Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Party of Three: Announcing BabyBan

That's right... we're expecting our first child! BabyBan is set to arrive on November 12, 2015. It's pretty crazy that this is our life but we are so excited. Since we have quite a few friends and family who are long distance I thought I'd use this blog to share the story of BabyBan and what we're going through. 

Finding Out
The day of my sister's bachelorette party I took a pregnancy test, just to see. It was negative and so I figured it'd be at least another month before we were pregnant. 10 days later I was still late so I decided to take another one. I spent the whole weekend with my mom and sister at a wedding shower and it was so hard not to tell them what I suspected. As soon as I got home Sunday night I took a test and almost immediately it showed double lines... positive... a baby! I was shocked, excited, and started frantically running around trying to figure out how to tell J when he got home about an hour later. 

Telling Others 

Husband/ Baby Daddy 
When J got home I told him dinner was in the oven and asked him to check on it. He stirred the fries and closed the door, totally ignoring what else was in there. I told him to check again and he pulled the pretzel bun off the top shelf. I asked, "What is it?" He said, "A roll..." I asked, "Also known as..." and he just stared at me before guessing, "A pretzel roll? A bun? ARE YOU SERIOUS?!" 

At 7 weeks we saw my parents in person for another wedding shower. I really wanted to tell them in person but didn't know when we'd have a moment alone. While we were waiting to get into a restaurant we pulled them outside into the cold. All the cute sentences I'd planned left my mind and I stuttered and stumbled until my mom said, "Are you pregnant?!" 

At 7 weeks we skyped with J's parents in Minnesota. We told them about our weekend and then said that we had pictures taken together and asked if they'd like to see them. When they said yes we held up the first ultrasound picture of BabyBan.  

This will be the first grandbaby for both sets of grandparents and they are so, so excited! We swore them to secrecy for at least 2 weeks while we prepared to tell the rest of the world. 

BabyBan is also so blessed to have 7 great-grandparents so we got to tell them. They are so thrilled and 2 said, "I get to be a great-grandma!" We're so fortunate to have such strong family legacies and can't wait to share BabyBan with them! 

Aunts & Uncles 
Because of my sister's wedding we were able to see my family in person. Since we'd just returned from a trip to Washington, DC we told them we had brought souvenirs. With my brother watching on skype from college we had one of my sisters open a box of AUNT Jemima's pancake mix, my other sister a jar of PREGO sauce, and my about-to-be-brother-in-law opened a box of UNCLE Ben's rice. The sister with the prego sauce got it right away and started jumping around and screaming, the other 2 took quite a while to catch on! 

Skype has been a huge part of this process so after the wedding we skyped with J's brother in California and sister in North Carolina and were able to tell them, they were so excited! 

All The Rest
At 10 weeks we announced the news at work and our church small group and later on Facebook. It's been so fun to hear and see everyone's reactions. This will be the 6th small group baby in 2015, we have a lot to celebrate!

I've been so excited to tell everyone and have the secret be out but it has been fun to have this special secret just between J and I. I'm a little nervous about how life will change and how people will respond. If you've read this far remember, I'm still Abby and I still want to talk about more than this baby. Thanks for sharing our joy! 

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