Speaking of Growing Miracles…

Ice Ice Baby Pregnancy Announcement

A lot love created a little Lev. Coming April 2014.

Out of difficulties grow miracles.

I chose yesterday’s quote (in the heading above) for a very special reason.

For me, it totally sums up how I feel about this pregnancy and the journey we have been on for the past four years. One that has been filled with difficulties, as well as an immense amount of love and growth. The culmination being this little baby that is growing and developing inside of me.

In sharing the news with friends and loved ones, and then again through Facebook and Twitter, I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, support, and tears of joy that have resulted. It has been such a beautiful gift to be on the receiving end of so many blessings, prayers, and love.

I also continue to be humbled and honored to hold the space as other women share their stories of infertility and loss. I will never forget the time it took us to conceive, the struggles we went through, and the lessons I learned along the way.

Being pregnant doesn’t erase any of that, it merely gives context for how honored and blessed I feel to be bringing this life into the world.

Ice Ice Baby Pregnancy Announcement

And now for the fun stuff…

(As signified by our Ice Ice Baby announcement photo.)

As we’ve been announcing the pregnancy, a few questions continue to come up. I figured I’d answer them here too, interview style. That way, if you want to know you can. And if you don’t, feel free to ignore this section.

When are you due?
As far as we know (and have been told), April 27th, 2014. But really, it’s whenever this baby decides to enter the world. Could be closer to the middle of April or as late as May. Either way, I’ll be thrilled to hold this baby in my arms and soak in that new baby smell (so divine).

I’m bad at math, how far along does that make you?
I am 15 weeks as of Sunday.

How are you feeling?
Honestly, great. I have been quite blessed to miss out on the morning sickness and nausea that 75% of pregnant women experience. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve experience some nausea and some indigestion, but it’s been totally manageable. My energy has been great, with one short week around Week 12 where I was exhausted all the time and could only get about 2-3 hours of anything done. That was less than fun, but damn lucky considering.

Are you going to find out if it’s a boy or girl?
Yes. We decided we’ve had enough surprises along the way, that we just want to know. Had we gotten pregnant earlier, we probably would have opted to find out at birth. Such is life.

Will you still be doing the coaching?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is yes, but…

I’ve alluded to changes in the past, and know that my coaching practice will continue to evolve as my life experiences evolve. Having said that, I will be taking a break (not sure how long yet) starting in April and enjoying time with our babe, and adjusting to being a mama. I will also be phasing out business coaching (that will happen through Propelle only). Other changes will probably be taking shape over the next 5-6 months, so I’ll keep you posted.

Is this space turning into a mommy blog?
No, no, and no. I have nothing against mommy blogs, I think they are fantastic. I just don’t want to run one! While I may share about the pregnancy or other related tidbits, it will be few and far between. So for those that aren’t interested in pregnancy, no worries. For those that are, I can direct you to some fabulous blogs.

Can we see the rest of the announcement photos?
But of course! We were cheeky and asked people to vote on their favorite pictures to use for our “official” pregnancy announcement. Suffice to say the first picture in this post is the one that got the most votes, with Ice Ice Baby coming in close second. The rest were fun, though didn’t get quite as many votes. Many thanks to My Mama for taking the photos. She’s ah-may-zing photographer.

Official link here » http://on.fb.me/1b7DB6f

Have any other questions?
Feel free to ask. If you hadn’t guessed by now, I’m a pretty open book. And if I don’t want to answer it, I won’t.

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Emily Levenson is a meditation encourager, mama, and Pittsburgh enthusiast. She recently launched a podcast called Nourish + Flourish and is a co-pilot at Propelle.

Comments

  1. Reply Emily, I'm so thrilled for you!! You're gonna make a wonderful mom. <3
  2. Reply So so so so so so so SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to the point of tears for you three! :)
  3. Reply Woooooooooooooooo!
  4. Reply Wonderful news!! :-)
  5. Reply Congratulations Emily (& your "hubster" of course)! Best wishes for a happy & healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery with no surprises! Enjoy every moment as it goes so fast!
  6. Reply Congratulations! I'm choosing to remain anonymous here as it's a sensitive subject (been dealing with unexplained infertility for 2.5+ years), but I have a question. I'm curious if you took any steps to improve your chances of a successful conception based on the struggles you experienced in the past? I've tried acupuncture & countless other tips and tricks, so I'm always interested in how others have achieved success. Any light shed on the topic would be greatly appreciated!
    1. Reply B: Thank you for your kind words. I wish I could say there was a "tip" or "trick" that finally did it for us. I too have been doing acupuncture for a long time, as well as several other energetic therapies (cellular expansion, reiki, EFT, meditation). All have been wonderful and a big help in keeping me balanced and sane throughout the process. I do think, in the end, what made the most difference for me was just trusting the journey AND my body. For someone dealing with "unexplained" infertility, miscarriage and a host of other things, that was a really hard thing to do. Once I could step back and just trust in the process, it became much easier (and way more fun). Was that the magic bullet? Who knows. It certainly wasn't an easy thing to do. Wishing you luck, and success of your own.
  7. Reply Thank you everyone for your kind words and love!!
  8. Reply Huge congrats, Emily and Dad to be!! Thrilled to hear your happy news. Good wishes for a happy, healthy pregnancy. Thinking of you! Take care of yourself and the new babe too. Cheers.
  9. Reply Congratulations!
  10. Reply Congrats on the coming addition to the family, they're lots of fun and great that you guys were able to make it work after what sounds like a rough time along the way... Hope the next 25-or-so weeks go well for you, a new chapter coming your way!
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