I figured the best way to tackle this topic was to address some of the most frequently asked questions we have gotten when we broke the news.
But first, the story of how I found out. Let's go on a journey together... a journey of discovery.
The date is May 10, 2011. JEGs and I plan on spending the week finishing up a couple projects around the house in preparation for our housewarming party that Saturday. All weekend I hadn't been feeling well and I felt like I had a bladder infection coming on, so I made an appointment with my doctor. The entire time I am thinking to myself "Awesome. I'm going to be taking antibiotics so that means I won't be able to have some of my yummy Sangria. Dag nabbit."
At the doctor's office I piddle in a cup and they test for a bladder infection-- everything is clean. The doc asks a couple more questions about where my discomfort is, and then says "Could you be pregnant?" and I was all "Nooooooooooo". She decides to test the urine they already had anyway. She comes back into the room with a little white stick that has two bold lines and says "You're pregnant".
My stomach DROPPED.
When JEGs came home from work he asked how my appointment went. I collapsed in his arms sobbing and told him the news. I could feel his heart start to race and his body shake. We stared at each other with disbelief and fear in our eyes.
You guys, it's not that we didn't want a family-- we just hadn't planned to start it NOW. We just bought the house, and we still haven't gone on a honeymoon. Hell, two weeks before hand we talked about getting a cat, but decided against it because it was more responsibility than we wanted.
I made an appointment for an ultrasound on Thursday and we went together. We thought we were a month, maybe two into the pregnancy. However, as soon as the wand hit my stomach we saw it.
I was actually about 20 weeks pregnant.
Question 1: Didn't you notice you didn't get your period for five months?
Without getting into too much detail, when I was 16 I was diagnosed with a condition that causes me not to menstruate every month. It is completely normal for me to five or six months without. Because of said condition, I was also told that it was going to be very, very hard for me to get pregnant-- if I even could at all.
Question 2: No morning sickness? Any other signs of being pregnant?
I never had any morning sickness. I've had some wicked heartburn, but I just figured it was my body saying "hey, you are turning 30 soon. I can't handle food like I used to. Cool it." I was tired a lot and gaining weight, but I just figured it was from the stress of moving and buying the house. About a week before the discovery I was actually starting to feel the baby move but at the time and I thought it was just gas. I was able to fit into all of my normal clothes too. The first day I had any problems was Thursday-- the day of the ultrasound.
Question 3: How did you tell your family? Where they excited?
Coincidently the week we found out was also the week we were planning a housewarming party, so we just happened to have the family gathered at our house. At first we struggled a little with how we wanted to tell them, or if we wanted to say anything at all that early. However, when JEGs and I woke up on Saturday morning, we just knew it was the right thing to do.
Our parents arrived first and we gathered them in the kitchen and told them. My mother literally jumped up and down. Justin's MumMum shed a few tears. As my siblings and spouses arrived, we told them as a group too. I wish I had a camera to capture my brother Tim's reaction-- his jaw DROPPED. It was kind of awesome.
Question 4: How are you guys handling this?
I won't lie to you, those first couple of days we were terrified. Like I said, it's not that we didn't want children, we just expected it to be a couple years down the road. Now that the dust has settled, we are getting excited-- still scared out of our minds, but excited none-the-less. We are due September 27 so we only have a few months to get ourselves in order!
Question 5: Any cravings?
Basically anything I smell, I want to eat. I can go from wanting donuts to steak in a split second; I'm pretty sure mall food courts will be the death of me. Mostly I crave anything with marinara sauce-- particularly frozen pizza. I am trying eat as healthy as possible-- lowering my caffeine intake, staying away from hot dogs and lunch meat, obviously no booze (tear drop)-- but satisfying a pregnancy craving has become the most euphoric thing EVAR.
Although this is a pretty big deal and life altering, my promise to you: I won't let this become a "mommy blog". I'm not going to post all the latest trends about pregnancy and baby-birthin'-- that just ain't me sista. Truth be told, there are lots of people out there who were better at being pregnant then I. I am just trying to get both of us out alive.
So yeah.. Lizzie + JEGs= baby. Here goes nothing...
Always & Forever,