A Nickel in November

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but things have been fairly quiet around here over the last month. There’s a reason for that and I think it’s about time we come clean.

First I’ll give it to you in a money-math problem and see if you get it.


(Because when your name is a coin, you rock the metaphor.)

4 Pennys + 1 Penny = a Nickel, or 5 Pennys.

That’s right, we are expecting a baby in November and yes, after a few weeks of letting it sink in we are decidedly happy about it. 

Now let me answer some questions you might have: 

Q) Were you planning a third baby? No we were not planning this, clearly we weren’t trying hard enough to avoid it, but we were not trying in the classic sense.   Want to know how I know we weren’t planning this? Nickel Baby will be arriving about 6 weeks after our new church launches. That my friend is some wonderful comedic timing. 

Q) How far along are you? About 9 weeks, we found out roughly 4.5 weeks ago.

Q) How are you feeling? Really tired of feeling sick and tired. I’m not throwing up sick, but I’m nauseous and exhausted… so so exhausted… and coffee tastes gross to me most mornings which seems like a cruel trick because I need my one cup of coffee to function. Confession? Sometimes I choke it down for sanity’s sake.

Mostly I want to eat expensive bagels, fresh ones from Panera or Big Apple Bagel, shelf stables ones don’t count, the baby can taste the preservatives and he/she no likey. High maintenance bagel habits are not terribly convenient or frugal, especially for someone who tries to eat mostly grain free and now finds herself binge watching scandal while eating whole sleeves of Saltine crackers. This has been a very accurate snapshot of my last month. 

Also my mouth tastes bad, really bad like rotten banana morning-breath most of the time. Bad taste in your mouth is an extra mean pregnancy symptom if you ask me.

Q) How are you feeling ABOUT having another baby? Honestly, at first I was a little freaked out…. I was a LOT freaked out. After all I had grand plans of productivity when both Noelle and Caedmon go to half-day kindergarden / preschool in fall. There was to be much writing and dream realization and now there will be much exhaustion and re-learning how to breast feed.

Even now I find myself frustrated 80% of the time, I have so much I’d to get done in a day yet usually I find myself back on the couch after putting away laundry and unable to get a cohesive meal on the table, chinese takeout again? Sure, why not? Writing feels as realistic as mountain climbing and getting ahead is a forgotten concept.

But here’s the thing I keep repeating to myself guys: People are not problems, people are amazing, people are gifts, people are to be cherished. This baby is people, and so is to be celebrated with wild abandon.

And when I feel extra down I text my friend Megan who reminds me that facilitating organ growth is no small thing, and to accept the grace and the miracle in that. 

So, come on Nickel Baby, grow healthy and strong. Take over my world with your organ growing and your impending arrival. Do try to be a bit kinder to my hips if possible and together we shall do what we can and leave the rest for another time or season.

My timing was never the best in the end and already I cannot imagine a Christmas 2014 without your warm, snuggly bean-bag presence. I will most certainly dress you in ridiculous hats, please be prepared for this and cooperate accordingly. 

  • Mark Allman

    Kel and Leanne,
    Congratulations!! We think 3 kids is a great number by the way. :) Our third has been a wonderfully great blessing… most of the time!! You might however consider avoiding the Dime in December.
    I hope it goes great. Enjoy the bagels.

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you Mark and NO DIMES! I get exhausted at the thought…. :)

  • http://simply-rea.blogspot.com Rea

    Aww. Congratulations!

    My very first pregnancy symptom ever was a sudden aversion to coffee and I was like ‘what’s up with that?’ 5 days later…positive test. It is a cruel trick to deprive someone of their coffee when they need it most. :)

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Seriously, I need it, SO much tired. It’s so odd how one of your favorite smells instantly becomes repulsive.

  • http://www.tanyamarlow.com/ Tanya Marlow

    I am a sucker for puns. Nickel baby – I love it!

