Nicki Boston's Pregnancy Diary
Friday, October 01, 2010 2:58 PM
"We’ve actually both decided that we won’t be finding out if our gummy bear is a boy or girl, we’re going to wait for life’s greatest surprise."
Taking the next step
Brandon and I had been married just over a year when we decided we’d start trying for a baby in the fall. I was getting excited but wasn’t sure what to expect since everything I read said it took an average of four months to conceive. It was early July and we’d found out my brother in-law and his wife were expecting. We were thrilled for them and I couldn’t wait for the day we could announce it ourselves. Only one month later I was over a week late getting my period. I didn’t think too much of it. I was regular but no clockwork. I told a friend about it to see what her thoughts were. I had had no symptoms so I was on the fence about taking a test. Her reply “you might just be one of those people who has no symptoms.” I guess that’s possible. That night I took a test. The test was the kind with the pink lines, two if you’re pregnant, one if you’re not. There was one bold pink line. Then there was a line that was “kinda” there. I read the directions over and over and it said that the lines don’t always look the same. Naturally I took a second test. Same lines. It started to sink in...I think I’m pregnant.
I was nervous to tell Brandon because this was not our “plan”. I waited until the next evening and could barely get the words out… “I think I might be pregnant.” I, as always, thought the worst but his reaction was just what I needed. He said we’ll go to the doctor to find out for sure, but that I needed to stop crying because this was not a bad thing. Relief! The next week I made an appointment with my doctor and thought it was funny that they’d already said congratulations to me without the confirmation. Just for peace of mind I bought one of those digital tests thinking it would give me a straight up answer. It did. Pregnant.
After confirming with my doctor, Brandon and I celebrated. I was six weeks pregnant. Fast forward a few weeks to our nine week appointment and there it was, our gummy bear with a barely visible beating heart. We got the thumbs up from our doctor to tell our family and thought for days about how we’d do it. My mother in-law’s birthday was coming up so we planned to send her flowers from us and the baby. This turned out to be a perfect plan, and we gave her one of the best birthday presents she said she’s ever had. After that we told my mom and dad and our siblings. It was a great day. We had planned on only telling family, we’d tell everyone else after the 12 week mark. Hours later the secret was no longer a secret, I guess that’s the beauty of social networking. Of course Brandon and I took the time to call and text friends and family that we didn’t want seeing the news as a ticker on facebook and we’ve gotten so much love and support. I’m still a little hesitant to announce anything at work. Maybe I’ll wait until co workers have to uncomfortably ask the question. I’m sure it won’t get that far but it would be funny, (evil laugh). I look forward to seeing my sister in law soon to gab about our pregnancies. They are currently living in Italy and will be there for about another year so it’s harder than normal to chat. She’s coming stateside for a visit soon and I cannot wait. We’ve actually both decided that we won’t be finding out if our gummy bear is a boy or girl, we’re going to wait for life’s greatest surprise.
Pregnancy so far...
In my short time being pregnant I’ve mostly enjoyed it. I think I got off pretty darn easy in the symptom department so I won’t complain. My energy was definitely zapped and my boobs are still killing me. Brandon has been warned many times of the strict look but don’t touch rule. Headaches are a common occurence and I’ll get queasy every once in a while but that’s about it. Heading into my second trimester I’m feeling very lucky and very excited. We just went for our 12 week early risk assessment and watched the baby bounce around like crazy! I wish I could feel it but that will come with time. No bump yet either, just chub. I have a muffin top now that wasn’t there before. It’s funny how you plan what pregnancy will be like for you and you’re sure that’s exactly what you’ll do. My plan was to keep exercising just as much as I had before and only eat good foods. I’m doing okay but due to the headaches, lack of energy and (honestly, mostly sore breasts) trips to the gym have drastically plummeted. Hoping to resume in the second trimester but we’ll see. Also, all those salads I promised the baby went out the window too. Now I can only eat whatever pops into my head that sounds good, and sometimes that is nothing! Brandon has been very good about meeting or at least substituting my “cravings”. Nothing weird yet but I’ll tell you, the baby loves chipotle and lemonade.
I look forward to the months between now and April and hope to relish every bit of it. I appreciate this baby and understand that our lives are about to change for the best!
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