November rolled in, bringing with it illness for me and Annabel. Annie is “kid sick.” You know: play play sniffle cough barf play play play. I don’t know how she does it. I was slammed with the whammy of infected sinuses, a sore throat, and a hideous cough. I’ve had to push through it to do a few things, but by Friday evening I had to admit total defeat. I canceled our weekend plans and have been crashed out in bed or on my couch, at the mercy of the germs.
November has been a hard month since Maddie died. It holds her birthday and the beginning of the holiday season. When we gather with our families her absence is felt more prominently. This November promises to be particularly hard. Jackie!’s birthday is two days after Maddie’s, and Jackie! was a girl who loved her birthday as much as I love mine. We were also supposed to be welcoming a new baby around Thanksgiving. This November is the month of Could Have, Should Have Been.
It would be easy for me to be sad, sick and pathetic under my blankets. I certainly have my moments, but Maddie’s premature birth almost five years ago taught us to appreciate what we have, when we have it. And if that didn’t drive it home, the hurricane that hit the Northeast last week certainly did a good job of it. Perspective doesn’t take away the sadness of loss, but (with time) shines a light on what remains. I have lost a lot, but I still have so much.
We also have this:
We are farther along than we were last time, although things are still technically early. I know from personal experience that there is no real “safe” point at any time in pregnancy, but I am not going to let the fear of “what if” control me this time. This is my last pregnancy, for better or for worse. I am going to enjoy it as much as I can. Even when I’m puking a dozen times a day. Even when I’m jabbing needles into my skin. Even during that terrifying moment during an ultrasound when Dr. Risky is looking for the baby’s heartbeat.
Five Novembers ago, I was in the hospital. I was scared, but I also knew that I was doing everything I could to help Maddie. I get to spend this November at home with Annie, with weekly doctor visits ensuring I’m doing everything I can for this baby. This November has extra sadness but it also has hope. Hope that what the doctors and I are doing is making a difference. Hope that when late spring rolls in, instead of illness it will bring a healthy baby.
Congratulations! That is such awesome news! Praying and sending you good thoughts during November and the holiday season and into Spring.
Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you guys, Annie will be such an amazing big sister Thinking positive thoughts for your family…
Congratulations! I’m super excited for your family!
So happy for hope! November 17 was our son, Sawyer’s birthday. I try not to think of the 3rd birthday party we should be planning. It is bittersweet but I too try to keep it perspective (especially during Jake and Sawyer’s birth and death dates). and hope.
I am so excited for you and Mike! Thank you for sharing your great news. I will be thinking of Maddie and Jackie! (and their families) extra this month. Sending hugs and hope!
I already said this on Flick’r, but good for you. Stay healthy, mama!
First thing I would like to say is Congratulations!! I am so happy for you guys. Also I will be keeping you in my thoughts as I know this is a hard month for your family.
Congratulations! (long LONG time reader here, first time commenter, Friend of Maddie).
THANK you for sharing, despite the uncertainty and fear.
Congratulations! Oh what wonderful news Wish you guys all the best!
Tears -of joy, for this wonderful news, and of sadness, for the people I know you wish you could be announcing it to – rolling across the Atlantic and internets for you.
I’m so happy for you guys. I’ll be thinking of you this November, and I’ll make sure to raise a glass (of diet coke) to you, to Maddie, to Jackie! on my own birthday this month.
That is wonderful! Congratulations!!
Congrats, what lovely news i wish as many happy moments as possible for you all as you make your way through birthdays and early pregnancy days, and virtual hugs for the hard stuff. I hope Annie is better soon, she is my favourite blog kid on the interwebs!
Wow! Congratulations! All the best wishes!
Oh! Oh! Oh! Congratulations lady!
I am so so incredibly happy for you!!
Shit. Wow … thrilled for you. I always think of you on November 11.
HOMG. So pumped. Love, love love. XXXXX
Pam L. says:
OH MY GOSH!! I’m so happy to read this (that you’re pregnant – not that you & Annie are sick – ha!)
Today is my birthday and I feel like I’ve been given a present by you announcing it on my birthday!!
Hey, you did not even look pregnant in that picture you posted from your Halloween party – you sneaky girl having a secret!!
I’m so thrilled for you, Mike and Annie. I look forward to your pregnant belly picture posts and following your journey.
Wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy!!!!
This news almost brought a tear to my eye this morning!
Wishing you all the best!!!
Sending you nothing but love and sincere congratulations.
Happy for you!!!
I have never written, but read daily. When I saw the title of this post and began reading, my heart sank. I know November is difficult and now with the loss of Jackie!, I only imagine how great the pain of this month can be. How bittersweet this news is… more sweet than bitter, of course! I couldn’t be happier for you all! Prayers and blessings and wishes and happy thoughts to all of you this month, for the strength to look past with fondness and love and the drive to look forward with hope and happiness! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family!!!
Congratulations!!! I am so very happy for you guys! I also may have done a little cheer!
Ohh – I KNEW IT!!!! CONGRATULATION!!! Things are going to work out this time – I can Feel it!!! I am soooo HAPPY for all of you!!!
Oh this news brought a great big smile to my face. Me and so many others will be thinking good thoughts for you!
I have been waiting for this! Congratulations to you and your beautiful family. I hope more than anything that you and baby stay healthy. Sending best wishes and hugs from Canada.
Oh, what a lovely bit of news. Congrats.
Chills and happy tears! Congrats !
Roll with it, what will be will be, but having said that…..EVERYTHING that can be crossed is crossed, virtual hugs are winging their way, and may prayers being mumbled!
Congratulations many times over…I never thought I could be so happy for someone who I have never met but the internet is funny like that. Wishing you wonderful health and lots of joy in the coming weeks and months!!!!
Kayla N. says:
Literally burst in to tears with joy. Congratulations Spohr family! You have been in my thoughts and prayers for many years now and I am beyond excited to see this! I will double down on my positive vibe sending!
sending you well wishes and crossed fingers from scotland
Huge congratulations to you all. So happy that you have this blessing to sweeten your days!
Sarah G says:
So excited to hear your news! I know you have a ways to go, but I’m so happy you’re on your way
This totally made me smile. Sending lots of good thoughts and warm wishes your way. So excited for you all!
Such exciting news, I am SO happy for you!! I lost a pregnancy last year on Oct 11th, and on Oct 14th of this year, I gave birth to my beautiful twin girls. It can and does work out after a miscarriage, and I am sending positive vibes your way that everything goes perfectly this time around. Such great news! Congrats!
Congratulations Heather! I will be praying every day for you to have a healthy and safe pregnancy!
Just wanted to comment to say congratulations!
Could not happen to a more deserving family – best of wishes to you all.
Congratulations! Wishing you all the best.
Cathy K. says:
Wonderful, happy news – Congratulations! Hope you and Annie are feeling better soon.
Lynn Kellan says:
So thrilled for you! Keeping your family in our prayers!
CONGRATULATIONS!! I am truly so happy for you. This news brings tears to my eyes, I’m a long-time reader and I’ve been really hoping for this kind of news for you for awhile. I live in Jersey City and after a week of seeing such destruction and heartbreak over here, happy news like this couldn’t come at a better time. Again, congrats to you, Annie, and Mike and I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Oh I love this post! I’ve read it at least three times. Congratulations Heather!!! I pray for you and this baby. Grow strong and thrive little one. Be heathy and strong and stay in your Momma’s belly until late spring! Love love to you all!!!!!
