Wednesday, November 2, 2016

WHW {#65}: How We Found Out/Announced Our Pregnancy

It's Wednesday, which means it's time for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday!
Now that the cat's out of the bag, I thought I'd share the background details about how we found out about being pregnant, etc since several of you have asked me!

I had my embryo transfer on August 21st, and my blood work wasn't scheduled until September 2nd. Knowing myself all too well, I stocked up on at-home pregnancy tests, even though MG didn't want me to test (sorry, honey!.....not that sorry!).

We were away the weekend of the 26-28th with MG's family at the shore, and I didn't feel like I could take a pregnancy test there. So I waited until the first morning we were back home, which also happened to be my first day back at work for the new school year. After a night of 3 separate dreams about taking a test and it being positive, I knew I had to test that morning.

I snuck into our guest bathroom to pee, and then proceeded to hyperventilate and stress over whether or not there was a line. I put the test in the drawer, and then promptly took it back out (and repeated this like 3 times), and one of the times I saw a faint double line. A line I'd NEVER seen before! It got a little darker and darker...
So I kept this info to myself (somehow...I dont know how), and went off to work that day. Everyone was talking about their Summers, and I was bursting at the seams inside thinking "OMG, I'm pregnant!"

That day I got home from work and put the pregnancy test into a long black box, and put a note on the inside of the lid that said "You're going to be a Dad!" and when MG got home I told him I had ordered him something small that I found online as a little "just because" gift. He opened it and literally was floored. He couldn't believe it. There were tears and hugs...it was so fun to have that moment of "surprise" when the IVF process kind of takes away a lot of that from you.
The next morning I took another test and stared at the line as it appeared again, and then obsessed over whether it was darker than the day before or not. It looked about the same to us, but after that I decided that that was enough to convince me, and I only had to wait 2 more days for my blood test. No more stressing!

On September 2nd, I went in for my blood work (probably the most giddy I've been to have someone stick me with a needle), and then went off to work. I went home early that afternoon since we had an early out and right around lunch time I got a call from the fertility doctor's office and my nurse was on the phone. She asked me how I was doing and I told her I was super nervous and she said "well don't be nervous, because you're pregnant!" and then I started bawling. She said that they usually have their lunch break between 12 and 1 at the office, but as soon as she saw the news, she couldn't wait to call and tell me (one of the many reasons I loved my nurse!). I was over the moon!

I got off the phone and knew that MG was heading home early that day too and would be home any minute. So I debated, "Do I call him or wait?" I waited, but I literally sat by the front window until I saw him pull in and when I did, I ran outside to his car, pulled open his door after he had parked and told him "we're pregnant!" We were both so excited and relieved!

After a bit of tears, more hugs, and some "oh my gosh is this real?", we decided to call our parents since we had told white lies and said we wouldn't be finding out until the following week (again, we wanted some element of surprise in this process). 

My MIL cried. My Mom was over the moon excited (I had told her about the positive test earlier that week, so she was already expecting the good news).

We called my one SIL and I said to her "Hey I have a question...do you think that a crib will fit in the shore house next Summer?" and she literally screamed so loud that my two nieces came running up to see what happened. Needless to say, she was pumped!
We played the same line on my other SIL and she said "Oh my gosh!!!!!" and then said "yes, you can definitely fit a crib in there" (ever so practical lol). 

It was SO fun getting to surprise them and hear their reactions, and just reinforced how exciting and REAL it all was.
And then we took our first photo as a family of 4...
our perfect little embryo baby at the very cellular level...how crazy is that??
So, that's how we found out, and told our family!

Now, a question for you guys...do you want me to do a post on the ins and outs of IVF? I know there are lots of you out there who have wondered, or are thinking about going through it, scared to go through it, in the process of it...I always found it helpful to hear from others who had been there. Plus, my protocol was a bit different than what some other IVF protocols are (mainly being less shots, different medications). So, let me know if that would interest you all, either in comments, or shoot me an email and I'll gladly put together a post for you on our IVF process and what it entailed!

Ok, now it's your turn to link up and share what's hap-"pinning" with you!





44 comments:

  1. I love that you were still able to surprise MG - that's amazing! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. Tears! This is just so exciting and hearing the story of how you found out is just so cool. I really think a post on IVF would be helpful and interesting!

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  3. I love this so much! I don't think I'll ever, ever forget that FaceTime call as long as I live! SO beyond excited for you guys and can't wait to meet Baby G! {And that line you used on your SILs was absolutely perfect!}

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  4. That is so exciting! Kind of got choked up there. Love that you got to surprise MG and I love how you told your SIL! I'm so happy for you guys :)

    http://brittscozycorner.blogspot.ca/

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  5. that is awesome ! i love hearing about how you guys found out. i mean how rad is that :) and i think you should def share your process - i'm sure that there people out there would definitely love to relate as they may be going through the process right now - never know :)

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  6. How amazing!!! My sister did 3 rounds of IVF and finally got her baby this past summer and I can remember how excited and happy we all were for her and now I have a beautiful niece! Congratulations to you and your entire family!!

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  7. That is so exciting! I can't imagine how giddy you must have felt seeing the two lines appear! Cheers!

