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 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

Christmas Break Traveling and Reflection of Undergrad

Classes are over. Projects are turned in. Finally! (At least for me they are.) Tim is still working hard on papers to turn in by the end of next week and then he will be done.

Life is slowed down a lot for the both of us in the past few days and it has been really nice. I have really enjoyed this whole being a “housewife” this week. 🙂 I love staying busy at home cooking and cleaning and doing things with and for others. Although this week has been very chill, next week will start the month of traveling for the Mathii!

I leave on Tuesday to go to Livingston for a week to keep the Hooper kids. Their parents will be on an anniversary trip and we are very close to this family. The Hoopers are the most servant-hearted and giving people we have EVER met!! They came into my life freshman year of college when they had just had their second child. The first time I kept Mae and Archie was for Melissa’s (the mom)  birthday. From that day until I got married I was in their sweet home weekly visiting, eating dinner, or keeping their 3 kids. They are now making preparations to be full-time missionaries in Honduras. Their move will take place in the next few months.

Tim will join me later in the week when he is finished with classes. Then, we will come back to Auburn for 1 day to wash clothes and re-pack to leave for NYC!! This is our gift in return for taking care of the Hooper family. It is an all-expense paid trip that we have been totally blessed with for our 2nd anniversary!! We will be able to party it up for 5 days in NYC! We are SO excited about this vacay and just being able to explore the city with no required agenda.

When we arrive back in Auburn from that trip we will then start making our family rounds for Christmas!! We will go to Tim’s mom’s side first, then my family, go to Abbeville for Tim to preach, and finally to Black to be with Tim’s dad and step-mom.

As soon as we get back from there my internship will start up!! I cannot believe that is all I have left before graduation. You would think 6 years of undergrad wouldn’t have flown by so fast…haha! But at the same time it has drug by as many different events and things have changed and grown me during my college experience….such as: moving, college classes, nursing school, having a tumor removed from my throat, serving in Vancouver for a summer, changing my major, courtship, engagement, MARRIAGE, moving, transferring schools twice, being a part of a cohort, and serving in many schools! Major things have happened to me in 6 years. I have grown so much as a person and in my walk with the Lord. I am so thankful for all the people I have made friends with over my time in college and at the schools I have attended.

Anyways, I will end there. We have a busy month to say the least, but we are excited about that and the new year to come. With the new year comes new experiences and new goals to meet. 🙂