Baby M Update

Thank you all again so much for all of the sweet comments and emails about our baby news! I am hoping to cover all of the questions you all had in this post. So let’s get down to business!

How did you find out: Well, this is a very long and funny story so I’ll give you all the abridged {husband edited} version. Matt and I decided we really wanted to start expanding our family in 2014. After speaking with mommy friends and doctors, everyone pretty much said to expect things to take 6 months to a year {or even longer}. So we booked a trip to Mexico in August for our last amazing vacation before babies. The day before the trip I took a test just to be safe – negative. I called Matt to let him know we were all set to have a fun and relaxing week, and we did just that! One night during our vacation I became super emotional while hanging out at the pool. I gave Matt a huge hug and started telling him how much I love him. Then I started hysterically crying about it. I also proceeded to tell him how much I love and missed Charlie. All of this was extremely abnormal behavior for me. The next day we all laughed it off. On the return flight home I fell asleep on the plane {something I never do} but chalked it up to exhaustion. Once we got to our car Matt asked me to start thinking about what we’d like to grab for dinner. Without hesitation I screamed “BARBEQUE!” and Matt almost pulled the car over in pure shock. Not only do I claim to be a 95% vegetarian, I very rarely give in to Matt when he begs to grab BBQ for dinner. So naturally, his response was “That’s it. You are taking a pregnancy test as soon as we get home!” I laughed it off and told him he was crazy, but decided to take a test just to prove him wrong anyway. I only had 1 test left so I went ahead and took it and laughed when it read negative. I told Matt to come see for himself and he started freaking out, claiming we had a baby on the way. I checked the test again and was so confused. The box clearly depicts “pregnant” as two very solid pink lines and the test before us only had one very solid pink line and an additional line that was so faint it didn’t even appear to count. I refused to believe I was pregnant even after Matt read the instructions aloud “even a very faint line indicates a positive result.” Still in shock, I told Matt we needed to immediately run to the store and buy more tests. Three boxes {and $60} later we had the pink kind, the purple kind and the digital kind – all of which read “pregnant.” I couldn’t believe it. Never in a million years did I think we would get pregnant so fast! After the shock came the excitement, and then the panic of “omg, what about all the partying we did in Mexico!?!” {thankfully the doctor laughed at me when I told her my concerns and told me I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Praise the Lord!}. Moments later I confessed to Matt that I had always envisioned surprising him with the news in such a cute way {a baby themed dinner with a gift after dessert}. Thankfully, I had purchased a cute little onesie online just a week before Mexico to have on hand for when the time came. However, that onesie was still wrapped in it’s original shipping packaging and I hadn’t even opened it, just stashed it in the back of a closet. I told Matt to hang tight and ran to my hiding spot and grabbed the package. He laughed and ripped the package open to find the cutest “Daddy’s Little Caddy” onesie. That night we prayed together for our baby and for the next few weeks tried to hide our excitement in public.

How are you feeling? Any morning sickness? Oh yes! Up until about 11 weeks I was nauseous all day every day. I felt like I had a hangover that wouldn’t go away and I was living off of crackers and La Croix sparkling water. I also experienced exhaustion like never before! I’d get into bed by 7:30 pm every night and sleep for 12 hours, getting up once between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. to tinkle. 


Jenny McCarthy describes it best…


“Imagine staying up all night, then running a marathon, then doing three
hundred loads of laundry and raking leaves off a football field all in
one day. How tired would you be? That’s how tired I felt EVERY DAY in my
first trimester.”


Amen, Jenny! I felt exactly the same!
stopped cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, packing lunches, grocery
shopping, running errands etc.
Basically, I was just a zombie and Matt has been unbelievably amazing
through it all! And I know it may sound weird, but I totally embraced
and welcomed the nausea and exhaustion as little reminders that there is a lil babe
forming and everything is good! Thankfully, those symptoms have
subsided and my energy is starting to come back!


