A Surprise!

So yesterday I promised to tell why our families were so surprised at the airport, and I'm sure you'll be surprised too...

We're having a baby!!!

Somehow we managed to keep it a secret from our families til we came back to the States for home leave. But as soon as we landed, we sprung it on them, via photo time. We told our family members, let's take a photo together! When Andrew took the photo and said, Say, Whitney's pregnant!, there were a few laughs, then a moment of silence followed by, Wait - are you serious?!?

Top left: Andrew's mom, me, my sister, my dad, my mom, Andrew's mom, Andrew's sister
Top middle: Andrew's grandmother
Bottom middle: my two sisters and Andrew's brother

Baby Conard will be the first grandbaby on both sides, so our families are all pretty shocked and excited.  

I figured I'd go ahead and answer some of the most common questions I've gotten so far about our baby, just to get it out there!

Was this planned?

Yup! This past spring, Andrew and I spent a lot of time praying about what we should do in the next year. We decided to renew the contract with Samaritan's Purse for one more year. But we didn't want to wait til we got back to the States to have a baby. If you talked to me about this at all last year, you are probably really surprised, because I was very anti-baby! But the Lord did a lot of work on my heart, showing me that he is in control, he can take care of us, and that I don't need to be so afraid. I finally let go of my worries, and we decided to let nature take its course. And God ensured a quick conception before we could change our minds! Sometimes I do feel a moment of panic, like, What the heck were we thinking?!? But every day, I feel more confident and joyful that God has planned this time in our lives, and that having a baby in Cambodia will be an amazing experience.

How far along are you?

We found out pretty quickly - at around 4 weeks gestation, at the end of June. I am 14 weeks along (about 3 1/2 months). The baby is due March 1st. You can see our latest ultrasound photo from 2 weeks ago:

Have you been feeling sick?

July was pretty miserable for me - lots of nausea and exhaustion - as in, taking 3 naps a day, no energy at all, feeling like a zombie. I only got really sick a few times, but when the smell of toasting bread makes you sick, you know you're miserable. Thankfully I'm through the first trimester already and feeling more like myself - except starving all the time!!!

Will you have the baby in Cambodia?

Because the healthcare is a little scary in Poipet, we are planning to have the baby in Bangkok. That means we'll move there a few weeks before my due date and stay a few weeks after the delivery to process a passport and visa for the baby. We've already found a doctor and a hospital that we love, and some friends have offered to let us stay with them while we are in Bangkok. All of that transpired a few weeks ago during a weekend trip to Bangkok, and I felt so overwhelmed by God's goodness in meeting all of our needs!

This is going to be a crazy journey over the next 6 months, and we definitely need your support and prayers! Even though we'll be returning to Cambodia next month, we still value your input, prayers, and encouragement - in fact, we thrive on it. Having a baby overseas will be a challenging experience, but God has already proven himself so faithful. We don't have amazing faith - I admit I doubt often. But we do have a strong God who can provide for all our needs.

Thank you for being part of our journey!
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