Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Heartbeat

I planned my second doctors appointment for when Scott returned from training. I had no idea what was in store just crossing my fingers we would be able to see more than a sack in the ultrasound. It was a treat! baby was around and had a big head! Only thing was the baby was still so small it was hard to distinguish specific features. I think for Scott it finally became real. The most amazing part.. we heard Baby's heart! wow talk about surreal, you can't make that up! It was so fast and shocking. I have been talking and thinking about baby for almost a month at this point but it was so real hearing that heart beat, especially because I couldn't feel anything but first trimester symptoms. I was happy.

The Big Reveals!

Just as everyone wants to read about how we revealed to our friends and family about Baby Shearon, Scott and I kept this at the forefront of our discussions while he was away. It was the perfect plan to tell them at a potluck dinner upon his return to celebrate completion of his training. Of course parents have to make it more complicated!!

One of our good friends (actually in the hospital right now delivering an angel of their own!) works for an embroidery/shirt printing company. Between her and I we designed shirts to use for the reveal. The shirts were blue to match our wedding colors, and baseball style lettering to embody a team spirit for the baby. Each one had the respective persons title (like ours to the left).
Now after having everyone agree to a potluck, my parents decided to go camping that same weekend Scott was returning. They pleaded for us to join. So here's what we ended up doing...

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Friday night we went out to eat with his parents. I had rolled the shirts and tied them with a ribbon. Scott handed them out to make them believe it was an army shirt he brought back as a gift. Meanwhile I had my phone out pretending to text but actually recording! His parents were priceless! I'm pretty sure dad was speechless and mom had the cutest laugh! Grandparents #1, done.






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Saturday morning we drove up to Lake Lanier with his parents to see his little sister Jessie at her last rowing competition of the year. We found Jessie taking a little nap near the boats conserving her energy for the race. She got up to give Scott a hug and he gave her the shirt. Again, she thought it was a military shirt and opened it. She kind of starred for a second and asked if it was real. Scott and I said yes and she came running towards me to give me a hug. One proud auntie.. she was telling everyone even the lady she never met before helping them guide the boat to the waterfront! Aunt, done.



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Saturday after lunch we drove up to Blue Ridge, GA to meet my parents that were traveling to an art festival during their camping trip. Of course they made it difficult to carry these shirts around on a hot day! After we got into the festival I pulled them under a tree. Scott gave them the rolled up shirt. It was kind of funny as they did not open them right away! I asked mom,"Are you going to open them?" So they did.  Dad noticed first and stated that I was recording. Mom kept taking her sweet time, until I heard it,"No way!" Then she started crying, my aunt started crying, I started crying, it was a huge cry-fest! I'm pretty sure I made her year telling her that because mom was in shock the entirety of the rest of the day. It was cool :) Grandparents #2, done.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Secret Secret, I've Got a Secret

Let me tell you how hard it was to keep this baby a secret for nearly a month. First off, I have a strong bond with my parents, and in some cases I had to lie (a first since I was a young kid!). I think the hardest parts were during the weekends when I would spend a majority of my time with them. I will say though, Kim stayed with me through the month and supported me both physically and psychologically! I may have gone crazy without her!

Let me tell you about some of the interesting conversations I had...

My mom has a formal living room that is sort of a talking room, in the sense that people always sit around and have good conversations. So one Saturday we are sitting in the room and she tells me her friend was asking if I was pregnant. I'm pretty sure my ears turned red, but I played dumb. They had just planned a baby shower for a co-worker and were talking about the next one being mine! I laughed and said she will need to wait for Scott to get back before even thinking about that!

Another weekend I had both my father, father-in-law, mom, and Kim at my house. We were putting up my fence. Kim and I knew I couldn't lift anything heavy so she did most of the heavy lifting and I did most of the "would you like some water" retrieving. It was pretty funny! I think we did a good job of making it look like I was busy! Needless to say, dad though I was a little lazy!

I think Mothers Day was the worst. By this time, I had known for 2.5 weeks. My church held a Mamapalooza where each mother received a cupcake and a flower but I restrained myself! Then we went to eat breakfast with some family and everyone was asking me at the table when I would celebrate mother's day. My response: whenever God blesses me with a baby. Priceless, I know! The worst part was having a huge family get together, even Scotts family, at my house - the perfect opportunity to tell them but I kept my mouth shut.

The First Encounter...

Following the story from the last post, Scott left Thursday morning for Army Training and I was stuck with this incredible secret I couldn't tell. It would be 23 days before he returned AND one of the most important months of the year because I would pass mothers day and my mom's birthday before Scott's return. But before I get ahead of myself and share the rest of the month lets rewind.

