Like an engagement, I love hearing “how we found out we’re pregnant” stories so I thought I’d share mine.
According to my records, we’d been mostly trying to conceive since October 2012.
We didn’t, strictly speaking, TRY every single cycle of that time, nor did we always time things correctly. I even charted for a few cycles just to make sure my temperatures were rising, telling me I was ovulating and had good progesterone levels. In September 2015, my ob/gyn said everything looked great and to “go ahead and get pregnant.”
The only thing I can tell you from this cycle was #1, my husband was a few months in for taking testosterone pills and #2, I’d ovulated a little later than usual (I typically ovulate around day CD 13 or CD 19) but we’d “baby danced” when I still had fertile fluid because I suspected a later ovulation. Conception likely occurred on December 22 (cycle day 20) and, as you can imagine with it being the week of Christmas, I wasn’t closely tracking anything after that so I wasn’t sure if and when I’d dried up. That’s why I said it would be a miracle if it “took” and why I assumed a later start to my next cycle.
Here are my entries from Countdown to Pregnancy.
**most of my cycles are about 31 days, often shorter, so I should get credit for holding out as long as I did and not obsessively testing every day! I was just so use to AF (Aunt Flow) always arriving.
January 2, CD 31
Nothing to report, I’ve been a little gassy and slightly nauseated for a few days but we’ve had some stress going on. No spotting, not crampy. Was cold last night, then hot. I had fertile fluid pretty late, maybe even later than we BD. This could be a longer cycle so I’m not going to get too excited. Stress in December = late ovulation = no big surprise.
January 5, CD 34
Well, this is the longest since Sept./Oct 2015. I’m blaming December stress for the delayed ovulation but still. Yeesh. No spotting, no symptoms. Seems like we might have BD pretty close but it’d be a miracle. I’ve been working on my vision boards but I really haven’t felt achy or crampy. Maybe a little hungry. A light headache here and there.
***1:00am, maybe I am a little crampy.
January 6, CD 35
Maybe a tad poky and achy today but fine otherwise. I feel like it’s just a long cycle but I told God I’d hold up hope so I am. No spotting.
January 7, CD 36
Nothing to report except bawling during worship time. Ready to know!! No spotting.
January 8, CD 37
Well, well, well. I wanted to get the waiting over with, assuming AF was a day or two out, so I got up this morning and tested with one of the cheapy dip tests. I took a shower, thinking it’s most likely not positive. I held out hope, of course. In the shower I talked to myself about, one of these times, it will take. But it’s OK if it doesn’t.
Came out, dried off, took a peek….and was absolutely stunned. Literally could not believe my eyes. Two lines.
I’m still in shock.
It hasn’t sunk in.
I was headed out the door to the arboretum with my folks so I knew I had to tell them!! I got two good pictures of the test and videod asking them what they thought. Classic.
So it begins.
I told … (several friends who’d been praying for us)…they’re all so thrilled.
I just can’t believe it.
I really can’t.
So I’m set up to tell Drew, then we can cook up how to tell the boys.
I’m in shock.
The only other symptoms I could say are maybe sore boobs, and my crying last night.
I can’t believe this.
Here’s that test. The control line is on the left in this shot because, silly me, I was holding it upside down. That’s how shocked I was! I took another test a week later and WOW, was the test line dark!!
Because my parents already knew, I told Drew that evening, we told the the kids that night, and we spread the news to the family.
On January 9th, I took a better test and got a clear positive immediately. You can see it below. I was confident it would be positive. It was still reassuring to have that big, beautiful +.
After the official test, I started telling my social media friends (many of whom are also personal friends) and, eventually, Facebook, with the photo below.
We’re all about soliciting prayers ASAP in the process.
And now it’s been over a month, I’ve missed another period, I’m sleeping and eating more…and it still feels totally surreal. I’m eager to go to the doctor on Thursday to hear a heartbeat or get an ultrasound to be reassured that I’m not, well, just more tired and hungry!
So that’s our how we found out we’re pregnant story!