Sunday, August 31, 2008

Reveal...!

Sorry for the delay in sharing the "big reveal" of Miss. Lucy Elizabeth! I was planning on blogging from my mother-in-law's computer from Connecticut, but as it turns out she had a virus and her computer was down for the whole vacation. So I didn't even see all 33 of the comments until we returned home today! So without further adieu...here it is:

We thought that we had more time to prepare the video camera since our flight was early, so we were a little rushed to get the camera out and ready since the fam was standing there right as we got through the doors! And yes, I keep laughing like an idiot the entire time since I had no idea what the response was going to be like. Luckily, it was just a lot of my mother-in-law hugging. No hysterics, no fainting and thankfully, no throttling of Rob.

Rob's dad totally didn't get it though. You don't see it in the video but he had no clue what was going on. He was so confused as to why my mother-in-law was so surprised, or (again) why I spent the entire first 5 minutes laughing like an idiot. He kept saying "What are you yelling about?" to my mother-in-law until, a couple of minutes later, he finally got it. The shirt probably gave it away. I don't have a picture of it, but it says "Surprise! Meet Lucy Elizabeth!".

Everyone was absolutely THRILLED!! My mother-in-law particularly! And no one even gave us a hard time for keeping Lucy a secret for so long. It was such a great surprise though. I should never have doubted Rob. He was right, it was so worth it...keeping the secret.

Although one person was less than thrilled. My 4 year old niece Bella. When we got to the house she didn't quite "get" that we were having a baby until her mom took her on a walk and told her. When they came back we were all sitting at the table and Bella sat down next to me and looked me straight in the eye and said, very disapprovingly:

"So I heard you were pregnant."

This coming from a FOUR year old!!! She was so mad at me. This child is 4 going on 40. She was so disapproving and disgusted that I had the gall to go and get pregnant. She then proceeded to tell me that I was "not welcome here" and I could go home, (although I had to leave Uncle Rob with her). It was hilarious. I laugh whenever I think about her serious little face. She forgave me a couple hours later and spent the rest of the trip kissing my stomach and pointing out to people that I was pregnant, and then trying to shake my stomach with her little chubby hands. She is unbelievable that one. I only wish I had her on video! The nerve of me, going and getting pregnant without consulting her!

There was a party for his brother who recently returned from Iraq, and we were able to tell everyone else. I cannot even tell you how many times I answered the following questions:

"When are you due?"

"Is it a girl or a boy?"

"Did you decide on a name?"

"How do you feel?"

I felt like a parrot all night long saying:

"New Year's Day. A girl. Lucy Elizabeth. Pretty good now." Over and over an over!

We had an absolutely wonderful time in Connecticut, although neither of us are looking forward to going back to work next week (booo!), I think me easpecially. Without the stress of my job I had so much time to think about Lucy and my pregnancy, things that I barely have time to think about when my job is consuming 80% of my time and energy. I'm going to get started on reading the labor books and deciding my "plan" and also, as of next week I'm going to start prenatal yoga and swimming with my mom twice a week. As much as I feel like I need to be the "best I can be" at this job, Lucy and this pregnancy is way more important. That is the one thing I need to keep in mind. This job isn't forever, Lucy and our little family of three is.

So, I am still exhausted from the trip, but I will be posting my ultrasound story and some new belly pics either tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on how work goes tomorrow (last time I checked I had 200+ emails in my work inbox, EEK). So stay tuned!

"Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts."

-Author Unknown

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awww!!

RC said...

So glad I stumbled across your blog at this wonderful time! How fun and exciting! Congrats again!

Casey said...

I was so looking forward to this post! I wanted so badly to keep the secret from my family for a few weeks longer than we did and have a big reveal but I could not keep my yap shut...good for you! There are very few BIG reveals in life...this was awesome. And good for you for putting work into perspective. I waited far too long to start "phoning it in" at my job during my pregnancy. I kept telling myself to continue to work hard and work as long as I could so that no one could accuse me of using my pregnancy to slack and that it would help people's view of me when I returned after the baby. HARDYHAHA. I NEVER returned so all for not...our little baby girl is far to sweet to put in the care of someone else. And I worked too far into my pregnancy and went in to labor two weeks early so I barely had two weeks to myself without working before the baby was born. I wish I had had two months! So you go girl, take the time you need for you and your baby! There will be dozens of jobs in your future but only one chance to be pregnant with Lucy and one shot at being there for her in her infancy. And to conclude this long comment, take prenatal yoga!!! Especially if you're planning an unmedicated birth. Yoga made it possible for me (a major pain-phobic)and made my pregnancy so much more comfortable. Good luck!

enail5 said...

I'm so glad things went well, and I love that video. I wish my MIL was like her. Mine's psycho!

CheekyMonkey said...

Thank you sooo much for posting a video! Rob's mom is absolutely adorable and no, you didn't look like a giggling idiot at all... It was terribly sweet and I'm so happy to hear it all went so well!

Can't wait to see updated pictures!!

Sandy said...