Omg yay!!!!! I am so happy for you.
Oh Heather, how wonderful! My heart is filled with hope for you and Mike and Annie and that little miracle inside you. Your strength is an inspiration to me. xo
Congrats. I am so deeply, sincerely thrilled for you. Many prayers and blessings coming your way.
I am so happy for you. Wishing you all the best, a peaceful pregnancy and keeping my fingers crossed for you.
Woot!! Happy Dance!! La La La La La!! So excited for you!
Oh Heather and Mike (and Annie!), congratulations! This brought tears to my eyes…I am so incredibly happy for you. I am going through a very difficult pregnancy right now and you have been such an inspiration. I am so happy for you and your family…praying for a happy healthy baby for you and me both in the spring!
Congratulations! So happy for you, Mike and Annie. Sending prayers and positive vibes your way….
Wishing so much happiness and love to you all
HEATHER,,,,MIKE,,,,,,,AND ANNIE,,,YES; I’M YELLING!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am sooooooooooo thrilled for you. Hoping for you a perfectly healthy little one!!!!!!!!!!!!! You take it easy, and soak up the pampering from anyone that’ll give it to you.
Congrats a million times over!!
Congratulations! Sending super good vibes your way (to baby too)!
SO incredibly happy for you all !!! Couldn’t have happened to a more wonderful family !! YAYYYYYY !!
SO EXCITING!!! Awesome news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing!!!
Congratulations! sending good thoughts your way!
Wonderful news! Congratulations!!
Sending you extra love this month and through the holidays.
CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy your hope. You deserve it so very much. And if I may, I would like to suggest that you do all of the corny stuff you can do while waiting for your baby. We did the gender predictor, we took pictures, and a lot of other little things so help me really enjoy my last pregnancy. We got a doppler and recorded the heartbeat. And since I don’t know if my son will be my last yet, I already cherish all of those things that make me remember how it felt to carry him right under my heart. Enjoy!
I’m praying that all continues to go well with Baby and that you have peace and comfort on the hard days this month brings.
YAY!!! Congratulations!!! I am smiling from ear to ear. I am so happy for you all. YAY!!!
Congratulations!! I’m a long time reader, but rarely a commenter. But, your news is exciting, and I know we are all simultaneously super excited for you, but also nervous and hoping for the best. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way.
I have been hoping we’d see a post like this soon. Congrats. I will be praying for this new little person and that hope will carry you through the hurts in November.
Congratulations! I have been reading your blog for a while now and have never commented. I think of you and your family often as my older son shares Maddy’s birthday (month and day) and my younger son shares Annie’s birthday (exactly). I thought of you this weekend as my son reminded me his birthday is coming up and I immediately thought of you and your sweet Madeline. I wish you nothing but, a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby. Sending positive thoughts your way.
Hope. What a wonderful thing! Congratulations… praying for an uneventful 9 months…
Amy D. says:
Congratulations! HOORAY HOORAY HOORAY! Couldn’t be happier for you or imagine a family more deserving and loving for that baby to come into!
Wishing joyous months and years upon you.
This is such wonderful, wonderful news! Congratulations to you, Heather, and your (growing) family!!
Congratulations!!! I’ll be sending so much love and good thoughts for a safe and wonderful (and hopefully minimal puke-filled!) pregnancy!
SO MUCH LOVE!
Congratulations Heather! (and Mike & Annie!)
Congratulations! Sending healthy and happy vibes to you and your family.
I actually gasped when I saw the picture! That’s so wonderful! Enjoy what you have indeed
Congratulations! Keeping my fingers crossed for nothing but a healthy pregnancy for you!
Another Casey says:
Congratulations Spohr family! For too many reasons to get into, you give me so much hope. Bless you all!
Thrilled for the new baby news!!!!
I’ve been thinking of you since the calendar turned to November, because I know it’s a difficult time, especially with Jackie!’s birthday so close to Maddie’s glad to know there’s hope that you and Mike can hold on to.
Looking forward to weekly updates and a new baby this Spring! I’ll be sending all the best thoughts.
Xoxoxo from GA!
I got chills when I saw your ultrasound pic!
I’m so happy for you guys, and hope will light the way through this sucky month.
yay! congratulations and best wishes. take care.
YAY! Holy Moley Yay!!
Woohoo! Mazel Tov. Keep growing little Spohr. You grow that giant Spohr-head!
Lindsey Cote says:
This is AWESOME news! Congrats!
Congratulations Heather & Mike! I am so happy to read this news today. Prayers for an uneventful pregnancy and healthy baby.
Congratulations! What happy news!
Saying prayers for a happy and healthy pregnancy for you!
CONGRATS!!!!! I too had a successful pregnancy, then a miscarriage, then another successful pregnancy! I’m praying for all of you! Rest and listen to all of the doctors. everything will be fine! love and hugs from NJ! april
This is wonderful news! So happy for you and your family!
CONGRATS!! That sure is something to be excited about!!! Take a moment to find the joy, relish in it and then set your sights on enjoying this magical time (even though we all know that pregnancy isn’t the best thing ever)
Heather, Mike, Maddie and Annie — So happy for the news of your pregnancy. Will keep you all in my prayers during the difficult month of November and the holidays that follow. Sending hugs and love and prayers for the one you carry — stay in there little one, and grow strong. Annie is waiting to play with you.
Betty M says:
Erin W says:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so happy for you guys!!! Not a day will go by that you’re not in my prayers that everything goes smoothly! You deserve every single joy in life! Happy early Thanksgiving!
Sending you major sticky baby vibes! Congrats!
Congratulations and many best wishes for you, this baby and your family. I can’t imagine the worry you must face but remember their are many people sending you love, light and positive thoughts. Take care of yourself.
My fingers are crossed for you all. Congrats.
Congratulations Spohrs! I went through a high risk pregnancy last year and delivered a healthy baby girl in January. I have Factor V Leiden, a clotting disorder so was on blood thinners for the whole pregnancy and afterwards, visits to the MFM clinic, regular ultrasounds – you name it. What I’m trying to say is yes, you need to have hope that everything will work out in the end. You have a team if incredible medical professionals on your side doing everything in their power to ensure a successful outcome. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you all the best.
Susie Q says:
Congratulations! Now Annie gets to be a big sister, just like Maddie!
Yay!! So happy for you all!! XOXO
Karen from Chookooloonks says:
Oh my goodness — the Spohrs *ARE* multiplying!!!
Congratulations!! Sending you warm, happy, celebratory wishes.
What wonderful news to wake up to! Sending you and your family good vibes from New Jersey. I’m so happy for your family.
Sending many prayers and positive thoughts your way for a healthy pregnancy. Congrats!!!
First – seeing that little picture just made my day!
Second – your perspective is beautiful to read. My brother died in November 14 years ago and my mother spends the better part of the fall wrapped up in all of the “could haves”. It makes me sad that she doesn’t look at all she has before her, including her living children and grandchildren. I mean in no way to diminish her pain, which I can’t begin to imagine, but I wish she had more of your perspective.
Congratulations!!!! I’m so excited for you! I”m so glad you have such hope during a difficult time.