How did you tell your family? Our baby is the first grandbaby for both sides of our family, so it was really exciting to tell our parents they are going to soon be grandparents. We told Matt’s family at 7 weeks. They came into town to bring me an early birthday gift and while they were sitting down we told them we had a Mexico souvenir {onesies} for them to open…

We told my parents at 9 weeks during my surprise trip to Florida for my birthday! When I realized the next time I would see my family would be Thanksgiving, I was devastated. I did not want to mail them their gifts or tell them over the phone. Matt assured me not to worry and packed the gifts in our suitcase for Florida! It was perfect!

My dad’s gift was hands down my favorite. Dad is a huge surfer so we got him a baby rash guard so he can teach his grandbaby how to surf just like he taught all of us. He was over-the-moon when he opened his gift! And Mom? Well she cried and cried and cried out of happiness.

 {Aunt Lindsey!}

Will you find out the gender? AB-SO-LUTELY! We will be 17 weeks at Thanksgiving and I begged my doctor to let us come in the day before our families arrive to see if we can find out early what the sex of our babe is. We are crossing our fingers for a little gender reveal party to go down after Thanksgiving dinner.

Any suspicion what you’re having? I definitely thought it was a girl until I recently read that meat cravings are indicative of a boy. We will be happy either way, just praying for a healthy baby!

I think that’s it for now! Thanks again for all of your prayers, comments and emails!




  1. Dee Stephens
    October 21, 2013 / 12:55 pm

    Exciting time! Brad and I took the pregnancy tests together too instead of some cute reveal from me. I really think it's more special that way because the Dad is there for the whole thing. As for the gender reveal, don't get your hopes up for Thanksgiving.I had this vision of some big party with family and friends for ours when they announced we would find out on July 2nd.That's when our plan changed to immediate family only on July 4th at the lake.YAY for babies!

  2. Caitlyn {Home Sweet Ruby}
    October 21, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    SO adorable!! I'm so happy for you! Glad to hear all is going well and you are feeling better!

  3. the girl in the red shoes
    October 21, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    SO exciting Christina!!! I am so thrilled for you!

  4. Julie
    October 21, 2013 / 1:04 pm

    Your story is the cutest! Congratulations!

  5. Jessica
    October 21, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    I LOVED that you filmed his parent's reaction. So sweet!! I am seriously so excited for you guys you are going to be the best parents!!

  6. Maggie
    October 21, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Congratulations! Loved your pumpkin announcement and what a sweet way to surprise the grandparents. Also, your hubby is a real keeper! Hope you regain some energy and feel well throughout your pregnancy. 🙂

  7. Ashley @ Words About Waverly
    October 21, 2013 / 1:23 pm

    LOVE that video, too precious! Congrats! I felt the EXACT same way for my entire first trimester, which is so unlike me! But it got so much better, And i have a girl. 🙂

  8. Shayna Yancey
    October 21, 2013 / 1:26 pm

    This is just the sweetest thing ever!! I love the way that y'all found out! Congrats again!!

  9. Lindsey A
    October 21, 2013 / 1:27 pm

    I'm a new follower, but I teared up in that video. And your pumpkin announcement was adorable!

  10. Lindsay @ Love In Her Eyes
    October 21, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    ok so I totally teared up watching the video of your in-laws….so cute!!! such an exciting time for you all! 🙂

  11. Rachel Tripodi
    October 21, 2013 / 1:30 pm

    So fun! That is exactly how I felt during my first trimester….so freaking tired and nauseated! Glad you are getting your energy back. Can't wait for more updates 🙂

  12. [hello goldfish]
    October 21, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    Ohh I just started crying watching that video! So sweet, congrats!

  13. brittany @ g squared
    October 21, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Too cute! Congrats!

  14. Caitlin
    October 21, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    That is the sweetest, bestest, cutest & most darling video EVER. Seriously though. You have the perfect family & extended family!

  15. Ashley
    October 21, 2013 / 1:36 pm

    Congrats!!! Sooo exciting!!! I'm soo glad things are going well!!!

  16. Kristy E
    October 21, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    so exciting! and i totally feel your pain on the pink lines thing! the first test i took, the second line was faint, so we also went and spent big bucks on the digital one!

