Surprise! Our Great News & Encouragment for the Mama Pregnant After Loss

Big news at the farm!

sarah philpott, rainbow baby

A baby is on it’s way!

Did you see the due date.  Ha.  July 4th.  Our firework plans may be a bit different this year!

We are all VERY EXCITED for our new little sparkler!  Titus was just a bit too cold in the above picture to offer his smile of approval.  He’s hoping for a baby brother.

We found out the big news in early October. But kept it a secret for a bit of time while we processed the revelation.

finding out

We announced the news to our kids on Halloween.  T-Rex was happy.

telling the kids

He got to tell the grandparents by carrying an extra pumpkin for trick-or-treating.  He said he was “collecting extra candy for his new little brother or sister!” Definitely a win-win for him.

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Since October, I’ve been making weekly trips to my doctor’s office for ultra-sounds and blood work.  Everything is looking wonderful.  It’s absolutely amazing seeing our baby grow & hearing the heartbeat!  Did you know the heart starts beating just 4 weeks past conception?

ultra sound

And, I’m finally emerging from the all-day sickness stage.  I’ve pretty much been bundled in bed for the last 20+ days.  The kids have had run of the house (they are two and five…you can imagine!).  Bless you if you’ve been around me.  I’ve been a bit grumpy.  More than a bit.

But I’m ecstatic to have life growing inside of me.

If you are a mom of loss you can relate to the feelings of apprehension coupled with the excitement.

But I don’t want you to be afraid for me and I don’t want you to be afraid if you have a little one in your womb.

I need to tell you something–inklings of apprehension can remain throughout your entire pregnancy. But it doesn’t have to take up a bigger space than you or I need it to. These butterflies in your heart and stomach can ease as the weeks progress past the point of your last loss, but unrest could reside in the back of your mind.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t immediately embrace your pregnancy news with an overabundance of elation. Trepidation happens to us all. But we have the power to dilute this fear with tools from the Spirit.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLV

During this pregnancy, I will not allow fear to reign over the purity of love I possess for the child growing in my womb.

God has fearfully and wonderfully knit a child into my womb.  It’s amazing, isn’t it? We should rejoice!

Rejoicing is a Biblical imperative. We can’t waiver between loving ourselves and our baby. We must choose to fully embrace this soul that will forever be part of our family. We are to believe and expect that we will hold this baby in our arms and to give into fear is not honoring the life of the one we are now carrying.

I don’t know whether this baby that is in my womb and the baby that might be in your womb will be born on earth or born straight into Heaven. But either way, God is good. We can trust Him with our little one and choose not to fear the outcome. We are to live in the present with the gift in our womb, not in the future of our fears.

So there you have it….our good news and a bit of encouragement all wrapped into one big post.

Thank you for celebrating with us!

I’ll gladly be accepting desserts as a celebratory prize.  I need to get a jump start on the 90+ pounds I usually gain during pregnancy.  Ha!

Much love,

Sarah

About Sarah

Sarah Lewis Philpott, Ph.D lives in the south on a sprawling cattle farm where she raises her two mischievous children (and one little baby!) and is farm wife to her high school sweetheart. It's quite the chaotic household, but she adores the blessings God has provided. Sarah is represented by The Blythe Daniel Literary Agency. Her book, Loved Baby: 31 Devotions for Helping you Grieve and Cherish Your Child After Pregnancy Loss, will be published in October '17 by Broadstreet Publishing. You can go ahead an pre-order it on Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and at Christian Book. Sarah is a lover of coffee (black), rocking chairs, the outdoors, and Hemingway. Visit with Sarah at her All-American Mom blog where she writes about life on the farm and cherishing life in joy & in sorrow.

5 thoughts on “Surprise! Our Great News & Encouragment for the Mama Pregnant After Loss

  1. Sweetly written. I have been fearful for you. I will now rejoice and not let the fear take over. I can’t wait to be an auntie to the new little one. Looking forward to holding this precious little one!

  2. As always, beautifully written. I cannot think of a better way to word this. I am so excited for you and your family, Sarah! God bless you each and every day of your pregnancy!

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