Family of 5! 6 Year Anniversary! Sea World!

So this has been quite the past couple of weeks for our family! Lot’s of happy times!

We are becoming a family of 5! We are officially due March 20th, 2018.

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Both my girls were pretty punctual (Bailey born on her due date, and Claire the day before) so I feel like this is a pretty accurate time frame haha. This may come as a total surprise to some, specially since we have been hush for a bit, so here is some background info πŸ™‚

  1. Yes this was planned. Had you told me 6 years ago that I would be having my kiddos generally close together, I would have laughed. I am used to large gaps from my siblings and I all being 4 years apart. So I thought that sounded like a good plan. But the Lord had different plans for us. And I am grateful that He is in charge! I couldn’t imagine not having my girls close together! Having two toddlers isn’t a walk in the park, but I love the bond that they share, and I have grown exponentially from this experience so far. I have learned I am capable of more than I could imagine.
    Now…even so, I was thinking I would have a larger gap for the next baby. But again, I am not in charge of the bigger picture πŸ˜‰ Around Christmas time I had that feeling again. The “there’s another baby coming soon” kind of feeling. Luckily the Lord knows me and my mental ability for change haha, which is why I felt this at Christmastime. It gave me a few months to wrap my head around the idea, and then I went from not being ready at all, to actually being excited about it. We felt like we should have a similar gap with this baby as we do the girls, which would put trying to conceive around June-ish. I started tracking my period and got off birth control and in the first month of trying we got pregnant! I still have anxieties from it taking over a year to get pregnant with Bailey, so this was still a surprise haha.
  2. How do we know we are done? This is something that we didn’t take lightly. I always figured I would have 4 kids. Adam is one of four, and so am I, and it just seemed like the logical decision. I told him that when we were engaged and he was like okay sounds good haha. And that was my plan. But during the time that I had that “feeling” that another baby was ready for our family…I had a new feeling I wasnt expecting at all…that this was the FINAL baby for our family. I questioned this for a while, since I had already starting having doubts about having 4 since I was so exhausted with just the 2 I have. I thought it was maybe in my head and I was just being selfish and weak. And then Adam surprised me one day. We were laying in bed downloading the day and it had gone quiet for a bit, and then he confesses that he feels like we only have 1 more baby meant for us. And that he had felt that way for a long time, but he wasnt sure how I would react. I was shocked, because I had already felt the same thing! We both wanted to be sure this was God’s will for us, and not just us being overwhelmed. So we prayed together for a long time and we both got this very clear answer in our hearts. This was our final baby. So clear that we both looked at each other and said Okay! And havent questioned it since. I know people may not understand this, and will give us the “don’t be so sure” look that I’ve already seen a few times. But that’s okay. We are sure. haha. I have peace in our decision. I am happy and excited to complete our family. Β πŸ™‚
  3. Are we trying for a boy this time? Well, not that we really have a choice in the matter to be honest haha I am sure if there was formula for what gender you have, people would be all over it haha. We would be happy no matter what πŸ™‚ Ironically, I have this strong feeling it is another girl. I had this similar feeling for both Bailey and Claire, and I haven’t been wrong thus far haha. But I will completely love and adore any baby we are blessed with. Would a boy be amazing and awesome and new and fun? Absolutely! Would an all girl family be exciting and interesting and fun? Absolutely! So I am happy either way and will not be disappointed or wishful with either one πŸ™‚

So there you have it. Haha. Inside scoop πŸ˜‰ So far I have my usual 1st trimester fatigue and irritability haha. Food is not my favorite thing, but thankfully I am not puking or anything so far. I am guilty of passing out on the couch and waking up in a panic wondering if the girls set the house on fire though haha. But otherwise, just chugging along. Being pregnant with toddlers is a new experience. Exhausted would be an understatement, and wiping cute poopy tushies with a keen sense of smell is just fabulous haha. But it all builds character! And Bailey is so excited. She is just old enough to grasp the concept that there is a baby in my tummy, and it is all she talks about. It is adorable. She is such a Β good big sister. And I know Claire will be so happy to have a tiny companion to get into shenanigans with haha. So all in all, we are so very excited for this new chapter for our family πŸ™‚

And we also just hit 6 years married this last Saturday!

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Wow! 6 years! It has been the best adventure ever. I couldn’t have asked for a better man to be the father of my children and companion to me forever. He is the total package. I don’t know how I got so lucky. Our girls adore him and there is nothing that makes my ovaries explode more than them both running and attacking him with hugs and kisses when he gets home haha. Momma has to fight her way in for a smooch!
To celebrate we decided to go to the temple and do sealings for my ancestors as a reminder of the day we were sealed. (In the Lds church, we believe that we can perform work and ordinances for those who did not have the opportunity to do so for themselves while they were alive. It is truly remarkable, and the temple is the closest I have ever felt to the Lord in my life. I hope everyone can experience the peace and indescribable love that is felt in those holy walls. If you would like to learn more, here are a couple links to a site talking about temples that is directly from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:Β https://www.lds.org/church/temples/why-we-build-temples/what-happens-in-temples?lang=eng and Β https://www.lds.org/topics/temples?lang=engΒ ) It was a wonderful experience and I am so grateful that we were able to go. I even wore the same temple dress from our wedding day 6 years prior! When we were sitting in there afterwards reflecting on our life together so far, we felt such peace. Peace that we knew we were trying our best to live how God would want us to and that we were on this path together πŸ™‚ Nothing beats family! πŸ™‚

Sea world! We went on an amazing family vacation with Stacey, Dave, Ally, John, and the boys! We went to San Antonio at a resort that had a water park and fun stuff for the kids to do (we actually went there last year as well because it’s just so awesome!) and on our last day, we went to Sea World! Now…there is something I have to disclose about myself right now…..I am the biggest Orca fan. Remember the movie Free Willy? Yeah when I was a kid I was a part of the club they had with the save the whales, and I had the same cool orca necklace that it showed on the movie and everything. To say I love orcas would not be a strong enough emotion. So when I found out we were going to Sea World, I pretty much lost my mind haha. And it didnt disappoint! It was awesome! I cried when the orcas came out on the water stage thing. Yup. I was THAT person. Haha. It was definitely a bucket list item for me. I just wish I could swim with one. And give it huge hugs. I know I know….Adam already said no…..Hahhaa. What is even more awesome, is Bailey is now just as obsessed with orcas…bwahahah, the legacy lives on! lol. Bailey even went on her first rollercoaster! They had a kid shamu rollercoaster that we called the orca train so Bailey would try it haha. She had no facial expression the whole time she rode with Adam, and afterwards simply stated “I liked it but I don’t want to go on again.” Haha. What a blessing it was to be with family and cousins and make some great memories.

We are definitely blessed and I am so thankful for this life I have. I know it will not always be butterflies and rainbows, but I sure picked the right crew to be on this journey πŸ˜‰

P.S. Adam and I saw Third Eye Blind in concert for their 20th anniversary tour and oh my goodness it was amazing!

These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.

Cassie Bertoch

 

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One thought on “Family of 5! 6 Year Anniversary! Sea World!

  1. I would not mind doing my 6 year wedding anniversary at SEA WORLD! D:
    I have seriously wanted to go there, before it closes it’s doors for good with all the backlash happening.

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