)

Woot! Woot! And it just might be Gabrielle, you know.

Mazel Tov!!! Felicitaciones!!

Adding to the chorus of congratulations! You made me splutter with laughter too.
Ah well. You plan, and then you find out God's plan. I like your attitude!

But hey...we're still taking over the world, right?

We're totally taking over the world. People give us trouble, I'll just barf on them.

Thanks, everybody, for the good wishes!

Sorry for "scooping" you--but I was just thinking about that post you wrote a while back when you thought you were pregnant, and it was the only thing I could guess. I'm not very creative. And also, congratulations! Yay! I loved reading a post about an unexpected and unplanned conception that was so life-affirming and positive. God's plan is mysterious, but that's okay as long as we remember that it HAS to be good--the way God works it out can't possibly be anything but the best way. That's sort of a nice thing to know. God bless you all!

Congrats!! I'm so excited for you!

On re-reading your actual January post, it strikes me that you were rather inviting of this possibility, all things considered.

I'm so happy for you -- I hope all continues to go well.

Congratulations!!!

Oh, CJ, joyous congratulations to you. I loved this post. I experienced a good bit of ambivalence about a second baby -- I am 37, we don't have a lot of money, my career was just starting to take off, etc etc. but I knew I wanted another baby someday and he came surprisingly easily (also, interestingly, after I thought I ovulated, which was the case for both children). And now that he's here he is a pure joy and feels like he always should have been here, like there was a Will-shaped hole in our family I didn't even know was there until he came. I know this baby will be the same.


And "Lance Armstrong wannabe causes improbable pregnancy what now?" is the most hilarious thing I have read all week.

Oh oh oh! You're pregnant! How wonderful!

And conceiving during a cycle when you were carefully trying to avoid it, and on the Annunciation no less: I think this is more than a fingerprint of God's, my dear friend. I think this is the not-so-subtle print of His entire Hand.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I know that as a sub-fertile person I felt no sadness or wistfulness reading this post, only joy. Given the circumstances it seems quite certain to me that God *did* especially want you to carry this baby at this time, and your willingness to look past the smudge on the glass for His fingerprints is a beautiful thing to behold, and an inspiration to me to continue seeing fingerprints, rather than smudges, in my own life.

Much love to you and that tiny tiny little one, CJ.

CJ, I am just thrilled for you! I know that this pregnancy will change things for you, but I can't help but be happy when great parents announce that they are going to be parents once again. I do hope that it's a little Gabrielle; wouldn't it be nice to have four boys and then an unexpected girl.

Congrats, CJ. May this pregnancy be easy on you and healthy, too.

"It was a much-needed reminder that beautiful things arise from unexpected pregnancies, that it is better to say 'Fiat mihi' than 'You know, I had a different plan.'"

My beautiful thing is almost 12 now...and I have never regretted for a moment the miracle that he is!...

Blessings to you!!! (and the baby! and the brothers! and the husband!)

What a lucky baby to have such a wonderful momma!!

Thinking of you always, and praying for you too!

I was thinking of the first essay in Auerbach's Mimesis, where he compares that chapter in Genesis to the scene of Odysseus' scar, and sees the difference between them in terms of the silences; the Bible leaves spaces between the words. You have vast silences - three day long silences - between the reporting; you get no details of the journey to the sacrifice. So I'm reading you and thinking, Well, what do we know what happened in the gap between 'Abraham' and 'Here I am'? maybe he was thinking 'you can't be serious'? And then the point is that in spite of that, he does say, here I am.
Hmmm. Didn't mean to sound quite so solemn. The other thought in my head is that this is one lucky baby.... Mazal Tov!

Ha! Wonderful!

(I had two babies while I was in graduate school, and I managed to finish by the skin of my teeth, so I know whereof I speak...)