Yay! I am sending a BUNCH of positive energy your way. Congrats Spohr family. The best of luck, timing, energy, positivity – just may all good things be upon you. You deserve it.
Kristen McD says:
Nice, really, really nice. Enjoy.
I am praying that everything goes well for you. Congratulations and a hug from across the internet!
Sending so much love your way. Thank you for sharing your news.
So happy for you! Hope that you and Annie are feeling better!
Yay! Happy dance! This is wonderful news. Congratulations
Congrats!!!! I thought though 2 weeks ago you bought a pregnancy test but ended up not taking it b/c you started your period? Was that not really a period??
Yes, very curious about this!! Was Heather just holding out on us…?
I wrote about it two weeks ago, but if you look you see I said the story happened a few months before! It was before we’d started trying again, buy my period was late – stress, I think – so I’d bought a test just to be sure…and then I didn’t end up using it for three more months!
Add my voice to the chorus of well wishers. Got choked up reading your lovely news and will be thinking of you often in the months ahead. Thank you for sharing with us- I hope that you can feel all the love and support that we have for you all; our prayers and hope go with you always. Go Team Spohr!! Hooray!!
Oh Heather….congratulations!!! Hope you feel better, sweet lady!
Congratulations! Your family and that little bean will be in my prayers!
Congrats!!!!! i’m so happy for you!!!!
Congratulations!! I will keep you and your family in my thoughts for a healthy pregnancy!
Congratulations! I was so happy to see this news. You and Mike are in my thoughts.
Congratulations!!! Much, much love to you and your family… You are in the thoughts and prayers of so many people and we are all rooting for this new little blessing.
Wishing you peace and comfort this month.
Yay! What wonderful news for this Monday morning! Congratulations to the Spohrs!! Prayers and well wishes for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery!! xoxoxoxo
Random Follower says:
I seriously just cried when I got to the ultrasound picture!
I am so happy for you!
tonya cinnamon says:
Congrats!!!!!!!! . Lots of hugs to you all and Annabel and Maddie
tonya cinnamon says:
Congrats!!!!!!!! . Lots of hugs to you all and Annabel and Angel Maddie
kristen piccola says:
Yahooeee!!! THanks for sharing such excellent news!
I am very diarhea of the pen when it comes to writing letters or emails but I want to make this simple – love and blessings to you and the little one growing inside you. May you and your entire family and friends be surrounded by love, support, encouragement and lots of positive energy to get you through the rough days so that a bright light of “ahh, we made it another day” hugs you warmly and tightly….always!!!
i’ve been waiting, waiting for this announcement. you’ve been so glow-y in your photos. i will be praying hard that this pregnancy results in a beautiful addition to your already beautiful family. i hope this november is a good one for you. when i think about my sad stuff, i remember that this is a month to be grateful and i try to focus on the good. congratulations!!
Charlene R says:
Congratulations!!!! I am so excited for the Spohrs!!!
Congratulations! A bittersweet time, for sure. Such a reminder that even when you think it can’t, or you’re not sure you want it to, life rolls on. Sending hope, thoughts and live to you and your fam.
Congratulations! Wishing you the absolute best
Congratulations! So happy for you and will be sending good vibes your way!
Mrs. Wilson says:
Congratulations!!! So happy and hopeful for you guys!!!
Kim in NC says:
Heartfelt congratulations and prayers from a total stranger in NC!
Congratulations!! Wishing you all the best!
Oh that is wonderful news Heather! Will be saying prayers for you and your soon to be healthy baby!
I am SO excited for you. It is so hard, and you are coming up on a very difficult month for sure. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Congrats! Extra prayers headed your way!
Congratulations and best wishes!!
Congrats! We are pulling for you!
Best news in a long time CONGRATULATIONS!!
hugs to you and your family. wishing you the very very best.
Meghan L says:
Congratulations and best wishes for an uneventful and healthy pregnancy! I’m very happy for you and your family!
Congratulations! Even mixed with all the sadness, this is amazing news. Praying for a safe pregnancy and delivery.
Congratulations!!! Here’s to a happy, healthy pregnancy.
Squee!!! If I wasn’t sitting at my very public desk right now, I would be crying. My nose is doing that burning thing that happens when you try to hold back tears. I am so, so happy for you, Mike and Annie. Wishing you all the best, and sending you hugs, hope, and happiness. xxx
Calling it now. It’s a boy.
Oh damn it!! I was JUST about to do this! Ha ha!
I think it’ll be a little boy too!
I’m currently carrying my first and I’m convinced its a boy, not finding out though!
Also? Still super happy at this post!!!!
Ha! I was so going to say the same thing about it being a boy. I am so very, very happy for you Spohr family wishing you all the best. You will be in my prayers.
Congrats! Wishing you all love, health and happiness. So happy for you.
Lisa F. says:
Crying tears of joy for you guys — will send good thoughts into the Universe that you will soon have a healthy baby in your arms once again!
Congrats! Such exciting news!
Congratulations! What lovely news! Wishing you all the very best!
cindy w says:
I know it’s a bittersweet time of year, but oh man, I am so, so happy and excited for you guys.
Congratulations! Praying for a happy, healthy pregnancy!
((((Hugs)))) for the hard stuff and congrats on the new little bundle!! Keeping fingers & toes crossed for a healthy, uneventful pregnancy!
Amazing news! Hoping along with you guys, loving you all so much and sending it to you all ESP. This month. Xoxo
First time commentor, but have been following forever! I usually catch up on my google reade in the morning after my alarm goes off… helps wakes me up lol! Started reading this and felt sadness, then saw the pic of new baby Spohr and felt so so excited for your family! Praying for a happy, healthy pregnancy!
I am so very very happy for you all! Sending you all the healthy vibes that I can!
So exciting!!! Lots of happy thoughts coming your way
Deb H says:
OMG!!! I will be praying for you guys…you, Mike, Annabel, the new baby, Maddie, Jackie…. your whole gang! I don’t know if you are the praying type…but I am and I feel excitement for you. Even though I am a stranger to you and live so far far away…in the frozen tundra called MN.
Stephanie Precourt says:
Congrats! Many prayers and good thoughts to you.
Just Shireen says:
Love and prayers for the whole Spohr family, especially baby Spohr. (hugs)
Oh wonderful!! Congratulations!!
Congratulations! I will be praying for a very healthy mama and baby.
Prayers, happy and good thoughts and well wishes are being sent your way from our home! I can’t wait to meet this new bundle of joy and Annie will make a wonderful big sister.
Mandy G says:
Congratulations and best wishes for an uneventful pregnancy and delivery.
Ahhh, congrats! When I saw the video of you doing Annie’s hair (the one with the ribbon) my first thought was, Heather’s pregnant again. But I didn’t want to be an ass and ask –and I’m certainly hoping you were now that I opened my big mouth! Congrats again!!!
Mary O says:
I’m so happy for you! Congrats!!!
Susan Heck says:
I am sitting here at my computer with tears streaming down my face. I am so happy for you all! I’ve been praying for you so much, Heather! God’s divine blessings on all of you…especially sweet baby Spohr! Love and hugs from Indiana!
amazing news!!!! congrats to you all!!!
hang in there this month….take care of yourself and keep seeing the perspective in things.
