Clarification… I’m With-Spawn

I laughed as I read your comments on my Wordless Wednesday post. Most were so excited about me winning the crib that they totally bypassed my little hint. Others thought they missed an announcement and frantically searched my archives. Some threatened me… I had better not be pulling your legs! And one joked that if it’s bad luck to have a crib before I’m pregnant, I could sell the crib, and get a dishwasher… Instead of getting ahead of myself (love you Amanda!).

So… I won a crib yesterday… just in time! Just in time for what? Well, like a little puppy I’ve been dropping little surprises for you all around the house: “…A day I’ll remember forever… For more reasons than one“, Foreshadowing, a new blog design with a pregnant girl…

But for those of you who weren’t picking up what I was putting down… I’M PREGNANT! And now we go back in time… To the day I found out… The day I ALMOST told you.

***Written October 16th, but saved for you for today!***

It all started with a Twitter Poll. To test or not to test?

I had abstained from the thought of testing all month. It was 13 Days Past Ovulation (DPO) and I was considering testing the next morning. But I couldn’t do it without the peer pressure from friends.

Some urged me to “Wait! It was too soon to see a Big Fat Positive (BFP) and others… “Go ahead, you have a million anyway!”

I left it up to the poll to decide.

As of Thursday morning, here were the results:Though that morning… As usual the morning of a pee test, I began to have my doubts. The thoughts of chickening out, and waiting until “tomorrow” crept in my mind. I tweeted those thoughts and @graciekate replied “Don’t you dare!”

So I honored my promise to test that morning, then and there.

I got up, and grabbed my iPhone, created my own hashtag, and went in the bathroom to tweet my experience. Here’s how it went down:Yes. I took the time to pee in a disposable cup (which I purposely keep under the bathroom sink for this reason), set it down, and tweet.
It really only took me about 5 because a minute after that I sent this tweet:I brushed my teeth, and set the test to the side. I checked my Twitter replies occasionally to keep myself from looking at the test. But when about three minutes had passed, I let my eyes wander and spot the test… I saw what was undoubtedly two lines, then all I could manage to get out was this:I in no way, shape or form, thought that the test would be positive. They were never positive, I didn’t know if positive tests really existed or if people just made it up… A trick they use, but don’t tell you about until you’re pregnant… Torturing all of the ladies trying to have a baby.

I frantically brought out the big guns. I had used a dollar-store test and knew the expensive digital kind would tell me the truth. I couldn’t get the tape off of the box and I was already running late for work. There was no time to go downstairs for scissors. I use my teeth, nails, and and attempted with my razor blade. Finally, I just used my mega-woman-wanna-be-pregnant strength and ripped the entire box in half… Mind you, the whole time I was trying to be quiet as not to wake my husband up, who was sleeping in bed a few yards away.

BINGO! I had the test, and luckily, I saved the cup of pee. I dipped the digital test in the cup for 20 seconds, as the directions indicated, and watched the thing think.

Moments later the word “Pregnant” stamped across the screen… Shock stamped across mine.

I grabbed the test, opened the door, and began to outstretch my arm to hand the stick that proved our lives were about to change forever over to my sleeping husband. …But right before I woke him up, I turned around, and went back in the bathroom.

Had I forgotten? All of those months of planning how I’d spring the surprise on my husband about flew out the window because of my extreme shock. This wasn’t the emotion I expected to have once I finally saw the good news. I guess I just wasn’t expecting any for a long while.

I had forgotten about my twitter audience, which by now I had about 50 people asking me WTH happened! But I couldn’t tell them… not before my husband, not before… I don’t know, I just couldn’t.

I got ready for work then woke my husband up and told him I wanted to call in sick to work. He woke up, and told me he’d take me, and to stick it through.

I made him come downstairs and sit with me while I collected my things for work.

As planned, I asked him to call my phone that I had “misplaced,” When it rang, the ringtone was different than the one he’s had for years and it rang to the tune of R. Kelly’s “I’m Having a Baby.”

… He didn’t get it.

After a few more minutes of hinting I decided to cut the cute stuff and get to the point. I handed him the test. Clear as day, there were to be no misunderstandings.

“What does that mean?” … The sole word “pregnant” wasn’t clear enough. “For real?” He asked me.
“Yep!”

Then we both sat there in shock. Not sure what to do next. So he took me to work.