Congratulations! This time next year, you'll be saying "how could I have imagined life without this baby?" And, as you clearly know, you will still be able to bring your studies to fruition. :)

Did I ever tell you about my fifth child? We had just managed to get out of the debt hole so that I could quit working and go back to school (start the RN program) - we were living in a rented house two blocks from the community college where I had been accepted, I had almost completed the first semester and whoops, there it was. I was still breastfeeding baby #4, was being VERY careful, and my first suspicion was when I nearly passed out observing a colonoscopy (and I do not pass out easily). Then, about the time that I accepted the fact that I was pregnant and would probably lose a semester, if not more, of school, we were evicted from our rental home (I guess they didn't like the fact that we had 'the perfect family, one boy, one girl' when we moved in and then proceeded to have two more children over the next 4 years). Oh well. It ended up very well, because we moved in with family and were then able to buy a house..... the only loss was that baby # 5 ended up as a hospital birth because of our living situation, and even that was a good thing in the long run.
So take heart! Have you told your midwife yet?

Did I ever tell you about my fifth child? We had just managed to get out of the debt hole so that I could quit working and go back to school (start the RN program) - we were living in a rented house two blocks from the community college where I had been accepted, I had almost completed the first semester and whoops, there it was. I was still breastfeeding baby #4, was being VERY careful, and my first suspicion was when I nearly passed out observing a colonoscopy (and I do not pass out easily). Then, about the time that I accepted the fact that I was pregnant and would probably lose a semester, if not more, of school, we were evicted from our rental home (I guess they didn't like the fact that we had 'the perfect family, one boy, one girl' when we moved in and then proceeded to have two more children over the next 4 years). Oh well. It ended up very well, because we moved in with family and were then able to buy a house..... the only loss was that baby # 5 ended up as a hospital birth because of our living situation, and even that was a good thing in the long run.
So take heart! Have you told your midwife yet?

Well you've heard that old chestnut... "You know what they call people who practice NFP?" "Parents." ;)

Seriously, though, congratulations. You'll work it out (whatever "it" is). And, may I just say, better you than me, sister!!

"Ladies"?

Congratulations! What wonderful news. How are the boys handling it (have you told them yet?)

I meant "ladies + Stephen + Elwood + my college friend Steve and any other lurking male readers, whose existence I kind of doubt."

Congratulations! And the paragraph that starts with this "So about those prints..." Beautiful, thank you so much for that reminder.

Congratulations! As I await the birth of my first baby *not* born while I was in grad school :) I wish you lots of joy! It can be done, and you will do it. And along the way, as a friend liked to say, "We'll remind those undergraduates that babies exist."

Wow CJ, I'm sorry I've been away from reading here for so long! Congratulations :) I look forward to reading about barfing and birthing ;P

CJ, do you remember reading me a long time ago, when I said that baby #6 was conceived on day 5 of my cycle, peak day day 15?

Yeah. That was interesting. I even sent my chart to CCL, who said, "Wow!" and my local Teaching Couple were puzzled as well.

#6 has been difficult and trying, what with the spectrum diagnosis, but I've learned so much.

God's blessings on you!

WOW. And I can't believe I'm over TEN DAYS late reading this!!! I'm going to have my friend who just got pregnant (long story, you'd love to hear it -- husband had a vasectomy reversal) start reading this since I guess she found out about her pregnancy around the same day...

Anyway. Wow. I'm sure everything will be fine and that the Lord knows best, but still, it must have been a shock!

Excellent post. I'm so glad I found your site, thanks to Jen at Conversion Diary.

Ditto to NCSue!

Popping over from Conversion Diary - you must be over the shock by now!!!

Jamie

That was beautiful. Thank you for adding the note in there for those of us desperate to see that little line turn pink...although I've never heard the term sub-fertile before. :) My heart was touched.

Blessings!

Hannah

ps. I found your blog through Jen's linky loo. :)

I loved reading this bit of history! So funny and heartfelt - wonderful :)

Stopped by from Conversion Diary. GREAT post. So funny. And what a wonderful attitude you have towards this unexpected blessing.

Thank you for sharing this post. It was beautiful.

Really enjoyed this post. Found you via Conversion Diary. I, too, engage in baffled googling. My husband was a similiar baby and where would I be without him?!

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