Biggie News!

What’s the word on the street?!

Well if you live on my street, the word on the street (thanks to an excited big sister :)) is that I am pregnant …and it’s true. I am!

She’s excited to let you know that we’re having a girl!

and when I told him that I have a baby in my belly, this was his response:

and this guy had to get a few words in (Kyle’s going to be so mad when he sees this guy wearing his favorite tie.). ;)

This week I am 21 weeks along. I have wanted to share this fun news for a few weeks now, but with my history of recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriages), I have been waiting to feel good about everything. It’s been hard because once we got past those first 12 weeks of worry (and tired and gaggy that I know so well), we had an ultrasound with a few concerns. We have a dear friend who does ultrasounds for her job, and she has been with us through everything. Just like my pregnancy with Avery, she noticed a lag in growth with our baby girl on the way.

Last Wednesday I had an ultrasound from a Perinatologist, and there are a few concerns with this pregnancy. Our baby girl isn’t growing very well, and it looks like she will be IUGR (just like Avery was when I was pregnant with her 9 years ago).

For those of you not familiar with the term IUGR, it stands for Intrauterine Growth Restriction and is due to my placenta not functioning like it should, causing problems with the baby’s growth.

I would love to make this pregnancy announcement confidently, but the truth is that this is a scary time for us (me). The bright side is that we know what to expect with an IUGR preemie, since we have been through it all before when Avery was a baby. The big difference is that back then, I didn’t have other kids at home to worry about. I was relieved last week to hear that bed rest was not ordered as of yet, although if the baby’s growth (or lack thereof) continues on like it is, bed rest will be on the agenda.

We are all praying like crazy that everything will be okay and our baby girl on the way can grow like she should. If you are the praying type, any prayers sent our way would be greatly appreciated.

Although it looks like she will be coming early, her official due date is February 21, 2012. Kyle is a huge Rush fan, so we have shortened the due date to February 21, 12 (Rush has an album titled 2112…Kyle thinks it’s a sign :)). To break the news to Kyle’s family (filled with Rush fans), we broke out the silhouette and created a Rush-inspired “Big Brother Tour” concert T-shirt for Aiden (using authentic Rush fonts and everything).

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    i love this. LOVE this. LOVE THIS!!!

    congrats to you and your knocker-upper. you two crazy kids deserve this!

    love you all


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    Congrats! My sister Liz is due to have a girl in March. This will be her first. I guess what they say is true. Good things do come to those who wait. :)

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    Ashley England says:

    Kami… Ahhhh!! I’m over the moon excited for you! This sweet little girl will be so loved & adored! She will be absolutely perfect in EVERY way.. (petite.. & PERFECT)!
    You’ve got LOTS & LOTS of prayers, thoughts, & good vibes.. Constantly directed to you & yours! I know you’ll be comforted! & guess what.. If you get some bed rest.. We’re still having a HUGE party… @ your bedside! So get ready!
    Love you more than I know how to express!

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    Congratulations! Yippee! I’m so excited for you and will pray for you and your sweet new little biggie!

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    Congratulations!! :) This is wonderful news!! All the best to you and your family.

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    How exciting for you & your family!!!! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Congrats to you and your family! I am also pregnant after a history of recurring miscarriages, due in January. My first was IUGR as well, and that’s been a concern of mine for this pregnancy too. Sending healthy baby prayers your way!

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    Oh sweet girl…congratulations on your newest little bundle! I will keep you in my prayers. I am 19 weeks along now with my own baby girl and was on bedrest for awhile (with an 18-month old…ack!) My heart goes out to you, as we had some concerns with threat to miscarry…it was very worrisome and I was so scared, but I know the prayers of my friends and family got me through it. I will be praying for you and looking forward to good news!

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    PS: Check out how I announced my pregnancy to my blog readers! Look familiar?

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    Congratulations Kami!
    The Rush t shirt is awesome.

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    love love love aiden’s t-shirt! how fun. and Avery’s face…so sweet. and that guy that knocked you up…hahaha. congrats to you all!

    been praying, will keep praying!

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    Congratulations! Send prayers you way. God bless!

  13. 13

    How exciting. Congratulations and sending prayers to you and your family!!

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    sindy murray says:


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    Kami, I’m so happy for you and your family! What an exciting time. I’ll be praying your little babe grows just as she should be.


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    Your street is very excited and happy for you! Your family is definitely in our prayers and if this little girl is anything like her big sister then her spunk will more than make up for her tiny size :-) Congrats!

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    I love it! I super love the “I knocked her up”! My first baby was a preemie, and the reason was never known. I had two full term pregnancies after that. My prayers are with you and that sweet little girl growing inside you.

