This is it…we have made it to the end. I will be officially 40 weeks pregnant as of tomorrow. I can’t believe it! I am SO beyond eager to meet sweet Hadley, I just wish she could be born NOW. I keep reminding myself that she will come when she is ready, but I don’t know that it’s really keeping me from driving myself insane. What a waiting game this is!
My mind keeps flashing back to the quiet Saturday morning, when I took a pregnancy test while Craig was taking Jada outside because I figured I was just going to be disappointed by the negative result and didn’t see the point in getting Craig’s hopes up for no reason. I was obviously wrong, and in an instant, everything changed. It is funny how a little blue line can have so much power over your future. We have spent nine months since that January morning preparing for our baby’s arrival, although I highly doubt anyone can every truly be prepared for parenthood.
I remember some people telling Craig and I that we shouldn’t get married right when I graduated college…that we should wait a few years. We were told that we were too young, and that it was a bad idea to try to balance a marriage while Craig was in medical school. And now, here we are, getting ready to not just “balance a marriage,” but to start a family when Craig still has almost two years left in medical school. But the truth is, there will never be a perfect time to get married or to start a family. If we had decided to wait for the perfect time, we would be waiting forever. Yeah, medical school takes up a ton of time, and it’s not always easy on us. But you know what? Residency takes up more time than medical school. And fellowships take up more time than residency.
So Craig and I made the decision to not wait for a more convenient time, but to jump into this adventure together. God has gotten us where we are now, and through Him, we will be the best parents we can be.
So, as we enjoy our last few days as just Craig, Ashley, and Jada, here is a look through my pregnancy, complete with a growing belly, a baby shower, and a finally complete nursery.