  17. Katie MacDonald, A Beautiful Little Adventure
    October 21, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Awe, I loved hearing this story! I can't wait to follow along with your pregnancy. How fun that you got pregnant right away! Much love!

  18. M.A.
    October 21, 2013 / 2:08 pm

    Oh this was the best reaction EVER! Brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations!

  19. Nat
    October 21, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    My first test had a faint pink line and I just didn't believe it so I took at least 6 more tests!! I had the 24/7 nausea for the first 15 weeks- it's so awful- glad you're feeling better. Love the way you told your families!

  20. Ashley
    October 21, 2013 / 2:30 pm

    Such a sweet story. We are due in April… Congrats!

  21. Bekah Walsh
    October 21, 2013 / 2:31 pm

    First off…your finding out story cracked me up! And your mom in law's face…love it! So exciting!

  22. Colleen Sullivan
    October 21, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Your mother-in-law's reaction was so sweet!! I'm so happy for you guys! Being a mom is the best thing that I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing!

  23. megan
    October 21, 2013 / 2:47 pm

    I'm all teary over here! Loved the video of telling Matt's parents. Those are always the best. 🙂

  24. Rachel
    October 21, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    This is so sweet. We are at the phase where we haven't decided when but I love following you guys and seeing your stuff. Makes me excited for when we do!Also quick question..the pumpkin dip..does it travel well? We are going from VA to WV and was wondering if it would make it there.

  25. Jessi Otey
    October 21, 2013 / 3:06 pm

    Well Happy Monday to me! I just cried all over my desk- too too cute and you totally just made my day!!!!!!! Enjoy your week momma-to-be!!!!!! xoxo Jess

  26. Mrs. W
    October 21, 2013 / 3:09 pm

    So sweet and exciting! Congratulations, enjoy this time and can't wait for the gender reveal!! Have a great week!

  27. Jamie @ You Gotta Have Hart
    October 21, 2013 / 3:10 pm

    OMG! I just cried my eyes out watching those presents be opened. I completely understand what you said when you almost welcomed the morning sickness and what not– I'm totally hoping that we get a positive pregnancy test. I get horrid migraines with hormone changes and I find myself wanting them lately. Congrats again!

  28. Shelby {Recent Somethings}
    October 21, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    Wow that video brought me to tears. What an exciting time for you all as well as your families! I love all of the little onesies and gifts to make each family member feel so special. Can't wait to find out the sex!

  29. Hilary
    October 21, 2013 / 3:22 pm

    Congrats again!!! I had a boy, and I craved hamburgers and eggs the entire time I was pregnant.

  30. Arielle
    October 21, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    omgosh yay! congrats!!!!!!!

  31. Dawn
    October 21, 2013 / 3:38 pm

    Love the story. With my son, we had went on a canoe trip with college friends and I had my share of fun that weekend because who gets pregnant on the first try… yup me. Then with our daughter it took us a year to get pregnant so when we went on a cruise last Thanksgiving I had my share of fun again, only to find out I was pregnant.

  32. Sarah
    October 21, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    I am a new follower, found you from Natasha and 5 on Friday….but BIG Congrats!! Such an exciting time!! 🙂 I am pregnant with my 2nd little girl – 19 weeks this week. Our first one was a souvenir from a Mexican vacation too, ha! 🙂 Excited to follow along with you and your pregnancy! And PS, I have had huuuuge meat cravings with this one and it's a gir!! 🙂

  33. Brianne Bracco
    October 21, 2013 / 4:20 pm

    Such cute ways to tell the family! And I think the story of how you found out still makes for a great memory 🙂

  34. Jenn @ West Sac Honey
    October 21, 2013 / 4:42 pm

    That is such a funny way to find out your preggo! BBQ! LOL that's great.. Happy for you two!

  35. jamie vespa
    October 21, 2013 / 5:01 pm

    That is such a cute story and adorable ways to tell your family! We're planning on trying to get pregnant shortly after our wedding next year and even so far away, I've been planning how I'll surprise my hubby-to-be with the news when I find out!Jamie @The Growing Up Diaries

  36. Channing Childers
    October 21, 2013 / 5:11 pm

    I cried watching the video of Matt's parents! Such an exciting time for everyone!

