Jul 10, 2013

Baby K Is On The Way!!!

The Big News:
If you haven't gathered from the blog title, the above image, or sub title, I'M PREGNANT!!! I'm sure you figured it out, who am I kidding, I just wanted to type that. I'll type it again, I'M PREGNANT!!! *Squeal!*

The Backstory:
"Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God!!!", was the only phrase I could manage to get out of my mouth when I saw that little pink line. Pure joy and happiness is all that I felt. With tears of joy running down my face I stared at that faint pink line in total disbelief. I never imagined that I could get pregnant on our very first try! For one, I've been on birth control for almost 9 years! I figured it would take me a month or two to get my body back on track. Not only that, but I found out, in 2005, that I have Endometriosis. It was a mild case since we caught it early, but I still needed a Laparoscopy to remove the tissue. If you aren't familiar with Endometriosis, it's just uterine tissue growing in the wrong place, it's pretty common. Don't let me down play it though, because it is EXTREMELY painful! I remember being doubled over in pain to the point where I couldn't breathe it was so bad. The first time I experienced the pain I was in the car with an old high school boyfriend, who was ironically also named Justin, on the way home from a date. Bless his heart, he had no idea what was going on, and neither did I! I was talking one second and the next I was practically on the floor of his truck gasping for air. I ended up in the emergency room that night, no fun! Endo can cause a lot of problems, one major one being that you can't get pregnant. Since mine was so mild the doctors told me I should be fine, but the thought was always in the back of my mind. So, as you can imagine, I was very surprised when I found out!

My best girl friends have been on me to have a baby since the day I said "I do"! Every time I would say to them, "Guess what!?" they would always blurt out, "You're pregnant!" in hopes that I would finally say yes. It became an on-going joke between myself, Mandy, Khrystal, and Kelsey B. I couldn't wait to have kids, but knew that Justin and I needed to be financially stable and not only that, but we needed us-time. Time to actually be married and enjoy one another, and enjoy being married before we made such a life changing decision. After almost 3 years of marriage we decided it was finally time to try!

I am now 12 weeks pregnant and due on January 23rd 2014, two days before my birthday! Another January baby just like my sister and I. Needless to say, there will be lots of birthday fun each year in January! And if you're wondering, did we plan it to be right around my birthday, haha, absolutely not! Totally random that it ended up that way, I don't think we could have even planned that!

How I Surprised The Hubby:
If you know me, then you know I am a planner, just like my Momma. I had already planned how I wanted to capture it in a photo to share with my friends and family on Facebook, but I hadn't given much thought to how I would tell my husband. I guess I just didn't think it was going to happen so soon! I figured I'd have more time to think about it, ha, boy was I wrong! I wanted it to be a total surprise and to be able to catch his reaction to the big news. Literally, days after I started a new job I found out that I was pregnant! That has God written ALL over it! I was going to take Justin to dinner and celebrate the "new job" and surprise him by having the restaurant write "Baby K is on the way" on a dessert plate, but that didn't pan out. That weekend we celebrated my best friend's birthday with lunch in downtown Dallas and after lunch Justin went to workout. I had to run "errands" so that gave me the perfect excuse to get a head start before Justin left for the gym. I made a mad dash to Barnes and Noble to find the book, "Dude, You're Gonna Be A Dad!", that was recommended by a friend. I couldn't find it ANYWHERE on the sales floor and in a last ditch effort I asked the sales clerk to help me find it. She saw one in the system, but we couldn't find it on the floor. Finally, she checked the stock room, low and behold, she returned with the ONE copy that they had in stock, yes! I quickly returned home and set up the video camera to secretly record his reaction. I am amazed that he didn't see it, but we all know just how observant men are, ha! It was a small flip cam style recorder, attached to a small adjustable tripod, pretty small, but not super inconspicuous. I positioned it on the bar next to the fruit basket, hoping that is would kind of blend in. It totally worked! In the beginning of the video, you'll find below, he catches me starting to smile, which I didn't even think I was, so I had to quickly side track him with something I was working on in the formal dining room. After we come back into frame, I played it off that I had ordered a book online but they "sent me the wrong one" and that I thought he might like it, haha! He was so happy, it definitely brought tears to my eyes. Below is the video if you'd like to see his reaction, it was all very sweet and I am so happy that I could pull off the surprise for him! (working on getting the video uploaded!)

How We Surprised Our Parents:
After surprising Justin with the big news we headed to the dog park, something that we had talked about doing earlier that day. While we were throwing the ball with Dixie we discussed how we wanted to share the news with our parents. We knew that we wanted it to be in person, but there wasn't much time between all the things we already had planned on the weekends. Do you know how hard it has been to keep this secret?? REALLY HARD!

