Tuesday, January 24, 2012

What a difference a year makes

What a difference a year makes!  This very day last year I was in Abilene for Presidential Scholar interviews.  I had been there all weekend staying with our good friends David and Amanda Pittman.  I had driven in Thursday evening, did interviews on Friday, hung out with them during the weekend and had to do interviews again on Monday before coming home.  Clint and I had been "trying" for some time at this point and I knew my cycle pretty well.  It was to come that weekend and by Sunday when it hadn't shown up yet, I knew good news was coming!  

I had to wake up pretty early for the scholarship interviews.  I remember waking up extra early though so I could take the pregnancy test.  It was about 5:30 in the morning or so.  I hopped out of bed, went straight to their bathroom and peed on the little stick.  I sat it down on the counter and just sat there with my eyes closed for a second.....sure enough when I had opened my eyes it said PREGNANT!
 I remember that I immediately started shaking.  What do I do now, I kept asking myself?  Do I call Clint and wake him up?  Do I go get David and Amanda?  Can I bend over?  My head was spinning.  I calmed down just a bit, prayed a lengthy prayer for the coming minutes, hours, days, moths, years and pretty much the rest of my lifetime.  Then, I got in the shower just as if nothing had happened.  I still had to go to work and act like nothing was up. 

I got to work that morning and remember the anytime I was talking to someone I just kept thinking....I'm pregnant, and you don't even know!  Who knows what any presidential kid said to me in their interviews that day!  I remember walking out of one interview thinking....poor kid, I have no clue if he answered any of the questions...I'll just give him a good score anyway! HaHa. 

At this point, I had to tell SOMEONE!  But I knew I wanted to tell Clint in person.  So, I walk upstairs to David's office.  I sit down in his chair, close the door and ask to talk to him.  This happened a lot when we both lived in Abilene so it was nothing new.  I said....."David, say Amanda is out of town staying with her best friends.  She thinks something is up so she decides to take a pregnancy test early that morning at their house.  Then, it's positive.  Would you want her to call you before she gets home that night or wait to tell you in person?" 

David sits there for a second and says...."Well, in person would always be cool....umm...wait...this isn't hypothetical is it?"  NOPE!  We then proceed to laugh and cry and all at the same time.  He convinces me that in person later that night would be the best way to tell Clint.  I'm still a little sad that Clint wasn't the first person to know, but I couldn't go the next 8 hours without telling anyone!!!

So, I go throughout the day with my head in the clouds.  I have no clue how I made the 2 1/2 hour drive home that day.  When I got home, Clint had the house picked up and was ready to watch TV with me on the couch.  I get in my comfy clothes and we sit down ready to watch TV.  I say to him...."What was the best part of your weekend away from me?"  He said..."The moment you came through the door just now...." 

He's precious.

At this point I was ready for him to ask me the same question....but...he wasn't picking it up.  I say, "Aren't you going to ask me?"  Oh yeah.....so I draw it out.....I said, "Seeing the Pittmans is always good, reconnecting with my students is always fun, and then this morning I took this and it told me we're pregnant!!!!

I pulled the test out from under my shirt and he just stared at me with a blank face.  He immediately leaped off the couch, put his hands on his head and stood with his back to me for about a minute.  At this point, I was thinking he was mad at me for not telling him all day....in fact, I had actually told him that my cycle had started when we were on the phone earlier! 

But as soon as he turned around, tears were streaming down his face and he kept saying....are you sure?  You're positive?  Do you have another test so I can see it?  I did have another test so I took it right in front of him.  Again....PREGNANT! 
 We sat on the couch for the next few hours just crying, laughing, praying, and then doing all of that all over again.  It was one of the best days of our lives.  We were blessed then and we are even more blessed now.  What a fun day that was and a fun secret to keep for a few weeks until we knew everything checked out ok. 
Now, we have the most precious 4 month old that anyone could ask for.  He's talking, laughing, smiling and has the sweetest disposition of any baby I've ever known.  January 24th is a day to remember! 

1 comment:

Mom said...

And you waited until Feb 6th to tell your momma! What??!!?? I know - in person is better. Whatever! I better be one of the first to know next time! ;) Love your story though and love you! Oh, and Graham and Clint too!