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    I have followed your blog for quite some time. I am thrilled for you. My prayers will be with you so that little girl can grow. I lost a baby at 21 weeks so I know how important it is for those little ones to stay inside and grow and develope as much as possible.

    congrats on your new little one, we too will be sending prayers your way!

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    Congratulations!!! Praying that all goes perfectly well for a healthy baby and momma! :)

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    The best news. Take care. Much love and prayers sent your way.

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    Oh Kami! I am smiling ear to ear for you. I will definitely keep you and the baby in our prayers. I am so so happy for you and so so jealous too :). ((HUGS))

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    Yay!! Congrats! That is SOOO exciting! :)

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    Ohh! Congratulations to you and your excited family. I hope all goes well for you and the baby. I’ll be praying for you. I love the t-shirt!

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    I am SO happy tor u guys. Look how many people r happy with u so far and will pray for u. I pray every night for u. I’m sure things will be JUST fine. I agree with everything Laurie said. Congrats again to u guys. She will be adorable and can’t wait to meet the lil peanut and remember, if u need help with ur kids at all, I am here to help. Loves!

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    I love the pictures in this post, so cute and funny! I will pray for you and that sweet baby, I am really excited for your family!

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    Congratulations! Will definitely send prayers your way. My husband (being a big Rush fan also) would also see this as a good sign so I choose to see it that way too! Best of luck!! Can’t wait to hear the good news! :)

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    Genni Larson says:

    Congrats! That is so exciting. The neighborhood is going to be filled with girls! I can’t wait :) Avery is such a cutie I had no idea about the complications, she hides it well. I agree with Laurie the spunk makes up for it!!

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    I am thrilled for you, Kami! I will also keep you in my prayers.

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    Jody Hanks says:

    I am so excited for you all! My first 2 I had IUGR as well and its a little scary, but you should see my huge boys now. With my 3rd I ate lots of chocolate donuts and Cafe Rio and she was 7’11. So eat up my friend ;) Oh and no exercise, it was awesome

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    Congratulations! I’m definitely the praying type, and will add you to my prayers :).

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    Rhonda Camp says:

    Congratulations on your pregnacy. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless.

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    Congratulations and healing, growing thoughts your way!

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    oh my goodness!! congrats!!!! I will certainly be praying for you Kami!!! :)

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    This is great news! Love you guys!

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    Congrats to you and your family! So happy for you! I will be praying for your baby girl and her darling mother.

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    Heather G. says:

    Congratulations! Praying for you and your little one.

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    So happy for you, Kami! Lots of prayers for a healthy baby girl.

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    We are so HAPPY for you YOU!!! Prayers will be said!! Keep us all posted.

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    julie {angry julie monday} says:

    I am soooo happy for you and your family, Kami. Congratulations!!!!!

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    I am happy for you and praying that all goes well. You have my blessings.

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    Best News Ever! Congratulations! I will be praying for you and your sweet baby! Love the announcement!

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    So happy for you, Kami! Heather also wanted a RUSH-themed tshirt to honor her new baby since his name is Sawyer. I’ll be wishing for a healthy baby.

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    YAY!! congrats!!
    love the photos!

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    What a wonderful day for me to start my morning!!! Congrats! And most certainly, prayers on your behalf!!!

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    Yay!! So, so happy for you guys! We will for sure keep you in our prayers and keep Cam and Kyle on their weekly temple trips. We understand first hand how scary and stressful IGUR is! Always know that we are here to help with whatever and whenever. Zac would love to have Aiden over anytime.
    Good luck! Can’t wait to meet her!!

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    YAY! This is wonderful news! I will be sending good vibes out into the universe for you and that wee babe. :)

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    Congratulations and sweet wishes for your growing family! And that baby girl will get lots of prayers in the next few months.

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    Audrey Crisp says:

    Congrats! Hope everything gies well!!!

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    Congratulations Kami!!!
    Lot’s of prayers and good thoughts coming your way :)

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    cami I am so happy for you. this is great news!
    my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your little one inside. good luck.

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    Congrats! I love the photos. Such a great idea. Hoping that everything does well!

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    Kami, I’m so excited for you and Kyle! I’ll be thinking of you and that little bun in the oven and hoping that everything goes well!

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    Congratulations – I’m praying for you and the baby!!

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    Colleen Bigler says:

    Yay! The word is out and hundreds more prayers going up for you guys. The pictures were the best! Love you all!

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    congratulations, kami & family! so exciting. i’ll be praying for you, for sure.

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    elise sykes says:

    YAYAYAYAY!!!! I’m so so so happy for you. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed and adding you to the prayer list : ) Pregnancy is always a scary proposition to me too… but all we can do it go forward in faith… right? Best of luck cute girl!!!!!

    p.s. looks like today is the day to make the big announcement;) I posted our news too!

