Thursday, January 3, 2013

Oh Baby (pun intended), I'm back!

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to return to the blog world with this post. I’m excited to announce that Matt and I are expecting our first little baby in June! It’s been the best secret I've ever kept in my entire life. Matt had a little harder time keeping it all in. He was ready to tell everyone from day one. All I know is that he is going to make one awesome daddy! I’d like to share with you all a little of what has been going on in the past few months, and how we found out I was pregnant.

On October 11th I got off work, and just had this feeling I should stop by the drug store to get a pregnancy test. It’s pretty funny to admit, but I was so nervous to just buy the thing! Yes, silly… Well, Matt was on duty, so I got home and took Flip for a walk. I was eager to take the test right away, but I waited until after the walk to finally take it. I waited for what seemed like forever and checked the results. As I stared at the test I saw not just one line, but another faint line as well! This is when my heart started beating really fast. I couldn't believe it! Only one thought ran through my head… “I think I’m pregnant.” I went to bed that night thinking of all the possibilities! Is it true?? I was excited and nervous all at the same time!

The next morning, I was off work, so I spent some time with my friend. I tried not to let my facial expressions tell her how I was contemplating so much, but I finally caved and told her… “I think I’m pregnant.” She said, “What do you mean you think you’re pregnant?” I explained how I took the test and got the faint line, and she told me it’s pretty clear if you are or if you aren't (duh!).  She convinced me to buy more tests. So we stopped by the drug store, and when we got back to her house we (two grown women) successfully botched two (not cheap) tests! In the excitement of it all, we never actually read the directions (these were WAY more complicated than the simple test I took yesterday evening). So I went home still just thinking I was pregnant, but the fact that I told someone made it feel more real now!

That night, the high school soccer team Matt was coaching had a game in Waldorf. I made plans to ride up there with him and watch the game. I was pretty nervous to tell Matt, but I had a plan. We arrived just before the JV game. Since he coached the varsity, I told him I was going to do some shopping during the JV game. I wanted to find a cute little baby outfit to give him. I picked out the cutest onesie from H&M. After I got the onesie, I headed to Target. I really wanted to get another positive test before I bit the bullet and told him. I bought a pregnancy test and took it right in the Target bathroom (I was anxious to know the results... OK) ! This time there was no messing up; it was as simple as pee and wait! So wait I did until the words “Pregnant” appeared! I immediately squealed on the inside, gathered my things, and headed back to the soccer game.

The longest game of my life… That’s what I thought at the time anyway. After it was finally over, Matt and I headed back to the car. As we sat in the car, Matt began to talk about how he wanted to go to D.C. and try to score a pair of tickets to the Nationals game… All I could think about was the bag with the onesie in it that was sitting at my feet! So, I interrupted him, mid-sentence, and shoved the bag in his face. “Here I got you something,” I told him. He had a questionable look on his face, but delighted in my eagerness and promptly looked inside. He pulled out the onesie, and his face had that look of intrigue/disbelief/shock/confusion all in one. He turned to me and said, "Does this mean..." “Yep, I’m pregnant.” I told him, and he immediately smiled and gave me a kiss! What a relief… He was so excited!!

I’m telling you, I was pretty nervous about how he would react. We weren't exactly expecting to get pregnant, but we knew there was a possibility. I have to say that my entire first trimester of pregnancy has been smooth sailing. I really can’t complain. Though, I am always trying to squeeze in a nap. I've been super tiered! Matt will come home to find me passed out on the couch with all the lights off. He just thinks I’m silly, but naps are essential right now! 

Now I am right at the beginning of 16 weeks! I just can't believe it, and guess what... I have a teeny tiny little baby bump! I love waking up in the morning and seeing the little baby awkwardly bulging from my belly! It's so surreal and awesome! I will try to be a better blogger. Not only so everyone can stay up-to-date, but also because I really want to document this amazing journey as Matt and I become parents. Oh 2013, you are destined to be a great one!

The week 16  bump...

Our Announcement via Christmas card:


  1. I LOVE this post and the picture! I could just FEEL your excitement doing the tests and waiting to tell Matt. So sweet!

  2. So happy and excited for y'all! Maddie is excited about another cousin! I'm sure Ellie would be too, if she understood such things! ;)

  3. That's so awesome Ashley! Congratulations to you and Matt! You and your baby bump are adorable :)

  4. Cool! What a 'grand' baby bump!