Congratulation, what happy news!! You are in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy pregnancy!
Congratulations! I’m so happy and hopefull for you guys. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I am praying for you.
Yaaaay! Congrats!!! I have so been waiting for this. Wishing the best to you and your family. I will be thinking happy, positive thoughts. I am so happy for you guys! Annie is going to be an amazing big sister
Much love and prayers for a healthy baby!!
Heather, Mike & Annie congrats!!!
So happy for you!!! Thanks for sharing!
Hoping November isn’t as rough… A healthy holiday season through late spring!!!
Mazel Tov!! SO happy for you!! Your perspective is such an inspiration for me. Thank you! Take good care of yourself…..
Praying for you to have peace during these tough months. Congrats about the new little one on the way and prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy and Springtime baby!
Long time lurker but coming out to tell you and Mike congratulations! Wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy!!
omgoodness! so happy for you all!! i will be keeping you and baby spohr in my thoughts & praying for smooth pregnancy & healthy baby!!
A big congrats to the Spohr family! Sending lots of prayers and positive vibes from MT…I’m currently 30 weeks along after years of trying and disappointment so I am really pulling for this baby bean of your’s!! Annie will make the best big sister ever
Congratulations and add me to the chorus wishing you a smooth pregnancy and happy healthy baby next year!
jersey girl says:
Congratulations! I’ve never commented before and I don’t know you at all, other than what you put on your blog … but the other day when you posted a picture of you and Annie? I actually thought “I wonder if she’s pregnant” … so reading this post today made me gasp … a good gasp though : ) My hope and prayers are with you during this pregnancy.
Jenny C says:
Many congratulations to you all! Thinking of you all this month. My daughter should be turning two at the end of the month but we lost her last Dec due to her heart condition. Sending thoughts and hugs and prayers for a safe and healthy pregnancy!
nicole in SD says:
Read you every day – this brought tears to my eyes. So happy for you and praying for an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy baby!
Long time reader – congratulations!!! I will keep you in my prayers! You have a beautiful family.
Yay! You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers since I saw this on Flickr this weekend
Nancy Raine Smego says:
I am so happy for all of you! Good thoughts coming your way. Maddie will be pulling for you….and Jackie! … that’s got to count for a LOT! Love you Heather, Mike, Maddie and Annie (oh, and you too Rigby!!!!)
Congratulations on your new little love. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers this month especially. Hope Annie is feeling better today! Much love.
Annabel Vita says:
I’m so so happy for you Heather!
Congratulations!!! This is VERY exciting news!!!!
SUSAN SPARKS says:
IT IS SO AMAZING HOW WONDERFUL GOD IS….HE KNEW WHAT A DIFFICULT MONTH THIS WOULD BE FOR YOUR FAMILY AND SO HE DECIDED TO ADD A LITTLE EXCITEMENT TO IT, IN THE FORM OF A NEW FAMILY MEMBER!!!! I AM BEYOND HAPPY FOR YOU ALL, EVEN THO I HAVE NEVER MET YOU IN PERSON, I HAVE FOLLOWED YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR MANY YEARS AND FEEL AS THO WE ARE CLOSE FRIENDS. WEIRD, HUH!?! THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS IN LIFE THAT WE CAN NOT CONTROL OR PREDICT, BUT THERE ARE JUST AS MANY THINGS THAT WE CAN EMBRACE AND ENJOY TO OUR HEARTS CONTENT AND THIS NEW BABY IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING YOUR JOURNEY WITH YOU AND CAN’T WAIT UNTIL WE GET TO SEE THAT FIRST PICTURE OF YOUR NEW LITTLE ONE IN 2013! GOD IS GOOD, TRUST IN HIM TO SEE YOU THROUGH THESE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL NEW BUNDLE WILL BE HERE BEFORE YOU KNOW IT, HEALTHY AND STRONG, JUST LIKE HIS MAMA!!! SENDING LOTS OF LOVE YOUR WAY…………..
Congratulations to your and your family! We will all pray for a safe and healthy baby.
I’m so happy for you! I hope this little miracle brings your family the happiness you deserve
red pen mama says:
Oh, Heather, so much for your heart! Thank you for sharing, and so many hugs and prayers coming at you.
Kristin Hicks says:
Congratulations! I will be praying for you, your family and your new baby.
I read your blog regularly but don’t usually comment but wanted to express my sincere congratulations!
Wishing you lots of luck! My Lovenox baby is 6 months old, thanks to you and Maddie. After a complicated pregnancy with my first daughter, I had a clotting panel done (on my own after my doctor blew off all of the complications). Turns out, I have a clotting disorder. I really appreciate you sharing yourself and family with the world. I never would have second guessed my doctor if I hadn’t read your site. I’ll definitely be thinking of you for the next 9 months and hoping everything goes really well.
Fabulous news mama! Hope this new little one will help you get through this month with happier thoughts on your mind
Tiffani W. says:
Congratulations! I’m sure this is the most bittersweet November for you but I want you to know that I am sending out every single positive thought I can muster that your pregnancy is happy and healthy. You all deserve every ounce of happiness!
Hooray! Wonderful news! I’m a longtime follower and a seldom commenter. I am also a super high-risk, former preemie mom, blood-thinner injecting Mama too and this is my last pregnancy as well so I’m hoping for a positive outcome. I’ll be praying for you and hoping everything goes well for you. I know the fear will always be there, every step of the way, but I hope that this pregnancy results in a healthy baby and healthy mama to make it all worth it in the end!! I’m so glad you are back with Dr. Risky and I look forward to following along in your journey.
Catherine W says:
Great blessings, this can be a very special November for you.
Be well, so very happy for your family.
A million congrats to your families. Will be saying tons of prayers for you guys!
Congratulations! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and baby!
Congratulations! Good vibes for a happy, healthy baby!
also a looong time reader, hardly ever commenter………
but i had to come out from lurking today to say congratulations!
it’s weird to be so truly happy for people i don’t even “know”.
wishing you all the best.
Congratulations!!! What incredible news! Praying for you!!
Debbie B. says:
I love waking up to great news. So happy for you, Mike and Annie. CONGRATULATIONS!
HOORAY! Sending all good wishes and much, much luck to you, Mike and Annabel.
I am so happy and optimistic for you! Congratulations to you and your entire family!
Sarah BP says:
Yipppeeee! It’s nice to have a happy thought to help you cope with all the sad thoughts.
Just an idea, and you may not be up for it, but have you ever thought of celebrating birthdays for those who have gone on? Annie will love the idea of another party, it will help you think of happier thoughts and remember birthdays past for both Maddie and Jackie! We have done something similar, anniversaries, etc and it helps to take what is a poignant day and making it happier.
Will keep you, Mike, Annie and the little bean in our thoughts and prayers!
Congratulations Heather! I’m so happy that you have been able to find hope during what is such a difficult time. Your family is in my family’s thoughts and prayers.
Jana Frerichs says:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! What good news. Happy thoughts and prayers coming your way.
When you mentioned at the screening that you had been sick, I almost asked you jokingly if it was morning sickness. No wonder you didn’t want to go to the bar afterward.
STEPHANIE PADILLA SALGADO says:
Congratulations to the entire Spohr family…What wonderful news. Annie is going to be the best big sister ever!!! I will be praying for you like I always do!!!
