Okay, we’re not planning to conduct a sex-ed course here. We simply want to share a few details about the getting pregnant process, since the topic of having a child wasn’t one we’d talked with many folks about.
At the beginning of 2009, Bruce and I decided that I’d stop using birth control and, doing nothing extraordinary, we’d see if I got pregnant. We weren’t adamant that we needed a child, yet we were open to bringing a child into our lives if that’s what was meant to be. Given our ages we figured that the odds might be long on such an occurrence. This is also part of the reason that we trust we were meant to be parents…because we did get pregnant without working at it more than is required by any mom- and dad-to-be.
In early December, as I was finishing my final course in graduate school (earning my Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University), I started to wake up daily between 3-5 a.m. While I’m naturally an early riser, this was beyond early. I didn’t think much of it since I was finishing my final paper and was full of excitement and ideas. When I was done with coursework however, and we were enjoying a fabulous vacation on the Caribbean island of Saba, and the early morning rising continued, I thought something unusual was going on.
Back home in Asheville I awoke on my birthday (28th of December) thinking I might take a pregnancy test, but didn’t do so as I wasn’t late for my period at that point. The morning of January 1, 2010, however, I thought that this news would be a perfect way to begin the new year. So, as the pregnancy test procedure is commonly known, I peed on a stick and waited 2 minutes. And here’s what I saw:
I hurriedly roused Bruce and shared with him the amazing, if even astounding to us, news that we had conceived another life. I was so surprised, in fact, that I bought another pregnancy test later that day to test again. Here’s what it showed:
So, as they told you in sex ed class, it does only take one time to get pregnant. We feel incredibly blessed to have this opportunity to nurture another life and share the experience of parenting with each other.