All About Baby Mathis

Well, most of you have already heard our EXCITING news!! Baby Mathis should make his/her appearance around the end of July (maybe the middle due to me being high-risk).

We found out this news the Monday after Thanksgiving and by that point I was almost 6 weeks pregnant. We decided to wait to tell family at Christmas to make it special and to where all the family found out about the same time.

We made our families a special DVD that we told them was full of pictures from our two years of marriage. (We had just celebrated our 2nd anniversary the week before..so we went with that.) The DVD was actually a movie trailer Tim put together of pictures and video and at the end there was a picture of the pregnancy test. 🙂

Tim’s family was the first to find out because we visited them first. They were all surprised and didn’t see it coming. Tim’s mom saw it first and woke everyone up in the house to tell them the news. We were so glad to start telling people because we were about to burst with the news. Tim is the reason we waited until after Thanksgiving to take the test because he said if we were pregnant he would tell everyone at Thanksgiving; therefore, we waited. 🙂

On Christmas Eve night we got to my family’s house and gave my parents the DVD to watch with the same story. I think they were truly caught off guard because they thought we were announcing where we were moving to after May. It was a great Christmas to say the least!!

Also, at this point I am 9 weeks pregnant and we made them promise to not put anything on social media or tell people who might pass the news around before we were ready. We wanted to make it to the 12 week mark and have an ultrasound before posting it on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

We knew it was a lot to ask and some people who we consider close friends found out before posting it on social media, but that is because we knew they would be praying for me and the baby. We are still asking for people to keep me and Baby Mathis in your prayers as I am high-risk because of my blood pressure and heart condition. I am praying against having to be on bed rest at any point, especially during my internship.

So, we have obviously made it past the 12 week mark and ultrasound because this is now public knowledge. 🙂

I am now going to answer some questions that we have been asked a lot so far:

Have you been sick? Boy, have I! I started feeling nauseous around week 7 and started getting sick while we were in NYC for our anniversary trip. Ever since then it has been pretty much every morning and every night with some sickness thrown in randomly in the middle of the day/afternoon. And I have tried every home remedy that everyone has told me and nothing has worked. The doctor gave me medicine and it doesn’t work every time.

Have you thought of names? Yes we have them picked out and ready to go just as soon as find out the gender of this sweet life. 🙂 If it is a girl her name will be EmmaLee-Tyler Jean Mathis and we will call her EmmaLee-Tyler. If it is a boy his name will be Charles Allen Mathis and we will call him Cam by his initials.

Where do these names come from? I have always liked the name Emily but I wanted it to be spelled like my name because I am names after some special people. The “Lee” in my name comes from my great-grandmother Allie Lee Boatwright. “Tyler” comes from Tim’s brother and we like it for a girl’s name. “Jean” comes from my grandmother, Marian Jean Boatwright, and she was extremely special in my life.

The boy name comes from two of the most important men in my life. “Charles” is from Charles Boatwright, who is the greatest grandfather in this world! And “Allen” comes from Craig Allen Hayles, who is the best dad in this world!

Have you had any cravings? Up until yesterday I would have said no to this question, but I saw Nesquik Strawberry powder last night and HAD to have it along with cucumbers. So for dinner last night I had a cup of strawberry milk and a cucumber! And that hit the spot like no other!! 🙂 And it wasn’t just last night that I started wanting these things..I noticed earlier this week when I saw some students drinking strawberry milk at lunch…I asked them if they thought it was good and they said yes and I almost went back to the lunchroom to get me some but decided not to. Ha!

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”

Psalm 127:3-5