- 2nd August
- 5th February
- 26th January
Just wanted to write a quick post to welcome into the world Miss Lillian “Lilly” Grace Baum! That’s right, for those of you who follow my bestie Sarah’s blog, the baby is finally here! Sarah went to the doctor this past Monday, and her blood pressure was still on the high side, so they told her that Tuesday was going to be THE day! She was induced on Tuesday morning, and Miss Lilly made her way into the world at 7:35 pm, weighing in at 7 lbs, 6 oz and 19.5 inches long. She is absolutely perfect, and has the CUTEST, chubbiest cheeks I have ever seen! I just want to pinch and kiss them all day long! :)
I am pretty sure I was just as nervous/anxious/excited all day Tuesday waiting for updates as I was the day Hadley was born! My iPhone battery ended up dying around 2:00 because of how many times I checked it to make sure that I hadn’t missed an update. I got an update from Dan late Tuesday afternoon that said that Sarah was 5 cm, so I told him that we would head that way in a couple of hours after Jon got home. It was only maybe an hour later that I got another text from Dan that said “Just jumped to 9 cm”. To say I was freaking out is an understatement! I was running around the house like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to make sure I had everything I needed in the diaper bag for Hadley so that we could leave to head to the hospital the minute that Jon got home. Jon, Hadley and I made it to the hospital right around 7:00 and were there with their families to get the big announcement and of course to meet the sweet baby girl as soon as she was cleaned up and moved into a room.
I went up to the room first (Jon stayed behind for a bit because Sarah was trying to breastfeed) and got to meet her. It was love at first sight! I could not have been happier for Sarah and Dan…it brings tears to my eyes still just to think about the love that I knew they were feeling for their little girl already. I have been telling Sarah for the last month that it truly is the best feeling in the world, but it was amazing to see her experiencing it. The only picture I managed to have taken of me holding her that night was with my iPhone, so ignore the quality, but here is the proud “aunt” with sweet Lilly!
Jon came up a little while later, and he couldn’t wait to hold Lilly. Now there was a time (read: a little over a month ago, before Hadley was born) that my husband would have been too nervous to hold a newborn and would have just looked at her from a distance… that was definitely NOT the case. He held her, bounced and rocked her when she got a little fussy— you would have thought he had been doing that for years. SO cute! He will probably be mad at me for telling this, but when we were there, he started to get choked up when he was telling Sarah and Dan how happy he was for them. He feels exactly like I do, SO incredibly thrilled for them and of course excited to get to learn this whole parenting thing alongside them. It could not be more perfect that we both had girls and that they are only 1 month (and 2 days) apart. We know this is going to be an amazing journey, and who better to share it with than your best friends?!
A huge thanks to Jeanne (“Grandmommy JJ” to Hadley!) and Dan’s mom, Susan, for keeping Hadley for us while we went up to visit with Sarah, Dan, and Lilly. We really appreciate it and I know that Hadley loved it!
Yesterday, I just couldn’t stay away from the newborn sweetness, so Hadley and I ventured back out (my first solo trip with her!) to Rex Hospital to hang out again for a little while. Lilly had already changed so much just in less than 24 hours! I got to love on her for a bit and to catch up with Sarah on how things were going, while Grandmommy JJ hung out with Hadley in the waiting room (thanks again, JJ!). Lilly’s eyes were open for quite a while and she was so alert and curious of her surroundings, so cute! I wanted to stay all day (sure Sarah would’ve loved that, haha), but we had to head back home after just a short visit so that I could feed Hadley. Either way, I’m so glad I got to go back and see her again! :)
Welcome to the world, Lilly Grace. (Sidenote, I am so glad that they named you that, as I have been calling you Lilly for approximately the last 7 months!) And a huge congratulations to our best friends, Sarah and Dan. We could not be happier for you, and we love your little girl so much already! We cannot wait for the girls to meet each other (and to become instant BFFs…as if they have any choice!). Love all THREE of you!!!
- 16th November
I have been dying to write about our baby shower since as soon as we got home on Saturday night, but we have been busy every day since then and have had things going on each evening, and I just wanted to make sure that I had enough time to devote to it in order to do it justice on the blog! So here is a recap, though I promise I am not going to really be able to explain how fabulous, amazing, and beautiful it all was. Sit tight though, folks, because this is gonna be a long one!