Yay!! I'm so happy for you!! Now everyone knows, I bet that is such a relief! I hope work goes well this week!

Jenny said...

Your MIL is a doll, and her excitement is so sweet to watch. I hope you had a lovely visit!

(Stacia's friend) Jenny

Megan said...

I love the video. That is something you'll forever be happy you have! I'm glad everyone is excited and enjoyed the surprise!

Harmony said...

i'm so glad the reveal went so well! that is so exciting! i've been checking back to see if you had posted it yet!

glad you got some quality family time in- hope you get some rest before you go back to work!

can't wait to hear the ultrasound story! :0)

s.e. said...

I love the video. And how creative with the t-shirt. I am glad you are feeling better and got relaxing time in with family!

Cassie&David said...

Finally an update! I was starting to worry that Rob's parents took the news a LOT worse than expected and you were never able to blog again!

S said...

Oh I love the story!! I have been checking every single day to hear how it all went!! I am so happy they were thrilled!!

JackiJaguar said...

Finally, the reveal! I just watched the video 3 times. I cried. It's awesome. You laughing through it (especially before you went through the door) was my favorite part. I'm glad it was a great trip.

ck2m said...

I am so glad you had a great trip and everything was wonderful. You, Rob and Lucy deserve that.

Oops A Baby said...

Awesome story! I've been following your blog for a few months now and I am so excited for you!

Baby and Me said...

I love it! That is so cute.

AllieQB said...

What a wonderful video! I got all teary eyed! My MIL actually got mad at me for waiting til I was 9 weeks to tell her! Yours is amazing! :)

Linda said...

Yay! I'm so glad the big reveal went well. I was keeping an eye on your blog to see when you updated. I even made my husband pull it up on his iPhone while we were at a BBQ yesterday!

The video of your MIL is so sweet!!

~Nestie "Buttercup16"

Shar said...

I'm glad the reveal went well =)

orangestar17 said...

I've been checking every day to see if you'd posted your mother in law's reaction. I love it!

Anonymous said...

That's wonderful! She took it SO well!

I'm curious, now that everyone knows you are pregnant, will you fill them in on everything you guys went through? Or will you allow them to remain blissfully unaware?

Not saying either way is right or wrong or anything like that, just wondering what you were planning on doing.

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

That was cool to watch. I am glad you allowed us to see it. Very Cool! I bet she is thrilled to death to have a grandbaby on the way.

So glad it all went well.

The Crivella Family said...

I was also wondering if anyone in your family (your mom) or if you told your husbands family what you went through to be pregnant with your precious Lucy!! Just wondering and congratulations again!

Heather, Brett and Annika said...

That video is great, I am still so happy for you all.

Kelly Figueroa said...

It's great to hear everything went well!

CG said...

SO happy for you.

CrazyRN (Brooke) said...

Wow....I'm a teary mess!! I came across your blog from another site, I'm a bit obsessed with reading about other people's stories and their journey. My younger sister, Claire, and her husband, Robert, have been trying to have a baby for nearly 6 years now. They took a 4mo break from everything and are back in the saddle this month. I'm a Labor & Delivery RN and my heart breaks for everyone has had to endure this journey thru life. I pray that one day, we will get such news. Although, I'm not sure she'd be able to keep it a secret like you did!

I'm thrilled for you and your husband!!

emiliemadison said...

YAY! I didnt read your post until after I watched the video and I realized that I, too, had been nervously giggling the entire time I watched it. You looked adorable by the way!! I loved her reaction, but it wasnt what I expected. And how cute that your FIL didnt get it. Doh! Thank you so much for sharing this with us all :)

JustaKidAtHeart said...

You've been tagged!!! CHeck out my blog. :)

Jessi_Murph said...

That was seriously sweet! I teared up a little :)

Mrs Little Fisch said...

That's fantastic that it went so well ... I thought it was a bit of a gamble, to be honest, but it worked out so well! Congratulations by the way (I know I'm a bit late at this stage to be congratulating you on your pregnancy, but ...), and I wish you all the best,

K

Carrie Willis said...

Great video! It was fun having coffee with you tonight. We need to do that more. I saw your poll...don't hire a doula. They're crazy. :) No, I'm serious. At least the one I know is!

Jamie said...

Hey lady! I loved the video, but for some of us who have yet to see you pregnant, I was hoping for a belly shot!

I'm going to add you to my list of blogs on my page and try to keep up with everything going on with you guys :)

I love her name - it sounds like something your little girl would be named. Can't explain why :)

www.baldwinhouse.blogspot.com

Kathryn said...

So glad the surprise went so well! :)

April said...

Hi Bev,
I followed your story on the TTC boards and I've been reading your blog ever since. It's odd how you start to think about someone you've never even met! Like so many others I cried when I read that you were pregnant and I am incredibly happy for you. Also, I love the name Lucy! We were going to use Lucy for a girl, but we had two boys. I wish you the best and look forward to reading more about Lucy and you and Rob. The reveal video was great!
April in Ohio

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