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We’re Having a Baby!

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We’re Having a Baby!

We’re Having a Baby!


My hubby and I are going to have a baby! I am 14 weeks pregnant, headed into my second trimester, and due April 1st. We are a mixture of excited, anxious, and impatient and can’t wait to find out what we’re having. After six years of marriage, we thought it might be time to grow our little family, and despite being all shades of nervous before getting pregnant (and okay, the first week we found out too), my nervousness has turned into excitement and love and pride.

I’m reminded of a time a couple years ago when my sister-in-law asked me and my husband to sing as she walked down the aisle. I have often sung in front of large groups, but a bride’s memorable walk seemed quite intimidating. My husband, who will tell you doesn’t sing, has a beautiful voice, but this was his first duet in front of a large crowd. He is usually able to hide behind the piano, but this time was different.

Before the ceremony started, my hubby and I gave each other a hug and held each others hand so tight as we faced the large crowd and sang “Just You and I” as his beautiful sister walked to meet her new groom.

Not to get all Heather Armstrong on you, but I can’t help but feel the same emotions now. Change in life is always equally terrifying and exciting. My husband and I couldn’t be happier with the news, and just like that day, we are holding each others hand so tight as we move forward together to an entirely new life.

Here is what I know:

  1. When we decided to get pregnant, I thought lightening should strike. Surely fireworks or something should go off, this is a big deal! Instead, we just went to the grocery store.
  2. I have endometriosis, and didn’t know if I would be able to have kids. We are pleasantly surprised.
  3. Those pregnancy test with two blue lines blow. Get the one that says the words “Pregnant” and “Not Pregnant”. {It’ll save you from having to take three tests in one day}.
  4. I have watched women around me become obsessed with getting pregnant. I didn’t want to be that girl. So, I forgot about it. So much so, that one morning I shot awake and thought, “OH!”, and that was the day we found out we were pregnant.
  5. The previous advice threw my husband off a bit. He thought I had become disinterested and then was doubly-shocked when I told him the news. We watched Entourage after I told him.
  6. The pregnancy “glow” is not metaphoric. It’s impossible to keep clear skin in your first trimester, and I’m hoping the second goes better.
  7. Seabands. They worked!
  8. I have a new relationship with food. I used to try to wait until 2 o’clock to eat lunch, so that I could eat a later dinner. Now, when my tummy rumbles, you better get out of the way. I. Need. Food.
  9. And I don’t need just any food. I need lunch meat folded on a cracker with sharp cheddar cheese and grapes on the side. Or enchilada soup, extra tomatoes and tortilla strips on top. Or a pulled-pork sandwhich {I’ve never had one before}.
  10. Hot dogs are out. I can’t do it.
  11. After going your whole life trying not to gain weight, you are told you’ll be gaining a pound a week. Yes, I cried a little bit. Who knows what gargantuan shape my body will take? My once hourglass-figure is shifting a little more cinderblock-like.
  12. My bra size is nearing double-letters. This happened immediately after we found out we were pregnant.
  13. When we went to my 8 week ultrasound, and I grimaced as the nurse told me I had gained 5 pounds, my husband said “Well, what did you expect?”… husbands, don’t do that.
  14. During the ultrasound, when our baby got poked, it moved. I was so PROUD. My baby will probably be in honor classes and graduate early because it can move when it gets poked.
  15. I think the highly functioning bladder is a training exercise. I wake up to use the restroom at 12, 3, and 6am every night. I think this could be foreshadowing of what my night times are going to be like for a while. I also can’t go to the mall without using the restroom twice. This probably accounts for the impromptu bottle feeding and diaper changing that happens at the most inopportune moments.
  16. As the youngest of seven, I never had to take care of anybody else. But with 14 nieces and nephews on my side, and 10 on my husbands, I think we’re pretty prepared. Remind me that I said that.
41 Comments On This Topic
  1. mrslimestone said: September 28, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Congratulations! Love this post – so honest and funny.

  2. Casey said: September 28, 2009 at 8:04 am


  3. E @ Oh!Apostrophe said: September 28, 2009 at 8:32 am


    (new reader, love your blog!)

  4. Jill said: September 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Awesome news! Congrats!

  5. Elizabeth said: September 28, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Yay! Best wishes for a safe and happy pregnancy. I’m excited to see all the nesting you’ll do. :)

  6. Jules said: September 28, 2009 at 8:41 am

    I KNEW IT! There was a picture of you a while back (or was it a video?) where you sat down on the sofa and I thought, hmmmmm…I wonder?