Very shortly (maybe a couple of weeks) after I told Sarah that we were expecting, she told me that she would like to host a baby shower for us. At the time, I thought it was SO nice of her to offer…however when she told us only a few weeks later that she was also pregnant, I told her that she did NOT need to host the shower as she would probably be uncomfortable by then and definitely did not need something to stress her out or cause her to be on her feet a lot! But, she insisted. Turns out I was right, she definitely should not have been stressing out or on her feet like she was… I was worried about her all day! These factors just make it all the more sweet of her to do this for us and Miss Hadley. Makes me teary eyed just to think about it!
During the planning of the shower, Sarah asked me if I would be ok with the idea of having a couples baby shower rather than a traditional “girls only” shower (side note: this is literally the ONLY thing she even mentioned to me about the shower…she told me NOTHING during the planning so everything was a complete surprise to me!). Of course a couples shower sounded great to me, because I would say that the majority of my (our) friends are boys—but I wanted to check with Jon first. Jon thought it was a good idea, but I think his exact response was, “Well, there will be beer, right?”. He surely knows the way to our friends’ hearts. ;) Turns out there was beer AND football on tv during the shower (I told you, best shower ever!), so the boys were not on complete baby overload, even though there was, as always, a lot of pink. Some things that were said directly to me, or that I overheard from the boys after the shower:
"I have never been to a baby shower before but this one is AWESOME!"
"Hell, If this is what baby showers are like then maybe I need to have a baby!"
Oh please God No…
The shower was held at the clubhouse in Sarah and Dan’s neighborhood… and the place was so nice! There was not an overall theme of the shower (I am really just not a fan of themes!), but the colors were red (my favorite color) and pink (Sarah’s favorite plus also pink for baby girl)! In the main room, there were several cocktail tables with pink and red ribbon tied around them (sooo cute) and some “munchies” on them, including my FAVE that I have mentioned in just about every weekly update, cheese balls! The tables were decorated with mason jars full of baby’s breath (get it?!) and baby food jars with tea lights inside…such a great idea!
Another one of the cute decorations (which doubled as an amazing gift!) was made by my sister, Bekah. She totally rocked out a diaper cake that was displayed on one of the tables. This bad boy had (I’m estimating here after taking it all apart) at least 200 diapers in it, and it was beautiful! I’m so impressed with her craftiness—I’m not sure how she got the crafty gene, that is definitely not one that I was blessed with. Isn’t this so cute?
She has got to teach me how to make one of these!
Now, on to the food. OMG, the food! If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that pretty much from day one, I have been craving: fruit, veggies, pizza, and mexican food. So, what did my bestie do? She served all of these things! The menu consisted of a nacho bar with chicken and beef and tons of toppings, pizza dip, fruit, veggies, and last but not least, BBQ pork sliders. Now, she says that the BBQ was just random and that she just did it because her dad happens to be great at cooking a pig, but I thought it was perfectly fitting and special to me…because the night that we told Sarah and Dan that we were expecting, we were eating dinner at The Pit, one of my favorite restaurants in Raleigh that specializes in BBQ! :) I know that Sarah had a lot of help from her fabulous mom, Jeanne (“JJ”), with the food and all of the setting up, etc., but they really outdid themselves with this spread. Everyone was talking about how delicious it all was… so delicious that, unfortunately, Bekah (the designated photographer, yet again) did not take pictures of the food until everyone had eaten… it was too good to take the time to take pictures when all we all wanted to do was eat! :) Here are the pictures that she did get of the spread…not sure if you can read it, but the sign says “Steph’s Cravings”…love!
Sarah also made cupcakes for dessert, (funfetti, my favorite, and pretty much the only cupcakes that I will eat). She handmade the cutest wrappers for them and some super cute onesie decorations that went on them… I think I’m further proving my point here that Sarah may have missed her calling as a party planner!
I think that covers it for the food. I’m telling y’all, it was all so delicious, I know I went back for seconds and I saw some of the boys sneaking back for seconds and thirds. YUM!
