Aggielauren's Pregnancy Story
Thursday, July 09, 2009 2:35 PM
"My heart started pounding and I ran into the bathroom where Tim
was taking a shower and stuck the pregnancy test in there with him. He
started laughing and jumped out of the shower to hug me."
Tim and I met in college. We were both taking a mini-mester at a college in our hometown. When Tim walked in, I remember thinking that he was cute and hoping he would talk to me. It turned out we were both students at Texas A&M. We talked a little bit on breaks during the class and I hoped that he would ask me to go out sometime. He never did, but on the last day of class he asked me for my phone number. My mom asked if it was because he was interested in me and I told her "no" that he was just being nice. The first two times he called me when we were both back at A&M, I was on dates with other guys. I ended up having to call him to get together because he thought I wasn't interested since I was out with other people so much. We officially started dating in February of 2004 and we dated throughout the rest of college. He graduated in December of 2004 and started law school at Baylor University the next summer. I finished A&M in 2006, went to another law school for a semester but then transferred to Baylor so we could be together. In September of 2007, after dating almost 4 years, Tim proposed! We got married the following May. In December of 2008, Tim got a job in Fort Worth and we had to start living separately because I was still in school. Luckily, I was able to move to Fort Worth for my last quarter and I'll graduate in August 2009.
So much for plans!
We planned on waiting about 3 years before trying to have kids. We had officially decided we would start trying around November of 2010 but we both wanted me to be able to work for two years before having kids. I wanted to stay home when we had children, so we thought it would be best for me to establish a basis in law before stopping to have kids. I would graduate law school in August 2009, take the bar shortly before that in July, and I had an internship lined up at the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office for as soon as I graduated. I hoped the internship would lead to a job as an Assistant District Attorney.
Around February of 2009, I decided to stop taking birth control because my periods had been non-existent for the past three months and I thought it could be attributed to a new birth control I started. I finally had a period April 1st, but decided that I wanted to wait one more month before getting back on birth control. I wanted to make sure everything was indeed back on track with my cycles. I tried to monitor my fertility through my cervical mucus and planned on charting in May if I didn't get back on birth control. On May 1st, I hadn't had another period, so I took a pregnancy test. It was negative. Although I was slightly disappointed, I knew we hadn't been trying to have children and that it was better if we kept with our plan. I figured it was just stress. Throughout the May, I charted my temperatures and monitored cervical mucus. By June 1st, I hadn't had a period again and my chart wasn't clear when I ovulated, or if I did, in May. But, I felt really nauseous for several days and just a little "off" so I decided to take a pregnancy test on June 2nd. Within a minute or less "Pregnant" came up on the digital test that I took. My heart started pounding and I ran into the other bathroom where Tim was taking a shower and stuck the pregnancy test in there with him. He started laughing and jumped out of the shower soon after to hug me. I was a little freaked out at first because it was not in the plan, but still excited.
Looking to the future
We had our first doctor's appointment a week and a half later. By what my chart said in May and the fact I took a pregnancy test May 1st, I figured I ovulated somewhere around May 7th and would probably be a little over 6 weeks pregnant when we went to the doctor. The doctor brought up a picture of the baby on the ultrasound and took a measurement. He said "well, based on the size it looks like you are about 8 weeks and 5 days." I couldn't believe it! It turned out, I had ovulated later than I thought in April and my pregnancy test on May 1st was just too early to bring up a positive. We were so happy to see the baby on the ultrasound and even more excited at that point. Tim hugged me and rubbed my stomach as soon as the doctor walked out and said "We're going to have a baby!" Now, our days are filled with thinking about the next appointment, talking about baby names, and dreaming about the new addition to our life that will be here on January 17th, 2010.
Although it causes a big change in plans with regard to my career, I couldn't be more excited. As a number of people have told us, the best laid plans are made to be broken. What a wonderful way to break them!