I remember waking up early on the last Monday of October. I knew it was the first day I could take a pregnancy test and receive accurate results, but I could have sworn I wasn't pregnant. I thought "Brooke, just take a stupid test, and then you can stop thinking about it and focus on work today."
Yeah, 5 minutes, 3 squeals, a few happy tears, and 3 pregnancy tests later.... It was a lot of excitement for Monday morning at 5am, let me tell ya!
Somehow I made it through the day without literally bursting from excitement (Breaking News: Teacher Self-Implodes From Pregnancy Excitement During Decimals Lesson). I stopped at Target on my way to get my husband from work and picked up a few baby things and a gift bag. I topped the present off with a handwritten letter to him telling him our big news. We drove to the spot where we got engaged (our gazebo) and I had him read the letter. I loved seeing his reaction. He was so excited! He only made it about halfway through the letter to the part where I started writing in all caps and telling him he was going to be a daddy. There was much hugging and laughing and crying and twirling around and "can you believe we're really going to have a baby??" and totally ignoring all the people jogging on the path next to us who were giving us weird looks. We felt like we had waited so long for this, and we were so so excited.
A lot of people have asked how I'm feeling. I haven't thrown up yet (yay! I'm not a thrower-upper anyway), but food in general makes me super sick. One day I'll post the list of things that have made me gag, because, let me tell ya, it's a doozy. Also, I'm incredibly exhausted all the time. I thought teaching was tiring before I got pregnant! They say most of these symptoms go away at 14 weeks, but here I am, sitting, waiting, wishing.... I can't complain though, and it's all for a good cause :) The excitement weighs out any and all unpleasant symptoms.
I still feel like I'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that I'm going to be a mother (a real live baby! that belongs to me!). We got to listen to our baby's heartbeat a few weeks ago, and honestly, neither of us could think of a better sound that existed in the range of human hearing.
Also, I've eaten about a dozen bags of sour patch kids since I woke up one day and they were the most delicious things on God's green earth. Sour patch kids and all the fruit I can get my hands on. Oh, and string cheese. Mmmmmm :)