  7. Christine aka Stampin' Ninja said: September 28, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Oh mi goodness!!! Brooke! I am SO excited for you and your husband! Congratulations! You are going to be wonderful parents and your child will be SO LUCKY to have incredibly gifted parents – gosh I am already imagining the birthday parties you’ll throw! :0)
    Posts like this one make me wish that I had a blog AND a gift for writing (as you do) so that I could have a written “story” about my pregnancy. Your post was honest, touching and made me giggle – I love reading your blog!
    Instead of “grimacing” over the weight you gain just try and enjoy it. This is a rare moment in life when people are actually encouraging you to lose that hour glass figure so you know what I say? Embrace the concept and succeed!!! Enjoy those pulled pork sandwiches (I can’t believe you’ve never had one before!)!!! I am looking forward to reading about more of your journey! Thank you for sharing with us!

  8. Lydia said: September 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Ya girl! I am so excited for you and Jason! 1. You are going to make adorable babies. 2. You are going to be awesome parent. I would venture to say funiest. ever. Congratulations!

  9. Shannon said: September 28, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Yeah!! Congrats!! We are very excited for you guys!

  10. Stacey H. said: September 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Congratulations, that is so exciting!!!

  11. Susan the shoppe owner said: September 28, 2009 at 9:31 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh my gosh. How thrilling. What a blessing!

    I’m sure you are baking a beautiful/handsome little bun in your oven :O)

    Great post. What a fun way to share! I am excited to see what the next few months hold. I love your “holding hands and facing the world together” point of view. My husband and I decided to do just that ten years ago and here we are still happy and confident together, though things did get a little more crowded and we’re holding the hand of three little ones, as well :O)

    A couple more things… The pregnancy glow… That doesn’t really come until you’re a little bit rounder. HOWEVER, your hormones get so out of whack, don’t be surprised if your hair changes, you don’t like the way your favorite perfume smells on you anymore, etc. Pregnancy can get crazy! And try not to focus on being sure to gain that pound a week. Believe me, it will come all on it’s own! And you’ll see your hourglass figure again, only it will be even curvier! Finally, about the boobs. Ha ha ha. That was something my husband never got over the first time I got pregnant. I remember him picking up a bra from my drawer and saying, “You’re in a D now??? WOW!” And then I smiled and said, “ACTUALLY, that one doesn’t even fit anymore…” I think he fell over at that point. Pretty flattering and definitely funny!

    Enjoy these exciting days. I will keep you in my prayers :O)

  12. Carolyn said: September 28, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Congratulations. I am one of seven also…always nice to hear about another big fam. I am #3 though. Found your blog through someone’s blogroll and love it. Will you have seven too? Ha! People always ask me if I want seven kids too.

  13. Michelle said: September 28, 2009 at 9:43 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! I am so happy for you guys. I remember you both coming over to my house shortly after Caleb was born. You held him and loved him. Jason, on the other hand, wouldn’t even touch him. I’m guessing that’s all changed by now.

  14. ohbrooke said: September 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Thank you for all the encouraging words… especially since you all have more experience! We are very excited and I’m grateful for your excitement and kind thoughts!

  15. Chantalle said: September 28, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Congrats!! We are always anxious to find out gender too…we went to downtown Pleasanton at 16 weeks for this one cause we were just too excited!! :) How exciting- I can’t wait to see what you do for the nursery!

  16. Natalie said: September 28, 2009 at 11:25 am

    aww congratulations! You and your hubby and your new baby are in my prayers :)

  17. Audrey said: September 28, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    oh, such great news! Congrats, Brooke! I don’t have one lick of advice to give to you (I’m only on year 2 of marriage, so I’m hoping I have some more time :) ) but I wish you all the best with everything! Can’t wait to see all the awesome nursery projects you come up with! :)

  18. brandi said: September 28, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    congrats. that is beautifully exciting news! hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and you and your husband get even more prepared and excited every single day.

  19. Jessica said: September 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Oh, yay!

  20. Cindy said: September 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Congratulations! I can’t be more thrilled for you both… this is so awesome!

  21. natalyn said: September 28, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post. Congratulations! Children are one of the most awesome blessings one gets in this life.

  22. Natalie Jost said: September 28, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Oh, wow! See now, I was just telling my husband TONIGHT about your fascinating trip and “remember, honey, what that was like, without three little barbells (um, daughters) weighing us down? Oh, the fun she’s having, how I envy her.” I spoke too soon. ;)


  23. John M. said: September 28, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    What?! Whoa! Wow! Congratulations, Brooke and Jason, on the exciting news! My daughter (now 21) was due on April 1, too, though she actually arrived on April 2. Thanks for the pic. Best wishes to the three of you!

