A few weeks after telling Jake that we were having a baby, I had my first doctor’s appointment. He asked if I wanted him to go with me and I told him there was no need to since I was just going to confirm the pregnancy. (We knew it would be positive because of how sick I was and other symptoms, plus the MANY tests I took.) I didn’t think they’d do anymore than take some blood tests and urine sample, so I didn’t see the need for him to sit through that. I was so clueless. I went in and had 2 nurses and my doctor in a room doing and saying so many words that I couldn’t understand. I went to so many different rooms for different tests and then my nurse says, “you can sit here to see your baby in an ultrasound to get your due date”. Do what? I had no idea that I would have one at my very first appointment. I went in and was in shock at how far along I was, that I didn’t hear anything else the doctor was telling me.
I got home and showed Jake the pictures and he was in just as much shock as I was. I really didn’t think I’d be 10 weeks along! I was guessing they’d say 6 or 7 weeks. Anyways, we told Erin and Matthew and Julia and shocked them. They couldn’t believe I didn’t speculate a pregnancy sooner, either.
So Easter weekend came along and it was time to surprise our family with the news…
Being the person I am, I told Jake how I wanted to tell everybody. He agreed that he was fine with it and we set a plan in place! His family was coming to spend the weekend with us, since we chose early in our marriage that this would be one holiday we don’t travel on. (We truly feel that it is important that our kids know we value them during the holidays, and not spending it traveling on at least one major holiday gives us that. We don’t want them to remember always traveling and not on the important aspect of family. )
His parents and brother came in town Friday night. We always do a gift of some kind with his family so I didn’t think they’d speculate anything. We told them we had an Easter gift for them but it was a family gift so they all had to open it together. I gave them a big box with lots of tissue paper filled in it. There was a baby onesie, book called My Grandparents and Me, from Mercer Myer, and a couple of the ultrasound pictures inside. While his parents started opening the box, Jake’s brother acted like he didn’t care. He thought it was going to be just another gift. When they got all the tissue paper out, and saw everything, his dad looked at us in shock and his mom shouted, ”I knew it! I knew it by what you said.” All I said was be careful because it was fragile. I’m not sure how she knew. Jake’s brother heard her and immediately jumped up to look in the box and was shocked too. They congratulated us and we spent the rest of the night telling them about how sick I was the last time they were here, how and when Jake found out, and just being happy. (There would’ve been a video to show but while my husband thought he was recording, he was actually doing nothing but watching through a camera that was not on…sorry)
Saturday, his grandparents arrived. The only plans they knew about was us having crawfish that night for Nonna and Zach’s birthdays. When they got here, Nonna gave some gifts to all of us and then we told them we had a gift for them. They had the same thing in their box except the book. I gave them their boxes and everyone else got their phones out to record and take pictures. (You’d think this family was the paparazzi taking photos of a celebrity.😂)https://videos.files.wordpress.com/fizKh84e/img_3770.mov
Sunday, it was time to tell all of my family.
We went to my parents for an early supper. I had told them a few weeks earlier that we were also bringing their birthday gifts to them Jake and I didn’t give them gifts for all of their birthdays because we didn’t see all of them on each of their day. So they knew they were getting a gift of some sort. We ate lunch and when we were done I casually asked if they wanted their gifts. They all said later. So all went outside and played with my brother and his new toy car, played games, and sat on the porch talking. (I have to mention one of our conversations because it foreshadows what is about to happen to all of them..) I told y’all earlier that both of our parents mentioned here and there about baby clothes over the past year but weren’t pushy. All of us are sitting on the porch talking about Cracker Barrel baby clothes. My sister mentions something about our 5 year plan and my mom looks at my dad and I and jokingly says, “I’m beginning to think the 5 year plan is just Jordan and Jake saying they don’t want kids.” We all started laughing and I told her maybe next year because we still a few months before that plan is over. Ha! After a while we went inside for them to open their “birthday” gifts. I brought the two boxes in and sat them in front of them. (My parents had the same box that Jake’s parents had, and my sisters and brother had the same as Jake’s grandparents.)https://videos.files.wordpress.com/tbxKRpPE/img_3777.mov
(The guy on the couch is my sister’s bf that we just met that day. And I must point out that my mom is wearing a coat because the house was cold, before she calls me about posting this video. Sorry, Mom! 🙈)
We then face timed all of my grandparents, with my family around us. My mom’s parents were first. I called and asked if they were together where we could all facetime them and tell them happy Easter. Mamaw went to get Papaw from fishing and facetimed us a few minutes later. I held the phone up where they could see everybody and showed them the onesies and ultrasound pictures. They were so excited. (I really don’t know if they were surprised though. They can probably speculate the news from grandchildren by now because they have 8 great children already. They just probably hoped we had ours sooner than 5 years.)
We then tried to get my dad’s mom on the phone but she wouldn’t answer the phone. Immediately, all of us were at my parents house trying to text her, call her, facetime her, everything we could to get her on the phone. We called and texted other family that she could possibly be with, trying to reach her. We finally got her an hour and a half later of trying. (She was watching the college women’s basketball championship and left her phone in her car. She probably had 42 missed calls and messages. Ha!) She facetimed us and wanted to show me her new place and Easter crosses that her husband put up for her. She had bad connection so it would freeze up when she went to certain spots. My whole family was laughing in the background because I was telling her how pretty the crosses were but couldn’t see anything but blurry trees, from the connection. That lady was going on and on about all kinds of stuff when I’d try to tell her the news. I finally got her attention and asked her and her husband to go to a good spot so she could see me. I turned the phone and showed her the family holding onesies again. She screamed in shock and got so excited. FINALLY we could finish telling the rest of our family members by texts and family facebook pages!
We asked everybody to keep the secret between only family until we put it on social media the next night. Then, we posted the news and everybody started blowing the phones up!
Whew! I have a few more pregnancy posts to keep people updated but not sure how often. Would y’all want to read and see pictures from our pregnancy reveal? Tell me your thoughts and I may just do it. I promise all of my posts will be MUCH shorter than the last few! 😊