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Going the Distance

June 14, 2012

Over the Memorial Day holiday, our church had a free 5K and 10K on Saturday morning.

After a lot of wishy-washy talk on my part, I finally decided to run the 5K.

Despite it being the morning after school let out, there was a pretty good crowd.

Bart decided to run with me, and he pushed Ella in the jogging stroller while I carried the baby.

The four of us finished with a time of 28:50.

Yes, four!

December 2nd, 2012!
We are pretty excited:
Even if Ella thinks a doughnut for breakfast is way more exciting than a new sibling

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107 Comments

  • Reply Abby June 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Oh, congratulations, Janssen!!!! I think I did exactly what I was supposed to do… I think "Wait, she carried the baby? Isn't Ella the baby? Wait, four of us?! Is she saying what I think she's saying…!?" πŸ˜€ Well done. And hooray!!!!!

  • Reply Tina's Blog June 14, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Congratulations! You are always so clever in how you share your good news.

  • Reply Jennifer Lee June 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations! I'm so thrilled for you and Bart (and Ella).

  • Reply RA June 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Ah, congratulations! As ever, Ella continues to be The Cutest. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Amy June 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    That is such exciting news! Congratulations! Ella will make a great big sister.

  • Reply Jenny June 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Hooray!!
    A 5K! A new baby!
    just HOORAY all around.

  • Reply Angela Noelle June 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Uh…I just got caught up after our week away, and I AM SO FREAKIN' EXCITED FOR YOU THAT I'M USING CAPS AAAAAAND DRAGGING OUT WORDS AND EUPHEMISMS I'M MORALLY OPPOSED TO STARTING WITH 'F'.

    x

  • Reply Melissa June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply Rachel June 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Yea!!! Congrats, this was very cute. Hope you're feeling well!

  • Reply Kimberly F. June 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Congratulations to all three of you! I did the same thing Abby did. So happy for you!

  • Reply SeΓ±ora H-B June 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Oh, I am SO excited for you! Ella will be such a fantastic big sister!!

  • Reply Shelly June 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Oh, congratulations! I am so happy for you guys!

  • Reply Chrissie June 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Congratulations, and fun way to share the news!

  • Reply The Liddells June 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Congratulations!!!!

  • Reply Carly June 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Happy! I'm so excited for you guys! Hope you are feeling good… the first trimester is often the hardest! hang in there πŸ™‚

    ps. I wasn't originally super excited about Ginny being a December baby (who ended up being a Thanksgiving baby), but in the end, it was the perfect time for a newborn! Hope the same holds true for you πŸ™‚

  • Reply KT June 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    hooray!! so happy for all of you. I hope you're not feeling too icky.

  • Reply Brit June 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Congrats Janssen!!!! I am so excited for you guys!!! A family of four by Christmas!!

  • Reply Audrey June 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Congratulations!!!! Sooo exciting!

  • Reply Sunny June 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Ha, Abby you described it perfectly. I'm like Is she carrying a baby doll…scroll down look for a picture, four of us, what…oh ok lol.

    Congratulations! What exciting news!

  • Reply completelyirrelevant June 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply Stephanie June 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Congratulations! Yay for babies!

  • Reply Shelly June 14, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply Ash June 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am so happy for y'all! I was reading along, thinking, "Hmm… While I carried the baby. WHAT? The baby?!" πŸ™‚ That's so exciting!

  • Reply Faith - Sweetened Style June 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Laura June 14, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hahaha, what a great post! Congratulations!! What exciting news AND a great 5K!

  • Reply Deanna June 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Congratulations!! I totally fell for it and was squinting at your picture, trying to determine if you were carrying some sort of baby doll. Exciting news!

  • Reply karmacoy June 14, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Congratulations!!

  • Reply Elaine June 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Congratulations on the run and your exciting news!

  • Reply Meridith June 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Haha! Congratulations!!! What fun news. πŸ™‚

  • Reply smalldog June 14, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Congratulations! How exciting!

  • Reply Katie June 14, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Congratulations! I was really confused with this sentence, "he pushed Ella in the jogging stroller while I carried the baby." Clever post.

  • Reply Stefanie Hathaway June 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, congratulations! That is SUPER exciting! Hope you're not toooooo sick.

  • Reply Jennie June 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Congrats, Janssen! Such good news to hear today.

  • Reply Janelle June 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    What a fun way to announce it! The first reference made me do a double-take, but I put 2 and 2 together pretty quick! πŸ™‚ Congratulation to the three (four) of you! (Also, you run a 5K with a baby faster than me without a baby. You rock!)

    • Reply Janelle June 14, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      Aack! *Quickly* I meant quickly!

  • Reply Elizabeth June 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Woo hoo! Congratulations so much! I had this FEELING that this announcement was coming and I was right! I am very excited for you guys.

  • Reply Happily Ever Hall June 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Congrats!

