Below is the birth story of welcoming our 8 lb 5 oz 20.75 inch little…
Oh How Things Are Changing…
Well, the beans have officially spilled and even typing this out still seems a little unreal. We’re expecting! A baby.. Our baby… A little Stiemsma! This entire process is hands down the most amazing thing in the world and we are getting to experience it, how blessed are we!?
I had my inclinations that there was a chance I was pregnant, due to stopping birth control in December and a “not not-trying mentality”. So I decided to take a test. I immediately called out to Greg from the bathroom, “Umm Greg… *giggles in shock*.”
He knew right away what that meant.
I think both Greg and I wanted to jump up and down and cry tears of happiness, but the truth is- neither of us reacted that way. We were incredibly filled with joy but the shock and surprise (in a good way) was so overwhelming we almost didn’t have words or actions to express how we felt. Both of us quickly found ourselves apologizing for lack of emotions, but it was mutual and we were on the same page with things.
Over the next few weeks reality slowly set it, and even into today, we just can’t believe that we will be bringing a child into this world!
So What Now, Baby?
Well, my mind is turning and I know Greg’s is too. The idea of being parents to us is an incredible journey (rewarding and challenging) that we’re ready for. I’ve done lots of reading and pinning (if you follow me on Pinterest I’m sure you already knew I was pregnant, lol). Planning for the nursery and hunting for tips/tricks/hacks on pregnancy, and a few “what to expect” books… Truth is, I don’t know what to look for or buy, but I know we’ve got lots of time.
More than anything I am so impressed with God. Look at what he made possible! Look at what the woman’s body can do – a process that all mothers share yet it is so incredibly different for us all and I love that even more about it.
When I was a kid myself, I never imagined what my wedding would be like but I did always imagine what being pregnant would be like. I thought I would be the lady that put headphones on their belly because it supposedly made the child more intelligent. Hey, I never said I still wasn’t going to do that, but the belly isn’t quite big enough yet. This pregnancy journey is exciting and unknown for sure but we are taking one day at a time and feeling so excited for this change in our lives. And, we are thrilled to finally share the news with the rest of the world!
More Changes on Our Horizon
Other than an expanding family, Greg and I both have some exciting career changes.
After about a year and a half with my current company, I had an opportunity with a new company unravel. Like most good things, it wasn’t something I was looking for. I had helped out with a small basketball video gig at this new company and found myself incredibly passionate about their mission and products as well as fitting in great with their team.
After a few conversations and a lot of thinking on my end, I accepted a full-time position with Dr. Dish, a basketball training company that specializes in shooting equipment. I officially joined their marketing team this week and couldn’t be happier about it. Seems like a pretty good fit, would you agree?
Now for Greg, I need to brag a little bit about him. Once Greg was out of the NBA our relationship definitely had its challenges, something that comes with most transitioning times. We were used to long distance and space, and now we were together 24/7. I started working full time and I wanted Greg to hop directly into another career and discover his passions. Over time, my patience grew and I learned this transition wasn’t going to happen over night. I still joke that he is a “stay at home dog dad”, which, he still is. I never meant that as an insulting thing. Anyone who knows Greg knows he is kind, loving, caring, patient, and selfless. I love him at home, but part of me still wanted more for him. He needs to touch more people with his grace & talents!
Now, two years have passed and Greg is finding his footings in a second career. He took the initiative to take real estate classes and do some basketball training on the side and I couldn’t be more excited to see doors open for him! Oh, and did I mention he is now an official Keller Williams Realtor? Most of you know that we have some rental experience, and with Greg being a great people-person, the fit is stellar.
We don’t know exactly what life will look like after baby arrives due to some of these changes, but we are not worried about finding a balance for Mom, Dad and Baby. Whoops- and Diezel of course!
More pregnancy updates to come.
17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
*Photos taken by photographer Katy Kalleberg- see her gorgeous IG feed!