11.10.2011

The "Adoption, then Surprise Pregnancy" Phenomenon


You hear stories about this phenomenon all the time. You know...that couples adopt and then unexpectedly conceive within a short time before or following the adoption. In fact, after months and months of infertility, a friend of mine was recently matched with a little girl in China. Within the same couple of weeks, they found out they are expecting a baby!! So they'll travel to China in February or March to bring home a sweet toddler, and then welcome a baby in April.

Well folks, the phenomenon has struck the Brown household. It is with glee and giddiness (and still some shock) that I announce we're expecting a miracle baby on June 16, 2012!!!
While conceiving has never really been our problem, sustaining the pregnancy has. At nine weeks, we've seen the heartbeat 4x and even saw our little bean moving yesterday. We are in awe! As one friend pointed out, this is our 7th pregnancy, and the number 7 is a heavenly and significant number according to Scripture. :) I hope our unexpected blessing will be encouragement to any of you who've experienced multiple miscarriages... a healthy pregnancy can happen! Don't give up hope. And for us, it was even earlier than we ever dreamed, expected, or planned. How's that for God surprising my pants off? (no pun intended) I usually feel like I'm waiting on His timing, but this time, He beat me to it! Ha! I love it.

All 3 kids are super excited. Hence why we're announcing earlier than we planned to. They've already made announcements to their school classes, babysitters, grocery store clerks, you name it. So we decided we might as well let everyone in on our sweet news before you hear it randomly through the grapevine.

We welcome your prayers as we continue through the pregnancy, particularly the remainder of my 1st trimester. We're not out of the woods yet, but the doctors feel very positive and have been monitoring me very closely. At this point, I'm finally experiencing a release from fear that has felt paralyzing at moments. I know God is good, even if we still lose this baby. But I'm choosing to enjoy every moment with awareness that this little bean is bringing us joy each day of its already precious life.

55 comments:

Burch said...

Congratulations, Kelley and family! We will keep you in our prayers. For a minute there, I thought 3 + 3 = 6 meant you were expecting triplets!!

Natalie at Our Old Southern House said...

that is AWESOME!!!! congratulations!! :-)

Martha said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I am SO thrilled for y'all! That is the best news I've heard all day. Praying for the whole fam and the new addition. Would love to see y'all soon and play with the kiddos. Hope you're feeling great!

The Payne Family Blog said...

SOOOOO exciting!!!! COngratulations!!!

B-Mama said...

Praise God!! How good is He?!! We will be belly buddies, as I'm due (quite surprisingly as well) with #5 in May! Congratulations many times over. Prayers too!

Laura said...

Over the moon for you!

Melissa Richie said...

okay.

1) the pictures is ADORABLE.
2) your pun seriously almost made me pee in my pants
3) i couldn't be happier for you guys.

i love you friend, and am overwhelmingly joyful about what God has in store. You all are in my prayers!

Melissa Richie said...

...and obviously, my degree in english didn't each me to proofread, spell or use correct capitalization.

yikes.

Ashley said...

soooooo excited for y'all Kelly!!! That is so amazing! I'll certainly be praying for a healthy pregnancy and for you to trust the Lord with that precious life in your belly!
That pic is the cutest thing ever!

Amy Parker said...

Congrats and prayers for a healthy pregnancy!

Vicky said...

Love the announcement photo! So cute and cleaver! I pray that you have a healthy pregnancy! This is awesome news!

Bobi said...

Yayyy, Kelley!!! Such exciting news!!! Congratulations to your precious family!

Eileen said...

Congratulations! Our friends were just recently surprised with TWINS! They already have 7 kids, with their oldest two in college!

Blessings to you through the rest of your pregnancy!

Emily said...

Congratulations, Kelley! I have heard of this phenomenon so many times, it's crazy! So thankful for God's blessing for you and your family in this precious little baby!! I love what you said about His timing finally being ahead of yours rather than having to wait on it - I know how hard it is to wait, so how joyful it is not to!! I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy and healthy little baby!!

Cheri said...

How sweet! Congratulations!

Rebekah said...

Congratulations!!! I loved your photo announcement! So creative!!!

Somewhere In The Sun said...

Congratulations! I so love seeing how God puts family's together!

Lindsey said...

I absolutely loved hearing the excitement in your voice as you shared this news. What a great testimony you have, Kelley! God is so good. His timing is perfect. What a blessing this precious miracle will be to your families and so many others. Excited for all the fun that is to come in your new family of 6!

Kim said...

