Nick & Sarah + BABY makes 3!

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February 17, 2011

If you’ve been following me on the blog or Facebook lately, you’ll know that I’ve been very vocal about my top goal for 2011 which is (Drumroll, please….) TO HAVE A BABY.  Being the powerful intention setter that I am (and with a little help from Nick), I’m happy to report that we’ve got success on the first go round.  :)  I had no idea that it could happen that fast, but folks, be careful **it works just like they say it does**.  I’m still not over the initial shock factor!

I don’t feel like playing by the normal pregnancy rules, so we’re announcing Baby Novak at 5 weeks in (no gasping, please)!  That’s right, we don’t even know the official due date yet, should be sometime in mid-October!  Turns out that my body wasn’t being attacked by a parasite these last few weeks, it was merely letting me know that a baby was on board.  Could have fooled me!  My skin looks like I’m back in high school (sorry, no pics for you), every smell makes me want to throw up (although I haven’t yet) and I have the weirdest cravings for Sun Chips…

And yes, that does mean we’re still at risk for a miscarriage until the 2nd trimester but I’d never want to go at that alone, so if it does happen, know that I’m counting on you for support.  But in the meantime, let’s just assume that everything will sail along smoothly and I’ll keep you updated on how baby and I are doing.  Deal?

You’ll be pleased to know I am taking full advantage of my AMAZING partner in crime and am getting him trained quite nicely – he’s already getting me water every night, which I SOOOO appreciate.  We’ll be adding in foot rubs shortly….

Both of us are still a bit edgy about the whole thing, but overall we’re pretty pumped to join the “Parents Club”.  I’ll be planting myself in Minnesota and delivering there, so there’ll be ample time for everyone to come visit.  YAHOO!  That’s all for now folks, thanks for sharing in our joy!

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  1. Jen says:

    So excited for you guys! Here’s hoping we’ll get a chance to meet baby Novak in person! Congrats!

  2. elise says:

    WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! I am so happy for you!!!!!!!! Shout if from the rooftops. You guys will make spectacular parents. Hugs to you both from all of us!!!!!!!!

  3. Lindsay says:

    So happy for you!!!! Congratulations!

  4. Chris says:

    OMG!!!!!!! First try – so, so happy for you. Will keep positive pregnancy thoughts coming your way for the entire time – I’m sure everything will be fine – how could it not be!!! You will be greatest earth mother! So cool! What is really weird is that when I was reading about how sick you’d been for so long I sort of kept thinking – maybe she’s pregnant!!! Congratulations to you both – just so wonderful!!! XOXO

  5. Oh, yay! Congrats!!!

    I gotta say we were pretty open for a baby too, but now this new puppy takes SO MUCH TIME, that I considered getting my tubes tied (ok, I’m not actually considering it, but I haven’t had a full night of sleep since we got the puppy. And that’s a puppy!).

  6. Christina says:

    Congrats! So excited for you guys! Hopefully i’ll have similar news soon (hoping for the luck you guys had) :)

  7. Yvonne says:

    SARAH!!! I have GOOSEBUMPS!!! You said that you wanted a baby this year and here you are…just like that! I couldn’t be happier for you my friend! You will be one of the best mothers that I will ever know! Congrats to you n Nick!

  8. alex says:

    Congrats! I hope you’re feeling okay (and continue to)…

  9. Megan says:

    Woo hoo! Congrats to you! I’m so happy for you and hope the nausea wears off soon!

  10. Rebecca G says:

    Congratulations you two – that is so absolutely amazing! And I’m so very glad to hear that you’ll be in MN to deliver… I can’t wait to meet him/her and be there for you! Lots of love, Rebecca

  11. Bethany says:

    YAAAAYYY!!! That is fantastic news Mama To Be!!

  12. Tanisha A. says:

    Wonderful news! Enjoy every single moment! Excited for you girlie!

  13. Kristina says:

    So very excited for you both! Maybe some day I will actually meet you in person! Congratulations and best wishes for a healthy and successful pregnancy!

  14. Ednita says:

    YEY!!!!! that is fantastic news from a “will be ” a fantastic mother!! Now go start you prenatal pills!! Love to you dear mother to be :))!!!! YEY!!!!

  15. Patricia says:

    Congratulations!! I am so happy for you and look forward to hearing all about your journey to parenthood!

  16. C says:

    SO happy for you both! On every level. Ask me anything, at any time. No question is taboo or weird. I’ll tell you anything =)

  17. Daniela says:

    Wow, awesome!!! Hope you have a wonderful pregnancy and a healthy and happy baby! We just got our little bundle of joy and let me tell you, there’s nothing like it!!! Trust your instincts and you will make terrific parents!

