Two years ago today.

On July 1st, 2011, at around 7:50am, my whole world changed in the blink of an eye. I'd had a teeny-tiny suspicion that I might be pregnant around the end of June but that was a feeling I'd wrongly had before, so in an effort to not be a serial stick pee-er, I made a promise to myself that I would wait until July 1st to test. I didn't tell Chris that I thought I was pregnant because that was something he had already heard one too many times, and each time before, we got all excited over nothing. I decided it would be something I would keep to myself and that way if the results were negative, he would never be the wiser. The night before July 1st, I remember laying in bed, anxiously awaiting the morning... I just knew that this one was going to be positive. As soon as I heard Chris's car pull out of the garage the next morning I raced to the bathroom to take a test. Sure enough, it was positive!

I couldn't believe it! I laughed (while crying) and throughout the day I would take two more tests just to be sure. I didn't want to tell Chris over the phone so I decided I would wait until he came home from work so I could tell him in person and capture his face on camera, so I would be able to remember the moment forever. I ripped up one of his old t-shirts and made little bandana collars for all of our dogs out of it. (A side note: we have "voices" for each of our dogs.... they each have their own dialect, accent, catch phrases, etc... totally normal.) On each of the collars I wrote out little messages that the dogs would "say" if they were telling him that we were having a baby and I sat back with my camera while he checked out the dogs new threads. (We're a bit dog obsessed over  here ;) It took him a while to catch on- I should've known, he's the worst at charades/Pictionary- but once he did he laughed and picked me up into one of those spin-around-type-of-kisses. He laughed. I cried.

We decided to keep the news a secret until the 3 month mark... Which worked out to be about a month away. So for those next few weeks, we had this huge, life altering, incredible secret that was just between us. It was kind of beautiful. I knew there was always a little something extra behind his across-the-table-smile. We decided that if we had a baby girl, no matter what, her middle name would be July... It has always been our favorite month of the year, and being that I found out I was pregnant on July 1st, it just seemed to be symbolic...it felt right.

Anyway, I was looking through pictures from that first weekend in July tonight where it was just him and I and our secret baby and I got all choked up. That day in July (that life!) seems like an eternity ago, yet I can still remember every detail like it were yesterday. Its so crazy the difference a few years can make. Now here we are two years later with an almost 16 month old. Even in her very worst of moments, I am so, SO thankful that this little soul chose us and I'm never more proud than when that sweet girl calls me "mama".  Happy July :)


^^^ She leans forward with her head before she starts to run. Kind of like a windup ;)
At the end of July we told our friends and family that we were pregnant. Here's a video that I took on my phone of the moment that we told my side of the family. We planned out a little scavenger hunt (Geocache style), which is something that we always do together in the summer, so they didn't think anything of it. We drove around on their boat going to different locations around the lake picking up "clues" and at the end of the page on their last clue it said "Congratulations on finding this cache! But your real treasure is a new baby that will be joining our family in February, 2012" ... It was a great moment!

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  1. This is such a sweet post:) What a special memory that you will cherish forever! Your baby girl is precious!

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    1. Thanks, Christiana ... I'm so glad I have a little bit documented in photos and video of that special day... it was a doozy!

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  2. Aww! I just want to squeeze those little legs of hers! She is sooo adorable.

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    1. Tell me about it! Those legs are the stuff baby fever is made of ;) !

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  3. oh my goodness i looove this post!! favorite one- so sweet :)

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  4. So adorable. Love the geochache treasure hunt and very last find! How awesome.

    p.s you honestly have the best hair.

    .:Marta:.

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    1. Yeah the geocache was something we thought up long before we even got pregnant... we were pretty pumped about executing that plan! And hey Marta, make my day why dontcha?! I just got my locks layered about a week ago, its a hard change to get used to but I think my bun weighs about 5 pounds less now, so that's a bonus!

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