|telling Mom & John the news.|
Not much happens in the beginning (in terms of the belly growing) and then all of a sudden you're showing so we skipped from week 7 to week 19 (OK, might have been some, oops, we forgot happening there, too) but just imagine me getting incrementally bigger from week 7 to 19 and you'll know what I looked like.
7 weeks and the size of a blueberry to 19 weeks an the size of a mango.
Finding out! I took the test and it immediately made that little plus sign (much to my surprise though Abdoulaye said he already knew I was pregnant). Abdoulaye was making coffee and getting ready to leave for work when I peeked out of the bathroom with a big ol' grin on my face. I called the doctor that morning to set up a pre-natal appointment and I said, "I think I'm pregnant..." "Did you take a pregnancy test?" the nurse asked. "Yes!" "Was it positive?" "Yes!" "Did you miss a cycle?" "Yes!" "Then you're pregnant!"
Telling family and friends. Marija offered me a glass of wine and I said no and she said "You're pregnant!" This was quite early on so let it be known that if you want to conceal your pregnancy, don't hang around Marija. Cassie and I were at this movie when I told her and we squealed over the news while sharing candy. Kate was in the baby section of Target when I called and was so, so happy. When we told Sheri, Lindsay & Dan, Abdoulaye said "We have some news." They nodded. "We're moving to Virginia!" They looked puzzled. "Just joking. Jennifer's pregnant." Heads cocked to the side. Mrs. Shellnutt was picking me up at the Tampa airport and said I was taking too long and costing her money on parking as I walked through the gate. Then she saw my belly!
Going to pre-natal appointments with some of my favorite treasures. Mom & Memaw came to my 9 week check-up and we saw the baby for the first time (sort of, it was still pretty murky); Marija came to my 12-week appointment and bawled/sobbed at little baby Bangoura when I had another sonogram and Cassie came to my 14-week and we got to hear the heartbeat (now the nurses/doctor wonder where my posse is when I come to appointments alone). Abdoulaye has come with me to my specialist ultrasound appointments where they take pictures of all the baby's parts. We found out we're having a girl on Wednesday (at my 20-week appointment) and were totally surprised. Lots of folks thought it was a boy!
Enjoying the now and getting ready for what comes next. Thankfully, so far I've felt great. No morning sickness. My back feels fine. I can get around OK. But I know it's just the beginning and summer isn't over yet and I'm getting bigger by the day. It's been such a blessing to be surrounded by loving family & friends for the beginning of this new chapter of our lives and to experience the support of colleagues and neighbors. Thank you!!
And since Abdoulaye finds the expression "We're pregnant" puzzling/humorous, and I take practice shots on him to get the lighting/position right for my photo shoot, here are some outtakes from my fruit shots with my handsome husband.
7 weeks and the size of a blueberry to 19 weeks an the size of a mango. Everyone tells him he looks fantastic.