"With Roach"

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I was wearing blue nail polish the day I found out I was "with Roach." I remember because I had the pensive thought while squatting over my toilet, "Clearly, I am not ready for motherhood. Look at my Taylor-Swift-concert-ready fingernails."

Nothing was really out of the ordinary those first few weeks. My boobs felt full (something this 32 A-er has only experienced in her dreams), I wanted to sleep every moment of every day (I was the poster child for NyQuil), but somehow I was convinced I was making it all up.

(Boys, turn away now. No, really.) I have a really weird period, and it's not unusual for me to skip two or three months at a time. (Okay, you can come back.) I've always joked that I would wind up thinking I needed to take a dump one day and instead of unleashing yesterday's lunch, I'd birth a child I didn't know I was carrying. At least I could've been on that horrific TLC show: I didn't know I was pregnant. (Spoiler alert: I won't be on it.)

Until one day.
I was having my weekly Skype date at lunch with one of my very best friends, Blayne. (Fun Fact: I was the first person she called when she found out she was preggo. "I see TWO pink lines! TWO! What. Does. It. Mean!") After hashing out all of my symptoms, she very wisely told me to take a pregnancy test--if for no other reason to cross it off the list of reasons I was acting weird.

So right there in the middle of a Friday afternoon of working from home, I did. I ended the call with her, grabbed the pregnancy test I had stowed away in my bathroom cupboards (I'm a crazy, paranoid lady), and proceeded to take a whiz. (Can we just talk about how this is such a grizz-tastic way of discovering one of the greatest blessings of all time?)

 . . . My test turned positive before I had even finish peeing on the stick.
I jumped. And yelled. And cried. And proceeded to pee all over my hand. 
It was magical. And terrifying. And wonderful. And confusing. And gross (the pee was anyway).

I cried a lot. I washed my hand. And I quickly called Blayne back. I don't really know what my mental state was at that point, or what I even said to her. It was all a blur of tears, snot, and urine. The phone call didn't last long, and I proceeded to cry on my bed for the next two hours. I remember thinking, "I'm in the fetal position, and I have a fetus in me..." So much for trying to do any more work that day.

I was so happy and so terrified and totally incapacitated. Grahm and I were planning on waiting another year before we braved the parental front, so this was all so shocking to me. So unplanned, yet so incredible. (Though if you don't take BC, ladies, you can't really be too "shocked." It was bound to happen.)

I found out at 2:30. I called Grahm at 3:30 and begged him to come home early. This is a pretty standard phone call between us (he likes his job too much, and I'm super needy), so he didn't really think anything of it... until I asked again. I guess I had more desperation in my voice this time despite my efforts to tone down my "Come home immediately. I have a baby growing in me!" panic.

He told me later that night he knew I was pregnant instantly--so much for playing it cool. I confirmed his suspicions when he came home and found me on the bed, still fetal. I had always pictured some grandiose way of telling my husband that I was carrying a person in my hot pocket, but this was much more real. More us. We cried. And laughed. And prayed. He was/is so supportive, loving, and genuinely excited for our life-altering surprise. I can't imagine doing this without him.

We are incredibly blessed and incredibly thankful. Baby Roach is already so loved, and I can't tell you how much that means to us.

P.S. One preggo test is enough. Keep your dollah dollah bills unless you just like to pee on things...

51 comments:

Kate - Classy Living said...

So exciting!! Congratulations! I can't wait to read more about Baby Roach :)

Karla said...

Bahahaha. You are hilarious and so real and raw. I love it. You are one ofy favorite bloggers. So good to have you back. Cannot wait for more updates! You are going to be the cutest pregnant lady!! :-)

Mikell Gordon said...

haha I sat and cried while reading this!
How exciting.. I can't even imagine! I LOVE your picture with three pregnancy tests.. haha so awesome!

Congrats again, can't wait for the months ahead and watching your baby bump grow!

Erin LFF said...

You are an amazing writer- first of all. I loved how you described your emotions of finding out! Seriously so incredibly excited for your little family!!

Faith Ann said...

