Well, Craig and I certainly have a big year ahead. Craig will be finishing up his second year of medical school this spring, and then he has to take Step 1 of the Boards! He will spend five or so weeks studying just about twelve or so hours a day in preparation. It does not sound like fun to me, but I know Craig is going to rock it!
After Craig’s Boards, he will get a few days off for us to do something fun together (he scheduled to take his exam a few days early so that we could have some time) before starting his third year in medical school! No more summer vacations for Craig! But third year will be very exciting, because Craig finally gets to spend some real time in the hospital doing rotations. The first two years of medical school are generally spent in the classroom setting, while the last two years are spent in the hospital. I know Craig is excited and ready for the change.
But all of that news pales in comparison to the real news we have…so I will let this picture do the talking…
Hmmm…what comes at the end of the song? Oh, right! “Then comes a baby in a baby carriage.”
It’s true, Craig and I are expecting our first baby! Baby McK is due in September of this year, and we could NOT be more excited!
We took that picture while my parents were in town this past weekend. My dad made the chalkboard with wood, some chalkboard paint, and a rope. My mom wrote on the board with chalkboard markers. It turned out so cute! Of course, they are ridiculously creative, so the adorableness should be no surprise to me.
Aside from their jobs (my mom is a teacher and my dad owns a business with my uncle), my parents do some interior decorating on the side… “for fun.” So of course, my parents are CRAZY-EXCITED to do a nursery for their very first grandbaby, and that is why this next picture was also so necessary…
My mom and her friend designed the sign together, and then my mom had it printed at a store in Georgia before my parents came down to visit. I thought this one also turned out super cute! This room is currently a guest room slash our condo “annex,” where we have piles of boxes that we still need to go through, so it really will be a disaster zone to get this room baby-ready. But we are all up for the challenge!
And of course, what good would my parents’ trip to beautiful Charleston be without a trip to the beach? So we obviously had to take this picture as well…
We are clearly very excited for the changes ahead of us this year, but that’s not to say we are not still a little bit like, “Whoa…is this for real?” Our first doctor appointment was about a week and a half ago, and they did an ultrasound while we were there. That’s when the whole situation got “really real” for us. We saw the tiny little baby’s heart beating at 188 beats per minute, and we were in love. So crazy that we can see the heart beat so early on, but it gives such value to the fact that this is not a “thing.” It is a baby…a human life that is growing inside of me, and it is the best and craziest news ever!
So here is our “Holy crap, I guess this is for real” picture, followed by a couple of our “There’s a baby in your belly!” pictures…
There are so many changes and challenges ahead for our
little growing McKinney family. We are thrilled with this blessing, and we pray every day for health for our baby and for guidance as we figure out what exactly it means for us to be parents. It’s certainly not going to be easy, especially with Craig being gone at the hospital more over the next two years, but we know that we can do it. We are trying our best to lean on God throughout this whole process, and we have been so blessed with support from family and friends.
Yes, it is definitely going to be a chaotic year, but I have a feeling that is might just be our best year yet! 🙂
(UPDATE: Click here to find out what we are having!)