I've wanted to have a baby since...forever. It's been a long time coming what with the troubles of finding the right husband, getting out of a very stressful - and not at all family friendly job, getting healthy after the job put me out of comission for months, and then getting off the meds used to help me get healthy. Well I went off birth control at the start of November, and here it is January and I'm pregnant! That sure didn't take long (though as I said it was a long time coming).
I found out on Wednesday the 17th of January. I wanted to tell Peter first, but I didn't want to do it over the phone. Wednesday is my day in Riverside for our women's group meetings, so I went up to spend the day with Miriam. She was thinking of heading to Colorado to be with her sick mom, so was a little down. Then Tracy came over feeling very upset with her girls, and more upset with herself. I decided it would be best to cheer everybody up, so I told them the news, and they were SOOOO excited. When Mike and Mitch (their husbands) came home, they quickly learned the secret because SOME PEOPLE couldn't keep from making silly jokes. We went out to dinner at the Thai place to celebrate. Then I drove home. Peter was watching American Idol. I told him during a commercial break. He was happy, but not especially surprised.
The next day I called Mom. She was THRILLED!!! I told her not to tell anybody yet (I wanted to spread the word myself, and wait until I had seen a doctor and gotten a due date). Well that waiting lasted about a week. The Doctor doesn't want to see me till February, and I don't want to wait that long. So about the 24th, I started to spread the word. Everybody is happy (Grandpa Roly was speechless). Here's how the calls usually go:
- Me: I have some good news -- do you want to guess?
- Them: Are you pregnant?
- Me: Yup!
- Them: Yaaaaaay! When's the due date?
- Me: September-ish
- Them: Make it such-and-such date in September -- that's my birthday, anniversary, baptism date, mother's birthday, whatever
- Me: I'll do my best.
- Them: So What are you hoping for -- a Boy or a Girl? And don't tell me you'll just take whatever's healthy and be happy, you have to have a preference.
- Me: I'm kind of hoping for a girl -- there are none on my side of the family yet, and they're SOOO cute. Of course it's not like I'd send a boy back...
- Them: Any names yet?
- Me: Well, there are the names we've been thinking about since High School -- I'd like to name a little girl Elizabeth Anne after My Great Grandmother, My Mom, and Me, but really we're going to wait until the baby is a little more real to decide.
- Them: So are you sick at all?
- Me: I get a little queasy in the morning and at odd times, but since I've spent most of my life being queasy at odd times, it really doesn't make much difference.
- Them: Well congratulations! You'll make the best mommy there is!
- Me: Thanks!
- Frequent Urination -- this was one of my first clues -- even before the pregnancy test
- Tender breasts -- they really hurt, though a supportive bra helps
- Fatigue -- I've been taking naps more, and I just get tired out by the evening
- Abdominal cramps/pain -- This may or may not be related to the pregnancy since I have them often anyway, but I think some of them are
- Queasiness -- I know I'm often queasy anyway, but there's a different quality to this queasiness that makes me think it's related
- Emotions -- I get weepy easily -- especially if I'm reading about baby stuff
- Hunger -- I'm really hungry all the time. I often feel like it's been 12-15 hours between meals when it's really only been 3-4. I've only been eating two meals a day lately, and it looks like I'll need to double that at least.