Baby, oh baby!

When we moved to Pittsburgh last summer, I knew that the possibility of giving birth to our first baby here was likely. The sadness of being far from our families while experiencing such an amazing gift has been great at times (especially since my emotions have soared in this first trimester). My mom sent me a funny pregnancy joke book the other day that made me laugh out loud...and then cry out loud...and then laugh again (wow, I'm so glad that I can blame the hormones for this). The reality of it was that I wanted to share these jokes with my mom and actually see her eyes tear up and watch her laugh along with me. My mom has a beautiful laugh that would motivate even the grumpiest person to laugh along. And so it was: me, alone, laughing and then crying and then laughing again. I'm sure there will be other moments of this tension--the love of being pregnant and the sadness of not sharing these pregnancy moments with my family hand in hand.

But at the same time, I feel surrounded by open arms here. The graciousness of our friends and our wonderful church community has been strong. I need these people like water to reassure me and encourage me, and I am finding that there is no lack of water here. Ben and I are surrounded and hope to grow deeper into these open arms. We spent some time with our friends Carlos and Alli in California a few weeks ago. I can not express in words how much it meant to be with them and to sit with them each evening as we shared from our hearts. I felt deeply loved by them as they shared in our joy of having a baby, and we in turn learned more about what being a parent has been for them. They knew. They knew how we felt, and they were so willing to be with us in these feelings.

And so I leave this post with a couple of funny jokes that will hopefully make you laugh:

Q. I'm two months pregnant now. When will my baby move?
A. With any luck, right after he finished college. But some kids hang on a few years longer.

Q. Should I have a baby after 35?
A. No, 35 children is enough.