Later I remembered my waiting friends, by then, the number of twitter replies had risen to about 100! And I sent the only Tweet I could manage to form. The only thing that would keep my secret a secret awhile longer, while also not making it a blatant lie:And that has what I left you with.. until now.
Back to today: I’ve been keeping a journal of everything here since the day I found out, but have kept it in my “drafts” until now. This was so I could have a fresh look back at my thoughts about this pregnancy from day to day. I didn’t want to announce it until our families knew. Because Lawd knows if they read it on my blog first… Things would not have been pretty. We told them Sunday.
I’m exactly 6 weeks along Friday and I have my first doctor’s appointment that same day! They told me they’re not doing an ultrasound but they’ll check to the heartbeat! I hope we can hear it!

For the next week or so I’ll post what I’ve been going through since day 1 post BFP. If you’re not following or subscribing to my blog yet, you may want to sign up now, cause it’s going to be a wild ride!

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  1. OMG!!! This is AWESOME Future Mama! Now you will have to… ehem..get to move from my TTC product line to my Pregnancy products! Really great news, thanks for sharing this. Congratulations, -Amy

  2. Okay I seriously and tearing up right now – combination of excitement for you as I’ve watch you go through all the emotions and to finally have it happen. The other as I’m thinking back to the 3 times I found out that I was pregnant. I really need to write about them so I don’t forget.

    It’s a beautiful memory and I’m so glad you were able to keep yourself calm and held together. I would have run and jumped onto my husband like a child on Christmas morning!

    CONGRATULATIONS and I can’t wait to watch your little belly bump grow!

    Blessings πŸ™‚

  3. Good luck! congratulations! do not be shocked if you dont’ hear the heartbeat. I was 11 weeks and they had to get the u/s to hear it. I’m so happy for you!

  4. lol men never get it.. Not even with 7 babies and 13 pregnancies…. Your what? lol

    Congrats again. lol I have boughten probably 50 dollars worth of dollar store test, in fear that it might be wrong. but as cheap as they are… They work (almost accurately) lol have a great night! I have a present for you, I will give it to you in the morning!

  5. OH wow…. im sooooo thrilled for you! Congratulations! Your a mama to be! BTW, I dont know how to add my twitter name to here… and u dont know who I am, so it’s me… newbabyandbeyon ! Congratulations!

  6. CONGRATULATIONS!

    I KNEW IT! When I saw the new blog design, and we didn’t hear back about the test results… and then the crib! and then I thought ok she’s either being really really wicked, or she has to wait to tell tha folkses!

    CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS CONGRATULATIONS!

  7. I am in tears reading this. I remember the times I got my BFPs after trying for what-seemed-like forever. I remember pulling out the digital to be “absolutely sure” because I didn’t believe a positive was a positive. I needed to see the words.

    I am sooo happy for you. I am officially wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months. Enjoy every second of it.

  8. Oh my gosh!! How could I have missed all the hints!!

    CONGRATS!!! I am truly so excited for you. This really is awesome. It will be so fun to follow you on this journey for the next 9/10 whatever was decided months. πŸ™‚

  9. Congrats!!!! YAAY!!!

    I So KNEW it when I saw your new blog layout with the pregnant girl! πŸ™‚ And I got the hint with the crib too!!

    Yay! Can’t wait to watch your baby bump grow grow grow!

  10. YAYYY!! I feel so privileged to have known πŸ˜‰ – to everyone else, no she didn’t decide to let me in on it early, I could just tell from twitter!!! From one preggo to another πŸ˜‰
    SO EXCITED for you!! So many good things to come your way!

    Emily @ Baby Dickey

  11. Congratulations!!! How exciting for you!! My Husband and I were shocked the first time I was pregnant even though we were trying:)

    Enjoy this time. I loved being pregnant. It was one of the more happier times of my life!!

    ps. I missed all those tweets!

  12. Oh sweet lady. A huge, enormous, sincere congratulations. I am so happy for you, and hope nothing but the BEST for this pregnancy. Cuz we all know, it could be super fun and super easy…. but could be complete and utter hell! Muah ha ha ha hah. Congrats big time. Cannot wait to hear/see updates!

  13. First off, I haven’t “known” you long but due to the fact that you’ve been trying and you dedicated a blog to your quest to be a mommy, I knew you’d get pregnant soon!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    Now get ready to have the biggest baby shower in history. I’m so excited for you.

  14. It’s about time! & all you ppl out there that know hubby or have him on facebook etc keep your mouths SHUT!
    from an ornery hormonal preggo! πŸ˜€

  15. Yipee! You know, if you really dont hold those tests in for long enough they really dont show a result…. Found out from experience and had to try again later- how frustrating is that! (Cause of course pee had been dumped hehehehe!) Congrats again!!

