hey, look! it's our traditional semi-annual family self-portrait. you can see how much has changed--and hasn't changed--here and here.
and now for a bit of news:
the olsons are expecting a baby! hooray! a few details:
- i am currently 21 weeks along. (more like 17 in the photos; i've grown since then)
- the baby is due in march.
- we've decided to keep with tradition and be surprised about the whole boy/girl thing.
- we've had an ultrasound. baby looks healthy and perfect, and it's definitely not a puppy. (sorry, asher.)
okay, so those are the basics. i have a little more to say on the matter, which is personal and maybe a bit heavy. i hope you'll excuse the abrupt change in tone, but it's important for me to be honest and real here, as vulnerable as that feels.
we've been a bit quiet about this pregnancy, which, frankly, has caused a raised eyebrow or two. some have inferred, or even directly implied, that we are not happy about this pregnancy. let me assure you, this is absolutely not true. we are thrilled/grateful/humbled to welcome another addition to our family. but the process of getting our family here has never been easy for us, and this pregnancy is no exception. the past several months have been some of the most difficult we've ever experienced. among other challenges, my health has been a very real issue, and for children whose life experience has taught them that Very Bad Things sometimes happen to moms and babies, it's taken a heavy emotional toll. now more than ever, our focus as parents has had to turn inward on our family, especially these little ones. i think most people understand that--the need to hunker down and take care of each other during hard times, but I just want to be clear. not shouting our news from the rooftops doesn't mean we aren't happy, or that we mean to exclude people from what's going on in our life. it just means that we're human, and that we're being selective with where our focus needs to be right now.
thanks for your understanding, support, and love.