  37. Brownie
    October 21, 2013 / 5:15 pm

    Yay again! I had partied my butt off in the Bahamas the week before I found out…um yeah I was worried but luckily these little beans are tough at the start!!! So totally excited for you guys. I am happy to watch your experience unfold as mine are complete!

  38. Sarah @ Life, Love & Dinner
    October 21, 2013 / 5:27 pm

    This is so sweet and such an exciting time for you & your family! We found out I was pregnant the same way, I went off birth control, hoping to start trying in the next couple of months, expecting it to take a few months and we were pregnant before the first month was up. Such a blessing and such a sweet surprise!

  39. Laura {happily ever} Parker
    October 21, 2013 / 5:44 pm

    Oh my goodness the way you found out is too cute!! And I love the way you got their reaction on camera. So much fun!!

  40. Jordan Cole
    October 21, 2013 / 6:35 pm

    Oh my gosh, I got super teary eyed with that video!! I am so glad that you shared that and the whole story!

  41. Tara
    October 21, 2013 / 6:37 pm

    Awww! That video is precious! I was super emotional just before we found out I was pregnant, too- and my husband was suspicious but I wasn't! Glad you're feeling better 🙂 Nausea can be so hard on top of being tired all the time.

  42. thestreets2
    October 21, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    Adorable!!!!! So many congrats! I love the story of how you found out.

  43. Ericka
    October 21, 2013 / 8:30 pm

    Congrats again! Love the video of you guys telling Matt's parents, soooo cute!!!!

  44. Brittney
    October 21, 2013 / 8:33 pm

    Congrats again! The video of Matt's parents is so sweet! That is going to be one loved baby. Glad you're feeling better!

  45. Katie
    October 21, 2013 / 9:20 pm

    I thought I was the only one who took a billion tests before I believed it! I love the reveals to your families!

  46. Jodi
    October 21, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Enjoy this wonderful time! A gender reveal after Thanksgiving dinner will make for a very thankful day for your whole family 🙂

  47. abs1228
    October 21, 2013 / 10:19 pm

    So sweet! I just became an auntie on Friday! I've been looking for the Auntie onesie forever, where did you get it??

  48. Amanda Spangler
    October 21, 2013 / 11:00 pm

    Congratulations!!! That video is so precious!! A gender reveal party after Thanksgiving dinner will be perfect! I cannot wait to see what you come with.

  49. Mindy
    October 21, 2013 / 11:32 pm

    So, we also planned a big trip before we decided to start trying….but then I found out I was prego a month before we left for Italy!! I'm jealous you got to at least drink on your trip!! 🙂 As far as gender, I would check that Chinese gender chart! It was right for me as well as pretty much everyone I know. And my gut instinct was right too. But then, so was the old wives tale about my cravings. Can't wait to find out what you are having!

  50. Christina Talhame
    October 22, 2013 / 12:27 am

    I seriously teared up over the video of you telling Matt's parents. Congratulations to you both! I can't wait to read about your baby journey. Good luck with it all! :)-Christina Theresa

  51. Jacque Pinol
    October 22, 2013 / 4:26 am

    I loved watching that video!!

  52. Jess Norden
    October 22, 2013 / 12:18 pm

    So exciting!!! It only gets better!! I can't wait to watch you and baby grow!

  53. Bryn House
    October 23, 2013 / 4:35 pm

    Congratulations and blessings to you! The pumpkin announcement was adorable and the onesies were a great idea! I love reading your blog and am very happy for you and your hubby!

  54. Leigh Powell Hines
    October 24, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    That sounds like my pregnancy with my son. Craved baked potatoes, and took tons of test with faint lines…finally the digital really spelled it out.

  55. Kelly
    October 25, 2013 / 6:29 pm

    Awww! Love the video! Congrats, again!

  56. Ashleigh
    October 27, 2013 / 5:54 pm

    Awe! I love the video.. Congrats soon to be mamma & daddy too of course! I am happy for you both 🙂

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