While still at the dog park, randomly, Justin suggests, "Hey, why don't we drive down and tell my parents tomorrow?" Mind you, it was like 7pm on a Saturday. Long story short, we decided to drive to Clear Lake which is about 5 hours from Mckinney! We just couldn't wait to share the good news with our family! We arrived in Clear Lake late and had to come up with a reason why we had come, we played it off as a friend having a couples shower. We decided to take his Mom and siblings our for breakfast and kept it "casual" by going to iHop as to not raise suspicion. Justin snuck away while we were waiting on the food and told the manager to have a waitress bring out a plate that said "Baby K is on the way!" and present it to his Mom. You'd think the staff of iHop would be smart enough to figure out the best way to do this...but you'd be wrong. Instead of using something like, oh, I don't know, maybe chocolate they use to draw on the kids pancakes or even ketchup to write out the message, what did they use? Pancake batter. (dramatic pause) Yes, pancake batter! Last time I checked pancake batter isn't thick enough to write a message and stay legible for more than a few seconds...which is exactly right, haha! The waitress brought out the plate and puts it in front of Valerie, who claps her hands says, "oh, how nice" and attempts to read it. She stares for a second, then out loud says, "Baby K..." to which the waitress replies, "is on the way!" Valerie's head jerks up and she quickly exclaims, almost yells, "Are you serious?!" Yep, we sure are! At this point everyone around us is wondering what's going on. As Valerie stands up to hug us, she turns to the restaurant, thrusts her fists in the air, and proclaims, "I'm going to be a Grandma!!" We couldn't have hoped for a sweeter reaction! Poor Taylor and Marissa (his Brother and Sister) were still trying to figure out what the heck was going on, haha, but it quickly sank in what had just happened. Everyone was so excited, mission accomplished, one parent down!

After breakfast, we drove 2 hours to his Dad and Step-Mom's house in Fayetteville for lunch. On the way we picked up cupcakes, three pink, three blue, and one white. One for each person who was there, according to their gender (Judy's parents were also in town). The white cupcake was of course for Baby K since we had no clue of the gender, which we topped with a pacifier, and stuck in it's own special box. We were able to film with no suspicion, although, Bob thought Justin said he was taking a picture, which is why he continued to just stare at Justin while Judy was opening the box of cupcakes, haha! I think he may have been in a little shock when he figured out what was happening, but he was really happy, despite his deer-in-the-headlights appearance, haha! Judy opened the special cupcake box that we told her was special for her and said, "Oh, look, a pacifier, how cute!" I think she thought we were going for something like hey thanks for being my step mom, I love you kinda thing. Justin saw she wasn't getting it and replies, "a pacifier, what does that mean??" and then it clicked! Judy kept repeating, "Nu uh!?!" and then started to cry, hehe! Unfortunately, the videos are unavailable at the moment, but we're trying to recover them from Justin's phone. I'll post them if we get a hold of it!

Last, but not least, we surprised my parents! My sister had recently delivered her bundle of joy, my niece, Hollynd, so when else is a better time then that to surprise my parents, haha! "Hey, guess what you just met one grandchild, the second one is on the way!" hehe. In between telling Justin's parents and mine we were able to schedule a quick photoshoot to take pregnancy announcement photos (which you'll see more of below) and decided we would surprise my parents that way. My parents were in town to visit and we were getting ready to head out to dinner. Before leaving I say to my Mom, "Oh, hey, by the way, do you remember Katelyn? The one who we modeled for in that wedding photoshoot? Well, she was in town the other day and we did some more photos with her, come look!" My mom goes, "Why didn't you tell me about that?" to which I reply, "Oh, I just didn't think about it." We all sit down on the couch, my parents and I on one end of the couch and Justin on the other end, pretending he is playing on his phone, while he is secretly recording. I start scrolling through the pictures, and the first ones are of Justin and I hold a banner that reads "January 2014" My dad is observing the images and reads it out loud with a big smile on his face, "January twenty fourteen (pause) is that when y'all are going to have a baby?" Cue my mother's jaw hitting the floor, haha! She had no idea Justin was filming and of course, being the worrier she is, her first question, besides "ARE YOU PREGNANT?!" was, "What are you going to do about insurance?" since I had just started a new job, haha, oh Mother...it was priceless and funny! (Don't worry I have great government insurance, she forgot I was still covered under her insurance lol) Needless to say, they were thrilled to learn their second grand baby was on the way!! (Still trying to recover this video too)

Everything is happening so fast, but all in all we are so so happy and cannot wait to meet our little one! Below are some more pictures from our pregnancy reveal photoshoot, love love love! And come back tomorrow for my new blog series, Letters to Baby K!

Photos by: Southern Charm Photography