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We’re having a BABY!!!

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By now you’ve probably seen the news! We’re having a BABY!!! I have to admit that I’m feeling a little relieved that we don’t have the GIANT secret anymore!! We have known since JUNE 8th that we were pregnant and we’ve been keeping it a secret ever since! We prayed for this and we tried since the beginning of 2016. We knew that God had been preparing us for this season for a while now and so we trusted that His timing would be perfect. That is easier to say than it is to do.

Michael and I found out that our best friends Bud and Jill and my sister and her husband were expecting and we were so excited!!! We had all been kind of talking about how we were getting closer to this next season of life and then all of a sudden BAM! It was happening!!! It was in those few months after finding out about their pregnancies that Michael and I learned to trust God in a whole new way. When I found out that I was pregnant two months later, I honestly couldn’t believe it. I was in shock. I always wanted to do a big SURPRISE to tell Michael but after several months of trying, I decided to just randomly take a pregnancy test when we were both home one morning and as soon as it read positive, I yelled from the bathroom “Uh Michael!! This thing says I’m pregnant! That can’t be right!!!”.

He agreed with me! We didn’t believe it! So I took another…. and it was immediately positive!! I remember my hands were shaky and we didn’t even know what to say. I was too shocked to even cry (that came later!). We called Buddy and Jill right then and there because they had JUST left our house 30mins prior. We called them and we didn’t even know what to say. I had a REALLY shaky video of the call and once they answered, Michael and I just sat in silence and they guessed what was happening!! Queue the tears!!!

We had an engagement session that night in DC and so we made plans to tell our families on the way up and on the way back through. We were so blessed to be able to tell our entire immediate families in person all on the same day!!! Some of you may remember that we lost a dear friend back in June and we actually found out about the baby the day before his funeral. In some ways, it seemed like God was giving our family a new sense of hope during such a hard week. I start crying every time I think about it. We know that this is such a gift that we don’t deserve. We also know that this little person was God’s idea to begin with and that He has been planning his/her life since before time began. Every time we see an ultrasound we’re just amazed at how miraculous new life is! My baby app tells me every week that organs are forming, growing and developing and even from week FIVE, this little girl/guy had a heartbeat! It was the size of an APPLE SEED and it had a HEARTBEAT! It’s just all so amazing!!

What’s also amazing is that I get to be pregnant with my little sister. It’s so perfect because she’s not a worrier. I’m the worrier of the two of us! So she’s experiencing everything 8 weeks ahead of me and can reassure me that certain things are normal and that nothing is wrong. We just spent a week together at the lake and my favorite memory was when we were sleeping in the same bed one night and after staying up talking until 2 am, we decided we needed to go to bed! So we rolled over and tried to fall asleep for about 10 mins and then I realized that I stayed up way too late and I felt kinda sick and needed to eat something before I started gagging!! So I said “Oh no Emy! I need food!” and she responded with “Well lucky for you I brought the whole bag of animal crackers to bed with me!”!! She rolled over with our snack and we laughed about how embarrassing it would be if someone walked in and saw the two of us pregnant ladies munching on animal crackers at 2 O’clock in the morning!!! It’s such a gift to be pregnant together. We always hoped for this but we knew that is wasn’t likely that it would happen. I get teary just thinking about how gracious God has been in the timing of it all.

Speaking of the timing of it all, I’m due on VALENTINES DAY!! My sister Emy is due on CHRISTMAS DAY!! What’s even crazier to think about is that there will be TWO babies at my brother’s wedding in MAY!!! Needless to say BOTH sets of our parents are thrilled and we’re about to experience one of the most exciting seasons of our lives!!! We DO plan on finding out the GENDER in a couple of months and as of today, I’m 14 weeks! Everything looks normal and we’re praying everyday for a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy. I have had moments of feeling nauseous but I’ve never actually gotten sick. Fingers crossed that I’m past that point but who knows! I’ve been so blessed that I have made it through the majority of our HOTTEST weddings this summer without any issues!! We should be in our new house two months before the baby and our builders have been GREAT about understanding that we have a hard deadline now!! We’re aiming for a mid-November move-in!!!

We are so thankful for this season. There is so much happening and so much to learn along the way. We’re SO thankful for all of the sweet comments, texts and calls. You all are so good to us. Thank you for being so excited for us and this new adventure!!!! :):)

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xoxo, Katelyn
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  1. Kimberly reply

    Congrats! Such great news! Many blessings!

