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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  1. mindi says

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

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

    love you all


  2. 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!

  3. says

    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!

  4. says

    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!

  5. says

    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!

  6. laurie says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. Arianne says

    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!

  9. Leanne says

    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!

  10. neysa says

    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!

  11. says

    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! :)

  12. 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!!

  13. 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

  14. Shaunee says

    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!!

  15. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. Mia S says

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

  20. Monja says

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

  21. 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!

  22. says

    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!

  23. says

    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!! :)

  24. Julie says

    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!

  25. Bethany Jackman says

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

  26. 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 :)

  27. 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. 😀

  28. Heather says

    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!

  29. Heather says

    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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