How exciting! Thank you for the giggles I just did outloud..at work..while it was extremely quiet. I am so excited to see all your baby bump pictures, you will be the cutest preggo ever. Congrats!

Holly said...

This is AWESOME!!! So sooo excited for you guys still!! And peeing on a stick is ridiculous. They should make a better prego test.

Becky said...

Seriously I love all the humor in your posts!! I was getting super excited and laughing hard while reading this :) The peeing part of it always grossed me out so I'm glad I'm not alone in thinking this! Though I hope I have many, many years before I have to do it :P

Kayla Peveler said...

Seriously LOVE the way you put this into words. You're incredible! Girlfriend..you are PREGNANT! Sooo stinking excited for you, again...all over again! ;)

lori said...

haha i love this! we were the same way... "shocked" though we weren't preventing... we just weren't planning either ;)

you two will make great parents... i cant wait to follow along! and keep the blogging up ;)

Evelien said...

Haha, I took a test just because I wanted to try it - so when I found out I kept saying: "whaaaaat?! this can't be trueee!! Whoooaaaat????" And I proceeded to run to every room in the house, repeating the "whaaaat?!"
Guess what, it IS true! :)

Brandi said...

This is probably one of the best, if not the best, "finding out" stories that I've heard! Well..read.
Congratulations! I can't wait to start seeing updates from you, worded exactly in the tone this one was! Haha.

xo Brandi- Cupcakes and Curves

J and A said...

Awe I love this!!!! you are gonna be a great mama and you've already been peed on so you are good to go! :)

P!nky said...

I imagine when I am with child something very similar to this story being my story!

CONGRATS!

put a bow on it [kaitlyn] said...

Erin said JUST what I was thinking. Please write a book, mmkay?

And CONGRATS, you are going to be the most adorable mama ever.

Amy said...

=)
I love how you ended up "telling him" though...it's real and it's y'all! <3
I'm so excited for y'all!!!

brittany kuhn said...

Congrats and I love that you are back to blogging!!! I missed your awesome way of describing everything and making me laugh. yay so excited for a baby roach (had to say that because I doubt I will get the chance anywhere else!!)

jess said...

Bahah! I think this is the best "how I found out I was preggo" post ever. Congratulations! :)

Kelsey Eaton said...

Whoooo! How far along are you if you dont mind me asking? I love your story of the pee test. So funny and probably exactly what I'll do.

Katie Did What said...

I enjoyed reading this so much. I have seriously missed your writing, Jena!!! AND YAY FOR THE BABYYYY! :) Also, my little friend is like yours- very unpredictable- so this gives me hope. Also, being in the fetal position with a fetus inside you- that made me laugh so hard.

xo

Melissa Knott said...

I GOT GOOSEBUMPS!!!! I am so stinkin' excited for you!!!!!

Elle said...

woo hoo! congrats!

Sami said...

This was probably my favorite "I'm Pregnant" story I've ever read! Congratulations girl :)

Kaylin said...

Love this story :) So cute and exciting

Lauren said...

So cute :) I too peed on three (or was it four?) overpriced pee sticks and all were instantly double lined. I just had to be sure :))

Cara Howard said...

You are so so SO beautiful lady. Congrats again!!!

Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner said...

hahaha I also imagined some magical way that I would tell the hubs that I was pregnant but it started with "I think I'm pregnant" and ended with me running down the stairs waving around a stick that I just peed on.

Sarah Smith said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy! You are hilarious and I can't wait to hopefully read about this new journey in your life!

-Sarah

Nicole said...

How exciting! I'm currently preggo too, 17 weeks! Hope your nausea hasn't been too bad-mine has been awful! But it's all worth it in the end :)

Courtney Carlton said...

Yay :) So excited for you guys. It's wonderful. Truly incredible and definitely life's biggest blessing. Enjoy the journey, friend!

Carlie said...

I'm so excited for you two! Congratulations!

Kara said...

You are too cute. And hilarious. Gah, you and Grahm kill me with the cuteness that is your relationship. Congrats, again! I love that you are both so excited, in spite of Baby Roach making their debut much sooner than planned!