At some point during the planning of the shower, Sarah came up with the genius idea to give koozies as favors…perfect for a couples shower, right? Something useful that even the boys would love. She enlisted the help of Bekah for this one, since Bekah’s neighbor owns a screen-printing business. Bekah went over to his house and actually helped him make these… seriously, how awesome are they?!
And, as if one favor was not enough for everyone, Sarah made yet another one. She picked up some popcorn from a specialty shop in Raleigh (Carolina Popcorn Shoppe) and made these cute little bags with the popcorn in them… I have eaten some every day this week, and I swear there must be crack in it because it is literally the best popcorn I’ve ever had!
I know you have to be thinking, ok that has to be all. Nope, not even close! Sarah enlisted the help of one of our former coworkers, Moneque, for the next awesome thing at the shower… a thumbprint/signature tree for all of the guests to sign! I am sure some of you have probably seen these at weddings, but this one was personalized for our sweet baby girl…it was perfect! Be sure to check out Moneque’s Facebook page for her new business venture, Gifts and Mo! Here is a before and after shot of the canvas:
My favorite signature on it: “Fun Uncle Jeff”. Also, obviously Sarah knew that our nursery colors were pink and green, but she could NOT have known how perfect this was going to be in the nursery. It fits perfectly in one space that I had been trying to find a picture for… and the frame that she gave me for it as well as all of the colors on the canvas make it look like it was seriously made to go where it is… you can all see it in the nursery soon when I blog about that!
Ok, I think there is just one last “detail” that I need to mention is probably one of my favorite things from the whole shower. Sarah made “wish cards”, which she asked everyone in attendance to fill out with their wishes for baby Hadley. I had never seen this idea before, but I absolutely loved it!
Everyone took their time in filling them out, and some of the responses were hilarious, and some of them were unbelievably sweet. Jon had the idea for each of us to fill out a card for Hadley on Sunday night before reading what everyone else wrote, so we did that and boy, let me tell you that as we read some, the tears were flowing, and others, we could NOT stop laughing. Some favorites:
"I hope you get… a husband just like your Daddy." -from my Dad (*tears*)
"I hope you never forget…your parent’s birthdays." -from Mark (agree)
"I hope you become…a clogger since it didn’t work out for your mom." -from Kennette (there are a few of y’all out there who know why this is hilarious)
"I hope you laugh…at your dad’s lame jokes" -from 6 different people (do you think they’re trying to tell you something, Jon?!)
"I hope you become… an NC State fan, what choice do you have?" -from 4 different people (of course she will be!)
"I hope you grow…boobies" -from Andrea (just lol at that one)
I am going to find a book to put all of the cards in for us to keep and for Hadley to read when she’s older. Thank you, Sarah for doing this, these cards are something we will treasure forever!
Whew. I know that is a lot, and I’m still not done! Believe it or not, after all this, we still had to do the actual “gift-opening” part of the shower… though honestly, everything up until that point had been so amazing, we were not even concerned about the gifts (though they were all amazing!). We were just so happy and feeling so blessed to have our family and all of our best friends all together; it was the first time a lot of those people had been together since our wedding, and I really just didn’t want the night to end.
I will just share a few pictures from the gift opening, so that I can show how amazingly generous all of our friends and family were. I am not kidding, this little girl is blessed beyond measure already.
Bib from Heather…hilarious
Baby Chuck Taylors from Jennifer…seriously adorable
AMAZING little NC State chair, handmade by Moneque
I still can’t stop laughing at this. Light switch plate cover from Jennifer, she said she wanted to teach Hadley about diversity at a young age! hahaha
Bib from Jeff…look familiar? Lol!
CUTE little tutu for Hadley… to be seen again soon in her newborn portraits :)
Sweet teddy bear blanket, crocheted by my Mom (“Mee-maw”)
I told you…amazing, right? Our friends and family were so generous and all of the cards saying how excited everyone is to meet Hadley just solidified the fact that we really do have the BEST friends and family in the whole world. A huge thank you to everyone who came for all of the sweet gifts… they will all be put to good use when she arrives, we promise!
