Baby Surprises!

Well, it's crazy and miraculous, but we got pregnant!
We found out the day before we were supposed to fly to NYC for the IVF clinical study.
Don't know what I'm talking about?
Check it out HERE.

Saturday night after I wrote that blog post Weston & I went out for his birthday dinner at Tucanos.
I had been feeling REALLY tired for a couple weeks.
That night I was seriously wiped, but for no reason. At dinner we were chatting, but I could barely keep my eyes open. I ate a few bites of really well cooked meat & then basically sat there trying to act awake & alive while Weston chowed so that it was a good birthday celebration for him!

The whole week was an absolute whirlwind.
Sunday morning, I was depending on my cycle to start at an exact day. Everything with that study was seriously dependent upon days in my cycle. Which makes it highly difficult, because I had to schedule the study appointment at least a week in advance of the first day of my cycle. Sunday was the LATEST day my cycle could have started. It did start & then abruptly stopped.
I was so frustrated.

All day Monday it didn't start up again, either. I went to my cousin's wedding reception that night & my sister & I stopped at Target. I picked up some pregnancy tests at Target, because every time I take a pregnancy test it's negative & my cycle starts up RIGHT after that. For those people who don't believe mind's affect the body. They're wrong. I've never been late in my cycle ever. I've never had certain pregnancy symptoms when I'm PMS-ing. Until we started trying to get pregnant. All of a sudden I developed pregnancy symptoms that other people have as pms symptoms, but I never had & my cycle would be late. I'd get so excited, take a test, it would always be negative & I'd start my period that night or the next morning. It was a cruel, cruel trick my body was playing on my mind.

Anyway, I called my mom when I was driving home from Dani's that night & told her how I bought the tests to take to jump-start my cycle up again. She told me to call her if it was good news. I got irritated & told her "Seriously, Mom, it's not going to be. It never is."

I got home around 11, the same time as Weston.
I didn't even tell him about how I bought them, because I was just going to throw the negative tests away & start packing for our NY trip which we were leaving for on Wednesday morning.
I take the test then brush my teeth & start getting ready for bed.
I glimpsed down at it and saw the little +.....
Uh... Whaaa?
I walked into the room while he was getting on his PJs & showed him the test.
"?????? Wait... what does this mean?"
"I'm not sure. I think it's a false positive."
We went & sat on the couch for a while &  kind of just sat there in silence. There was no celebrating or screaming. I was not about to get my heart crushed by this false positive.

The next morning I took 3 more tests. All positive..
Okay...maybe this is real.
I told my best friend at work, Jen. She freaked out. I mean, the kind of awesome freak out only a great friend can give. I still hadn't gotten excited yet, because I didn't believe it.
This is the first time I got more excited, because if she thought it was real, maybe I could too.
When my OBGYN's office opened I called Denise, Dr. Drewes' nurse, & she started screaming. I mean REALLY screaming in her office. All the nurses I work with also screamed. Seriously, folks, I have the greatest group of friends/coworkers surrounding me.

I was starting to believe it more. I told Denise how I don't know if it's real & that I need to cancel my NYC trip if I am pregnant, "We're supposed to leave tomorrow!"
(There's no way we could afford this trip, but the baby was worth it to us...if we had our baby we couldn't go to NYC!)
I went into the office & she did another pee test. Hers did not show a line.
That's exactly what I thought.
She sounded really deflated & said "...do you drink a lot of water?"
"Okay, let's do a blood test, because maybe your pee was diluted"
I went over to the hospital, did the blood test & had to wait until about 3p.m. when Denise called me & told me "YOU ARE PREGNANT!"
I was dying with excitement.

