I just found out some exciting news! Thomas and I are expecting a baby! We are overjoyed! Our approximate due date is Feb 21, 2014, but it could definitely change when we go to the doctor on June 26th for our first appointment. I want to record a little about what is going on with baby right now, my symptoms, and how we found out, so here goes.
Thomas and I had been trying since around the end of February. If you asked anyone who knew us they would have told you that I definitely had baby fever, but that we both had agreed that we were going to wait until life was just so. We wanted me to get my final expected pay increase that I was a part of my hiring at my job, and we wanted Thomas to get a permanent job and get finished with his Business degree. I don't think that these were unrealistic ideas by any means, but we just wanted to make sure we were ready for the challenge of a baby. However, with our best friend Trey and Ashton expecting their first child, I think it reminded us how much we wanted one too. Throughout the Fall, Thomas gained a permanent position, which was the main sticking point for us. I know when I am due for my raise, and honestly we can afford a baby without it, and then the school thing...well, I wish he was out of school, but he can take online classes and really when is a perfect time? I know lots of co-workers who have been working on their masters while they were pregnant and had newborns. We felt like we were ready and that is the most important thing! We tried for 4 cycles and on the 4th was when we found out we were pregnant. I was on the pill for long time before getting off of it, so I wasn't really sure what to expect in terms of how long it would take and if I was going to have normal cycles and all of that. I was lucky that I had no issues coming off the pill. The first month was a little bit painful (cramps and such that I wasn't used to), but after that it was smooth sailing.
So how did we find out? I had thought about when I would be able to get pregnant and honestly I didn't think that there would be a chance this month because I had a business trip around the important time. I just didn't put any pressure on myself because I honestly didn't think it would happen. Funny how when you release yourself for anxiety and time tables, things just work out! I went on my trip to Salt Lake City and started feeling pretty ill once I got there. I figured it was the altitude and didn't stress over it since it wasn't too bad. That weekend my brother came in and we hung out, and I was REALLY tired. I figured that it was because we were doing things like hiking and touring all day and combined with the heat it was wearing me out. None of these symptoms were really severe so I brushed them off, but now I think it was early pregnancy symptoms. On Monday night, I decided I would take a pregnancy test and just see if anything happens. I had told Thomas I thought maybe because I had been queasy, and he encouraged me to take a test. I took one the week I got there because of the sickness, but it was negative (because it was way too early! I knew that too, but still took the test). So, on Monday night, I took another test fully expecting negative. At first look it was another negative but when I looked again in the light, I saw the faintest little line. So I took another one in a different brand. Again tiny faint line. I called Thomas because I was unsure and excited. He said it probably was a negative and I was just wanting to see a line. He was not convinced! The next day was our 2 year wedding anniversary, and I wanted to take another test. I took another and got a faint line, but definitely darker than yesterday. I was still not convinced (denial much! haha!) but I was pretty sure that I was...why else would I get positives! I ended up taking more tests and getting really faint lines so I turned to google and was almost positive I was pregnant. I was excited but trying to guard my heart if it wasn't so. The next day, I went to an immediate med because I had been having awful ear pain and was worried I had an ear infection (it was excruiating!) and I figured they could give me a blood test. At this point, my mom was convinced, and Thomas and Ashton were skeptical. I had to get opinions people...I was across the country alone and bored and obsessing about whether I was or not! haha! The immediate med did another pee test and I didn't really have any to give so I wasn't really sure that would show anything. I got checked out and they found that my ears were screwed up from the altitiude and wouldn't pop, and that the test was negative. I just wasn't convinced! I went home to the hotel and after a couple hours I decided to take my own test. It came up undeniably positive! It wasn't really dark yet, but I was sure! I told Thomas and he was kinda convinced, but shocked! My mom and Ashton were totally convinced! I got through the next few days in Utah and then came home prepared to tell our family! I took another test to prove to Thomas and it came up dark and positive! We both were excited and shocked and scared! It was a wonderful moment! I felt really sick in those first days (I think the altitude messed me up some with the morning sickness) and I was super tired! I downloaded all the pregnancy apps I could find and found out that I was 4 weeks, the baby was the size of a poppy seed, and that I am due approximately Feb 21, 2014!