Tuesday, July 24, 2012

How We Found Out I'm Pregnant

I realized that after announcing my pregnancy, I never told all the fun stories of how we found out, how we shared with our family, etc. Must be the "pregnancy brain" kicking in already :)

The day I found out I was gonna be a momma was April 23,2012. I can't even describe the emotions I felt when I saw that one word, Pregnant.

I'll back up. We weren't trying, but we weren't preventing. We both wanted (want) a baby really badly, and we didn't know how to decide the "right time" on our own. So, we decided to just pray about it & trust in God's timing. We knew that this is something too big to try to decide on our own and also knew that His timing is perfect.

Mid-April, I figured out that there was a small chance of me being pregnant. The Saturday night we went to dinner with my aunt & uncle in Coronado, she asked me when we were going to get pregnant, and I replied, "I could be pregnant right now!" and proceeded to finish my margarita. That was Day 1 of my missed period. My next day off was Thursday (keep in mind we live an hour from any type of store), and I decided if I still hadn't started by then, I would buy a test. Well come Monday afternoon (day 3 of missed period) I couldn't take it, I just wanted to know, because obviously by then my hopes were WAY up!

Zach had to work late, so when I got off work I called my friend Sarah and said, "Want to go down the mountain with me to buy a pregnancy test??" she squealed and of course jumped in the car. We drove the hour to Walgreens, calculating how many days it could be, talking about the possibility of it not being real and me having to be okay with that, me convincing her that I'm definitely not pregnant, etc, etc.

We finally arrived and I decided to buy the cheapest test which was the Walgreens store brand. I pondered going home to take it with Zach there, but I knew I wouldnt be able to wait another hour to get home. So, I asked the cashier to let me into the store bathroom, peed on the stick, and waited. First the control line appeared nice and strong horizontally. Then the faintest of faint vertical lines was possibly forming. It was so faint that I was convinced my eyes were playing tricks on me. Sarah couldn't decide if it was there either, and when I took a picture with my phone, there was nothing. So I declared I wasn't pregnant, and we went to my car. Sarah's phone rang, it was her sister, and she talked to her for about 15 minutes while I just stared at that damn stick.

See??? It's not there!!

Once she hung up the phone, I decided to go back in & buy the Clearblue test, that picks up a much lower amount of HcG and also clearly states Pregnant or Not Pregnant. Here's where it gets funny. The cashier was like maybe 17 years old. There is a very clear sign on the bathroom door that states it closes at 9 pm. I was checking out at 9:15pm. So naturally, I asked the awkward teenage boy if they ever made exceptions to the bathroom closing, and pointed at my pregnancy test. He turned 19 shades of red, and called  a "code 90" on the radio. I almost died laughing!

Long story short, I peed on the new test, waited the longest three minutes of my life, and finally saw that life changing word! First I shrieked, then I giggled the most nervous giggle I've ever heard, and then I rubbed my belly. I told Sarah I couldn't believe that MY body just produced a positive pregnancy test! It was the most surreal feeling in the world. I still feel like a kid! How could I be pregnant!

There it is :)

I then looked at my phone to find a text from Zach, "can you please wait to take the test with me?" ... oops. It's ok, he was still just as excited to get my phone call!

Sarah and I got in my car and drove home, the entire time she was on my iPhone downloading preggo apps and calculating my due date.

I didn't even know how to feel! I obviously was excited, but it really didn't feel real since I didn't feel any different at all.

That is one Monday night I will never, ever forget.

ps. you better believe the next morning I woke up and took two more tests, just to be sure... they both came out positive :)

Monday, July 23, 2012


Can I just say how thankful I am for blogging? I know I haven't been writing a lot lately, I've had a pretty rough month and it's not something I can share about online but regardless, the blog world is awesome. 

Yesterday I got to hang out with Meg, Jamie, and Kasey in Temecula. It was my first time meeting Kasey & she was a doll. And really tall! :) Anyways, these are all girls that I met online through blogging. It sounds funny, I know. 

I am someone who loves my alone time, but I need time with people. I love hanging out even if we're not doing anything, just being with friends. I don't get a whole lot of that where I live.