Wonderful news! I’m sending lots of positive thoughts your way.
Congratulations! Hahaha- so that tantrum pregnancy test was useful after all I’m guessing! Sneaky!
Toni Joy says:
Hooray!!! So glad you have 2 bright spots to help the hurt of 2 missing spots this November. Thinking of you all!!
Ooooohh! So excited for you all!! HOPE is sometimes all we have. And man am I HOPING!! Thank you for sharing so early. I kinda felt like you were preggo. Isn’t that odd? I knew it the last time too. And I don’t even know you. But yet I do. Weird, “stranger friends” as Matt would say! But really, I know more about you than my friends. Very cool in such an odd way. Anywho, I am over the top happy for you all. And this one will be a boy, HA! How do you like that prediction? I’m sure Mike does…. This reminds me of waiting to hear about Annie, exciting. Congrats!
I am so, so happy for you both – I’ve been reading the blog for years and I just feel like you guys need some wonderful in your life these days! November is a tough month and hopefully this will make things easier for you. Sending lots of good thoughts your way for a healthy happy pregnancy!!
Congratulations! I hope you get better soon and that this pregnancy goes well for you. Annie will make a fantastic big sister.
A huge Congratulations!
For my family our month was October. But for all of the bad stuff that happened, the month was turned around when our first son was born on the 14th (premature but now a healthy/happy 5 year old) and our second son on the 7th (he just turned 1).
Tears of happiness here, and much hope that the pregnancy is smooth and your new baby brings you as much joy as Maddie and Annie have. Annie is going to love being a big sister!
So amazing. This seriously practically brought me to tears and I don’t even know you! Congratulations!
Oh… you made me cry!!! (of joy) I’m so happy for you and your family, congratulations!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to you and your family!!! Praying for a safe and wonderful pregnancy.
Wishing you much peace this November (although is that even possible after losing a child, to be completely at peace? I think not…but still wishing it for you). And wishing you healthy baby vibes for this sweet one!
Oh that’s wonderful! I’ll be sending you lots of good thoughts and prayers.
Sending positive vibes your way.
Sarah R says:
Susan Kalb says:
Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your family. Praying for a healthy baby and a great pregnancy!!! (Long time reader – not sure if I have ever commented, except maybe when Maddie passed away.)
So, so, so stinkin’ happy for you, Mike and Annie. You guys are in my thoughts!
Congratulations! You’ll be in my thoughts!
congrats and good health wishes sent your way!
Melanie Johnson says:
Congratulations! Sending warm wishes for an uneventful pregnancy. Take care!
Gale @ Ten Dollar Thoughts says:
With the bitter comes the sweet. Congratulations. Wishing you a safe and healthy pregnancy!
Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family!
Sending positive pregnancy vibes your way!!!! Congratulations!
Congratulations! Sending positive thoughts your way!
Michelle H says:
Oh Heather! I cried tears of joy at the sight of that picture. I will be saying extra prayers every day for a healthy, safe pregnancy for you and this baby. Congratualtions!!!!
So so happy for you. November will be a tough month but the way you wrote this shows me that as tough as it will be your outlook is full of hope. Thinking of you an wishing you well.
I am so happy for you all! XOXO
I am so happy for you! you have a really good attitude to this love your pregnancy now and hopefully continue to keep loving it and loving on a baby. Lots of hugs kisses and luck to you, Mike, gorgeous Maddie (who i’m sure will love being a big sister again from heaven), Annie and baby. xxxx
WOO HOO!!!! Couldn’t happen to a more deserving family! xoxo
You don’t know me, and I don’t really know you (although I feel like I do when I read your blog) … But I am so truly, truly happy for you and your family!
That ultrasound picture took my breath away and brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations a million times over!!
long-time reader here–Heather and Mike, I’m so thrilled and hopeful for you both. Crossing my fingers here on the east coast and sending healthy, sticky, grow-baby-grow vibes…
Oh, I am so happy for you. I know that there are no guarantees, there never are. But this is good news, and for now I am happy for you, with you. It will be a hard month, I’m sure…grief, love, thanksgiving, hope and fear…life, in a nutshell. But oh, that hope!!
Huge congrats! Praying for you and this baby!
Anne Younger says:
Congratulations!! I am so happy for your family!!
Congrats! SO excited/happy/hopeful for you guys. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way : )
Congrats! I hate holidays as well.
Carol Fisher says:
Praying that PEACE and JOY fill your home and your family during this difficult month. And I’ll be praying for you and your unborn baby and your doctors and your family and for everyone who loves you as we all embrace HOPE through Late Spring and beyond. I’m giddy with anticipation on your behalf. xoxoxo
Congratulations to you all! Thank you for sharing with us. Hoping you feel much better soon and Annie as well.
I’m so happy for you! I’ve read your blog for years…so happy for you!!
Got choked up reading your post, but so, so happy about your news! Wishing you blessings and love.
Praying hard for you and your family. Hoping spring will wash away the sadness of the fall.
I never know what to say, I’m not good with words. A huge warming glow flowed over my body as I was ready this. I am so happy for you all. Very big hugs..with the hugest grin on my face and tears in my eyes!!!
Kristen in NC
Happy tears – congrats!
Congratulations! I cannot express how utterly thrilled I am for the three of you. Enjoy it, I will be praying for the health of this baby and you too of couse Heather!!
So happy for you all! Congratulations!
I read your blog daily and I am so thrilled for you! I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!
Congratulations! I am sending good thoughts to you and hoping for a relatively easy, healthy, full-term pregnancy!
Yay! Sending lots of love and hope your way!!
Love and blessings to a couple who obviously make the most. beautiful. babies. ever. xoxo
Praying for a positive pregnancy experience. Enjoy every moment of it, Heather! Congrats to the whole Spohr family.
Everything is crossed for you guys! You’re amazing, Heather. Very very exciting news.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! So thrilled for you When are you due?
I am soo sooo happy for you!! Mazel Tov!! I am so glad you were able to get pregnant again so quickly and I am praying that this baby sticks around inside until full term. I thought the picture was going to be of Annie when you said and we have this……!!!!!
Its like a gift from Maddie and Jackie!- to help through November……
Oh, congratulations! I hope hope hope you have just the smoothest pregnancy imaginable, I am just thrilled to see this.
I had a miscarriage in May, right around when you did, although I wasn’t quite as far along. We’re still hoping to get pregnant again, I’ll admit that my heart leaped, thinking maybe this was a sign that this would be my month. But no matter what, I am SO happy for you and your lovely family.
Well, I know we don’t know each other, but I got a tiny, teensy faint BFP this morning and while it is still so early I just felt like I had to share it with you. Happy times.
OH! YAY! Congrats! So happy for you!
Congratulations! For some reason, this post hit me like a ton of bricks and I am crying. I am so happy for you guys and will be hoping for a smooth pregnancy for you!
Congratulations! I’m glad you have some exciting news to get you through this month.
My sister died 5 years ago from colon cancer and her birthday is in November too. She would have turned 41 this year.
Hugs to you and all of your family.
congrats! So sincerely thrilled for you guys! Good luck with everything and I am looking forward to hearing all about your pregnancy with this little one
Congrats! Praying for you guys through all this – very exciting news and I’m so glad we can share it with you! May this good news balance, in some way, the difficulty of this upcoming season!
