Words can't express how excited I am to finally announce that James and I are expecting our first baby! I am 9 weeks, 3 days today and I found out I was pregnant on Valentine's Day - at just 4 weeks! James and I decided to start trying to conceive in January. I never imagine we would be pregnant so quickly. I know that without a doubt, we are so lucky to have conceived so soon. This has been the hardest secret I have EVER had to keep to myself. I've told people, don't get me wrong, but we hadn't announced it on Facebook or to everyone in each of the Ohio Valley offices. Let me tell you, keeping this secret was damn near the death of me. I have a hard time just keeping birthday and Christmas gifts from people. James wanted to wait till our first doctor's appointment before taking our little bit of joy public.
This morning we went to our first OB appointment. I thought I would be really nervous or emotional and I wasn't. A part of me just really wanted to be told by a professional that I was, indeed, pregnant. I know, I know, I'm a odd bird. I took 3 pregnancy tests at home but since I don't feel or look pregnant, it's hard to be pregnant. Does that make any sense? I doubt it. I have had only minor nausea feelings and I've actually lost some weight because there are times when I'm not interested in food whatsoever. Back to the point.. at our appointment today, the doctor mentioned that we might not hear a heartbeat but that we can give it a shot. This was so important to me. I needed to hear this little one's heartbeat. And guess what? WE HEARD IT! It was a loud, strong 178, which has caused everyone and their Grandma to tell me it's a girl. It was the most amazing sound ever. I was shocked - I couldn't cry, laugh or talk. I was just so excited that I finally had TRUE confirmation that there was a baby growing inside of me! And my sweet husband, he cried! God love him. He is such a strong tough man but the sound of that baby's heart did him in.
We found out that my due date is October 24, 2012 which as fate would have it is James' birthday! What a wonderful gift that would be if I gave birth to our first born child on his/her Daddy's birthday! But if you know me and my love for numbers (insert Rainman tendencies), I'd love to have the baby on 10.11.12 but when it comes down to it, I am happy to wait as long as possible (but not after 10.31.12 at 11:59 p.m.) as long as my baby is strong and healthy when he/she makes their debut.
Please keep James and I in your thoughts and prayers as we continue you on this amazing journey. And let's not forget Petite, he/she needs your prayers most! And yes, we are referring to the baby as Petite till we find out the sex and can agree on a name (which by the way is going to be the hardest part of this pregnancy).