Found out we were preggers on 6/10/11: Super duper excited.
First belly pic (also 6/10/11): Hubby used his cell phone to take this picture. This is later that morning we found out we were preggers. I was not having any nausea yet. We went hiking with the dogs. Was bursting with excitement and wanted to announce it to the world but we stuck with our plan to wait until after the first trimester. Was still running regularly.
The following week we told our good friends C and D. Well we tried to announce it in a creative way but D popped our bubbles and guessed it even before we said anything. We were leaving MS and although we said we wouldn’t tell anyone until after the first trimester we really wanted them to know before we left (especially since we talked babies with them so many times in the past)
Shortly after, I got my first pregnancy gift from D which included crackers, sour patch kids because the nausea (and vomiting) had kicked in. She also got us a book (What to Expect When You’re Expecting). That same week I went into work then had to leave because of a combination of headache and intolerable nausea. While in Walmart I projectile vomited in their bathroom (barely made it).
About 1-2 weeks later I told another friend (B and C) who also live in MS. C was so excited too and started brainstorming about baby shower although I was still in the first trimester. LOL. That same week I told a friend and co-worker (S and her husband B). We had always joked about being pregnant and having kids. I just could not leave MS without telling her in person.
All these people were awesome and kept our secret so well. We chose to not make the BIG announcement until after the first trimester because of the risks of first trimester miscarriages, etc. We wanted to get past that critical period.
Graduation for hubby and I 6/24 and 6/25
Hubby’s parents were in town and went to both our graduations. They also helped us with the big move to NC. It was so hard holding back such exciting news. Of course, as usual the talk about kids would come up and we (hubby and I) would make a funny comment. We didn’t lie, we were just creative with our answers. I remember his mother asking us directly and we completely avoided answering by using humor. It was so hard trying to move AND hide a pregnancy (not only was I nauseated I also could not lift certain objects).
Cousin’s wedding on 7/2 in VA:
So, no one in my family knew about our news. I have a HUGE family and a lot of them were at my cousin’s wedding. It wasn’t so tough hiding it because I wasn’t showing and I had already committed to taking anti-nausea medication (if I was going to be able to function at all). We had a great time and no one had a clue. It was actually fun keeping that secret mainly between hubby and I.
Belly pic in NC (taken by hubby): 7/21
Maybe showing a little bit. I don’t know. Anyway, I went through work orientation and no one suspected. The first month I had to tell one of the girls I work with because I wanted her to switch calls with me (because one of my calls fell during the time when I would be on maternity leave).
Not long after that I told my program director who was very excited for me. She even encouraged me to take at least 12 weeks or as long as I need on maternity leave. My training program was so supportive so all the worrying I had before hand was for no reason.
|Ignore the disorganization in the room. We were still in the middle of moving.|
We had our first OB appointment at 10 weeks. We had to see the ob nurse which we felt was somewhat of a waste. We decided we wanted to work with an OB Gyn for this pregnancy and not the midwives in the practice. The next week we saw the doctor for the first time. We were almost 12 weeks when we got our first ultrasound. It was so exciting seeing that there was a real baby in there. I had been nauseated and vomiting for weeks and my body had been changing but seeing the baby brought it home to us. Hubby was with me. He was a teeny-tiny bit disappointed that there was only one baby (and not 2 or 3) but I was jumping for joy. I can't imagine having multiples.
We had labs done (which were all normal) and opted to not have the First Screen or the Triple Screen. We figured it wouldn’t make a difference in our approach to the pregnancy so we decided not to have it. Also knowing that they were screening tools and NOT diagnostic and that I was healthy we didn’t see the need.
After our Ob appt we called my mother on the same day. She was so excited about having her first grandchild. I had my husband announce it to her in patois (over the phone, as she lives in Jamaica).
A part of the package we sent to my husband's parents to make the announcement. They were ecstatic too. We then told his siblings in order of age. That part was exciting too. We tried to have one of his sister's kid (4 yo) announce it to her but we were on speakerphone so hubby's sister heard us prepping his niece and she started screaming with excitement.
We then announced it to the rest of my family and went in age order too when it came to my extended family so that no one felt left out or that we had preferences. I know, we are such crazy planners when it comes to certain things.
Anyway, bottom line is that everyone was surprised and excited and basically said it was about time. LOL. No one was upset that we waited that long to tell them.
OK, so more to come in future post about the second trimester (which I'm more than half way through). I'm documenting all the details so I can refer back to how it all unfolded some day. Oh and by the way, I am so ready for Baby K to get here, although we haven't bought anything or prepared much. I'm just excited to meet our little one.