Such wonderful, wonderful news Heather, Mike and Annie!
Sending all of my good, positive and healthy thoughts your way. This little life is Maddie, Jackie! and all of your families’ and friends’ best parts bundled up into a perfect package all for you.
Ahh, CONGRATULATIONS! Prayers and positivity sent your way. I’ve never met your family but I love you all so much. You’re awesome and you deserve this.
praying for a peaceful, joyous, healthy pregnancy and a bundle of joy!
Congrats to you, Mike & Annie! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about your pregnancy with this little bundle of joy!
SO much hope, my friend. SO MUCH. xoxoxo Congrats!
P.S. Annie is probably soldiering through because her immune system is not in suppress mode the way yours is right now. Hope you feel better soon!
Wow!! Congrats!! So so happy for you.
What wonderful news!!! Congratulations!
Congratulations and best wishes! Prayers and good thoughts coming your way now and through the spring.
Aw, that is such fantastic news. I am putting tons of prayers and good thoughts out there for you….
And BTW, I love how you always put the exclamation point at the end of Jackie!’s name. I swear I almost do jazz hands when I read it. It just conveys what I assume must have been her big and bright and wonderful personality to those who weren’t lucky enough to know her.
I think in light of this amazingly good news, and to honor one of the angels looking over you, you should now refer to that little miracle in your belly as “Baby!”
Yay! I am so, so, happy for yall and I will b praying that you carry that sweet baby to term with no problem. That photo literally made me smile. I just hope it’s a boy this time..lol. Happy nesting!
What amazing news!! I’m so happy for you. Sending lots of sticky vibes for the little Baby!
Congratulations and best wishes to you!!! I am currently struggling with infertility myself, but my husband and I recently decided to take a bit of a break. As you and Mike know, the constant medical stress can make you so unhappy and so stressed. Anyways, this is about you, not me, so I cannot wait for Annie to get her baby sibling, you guys are great parents! So, I will send all my good luck baby wishes to you!
If it’s possible to cry and shout yippee at the same time, I think I may have just managed that!!! Seriously girl, I hope besides the shots for the clotting disorder they can give you something for the puking. Ugh. I hope that the nausea only lasts for a couple of weeks and goes away and doesn’t linger. Congratulations-I know that you have your collection of angels looking down on all of you!!!!
Is it weird to be this happy and excited for a family that I only know from their blog?!? Annie is going to be such a great big sister
a million congratulations AND tons and tons of sticky baby dust!!!
Oh my gosh! So excited for you guys! I hope Annie gives you hope since your pregnancy with her was successful. It can happen again! I am hoping along with you guys for a healthy, full-term pregnancy and a sweet spring baby. Best wishes and I will be thinking of you, especially during this bittersweet month.
Jessica Makuh says:
I am so happy for you!
Omg!!!!! Chills and tears! Sooooo happy for you all!!!!!
That looks like a boy to me!!!!
congrats! I am so happy for all of you
Been waiting on this announcement myself – congratulations!
Tears of joy seriously sprang to my eyes and I started Nutty Professor clapping. I’m sure my coworkers think I’m crazy, but I am so happy for you guys!
Congrats to your whole family:-)
YAY !! So freaking happy for y’all. Love ya.
Thank you for sharing with us! I couldn’t be happier for you, and think you are so smart to reach for hope when fear is easily at hand. I’ll try to follow your example when if I’m lucky enough to get pregnant again.
Just chiming in with how VERY excited I am for you and the family.
Nicole E. says:
OMG.!! I am SOO overwhelmed with joy and happiness for you and your family. Congrats and blessings to you, Heather.!!
Lindsey Reese says:
C*O*N*G*R*A*T*U*L*A*T*I*O*N*S!!!!! I have been hoping against hope that we would hear pregnancy news from you soon!! So very happy for you all! Glad you have some happiness to help you cope with a very tough month. I remember when I was first pregnant and I would be having a tough day at work and start to get down and then I would think “BUT I”M PREGNANT!!!! NOTHING CAN GET ME DOWN!!! ” I hope the little guy/girl growing inside helps you have hope, strength and joy!!! So happy for Miss Annie!! and mommy and daddy and Rigby and everyone else in your wonderful family!!! Heather, I get the feeling you are not a pray-er, but I am going to pray for you and this pregnancy!! So, so excited!! Can’t wait til I can tell my sister – she will be so thrilled, too — we talk about your family as if it is our extended family!!! Love and kisses and a virtual pat on the belly from Atlanta, Ga!!
I had a feeling and am so hopeful. All the thoughts & prayers I have are going out to your family today.
Congratulations! So happy for you guys.
Sending rays upon rays of hope to you!!!!!!!!!! Many wonderful blessings to you that your pregnancy continues on a wonderful path!! I’m super duper excited for all of you!!!
Ps- hope you feel better soon! Slurp some chicken soup!
Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you! Wishing you all the best! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers!
Congrats! Congrats! I was so excited to scroll down and see the ultrasound picture, beautiful! I have coffee with your blog every morning and feel as though I am having coffee with a girlfriend – maybe that is creepy, I hope not. I have been following your blog for years and have celebrated and cried with you & for you along the way.
I will be praying that you have a healthy and uneventful pregnancy. No one deserves this more than you & Mike!!
Oh, oh, oh, congratulations times a billion Heather and family! I have tears in my eyes and a warm joy in my heart. All my love for the health and safety of this precious baby, and a heartfelt congratulations to the big sisters to be!
When I turn my calendar to November I am always struck with thoughts of you and Maddie.
And…YAY! Congrats on the new little jellybean. Keeping you in my thoughts and sending so many positive, good vibes your way.
I am so thrilled to hear this news! I hope you all feel better soon, and I’m thinking the very best thoughts for you guys!
Yay, congratulations!! I am so happy for all of you!
So happy for you!!!!! Fantastic news!!!! YEAH!!!
Leslie Gibson says:
I am going to cross my fingers, toes, and everything in between for you guys. I REALLY REALLY hope that everything continues to go well, and cannot wait to see pictures come late spring. Oh, and all the times in between as well. I am sorry this is such a sad month for you, I will keep you in my thoughts and hope that Annie continues to bring joy.
Just wanted to say congratulations to you ALL on your pregnancy, Heather. Wishing you well and thinking of you all during this very difficult month. I so agree that just enjoying the pregnancy “in the moment” is the absolute best thing to do. After two healthy pregnancies, then two losses, the second of which I was so guarded I didn’t quite fully share, I really regretted worrying so much. It’s not healthy, but it’s hard not to do. My last pregnancy, I made a decision to embrace fully each day (like you, puking and ALL!). Well, we had a wonderful baby boy almost two years ago and he reminds me every day of the blessing of LIFE. Love to you all.
I cried when I read this – HURRAH! Good luck and thanks for letting us along for the ride, laughing and crying with you.
Congratulations!! Many, many prayers coming your way that this pregnancy goes all the way, and that you guys finally get the sibling for Annie & Maddie that has been so long in the making. If anyone deserves this good news, and a LONG, healthy pregnancy, it’s you.
Congratulations Heather. I’ll be crossing my fingers for a very healthy baby.
