Saturday, August 25, 2012

Back At It Again...!

My teacher friend Tricia Hackfeld was right when she told me that I would get caught up in blogging at the beginning then totally loose interest. That's exactly what happened! I was so excited about picking out our little Bella Blue but once she was here life happened and I just stopped blogging. She has been the joy of our lives this past year and a half and I'll upload some pics of her! :)
Meeting Bella for the first time at Kitty's in Minnesota!

Flying back to Texas to become a part of the Harris family!

@ 9 weeks!

After her spay surgery

@ 1 year

Hanging out with her best friend Jasper!

Hanging out in the nursery!

I guess I stopped blogging because nothing else that exciting was happening in our lives. It was pretty much the same ole same ole which I cannot complain about because we are very blessed to have such normal, peaceful lives! We have since celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary and still live in the same historic home that was built in the late 1890s constantly renovating and updating! I still teach at Aledo High School but am now teaching Pre-AP World History and starting up the AP World History program next year!! Hunter still works for his family business and business is going well. Another school year starts on Monday but that's not why I'm here...I guess its appropriate that I am here again ready to blog about another addition to our family! Although we had to wait 8 long weeks before we could meet Bella, this time we have to wait 9 long months before we can meet Baby Harris!! Luckily we are already 3 months down! And what a 3 months it has been!

I won't go into all the details but basically I got off birth control in April, we tried in May and I got pregnant in June! We were shocked that it happened so fast! The crazy thing is, June is exactly the month we were hoping to get pregnant. God is good!

So we found out while we were on the Harris family annual vacation to Cancun, Mexico. Thanks to the oh so helpful (not really in my case) ovulation calendar, I knew I was scheduled to receive a visit from Aunt Flow the week we were in Mexico. I went ahead and packed a couple pregnancy tests (American...I wouldn't trust a Mexican one! haha) just in case! :) I had a gut feeling that I was pregnant that month...even before I took the pregnancy test. We decided to wait until Wednesday of the week to take it since I'm usually a Monday/Tuesday starter and when Aunt Flow hadn't visited, I knew that Wednesday was the day. We had been sleeping in each day until about 10:00am so OF COURSE I would wake up at 7:30am that morning not able to go back to sleep. It was God's way of telling me "Its time." Hunter was still asleep so I crept into the bathroom to take the tests and let me tell didn't take long for that stick to show two lines on one and a cross on the other! My gut feeling had been confirmed. I was pregnant!! Now I had to figure out how I was going to share the good news with Hunter!! The day before, to get a break from the sun, I painted a piggy bank purple for TCU and painted Baby Harris on the pig's bum. Remember, this was the day before I had even taken the pregnancy test...that's how strong my intuition was! (If the test had been negative I would have either saved it or left it behind in Mexico) My plan was to give him the piggy bank and tell him it would look so cute in our nursery but the piggy bank wasn't ready to be picked up until 11:00am and it was 8:00am by the time I was ready to tell him. There was NO way I could wait 3 hours with this news!! So I decided I should just go back to sleep since that would make the time go faster. When I walked back into the room, Hunter was already awake reading the news on his phone. He said he couldn't sleep either so I knew that God had woken him up as well and decided to forgo the piggy bank and tell him a different way. I got back in bed and texted him a picture of the two positive pregnancy tests I had just taken. (It seemed fitting since he proposed in a similar way) I swear, it was the slowest text message ever!! I laid there waiting for his notification to go off that he had received the picture and I guess because we were down in Mexico with slower service it seemed like eternity!! When it finally came through though Hunter was stoked! He asked it if was "official" and I told him more intuition...its official!

It's official!!

The infamous Piggy Bank!

The bottom was the only spot big enough to write "Baby Harris" haha

Blue or Pink? What do you think? We'll find out in October!!

I immediately logged onto one of my pregnancy apps and figured out that I was just 4 weeks pregnant. It was a little too early to tell anyone and a doctor's confirmation would have been ideal but were were on vacation in another country with his family. Since I had been drinking wine at dinners up until this point we decided we needed to tell his family because I would obviously not be ordering wine at dinner anymore! We decided to wait until dinner that evening to tell them and by that time the piggy bank was ready! They were SO excited! It was actually nice to let out the news even though it had only been a secret for one day. That's a big secret! The rest of the trip was so much fun talking about nursery decorations and what the next 9 months would be like. I will admit, it sucked not being able to drink for the rest of the trip while everyone else enjoyed margaritas and beer by the pool but I kept reminding myself the reason for not drinking! :)

Since his family found out so soon it was only appropriate we tell mine! Of course I wanted to call them the day we found out especially since I knew we were going to tell his family but I didn't want to make that kind of phone call thousands of miles away and not be able to hug on my parents. They had been keeping Bella while we were away and brought her back to Fort Worth the Sunday we returned and we showed them the piggy bank the same way we had shown it to the Harris family. They were over the moon excited! It felt so amazing to be able to share this good news with my parents who, everyone pretty much knew, had been making the baby/grandparent comments since the day we got married!! Since we didn't tell either family we were trying or had even been planning to try, they were genuinely surprised which made it all the more special! We Face Timed Javan that evening to share the news that he was going to be an uncle!

So our immediate families knew...Johnny, Pam, Clint and Hayden Harris and Dennis, Andie and Javan Townsend. We hadn't even gone to the doctor yet so we wanted to wait as long as we could before we shared the news with the rest of our families and close friends. We finally made it to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy at 5 weeks and had our first ultrasound at 7 weeks. I am not a very patient person at times so the waiting to tell everyone was the hardest part! At least for the next 3 weeks it would be easy to keep the secret because we'd be in Africa!! Oh wait... (until the next post!)

First ultrasound at 7 weeks :)

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