I will wrap up this post (I warned you it would be long!) with some pictures of us with our family and some of the best friends ever. Thank you all so much for being there for us during this special time in our lives!
Me with my two bests from home, Jennifer and Kennette
Me with the excited aunts to be, Bekah and Heather
My Dad, me, Bek and my Mom
Jon and I with the Raleigh crew
Jon and I with Kennette and Mark—they drove all the way from Statesville to be there!
My bestie and me (and Hadley and Baby girl Baum)-33 weeks and 27 weeks!
Last but not least, we had to get a photo with all of the people who made this shower happen: Sarah, Dan, JJ and David. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU for all of your hard work on everything. You made us feel so special, and we cannot possibly ever tell you how much we appreciate all that you did for us. Everything was absolutely amazing and this was a night we will never forget. We love you all so much!
- 21st September
I. KNOW. Baby. Pink. Uggs.
I bought these as an “it’s a girl” present from Hadley to Baby Girl Baum last week and I could not WAIT for them to arrive so I could take them to Sarah. When they got here…I died. Seriously. They are even cuter in person. Sarah LOVED them, as I had hoped! :)
When I bought them, I told Jon that as much as I wanted to, I was not going to buy these for Hadley because as cute as they are, they are kind of pricey for baby shoes that they can only wear for a few months. HOWEVER. Upon ordering, I noted that a) they are not sized 0-3 months like most baby shoes are, but 0-8 months…(that’s 5 more months of wear!) and b) DID I MENTION HOW STINKING CUTE THEY ARE?! Hadley is due in December, after all…she (obviously) needs some really warm shoes to keep her little feet warm in the
moderately cold NC winter, right?! Whatever. Whether you agree or not, I ordered another pair for Hadley yesterday. I cannot wait to get Hadley and her bff together in their matching Uggs this winter!
Now to start shopping around for sweet little sweater dresses…;)
- 14th September
…I get even sicker than before, apparently! Today has been a looooong day, as I (still) cannot breathe out of my nose…due to that, I barely slept last night and have been SO tired today on top of it all. It sucks to be sick no matter where you are, but for some reason it feels worse when you’re out of town. With that being said, I love it here in Rome (Georgia), the people here are all so nice, and (surprisingly) the food is actually really good here (those of you who travel a lot know how important this is when you’re out of town)!!
Speaking of traveling, unless something changes with my schedule, I think this is my last, possibly ever, week out of town for work (I have two weeks in Charlotte in a couple of weeks but I don’t really count that as being out of town). Crazy… But I can’t say it doesn’t make me breathe a small sigh of relief. I love my co-workers and always end up having a great time with them when I’m gone, but I’d definitely much rather be at home, sleeping in my own bed, than in a hotel.
Now for some big news!!! MY BESTIE IS HAVING A GIRL TOO!!! That’s right, Sarah and Dan had their big gender ultrasound today and the result was that Prince Danny will be seeing a LOT of pink in his future. I am still a little bit in shock that it’s a girl….I was convinced it was going to be a boy, really only based on the fact that her pregnancy has been the opposite of mine—she’s had no puking, sickness, or strong aversions like I had for the first few months. I guess it just goes to show that
I’m just very unlucky it’s different for everyone!! I could not be more thrilled that it’s a girl, and I cannot wait for them to grow up together! I’m not sure when (or if) the excitement that we’re both having girls is going to wear off…I’m already trying to figure out if we can figure out a date to do some outlet shopping. Maybe on a Sunday while Jon and Dan are watching football? They won’t even notice we’re gone…and by the time they see it on the bank statement, it’ll be too late! ;)
Well, I officially cannot hold my eyes open any longer, my cold medicine is kicking in. Hoping I can get some sleep tonight and that I wake up feeling much better! :) Happy hump day everyone… Just 2 days til the weekend!
- 8th August
- 5th August
So my bestie Sarah FINALLY posted the news to Facebook today, so I can officially share: MY BEST FRIEND IS PREGNANT TOO!!!! Sarah & Dan are expecting Baby B on or around February 13, 2012, just 6.5 weeks after Baby A will make her appearance, and Jon and I could not be more excited or happy for them!
