love redefined

Thursday, January 24, 2013

a 13 week bump after a big boost from some spaghetti and meatballs!

So... I have a secret.  A big secret, that for weeks, I have been dying to shout from the top of my lungs.  I have guarded this secret because of the loss I experienced last year (I wrote about that here)... but it's time.  Time to tell the world my good news!  
Matt and I are PREGNANT!  
We are overjoyed and endlessly grateful.  So grateful.  God is so good and His plan is perfect.

It's crazy.  My little babe is only a mere 13.5 weeks old but already I love him/her so much.  Love has been redefined for both Matt and I.  Not only have I turned in to a pile of mush (and my hubs thought I cried a lot before pregnancy - ha!), but my heart has grown exponentially.  And it won't stop.  I mean first, the positive pregnancy test.  That one was funny because well, we weren't technically trying again, and well, we didn't think it was possible.  Once again, God smiles and reminds me "All things are possible through Him."  Heart grows.  Then the first little ultra sound when the babe was just a tiny spec on a black and white screen, but wait - that spec has a heartbeat!  A real, live, beating heart.  Heart expands some more.  And then we get another sweet ultra sound where the spec turns into something that looks like a baby!  Our baby.  Heart almost explodes and tear ducts close to running dry.  With each day comes more love and more gratitude for this tiny life I am cookin up inside me.  And oh the day that I meet those precious baby eyes.  Can't.  Even.  Imagine.


13.5 week bump headed to my appointment yesterday

So there it is, secret's out!  And I am so glad it is.  I love sharing my life on here and am truly thankful for the love and support ya'll have given me.

Now for some preggy details!

How far along?
13.5 weeks

Due date?  
We've gotten July 29 and August 1.  My doctor told me to "pick one." Haha.  So naturally I picked July 29 because Kate insisted that we be due in the same month.  (you know, Kate Middleton? yea, we are planning play dates already....)

Feeling?
Great, now!  A little nausea in the beginning but nothing compared to what I read about.

Belly yet?
I wouldn't call it a belly.  More like a beer drinking kinda pooch, but hey I'll take it!  More evidence that my sweet one is growing fast!

Want to follow along as my bump grows?  Instagram will probably be my mode of delivery so follow along if you like!
Username: deniselopatka

the cutest little monkey hat from my sissy to baby.



25 comments :

Jay said...

Many congratulations to you and Matt! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy!

Sara said...

CONGRATS!!!! What an amazing mother you will be. So happy for you and praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby L :)

Liz Fulbright said...

I am so excited for you two! You deserve this and it is truly a blessing from God! You are going to be a wonderful mother!!! I can't express how happy I am for you!!!
Liz Fulbright

EB Kurkowski said...

Congrats! What wonderful news!

Celeste said...

Denise, this is so exciting! Your heart is so tender and sweet and you are going to make the best mommy! CONGRATS!!

Christine said...

Congrats Denise! So exciting!

Jessica said...

Hooray! Congratulations! I was hoping this was the surprise news! You will be an amazing mother. I can't wait to follow along on your pregnancy adventure. I'm so happy for you : )

Erin said...

Denise, you are so precious! So I don't blow up your entire blog with comments, I'll just say here that your 'about' and 'love story' pages won me over. Then I went to your page and see this sweet sweet post. I'm so glad you found my blog and appreciate you leaving such a sweet comment. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! I can't wait to see more over the next months :)

Megan said...

I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!! I finally caught up on your blog recently and just meant to message you earlier, but congrats on this and the house and just everything!!: ) You're going to be a wonderful mom! BIG HUGS from TX!

Alexa said...

Congrats, sweet girl!! So happy for y'all, and you deserve every bit of happiness, too!

P.S. ~ my birthday is July 28, so let's tell the little bambino to make its grand entrance then, too! :)

angie said...

Ah many many congratulations to you both! Such exciting news!

Genna said...

Absolutely thrilled for you and Matt! What a beautiful time you get to experience. So very excited to follow your journey into parenthood :)

nicole said...

congrats!!!!!!!! I am so so so excited for you guys! It's such an exciting time and I can't wait to follow your pregnancy :) xo

Shannon @Imperfectly Perfect Grace said...

Congratulations! What a blessing!

Natalie said...

Aww congratulations!

Leanne said...

Best news!!! Congratulations!!!

Would love you to stop by sometime

Love from South Africa

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TracyZLesh @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

Congrats!!!!! So happy for you - you'll be a beautiful mama and your bump is precious already!! I am pregnant too... a little further along than you (22 weeks) but it is all so exciting :)

Nicole Marie said...

so many congratulations denise! i'm so happy for you guys! you are going to be the best momma!

Katie Cook said...

Congrats beautiful girl!!! You are seriously adorable, and will be the cutest preggo mama EVER! When I got your email I screamed with delight!!! Seriously, SOOOO excited!!! Emailing you back now! So much exciting stuff coming your way with the new house and the new babe!!! love you!

Kari said...

Congratulations to you and Matt! So excited for you! I already have baby fever my dear, so seeing your adorable baby bump makes me want one even more! Can't wait to follow your preggo journey on instagram and on here!

k8te said...

DENISE!!! congrats to you and Matt!! how exciting! so happy for you, you look adorable! :)

callie said...

congrats friend girl!!!! i know you are soo excited!!! Callie

Mrs. H said...

Congrats lady! Every week is just going to keep getting better!

Deanne Marie said...

new to your blog and loving it!

Sheila@TheFailteHouse said...

I am so so so excited and happy for you, Denise! God is good! xo

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