This trip that we have taken has been an amazing experience for our family. The children have grown, matured and developed over the three months that we have all been living in a 30ft long space together. The older two children seem less consumed by the shallow things that they got sucked into before (things like TV, playstations, etc). When we ask them to tidy or do a job they happily smile and get on with it, which is a pleasant change indeed! I'm sure that won't last once we get home! But as a family unit we have been brought very close together and our bond has tightened, which was my biggest hope for this trip. To spend some time with my children while they still want to, and to make some precious memories together for us all.
We now have a very special memory from this trip. A few weeks ago whilst in Zion national park we took our children for a hike along the rivers edge. When we found a secluded spot we let the kids play on the sand and throw pebbles into the river. Dan and I sat and watched them play for almost an hour and then we called them to sit with us for a while. In this serenely beautiful area we told our children something very special.
We will be bringing home the ultimate souvenir from the deserts of New Mexico. Dan and I are pleased to announce that we will be due to have another baby on December 16th, if all goes well. Whoever knew we would leave as a family of 5 and come home as an expectant family of 6? Certainly not I !
The kids were delighted with the news and spent three full days discussing baby names together. Little Barney took it all in his stride, but has since taken more of an interest and wishes the baby would be born now. He has no patience. Christmas is a long time away for a four year old!
On our return to Northern Ireland I will be 17 weeks pregnant. For the last 10 weeks I have been amazingly well, and have had practically no morning sickness. (Anyone who remembers my previous three pregnancies will know that this is indeed a miracle!) I know this is an unusual way to announce a pregnancy, but we are in an unusual situation without any family nearby. I do hope that everyone is as pleased for us as we are.