    And I love that this was God’s plan, even though it was not yours. I was reading Gideon to my boy yesterday, where God tells him to shrink down his army and resources, because otherwise people might think it was their strength that won the battle. This came to mind when reading this today. Your resources are definitely being shrunk in terms of energy and creativity to write and to help Kel with the church plant. I am praying that God shows up and surprises you.

    MUCH LOVE xx

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Oh Tanya I love that you shared this, thank you for connecting our story with the story of Gideon because, it’s so easy to forget that God can do more when we have less to work with. Love Love Love to you friend.

  • http://twitter.com/MarviaDavidson Marvia Davidson

    Leanne you are a clever one. Cheers to you and yours for a safe and healthy pregnancy. Love this news!!! 😉 😉 😉 ♥♥♥;-) ♥;-) ♥♥

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you Marvia! I mustered all the clever I currently have in me for this post 😉

  • Louise Bates

    Congratulations, and what fun! (the new little snuggly bundle bit, not the nasty pregnancy symptoms bit.) I craved the good bagels – with cream cheese, nothing else – all through my second pregnancy, too. Not bread, not cheap-o bagels, not english muffins – really good bagels. Aren’t our bodies funny, wondrous things?

    Sending much love and happy, squishy-baby thoughts your way. :-)

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you Louise! I am glad that someone else gets it, the store bought ones are NO good! Our bodies are amazing and oh I will take all the squishy thoughts I can get!

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    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you friend!

  • pastordt

    Aw. Congrats on the new little one busily growing inside you. Hopefully, the severe exhaustion and nausea will fade in a few more weeks and all will be well. As surprising as this is for you, I actually kind of like the poetry of a brand new baby as your church launches – a sign of hope and a peek into the future, you know? Blessings on all of it, Leanne.

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      I think that it really is lovely poetry indeed and I am so grateful that you said it in such a way… honestly the baby scares me less than the church plant… I have a bit more experience in this area.

  • Amanda

    Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you guys… even though I know it can be hard to get over the shock of a surprise! God is soverign and good, and this baby will be such a blessing to your family and the world. Also? Protein, all the protein for morning sickness… even when it doesn’t taste good, it helps so much. And lots of water! Praying for joy and strength to make it through 1st tri. :)

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Protein is SO hard in the morning because you’re right I want NONE of it.
      And thank you, I agree this will be a blessing and that God is always wiser than I am even when he shocks me…

  • Abby Norman

    Oh! I am so excited for you. And I have the best picture of Juliet in a cloth diaper and a santa hat, and now you can have those cloth diapers. Shauna Niequest says she is the sister of her church. You are having twins, one baby one church.

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      WooHoo! Free Diapers!
      Oh Man, I am leaving the majority of the church pregnancy to Kel… I can only fully handle one but I will be his very involved labor coach???

  • http://avanomaly.blogspot.com/ Jamie

    Aww, yay! Congratulations! And may you swiftly find some relief from the early pregnancy symptoms. Also, I totally didn’t get the penny thing right off the bat. Whoosh! Right over my head. That was brilliant. Feel better!
    P.S. I’m reminding my husband to stop by Panera today. I blame you. 😉 Baker’s dozen bagel special, you know. <3

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      I know, I missed my shot with the bakers dozen this week. I think I was trying to be good and now I’m just realizing it was silly …

  • Stacy A

    Congratulations!! What fun news! Hang in there …

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you! Hanging… resting a lot, feeling lazy, scrounging up self-grace.

  • http://www.bethanysuckrow.com/ Bethany Suckrow

    You are the cutest. Congrats on Nickel Baby, and I’m praying everything goes smoothly and that you get some rest. Also, so glad I got to hang out with you a bit at FFW. Much love, friend!

    • http://www.leannepenny.com Leanne Penny

      Thank you friend! FFW Hanging out was very good, even if I was held together with string most of the time.

  • http://www.andrewgilmore.net/ Andrew Gilmore

    Congrats! What a blessing. Isn’t it funny how when you do the work of the LORD He blesses you more than you can imagine? (Three kids are so much more fun anyway :) )

  • http://dontstopbelieving.me/ Brenda W.

    Congrats!!! :)