  24. Jess LC said: September 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    SOOO excited for you my dear! I can’t wait to read all about the pregnancy, birth, and baby. Since you are my first friend to go through the process, I’m excited to learn how this whole birth thing happens. Because, you know, I might need to know someday.


  25. Amanda said: September 28, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Congrats Brooke! That’s so exciting and I’m very happy for the two of you!

  26. Stacey Aplanalp said: September 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I am so excited for you guys:) Are you going to find out? An April Fool’s baby too! Congrats to both of you-you will make awesome parents;)


  27. Brenda said: September 29, 2009 at 12:14 am

    Your post was funny. You pretty much sound like me when I was preggo. Oh, I always craved what I couldn’t have. I’m talking about sushi, hot dogs, esp with chili and cheese, deli meat sandwiches, and stinky, soft fancy cheeses.

    Looking forward to reading about this wonderful and special journey.


  28. shalini said: September 29, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Congratulations! I loved how you described your experience of it all.

  29. Making it Lovely said: September 29, 2009 at 5:44 am

    I’m so excited for you! Congratulations.

  30. Laura B said: September 29, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Oh Brookie….No matter what size you are, you will always be one of the most beautiful people I have ever seen! Seriously! I’m not just sayin’ that……..

    I am so excited for you and J! Love you both!
    -Laura B

  31. Toni @ Hemp and High Heels said: September 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Wonderful news!!!! Congratulations and blessings to you both!

  32. Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said: September 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Woo Hoo!! I’m so excited for you! What a fun and crazy journey you are on (and that’s just the pregnancy portion of the show, wait till the little one is born). Don’t worry about the weight. Weight comes and goes. I gained 40lbs with each baby. I gave myself carte blanche regarding food intake during pregnancy. I was amazed at the transformation of my body. I remember one day I put my hand on my thigh and didn’t recognize the thigh! Whatever. You can always lose weight later if it’s important to you. Enjoy this time. You are only pregnant the first time once.

  33. marta said: September 30, 2009 at 8:20 am

    hello. oh i am brand new to your site and am over the moon happy for your great news. having a baby is the best thing in the world. i am a new mama myself and have found more joy and gladness this year than any other. babies are the best li’l pals to have around. oh enjoy the pregnancy, the glow, the everything. it’s so so so wonderful.

  34. Linda Smith said: September 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    OMG!!!! I thought this day would never come! :) I am so happy for you guys! I am bummed I am not there to try and kick your butt again in Yahtzee! Maybe being knocked up increases your odds at winning! hehe Cant wait to hear what you are having.

  35. Georgie Girl said: September 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve been waiting impatiently for your blog announcement! I can’t believe we are due on the same day – how fun!

    Reading your post made me smile and I was nodding along to nearly everything. Sometimes I make it all the way to 5am now without peeing :-)

  36. Rebecca said: October 1, 2009 at 4:29 am

    Congrats! How exciting for you both.

    I too, have Stage IV endo, so i can relate about the fear of not being able to get pregnant. I’m so happy it worked for you! I can’t wait to read about your journey.

  37. Amy said: October 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    We are so excited for you and hubby! It’s a great adventure being a mom. It is truly an amazing gift and such a great experience. We can’t wait to hear if it’s a boy or girl?

  38. Whitney said: October 2, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Brooke! I am so excited for you guys. April is the best time to have a baby – those spring babes are so yummy! :)

    Let me know if you need anything. Anything at all.

  39. Mary said: January 9, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Congrats! ALSO as the youngest of seven- and my husband being the youngest of seven- we’ve got 14 nieces and nephews on one side and 12 on the other- I’m hoping that’s enough preparation… but I doubt it!

  40. Katy said: February 5, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    So glad I found your blog!! I am 18 weeks pregnant and I am loving reading this … can’t wait to read each entry!!!

  41. Marty said: March 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Congratulations! Our baby was born on April 1st almost 2 years ago…its a GREAT date for a birthday…don’t let anyone tell you different.

    Also, early on I craved deli meat with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato. Then I found out the bacteria in both deli meat and fresh cheeses are potentially NOT good for your growing baby. You can roast the heck out of the meat and still eat it….not sure about the cheese. Eat aged cheese just to be safe.

    The second trimester DOES go a lot better for most women…I hope it is for you. Take care of yourself and let others do the same!

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