Friday, November 1, 2013

Knocked up, and how we found out...

As you know, we've got a little pumpkin on the way, due May 8, 2014 and we couldn't love our darling baby more. Here are the first official photos of our love-bug (not much more than a blob when these were taken at seven weeks...)
And here's how we found out we were expecting...
If you don't know that Stew and I are meticulous life planners, then you don't know us very well. So deciding that we were ready to start a family, and then determining the best way to go about it, was quite a process for us.
Finally, we came to the conclusion that there would never be a prefect time, and if we kept waiting and (over)planning, that perfect time would never arise and the opportunity would ultimately pass us by. So we chose a date (our one year wedding anniversary) and I went off the pill (eeek!)
A couple months later I was starting to get frustrated.
I mean, you spend your whole friggin' life desperately trying NOT to get pregnant, and now that I was specifically trying it wasn't happening right away?!?  Not cool, Universe. And all those stories they told us in Health class about how if you basically stand next to another adolescent teen of the opposite sex, you'll get knocked up? Now I'm not so sure...
In any event, it got to a point where I was obsessively checking my ovulation calendar, wondering when and if I was EVER going to get pregnant.
I happened to be scheduled for an annual exam right before Labor Day weekend, and since I planned to be drinking quite heavily that weekend, I asked my doc if she would add a pregnancy test into my blood work... just in case, you know?
I don't know why, but I was shocked when she called me at work the next day with the POSITIVE results. I really wish I had a cute story to tell you about how I surprised Stew with the news, but I just couldn't wait. Shaking with excitement, I called him right away. I honestly can't remember his exact reaction, but he was excited. Probably about as excited as this kid seeing bubbles for the first time.

That evening I rushed home from work and peed on several pregnancy tests (which I had starting collecting and using almost obsessively by this point). I just wanted to see those magic pink lines for myself.
Yes, I'm one of those gross girls who took a photo of the pee stick...
I texted it to my mother, and now I'm sharing it with you here.
Sorry not sorry.
And there I had it... proof that we had created a tiny human being. I still don't know how to describe the feeling, even to myself. But here is a note I wrote on the bus on the way home that afternoon...
Dear Baby,
Today the doctor told me that I'm pregnant, and I'm having such a hard time believing her! I've wished for you so much, for so long, that I can't quite grasp the reality of your existence yet. I am anxious, excited and terrified of what the future holds for our little family. We wanted you, wished for you, hoped for you... Imagined the joy of loving you. You were loved before you even existed. This is what I hope you will always remember. You are wanted and loved, always.
What an amazing adventure this is going to be!


  1. So excited for you. No better gift than the gift of a baby! We found out I was pregnant ON our one year wedding anniversary :)

  2. Yay!!! Seriously I love pregnancy announcements. Don't worry I was too shocked when I found out I was pregnant to do any fun way of telling Chris or my mom. We were not trying so pretty much I called them both and started crying. Yeah I got over it quick and then I was super excited, and now I may just have baby fever for another one.

  3. How exciting! We are in the process right now of trying to make sure we are ready and EVERYONE keeps telling us that there will never be the "perfect" time and even if we think we are prepared...we are not. :)

  4. Yay! So excited for you guys! :)

  5. This is so wonderful!!! I'm so excited for you two! :-)

  6. Me NEXT! So excited for you!! And I think it's SO terribly wrong of all those teachers that make you think pregnancy comes so easy.. bleh!

  7. I love your note to baby, so sweet! I couldn't be happier for you both! What a beautiful journey you are both on!

    - Jess @ The Odell Yodel

  8. ha! I was telling Jesse that I bet you guys got knocked up the double wedding weekend :) WAHOO for baby Alway!!

  9. Congrats! I wish you the very best :)

  10. Dang, I've been missing out! I haven't been reading my favorite blogs in so long. I don't even know you but I'm so happy for you and over here crying tears of joy for you and your family. I'm so glad you took a picture of your positive pregnancy test - that's one of the best parts!! I took a picture of mine, printed it and it's the very first page in our daughter's Scrapbook. I wish you the very best. Enjoy it!! It's truly a blessing!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I don't think we could be more excited. :-)

  12. Congratulations! I was just talking about this with a friend the other is true you spend so much of your life trying NOT to get pregnant and then when you decide to, it's not as easy as they make it sound! lol

    The letter to your baby is absolutely beautiful!

  13. I love this!! It's crazy how it never happens how we plan, but when it does happen we are SO SHOCKED!!
    And that picture of the kid with the bubbles... DYING! Now I want to buy some and show Mia, ha ha!

  14. aw that is awesome! Congratulations!

    xo Jessica


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