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Our Little Surprise

A little more than a month ago I came home from work and was talking with my wife about what had gone on that day. In the midst of the conversation she said that she felt like something was poking her through her clothes and asked me to look to see if I could find what it was. When I started looking I saw this:

Baby Feet

That picture may not mean much to some of you. It’s a pair of “precious feet“…a lapel pin the same size and shape of a baby’s feet at 10 weeks after conception. Julie had used this same pin to tell me that we were pregnant with our youngest daughter. To quote my friend Jason, “Holy Schnikey!”

Now I know what some of you are thinking…I thought Jarvis said they weren’t going to have any more children. Well…what I actually said was that since our first two children didn’t sleep through the night til they were almost two years old (and sleep deprivation is a very effective form of torture…even if inflicted by a small child), God would have to speak very clearly for us to have another child…birth control would have to fail. Uh…well…God spoke.

Julie is currently 8 weeks pregnant, and we are still a bit shellshocked. This little one is definitely a surprise. We are adjusting to the fact that our family size is going to increase around the beginning of November or so. It still hardly seems real except that Julie is experiencing the worst “morning sickness” that she has ever had. BTW…has there ever been a bigger misnomer? “Morning” sickness? Please. I beg you…give us sickness that is just in the morning. This stuff is “24-hour-a-day-sickness.” And it is killing us.

We were originally planning to keep the pregnancy a secret for a bit longer, but at this point we really need your prayers. This sickness is brutal…on Julie and the rest of the family. Because the sickness has been so strong, Julie has barely been able to get off the couch most days which means that she hasn’t been able to do the things that she normally does around the house…so those things fall to me after I come home from work. We are both simply exhausted. I don’t know that I can remember a time when I have felt more fatigued.

So, please pray for us. Specifically you can pray for:

  • Safety/health for our baby. While we have been too sick/tired to be joyful yet, we are looking forward to meeting this little person and want the best for whoever he/she may be.
  • For the sickness to let up soon. Like I said…this is killing us.
  • For strength for me as I try to be both Dad and Mom to our two daughters (who are eight and five years old). I am desperately trying to not let my tiredness bleed over into being impatient/snappy with them. Some days I do well…some days I don’t.

April 4, 2008 - Posted by | kids, life | , , ,


  1. Definitely praying…keep me updated if there are specifics other than what you said in here…

    Comment by Shawna | April 4, 2008

  2. Humm…thanks for letting us in Jarvis & Julie. It did seem as if there was something more…even at the library that day you all were there, I didn’t think Julie looked well. I will pray friends. Children are a gift. Sometimes the gift is a TOTAL surprise…trusting that this gift will ultimately bring JOY & LOVE to all. Meg

    Comment by Meg | April 4, 2008

  3. Wow. . . I would totally be feeling the same way to have a surprise like that. At any rate, congratulations are in order. And be assured of my prayers for everyone’s health — and sanity. I’m sure you’re doing a great job playing super-Dad in the meantime. :)

    Comment by Garrick | April 4, 2008

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