Thursday morning I go to work and I am feeling nauseous. I requested to leave early. By 10 am I was on route home calling my best friend Kim. It had to be a God sign that Kim happened to be at home also because her car would not start and she could not get to work! I picked up Kim and drove to my house. I told her I wanted to grab lunch and see if we could find a doctor. She had no idea! The entire time I am planning scheme in my head of how to tell her without giving it away but in a cute manner. If you don't know Kim, she is very logical and figures things out quickly :). So I decided to show her a new app on my iPad. I had opened The Bump app to the section that says how big baby is. I was estimating about 5 weeks and showed her without saying anything. As she read you could see her eyes light up! She jumped up and gave me a hug. Kim was ecstatic BUT her task was to keep it a secret along with me until my hubby returned. Kim helped me call about 12 doctors on my in-network and of course they were closed or not accepting patients. I found an ob/gyn but had to make an appointment for the following Wednesday. It was nerve wracking having to wait so long not knowing what I could or could not do.


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Next Wednesday...
It was completely awkward going into an ob/gyn office! All the other women waiting looked at least in their 3rd trimester! I must have looked like a teen girl to them! I think the worst part too was going and not having anyone with me. I think they also overbooked because I was seen almost 2 hours after my scheduled appointment, need less to say I was hungry. My turn finally came.I walk into a backroom and take a seat on one of those doctor tables. I was intrigued by all the posters, all the baby growth posters, how your body is changing, etc. New stage of life = new doctor posters! The weirdest thing was the ultrasound machine next to me. I could only thing it's too soon. There is no way they would use it, the baby would be too small...
A few minutes passed and the physicians assistant came in. Such a sweet lady, she was asking how I was feeling and went straight to the ultrasound machine! I tell you that was an experience, at 5 weeks the only thing you could see was the amniotic sack but it was there! It was so surreal. She gave me a tentative date of January 4, 2015, and said the next visit she would have a better date for me. Wow. Again.. so surreal.    

Friday, June 20, 2014

To Plan or Not To Plan

One of the first questions I am asked... was it planned? Well, lets just say we weren't actively trying but we weren't not trying if you know what I mean! But Scott and I believe everything happens on God's time... let me tell you my story...

I was working at a pretty rough middle school in Atlanta. Needless to stay even with the stress I brought home I even endured a 1.5 hour commute each way. I knew it was time for a change. Scott and I decided to take a pay cut by me transferring to the local school system. I applied on December 27, 2014 when I saw a newspaper article saying the district would hire almost 800 science and special ed teachers for the following year. March 7, I received my renewal contract for my school in Atlanta. We were given 10 days to sign and return the contract or it would be void. My interview for the new district was scheduled for March 22. Scott was pretty stressed! If I didn't return the contract I would not be guaranteed a job, but if I returned it I would be stuck another year. If you know me, you know I didn't return it! Funny thing though I had so much peace knowing God was going to make everything work.

March 22 I showed up at the job fair at 8:30 in the morning. My interview was scheduled for 11:30 am but I was hoping to jump into a couple extra slots. Let me tell you that the district was so well organized I sat and waited for my interview. 11:30 came and I went to speak with a principal. It was daunting to interview but I feel as if the every word lured them in closer and closer. The principal finally told me he had no science positions open, HOWEVER he went straight to another principal and told him he HAD to interview me!
Needless to say, as they were tearing down the job fair and I interviewed with this principal I was one of the few hired on the spot. :)

So back to my focus... God provided me with a new, close position for this upcoming year and definitely in a less stressful environment.

April 30 mom and I went to see a play (Don't Dress for Dinner) which was so hilarious! I drank a cool Woodchuck Pear and ate some delicious catering from La Cazuela. It was roughly 10:30pm when I got home getting ready for bed, but something felt off. I'm not sure what it was but it didn't feel right. I took a test. It was one of those ClearBlue with the words not the lines. I took a look after my shower and it said pregnant. I kind of stared with a million emotions hitting me at the same time... shock, excitement, happiness, scared, anxious. I went over to Scott who had been asleep for a while all ready (he was leaving for Army training that next morning at 4am for almost a month!). I woke him up and pulled him into the restroom where the stick lay. He kind of looked and it and went back to bed. I kind of laughed because I knew he was probably half asleep, but I knew he would see it in the morning.

Scott woke me up to say goodbye and asked me, "What are we going to do?" I told him I could get a couple of tests to verify but we agreed to keep it a secret until he got back.. but that will be the next post!