  16. Well this is OBVIOUSLY not a surprise to me since I’ve known since DAY ONE but I’m glad it’s no longer a secret.

    Although I have to say I felt incredibly important being in on it! πŸ˜‰

    CONGRATS, my friend!!!

  17. Congratulations!

    That’s very exciting. I’m glad I don’t follow your Twitter account because I would have felt duped! Even though, I completely understand that there were more important people to tell before you got to us. πŸ™‚

    Yay for babies!

  18. oh, girl you totally threw me off the track with your twitter comments when you took the test,. when you said “i’m shaking…” i thought “OMG she’s pregnant!” but then you said “there’s always next month”

    you got me! tricky tricky…

    congrats, though! it’s going to be fun to watch your journey to mommyhood!

  19. Congratulations…I am so happy for you. It’s so encouraging to see it can happen quickly. We started TTC last month…so I’m hoping I get news soon!

    Prayers for a smooth and safe pregnancy!

  20. OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I’m soooo happy!!!! This is so awesome!!! I almost wanna cry (lol). I am sooo excited for you and DH!!! Congrats, congrats, congrats!!! ((Hugs))

    ~Yakini @ThePrissyMommy

  21. You sneak!! I remember your tweets on the 16th only because it was my grandsons birthday. Girl your getting a brand new world!! I LOVE IT!! Congrats to you and hubby!!

  22. That is wonderful, I’m so happy for you and your husband! Thanks for sharing your story. I remember taking those tests at home and making myself not peek…so exciting!

  23. CONGRATULATIONS! I’m so happy for you and your hubby. This is such an exciting time. Keep Journaling, too. With my first pregnancy, I wrote letters to my daughter. I have 2 journals filled with letters to her before she was even born. She’s 7 years old now and I can’t wait until she’s older so I can share them with her. Congratulations again!

  24. Well see, there you go, now you’re MAMA instead of Future Mama. You’ve got a kid, even if he/she is a ways away from birth still.
    And yeah, I totally missed your hints…I blame it on being ready to pop myself (and, as my friends always say, “the baby ate my brain” cuz toward the end all the blood seems to head to the belly instead of the head and I am a whole lot less with-it than normal LOL!)

  25. Aw Congratulations!! It’s going to be fun to read all of the crazy thoughts that go through your head now that you are with spawn! How did you tell all of your friends and family? And now that you have a 7-8ish month time span left of being “childless” (not really, but you know what I mean) which things on your baby bucket list seem most important? Also, I request a guest post from B about his reaction to finding out you’re pregnant πŸ™‚

    Congrats again, I’m so happy for you!

  26. Can I please tell you that I have been hoping, wishing, and waiting for this post?!?!?!?!

    I read it at work and the kids all looked at me like I was crazy.

    CONGRATULATIONS!! You’re going to be such an amazing mommy and now when I move to Texas I’ll be able to come see you and baby!!!!!

  27. Congratulations! I totally did not catch on to the hints! It is such an exciting time. Reading that made me remember the morning when I got my BFP. Enjoy it!!! I cant wait till it happens for me again! But my advice to you is to sit back and enjoy the attention. Take care of yourself and let other people take care of you. It’s a blessing and don’t take any part of it for granted.

  28. Congratulations!! Your post brings me back to the day I found out I was pregnant — especially with the “how to tell the husband.” Mine was out fishing when I took the test. I called and asked when he was going to be home and he started asking questions….and I just couldn’t hold in the surprise. And his reactions was really similar to your husband’s. He asked me if I was for sure and if I did a second test to confirm the first. We were both in shock…even though we’d been trying for months….so it really shouldn’t have been a surprise.

    Oh, and I also totally thought all pregnancy tests were defective….until it actually happened!!

  29. OMGosh!!!! I just knew it!!! I’m so incredibly, like crying for joy over here for you right now!! I don’t even have words to express to you how happy I am for you!!! I just knew it! I had the thought that day, and the again last night when you tweeted that you had a months worth of posts, and I KNEW this morning when I saw your post. Congratulations J…so happy for you!!!!

  30. Jen, Congratulations !!! I am so happy for you. How long were you TTC? I don’t think you ever said. I can’t wait to hear all your great updates, and be a part of this very special journey with you. Can’t wait to hear about every single Drs. appointment… Many Blessings, Audrey

  31. I’ve never read your blog before, but I had to leave a comment and say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m 16 days past ovulation right now, but I’m too chicken to take the test. I think I’m going to try and hold out until 20. Here’s hoping I have a morning like yours!!!

