Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sugar and Spice


Our family is very, very thrilled to announce that we are expecting a GIRL!  We already have three boys and only one daughter, so the news of another girl was the biggest excitement we have had in awhile.  Hubby was with me during my ultrasound, and before the nurse even made the announcement, he said, "It's a girl! That is, without a doubt, a girl!"  I just started laughing.  I mean, really... can anyone else make sense of those black and white ultrasounds?  Hubby must have a gift, and maybe it is because his father was a pediatrician. (Although his father never, ever gave ultrasounds).  
This picture was actually taken last month, but it is all I have to show.  I am actually 27 weeks along now and almost exactly 3 months away from the big day... my due date, November 22nd.

So, how am I feeling?  Pretty great, actually!  I am, without a doubt, no longer in my 20's, and I can feel that. I also am anemic (meaning I need more iron and am taking supplements), but that seems to be a pretty common pregnancy trait and easily taken care of.  I definitely have nothing to complain about.  I have an adoring husband and four adoring children who love to touch my tummy and send their love to their sister. November is going to be a month to celebrate, for sure!

{Below}  Brianna at Disneyland with Princess "Sleeping Beauty," last October
The most excited person in our family is, no doubt, big sister Brianna.  She will be nearly 7 years old when she finally gets her sister, and I like to tell people, "I am not having a baby.  Brianna is having a sister!"  I recently saw this picture for sale online and thought it was perfect:
Yes, Brianna will be losing her "only girl" status, but she is completely okay with that.  Sometimes I think she is even more excited than I am!  In fact, she has even helped us choose her sister's name, but I will share the name later, once it is completely decided on and won't be changed.

So, sweet little baby girl, we are very happy about your arrival!  We are beyond excited to have you join our family!

41 comments:

  1. So excited for your family!! We love you guys!!

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  2. yay! Congratulations on that sweet baby girl!

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  3. Aww! So exciting! And...seriously...that is your 23 week bump??? Oh, my! You lucky girl, you! haha!! You look gorgimous. Can't wait to see pictures of this little sister. My Bradley is a November baby, too. Love you, friendie!

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  4. Yeah! We are so happy for you guys!

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  5. Oh so happy for your family. I love reading your blog and updates.
    Renee Parris

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  6. Yay!! We're so happy for you! Love y'all!

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  7. Praise God!!! I am so happy for Miss Brianna and the rest of you and can't wait to meet the new one. Thanks for the work you guys are doing and for being such a blessing to me.

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  8. Yeah! You have beautiful children so I am sure this little babydoll will just add more beauty to your collection! ;) So happy for you! Also (hmm, I am a nurse) I am glad to see a little more fullness to your face! You were so thin so this baby looks great on you! :) You look wonderful and adorable as always! Praying that anemia gets take care of quickly! Love you much!

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  9. Ahh!!!! Oh, I'm so excited for you all!!! Especially "big-sister Brianna!" Alisa said to tell Brianna that having a sister is simply wonderful! Just think of the fun play dolls, dressing up, and learning together to be godly princesses for Jesus! And, you look fantastic, just beautiful Jolene! I've been praying for you and your growing little one! Sending dozens of hugs and prayers from across the ocean!

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  10. Congratulations! My girls are seven years apart and both were born on the seventh of their respective months and the second daughter was born in 2007. Both of them have 8 letters in their first names, too.

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  11. Was so excited to see the title of your post. :) I'm so happy for you! And, it gives me hope that I'll have another girl again someday so my daughter can have a sister! hehe. You look fantastic as always!

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  12. Congrats! So much fun to have girls...I don't have any sisters, but I am sure glad that my Clara has our little Brenna and vice versa...I know that Brianna will ADORE her sissy! :) Glad you are feeling well...I LOVE your outfit! Hugs from afar!

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  13. Congrats! So very happy for you (and Brianna)!!! And what a good helper she will be too. You look great too! Praying the rest of the pregnancy goes well too. :-)

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  14. Soooo excited for your family!!! *Hugs* from MN!!!

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  15. "Congratulations!"

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  16. Excited for you! That's my Dad's birthday .

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  17. Jolene, I'm thrilled for you all!! God bless you!

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  18. So glad for you to be having a girl. :o) I know she will be so special for all the family.

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  19. So happy for you, Friend!

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  20. Timofeev Vladimir-OlyaSunday, August 25, 2013

    SO happy for you, Jolene!!! Congratulations with girl!!!!!!

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  21. Congratulations!

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  22. November 22? that is the birthday of my 8 year old son! I'll be praying for you and your baby girl!

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  23. Congratulations! I was 11 before I got my baby sister. So exciting!

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  24. SO exciting!!! I was 8 when my baby sister was born. I can remember the excitement of finding out she was a girl after living with 4 brothers for sooooo long

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  25. Hooray for a sister!

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  26. Bro. David and Mrs. Jolene:

    I am SO excited!! My memory of playing with Miss Brianna when she was almost 2 makes it hard to believe she's almost 7! I'm not a bit surprised that Bro. David can read an ultrasound - he's totally brilliant!

    You are in our prayers and your Lubbock "family" can't wait to see the newest addition to your flock. I am jealous of Mrs. Billie having so many grandchildren to love on.

    Keep taking good care of yourselves!

    Bro. Garry.

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  27. Yay!!!! So excited for you!!! I know you will enjoy having another daughter as much as we enjoy our little Julianne!!

    Love, Rebecca

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  28. Aww, how sweet indeed.

    My love to all of you.
    Vicki

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  29. Mrs. Sloan,

    So excited for you and Brianna!! That's awesome news - I can't wait to meet her this fall! :)

    I hope everything's going well, and I will see you soon at GSBC!

    Cassidy Hedger

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  30. Jo - i love reading your blogs....

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  31. Wow! Jolene, I am sooooo excited for you! I was hoping you'd have another girl for Brianna's sake. I can't wait to hear her name.

    Love,
    Jessi

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  32. Girls are so much fun!!! Congratulations! - P.S. I was a little bit anemic with this pregnancy and my midwife suggested alfalfa supplements. It only took two weeks for my numbers to go back up to normal. (I took them daily for two weeks, now I take once, twice a week just because!!) - Tinyla

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  33. We are so very happy for you and your family! How exciting! And you look so beautiful I cannot wait to see how beautiful she will be! We love and are praying for you!

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  34. Oh Jolene! I haven't been keeping up with you at all. Congrats! So, so happy for you and your amazing family.

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  35. Congratulations dear friend!! I can feel your excitement. You look so healthy. So happy that God is blessing you like this! :)

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  36. Prayers are with you all!

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  37. Congrats to You and Your Family The holidays will be extra special this year

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  38. So happy for you, and excited to hear about your life in Israel. You are ever in our prayers.

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  39. I am so happy for you I wanted another girl(if I may ) you are so bless I had three girls and only one Left to love God Bless you

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  40. Dearest Joleen, So good to continually get your news. I have not been able to keep us with things lately. thanks for always
    keeping us posted. I pray for you and your family all the time because Your prayer card is in my prayer book. Malinda keeps me somewhat up to speed as well as your posts.

    Please tell the kids hello for us. We were just talking about our fun time with you all - wow that was already almost a year ago - Still got a good supply of tiger sauce.

    Love you. Mrs. Benefield

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Thank you for your encouraging comments! "As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." Proverbs 25:25