Pregnancy Reveal

My First Pregnancy:
The Initial Reaction + Husband Reveal

Happy February Beauties! The month of LOVE has arrived!

In last week’s post “Getting Back that Feeling” I briefly mentioned my big news… If you missed that post, or if you haven’t caught on by the title of this post…  I’M PREGNANT! I’m now 21 weeks and 6 days to be exact, with my first little one. This pregnancy was something that Jan and I had planned and prayed over for a good year. Now look at us… we’re pass the halfway point! Our little bundle of joy is due this coming June and we couldn’t be more excited.

Today I want to share the beginning of my pregnancy story. Starting from the day I took the at home pregnancy test, to the day I revealed the news to Jan.

Home Pregnancy Test Reaction:

One Wednesday evening after a long day of work, I got home and started reviewing my ovulation app and noticed that I had reached the optimal time for testing. A ball of nerves, I began pacing the floor and praying aloud until I had finally convinced myself to take the test. I drank a ton of water and sat for a little bit with legs that wouldn’t stop quivering. Finally it was go time!

I almost didn’t want to look at the results. I wanted this pregnancy so bad, but I didn’t want to be disappointed with yet another negative result. After a few deep breaths, I peeked at the test out of the corner of my eye, and I could see that there was more to the screen than a one worded result… which only meant one thing. It had to be positive! I picked up the test and to my surprise the result stated PREGNANT 2-3 (weeks).  With eyes wide open like a deer in the headlights, I jumped up and down in excitement with tears in my eyes.

Again, I began pacing the floor. Only this time I was wondering how I would break the news to Jan. I finally decided to race to the closest store to look for a cute onesie, but of course I didn’t see anything that I liked. Not to mention, Jan was going to be off work any minute. So instead of rushing the experience, I decided to hold off for a couple of days. Two long days of holding a secret this big from my husband… what a daunting tasks!

Revealing to the Husband:

Finally it was Friday! I got off work early and drove straight to Babies “R” Us where I began shopping around for cute baby gear. My purchase included a few onesies, a pair of baby booties, and a congratulatory card. I even took it a step further and stopped by the grocery store to pick up our favorite Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to celebrate after the reveal. Since booze was no longer an option, ice cream would have to do. I went home and Google image searched cute baby cartoon animals to print and cut out. I then stuck those print outs along with the items I purchased on a large picture frame and hung it above our fire place. For my final touch, I did a music search on YouTube to play baby lullabies on the TV as background noise for the big reveal. Once everything was complete, I picked Jan up from work for the surprise of his life… and of course I had my camera in hand to capture it all.

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I followed close behind Jan (camera rolling), and the first thing he sees is an image of a baby on our TV screen. He asked “Why are you listening to lullabies?” All I could do was laugh and think, “How could you not see the display above the fire place!?” Finally he turns his head and sees the display of onesies on the wall. He screams “What’s that!?” Turns to me and asks, “You’re pregnant!?” Cue the waterworks, the secret was out! We both embraced each other with tears of joy rolling down our faces. For a good hour we sat and talked about how surprised we both were with the news. Because even though we had been trying, I didn’t show any signs of being pregnant. We talked, laughed, and dreamed together for a while more. It was one of the most amazing feelings. One of the most heartfelt experiences of our relationship.

Since then it’s been quite the journey and I know there is so much more in store for the remainder of my pregnancy and beyond. I will definitely be sharing my pregnancy experience over the coming months. So please stay tuned.

Questions of the Day:

For you mothers out there how did you reveal your pregnancy news to your partner? Was he genuinely surprised? Did your reveal go as planned?

xoxo Jamela

“Sometimes what you’re looking for comes when you’re not looking at all.”

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