  32. Congratulations! I’m so happy for your & hubby. I feel like I’ve been with you through the journey of to try to conceive or not to try to conceive. πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to continue reading your blog & tweets as the pregnancy progresses. I am praying for a happy & healthy pregnancy & baby for you. Congrats, again!

  33. SERIOUSLY SOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!!! cant wait to hear all your stories and see your belly bump pics and all the fun things that come with this wonderful expierence!!

  34. I could so punch you in the arm and squeeze you to death in the same moment!!! I was following you that day on twitter and I was so excited and then so sad that you said there’ always next month!!!

    But anyway, CONGRATS to you girl, you are a MOMMY!!!!!

    How are you feeling? When are you due? How far along are you????

  35. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Long time reader, first time commenter. I had to say something, though, because it turns out…I’m exactly 6 weeks along on Friday too! What are the odds? πŸ™‚ I’m so happy for you, and it’ll be fun to have a (virtual) buddy in the same stages of pregnancy as I am.

  36. I THOUGHT something was up that day when I read your Tweets.. And since then, I’ve been wondering.. Hmmm. CONGRATULATIONS. Isn’t that “PREGNANT” on the test the most beautiful word EVER? I am so excited for you. Welcome to the world of Pregnancy! πŸ˜€

  37. YAY!!!!! I am so excited to follow you through this journey. Pregnancy and birth are my biggest passions (and breastfeeding…but you have to have the baby first!) I know you are going to keep this an incredibly fun blog to read! Congratulations to you and your husband for the new family member coming!

  38. OMG–I just jumped up and down on my bed like a little girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’m SO happy for you, Jennifer! What a blessing!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    My heart is racing… I can’t take it!

    Jenny’s having a baaaaa-beeeee!!!!!!!!

    whoo hoooooo!!!!!

    (Oh damn. Here come the tears. I’m such a wuss.)

  39. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am SO HAPPY for you! Couldn’t have happen to a better gal! Please oh please still blog…I love reading your updates!!!!

    If ya need any more advice I’m sure all you gotta do is blog about it and you’ll get answers…:D

  40. I am so excited for you!!! Here’s the start of the unsolicited advice from many, many people (yeah, so not the start, right?): Do all you can until the Sleepiness of Doom descends upon you in the first trimester. Then sleep until the baby arrives. Seriously. You’ll be glad during all those sleepless nights later!

  41. I’m so excited it is in the open now!!! I won’t feel so dumb asking anymore haha.

    Congrats, and enjoy this time!! Don’t stress about what may or may not happen, just enjoy the time being pregnant!!!

    Congrats again, and here’s to an amazing ‘9’ months!

  42. I knew something was up due to the new blog design! I am thrilled for you and hubby and Snoop! And then the crib. Yeah – so knew! So, are you sticking with Future Mama for now???? Cuz you are totally mama now!!!! Happy Feet!

  43. Congrats to you and your husband! Two of my friends just had babies, last night and 3 days ago. This is the icing on the cake! Can’t wait to read along about your pregnancy journey.

  44. I knew it! You never had me fooled! Congrats! I’m so excited that you are with spawn! It gives me hope that I too can be with spawn pretty soon after I decide to stop using my birth control. Happy 9 months! Can’t wait to see your cute belly!

  45. Now you know you were wrong for giving us such hard clues… or maybe we were just not getting them fast enough. It wasn’t until the crib that I started searching your posts to see if I missed something. I had to go to your Conceive blog. You’re too sneaky. Congrats, though! I’m rejoicing with you!

  46. ITS OFFICIAL YOu remain TRUE To yoru blog Title

    YOUR A baby making Machine!! Congratulations Sweetie. Healthy happy 10 months to you…YES contrary to popular belief it takes 10months to make a baby or 10 months and a week according to my almost 4 yr old. LOL
    ENjoy your pregnancy pic’s time to take that week 5 pregnancy Pic. πŸ™‚

  47. YAY!!! I dont know you, but saw you entered Danielle’s giveaway for something in my shop. Just got sucked into your blog and love it. It took us six years to get pregnant with our second – and I totally relate. GOOD LUCK!!!! I grabbed your button!
    Jill

  48. OMGoodness – how incredibly, incredibly exciting. I am so happy for you and your hubby. Blessings abound! I am totally looking forward to following your preggo journey. Welcome to the world of Momnesia. lol

  49. I figured this is where you were going with the crib post! πŸ™‚ CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you! You will have a little Junebug! (The best babies are born in June… I have one myself!)