Although I do not know you in real life and you don’t know me in any respect, for the last 4 years (since I started reading), you have been in my thoughts as regularly as some of my closest family and friends. Now especially, my heart is with you during this month as you face the plethora of mixed emotions.
Jena Healy says:
Yay!!!! I am so glad I checked you site today. Sometimes it makes my computer get all stupid and Ihave to shut it down but I took the chance and am so happy I did. Congrats, Hope springs eternal and prayers for all of you! Hope you all feel better.
Congratulations! I’ll keep you in my prayers.
Oh Heather! I am overjoyed at your baby news! Congrats!!
I know you get about a million comments and you may not see this, but I want to tell you that I had a miscarriage shortly before you did. My son is almost exactly Annie’s age. And now we are pregnant again too (with twins!). It’s a blessing to share the joys of this journey with you too. When are you due?
We’ll be praying for you and this new baby! BIG HUGS!!!
I am very happy for your family! Sending the positive thoughts. You should always think positive too. This pregnancy will be super! Stay well.
Congrats Heather! So very happy for you!
So happy to hear your news! Our first was very premature and her delivery was nothing I could control, so it made it very hard to be pregnant again, from my anxiety about how it might turn out. Grateful now to have a healthy son but it wasn’t as glorious as others’ pregnancies. It will all be worth it!
So happy for you guys! Prayers for an uneventful pregnancy with a happy ending!
WHOOHOOOOOO!!!! I am crying tears of joy!! sending good thoughts to you today and always
Congrats! Best of luck. You all deserve it
Goosebump city over here! So, so happy for you. Sorry you are sick, though. Prayers for a quick relief of symptoms and an easy, happy pregnancy. Yeah!!!!
Thank you for sharing the news and congratulations to you Spohr’s! Prayers, good mojo, and positive thoughts headed your way
Although I don’t know you personally, I’m so happy for you and your family!
I am so rooting for your family. I am so happy for you. Your attitude amazes and encourages me.
Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) says:
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Thrilled for you guys! Lots of prayers and good thoughts for a healthy happy pregnancy!
J from Ireland says:
CONGRATULATIONS, so happy for you all.
Many congratulations! What an awesome attitude. You got this Heather!
Awe congrats guys! Super excited for you and sending you healthy baby vibes and hopeful days ahead!
Happy Birthday Maddie and Jackie!
congratulations on your 4th baby! I hope you know we won’t forget any of your sweet babies
My last pregnancy, after losing 5 babies, ended in the beautiful cries of a healthy baby girl.
I am praying the same for you! soooooo excited!
Yay! So happy for you guys. Sending all best thoughts your way.
This is the most awesome news evah!!!!! Soooooo happy and excited for you! Being sick means your body is reacting to the pregnancy. I know it sucks, but hopefully it’s a good sign.
So happy for you all and will keep postive thoughts coming. I am simply a lurker but I love this blog more than any other. Both you and Mike are such good writers and your photos and recipes are awesome. Keep in mind I have never tried any of said recipes , but someday I will! I hope the morning sickness subsides and each week news is good. It is scary after a miscarriage ( been there ) but you have an awesome attitude and I will be hoping for all to go right.. you all deserve it!
Allison Zapata says:
I LOVE YOU, my dear friend. So much. xo
Incredible news – just wonderful, many congratulations (and fingers crossed for a “sticky” bean, as they say on TTC forums). Given that you have announced this to the world on 5th November, I do hope that if it’s a boy, he will be called “Guy”!! ;o) x
mary ann says:
I finally got power back after 7 days of living in the dark with no water, tv, phone, or internet…and the first thing I did after showering was click on your blog – what wonderful news! Congratulations, I am soooooooo happy for you!
Leslie K says:
Congratulations!! What wonderful news to read. You have my prayers for a wonderful pregnancy and healthy baby Spohr!
Wonderful news! So excited for you!
Emily in NY says:
(Is it weird that I don’t even know you and your family, but this post made me teary?!)
Sending good vibes and positive thoughts and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Ashley Hast says:
Woohooooo!!! Congrats, Spohrs!!!!
Thank you for sharing your experiences with such raw and beautiful honesty. Because of your choice to share your struggles and joys with us, I found the strength to continue on after losing a very wanted pregnancy earlier this year. I am now pregnant again and reading about your life with its ongoing wonderfulness and sadness has helped me choose hope when my anxiety has me convinced of another terrible outcome. Thank you for allowing us into your lives. It was never your responsibility to help others, but I hope you know you have. I wish you nothing but the very, very best.
Emily Bremily says:
Yay! Congrats on the little ray of sunshine! So happy for you guys!
Snarky Mommy says:
Whoooooooooooo! So so so excited for you all.
Beautiful! I’ll be praying for a healthy mommy and baby!
HOOOO MAAAAA GAWWWWW!!!
You’ve got Maddie, Jackie!, and your other little keeping watch over you. Prayers for you!
I want a healthy baby for you this time, so badly! Praying & crossing everything.
michele wallace says:
So excited for you guys – This post made me smile. Sorry November is such a hard month for you, you guys have been through hell & back. Like you said you have lots to look forward to. I pray for a healthy pregnancy for you and love reading your updates and blog daily.
A person! Yay!! Btw. You can totally tell in the latest pictures! I have been waiting for this announcement with bated breath
Stephanie A. says:
Not one to comment often (even though I read EVERY day!); but I had to this time.
1) Hope everybody feels better ASAP and gets plenty fo rest.
2) Hugs to you all through the sadness that comes with this November.
3) CongratuFREAKINlations. I actually teared up! I’ve been hoping hoping hoping to see this every day for the last month or so. So ecstatic for your and your family and I am putting all my good juju into hoping that everything goes perfect and smoothly. I know I don’t “know you” but I’ve come to seriously love you guys over the many years I’ve been reading, and I am STOKED that the Sphors are multiplying again!
Prayers and hope a plenty! Congratulations. I cannot wait for Spring to see what unfolds:-). If history repeats itself this next Sphor baby will be as exceptional as the first two!
So happy for you! Congratulations, I am so thrilled to read/see this!!!
kris (lower case) says:
i don’t even know what to say except i will be praying for you and your family. be strong and hopeful always.
Oh, happy dance-joy, joy, joy!
Congratulations! Sending all sorts of happy thoughts your way!
YaY! Hope, pray, cross your fingers, and then stay in the moment and live this life. You and Mike and Annie have a lot of people praying for you now. Hope. It’s all we have. xoxo, Julia
That is wonderful news. Congratulations!
Congratulations Heather, Mike and Annie! That new baby is so lucky to have such a loving family ready and waiting for him or her to arrive. I think that I can speak for all of us readers when I say that we all hope you have a safe and easy pregnancy, full of hope, peace and love. Your online family can’t wait to meet your new bundle of joy! xx
Congratulations!!!! You all deserve so much happiness.
Hey! That’s great news! Congratulations.
Yay! Congrats, Heather, Mike, and Annie! Wishing you health and happiness to counter the bittersweetness of this holiday season. An exciting winter to come!
Congratulations Spohrs!!!! Wishing you much success with this pregnancy.
So incredibly happy for you. And so glad you have a little bit of hope and brightness in this difficult month. Sending you tons of love.
