It seemed like a good idea at the time. I’d heard of other women pulling similar pranks and I decided to give it a try. I was out with my friends and had a brilliant plan. I called my husband, told him I wasn’t feeling well… I hadn’t been for awhile. Told him I wasn’t sure if my IUD was still in the right position and wasn’t sure when I last had my period… Could I be pregnant? He told me I should get a test on the way home and we’d find out that night… Little did he know that’s exactly what I wanted him to say.
I had a plan.. A friend of a friends had recently found out she was pregnant. Apparently she didn’t believe first because it took not one, but about 5 positive results for it to sink in. Lucky for me she had some extra positive results test lying around so she gave one to me.
I got home, and although it was late, Boo still wanted me to take the test that night. “It works better in the morning” I told him, but he didn’t care.
I went in the bathroom, stared in the mirror and practiced my best serious/scared/happy face I could put on… No laughing allowed.
When I walked out of the bathroom and into the bedroom I put all of my best acting skills into this one moment. I didn’t say anything at first… I decided letting him make the first move would be the best idea.
“So?” he asked simply. I told him the results were positive and he didn’t believe me. “Is this an April fools joke?” he asked. I showed him the test with two lines and the key below which plainly stated two lines = pregnant.
The shocked look on his face was priceless. But it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. To be honest I was expecting panic, maybe even anger, but he didn’t show any of that. He looked almost happy… Almost.
I initially thought I’d keep the joke going through the next day… Make him sleep on it. But his reaction made me feel bad.
“How do you feel?” he asked me. I told him I didn’t know and he told me he was a little scared. BINGO!
That joke was played two years ago and we can kind of laugh at it now. Looking back I know he was ready to make the commitment then because then to him it was a reality facing him. I broke the good/bad news and he was pretty ticked–Understandably. I told him I was planning to keep the joke going through the next day but he told me he was glad I didn’t because he would have wanted to tell his whole family the news.
I swore I wouldn’t tell him I was pregnant again until I know I am for sure.
I'm a former journalist, and lifelong creator striving to make the world a better place. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day by cherishing our individuality and celebrating our differences.
I'm a part-time journalist, full-time wife and mother striving to make the world a better place and inspiring others to do the same. This is the space where I share my journey in making the most of every day.