For those who don’t know, Sarah and I met way back in 1999 (was it really 12 years ago?! geez) at church choir camp. Proof:
That’s right, we were both members of the North Carolina United Methodist All-State Youth Choir that toured around North Carolina singing. Total nerds. We met in 1999, but it wasn’t until the summer of 2002 when we were back at NCUMASYC and were paired together as roommates that we became really close. Flashback to 2002:
(sweet zebra/rose dress Sar, and sweet jean skirt w/ belt Steph)
We were pretty much instant bffs, and kept in touch from then all the way through college (she started at College of Charleston, then moved to Appalachian State, and I went to NC State), and still made the trips to see each other when we could. We have been through boyfriends, breakups, roommate drama, family stuff, you name it, together. After college, she moved to Raleigh to work and to be closer to her then-boyfriend, now-husband, Dan, so we reconnected then and haven’t looked back! She went back to grad school to get her Master’s in Accounting, and I talked her into coming to work at Ernst & Young with me…and then we both made the switch to work at BDO! So yes, we work together and talk to each other pretty much all day every day, and still want to hang out outside of that too! I feel so blessed to have had her in my life for all these years. She is the epitome of what a best friend should be and I am now SO excited for this next chapter of our friendship—when we become mommies!
In addition, we are so lucky that our husbands like each other, too. I will admit though that even if they didn’t, we’d probably force them to hang out with each other anyway! ;) Jon and Dan have been known to get in trouble together while we are away—and I’m sure that even though babies are on the way, those times are probably not over yet, haha! Just to show how alike they are—one of the first things out of each of their mouths when they found out we were pregnant was “SWEET I have a DD for all of football season!”…live it up while you can, boys. In all seriousness, I cannot wait to see Jon and Dan with these babies; I know they are going to be excellent dads and will probably have these kids’ fantasy football teams set up before we know it.
I am so excited for our kids to grow up together and am already looking ahead to family vacations together, sleepovers, movies, zoo trips, etc, etc, etc! I always hoped that we would be pregnant around the same time, and that wish has come true. I am so glad to have my bestie to go through pregnancy with, compare symptoms with, to ask “is this normal?!” to, and to share in all the excitement.
I have been thinking about what I would like to say to Baby B for the last few weeks in preparation for this post, so I have written a short letter to him or her:
Dear Baby B,
It’s your aunt Stephanie here (except you can call me Steph, Stephie, or really whatever you’d like because I know Stephanie is pretty hard to say for a while). It is hard to believe that your Mom is already almost 13 weeks along! She tried for the longest time to hide it from me…but I knew several weeks before she actually told me that she was pregnant. There were several unannounced doctor appointments that she didn’t tell me about (and that is very unlike her), and then there was the no wine drinking—she tried to blame it on the South Beach diet, but I knew better. I just waited for her to tell me when she wanted to.
Once they finally officially told us the news, your Mom was about 9 weeks along. I cannot explain how excited I was to hear that your Mom and Dad were expecting you. They came to meet us at a Mexican restaurant to tell the news, and I swear I did not stop shaking for the rest of the night. I always hoped that this would happen, that we would be pregnant at the same time… and now you and Baby A are only going to be 6.5 weeks apart, it doesn’t get much closer than that!
You are going to have absolutely amazing parents. Your mom has been ready for you for quite a while—it just took her some convincing to get your Dad to give the ok to start trying. :) Your mom is smart, beautiful, outgoing, and the best friend I could ask for…now if you could just get her to stop worrying so much, that would be great. ;) I hope you get her sense of humor, sense of style (which is pretty fabulous), and singing ability! She is going to be a fabulous mom, and I know she will love you even more than she loves Layla, which is a LOT. ;)
And your Dad—I don’t know where to start with him. Jon and I met him even before your Mom moved to Raleigh, at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game. I had seen him in pictures and immediately texted your Mom and told her I was pretty sure I was sitting right behind her boyfriend at the game. Well, she let him know that and within minutes he had turned around, was waving his arms really big over his head and yelling out “Hey Stephanie!” Mind you, we had never met before then! I hope that you get his awesome personality and knack for making everyone around him feel like they’ve been friends for years. Also, it’s a bummer that you probably won’t be born until after football season is over—but there is no doubt that he will have you well-versed on all the players’ stats before the next season. He will be an excellent dad and I know he can’t wait to meet you.