I didn't tell Weston, though, I wanted to surprise him!
I told him all day that I hadn't heard back from Denise yet. He was down at UFRA for the paramedic program. I snuck up to Target first & bought a little baby outfit. I just wanted an excuse to buy a baby outfit. hahah That's what I surprised him with when I picked him up from school! He was so excited! He picked me up & spun me a million times, every time hitting my ankles on the door frame  "Ow, ooh, ouch...okay, ow, put me down!"
That describes our relationship perfectly...or maybe more-so Weston! hahaha

Anyway,  we were really excited & went to Cafe Rio to celebrate!
The only real place to celebrate is Cafe Rio.
(Plus, we had about 400 different gift cards from my friend & my parents gave us 2 for Christmas & then another one to Weston for his bday. And we get half off there, because Weston is an EMT. Awesome.)

I ordered these mugs for my parents, but my mom was in Michigan, so I knew it'd be a while till they got to them. 

So, I called her that afternoon and told her really sadly that, "We're not going to New York anymore"
"What?! Why?"
"We can't do the study."
"Why not?!!"
"Well, because we're pregnant."
I thought she was going to die. 

She made me call back after the free hotel dinner to announce it on speaker phone to my Grandmother, Aunt Julie, & little brother.
They were all so excited! It was such a good day!
That night we went over & surprised my sister. & told her we weren't going to NY, also. She was so sad for us, until I showed her that same little outfit I'd shown Weston.
The next morning I called & told my cousin Kristin who after having her first little girl was having problems getting pregnant again. We had just been talking the week before bc we were expecting our cycles to start at the same time, but I was really nervous to call & tell her, because I knew she wanted to be pregnant, too.
I called her on my way to work & she screamed & screamed & told me she's pregnant, too! 
We're due the same week. How awesome is that?

We decided since we'd told all our close family & friends. Except Weston's family.
I seriously love good surprises & I was really dying to surprise his family since I couldn't keep my big mouth shut enough to decently surprise my family!
So, I made us these shirts.
I thought my printer was an ink-jet printer. Until I melted the iron-on glue all over my laser printer. Thanks for helping me, Dad. I'm sorry your daughter is so tech-dumb! "Dad, it melted everywhere!" "That's because you have a laser printer!"

After a 2 a.m. run to Wal-mart for a new printer, I was able to finish the shirts at my dad's hotel in Provo at about 3 a.m. 
I felt absolutely destroyed. 
But I had spent so much time & $$ on these shirts that had way more road blocks than I've even mentioned that I was not going to go to bed without shirts to give them. 
So, we went to bed at 3a.m. on Easter morning & told his parents we were coming home early from NYC, because the study didn't work & we were depressed.
Yeah, we kept them thinking we were in NYC all week! All it took were vague texts & they thought we were there. Amazing!
So, we drove down wearing hoodies over our shirts & I rolled Joan & Dave's shirts up &wrapped rubber bands around them like souvenir t-shirts. Below is us giving them the shirts at their family Easter dinner! It was fun & everyone was so shocked & happy!

We went to visit Weston's grandma who was in the hospital after having blood clots that week.
She bawled when we told her!
The due date is the day after their 50th wedding anniversary. Pretty special :)

All in all it was a GREAT surprise. 
This baby will be well spoiled w/ it being the first grandchild on both sides. We don't mind.


  1. That is so exciting Rachel! I am so happy for you! Good luck with your pregnancy :)

  2. I'm really excited for you! good luck in the coming weeks :)
    also--half price cafe rio because Weston is an EMT? holy awesomeness.

  3. So fun!!!! I love the shirts. So excited for you!!!!!!

  4. Favorite blog post ever! Your shirts are such a cute idea too. False positives are the worst, I'm glad yours was a real positive though :)

  5. ok 1. i teared up during that video when his mom jumped up and shrieked and 2. first grandbaby on both sides is what happened with us...DEFINITELY true! spoiled

  6. SOOO GREAT to read this story and all of the ins and outs of it!! We are the happiest grandparents on the planet!!

  7. I like the video of telling Weston's parents even better with sound! ;) hahaha! So fun!!

  8. Rach, I totally just cried tears of joy reading this post!!! So excited for you guys and your little GIRL!!! :) ♥


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