A “little” Excited….to Say the Least
Driving to work that morning, I had to strategize how I was going to keep this thrilling secret all to myself. I taught fourth grade at the time, and I knew it would be hard not to tell anyone. Although we had the positive pregnancy test, Brandon and I decided not to tell anyone I was pregnant until we had our first ultrasound. (We had several friends and family members who had miscarried and we just wanted to play it safe.)
As I taught that day, I couldn’t quit grinning to myself. Continuously I looked at my stomach…..as if it was just going to start bulging at any moment! I even found myself rubbing my belly from time to time when nobody was looking. Brandon was just as excited. He even surprised me with lunch that day to celebrate.
When I got a break in my day, I called the doctor’s office to schedule the ultrasound. Of course I had never been pregnant before, so I assumed that I would just go in within the next few days. So when the lady I spoke with, told me I would have to wait until I was 8 weeks along, I was disappointed. Waiting really isn’t my “thing” and I was so anxious to get my first glimpse of the little life inside of me. I knew it was only three weeks away, but it felt like a long time to wait.
The good news was that I would be able to have an ultrasound before going home to Virginia for Easter! We would be going home to see our parents, so we could tell them then. I couldn’t wait to search Pinterest and get the whole surprise reveal planned.
I went straight to the grocery store when school was over. All I could think about was every organ, nerve and cell of this little human forming every second that went by. I wanted to make sure my baby was getting all the nutrients it needed as it developed, so I purchased every dairy product you can think of, whole grain everything, and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
That whole day I felt like I was floating on a cloud.
As the week went on, the excitement continued….and grew! It took everything within me not to shout it from the rooftops!!! Every day I went to school, was like torture. I wanted to tell the other teachers so badly, especially one of my best friends who taught in the classroom right beside me and the teachers in my grade level. It was even harder keeping it from our family. When they would call, I hurried through the conversation so I wouldn’t spill!! Before the week was over, though, I finally caved and called one of my roommate from college, Sarah. She was ecstatic and it was nice to have an outlet for sharing my excitement.
When the weekend finally rolled around, I was beyond thankful because I no longer had to suppress the insurmountable joy within me.
Friday night, Brandon and I went out to eat to celebrate. Of course….I ordered a healthy meal and I drank water. Over dinner, we dreamed about all that was coming over the next nine months. We predicted the gender….and brainstormed names. We even went by Barnes and Nobles so I could buy a pregnancy journal. I purchased one called the “Baby Bump Book” where you keep pictures of your baby bump each week of your pregnancy.
Saturday, I got started with some planning! I grabbed my computer, pulled up Google, and the searches began. First of all, I had to figure out an approximate due date. The due date calculator predicted November 13th. Once that was penciled in the calendar, a nursery décor plan began to get underway starting with bedding. Finally, I worked on the plot to surprise our parents. Since this would be around Easter, I thought it would be cute to buy some bibs that say “I Love My Grandma” and “I Love My Grandpa”. Then we could put them in a little Easter basket. I figured we would just hand it to our parents, they would see the bibs, they would start asking questions….and then we would tell them we were expecting! Maybe we could even fit the ultrasound in an egg or something…. I had a few more weeks to fine tune the details.
The connection I already felt to this little bitty person inside of me was amazing. The joy that was welling up within Brandon and me could hardly be contained! We couldn’t wait to tell everyone our little secret! The ultrasound couldn’t get here soon enough!!!!