I have been reading your blog since Maddie passed away. Never post… This brought tears of happiness to my eyes. Congratulations. I am very happy for you and your family.
Would you believe that hearing such welcome, anticipated, happy news could completely make the day – nay, the week! – of a stranger-friend who faithfully reads your blog? Too rare are the times when you’re given a piece of information that makes you smile ear to ear, your heart leaps a little, and you feel nothing but 110% pure excitement. And you think, “Good job, universe/karma/fate/whathaveyou…you got it right this time!”
Congratulations!!! That is wonderful news. I am so happy for you guys!!!! Wishing you strength throughout November and the holidays and sending prayers for a healthy pregnancy. xox
Congratulations! I’m so happy for your family!
HOLY MOLY! Congratulations! Sending so much love to you and your family!
Congratulations, I am so so happy for you. Maddie and Jackie are cheering in heaven together.
That is one the most beautiful pictures ever!!!! Thank you for sharing with us!!!!
I was thinking about you and this month and how hard it typically is…so to see that picture took my breath away & I held it as I read & then I cried!
Hope does spring eternal! Will be hoping & praying that all goes well with this special little one! You & Mike have a world of well-wishers!!!
I can’t wait to see Princess Annabel as a big sister!
(And as others have said~I have no doubt that big sister Maddie & Auntie Jackie! are cheering you on from heaven.)
Sending your family love!
Congratulations!! It is hard to keep your faith going when there has been a miscarriage, but so many of us have been through it successfully and made it to the other side. What a little miracle to be able to create another little person. Congratulations again!!
Yay, yay, yay!!! So excited for you and your family! Sending good health and all good things to you all!!!
Congratulations Heather, Mike, & Annie! You will be in my constant prayers until you are holding that sweet baby in your arms!
So, so thrilled for you all!
Huge congratulations to you, Mike, and Annie. I am so thrilled for you and am praying hard.
Yay! Congratulations! Annie is going to be such a great big sister!
I am so very happy for you all! Congrats! I just wanted to share that even though we have never met I have been reading your blog for years. My son will turn 1 on the 11th (11-11-11) and want you to know I will also be thinking about Maddie on that day too.
Heather, I start most days by making a cup of tea and checking in on your family, and I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to know when something goes well for you. I am so, so pleased and hopeful for another gorgeous Spohr baby. I’m wishing you all the best and hoping our collective positive vibes help see you through.
Congrats!! So excited for you and your family. Many positive thoughts headed your way.
Yay!!!! I’m so happy for you — blessings and prayers coming your way.
I am so happy for you all. And Hugs to you in this month.
Huge, huge congrats and big hugs to all.
Congrats on your wonderful news! I’m so excited and happy for you guys! I can relate a little bit to your anxiety too. I’m almost 14 weeks pregnant with our third child, and have previously had both a good and bad pregnancies. I was so anxious at that first ultrasound to see that little heartbeat. And again at my 12 week appointment, it took a little bit to find the heartbeat, which had me a nervous wreck. I can’t figure out yet which way this pregnancy is giong to go, but praying for good results. I have a consult with the high risk OB next week. fingers crossed! In the meantime, I am keeping you and baby in my thoughts and praying for a happy, healthy, baby for you.
Longtime lurker, infrequent commenter – but oh, this news makes me so happy!!! Very, very best wishes for a boring, uneventful pregnancy You make such beautiful children. Forgive my bias for thinking blue – as the mom of two boys, I do love when my favorite bloggers join the team.
Jessica Stringer says:
Woo HOO!!!!!! So happy for you all! Best wishes!
I am so thrilled for you all! How exciting! Sending you warm wishes for a healthy pregnancy and little one. Congrats!
Heather and Mike,
After some quick math, I believe Jackie! went straight to heaven with one thing on her mind…
Me and my sidekick (Maddy) are sending them the happiness they deserve; a healthy baby Spohr. And nobody is going to get in our way.
With that knowledge, I see you welcoming a little perfect healthy baby in 6 months or so naming him/her Jack/Jacqueline. I putting my bets on Jack.
Melanie I says:
Did you know that your picture of a tiny little life brewing inside you would make the whole world smile? I am sending you loving energy for this little baby to be a “sticky bun”. I’ve been there, I know your anxiety and I am equally joyful for you!
After many miscarriages and still no baby, I can relate to your cautious optimism. You’re absolutely right, enjoy every single day of this pregnancy, no matter the outcome. Congratulations and I’m sending all the good thoughts and positive energy to your expanding family!
Heather…prayers for you and your family that all will be well! That picture said so much! So happy for you!
This is such happy news!! Your strength, courage and optimism are enviable. Congratulations you guys!
I am so thrilled for you. How crazy awesome is the internet that I have never met you, but I was grinning ear to ear when I read your news.
Hip..Hip..Hooray!! So happy for you guys…
Congratulations, Heather and Mike and Annie! This is amazing news and I’m sending lots of positive energy and prayers to you from Canada!
Virginia L says:
I am so happy for you! I knew this was coming, and still, I was so excited and surprised when I saw the ultrasound. I will pray for you and this new one. Annie is just about the cutest thing I have ever seen,(after my own children)and I so enjoy reading about her antics. We have never met and probably never will yet I very much enjoy reading about your family. Take care of yourself!
Hope and a prayer sent your way.
WEEPING with joy for you guys. And many prayers will be sent your way. Mazel tov.
so freaking happy for you! I’ve been hoping for this update for awhile
Congratulations!!! I hope it’s a super easy pregnancy and prayers will be with you guys!
Your news took my breath away! So very happy for you guys! Sending lots of love, joy, good energy, and well wishes to your family over the coming months. – A total and complete stranger.
Shannon P says:
Why would you do this? Are you not happy with 1 child? You are going to put yourself through ANOTHER difficult pregnancy? Selfish.
ha. Have a nice day!
You’re a better person than I Heather, I’d have more than a few choice words for this nasty lady! Glad you can not let it get to you There are so, SO many people who are so thrilled for you and your family and praying for all the best for all of you! ((HUGS))
I am so excited for you guys. I have been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Annie, I can’t think of a better family that deserves this amazing news! Here’s to a healthy pregnancy and hopefully it’s as easy as it can be!
I’m beyond happy for you, Mike, and Annie. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as you plan, prepare, and await your awesome little baby.
Heather! I’m a little late to the party but oh my gosh I’m so thrilled for you guys!!! I wish a thousand beautiful blessings on your family. This is wonderful news. Just wonderful!
Love this. Know the feeling. I felt the same feeling of peace with L’s pregnancy but neither of the two before that. Sending all my love & hugs!!!
Congratulations, you too!! I hope this time everything goes well!! I’m sending prayers your way!
I meant two!! Sorry I’m sick and not thinking clearly.
Krystle P says:
Congratulations!!! I’m reading this I don’t know how late but so excited and praying for you guys. Stay strong momma!
Oh, Heather and Mike (and Annie and your families too), I am so excited for you! Congrats and good luck! I will be keeping you all in my thoughts over the next few months.
Congratulations, Spohr Family!! Woohoooooo!!!!!! =D I’ll be praying for a smooth pregnancy, and easy-going delivery.
Nothing selfish with wanting to bring another beautiful soul into this world.
Wonderful news! So so happy for the Spohrs. : )