Since it is Mother’s Day…

by | May 10, 2009 | Pregnancy | 65 comments

… and since I just can’t keep it a secret any longer, and since I would really appreciate any prayers you can spare…

Yes, we are expecting another little one!

I found out on April 14th, just before looking at my calendar and finding that last rose. (I was so surprised to see that calendar page, but yet it was SO very fitting!!) I am praying that it was a sign that everything will be okay, since I did miscarry our last little one in the fall. So far I have had a couple preliminary blood tests to check my hormone levels, and everything has come back as it should. I have also been very tired and nauseous, which explains my rather sporadic blogging lately. My poor family has been on their own for meals this past week, since I can’t even seem to be able to open the refrigerator with out getting sick! (Thank you hubby, for taking care of it all!) I keep reminding myself that being this sick IS A GOOD THING, and trying my hardest to offer it up and be thankful as I am throwing up! 😉

I have another appointment next Wednesday with my midwife, followed by an ultrasound on Friday at which we will check for the baby’s heartbeat and determine my actual due date! (The online calculators gave me a date of December 24th, and the doctor’s office has said December 21st. Either way, I had better start my Christmas planning early this year!)

We are all very excited, though I must admit I will feel much better after hearing this little one’s heartbeat next Friday. Thank you all for your prayers!

Prayer for the Graces of Motherhood

Powerful is your intercession with God, Mary, for you are his mother. Tender, too, is your love for us, for you are our mother. Confidently, then, I come to you as a child, poor and needy, to seek your aid and protection. In every trial of motherhood, I beg your aid. For the grace of a happy delivery, I come to you. For your holy assistance in guarding and directing each tiny soul with which God entrusts me, I call to you. In every sorrow that comes to me in my motherhood, I confide in you.

That I may have strength to bear cheerfully all the pains and hardships of motherhood, I lean on you. That the sweetness of motherhood may not through my neglect be embittered in later years by pains of regret, I trust in you. That the will of God may always be fulfilled in me through each act of my motherhood, little and great, I beg your aid. Never forsake me dear Mother, my hope, my consolation, my confidence, and my trust, but ever be at my side to aid and protect me, your needy child. Amen.

Mother of Love, of Sorrow, and of Mercy, Pray for us!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you Momma’s out there!
I hope you are all having a wonderful day!


  1. Julie

    Congratulations! We will be praying for you and your little one. Happy Mother’s Day.

  2. amy

    Congratulations!! Prayers for you and your family during this most blessed time. Happy Mother’s Day!

  3. Jennifer G.

    Congratulations!!! Jessica….we must be kindred spirits…I’m expecting again too! I don’t even know you, but ever since I found out, I’ve been thinking about you and I had a feeling that I’d be reading that you would be pregnant soon too! I’m due Dec. 12th, so we’ll have little Christmas babies! I will definitely keep you and your baby in my prayers!

  4. Robina

    Congratulations. Keeping you and your baby in our prayers. Happy Mother’s Day.

  5. missy

    Just the news I was hoping to read!! Congratulations! Prayers for you and looking forward to this weeks doctors report! I am pregnant as well..23 weeks due August 31st with our 5th baby. Oh..and my last baby was a December baby..great time of the year to have a baby..and will have to be a little more organized this year for Christmas..but I know you won’t mind!

  6. Hallie @ Moxie Wife

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you! You all will be in my prayers. Happy Mother’s Day!

  7. Kimberlee

    Congratulations! What wonderful news to share on Mother’s Day! Deo Gratias!

  8. Christine

    Congratulations, once again! You and baby are in my daily prayers.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  9. MamaBirdEmma

    Happy Mother’s Day! Congratulations!!

  10. Sarah

    Congratulations!!! Big prayers going out for you!

  11. Unknown

    yeah! So happy for you:)

  12. Nancy Carabio Belanger

    Yay! Congratulations to you and the family! You’ll continue to be in my prayers!

  13. Hannah

    Congratulations!!! I just found your blog and am thoroughly enjoying it! I will most definitely keep you in my prayers.

  14. Jennifer

    Such happy news on Mother’s Day – congratulations! You are in our prayers.

  15. Aubrey

    What wonderful news! I’m so glad to hear it! We’ll definitely pray hard and hope that you are feeling better soon.

    God bless you!


  16. Erin

    Congratulations:):) So very very thrilled. {{{}}} Praying.

  17. Regina

    happy mother’s day, a gazillion times over

  18. Maria

    So happy for you! You will be in my prayers. Happy Mother’s Day!

  19. Angela

    I will be praying for you!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  20. Eileen

    Oh, how wonderful!

    Congratulations, and yes, you will be in our prayers! (I haven’t been reading a whole lot online lately, but I rushed right over after reading your “cryptic” comment at my blog, thinking, could it be???)I’m so happy for you!

    Happy, happy Mother’s Day!!! 🙂

  21. Jamie Jo

    I knew it!!! 🙂

    congratulations, and yes you have my prayers!

    What a perfect day to tell people the wonderful news!

  22. Shauna

    Congratulations Jessica, I will start praying for you right now!

  23. Margaret

    Congratulations Jessica! I will keep you in my prayers.

    Love you!

  24. Therese

    congratulations Jessica. Prayers for you and the little one.


  25. Lena


    Great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of our meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of the Mother of God, en-kindle in my heart one spark of that heavenly charity which glowed in yours and made you a seraph of love. Glorious Saint Gerard, because, like your Divine Master, you bore without murmur or complaint the calumnies of wicked men when falsely accused of crime, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers. Preserve me (them,) in the dangers of motherhood, and shield the child I (they,) now bear, that it may be brought safely to the light of day and receive the sacrament of baptism.

