Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Little Behind - But "We're Pregnant!"

I found out that I was pregnant on August 12, 2010.  It was a Thursday night & I was pretty tired after work, so I decided to stay home from Roller Derby practice.  Paul & I had been trying to get pregnant for the first time.  I was so anxious that I had already taken one pregnancy test, so I honestly didn't think I was actually pregnant yet.  But, Paul left to head to derby (he is filming a documentary on us), & I decided to take a test again anyway.  Pretty much the second he left, I took the test.  To my surprise, this is what it said:

I would have really liked to tell Paul in a creative way or even in person!  :)  But, I was so excited & in tears, so I had to call him immediately!  His response was, "already?!"  I think he was in big time shock!  Because I was supposed to skate in a bout on the coming Saturday, Paul had to go ahead & tell my coach, so he could find a replacement.  I wish I could have been there to see it.  I think both of them were in complete shock!  My coach didn't know we were trying & honestly, Paul & I thought it would take some time & I would have a few more roller derby bouts in me!  I told Kai, after I talked to Paul, that he was going to be a big brother.  I think he was in shock also:

We don't get the Daily News, so this was the only paper I could find to document the date:

Since I play roller derby, my circumstances caused my derby team to find out that I was pregnant very early on.  We also went ahead & told our parents, because we wanted them to be the first to know.  It made us really nervous with things being so early, but we knew we would have a support system if something happened.

We are very fortunate that things have gone well.  I am now almost 22 weeks pregnant.  We have heard the heartbeat, seen the baby a couple of times through ultrasound, & we even know the gender of Tiny Markham.  We will be sharing this with our family & friends at Christmas.  We wanted to make it more special, since we didn't do anything special when we found out we were expecting.  Here is a video of Tiny Markham's heartbeat, the second time we heard it.  It went from 162 beats per minute at 11 weeks to about 148 beats per minute at 15 weeks. 


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