Oh, what a journey...
So rewind all the way back to January - got my period, no big deal. By this point I was like "meh - we're in it for the long haul, baby is taking its sweet time!". February comes around and I didn't even have my usual reaction like "5 days until my period is due", "4 days until my period is due"... "I feel a little sick, could it be morning sickness"? None of that! It wasn't really on my mind. Instead - Shawn and I had done a Saturday day trip down to Newport Beach to get some pasta at our favorite Italian restaurant (Mama Di's) and ended up at a PetSmart to look at the animals for fun. There was an animal shelter in the store that had brought in their cats and dogs to show them off, and all of a sudden it clicked. We needed a pet! We couldn't have a dog because our jobs would make any dog miserable and lonely (and fat). BUT - a cat, a cat we could handle. Self sufficient, mostly self cleaning, and (hopefully) adorable and cuddly and purry at night, we turned from cat haters to cat admirers.
We ended up befriending a sweet cat named Berlin, and applied to adopt her the next day after careful thought and consideration. They already knew we were applying, so the cat was ours once the paperwork was filed. On Monday, February 17th, we went to Petsmart and bought everything, and I mean EVERYTHING a cat could ever wish for... toys, food, scratching posts, soft beds, catnip, and even an automated litter box (ain't nobody got time for that!) Berlin was going to be one spoiled kitty.
We spent all day cleaning the house, cat-proofing it, and creating interest places it would be able to climb and rest in (AKA putting a large scratching post next to a book case and clearing the top shelf so it could sit on the top). I was ecstatic. Also - we were renaming our cat Berlin to Milky, and all I could talk about was "Milky this" and "Milky that". Told my family, even told my colleagues at work, sent crazy cat lady pictures to everyone announcing the arrival of our newest family member.
So after we were tuckered out, had unpacked everything, and were getting ready for bed, I ended up commenting on the fact that my period was due tomorrow. Then, I kind of had a horrible thought and I was like, "Shawn... how bad would it be if I was pregnant now?!" Shawn laughed and said, "Well do you think you could be?" I checked all my period and fertility apps on my phone, and I replied, "No - there's no way we could be pregnant. But I'm still nervous! Let me go take a test real quick."
I run, take a test, and for the first time (after how many dozens of pregnancy tests), I did something wrong. For whatever reason, no result showed up. I probably 'missed' the stick in my haste. Anyways, I wasn't bothered, and didn't feel like trying again, so we just went to bed.
The next day, Tuesday, is my usual day to go to Carlsbad for work... the plan was for me to go down to Carlsbad, but have the carrier with me, and I would pick up Milky in Huntington Beach on Thursday on my way back home. I was so excited... I packed cat treats, lined the carrier with a blanket, and was ready to load it in my car with my suitcase.
While Shawn was still asleep, I thought to myself - oh, I should probably take another test.... I barely put it on the counter when the double line showed up nice and strong. I couldn't believe it. I literally sat on the toilet, and stared at it on the sink. WHAT!? NOW?! HOW?!
I ran to the bedroom and said, "Shawn! We're pregnant!" and that's how it happened. We were so excited, and nervous, and excited, and shocked. I guess all my body needed was to get excited about a cat?! :-) Haha joking, but it's still kind of ironic.
So, after about 15 minutes of us reveling in the news, we started to call our families, and a few friends. It was awesome. And then I started crying because I had to go to work, and sit with the news all by myself! The thought of not being able to talk about it all day, and then sleep in a hotel with the news at night had me so sad. But it was OK. We are going to have a baby!
So there you have it. A rather funny account of how we found out we were pregnant. After announcing my pregnancy at work last week, we were finally in a position to announce it on Facebook. I just wanted to thank all of you for being excited with us! A few of you know that we had been trying since May/June of last year, so it's definitely a time to celebrate!
PS - In case you were wondering, we decided against getting the cat. We had never owned a cat before, and it seemed crazy timing to deal with two very big news things at the same time. So baby trumped cat. I was so sad, and felt so guilty about our little orphan kitty, that I asked Shawn to inform the shelter... I just couldn't handle it. And then we had to return ALL of that stuff we bought for the cat. Now all the $$ is going to Baby Smyres!