The Secret Is Out!

I am happy to FINALLY announce that we are expecting!!! Since we wanted to wait until we got through the 1st trimester to tell people, I have been writing updates to post at the same time. We are extremely overjoyed and cannot wait until July. I kept this as PG as I possibly could but if you don’t want to know details, don’t read it!

October 21st, 2011
Rob had picked me up from work so we could do our final grocery shopping before we left for OBX with the parents (& Tim). I will keep this next part PG, you can guess the events that have lead up to tonight. That morning I had taken a strip test and saw 2 lines. I didn’t think anything of it because one was really faint. I took one again that night and the line was a little darker. I thought that was really odd and called my expert and dear friend, Jen. She said, “a line is a line, go get a digital test NOW”. Well, 20 minutes later I was staring at a big fat PREGNANT on the test. I couldn’t believe it!!!  I walked out of the bathroom fell to the floor and starting crying. Rob came over and we just sat there hugging and crying for what seemed like forever. We were just in the beginning phases of trying to this was an amazing surprise. Thanks Ungemach genes!

October 22nd, 2011
I woke up at 5am and took another test. I just had to be sure. Again I saw a big fat PREGNANT. I went right down stairs and started looking at the bump and pregnancy websites. The problem is I have no idea how far a long I am. My cycle was a little out of wack. I am going to call my doctor on Monday to see when my first appointment will be. We decided last night that we would have to tell our parents this week. They would suspect something when I passed up rum, hot tub and some of my favorite foods. We decided to get Grandma and Grandpa Tervis cups I had seen in Buy Buy Baby the weekend before when my dear friend Jen was visiting. I anxiously waited all day for my parents to get there. There were not 5 minutes in the door when we handed them the wrapped cups and said they were thank-you wedding presents we had forgotten about. It was a great moment! That night we went to dinner which was conveniently next to Buy Buy Baby. It was so cute to see my parents walking around the store. They are going to be amazing Grandparents!

October 23rd – 30th, 2011
We left for OBX the next morning. Once we got there,we gave Rob’s parents their mugs. Since they are already Grandparents, they didn’t get it at first but eventually caught on. We got our dear friend Tim a bottle of Captain and I stuck a post-it on the front that said, “Uncle Tim’s sippy cup”. He also did not get it at first but after I told him to read it about 5 times he realized what we were telling him. Most importantly, we decided that we would call the baby Peanut until we found out the gender.

The week was amazing and a great time to be out of the office. It was so new to me I would have had a hard time keeping it from everyone at work. We relaxed went on the beach. I collected lot’s of shells and we even took my Month 1 picture. We also found a lot of books and a few onesie’s we just couldn’t pass up!

November 1st, 2011
Peanut’s First Picture. I wasn’t sure what to expect at my first appointment so I told Rob not to bother taking off of work. I met with the mid-wife, Risa, who is a midwife. To my surprise, she did an internal ultra-sound where we were able to see the sack and embryo. At the time I could have been anywhere from 4-8 weeks but she estimated around 6. While seeing the ultrasound and knowing things were going in the right direction was a comfort, she couldn’t validate an actual pregnancy because there wasn’t a heartbeat yet. She scheduled me for blood work to see my beta levels on the 3rd and 7th and another ultrasound on the 11th.

November 9th, 2011

This last week was a little rough. I so badly wanted to continue to talk about Peanut and planning the next 9 months and the rest of our lives but was so hesitant. Luckily, I got a call from the nurse indicating that my beta numbers had more than doubled from 900 to 1900 and they wanted me to go to Washington Radiology since they have better ultrasound machines. This was continued good news and I was extremely anxious for Friday.

November 11th, 2011
Today was the day! Not only did we see the fetal pole but Rob was able to use his skills and saw the heartbeat at 125 bmp. It was hard for me to see but I am taking his word for it. We were so excited and the doctor put me at 6 weeks 2 days due on July 5th 2011.

November 20th, 2011
Today we went to MD to celebrate Rob’s Grandfather’s birthday. Originally it was just going to be a few people but when we found out it was going to be the entire family, Rob really wanted to tell them since he won’t be around for the holiday’s. We went to his Grandmother’s house that morning to exchange Christmas gifts and told her then. I can’t wait to have a picture of Peanut with her. That evening we waited until after family photo’s were done when everyone was together and Rob made the announcement. He is the youngest cousin of the family so everyone seemed very excited and happy 🙂 We begged everyone not to mention anything on Facebook since we wanted to wait to tell my Family.

