And baby makes 5

Announcement

As I’m sure most of you have seen or heard Cole and I are expecting our first child on March 15, 2016!  We are absolutely over the moon about the news of Baby Acker and can’t wait to share this experience with all of you.

Some of you might know but we have been trying to get pregnant for over two years now.  I was beginning to feel hopeless over the fact that month after month and there was no sign of a baby.  I honestly didn’t think it would ever happen.  I didn’t attempt fertility treatments but a few months ago my doctor put me on a new medication to help regulate my body and I think that did the trick (even though I didn’t know it at the time).  I feel abundantly blessed by this little baby that I don’t even know yet.

On a whim I decided to take a pregnancy test, fully expecting it to be negative.  When it showed positive I was in complete shock!  I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry, or throw up lol.  Cole was in Japan at the time so I couldn’t tell him until hours later.  I had wanted to facetime with him so that I could see his expression but his internet wasn’t working so we had to talk on the phone.  He was also in complete shock because he was practically speechless.  So much so that I was a little worried that he wasn’t happy about the baby.  I found out later he was just so shocked.

When we finally had our first OB appointment I found out I was 11 weeks 4 days pregnant!  I had no idea I had been pregnant that long but the pieces started to come together when I remembered how bad I felt in July and how exhausted I’d been.  From the time I found out I was pregnant until my first appointment I was so worried of miscarriage.  It took us so long to get pregnant that I was convinced that this wasn’t going to happen and something would go wrong.  I prayed multiple times a day for the safety and health of my baby.  God is good.  When we saw the baby on the screen and saw it’s little heart beating I started laughing and crying, I was so relieved.   It even wiggled around a bit for us.  It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.

Sonogram 11 weeks

Our next appointment was a couple weeks ago.  Again I had been worried about the safety of the baby and I’ve been praying daily for him/her.  This was a shorter appointment where we discussed a few things and then we got to hear the heartbeat for the first time. It is hard to believe but I think hearing the heartbeat was even more amazing to me than seeing the movement on the screen.  It was a real heartbeat that is beating inside me and growing daily and depending on me to keep it healthy and to love it.

I am growing a life inside of me…how incredible is that?  Every day I still pray for the health and safety of little Baby Acker and I thank God for this gift.  And what a gift it is.

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One year ago today Cole and I arrived in Anchorage, Alaska.  The place where we would call home for the next four years.  I remember feeling excited and overwhelmed when we arrived.  I knew that this was the next chapter in our lives and I wasn’t sure what it held.  The past year has been fun, adventurous, difficult, happy, sad, and cold.  Mostly just cold though lol.

We’ve gotten to visit amazing and beautiful places in Alaska and there are so many more places to see.  At the same time it has been very difficult when we couldn’t see friends and family during the holidays, when my aunts have been sick, and just this past week when my mom broke her foot.

Honestly, Alaska is a pretty nice place to live.  So many beautiful things to see, so many fun outdoorsy things to do.  If only I could move the state south about 3,000 miles…

Here’s to the next three years and to the many memories that I know Cole and I will make.

P.S. We have a spare bedroom if anyone wants to visit!! 🙂

6357.3 Miles!

6357.3 Miles!

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Testing…testing…

My goodness it has been a while.  I’m actually pretty terrible at this blogging thing (not that I thought I would be good at it).  It’s been almost a year (WHAT?!) since our journey to Alaska and I’ve yet to complete the blogs dedicated to our road trip.  It will happen…eventually.  I’m not baking as much this summer so that I can enjoy the long days with Cole and any company we may have and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  Incidentally enough, I am decorating cookies right now but thought I would jump on here quickly to say hello and that I haven’t given up on the blog all together.

So here are a few pics of the fun we’ve been having this summer.

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Kayaking in Seward with Judy & Mike

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Celebration dinner with the BFF

Fishing

Halibut Fishing in Homer

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Family pic with the new RV, The Ruff Life!

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And how I have been feeling this week…

 

April in Alaska

April has been a pretty busy month for Cole & I.  We celebrated our 4 year anniversary on April 12th!  We did a whale watching cruise, I traveled to Arkansas to see family and friends, and we were lucky enough to get fantastic photos of one ticked off moose!  Here’s a just a few pics, I would love to upload a hundred more but I picked some of the best ones.  Oh, we also got a fancy new camera and it takes amazing photos.  Hopefully the resolution doesn’t make the upload time of the blog lag too much.  Let me know if it does and I will adjust it. (Also, the photos didn’t upload in order…sorry about that!)

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Mad moose! You can see the hair standing up on her back. That’s not a good sign for anyone in her pathway.

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A pair of orcas

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She was bouncing around and charging in the water. It was neat to see but also scary.

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A very friendly sea otter

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Sea lions sunbathing

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A dall’s porpoise swimming next to the ship

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Dall’s Porpoise

Moose & Mountain

I love this pic with the mountains and the moose

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