Most of you know I live on top of a mountain with 25 other people, and an hour away from any civilization, including a gas station. I have some really great friends up here, but I miss my friends from home, I miss having girls nights, I miss going out for Happy Hour when we get off work early, etc. Hanging out with girls my own age, with similar interests, a strong faith, it was so rejuvenating. I loved having lunch with you three & just hanging out after.

Also, the best part in my opinion, is that they brought me birthday cupcakes & gave me a gift! Seriously?! Yeah, I am blessed. 

It's funny the friendships that have come from the internet. I never expected this to happen, but Lord am I thankful it did!! 

Thanks for the fun Sunday girls :) You make my heart full!!

My Birthday cupcakes! Meg even asked Zach my favorite flavors :) Thanks sweet friend!

 Meg found this, I find it hilarious :)

Friday, July 6, 2012

14/15 Week Update

I love reading updates from friends, so I decided to do these weekly updates every once in awhile. Not sure it'll be every week, but we will see! 

Here is a picture from a week ago. This week I've grown a bit but I didn't want to take another photo!

Baby's size: at the doc last week it was 3.75 inches

Sleep: Not so much. My belly muscles ache and cramp at night so it's hard to fall asleep. I wake up everytime I roll over, too, because of the funny feeling in my tummy!

Maternity Clothes: Pants for sure. My mom spoiled me when I was home & I got the jeans in the photo above at Kohls, they are SO comfy and so cute, too!

Food cravings:  Not really craving anything, but if I read something on a blog or on facebook I can't get it out of my head all day. Like today, Audrey said something about chocolate ice cream. Currently, my husband is on his way home from the store to get me some! Don't forget, we live an hour from a store. Yes, I picked a good one.

Symptoms I have: Vomiting, tired, emotional.

Doctor’s Appointment: We had one last week and got to see the baby swimming around in there. Most amazing thing I've ever seen. Another appointment in three weeks and (fingers crossed) the baby will be in the right position to find out the gender!!

Movement: It moves a LOT, but I can't feel it yet.

Belly Button:
 Same as always :) 

Best moment of the week: 
Our unexpected ultrasound and seeing the baby moving so much!

What I’m looking forward to: Finding out the gender!! AHHH can't wait to know & not call it "it" anymore!

What I miss: Sleeping through the night! And not being afraid to eat.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The 4th of July Without Fireworks

...what's up with that, anyways!

Yesterday we worked all day and we considered going to Temecula for fireworks (and groceries, lets be honest) but I thought by the time we get down there it would be 8pm and probably no parking close by the park, so instead we stayed home :) I'm really good at making excuses to stay home, especially now that we live an hour from everything.

First I had to construct a red, white, and blue outfit. I don't wear much blue, and I don't own ANYTHING red so I made a makeshift bow out of my craft drawer! I actually ended up liking it though.

At work we had a parade, each department made their own "float" and we drove around the loop once. I thought it was going to be really dumb, but it ended up being a blast!!

Us office girls led the parade, we were all "Miss Palomar" and sat on the back of a BMW convertible. It was hilarious.

I have to say my favorite was the maintenance crew though, they all brought out a tractor thing or riding lawn mower and rode them around the loop. Zach led the crew in the skid steer and would do twirlies going backwards sometimes. He cracks me up :) I so wish I had a picture of them but I was too busy waving to all my fans (haha!) Edit: I found one on Facebook ... look how manly my hubby is :)

Anyways, we ended up on the couch last night eating nachos for dinner and watching 50/50. Have y'all seen that movie?? I cried through the whole thing but I really liked how it ended. Of course my favorite part was the love story intertwined through it and it made me all snuggly for Zach afterwards. I know, I'm pathetic.

Overall it was a fun day! Next year though, we have to find fireworks. It will be baby Harris' first 4th! I'm thinking we'll have to do a beach day like Jamie, she is a wise one with that idea!

But, did you hear what happened at the San Diego fireworks show?? Oops, better luck next year.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

One Year

Thanks for picking me love. It's been the best year of my life. I didn't know one person could make me so happy!

A year ago today, I never expected the adventure that awaited us! We started in a basement in Seattle, and now live on a mountain top overlooking San Diego. Not to mention, we're anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little peanut in six months. 

There is no one in the world I'd rather be on this adventure with. Can't wait to see where this year takes us!

I love you Zachary :) Thanks for still making me laugh everyday.