Thursday, January 31, 2013

How we found out we were pregnant

We found out we were pregnant on Saturday November 24th, 2012. 

I’ve always dreamed about the day I would find out I was pregnant. You see women coming up with these cute and sometimes extravagant ways of telling her husband but our story is quite the opposite! If you haven’t already, be sure to read the post on why we starting “trying” before you read this. 

It seemed like all the listed symptoms for getting off the pill were the same symptoms for pregnancy so I was all sorts of nuts! Seriously birth control does crazy things to your body, I felt like an ex junkie the way my body was treating me (I also plan on writing about that because I felt lost when I got off the pill...not many resources out there). So, the week of Thanksgiving I was supposed to start my period and that came and went. I had a feeling I may be pregnant but honestly my body was so out of whack and the internet said that I could have a 35 day cycle coming off the pill so I wasn't ready to run out and pee on a stick. It feels weird admitting this but I was kind of excited when I woke up with nausea and had to run to the bathroom one morning. I’m pretty sure I could have taken a positive test any day that week but because of Thanksgiving and family in town, I decided to wait, knowing I wouldn't be able to keep it a secret and I wanted to be able to see the doctor before telling people. I was too anxious Saturday morning (family was leaving later that day) so I woke up and took a pregnancy test and it was negative. It was one of those cheap-o Dollar Tree tests that shows you 1 or 2 lines (heads up...pregnancy tests are expensive!) I immediately saw 1 line after about 2 seconds so I threw it away and cursed my body for not getting a period! Fast forward to a couple hours later…family was gone, Jon was putting up our Christmas tree and I was cleaning our guest rooms upstairs. I was emptying the trash when I thought to myself, wait…what if I didn't wait long enough for the results? I raced downstairs and fished the pregnancy test out of the trash in my bedroom and sure enough…it was positive, with 2 lines. I grabbed the box and read that you aren't supposed to read it a couple hours after you test so I took a Clear Blue Digital Test.

I have to mention that Jon and I talked about taking a test together to find out but we had already taken one a few weeks before when I was a day late and it was negative so I didn't want to be that crazy lady who wants to take one every month (honestly it was more sad being excited to take it with Jon and then find it was negative). I decided to take it on my own. I read the directions like I was studying for the MCAT and did my thing. A little time ticker came up on the screen while I waited and I was antsy so I went out to grab some laundry and chat with Jon. Y’all….this was the longest 3 minutes of my life! I ran back in the bathroom and saw the word PREGNANT and immediately started crying. It was such a surreal feeling that I've never experienced and doubt I ever will again. A baby was inside of me! It just didn't feel real. Marriage is huge, buying a house is huge, but making a human…GINORMOUS! I cried and laughed and prayed…until realizing I had no idea how to tell Jon. I wished I would have looked at Pinterest to find a cute way to tell him (or at least showered, put on makeup, or changed out of my PJs) but that didn't happen. I had to give myself a pep talk before walking into our family room to find Jon singing Christmas carols by the tree. I called his name and stuck out the test as he turned around and I immediately burst back into tears. Jon had the biggest smile on his face and tears in his eyes and said “I had a feeling!”. I remember saying “can you believe it” “are you happy” “does it really say pregnant”. We stood in the doorway for about 10 minutes hugging and crying before finally calming down. The next couple of hours were a blur, a perfect blur. Christmas lights, Christmas music, my husband, a sweet baby..and Ernie of course! We tried telling him he was going to be a big brother but I don’t think he understood. We got out my period app (thank goodness for those) and tried to calculate our due date. We talked about all the fun things we have coming up and how I am going to have a big belly in the summer. We got giddy when we realized we’d have a cute little baby on Halloween and Christmas next year. It was wonderful and a day I will never forget. The Lord is so faithful!


I had to take a picture to make sure it really DID say pregnant :-)
(btw for future pregnancies, I will only buy Clearblue tests, nothing like seeing those words rather than searching for a faint line)


Daddy to be!

I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him.
-1 Samuel 1:27


37 comments:

KRISTIN said...

And I'm crying. That was the most surreal day for me too and thinking back to it makes me all misty. There really is no way to explain the feeling you get when you see that test, is there?

Stephanie @ Life, Actually said...

This is such a fantastic story!!! yay! :)

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

What a sweet story. You'll remember it forever! Isn't it crazy how that one moment changed your lives forever? So excited for you!!!! :)

Catherine said...

That is a beautiful story both captured and told.

Bridget said...

yaaa...I second the digital tests...I was sick of the 'line' tests bc I couldn't tell and kept telling myself that I was making up the second very faint line.

I too will never forget the day we found out!!! So special!!!

stephiesbeadsandbaubles.com said...

What a lovely story !! I have to admit I had tears in my eyes when I read about you telling Jon you were pregnant !!
Our children are our greatest treasure and with us having four grown, three married and seven grandkids, I know the wonderful journey you are starting !!
They are our greatest joy and you will have so much fun with your kids and they will grow to become your best friends as adults !! I am so happy for you, and will keep you all my prayers !!

Amanda said...

