One beautiful fall day, after my husband and I had spent Thanksgiving at the cottage with our friends and Mike’s family, we found ourselves reminiscing as we made the two-hour drive back to Winnipeg. Eventually talk turned to when we were going to start growing our family. We had such a great weekend with all our friends. We both agreed that it was so cool to see the next generation playing at our annual lake Thanksgiving potluck. We were starting to get baby fever. I decided to ask my husband when he would like to start our family. To my surprise, he said he was ready to start trying. I had been dreaming of this moment for a quite a while. Omigosh were we actually going to do this? I felt like we were free falling, my heart was racing but I was so excited! Of course, we immediately started talking about what we would name our future baby, because that’s the fun part right? We started listing off names we both liked, and I made a list of our favourites on my phone.
“Cooper?” I suggested.
“Cooper Williams, I like that! Good solid baseball name right there” Of course my husband loves sports, so as soon as he heard that one, his mind was made up. I loved the name too. We had girls names picked also, but nothing that we were sure about yet. And so the dreaming began. Of course if we had a boy he was going to play hockey like his Daddy, soccer and baseball too. If we had a girl, she would go to dance, gymnastics and hockey. We wanted our child to go to French Immersion School, especially in such a French speaking province. We also couldn’t wait to take our child to my parents farm to ride horses and drive a quad, and of course to the lake so s/he could learn how to swim, water ski, drive a dirt bike and of course snowmobile in the winter. Oh the dreams we dreamed!
We got pregnant quick. Only 6 weeks later I was on the Elliptical at the gym, when suddenly I felt super nauseous. At first I passed it off as stress as there was some family stuff going on with my brother in law and we were negotiating buying our first house. But then suddenly I felt like I was going to hurl. I ran to the washroom and dry heaved over and over. When I couldn’t shake it, and had to cut my training session short, I thought maybe I could be pregnant. I wasn’t late yet, but I sure felt sick and thinking back, I had also been feeling pretty exhausted the last few days. I decided to take a pregnancy test when I got home. I didn’t want to get ahead of myself, so I said nothing to my Mike. I went downstairs to shower, peed on the stick and got ready to go out again. 3 minutes passed. I looked down and there it was! It was faint, but there was a little blue plus sign. I was pregnant!! Eeeek!! I let out an excited shriek, jumped up and down and smiled like I had just won the lottery.
“We gotta go” my husband called from upstairs. For a moment, I felt a slight panic wash over me. I wondered if I should tell him right away or wait and do something cheesy and cutesy like all those videos people shared on Facebook. I wished I could have, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to hide my excitement. He would know something was up. He’d call me out for acting weird or ask me what I was smiling about. He knew me too well. I grabbed the positive pregnancy test and my purse and walked upstairs, trying to contain myself just a little bit. My husband was waiting for me in the kitchen.
“You ready?” he said, anxious to get going. We were going to the dealership to pick up his new car and he probably didn’t think there could be anything more exciting to happen that day.
“Ya, but I have something to show you first.” He turned and looked at me as I handed him the test. He didn’t clue in right away. He looked at the test, then back at me with a nervous smile.
“What does this mean? Are you…? Does this mean you’re pregnant?” I nodded and he got a huge happy but super anxious smile on his face. He swept me up into his arms and hugged me while he excitedly cheered. We were so happy! Our dreams were going to come true, and in only 9 short months. We were going to be parents for the very 1st time! November 14th 2015 was a very happy day for us!
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