Life can change so quickly and most of the time without any warning.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 was a life changing day for me. One year ago today, I found out that I was pregnant with you! What an amazing moment in my life.
It wasn’t as though we hadn’t been trying to conceive, we just weren’t trying very hard, in other words, we weren’t taking my temperature or marking off days on a calendar.
I was elated when I saw the digital word “PREGNANT” pop up on the EPT stick…twice! I started crying. I was so happy, in quite a bit of shock and then I became very worried. I had just returned from a wine tasting (read: drinking) weekend and before that your dad and I were on vacation for a week, which involved many, many pool side beers. Don’t worry, all was well…the doctor told me that your tiny baby organs wouldn’t start to develop until the week after I found about you and by then all my alcohol consumption had ceased.
It was all so overwhelming, to say the least, but also very excited and couldn’t wait to share the good news with with your dad-to-be. I will never forget pulling the EPT out of my purse and sliding it across the table at dinner that night and him asking me if it was still wet! Silly Daddy.
I had no idea what I was in store for with the eight months that lay ahead but luckily, I had the BEST pregnancy with NONE of the typical symptoms. No morning sickness, off the wall food cravings or aversions, no heartburn, constipation, bloating or swollen feet. I maintained a high energy level throughout the entire nine months and walked a total of 479.09 miles (yes, I kept track!). Only towards the very tail end (week 37) did I start to grow increasingly uncomfortable…like you had run out of room. I was having a hard time sleeping and being on my feet for long periods of time and my back hurt a lot, but other than the end, the rest was great.
Your dad and I enjoyed every minute of reading What To Expect When You’re Expecting out loud to each other in bed late at night, the monthly bump photos (especially the ultrasounds), sharing our good news with family and friends, watching my body change and grow and grow and grow, feeling you kick, putting together your crib, registering for shower gifts, testing strollers, making lists of different names we liked and could agree upon, taking parenting classes and walking around with a bigger smile on our faces and spring in our steps as we happily anticipated your arrival.
We knew the best was yet to be.