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    Can’t wait to meet her!


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    Kami, we are all soooo excited for you! You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers!


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    Kami! This is such incredible news. We are so excited for you guys. I will pray for you and your sweet little girl. Congratulations!

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    Melanie Stimpson says:

    Ahhhh!!! So excited for your family! I will send lots of thoughts and prayers your way. This baby couldn’t be sent to a better, absolutely fun family!

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    SO excited for you guys! Keeping good thoughts and prayers your way… congrats again!!

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    Jill Sumsion says:

    Awe! I am so happy for you! I cried. :) I did! The power of the blog…
    Many congratulations and prayers for you and your family!

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    Congratulations! I will keep you in my prayers :)

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    Congrats! That’s exciting news!! :)

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    Kami! So excited for you to have a baby! Congratulations! And you can count on us for a prayer! Hugs!

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    When Aiden’s baby sitter comes out it can baby sit him. You have been in our prayers.

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    Congrats Kami! That’s so exciting. Definitely will be praying for you!

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    Awesome news Kami! Congrats. :)

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    Congratulations!!!! Be sure i’ll Be thinking of you and Include you in my prayers – i’m sure everything will Be fine

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    Haha, love those signs! Aiden’s is the best! Well, maybe Kyle’s is!!!

    Congrats! Love you all! Prayers heading your way :)

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    anne steelman says:

    Congratulations!!! I wish you the best of luck with everything! I pray your pregnancy goes well and your baby girl will grow and arrive healthy!

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    Congratulations to you and your family, Kami! I bet your kids are so excited. I know from experience how difficult it can be to learn about potential problems in a pregnancy. You want so much to be excited, but you feel like you have to be on guard, too. It’s definitely an emotional roller coaster. It’s also hard to go through a pregnancy already knowing the difficulties of a NICU stay and all the stress of taking care of a teeny tiny baby….and not knowing how you’ll pull that off with your other kids tagging along. Believe me, I have been there. The good news is, you can do it! The key is to raise your expectations of what your family can handle, and lower your expectations about everything else. A clean house? That’s what a maid service is for. Home cooked meals? Costco has some pretty darn good frozen meals. Super cute decorations for holidays? That’s what your crafty friends are for. Put all those people who say, “What can I do?” to work! Get creative! Most people think of casseroles when they offer to help, but that’s probably the least of what you need, right now. Make a list of the things you actually need, and assign those things out as people ask. I’ll keep you in my prayers!

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    Congrats!! I will keep you in my prayers. Very exciting!

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    Oh my goodness, congratulations!!!! You and your husband are too funny with those speech bubbles :) I’ll be keeping you and baby in my prayers!

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    Well hopefully it is not odd that I put a blogger friend on the temple roll when i go, because I plan on it! Wow that is so exciting, I was wondering when you were on Studio 5!! :)

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    What great news Kami! I hope the best for you in this pregnancy! Sending prayers your way. Congratulations!

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    Yea!! You broke the news. You guys are in our prayers everyday!! And this new little addition will be as beautiful and bright as Avery! We love you guys!

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    I really hope all goes well with your pregnancy Kami.

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    Katherinemarie says:

    SendinG you all extra huge hugs and congrats! You and baby will be in my prayers!!!!

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    Bethany Jackman says:

    YAY!!! Oh Kami, that is wonderful news! I will definitely be praying for you guys and your sweet angel girl!

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    Congratulations to you! Wonderful news!

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    The Hunt Fmily says:

    We haven’t talked for ages but… wanted to say CONGRATS!!! What great news! Our thoughts and prayers will be with you guys. Avery will be such a huge help. Super happy for you guys :)

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    Congrats! Keeping you in my prayers!

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    Elizabeth says:

    Kami! This is amazing news! I am so excited for you and your family. Your story helped me put my own loss into perspective and gave me the courage to keep trying and I am happy to say that I am now 31 weeks with a healty baby girl! Congratulations to you all!!! I hope you can stay off bed rest for a little while yet. :D

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    Ok, so you don’t know me. I don’t comment too often, but I have been reading your blog for several years now, and I have to tell you that reading this brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and your growing family. I will keep you (and the wee little fetus) in my prayers. Congratulations Kami!

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    Prayers, internet hugs and best wishes for a restful fall and fruitful winter!

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    Congratulations !!!! Thanks for sharing your history , it meant alot.

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    Congratulations! I am so happy you and your family will be blessed with another sweet spirit. I hope everything goes well and she will be healthy and so will you. Take care and good luck with the next few months.

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