  18. Caroline says:

    Congrats! We were speedy concievers, too…even this time by accident. I’m sure everything will turn out just fine, but enjoy it! And don’t rush to each next pregnancy milestone…that’s what I did with the first, and I feel like I missed it all. This time, it’s not nearly as fun being pregnant, so I wish I’d taken things slower. But I guess you don’t need a fertility blessing in Bhutan…but a healthy baby one!

  19. Danielle says:

    Ahhhh Congratulations!!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful pregnancy and am soo excited for you guys! I hear you on the sun ships and high-school skin, but I think it will all be worth it. Stay well and keep us posted!

  20. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks Jen- I’m sure the FS Gods will put us together at some point! :)

  21. sarahlynn60 says:

    I appreciate the faith in our untested abilities! :) You make it look so easy…

  22. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you!

  23. sarahlynn60 says:

    So funny that all the mothers out there had an inkling I was pregnant when I was totally clueless! Can’t wait for my ‘mother intuition’ to kick in. We are oh-so-very excited (and a wee bit scared too). What a crazy journey this is!

  24. sarahlynn60 says:

    You crack me up! Can’t wait to meet your ‘family’ in the near future! :)

  25. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you! I hope you do too, it makes the whole process a lot more fun. I’ll be watching for the announcement!

  26. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks Becky!!!

  27. sarahlynn60 says:

    Awww Yvonne – thanks for all the joyful energy. We are so excited! Can’t wait for you to meet baby someday!

  28. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks Alex, it seems to be getting better each week so hopefully that trend will continue!

  29. sarahlynn60 says:

    It’s slowly getting better – let’s hope it continues! See you in a few months!!

  30. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks! It’s going to be so comforting to be planted in MN for awhile – I can’t wait for you to meet him or her!

  31. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you Bethany! What a wild ride it will be…

  32. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you – I appreciate the love and support!

  33. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thanks Kristina – I have faith that we’ll cross paths some day!

  34. sarahlynn60 says:

    Already on it! Thanks for the encouraging words! :)

  35. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you! I’m going to need lots of help getting answers to my questions… I have so much to learn!

  36. sarahlynn60 says:

    I so appreciate that, especially right now when I’m feeling like a major **novice**!

  37. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you Daniela! What a crazy new adventure this will be…

  38. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you Orazie!

  39. sarahlynn60 says:

    How did I miss that fact that you’re pregnant with round 2??? Congrats to you as well!! I promise to do my best to enjoy it…

  40. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you Danielle – it’s a wild new adventure, but we’re feeling like it’s the right time in our lives. I guess you never feel 100% ready, huh?

  41. Sintea says:

    Wow, what great news!:-) Congratulations!!! I am an occasional lurker in your blog because I love to read your posts about my country, the Philippines, (when I miss it too much) and love your openness and brimming sense of optimism. Such an ambassadress of goodwill!:-) I wish you a safe and smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby. Enjoy your pregnancy too. It’s such a special time in a woman’s life.:-) Take care.

  42. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you Sintea – I appreciate your kind words and patronage of the blog!

  43. bfiles says:

    Many, many congratulations! Best wishes for an easy pregnancy!!

  44. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you!!

  45. Caroline says:

    Yep, we have the second on the way. It happened faster than planned, but we are excited. I’m looking forward to hearing about your journey through pregnancy on your blog here!

  46. sarahlynn60 says:

    Wahoo, that is so exciting! I’ll definitely keep you updated on the journey and will watch for your status updates to come through on FB!

  47. Katie says:

    Congrats to you both!!! I’m not sure if Brendan shared with you or not, but we are a few months apart (I’m due in July)! The first few months can be pretty icky, but know that the 2nd trimester is blissful so you have something to look forward to. Congrats again!!! :)

  48. sarahlynn60 says:

    Yay Katie! We’ll have to have a joint celebration when I get back. So excited for you and pumped that we’ll have kids that are so close in age! And thanks for letting me know it gets easier. I’ve become a full-time sleeper! :)

  49. Kelsey Gustafson says:

    Sarah, I’ve been following your blog for a couple months, and thought I’d pop out of the woodwork to give my congratulations. You will be such a wonderful mother! Congrats!

  50. sarahlynn60 says:

    Thank you dear! Thanks for following our adventures… :)

  51. diplowife says:

    Hi Sarah, Wow! Congratulations on the baby. Is it made in the Philippines? I forgot to warn you that there is something in our water there that makes people want to be mommies and daddies, but I am very happy for the both of you. I bet he or she will be as great as exploring the world like his or her parents is.

  52. Sarah Novak says:

    Yup, made in the Philippines! :) We’re really excited and a lot scared too!

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