  • Reply Lindsay June 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Congratulations! I really had to keep re-reading, trying to figure out why you would say that you were carrying the baby and there were four of you. Thank goodness you explained it to this absent-minded pregnant lady!

    Also, I'm a little jealous that you get to be pregnant with your sister and have babies so close!

  • Reply Janet June 14, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Well, aren't you a sneaky one? πŸ™‚

    Congrats!!

  • Reply Noelle June 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    What wonderful news! Congratulations to all! (ps, just met your sister in the airport on Tuesday πŸ™‚

  • Reply Mary June 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Congratulations!!! And how exciting to be pregnant with Merrick. It is so much fun being pregnant with your sister and having little cousin babies the same age.

  • Reply Lisa C June 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Congrats!

  • Reply craftyashley June 14, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Ha! Congrats! You are so sneaky.

  • Reply Karri June 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Congrats!!! Another adorable baby on the way!

  • Reply Lisa June 14, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    So exciting!!! I'm totally trying to figure out the math on my fingers to tell how many weeks you are. You are so tiny, I was totally showing at 10 weeks with LE.

  • Reply Megan June 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Congratulations! (I totally thought I was having reading comprehension problems with the "…and I carried the baby" sentence, but the realization came along quickly.) So exciting!

  • Reply Nemesis June 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Congratulations, such great news! πŸ™‚

  • Reply kristen June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Yay! Congrats you guys! How fun to be pregnant with your sister too!

  • Reply Creole Wisdom June 14, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my goodness! What a great way to announce a pregnancy. I am very happy for you!!!

  • Reply Jess June 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    YAYYYY congratulations!! I was JUST wondering when I read your last post if you might have an announcement for us sometime soon. I'm so excited for you! And I can't WAIT to hear what you name this new family member!

  • Reply Jenae June 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I am so glad. You make beautiful babies and so it is your duty to bring another into the world! And cheers to you and Merrick- and all the family!

    jj

  • Reply Jenny June 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply heidikins June 14, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    This is the best announcement ever! Congratulations!!! On the bebe, obviously, but also on running a 5k. πŸ™‚

    xox

  • Reply Angella June 14, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Congratulations! Yay, baby! Yay, you!

  • Reply Erin Gong June 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Way to 5k it with a baby! I totally think Bart had the easy job here (…in so many ways…).

    Should you, Sherry and I discuss timing for child #3 or assume it will happen in sync again?

    • Reply Sherry June 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm

      I don't think we can have this perfect of timing for our respective #3s without discussing it first. Clearly a tri-family counsel is in order.

  • Reply Emily Kate June 14, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    I re-read this sentence multiple times "Bart decided to run with me, and he pushed Ella in the jogging stroller while I carried the baby." and looked back at the picture to see if you were babysitting someone's baby. Then, being the quick one that I am, I realized what you were getting at. Congratulations! What happy news. I was hoping you would have an announcement like this soon. And it's so fun that you and Merrick keep having babies around the same time. Your kids will love that as they grow up!

  • Reply emandtrev June 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Like Emily Kate, I had to reread that sentence about carrying the baby. I even looked at the picture again a few times. Ha! I am so quick on the uptake. πŸ™‚

    CONGRATULATIONS! I am so happy for you. You guys are such a sweet little family–I am so happy for you to welcome one more to your crew.

  • Reply Alison K. June 14, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    Excellent announcement!! Congratulations!

  • Reply Rhiannon June 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    This is the BEST news! Congratulations, you guys!

  • Reply preethi June 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    YAYYYY! πŸ™‚ Love this post so much. Also, congrats on your time! I'm very impressed you managed sub-10 minute miles while pregnant.

    Also again – there's just something about toddlers in onesies that makes me giggle because it's so cute.

  • Reply Sheyenne June 14, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Hooray for more chubby-cheeked Bart and Janssen babies!

  • Reply Kayla @ Freckles in April June 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Woot! And now I can finally not be scared I'm going to accidentally out you.

  • Reply Kate June 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Very, very exciting! Feel well and congratulations!

  • Reply KKortney44 June 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Yay babies!! So excited for you! So fun that you and Merrick continue to have kids so close together! You are going to be pretty pregnant when we come visit you in October and I am SO excited!! =D Congrats!

  • Reply agirlandaboy June 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hooraaaaaaaayyyy! So fun. Ella's going to love it.

  • Reply Andrea Smith June 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    So exited for you guys! I'm sad I'll miss it but I'll come back and visit! by the way you don't even look almost 4 months pregnant!

  • Reply Jenna June 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    In a world of cheesy and over the top baby reveal blog posts (which I will probably indulge in myself for the next one πŸ™‚ ) this was refreshingly original and fits who you are so well. Congrats!

  • Reply Sammy June 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Hurray!! Congrats! I love the excited picture.