  26. Sara

    I knew it—I’ve been suspicious for weeks! Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and will pray that all goes well this time around.

  27. Sarah

    Congratulations!! What wonderful news. You and baby will be in my prayers.

  28. Mary @ Cheerios


    congrats to your whole family-do the kids know yet???? if so, they’re probably psyched! yay!
    Sorry to hear you feel so sick-all i can offer is- I’ve been there many times before! Keep offering it up…it makes it a little bit more bearable-if that’s possible!
    Happy Momma’s day!
    God bless you,
    Mary @ Cheerios

  29. Anonymous

    Congratulations & Blessings of endless supply to you and your hubby and family! May this be your Christmas Blessing this year!

  30. Maryan


  31. The Lly Dilettante

    Congratulations!! God bless you and your baby. The rest of the family as well.

  32. Nicole Bradica

    Thrilled for your family~ Many, many prayers!

  33. Unknown

    Oh happy news! Congratulations, Jessica. I’ll be praying for you and that sweet little baby.

  34. Lori

    What a beautiful way to begin my day! I’m so happy for you all. Try not to worry. God has everything under control 🙂
    Love, Lori

  35. regan

    many congrats and prayers. i know how nerve wracking a pregnancy after a miscarriage can be. but my curly haired boy is a sure sign that it CAN happen. so i am sure that you and baby will be just FINE! it is so hard to accept that ALL of our babies are in God’s hands anyways, but since you have such faith and grace, you already know that 🙂
    thanks for sharing your news with us. hope you get to feeling better soon!

  36. Kristyn Hall

    So happy for you Jessica. I will pray for you.

  37. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you ALL!!!! I can’t tell you how much your prayers mean to me!! God Bless!! =)

  38. Jessica Gordon

    Mary ~ Yes, our children do know, and they are excited. At first the boys thought that I “must have caught the flu from Jordon” (one of the boys on their baseball team!) but then one night I slipped when my husband was cooking some morel mushrooms and asked “Do you think I can have those since I am pregnant?” (I had never had them before and they looked so strange!) and our oldest overheard me and turned around with a big smile on his face. Oops! 🙂 We’ve just told the girls that we might have another baby around Christmas and to pray for the baby. The boys have been asking each time I come home from the doctors if the baby is ok, and if I’ve heard the heartbeat. They are all praying hard (and talking about whether it’s a boy or a girl, and what we should name the baby.)!! 🙂

  39. Jessica Gordon

    Jennifer G. and Missy ~ Congratulations to both of you too!!! How exciting!!

  40. Christine

    YAH…your blog did not buzz out on me (not sure why it does that sometimes)

    I send a great big ((((HUG))) to a super-duper mama and your family.

    A Christmas baby…how cool is that!

  41. Anonymous

    Congratulations! My rosaries between now and heartbeat-hearing day will be for you and baby – may Our Mother’s peace and contentment be with you until then. I know what a hard time this part of your pregnancy is from my own experience and like you, I was happy to feel sick — so, I wish you lots of nausea (Sorry!).

  42. Meme

    YAY!!! I was hoping you would say that! Congratulaions! We will definitely pray for you and your baby.
    Love, Teresa

  43. Cynthia

    congratulations! very happy for you.

  44. Aimee Landreneau

    YAY! You’ll be right behind me! I think a boy named Nicholas would be just right for a Christmas baby.

    Praying for you and that sweet baby.

  45. elm

    Many Congrats, Jessica!!

  46. Anonymous

    I was wondering when I could say congrats publicly!! YAY!! The only bummer is we are both pregnant together and now I don’t live there.

    I am praying for you and the little one!! -Jamie( not Kassandra)

  47. Sweetness and Light

    I’m so glad you decided to *spill the beans*! Praying for you daily sweetie!! Love and hugs,

  48. Sarah

    You are in my prayers!

    How exciting! Congratulations!


  49. jen mackintosh

    I’m thrilled for you, Jessica! And…praying!

  50. Mrs. L

    Congratulations! Praying for you to have 9 long months!

  51. Ruth

    Congratulations, Jessica! I’m so happy for you. I’ll keep you and the baby in my prayers.

  52. Anonymous

    I am so shocked!!! 😉
    Congrats!! We are so happy for you guys, you have no idea!!

  53. Cheryl

    Hurray! Congratulations! I will keep you and your little one in my prayers.

  54. Erin

    How exciting! You’ll be in my prayers!

  55. michele

    I am so happy for you! You and your little one are in my prayers 🙂 I am asking St. Catherine to pray for you.

  56. Anshi

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  57. Anshi

    Congratulations Jessica! I was born on 21st Dec too, though the doctor had given my mom’s due date as 24th Dec. Wish you best of luck and will always keep you and your sweet family in my prayers. Take care. God Bless you all.
    Belated Happy mother’s Day 🙂

    Love… Mary

  58. Margaret in Minnesota

    Congratulations!!! I am bustling off to prayer RIGHT now to give thanks to our God for His goodness.

    Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

  59. Unknown

    Praise the good Lord!!! Yay!!!

  60. kimberly


    How delinquent I am in my congratulations! Many prayers for you as you prepare to welcome this wee one…

    God be praised!

  61. Erin

    So happy for you and the family!! I have just been catching up on the blogs as I have been so sick lately too….just managed to make my first meal in weeks last night!! I will keep you and the little one in my thoughts and prayers!!

  62. Shelly

    oh congrats to you Jessica!!! You are in my prayers 🙂

  63. Sarah

    Congratulations, Jessica! I am so happy for you and your family. May God bless you all, especially this precious new life!

    P.S. The tea party photos are so darling. I’ve been so busy that I’m just catching up on all of them now =)


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