For weeks, I have been anticipating this day. The day that I felt I could announce the happiest of news. We are 11 weeks pregnant!
I know this is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, a time of quiet reflection and repentance. Today was my appointment, so today is when I can tell you that my mind and heart have been worrying about this little soul ever since the New Year. We lost Augustine to miscarriage last year at around 9 weeks. I never got to see him. To see this little tiny person kicking and squirming around, even though I cannot feel those kicks yet, filled my heart with joy. The strong heartbeat could even be heard with the doppler instrument.
The strange thing is, my oldest will not be here when the baby is born. She will be settling in to college life at Franciscan University way off in Steubenville, Ohio. I am also filled with joy for Sophia, for this is where she really wants to be.
Hopefully, I can concentrate better on my Lenten goals now. As a family, we are going to try to say the Rosary each night and I will be spending more time reading Introduction to the Devout Life. I would like to finish it by Easter. May this Lenten season bring us all closer to our Lord.