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  8. yay congrats again! i love how you played those little tricks on your family and how you told your husband.

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  9. This was so fun to read - so amazing for you guys!!

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  10. I would be interested to hear your IVF journey! We don't have kids yet, but were told it could have an element of difficulty. Always love hearing the different paths people took and their success stories.

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  11. I loved reading your story! I think you should share the rest of your IVF journey, if you're up for it. If nothing else it is something else that (although may be hard to look back on), is part of the journey to having your perfect babe! I love that you were able to surprise MG! I'm also pregnant with our first baby and due in March and I woke my husband up at 5:01 AM, the second I saw "pregnant" appear on the screen haha. I couldn't hold it in. We were able to surprise our families though which was so fun!

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  12. So stinkin' excited for y'all! Can't wait to follow along with your journey!

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  13. Gahhh another post that made me ball!! Love that you still were able to surprise so many people!!!! So clever!! XOXO, R

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  14. Yay what a cute way to celebrate and find out. So glad you still had the element of surprise for MG. I would love to read a post about the ins and outs of IVF.

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  15. I love how you surprised everyone! I'm so so happy for you two!

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  16. Oh my gosh, I just love reading details of a pregnancy/pregnancy announcement and I'm literally in tears right now! I know I've said it before, but I couldn't be happier for you and the hubs! I love that you surprised so many people despite your IVF process. And yes, blog blog blog about your journey. Like I said, I'm always fascinated by people's pregnancy stories and I could read blogs about pregnancy all day long!

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  17. I had tears in my eyes reading this! SO happy for you guys! Love that you were able to surprise MG and the rest of your family!

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  18. This post made me cry! I am SO happy for you all!! I can't wait to keep up with your pregnancy journey & see that sweet baby :) This baby is a direct answer to so many prayers and I just could not be happier for you!

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  19. This is awesome!! What a cute way to surprise your husband :) I too had a dream the test was positive and so I went ahead and tested early and it was!!

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  20. Awe, I love that you were able to keep the element of surprise for both the two of you and with your families. How exciting!

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  21. This literally gave me chills reading it! I'm beyond excited and thrilled for you all! You'll both be great parents! :)

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  22. So so so excited for you guys, such a sweet story with the happiest ending! I'm so glad you've been feeling great too, and know you'll continue to have a fabulous pregnancy sweet friend! <3
    Green Fashionista

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  23. I love this! There is nothing like seeing those 2 lines!

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  24. Loved reading this! Those positive lines are the BEST feeling ever! So happy for you!

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  25. I would love to read about all of it! So post away! I'm so happy for you guys!

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  26. I'm still in shock and SO freakin excited for you both!!!!!!

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  27. Oh Jenn, this post just makes me soooo happy! I can't even imagine the shock/surprise/nervousness/overwhelming happiness that you must have experienced when seeing that pregnancy test!!!! And I'm so glad that you were still able to surprise MG. I know it's a moment that the two of you will never forget! And GIRL - the coolest thing of all - THAT PICTURE OF THE BABY!!!! Seriously the coolest thing EVER! Not many people get to have a picture like that!

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  28. Love Love Love!!! Will never forget that text!! <3

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  29. I've so loved your posts, so yes, share away if you feel so inclined. We are most likely headed down your path, so hearing both yours and Owen's has been helpful.

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  30. So happy for you!! I teared up reading all of your exciting announcements. Some of my happiest memories were telling people I was pregnant with my kids. Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Tears of joy over here! I am am so so so happy for you and your growing family. Yes, if you want to talk about your IVF journey, I would love to hear about it. I probably wouldn't have been able to wait either!

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  32. I'm so elated for you guys... I got goosebumps reading the story and how you planned a cute surprise for the hubby! Can't wait to follow your journey into parenthood!

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  33. Love this story! So great to hear such happy news!! Yayyyyyy!!!! Congrats!!!!!!!

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  34. This is the sweetest post and had me in tears multiple times!! So happy for you both! Y'all are going to be the best parents!! :)

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  35. I love this girl!! Love that you still got to surprise MG with the pregnancy test since you don't get that chance with IVF. I would LOVE to hear more about the process, it's something so very common in this day and age that I think the more knowledge we all have, the better it is for someone who is newly going through the process!

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  36. I love how you told your SIL! That's kind of how I told my mom that The Pilot and I were engaged. I said, "Hey, do you remember when you said you would make my wedding dress one day? Do you think we can get started?"

    <3 Still SO happy for you!

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  37. ahhhh i loved reading this. i am so happy for you and i love how you told everyone. i have no idea how you kept it to yourself the first day though haha

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  38. I am so happy for you two. You deserve a baby more than many parents I've met.

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  39. Yep basically cried reading this entire post. So very excited for you-I conceived easily, but I remember taking those tests and the nerves felt waiting for that darn second line! I can only imagine how over the moon you are and I can't wait to follow along in your pregnancy!

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  40. I LOVE THIS POST! And I am so very glad that I was privy to the info as it happened. I have been over the moon for you guys for weeks and am so glad that it's out for all the world to know. Love you!

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  41. I love that y'all were still able to surprise your family. It makes it even that more surreal when everyone can enjoy the news with you!

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