Thank you, everyone, for your kinds words of encouragement! I'm particularly encouraged by those of you whose children are closer than 24 months who have experienced this feeling of "Oh my gosh. What am I doing?" and are still alive to tell about it. Haha. What a relief. :)
My, oh my. How did we keep this secret so long? I don't think it's really been that long in the overall scheme of things, but I'll just tell you that among our church family there were three miscarriages in a short span of time, and when we found out we were pregnant, those hurts still felt fresh. I felt very strongly about putting some time and distance between these occurrences so that our friends could mourn and heal and it wouldn't feel like we were putting salt into their wounds. (And I hope that's okay.) Also, and you probably didn't know this unless you're related to me, but my cousin was pregnant and was due soon, and I just didn't want to steal any thunder. So I waited until after her bundle came into the world to finally share. (Welcome Baby Girl H!)
To further expound on the subject, we go back for our ultrasound mid-February, but just so you know ahead of time, we are not planning to find out the sex of this baby. The only reason we found out with Elsie was so that Eli could have peace of mind (i.e. so I could live with him for the last 5 months), but I wasn't fully convinced until I met her anyhow. The only exception to this is if we go and find out that--surprise--it's twins. But since that's highly unlikely (no double symptoms--though I guess two times zero is zero...so maybe--and no history that we know of), we're just going to say that we're not finding out. Misty, did B&M have any idea??? I had a dream early on that I had twins and that they were long and skinny like Barbie dolls. Anyway...
I tried to catch up with my principal this week to let him know I'll be out the first of the school year, but he's not an easy guy to catch near the end of the week. I'll have to try again this next week.
So, again, thanks for the encouragement. We really are excited, even though we are also overwhelmed. And I still can't believe this is happening. :)