Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Sharing the News and Finding Out

Once we found out we were pregnant with our second child, we decided to tell our families about our baby news over the Christmas holidays. We told them by having Allison wear a t-shirt that said, "I'm the Big Sister!" All of the grandparents, aunts and uncles were so excited and looking forward to this new addition to our family. We also began preparing Allison for life with a baby and being a big sister. She still likes to read all of her Big Sister books.

Along with many of my close friends who were pregnant or soon to be pregnant, we were also overjoyed to find out that my first cousin, Kristel, was pregnant with her first child. We were due a week apart and I was so happy that this little one would get to grow up with her little one just like we did. We took our first "belly picture" together at our family's Christmas celebration.

We couldn't wait to find out the sex of the baby. We had a sonogram around 20 weeks. Little did we know that this would be the only time we would ever actually get to see Evan alive. Everything looked healthy, and we had the nurse write down the sex of the baby and seal it in an envelope for us to open later that day at dinner. We decided we couldn't wait until dinner, so we went to lunch at the Cheesecake Factory. This was the same restaurant we opened Allison's envelope at too.

We found out we were having a boy and I was surprised because I had been sure that it was another girl. I was also a little nervous about the "boy parts." The surprise quickly turned to joy and we began to dream about our son and all things boy. We also found out around the same time that my cousin Kristel would be having a boy too! So fun, they would be best friends.

Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.
Psalm 127:3

Allison in her "I'm the Big Sister" shirt ~ January 2008

Kristel & April
Our first belly picture
December 2007

Jeff & Cory
First belly picture :)
December 2007

April & Kristel
Another belly pic
June 2008


Urich Family said...

It was good seeing you last weekend too! You can talk to me anytime about sweet Evan! I am always and ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on. Your blog is so sweet and I really enjoy reading it!

Ali said...

Hi April,
I found your blog through other Zeta sites. I am so,so sorry to hear about sweet Evan. I am so glad that you are willing to share your story with everyone and know that you are receiving lots of prayers and support. Allison is beautiful! I will continually keep you and your precious family in my thoughts and prayers.
Take Care,
Ali (Gidel) Lord

Christian Family said...

Was just checking friends blogs...and saw your name on the Crownover's list...I hope it is ok...I am SO GLAD you are blogging!!!
My email is a.l.christian@hotmail.com
Email me and I will add you to our blog.
We think of yall so often and pray that everything is going well for you!!!

Ashley said...

You are doing such a great job of telling Evan's story, April. Thank you for letting us know his story in detail. We love y'all!

Amy Smith

The Original 2 Prices said...

Tom and I have been praying for your family since we heard about Evan this summer. We continue to pray and look forward to catching up on your lives on your blog.

Tom and Staci (Wilson) Price

Kristel said...

Grant got his shots today, and tonight when we said our prayers, we asked Baby Evan, his guardian angel in heaven, to kiss his bo bos.

We enjoyed our visit and getting to laugh and cry with you and Allison. Come back soon! We love you!

Summer, Justin, Blake, and Baby Brother said...

April, you have no idea how often I think about you and baby Evan. Thank you for sharing your story ... and just know that we are praying for you everyday!!
Love Summer