Saturday, November 23, 2013

The perfect way to describe how much my life has changed in the last year and a half is.......... EPICALLY. Like, HOLY HADLEY epically. So I figured I'd start writing about it.

First came Josh.

Joshua Beau Charles drunkenly stumbled into my life on July 27th of 2012 and I haven't been able to get rid of him since. Luckily for me, he turned out to be the most amazing man I've had the pleasure of meeting.

We started seeing each other immediately and became pretty inseparable. After knowing him only 24 hours I had this feeling in my gut that he was going to be something important to me. I just didn't know how important or how soon. Two weeks later...

Then came baby.

Two weeks?! Yeah, that's right. I said two weeks. To say our relationship was fast is an understatement. Due to some freakish timing and unfortunate symptoms, we actually didn't find out I had a bun in the oven until the day of my birthday (talk about a birthday present!)... almost 13 weeks after conception. Josh and I were both shocked and I honestly was terrified. But after the shock subsided we both knew what we wanted and haven't looked back since.

It was hard for me to be excited in the beginning because I was so scared for the baby. I felt guilty for not knowing sooner and held my breath during many, if not all, of the ultrasounds. We had some testing done for genetic disorders and the results did include a chance of Down Syndrome. I remember the doctor telling me a woman my age usually has 1/1,000 odds of having a child with Down Syndrome. Our test came back 1/200. Now a rational human being could calculate those odds and see that it comes out at a mere 0.005% chance. But when I heard our odds over the phone, rationale was the farthest thing from my mind.

Josh was so supportive during this time. We had to deal with some tough decisions so early in our relationship and he never faltered once. We kept our chins up and put as much positive energy as we could into this pregnancy! Over the coming months each ultrasound checked out and the baby seemed healthy. And after several months of anticipation....

Then came Hadley! 

Our healthy baby girl was born on May 30th of 2013. Josh and I feel so lucky to have her in our lives. She is full of smiles, funny faces and the girl has a serious set of lungs on her. LOOK OUT. Everyday is an adventure with her and we can't imagine our lives any other way. We love you Hadley!!! Fast forward, yet again, 6 months and....

Then came engagement!

Are you starting to get why this year & a half has been on another level of crazy? For someone who was single for 5+ years shit got real FAST. Josh asked me to marry him on November 9th in front of many members of my family. It was so special and I'll never forget his sweet words (and nerves!). 

WHEW! So now it is on to wedding planning and enjoying this time together. I couldn't ask for more and can't wait to see what other craziness comes our way. 

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