  50. I’m not crying…okay I am…Congratulations and I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    My absolute best, Lynn
    *DONT LIFT ANYTHING HEAVIER THAN YOUR PURSE FOR AWHILE (and that’s my only piece of unsolicited advice I will give you – for now! :o)

  51. Cute post – congratulations on becoming a mama! I hope you read the post I have linked on SITS today (#330 in the LONG list!), just in case you end up with the male kind of baby πŸ˜‰

  52. I love this post! When I found out I was pregnant I took 5 (count ’em!) tests – just to make sure! Different situation to yours, but if I ever get the chance to have another child, I am so stealing your hint-dropping ideas!

  53. Funny you were tweeting as you tested. I don’t get how those hash marks works quite. I know how to use them if they already exist, but I don’t know how to create my own. Not that I need to.

    Congrats on your SITS day!

  54. I never planned anything cute to tell my husband, but rather wandered through our door in shock with the test. He raised his eyebrows and said “Really?” and all I could do is nod. We waited until I took another test three days later to tell close friends and family. I waited until I was 13 weeks to tell at work.

  55. That is great! My husband was asleep also. He didn’t think he could have kids so he wanted to start trying like a week after we got married. Three weeks later I climbed back into bed with him and said “wake up your going to be a dad!” (Really lame I know!) He said “Oh okay have a good day at work love you bye” Rolled over and started snoring. I left the test on the bathroom counter and an hour later I got an very excited phone call. He won’t let me live it down that I left the test on the counter. He still thinks that is gross. It had the cap on! Anyway I just tell him I can’t believe he snored through the announcement! Congrats on your SITS day!

  56. Happy SITS day! I LOVE this!!! I have a loooong pregnancy story, but I will NEVER forget that moment…the “+” sign came up…I was like, NO WAY. Brought it to my hubby….he said, “What does that mean??” I”m like, what do you think it means, DADDY???” Awesome stuff.
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  57. Congratulations on your positive results. I didn’t have fertility treatments, but did have 2 miscarriages, so I know the excitement when you see those double lines. (I now have 2 teens.)

    Happy SITS Day!

  58. You just brought back so many memories of those two wonderful days when I found out I was pregnant with my girls. The first was expected. I had been trying. I was determined. The second….not so much. I thought “there’s no reason to even take this test so let’s just get it over with so hubby will leave me alone about it.” Then I saw “pregnant” and about fell over.

    Congratulations and happy SITS day!

  59. It cracks me up that your husband didn’t get your hints. I don’t think my fiance would get mine if I pulled something like that on him. I’ve daydreamed about when we have kids and how I will tell him. That’s so exciting!!!

    Happy Sits day!

  60. Oh my goodness!! Congratulations! I think it’s funny that your husband didn’t get it πŸ™‚ I am impressed that you were able to keep your secret, although I understand not wanting to deal with family being mad they weren’t the first to know!!

    I’m here from SITS, by the way…

  61. It cracks me up that your husband didn’t get your hints. I don’t think my fiance would get mine if I pulled something like that on him. I’ve daydreamed about when we have kids and how I will tell him. That’s so exciting!!!

    Happy Sits day!

  62. Congratulations on your positive results. I didn’t have fertility treatments, but did have 2 miscarriages, so I know the excitement when you see those double lines. (I now have 2 teens.)

    Happy SITS Day!

  63. Well see, there you go, now you’re MAMA instead of Future Mama. You’ve got a kid, even if he/she is a ways away from birth still.
    And yeah, I totally missed your hints…I blame it on being ready to pop myself (and, as my friends always say, “the baby ate my brain” cuz toward the end all the blood seems to head to the belly instead of the head and I am a whole lot less with-it than normal LOL!)

  64. Congratulations…I am so happy for you. It’s so encouraging to see it can happen quickly. We started TTC last month…so I’m hoping I get news soon!

    Prayers for a smooth and safe pregnancy!

  65. First off, I haven’t “known” you long but due to the fact that you’ve been trying and you dedicated a blog to your quest to be a mommy, I knew you’d get pregnant soon!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    Now get ready to have the biggest baby shower in history. I’m so excited for you.

  66. OMG!!! This is AWESOME Future Mama! Now you will have to… ehem..get to move from my TTC product line to my Pregnancy products! Really great news, thanks for sharing this. Congratulations, -Amy

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