Your uncle Jon and I cannot wait for your arrival. I can’t wait to hold you, squeeze you, and love you! Hadley doesn’t know it yet, but she can’t wait to meet you, either. I know that you two will grow up to be not just best friends—but family—and I can’t wait to watch the two of you go through all of your “firsts” together.
You are going to be one VERY loved baby, Baby B, and we will see you in February!
So, SO happy that I can finally share all this and that the news is officially public now. Congratulations to you, Sarah & Dan; Jon and I are looking so forward to going through this journey with you guys!
- 13th July
This has been a great week for lots of reasons! My first week back to work after vacation has been great, we had dinner with Sarah & Dan tonight and got to catch up (finally!), both my parents and Jon’s parents and also Bekah & Kyle are coming to visit this weekend, and after 4 years I am FINALLY getting my china cabinet!
Today I am 15 weeks, 5 days…and still feeling fabulous! :) Everyone told me that it would be like a switch, and that I would go from feeling sick all the time to feeling great practically overnight, and though I was skeptical…they were right!
Size of Baby A: Naval Orange
Weight Gain So Far: 3 lbs (!!)
Cravings: Today it was mexican food…which I satisfied just about an hour ago!
Symptoms: Just hungry, all the time. A little bit of heartburn but nothing too serious.
What I Miss: I feel like I should just take this one out for a while and you can all just assume the answer is wine. ;)
Things I am Thankful For: LOTS of things this week. Feeling extremely blessed and excited about everything at the same time!
Signs of a Bump: Finally, I think I can officially say there is one! Nothing huge, but finally people say they can see it when I say “see?! I do have something!” Pants are still buttoning but I think I can probably start counting down the days…no worries because the belly bands have been ordered!
Next Doctor Appointment: July 19
The next appointment is this coming Tuesday. I am wishing/hoping/praying that Dr. Brannon will humor me and let us have an ultrasound, even though we’re not supposed to have one until the next appointment (4 more weeks away!!). I know it’s not guaranteed that we would be able to tell for sure if it’s a boy or a girl, but I’m hoping he at least will let us try, because we are both dying to know!
My neighbor at the lake, Cody, and his wife, Tara are expecting also (Tara is due just 2 days before me), and they just found out they are having a girl! So excited for them! And so excited that our kids will get to grow up on the lake together just like Cody, Courtney, Bek and I did. :)
All for now…will post again the beginning of next week if we find out any exciting news at the doctor! Fingers crossed!
- 27th April
We have always said that we wanted to start a blog once we got pregnant so that our family and friends who don’t live around Raleigh can stay up to date on the pregnancy… well, the time is NOW because WE ARE HAVING A BABY! It is crazy, shocking, exciting and scary all at the same time.
We have now known for 23.5 hours, but we are still in shock (excited, awesome, amazing shock, of course). Last night, I had a dinner for work at Cheesecake Factory. When I got home, I told Jon that I know it sounds crazy…because I was pretty sure I was not…but I was going to take a pregnancy test. I told him that I had just been feeling weird, and that I would hate to be pregnant and not know it. He kind of rolled his eyes and said “I’m gonna go ahead and guess…you’re not pregnant.” I agreed, but still took the test anyway.
All it took was about 10 seconds before that second little amazing pink line appeared. I didn’t know what to do. I calmly walked out to the hallway where Jon was standing and doing laundry… and said, “Hey babe? Will you come here for a sec?” He didn’t say a word but came into the bathroom where he and I realized there really was no denying it— that second line was there, clear as day. If I remember correctly, Jon’s first words were “Take another one. Now.” I told him that I had just peed and I could not go again so soon! So, I ran downstairs, poured a glass of water and drank it (and then 2 more) pretty much as fast as humanly possible. We were so happy and excited that we just hugged and kissed a lot and attempted to take it all in.