OH. MY. STARS. Over the top excited for you and yours! Following Jesus is full of surprises! Congrats!

Jen said...

Kelley, My dearest congratulations. You will be in my prayers. Faith is amazing isn't it!

Jen

e said...

woo-hoo!!!! so so so excited for you all! i had a hunch :) so thankful!

The Hamiltons said...

Omg-what exciting news! So happy for you :) I am sure you are just as ready as I am to snuggle a newborn again!

Brittany said...

LOVE THIS!!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!! :)))))))

So excited for you and Scott;) Praying for you as you journey through this pregnancy!

Alicia said...

Overjoyed for y'all!! You better take us up on the meals this time around;) So excited!!!

Samantha said...

We are so excited for y'all! God is good

kristen elaine said...

praise Jesus! so happy for you!

Wayne & Brianna said...

I couldn't be more excited for you! It couldn't happen to a better woman!

Dawn said...

Wow! God is amazing! SO excited for you guys!

Laura Gail said...

Congratulations Kelley! I'm so happy for you!!!! Susan told me a little while ago because we are apparently 2 days apart. I'm due June 14th. I'm so thrilled for you and pray that everything goes smoothly for you and your little bean. :) Blessings, LG

Kris said...

This made me smile, ok, and tear up a little. Just so happy for you:)

Joyce said...

Oh how wonderful! I will keep you and your happy news in my prayers. Congrats!

Chinazhoumom said...

Love love the pic -perfect ! congratulations ! May you be blessed with the joy !
Carol in FL

Cindy said...

How awesome is that!!!! Love the picture! Congrats and Prayers for your pregnancy.

Erin said...

ahhhhhhh congratulations!!! i love your little family picture announcement!

Teresa M. said...

Awww, Kelley, congrats!!
What a beautiful family!
And you will have 3 helpers!!!!

Michelle said...

Kelley, that is awesome news! Congratulations! Your family just keeps growing and growing and all your kids are beautiful.

Ben and Leah said...

Thrilled for you!! God is amazing!

Kristy said...

I love this picture. Will continue to keep praying!

my3 kids said...

Congratulations to your family...Praying everything goes well for you:)

Gina Harris said...

Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations Kelley!!!! I know you have so longed to carry another little one!!! So exciting!!! Will be praying for you!

Gretchen said...

Congrats to you and your family. Very excited for you guys.

The Pughs said...

So excited for you and your family! What an amazing blessing from our Father! Will continue to lift you and your crowd up in prayer!

Danielle said...

I am so excited about your news, praising the Lord for this little blessing and super encouraged by what you wrote. He is so good in times of plenty and times of famine...and he multiplies our blessings at just the right time! Praying and rejoicing!

Amber said...

YAY! YAY! YAY! so excited for you! Praying for a full term healthy pregnancy for you and little baby. So exciting!

JJ said...

I JUST KNEW IT!!! WHAT a precious picture !!!

Kristin said...

I have read you blog for awhile and i just love how genuine you are about your family/life. your adoption stories warm my heart & inspire me to look into adoption in the future. congrats on the new bundle of joy! i am sure god will be watching over him or her to make sure everything goes smoothly. :)

Kelly the Overthinker said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! I remember first reading your blog when you got the referral for your first Chinese sweet pea...and now you will be mother to 4. :) Very exciting!

The Hoppers said...

I am so excited for you both! I know that this is a huge answer to prayer! And I have been praying that this would happen for you both, so now I can put a smiley face next to your name on my list!:) God bless, Kelley!

Elissa said...

Did you hear my scream all the way from Texas???? SO excited for your family - what an amazing blessing! He is a God of wonders indeed.

Jennifer Larson said...

I cannot think of a nicer family for this to happen to. (Terrible grammar on my part, but the sentiment is 10000 percent sincere!) Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations.

CMagbee said...

Kelley what wonderful news. Congratulations on your beautiful family. God has placed you both together for a reason and he has brought each child to you just the same. Love you bunches. Christy M. Valley, Al.

Ericka B. Jackson said...

HOW THRILLING!!!! Wonderful, beautiful, amazing! I'm SO happy for your sweet family!

That picture is just precious - too cute for words!

Love you all! Congratulations!

Julia said...

Congratulations to your family! I'm praying for a healthy pregnancy for mommy and baby. I know Britton and Lia Kate will be excited about a new baby in your family!

Julia

Patti said...

Sending celebratory hugs to you and your clan!! Blessings ~ Patti & family

christindeas said...

Cutest picture EVER!! Congratulations!! Celebrating with you and for you!