EEEEEEE! I can only imagine how excited you both must have been! I can totally see you both crying :) And I'm glad you loved the gift!!

Liz said...

Love this!!!!! Way to make me cry..again!!!

Emily said...

Soooo sweet! Our finding out story was similiar in that I didn't have a cute plan to tell my hubs. I actually ran outside waving the stick while we was cutting the grass, ha. It's a funny story now! :)

Lee-Ruth-Clark-Cal-Shanna-Haley-Elden said...

It's been fun following your blog. Congrats on the pregnancy! What wonderful, scary, crazy adventures you have ahead of you! From a fellow "Ruth".

Lauren H. Edmondson said...

love this story! I am also a big advocate for the Clear Blue tests, the double line tests I took before buying the digital one when I was pregnant were SO faint I couldn't tell!

Jessi Bridges said...

I only ever buy my pregnancy tests at the dollar store. You're right, the other ones are so expensive!! And all pregnancy tests are created equal, despite what people may think (those dollar store ones are the same exact tests they use at the doctor and the ones we use at crisis pregnancy centers ;)

Isn't it the most wonderful feeling in the world to see that second line, or the word pregnant?? No words can really describe it.

Emily said...

I love this! I can't imagine how surreal that moment must have been!

Erin said...

I love hearing these stories! Even if there isn't an creative way they are all so amazing and give me warm fuzzies. Congrats!

Laura Nelson said...

TEARS. so many tears! i am so excited for you! greatest story ever :)

Lauren said...

So so sweet! Our story on how we found out was more funny than anything... But it suited us :) There is nothing quite like finding out you are pregnant, that feeling that your whole life is in front of you and there are infinite possibilities. I want to feel that every day.

Allison said...

So so sweet! What a perfect moment you two will have forever. I can't wait to keep reading about your baby story!

Danielle Carroll said...

Aww so cute!

I know how birth control messes with you! I completely get that...it really is not good for your body!! I have PMDD so they put me on birth control at 15 and I was on it for 8 years to get rid of my symptoms! I went off it last year and experienced headaches, nausea, bloating...terrible time!

Rachel said...

such a sweet story! God is so good. Congrats momma!

KrystennMarie said...

Thank you for sharing you story, it is so sweet. Like I said before, congratulations to you and your family!

Heather Leigh said...

Aww! *tear* This story is the sweetest! Finding out your pregnant is such a wonderful feeling! Leon & I found out together but i've already decided the next pregnancy I'm gonna surprise him ;D

Julie Keller said...

Of your pregnancy posts this far, I love this one the most Ruthie. It gave me goosebumps! That excitement - I can't wait until that happens (but I can, cause we're not ready). I love my period tracker app - seriously, I would be freaking myself out constantly without it! Best invention, hands down!

Katie McKenzie said...

Hey Ruthie! I am sorry about my e-mail address. I am still new at this whole blog thing and still can not figure out how to show my address??? Sorry.
katiemckenzie@live.com
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Katie
godslittlegrace.blogspot.com

Carolyn said...

OMG! SO SWEET! Goosebumps. :) Love this! I'm so happy for you guys!!

Erin said...

SO PRECIOUS! :) I am so excited for you guys!!!!!! Yayyyy! The Lord is so amazing!

Libby's Life said...

Ha haha love your story :) It's much better than mine... I took the test in the morning before James was even up & so I had to wake him up to show him and he looked and me & said... and I quote "are you sh**ting me!" so romantic and thoughtful, don't you think?! He was really excited he just didn't believe me at first. So so so happy for you!

Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary said...

Yes, yes yes! ONLY Clear Blue! They are the best! When it says "pregnant"--- BAM! so surreal. aww i love this story! God is so darn good!!!

Jenny said...

Tears in my eyes! so so so sweet! Believe me, the first time and second time finding out we were pregnant was equally awesome!

So happy for you and Jon!

Chelsea said...

Haha I totally cried reading your story- so so happy for you both!!

It's Sooo Fluffy! said...

Well, I'm a crier like the rest of these ladies that commented. ha. I'm SOOO happy for y'all!

Breanna said...

How awesome! I am so extremely happy for you guys!

BTW: You two found out yall were pregnant on the day that Eric proposed to me!

Dana said...

That is SO funny that you had to go back and check your first test. I did the same thing 10 years ago...I dug it out of the trash and FREAKED OUT! We had been trying for quite a while and it was such an answer to prayer! Your excitement is so contagious and it helps me remember all those super fantastic moments. Enjoy every minute of this memorable ride...

Laura @ The Everyday Joys said...

Eeeeek! I so love everything about this story unfolding. :)

Raquel said...

So sweet!! this post made me cry! I can't even imagine the joy and happiness you felt when you found out!

Elizabeth said...

Congrats... So happy for you guys...

Kelsey Eaton said...

Totally cried during this post. Ahh so wonderful. :)

Bug's Mom said...

I just found your blog, and found this post. I had to laugh. I did the exact same thing when I found out I was pregnant. I threw the test away and then hours later cleaning the bathroom I noticed there were two lines. I still didn't believe it and thought it was because it sat in the garbage can for so long! I had a similar labor and ended up with a csection.

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