November 23rd, 2011
I got a call from my insurance company today. At first I thought they were going to give me bad news like, “since you didn’t tell us, we won’t cover you” type of news. Wow, was I wrong. They were calling to confirm I was pregnant and talk with me about their special Mommy program. It’s free and comes with a bunch of free items, 24/7 access to a nurse, reading material and more based on my demographics. They had me take a survey that even asked if I felt physically threatened. It was the first time I have been pleased with my insurance.

November 30th, 2011
Thanksgiving was a lot of fun and easy since everyone we hosted new about Peanut. We had a great meal and enjoyed the time with family. We celebrated Christmas morning on Thanksgiving morning for Rob. He loved his gifts especially his Kindle Fire. I got a beautiful pair of earnings and the Kohl’s version of the Pandora bracelet with a few beads including a little footprint.

Saturday night was my HS reunion. We stopped by my best friends house to pick them up and gave them their Christmas gifts. We also told them about Peanut. Michelle was so excited!

Monday was my 3rd ultra sound. I told Rob how lucky we were to be able to get so many in the first trimester. Really it is because of my situation and not being 100% sure about the EDD. Everything went well and we got to see Peanut who started dancing for us. I had given a pep talk that morning to smile pretty for the camera. The heart beat and 174 bpm and she could see the brain forming nicely. There were stumps for arms and legs but someone Peanut still found a way to make us smile (and cry) with a little dance.
December 3rd, 2011
My first slip (or just being tired of lying all the time!) I have never been good at keeping secrets from people. Not the kind when someone tells me something in private but when I have something I want to share. Needless to say, this has been very hard for me so far. Since my coworkers and friends know that Rob is leaving soon, they have insisted on numerous occasions that they take me out that weekend and buy me a drink. Up until tonight, I have been able to say, “sure” or “can’t wait”. Well tonight I was leaving work with 3 coworkers that I am close with. I don’t even know how it happened but instead of my usual response I said, “well I can’t drink but I can be the DD for you”. Right in the middle of 23rd street! I don’t know what came over me. They were all shocked and happy. I asked to keep things quite a little longer since we are so close to Christmas and the way I really wanted to tell my Grandmother.

December 6th, 2011
We have decided to become part of TEAM GREEN. We are not going to find out the gender until the baby is born! I am nervous and excited at the same time. It’s going to be so much fun to wait until that moment 🙂

One of my biggest concerns of waiting was how do we decorate the nursery. This actually came very easy. We have named the baby Peanut from the beginning so a simple solution was having a Peanut’s themed nursery. It is very much gender neutral and there is so much I could do with it.  I think we are both very happy with the decision and nursery theme. Here were a few things I have already found!

December 22nd and 23rd, 2011

This is a turning point for Peanut and I! I had my 12 week check up today and I heard their heart beat. It was the sweetest sound I have ever heard. I met with a Dr. instead of Risa, our midwife, she asked a bunch of questions and I had blood work done. Rob and I decided to have the NT scan done so I am going in on Thursday for that. Sunday I plan to tell the Ungemach family and Thursday my Dad and I will be in TN so I can tell the Miller family. Once that is done, I can post on Facebook and make this long blog live!

December 26th, 2011
We went to my Grandmother’s house first so I could share the news of the baby. She was very excited and when we got to my Aunt’s house, walked around from one person to another sharing the news. It was a great way for people to find out since I didn’t really want to make a bog announcement. It was a great night and everyone was very happy for us. I was showing my Grandma our wedding scrapbook and said to her, you will have to decide if you want to be called Great Grandma or something else and she said, “oh, that’s right, I am going to be a Great Grandma”. It was priceless!

December 29th, 2011
Today my Dad and I traveled to to TN to see my Grandparents. I wanted to be able to share the news with everyone in person. I decided to put the latest picture of Peanut in the back of our wedding album. I was so nervous as she was s-l-o-w-l-y looking through each page. She finally got to that page and tried to keep going. I turned the page back and told her she hadn’t looked at everything. My Aunt Connie said, “Mom look at the picture at the bottom”. My Grandma said, “It’s a picture of a baby, but who’s baby is it?” I said, “it’s my baby Grandma”. She started crying! It was priceless.

1 Comment

  1. Heather (Beyer) McConnell December 30, 2011 at 3:14 pm


    Team Green is hard but so worth it in the end. Joel and I were Team Green and, at our 20 week ultrasound, I fought so hard to not ask what the sex was. It was worth it in the end to hear the doctor say “It’s a Boy!”. There are few surprises in life, and this is a great one. Good luck!

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