Meanwhile… I just couldn’t stand it, I HAD to call Bekah. She is one of the only people in the world that I had even told that I was no longer taking the pill, and she has been so excited that I just had to call her. I called her and asked what she was up to…she told me she was driving home from shopping, and was by herself. I told her that Jon and I were having a debate, and I was about to send her a picture that I needed her to look at and settle our debate. I took a picture of the positive pregnancy test and sent it to her and waited patiently for her to receive it, for it to hit her, and for her to call me back. It only took a few seconds before she called me back, screaming and in just as much shock as we were. :)
After I talked to Bekah, the water that I had drank finally made itself through me… so I immediately went and took another test JUST to make sure. I took it, and got the same result, this time even quicker! More hugging, smiling and freaking out ensued.
The next person that I just couldn’t wait to call was my friend Jennifer Compton. She and I have always talked about what we would do if one of us got pregnant, and we have always said that we would call each other ASAP. I know it was (and is) so early still, but I just had to call her. She cried, screamed, laughed, and told me that this was going to be the most spoiled baby in the world. She is going to be an amazing “aunt”.
After those phone calls were made…it hit me. Crap. I am pregnant. Now what?!?! I really was not sure what I was supposed to do next. Then it hit me… I see the same doctor as my sister-in-law, Kelley…and she has been through this 4 times in the last 10 years. I knew that she would have great advice for me and could tell me what my next steps should be, so I called her. My brother, Zack, answered the phone, and when I asked for Kelley, he told me she was at Target. I just told him that I had a question for her and asked if he would ask her to call me when she got home. I guess he talked to her shortly after that, because she called me from the checkout line in Target. We made small talk for a little while, and she started telling me about some super cute clothes she had just found for my niece, Mary, at Target. I said, “Well, speaking of that…I took a pregnancy test, and then I took another one…and they both had the same result.” She screamed “THEY WERE POSITIVE?!?!” When I told her yes, she was so excited for us, it was SO sweet. She gave me a ton of advice and told me exactly what to do and when the doctor would want to see me, etc. I am SO glad I have her here for the next nine months and have a feeling this was just the first of many phone calls asking her what I’m supposed to do next. :)
So, that is pretty much the story of the night we found out that we are having a baby. We went to bed shortly after I got off the phone with Kelley…but we both barely slept at all from all of the excitement.
There are SO many more people that we wanted to tell this night, but we decided to wait until I at least had been to the doctor before we did. I called Dr. Brannon first thing this morning, and the nurse said that he would like to see me this afternoon if at all possible, so I made an appointment for 3:15. I had to come up with a quick fib to tell my team at work (sorry Sar!), so I told them I was going to the dermatologist (Dermatologist…OB/GYN… close enough! haha). I went to my appointment, and Dr. Brannon was so excited for me. He said that he wanted to do an internal ultrasound just to make sure that everything was where it is supposed to be…and in seconds, I could see just a tiny speck on the screen! He told me that everything looked great, and that based on what he saw on the ultrasound, I am only 4 or 4.5 weeks along right now. He told me he wants to see me back in 3 weeks for another ultrasound… and for that one, we hopefully should be able to hear the heartbeat for the first time! We cannot wait for the next appointment.
We are going to dinner with Sarah & Dan tomorrow night for my 26th birthday, and I feel sure I will not be able to make it through dinner without telling them. They are our best friends in the world and cannot wait to share this with them…and for them to hurry up and have one too so they can either grow up betrothed to each other or as BFFs! :)
We are also going to meet up with Jeff tomorrow after dinner just to catch up, etc… Not sure how we’re going to share the news with him yet, but I know he will be excited. Jeff introduced Jon and I almost 6 years ago, and he will most definitely be known as “Uncle Jeff” by Baby A.
We are also going to the lake this weekend to celebrate my birthday with our families. We are having dinner with my parents and Jon’s parents on Saturday night, and we are currently debating ways to share the news with them. Neither of them know that I have been off the pill for a while or even that it might be soon for us… so we are so excited to tell them. We also plan to get together with Heather and hopefully Miki at some point during the weekend so we can share it with them, too…we know that they will also be so excited. We really just can’t believe this time is finally here…we have talked about it for so long!
I think I have covered everything that has happened in the last 24 hours. What a whirlwind. We are blessed beyond measure and are ecstatic to think about what the next 9 months have in store for us!