  2. Brianna Venzke reply

    Oh Katelyn what a blessing!!!! You knew at Creative at Heart then, and I connected that dots when you were asking about having a little at the same time as your best friend or sister, it’s such a blessing! So incredibly happy for you and your little that will be oh so loved.

  3. Sandy reply

    From a fellow showiteer congrats a million I’m beyond happy for you and Micheal and your sissy.

  4. Amanda Cromer reply

    Congrats! I’m so excited for you! My eyes swelled up with tears. I just love the last picture – you can just feel how much love is in your family. Your little one is going to be so loved <3

  5. Sheri Berke reply

    You guys are a gift to watch as you go through this amazing journey. Your joy is infectious! You are blessed beyond measure and may that continue.

  6. Lilli D reply

    you and your family are so cute. congratulations!

  7. Rici reply

    Love the big family photo! so cool!!! :*

  8. Lauren reply

    Oh this made me tear up! I am so excited for you guys! I also giggled a little because we found out the same way and didn’t believe it! You’re one week (exactly) behind me! Enjoy every second!!!!

  9. Brittany Fry reply

    Congratulations!!! We are also due with our first February 16th. It’s so exciting and just plain amazing!!!

  10. Peggy Horton reply

    Dear Katelyn and Michael,
    Today is Wayne and my 47th wedding anniversary. It was like receiving a precious gift to read your wonderful news. I know that you and Michael will be great parents. Best wishes to your sweet sister also and for the other wonderful events happening in your family. I am enjoying the beautiful pictures from Erin and Kyle’s fairytale wedding in France . Thank y’all again for the excellent job that you did in photographing this event for us. I relive it daily through the beautiful pictures. Good luck and enjoy every day of your pregnancy.
    Love from Wayne and Peggy Horton.

  11. Dessie Atkinson reply

    Congratulations!! I was due on Valentine’s Day as well, such a special time. Luckily, you get to be big and pregnant over winter, not during the hot summer!!!

  12. Molly Sanchez reply

    Katelyn,
    I know we have never meet but I enjoy absorbing you joyful spirit through your posts and social media, while looking to your example of how you are a loving servant to your couples. I have tried implementing a servant’s heart to my own couples.
    I just wanted to say congratulations on your little one!
    warmly, Molly

  13. Sabrina reply

    Oh my goodness, whether it’s happy tears or just my own 12 week pregnancy hormones, I just cried through your entire post! God is so good and so faithful and I know your families are so thrilled!! Also, thank goodness for sisters and women who don’t worry as much as we do and can reassure us with our crazy pregnancy things

  14. Amy Brown reply

    Congratulations!! Pregnancy is such an amazing experience (even with nausea and bloated weight gain haha) Thank you so much for sharing your news with a bunch of strangers, I can not wait to watch your little one grow!

  15. Kristina W. reply

    This was such amazing news and then I realized I hadn’t known Jill was pregnant! Woohoo! So awesome for everyone! Congratulations!

  16. Lauren Swann reply

    Yay, Yay, Yay!!! I just literally can’t think of anything else to say about it :) :) :)

  17. Brooke reply

    I am so happy for you and your families!!! What an exciting time for everyone. It is truly a blessing that you and Emy are pregnant at the same time; it will be so fun to watch your children grow up together!! I am so happy for you all!! :)

  18. Jill Powers reply

    YES YES YESSSSSSS!!!!! I’m tearing up just reading this and thinking about how sweet this season is!!! Thank you, Jesus!!! xoxoxo

  19. Alora Rachelle reply

    Oh my goodness so excited for you! We are also due on Valentines Day! Congrats Katelyn! What exciting news!!

  20. Elizabeth reply

    Those pictures make me so SO happy!!! I love the engaged/expecting/excited signs. :) :) :) And how incredible that you get to walk alongside your sister in this same experience. DID I MENTION I’M EXCITED FOR YOU?! :)

  21. Caroline Logan reply

    I am just smiling so big at this. God is overwhelmingly good :):):)

  22. Ashlie Muller reply

    Congratulations!!! I’ve been following you and your business for awhile now and this is my first blog comment. I feel like I kinda know you in a way, since I follow you on social media, so I’m super excited for you both! I’m sure its going to be a cute baby!

