10/28/13

Remember When You Found Out You Were Pregnant?




Even though my mind was the first thing to go when I got pregnant, the one thing I will never forget is the moment when I found out I was pregnant. In fact, I remember the day, the weather, the people we hung out with... throwing the positive test into the bathtub... FTD screaming like a girl... Yeah, that was quite a day.

Picture it, Memorial Day weekend 2011...

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon. FTD and I were on our way to a friend's BBQ, but had to stop at the store to pick up a few items first, including beer. Normally the thought of beers at a BBQ on a Sunday afternoon would bring a happy little tear to my eye, but on this particular day, it made me want to throw up. I looked over at FTD in the beer aisle and said, "I am going to go get a pregnancy test." Luckily, FTD was not holding any beer at the time, because the look on his face told me he would have dropped it.


We had a very quiet ride to the party, mostly because when he opened his mouth I would snap out, I don't want to talk about it! Once at the party, I carried on like nothing was up--you know, like being 100% positive I was pregnant. I tried my best to ignore it so I could get through the party, however, the mother of the hostess of the party would not stop staring at me, then my belly, then back at me.  She knew.  I knew she knew.  She knew, I knew. We both knew.  (Later she admitted it to me that, being the mother of three, the "pregnancy glow" gave me away.)

When we got home from the party, I ran to the bathroom, peed on the stick and then held my breath for three seconds, all it took for that line to show up.  I screamed, threw my hands up in surprise and shock, and in doing so, let go of the stick. It went flying into the air, while I went flying out to find FTD. I had the split second thought that I needed the test for proof, so ran back to the bathroom to retrieve it, just as he came around the corner.  I yelled, I AM PREGNANT!!  It took a second for the complete shock to wear off, but once he was done crapping his pants, we found the test in the bathtub. He let out a strange scream-gasp, then grabbed the Clearblue box and instructions and ran off.

WHATTHE?

I followed him into the living room and waited while he read the instructions. Finally, he said that to be 100% sure, I had to wait until morning to test again. I just stared, blinking. WHATTHE? 

He thought it was too good to be true, and that surely I did something wrong. So, instead of slapping sense into him, I took the test and the instructions, and called my sister.  She screamed too.

Long story short longer, the next morning the line showed up before I finished peeing on the stick.  I was super knocked up, no question about it.

Actual tests!
Forgive the quality, I took this photo with my phone to send to close family.


In 2011, Clearblue was able to tell me I was pregnant, twice, with one little line. Now in 2013, if I were to need their kind services again, the test would not only confirm my pregnancy, but even tell me how far along I am! Crazy right?  Check this out, the new Clearblue Weeks Estimator...







How cool is that? The test uses your HCG levels to estimate how far along you are.





The (FDA approved!) Clearblue Weeks Estimator is the only pregnancy test of its kind in the US. Clearblue is also the #1 recommend pregnancy test by OB/GYNs, and is over 99% accurate! For that reason... Don't get any big ideas, but... Should... When... If... Yeah, I am totally going to use this test!

If you think you may be pregs, I highly recommend you head right over to CVS.com for more information about the Clearblue Weeks Estimator, or a CVS in your area to pick up the Clearblue Weeks Estimator pregnancy test today!


Oh, and before you go, please tell me about the time you found out you were pregnant.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Two confused parents=One amused baby Hopelessly we are trying raise a baby who is clearly smarter than both of us. April is an award-winning writer and blogger. Her work has been published in over ten countries and four languages. From books to newspapers, to print/online magazines and everything in between, you can find her work. For more on April, Visit AprilMcCormick.com

20 Comments:

Kristy J said...

We used ClearBlue Easy Digital. :-) It was Oct 29th 2011, the day after this HUGE Halloween party with more booze than could ever be drank. We partied it up real nice. The next day I of course was hungover but it was a little more than a hangover. We got home from shopping and I realized I still hadn't gotten my period(Only 2 days late but only the second period after stopping birth control so I was still figuring out when it was supposed to come) I peed on the stick and walked away for a few minutes. I remembered about 5 minutes later and when I walked in I could see there was only the one word on the test. I was in SHOCK, couldn't move. I walked into the other room holding the stick and showed it to husband. He had a HUGE grin on his face and he picked me up and spun me around. It took me about 12 more hours for it to sink in, then of course we bought about 4 more tests just to be sure. Minus the hangover it was a great day.

Unknown said...

I remember the day I found out I was pregnant with my first daughter. I was suffering with a lot of cramps, which turns out to be large cysts on my overies, so my doctor gave me pills to take and told me that there was too much scaring that I couldn't ever have a baby, but because I was a week late she gave me a preg. blood test. I was at my boyfreinds and his dads place for the weekend. They had left to go to the store, when my doc phoned and told me I was pregnant, and I started to cry because I was only 17, but when they got home I told them and they were happy, but telling my parents was a lot harder because I was still in high school. But now my daughter is almost 19 years old and her sister is 16, so all the tears I cried were all worth seeing my girls grow up to be beautiful girls, even though it goes too quick, it feels like only yesterday . Thank you for sharing your pregnancy story with us:)

Josie said...