Laura Ann said...

Haha! This is so awesome! I am excited to read some actually honest and funny posts about pregnancy. Congrats to the two of you!

Steph said...

Awesome news! I can't even imagine what it feels like to pee on my hand, I mean pregnancy test, and see it turn pink! Your baby is going to be so adorable. So much excitement is ahead!

Kalyn V said...

Hahaha I would probably be the one that peed on my hand too. I'm SO looking forward to reading more about y'alls baby Roach journey! (PS I thought you might be preggers the whole time you weren't blogging, because you didn't want to risk spilling the beans. I was right!)

Kaity said...

I can't tell you how happy I am that you're back in Bloggy Land. Oh, and that you're with Roach ;)

oliveoyl64 said...

this is why I love blog land, we get to be up close and oh so personal with people we don't even know IRL. Be thankful you did not wait until you were 29(like me). My one and only child just turned 19, so now I am figuring out my "new normal" all over again. Cannot wait for more updates on your little "tater tot", and I love that b/c I am "Auntie Tater" to my niece and nephew brood. Enjoy this new adventure, it will be amazeballs.

Lindsey A said...

I was thinking the other day that you hadn't posted in a while and though maybe you were pregnant [I didn't post while I was waiting to tell everyone]. Congratulations. Motherhood is so unbelievable amazing. You forgot one tiny detail... when are you due?

Lauren said...

Too perfect! So glad y'all are excited! Baby Roach is lucky!

Brandy said...

Made me tear up. I love this.
I also have a wonky period and always keep pregnancy tests on hand, so I totally understand you in that department!
:D
And I'm going to snowball on what everyone else is saying, since I didn't say it in yesterday's comment, I'm glad you are back to blogging! I'm as excited to follow this new chapter as you are to share it!

Kerrie Williams said...

this is so fun!! So happy for you guys!!

Audrey @ An Aud Blog said...

Hilarious! Wonderful! Congratulations!

... And I feel like one day when I have a little baby in my belly, I'm going to have a similar story. Especially the peeing on myself. I've always wondered how somebody can take one of those tests and NOT pee on themselves. You've answered that question for me. Turns out you can't.

So happy you're back blogging :)

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Bailey@Lost&Found said...

OMG, I took so many pregnancy tests after i got that first positive (like atleast 20)- mostly because we had been trying for what seemed like forever, and I was convinced that the baby must have somehow disappeared over night. So happy for you! It's amazing! I'm 24 weeks and I feel baby rockin and rollin all over the place all the time. Loving every second!

Katie said...

How exciting! This post is so great, and I love that photo! Congratulations!!

Autumn said...

Okay, this is the only picture of someone holding peesticks (I mean erhh...pregnancy tests haha) that I have thought was adorable.

So excited for you! This post is great and I think it is hilarious your husband knew before you told him.

Amanda Bumgarner said...

That picture is amazing! Also, this is comforting to me, because I have SUCH an irregular period. I'm going on month 3 currently of no period. My friends think that's just insanely abnormal. Good to know I'm not alone. Congrats!

Noelle said...

CONGRATS! And I so love this story. I took 5 pregnancy tests and made my sister take one just to make sure (she was my control test)! We were not expecting or going to start trying until next year either when we found out I was 8 weeks along already-- funny how God has other plans sometimes! Can not wait to follow along with your journey!!!

Anna said...

What a fantastic story! I laughed the entire time and shared in your very obvious joy :) Congratulations and I wish you a healthy and happy pregnancy!

Katie said...

So glad you are back, I've missed your posts!! Loved this, So happy for you & Grahm, you will both be amazing parents!! Congratulations!! :)

Anonymous said...

EEEEEK!!! YAY!! so so so happy for you both!! your gonna be awesome parents!

-Grace

Olivia Irwin said...

YAY! I've been creeping your blog, and you two are so cute! I am all about anything baby these days, even though I've got a couplee more years to wait ;) Can't wait to follow along on your journey :) And I love your style of writing haha!

Becca Moss said...

I love love love this story! So cute! Congratulations, again! xo!