We'd like to introduce you to our baby. (S)he is approximately 13 weeks old and will be joining us outside the womb on approximately April 29th. (S)he is about the size of a ripe plum currently. We are super excited, and the only reason we haven't told everyone until now is that we're super paranoid doctors. To answer a few of your questions:

1. Rachel is feeling pretty well, better lately but never too bad. She is craving Macaroni & Cheese.
2. We will probably find out gender in December. We thought we might want to let it be a surprise, but Rachel's ultrasound skills are a bit too savvy to make that possible.
3. The baby will likely be about 6 months old when (s)he first travels to Africa.
4. We have already had 4 ultrasounds, 3 of which Rachel has done on herself. If you currently look our baby straight on, you can tell (s)he is in the "I look at a lot like a Roswell alien" phase.

"The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy" - Ps 126


Anonymous said...

audi and i are super excited for you two!! congratulations!

~sarah said...

wow, talk about out-doing the ingalls! "i'll see your having a baby and moving to hawaii and raise you having a baby and moving to africa." : )

that'll show 'em! congrats!

The Drs. McLaughlin said...

i love the comments my friends make.

Unknown said...

It has been a while since we scanned your site... but, we are so glad we did. You cannot begin to guess how happy we are for you.

We hope you guys will still be up for the June family reunion in Houston.

Love, Patrick & Deann

ellen said...

Congratulations!!! That is great! Wow, you guys are superheroes - managing pregnancy between all your night shifts, sleep deprivation and hard work. Can't wait to see the little McLaughlin!

Unknown said...

Congrats! Thad and I are thrilled. Parenthood is one of the best things we've ever experienced. Skyla hopes to meet her little friend someday and we look forward to meeting her too.

Carla said...

I'm delighted beyond words...well, almost. Does this make me Super-Aunty? Africa... Oh my! But I still want to take you away to Burma with me!
Love you dearly!

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to be an Auntie! Looking foward to seeing you guys soon! Much love, Mariah

ACES Wild said...

Congratulation Eric and Rachel!! Eric, your mom gave me the link to your blog and we are so excited to see the first pictures of Baby McLaughlin! What a blessing!

If you are having a boy, we have a TON of clothes that we will happily pass along. You can let us or your mom know if you are interested.

Take care and enjoy this wonderful life season!

Love, Amy, Eric, Caleb, and Seth Workman

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to the both of you! xoxoxo What exciting news, I would love to come up and share a little more of our lives together in person some time, are your weekends available in the near future? Wow~ the first baby from the cousins! AWESOME!