So I apparently got pregnant the same weekend you found out you were pregnant! Memorial Day wind 2011 must have been a good one! I had gone off birth control and was switching to try a new one..a very common thing for me as I have a lot of problems with it. I was also planning my wedding, working on my masters and because my fiance (/husband now) had accepted a job in Nevada I was living with my parents for the summer. I was also training for a half marathon. So, given everything going on I wasn't super alarmed when I was late, and even bought a huge box of tampons from Costco and a bottle of wine. But when I was 6 days late I started getting concerned..but was in denial. Again it had to be all the training and stress, especially the move to Elko, NV (I was not happy about it). By day 12 though I decided it was time. My parents live in the country so the only stores by us probably have outdated tests..and the whole county would know before I even peed on it! Well my dad is a rancher and he ended up chopping the tip of his finger off so I had to rush him to the hospital. While he was waiting I had to go meet my mom and get my dad some food. I bought a test then and took it the next morning! I about fell over in shock. Seriously I was floored! And I wasnt thrilled to be pregnant at my wedding, but consequnces! But we are happy that it happened! (I had been told gettimg pregnant would be hard for me). Now looking back I should have known, all of a sudden I would get 3. Miles into my run and feel like tipping over, and I was starving all the time! And tired! Okay sorry my story so long!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

HA! I love it! I totally teared up when you said your husband picked you up and spun you around. SO SWEET!

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

That is amazing! Jaime, holy crap. Thank you SO much for sharing this story with me. ...us. I wish everyone who is scared of being pregnant could read this for a little reassurance that it is all going to be OK.

FirstTimeMomandDad.com said...

NO! Please keep telling the story. Crazy how is all comes at once. And too funny about the small town knowing before you peed on the stick. I now that feeling. I hope all is well now, including your dad's finger! xx

April said...

My husband and I had been trying for about two years. After months of failed treatments and two ectopics ( the second resulting in surgery) we had given up. I wasn't used to getting a period regularly so when I started massively bleeding six or so weeks after surgery I figured I had started a cycle on my own. After a night of drinking and a hangover that never left I ended up testing even though I was still bleeding off and on (four weeks later) I was shocked and devastated when it came back positive as I was certain I was miscarrying again..... Scheduled a sonogram for the next day and my little bug was almost 10 weeks old and dancing around with a strong heartbeat. We found out we were having a Christmas baby... Best Christmas present ever. She will be one just before Christmas. When I tested I told friends about my positive. Two of them live out of the country and already had access to the weeks indicator test. I searched high and low here so I am so excited to have these available for my next one.

April McCormick said...

Hi April! Thank you so much for making me cry like a baby. Holy crap! What a story. Congratulations a million times over. Amazing. xx

Anonymous said...

I found out at work!! It was April of 2011 and I finally realized it had been awhile since I had my period (I used to be pretty irregular so it wasn't typically of much concern). I was also experiencing tender breasts (without normal PMS symptoms) so I went out at lunch to get a multi-pack test. When it came back positive I almost passed out. I had always wanted to have children, but I've had some previous miscarriages & an ectopic so the outlook wasn't very good. I was super nervous because while we both knew we were in love, we had only been together for 7 months. I called my BFF (Matt) and my brother FIRST! Even worse, I told my fiancé via TEXT message (in my defense, I couldn't wait & had to go to a meeting).

Turns out our lovely girl was conceived on or around his birthday and born the day after my birthday. She came home from NICU on my (deceased) mom's birthday. Apparently she likes to "go big" already! ;)

April McCormick said...

A. MAZ. ING! What an incredibly special story. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh, my brother is my BFF and his name is Matt too!

Erin Hayes said...

My husband and I were married in Oct 2011. I had stopped the pill prior to the wedding to allow my body time to adjust...we wanted to start trying right away. Neither one of us are spring chickens. So I started to track my periods which were always irregular prior to starting the pill. Fast forward to Feb 2012. My light and irregular periods were frustrating me because I seemed to always miss my ovulation window. I was venting to my co-worker about my breast tenderness and I wish my body would get over not being on the pill. She asked if I could be pregnant. No way, I took a pregnancy test in Jan that was negative and had a light period a few weeks ago. Later that week I was cleaning up a smelly dog accident and about made the mess worse by throwing up myself ... hmm ... I usually have a cast iron constitution. My husband said "maybe your pregnant" my response was "no way...I had a neg test and light period". So the voice in my head starting worrying a bit...was it possible? Next morning I took a test after my husband went to work. Damn if both my co-worker and Husband had been right. There was a faint plus sign. If course being beyond excited, I sped over to my husbands store...stick in a ziplock bag... and busted into his office. I couldn't even talk I just showed him the test. Lots of hugs and tears later he and I celebrated with lunch. The most shocking thing for us was at the FIRST ultrasound (we had thought at most we were at 8wks) we found out we were 18 wks along when the tech asked us if we wanted to know the sex!!!! We found out were having a boy. The pregnancy test I took in Jan had been false and the "light period" had been implantation bleeding! Kellen had been conceived in late Dec. OMG

Anonymous said...

