If you haven’t heard the news by now via Twitter or Facebook, you’ll probably be interested to read that yesterday was quite a big day for us in the Reed household.
Yep. Dexter is going to be a big brother! I’ll be honest and say that this was less than planned (same as Dexter, really) and it comes at a fairly inopportune time given that we’ve just moved, Mark’s job is kind of iffy, and we don’t actually have health insurance! But frankly, if you have kids, you have nothing BUT inopportune moments, and I honestly am not too worried.
However, given that yesterday was the day that my period was due, and I was using a fairly cheap test, I DID end up going out to buy a digital version to verify the results. Four hours of anxious waiting and about three liters of water later, we had our confirmation.
And since I actually have an app on my iPhone which I’ve been using since November to track my periods and such, I know the exact day this baby was conceived. I also know that it makes me just about 5 weeks pregnant today. Still very early, and I know a lot of women don’t tell people until they’re out of the first trimester, but frankly, I am lousy at keeping secrets. And I would rather people know so that if something DID go wrong (heaven forbid!), I’d have support along the way.
So….. yes. We are pregnant! And we are thrilled!
As for Mark, it was quite a shock to him, I think. When I found out I was pregnant with Dexter, I ended up calling him while he was driving to tell him the news. But this time around, he was at home. I went into the bathroom, and that plus sign showed up pretty much straight away. I bit my lip, swallowed hard and then came out of the bathroom with a timid, “Congratulations Daddy,” which was more of a question than a statement.
Of course, I think he thought I was joking (I have done that to him before just to have a giggle), and he grabbed the test from my hand, stared at it hard for about 10 seconds and then said, “But… it’s kind of faded… maybe……”
I interrupted him. “No, hon. Doesn’t matter how faded it is, if there’s a plus sign, it’s positive.”
He seemed to steel himself for a moment, but he very quickly smiled and came around the counter to give me a hug. I asked if he was happy, and his voice only shook a little bit when he said, “Yes. I’m happy. Scared! But happy.”
And you know what? That sums it up perfectly, I think.
We are scared, but we are happy.
Thinking over the last couple of weeks since “conception,” I guess there have been lots of signs. Besides the obvious bloating, sore boobs and cramping (which I convinced myself were period-related), I’ve also been extra tired, INCREDIBLY over-reactive and easily angered, and Dexter has been constantly pulling my shirt up to kiss and blow on my belly. It’s like he has some sort of sixth sense and knew before we did! Plus, he’s been really needy and wanting mommy cuddles ALL the time.
Anyway, I’ll be honest – I’m a bit scatterbrained at the moment and having trouble concentrating. But I wanted to update the world with our happy news.
Soon our three person family will become a four person family. And I couldn’t be happier…
(Unless we won the lottery or some company wants to sponsor us with free healthcare… then I might be a little happier!)
Baby #2 is due February 28th, 2013.