Expecting the unexpected

hope-big-sister.jpgSo though we’ve known for a couple of weeks now, it’s finally time we break the news. In fact, Hope has been the best at telling everyone so why not start there:

So does this mean you’re pregnant?


When did you find out?

We officially found out the news on Valentine’s Day.

How far along are you and when is the baby due?

We found out today that I’m nearly 7 weeks pregnant. We’re excited to announce that baby Kern is due on October 19th, 2007. Thankfully, not on our anniversary or my birthday – though the date is very close.

How is Hope taking the news?

Hope is absolutely thrilled. She’s been drawing lots of pictures of her and the baby and she’s been dancing around the house chanting her new song “My Momma’s going to have a baby…” over and over. Her other new song is “I’m going to be a big sister”. She’s very proud and we knew as soon as we told her it’d be tough to keep it a secret for long.

So how have you been feeling?

baby-kern.jpgUmmm. Pregnant. Okay, really in three words – Nauseous, fatigued, and emotional. After having two miscarriages prior to Hope the first trimester has always been the biggest challenge for me. But I’m in great spirits, especially after this morning. I underwent an ultrasound to confirm the due date and it was a HUGE relief to see the little pitter patter of the baby’s heart!

Do you plan to continue to work?

Ummm. Yes. Absolutely. Me not work? I would go crazy if I didn’t continue to work. I’m sure along the way I’ll be resting a lot but I do have every intention to work up to the point that I have the baby and I plan to return shortly thereafter.

This is pretty surprising news, I didn’t realize you guys were trying to have a baby. Was this expected or unexpected?

Yes, we’ve placed this baby into God’s hands and figured when the time was right we’d get pregnant – we couldn’t feel more blessed. So in a way, we’ve been expecting this, but it’s been quite some time so we’re actually quite surprised.

We certainly hope the rest of the pregnancy goes well! Is there anything else you’d like to share with those reading?

Thanks. And thanks for all the support from friends and family. We’ll continue to say our prayers. For those who haven’t heard the news just know I’ll be talking with many of you soon. Obviously I’ve been a bit busy and tired.

Awesome – way to go. Now you can relax – the cat’s out of the bag. Oh, and did you just interview yourself?

Haha. Why yes, I did. Hope you all enjoy the news!

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  1. Congrats my friend!

    Now you will have someone else to bring to Nicole’s wedding on Jan 1, 08 🙂

    Luv ya!

  2. Wow. That’s great. Congrats.

  3. THAT’s AWESOME!!!!
    congrats… i’ll bet Hope is excited.

  4. Congrats. Oct. 19th – that’s my birthday.

  5. Congratulations! Just remember the guy who taught you XHTML & CSS. Not that I’m hinting anything, just reminding you not to forget. 😉

  6. Wow, we can tell everyone know. It was killing us. Congratulations and it has your nose, Jason’s mouth and Hope’s eyes.

  7. Oh at last, now we can communicate the great news!
    Hope you feel better and don’t hesitate to ask if you need anything!
    Big Hug!!!
    Say “hola” to Hope for me!

  8. Hope and I had our conversation as you know. I just wanted to let you know how happy you guys made me. I’m going to be an aunt again. Of course, you know my boys are wanting a boy! Love you all.

  9. Congratulations!!!!!!! =)

  10. OMG!!! Congratulations, Amanda!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m so happy for you guys!!


  11. Congratulations to the interviewer, the interviewee, the mother-to-be, the father-to-be, and the sister-to-be from the aunt-to-be! With much love.

  12. That is wonderful!!! I will be praying for a healthy baby!!
    Aunt Deb

  13. Awwwww! Congratulations!!! everyone is having babies! hahaha! My best friend is due in April, My sister just had a baby in January (the 9th, on MY Birthday!!! 🙂 ) I got to participate in the birth of my neice, it was an amazing experience, I will never forget it as long as I live. Make sure you let us know if there is going to be a baby shower! I am so happy for you, God bless you and your family! aawwwww…

  14. Haha, nice interview ;p

    Congrats! How exciting!

    And I LOVE Hope’s drawing of the baby sitting on her arm, so cute! hehee

  15. Congratulations! WOW!
    Tell Hope and Jason Hello!
    Love Ya Kesha

  16. Thanks for all the support and warm wishes – they’ll certainly help me get through this first trimester.

    @Terri – yes, all the boys are routing for a boy, to include Jason. Hope though still wants a baby sister but she said she could handle a brother. I think we all agree that we’ll be happy with a healthy baby.

    @Katie – It’s a bit early for me to even think baby shower at this point. But I’m sure once we get much closer we’ll do something to gather with friends and family. And to think how heartbroken I was in the fall selling all of Hope’s baby stuff with the uncertainty if we’d have another baby. We have next to nothing left from when Hope was a baby.

  17. thats great news amanda congratulations

  18. Congrats!! I am praying things go well for you. I know Hope has got to be very excited. Tell her she will make a great big sister!! Love you guys. I’ll be coming that way soon to interview at the USF I’ll call you (if you answer :o)

  19. Ahhh HA! That explains how you were feeling in class. 🙂
    Wow- that is very exciting news, and I hope the next couple of months are smooth for you. I’ll say a prayer for a healthy baby.

  20. Congratulations to the new edition to your family!!!! That’s SO exciting!!!

  21. Jason, Amanda, & Hope

    What fantastic news, I couldn’t be happier for you!!!

    Have a great pregnancy and enjoy every day of it even the morning sickness (if possible):)

    All my love and prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!

    P.s. can’t wait to see you in April

  22. Amanda, Jason, and Hope…Congratulations to the three of you, on your soon to be fourth member of a great family! 🙂 HOOAH!

    Warmest regards,

    W. Wagner

  23. Congrats to you, Jason and Hope!! Tell Hope to keep the drawings coming!! I love them!! I’m sure all who know you will keep you and yours in prayer. Pic is great Hope!!!! Let us know boy or girl when time comes……………do you even want to know?? Love to you all…………..Rick and Barb

  24. Thanks. With Hope we never found out if she was going to be a boy or girl. This time around we still haven’t totally made up our mind, though we’re leaning towards finding out this time so we’re better prepared. 🙂

  25. wow. i hope the best for you guys. i miss my little Hope. e mail me

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