I had our daughter in October 2012. Exactly 3 months after she was born we had a suspicion so my husband bought a test. I took it, waited 1 minute and it was negative (BIG sigh of relief) ubby went to the bathroom later and came out holding the test and said uhhhh babe I don't think you waited long enough! I was pregnant again! I bawled for days because I had just gotten done being pregnant. Of course now that he's here almost exactly a year later I love him with all my heart. Moral of the story, wait longer than 1 minute and always double check the test!

Anonymous said...

On memorial day weekend 2011 my husband was out of town and I was enjoying a quiet weekend. My period was over a week late and I had an old dusty test in the cabinet I thought needed to be used up anyway. I felt the blood drain from my body when it was positive. I had been estranged from my parents for over 10 yrs. My husband and his family were never going to be the support system I had hoped for. I grew up with a mean miserable mother, and I was terrified that might happen to me. I also felt like a failure in most areas of my life. So I just knew that I would miscarry because I was a failure. So I didn't tell anyone. I waited for the miscarriage as my love for that little embryo swallowed me whole every waking moment. I went to get an ultrasound at 8 weeks to confirm my fear that I had surely no heart beat. Alone I saw the heartbeat and cried and cried I was so in love with that little heart beat. I waited until after my next appointment when the doctor told me I still had a viable baby to tell my husband. I waited until after the 20 week ultrasound to make sure the baby was healthy to tell the in laws and friends. I have been so blessed to have this beautiful soul come into my life and my fears of repeating the past are gone. I don't have the family support but it's going to be OK. I have never known such complete JOY!

Alissa said...

I love reading all of these!!! With my first pregnancy we had been trying for a few months so it shouldn't have come as a big shock but it did. When I showed the hubs the positive test he was like "oh Crap what do we do now??". It took us a few weeks to warm up to the idea. With baby #2 we had just started talking about wanting to get preggo again but had to plans to try for a few months. Well let's just say one night after a few drinks things got out of hand.... two weeks later I had a sneaking suspicion that I should test. So the day after Thanksgiving 2012 I tested and it came back positive. I had an old Father's Day card lying around so I put Happy Father's Day from baby #2 due July 2013... I woke up my husband that morning and told him I had a Thanksgiving Day card for him which he thought was super wierd... then when he opened it and saw it was a father's day card he was even more confused. Once it sunk in though he was thrilled. A lot more happy the 2nd time around even though it was a complete surprise.

April McCormick said...

You would think I was pregnant the way I keep tearing up! What a story. Thank you so much for sharing.

April McCormick said...

OHMIGOD! How crazy. I bet you and your husband were in total shock after thinking you were in the clear. I have to say, looking back I wish I would have gotten pregs straight away. Now that I have had WAY too much time to think about it... I am chickening out!

April McCormick said...

Wow. Wow. WOW!!!!!! I just love you, and that little baby and I don't even know you! What a wonderful story of a true mother, her fears and her absolute love winning out. Congratulations. You are amazing! hugs.

April McCormick said...

I LOVE IT!!! I also love.... "one night after a few drinks things got out of hand...." I'm willing to bet that is how the actual conception story starts for 89% of all pregnancies. LOL! Thank you so much for sharing!! XX

Emily said...

I found out the same weekend as you! But, we were totally broke right then, so I bought the cheapest test Walmart had, determined to fit into the grocery budget for the week. I waited til my husband left for work, then peed on it, yelled oh shit, and called my best friend. When I picked the husband up from work he said I looked like something was wrong. When I told him, he was like "that's all it is?" Yeah, all. But, all was well and we were happy, and our baby girl will be 2 in December!

Unknown said...

It was December 31st 2010 and my husband and I were out shopping for our annual new years party. First stop was WalMart, I couldn't even make it through the store without having to hurry over to electronics(closest register) to pay for my pickles, so I could pop that jar open and make sure to eat at 12 pickles before we even made it out of the store. Was this strange ? Uh no, I love pickles ! Later on that day I was sitting at the kitchen table with my mother n law and sister n law talking girl stuff, when my sister n law says jokingly"Rachel's pregnant" I laughed it off and said no. I have no idea if my facial expression said other because they both looked dead at me and said..."so you got your period this month" then I really thought about it...oh crap! Umm no but the month isn't over I'll be fine. Uhhh nooooo it's the 31st I don't it was coming. My mother n law jumped up and hurried me to the car full of excitement. There I was on my way to pick up a pregnancy test with my mother n law . (not how I imagined it) now I'm home trying to pee on a stick with the pressure of the 12 people in the hallway that came to party. Within .05 seconds it felt like all I saw was a big fat POSITIVE. All I could do was smile. I open the door and for my husband,by the smile on my face he knew. He was beyond excited...we sat in the bathroom just holding each other. While we heard his mom screaming about her soon to be grandma title. Then the phone calls flooded. I think everyone within 200miles of us knew before we even left the restroom. The night went on and I'll never forget anytime my husband looked over at me all we could do was smile :) great way to start 2011!!

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