  23. Nikki reply

    My favorite of all your blog posts! So excited for you guys in this new season!!! <3

  24. Jacinthe Soulard reply

    Wow… Now it’s my turn not to know what to say!!! I’m speechless and SO darn excited and thankful for these wonderful, amazing news!!!!!!! Congratulations on the new baby, Katelyn and Michael!!!!! <3 And congrats to Emi and her hubby, too! I'm tearing up over here. Just so excited and happy for you all! God is indeed incredibly Good. Woah. <3

  25. Becky reply

    So excited for the two of you!!! My husband and I have tried our entire marriage (nearly 19 years) to get pregnant including fertility treatments. When I started with a new company we found out that they included IVF in their medical package so for the first time we could afford it. We just completed our first cycle and found out on Thursday that WE’RE PREGNANT! We are so excited to start this long awaited journey. I am like you, Katelyn, an natural worrier. I am completely terrified of every pain or feeling, but learning how to manage it. Wishing you and Michael many blessings!! Congrats!!!

  26. Holly reply

    Congrats friends!! Cousins and bestie babies all at the same time! Yay!! Enjoy this season, it is fun to plan and prepare and dream! (and sleep in and nap!)

  27. Shelley Hohe reply

    This post is filled with so much joy and excitement! As my mom used to tell me during special occasions she could not attend (like prom) “I wish I could be a little bird so I can experience this special time too”. Thankfully we live in the days of blogging, so thank you for sharing this special time with us through your posts! What a blessed year for your entire family…God is so so good. Praying for God to help you through times of nausea and worry!!! These are very natural feelings during pregnancy. Try to just enjoy it as this time while you carry your baby inside you will go by so fast! Congratulations and Lord bless you my sweet sister in Christ!!!

  28. Debbie Marshall reply

    Congratulations to Katelyn & Michael!

    I have been following you for some time & bought some of your products.

    You are an inspiration to my husband & I in our business!

    We have 2 small children & have been building our wedding photography business around jobs & family!

    I can’t wait to hear all about your journey & how you guys manage family & business.

    Congrats again & welcome to the mommy club!

    Warmly,

    Debbie & Craig

  29. Cassia Elisabeth reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

  30. Meredith Jamison reply

    Oh my goodness Katelyn! I am so over the moon excited for you, Michael and all of your family! I can not wait to see all your updates about your pregnancy and (of course) ‘meet’ sweet baby when he/she arrives! Congrats!! YAY!!!

  31. Cristi reply

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you and your sweet family! Praying for you and your sweet babe that you have a healthy, happy, and blessed pregnancy and delivery. ❤️❤️❤️

  32. Brianna reply

    I’m so excited for you guys! I’m expecting my first baby as well and my due date is one week before yours! February 7th! It still amazes me every day that there is a tiny human being growing inside of me. God’s miracle of life is outstanding! God Bless you and your baby and your whole family during this exciting time!

  33. Jennie karges reply

    Oh my heavens. I could cry. What an incredible little miracle you have on your hands and good heavens the Lords hand is in everything. I just love his tender mercies. Thanks for sharing. I can’t tell you how excited I am for you. Don’t be surprised if I come up and hug you hard at united because mom life is the BEST LIFE. and i want to welcome you to the group! So over the moon for you

  34. Anna-christina reply

    Oh my word!! I started getting all teary-eyed just because I’m so excited for the both of you!!
    Prayin for you<3
    Anna-Christina

  35. Trina reply

    What a FUN year of milestones for your family!! Enjoy the journey :)!!

  36. Ashley Ziegler reply

    I’m SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!! :) What a fun time in life!! :)

  37. Karen reply

    <3 …. this will change everything in ways you cannot imagine! Abundant blessings to you during this special time! :)

  38. Ashley durance reply

    Huge congrats Katelyn! We are due February 27th after almost two years of trying so I definitely can relate to the honesty in your post! Thrilled for you, and best of luck!

  39. Kelsey reply

    Hey Katelyn,
    I just saw on Facebook that you are expecting again. Congrats!! I recall you posting a little something before Evy was born about your fear of not being able to have a baby. Did you ever do a post on this? I would love to know how you overcame that fear. Wishing you and Michael all the best!

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