  • Reply Becca June 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    You guys are so cute. NO JOKE, earlier this week I was thinking, "Hmm… I bet Janssen's pregnant." That's all. Maybe it was the tweet about needing a cookie to revive you after falling asleep on the couch that tipped me off. Haha, or not, since… that's something I regularly do and I'm not pregnant. πŸ˜‰

    Seriously, though – congrats. You are the cutest mom.

  • Reply Erica June 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Yaaaaayyyyyy!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to hear more pregnancy updates! And very sneaky reveal – I love it!

  • Reply Grace Marie June 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    This was GOOD. I was super confused.

    Congratulations to you guys!! I hope you're feeling well!!!

    And I'm seriously impressed that you ran a 5k in your second (?) trimester. Amazing.

  • Reply Katie June 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Hooray!

  • Reply Isabel June 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Congrats!!!

  • Reply Nicole June 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I was reeeealy hoping that's what you ment when ou said you had he baby! Congratulations!!

    • Reply Nicole June 16, 2012 at 4:16 am

      *Meant
      *you
      *the

      I'm so ashamed.

  • Reply JoLee June 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Congratulations. What a clever way to tell everyone.

  • Reply Jones June 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    What great news! I am happy for you.

  • Reply heather June 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Congratulations! That's wonderful!

  • Reply Katie June 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    Sincerest congratulations! What wonderful news for your family!

  • Reply Megan B. June 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply Bethany June 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    GAH!!! Oh this makes me so happy! What an adorable post, I love it! When you said, "while I carried the baby," I had a fleeting thought: no way – she RAN while holding Ella?!? But that was instantly replaced with the realization of what was really coming and I suddenly wished you were my next door neighbor so I could run over and give you a congratulatory hug. YAY!!!

  • Reply ccr in MA June 14, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Ooohhh, congratulations! I love some happy news.

  • Reply Meredith Shatzer June 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

    YAY! YAY! How fun to have second baby close to Merrick as well! Love close cousins!

  • Reply ellen June 15, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I totally knew you were preggers. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Allison June 15, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Congratulations to you and your beautiful family! You are going to love being a mom of two.

  • Reply Ralphie June 15, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Lucky lucky baby.

  • Reply allisa June 15, 2012 at 2:24 am

    I'm BUBBLING over with excitment!! Just BUBBLING! Congratulations! And that picture of you with your arms spread wide open…LOVE IT!

  • Reply Elsha June 15, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I tried to comment from my phone earlier, but I don't see it here, so I guess it didn't go through- Congratulations!! That is such great news!

  • Reply Alysa June 15, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Congratulations!! I'm sure you'll keep us updated. And don't worry, I think more immediate excitement about a doughnut is par for the course. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Heather June 15, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Ahhh! I went back to reread the line about carrying the baby to see if you were jogging while holding a friend's child in the baby bjorn. But alas, on completing the reading, my happy hopes were confirmed! Huge congrats to you!

  • Reply Angiegirl June 15, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Wonderful!

  • Reply Amy June 15, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I also had to do the "reread" a few times before I caught on. Then I was instantly excited for you. And then I was instantly full of impressivement (it's a word)that your pregnant 5k is my non pregnant 5k best.

  • Reply Jenn June 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply Saskia June 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Congratulations!

  • Reply LatteLove June 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I'm a lurker and rarely comment – but congratulations! Love how you announced.

  • Reply Rachel June 15, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    well played πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kate P June 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I've been lurking for a little while now, but I needed to say, "Congratulations!"

  • Reply Jessica June 16, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Congrats, Janssen! Although I am a bit concerned – if Baby #2 is half as cute as Ella, I might fall down dead with the compounding adorableness.

  • Reply Deanna H June 16, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Congrats!!! It's so obvious you guys are going to make all beautiful children. Loved the cute way you announced the exciting news.

  • Reply Packrat June 16, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Oh my! I almost didn't read this post! Wow! Congratulations.

  • Reply Julia June 17, 2012 at 2:28 am

    congratulations!

  • Reply Jillian June 17, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Oh how exciting!! Congratulations to you all! And Ella will be a FANTASTIC big sister πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chelsea June 17, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Congrats Janssen! A very lucky baby he/she will be too! I kept thinking as I was reading it….what baby? What in the world is she talking about? Yes, I'm a little slow sometimes! Love you!

  • Reply Ashley and Dave June 17, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    How did I miss this POST?! Yipeeee! Congrats! I had a feeling this was coming soon πŸ™‚ Bet its another girl!

  • Reply Holly Hoffman Spears June 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

    ok, i know i say this all the time and i know there's more to life than being cute, but seriously, ella is soooooooo cute! she kills me.

    congrats on baby number 2!!!

  • Reply Monica June 18, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Gahhhh! I am SO SO excited for you guys! You are such a stinker, trying to slip in that little "four." Can't wait for this little one to get such fantastic people as parents.

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