10 Jan 2014
Thank you all so much for your sweet comments yesterday! It’s wonderful to be able to share the news and have you guys celebrating with us! I wanted to put together a little post with a few more details because, you know, this baby stuff is so much fun! Also, the announcement pictures were totally Eric’s idea, and he shot them all. He’s the best!
How we found out: We actually found out in Santa Fe in November. I knew the day was coming to take a test, and I could not think about anything else. I was trying not to go too crazy looking for signs and symptoms, but I was hopeful. Santa Fe has a ton of gorgeous old churches, chapels, and missions, and the oldest shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in the United States. That week I went to every single one of those churches and lit candles and prayed for our baby. It was a really special time of hoping and waiting. When the day finally rolled around, the test was positive! There was a lot of laughing and jumping and hugging, a lot of gratitude and joy and wide-eyed disbelief. Eric had to go to his conference, and I marched myself right over to a cafe, where I ate a gigantic scone and wrote in my journal all morning.
How we told our parents: We took the test on a Friday, so I knew we’d need to wait for Eric to finish his conference for the day and for my dad to get home from work, since we wanted to tell our parents together. I called my mom in the morning and tried to suss out my parents’ evening plans, but she didn’t have any details. Getting hold of them was sort of a ridiculous charade. We played a lot of phone tag between a brew pub in Memphis and a place called Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe. When we finally got to talk to them over FaceTime, they were totally surprised! Eric’s parents had been out that night, and they knew something was up when we requested to Skype them at 11pm or so. Grandparents’ intuition! (Incidentally, probably nobody in the world is happier than the grandmothers that we finally announced the pregnancy because now they can tell people! Hurray!)
How far along: I am exactly 12 weeks today, and the baby is due July 25. We had our first prenatal appointment at 8 weeks, and we were able to see the baby very clearly and see and hear the heartbeat! I sobbed, naturally. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Showing?: Nope, not yet! But there will be bump pictures when there is a bump to show.
How I’m feeling: Oof, it has been a long and hard first trimester. I have been terribly sick since about week 5. I think I might be starting to feel a bit better now…but I don’t want to jinx it! However, I am excited about moving moving beyond a steady diet of bagels, bread, crackers, and Parks and Recreation (however, thank God for Netflix!). As I am sure some of you guessed, this was a big reason for my blog break in December/January. I am really grateful to be feeling good enough to type a post! Going forward, I hope to be able to blog more consistently, but probably not five days a week. Maybe three! Thank you all so much for your understanding! And thanks for celebrating with us!