Thursday, June 30, 2011

We're Having A...BABY!?!?

What’s a girl to do after giving away all her maternity clothes and most of their baby things?  Well, have another baby of course!

Having four children in under five years has been a BIG blessing and made things pretty busy for me and my husband!  When the decision arose about whether or not we would be adding to our little clan, I was game for one or two more (a few years down the road, naturally!) but when my husband, Bob, said the number four was sitting pretty for him, I decided to support that decision 100%.  If God were going to change his mind, that was fine by me BUT I wasn’t going to attempt that one on my own.  As a way of letting go of any expectations, I gave away all my maternity clothes and any baby items and clothes we had outgrown.

Then, one day, it happened.  I made a run for the toilet, sure I was about to lose my lunch and thinking it was something I ate.  The next day, I felt sick again and wasn’t so sure bad food could be blamed again.  Thinking the odds were set against us (nursing 24/7, using protection and not to mention I hadn’t had a visit from old Aunt Flo in eight months), we grabbed a pregnancy test but I was so sure it would be negative that I threw it away the moment I saw a blue line.  Well, it must have been something I ate after all I thought as I tossed the box in the trash too.  But something on the box made me freeze and do a double take: wait, a BLUE line means PREGNANT?!  

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  (also known as OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

I frantically dug out the test and confirmed that I hadn’t had a case of food poisoning, I was growing a baby!

I walked downstairs on jello legs to where my family was starting dinner.  They were in the middle of praying when I walked in and I looked at each one of our children in a fresh way: Gabby clapping and grinning because she loves the kid’s prayer song, the boys squeezing each other’s hands during the prayer to the point of losing a finger, EvaLee peeking with one eye and my sweet husband trying to keep the peace while I was away.  Our family was going to change and even though it wasn’t what I had planned for this season, my heart was overflowing
with joy.

“Well,”  I said as soon as they finished their prayer, “Let’s say a prayer for the new baby too!”  I caught Bob’s eye that grew bigger with each second as reality set in.  Of course, he immediately became Bill Nye the Science Guy, 

“What?...That’s very unlikely!  Let’s take another test before we confirm it.”  Okay, good idea: that was logical and level-headed.  That’s what anyone would say to KEEP FROM PANICKING!!

The next day, another blue line confirmed that Baby Cole #5 was indeed coming soon so I placed a call to our clinic.

“OH MY GOSH!”  The nurse exclaimed into the phone when I explained our situation (I guess it’s the going trend), “Well, you must come in right away, you could be four weeks or you could be four MONTHS!”

That made me really laugh, “Don’t worry, when I’m four months I can barely make it through doors sideways so I’m quite sure I can’t be that far along but I’ll come in as soon as I can.”

An ultrasound later that week showed a beautiful little heart beating on the screen and gave us a February fifth due date.  Later that night, my logical and level-headed husband greeted me with a huge hug and a sweet card.

“I’m taking you out tonight.”  He grinned, “Were celebrating.”

“So…does this mean you’re excited?”  I asked.

“Baby, this makes all my dreams come true.  I am SO excited!”  Then he winked at me, “And this also means I have until February to be a man because we’ll be making it official that the Coles are only birthing five children!”

That sounded good to me.

Now…about that shopping trip for maternity clothes…

Note to my readers: Due to being pretty sick and trying to keep up with the rest of my gang, I’ll only be posting blogs for awhile Monday and Wednesday mornings.  Friday mornings I’ll post something fun, like a recipe or pictures.  Thank you!!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! So happy and excited for you. Looking forward to hearing the melody this joyful surprise adds to your house! ~Jessica

Zazzy Episodes said...

Yay, I'm so excited and thrilled for your family. It'll be amazing how God helps you through this new stage in life with another little one under foot. God bless you and your family.

Jamie Jordan said...

How wonderful! Oh..the blessing of children! I just had Jenna Mae two days ago, and can't believe how much I love her already! Feb 5th, here it
comes. : )

Daisylin said...

Tara and Bob!!! What can I say! I am thrilled to hear this awesome news, and I can honestly say I'm glad its YOU COLES that are having a 5th child, and not some other family..because you are honestly some of the best, most Godly examples of parents, and you deserve this and this baby deserves such wonderful parents such as yourselves! Congrats, God bless, and Tara, we'll have to have a pregnancy clothes donation party and a baby shower for you too since you are sans baby stuff! God will provide, I gave away EVERYTHING 2 WEEKS before I got preg with Max, and God provided an abundance of new items. Its his will, and he will meet all your need 100% :)

Anonymous said...

Wow - congratulations!! Looking forward to reading about the progression of your newest little one. Your husband is so sweet :)

Hope you start feeling better soon.

Tara Cole said...

Thanks, Jessica & Rachel! Jamie, CONGRATS to you, that is so exciting! How do you like being mom of two now? Daisy, appreciate those kind words. Katherine, I am blessed with a sweetie pie and thanks!!