Saturday, April 23, 2011

the post i thought might never happen

After nearly two years of trying, Bart and I are THRILLED to FINALLY announce that we are expecting baby #3!!!
I'm due the first week of November, but we are shooting for 11/11/11 because that would be the coolest birthday ever! As you can see we had an ultrasound over a month ago and we saw ONE tiny, fluttery heartbeat, so it's not twins this time. Honestly I would have been thrilled if it was twins again (maybe a little less thrilled if it was twin boys again), but I've also heard that having only one baby at a time is a nice way of doing things, so we'll give it a whirl!
Kade and Ky are excited to be big brothers. Some days they say that they don't care if it's a boy or a girl, but most of the time they want a little brother. And, they want to name him Luke Skywalker Miller. Oh, and Kade does not want it to be a girl, because he does NOT want to buy princess movies!
These past two years have been filled with lots of disappointment, lots of tears, lots of prayers. There have been lots of doctors visits, dozens of ovulation predictor kits, and far too many negative pregnancy tests. Days of trying to keep our hopes high, days when we wondered if this just might not ever happen for us again, and days where I wondered if we were sent two babies the first time because it was our only shot. Days when I felt guilty for wanting more, when I had already been given the two most amazing kids ever, to days when I truly felt blessed that I even had two kids.
Through it all I have learned a lot about trusting in the Lord and His plan for me. I have learned a lot about the importance of growing from our trials, not simply enduring them. I have learned some about how to choose to be happy, even when things aren't going how you expected them to.
Hopefully I can be a better wife, and a better mother because of what I have learned. I see this pregnancy as a blessing from above and not just something that is supposed to happen because I wanted it to. And I see this precious life that is growing inside me as nothing short of a miracle!

11 comments:

Ashley A. said...

Congratulations you guys!! That is wonderful. I hope all goes well. You are a good example to me!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations, Miller family! That is the greatest news!

the Varley Family said...

Hooray!!! That is the BEST news! Congratulations! We are thrilled for you too! Can't wait to hear about your pregnancy along the way :)

Ann-Marie said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I can still remember when you announced you were having TWINS!

The Lloyd Family said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are a very strong woman, and a remarkable example to me. I am SO happy for you! I must say that having ONE baby is very different from having TWO at once. Twins are wonderful, of course, but I can say that even during "difficult" days with my baby I feel like I can relax and enjoy the baby stage more than I was able to with my twins, simply because there's so much more to do with two. You are in for a treat! Wonderful, wonderful news!

Hailey Jones said...

couldn't be happier for you and you cutest family.

Jessica said...

I am so happy for you! And early Nov is a popular time to have a baby. You are the 4th person I know well who is due about that time. Lots of fall babies! Congrats.

The Murray Family said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news. Hope your pregnancy is going well and you're not too sick.

Alicia said...

Oh Ashli and Bart THIS is the best news we heard all day!! We are so excited for you. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a little girl. Keep the post coming.. can't wait to hear how your pregnancy progresses. Thanks for sharing your sweet thoughts. Love you guys..

Steve and Alicia

Emily said...

You guys are such awesome people and awesome parents! So excited for you! Congrats!

Holley and Luke Burbank said...

how wonderful!!! congratulations!