Friday, October 2, 2015

Pregnancy || The Day We Found Out

Warning: this post contains period talk (Dad!) and girl stuff. Read at your own risk.

March of 2015 was my last month on birth control, but Chris and I had no intention of trying until the summer.

I had been on bc (short for birth control, Dad) for ten years, so I wasn't sure how my body would respond. I got on the pill at 15 because I was alswaysssss tired and my cramps were nearly unbearable. Fast forward to my first period off of bc and wowza....all those symptoms I hadn't experienced for a decade were back in full force. Holy ouch, cramps!

I also didn't realize that pregnancy symptoms and coming off bc symptoms were basically the same. I was nauseous, could smell like a dog, and so tired. So by April I was freaking out that I could be pregnant because all those symptoms were happening, and in full force. 

Not pregnant, just hormonially adjusting.

April and May went by and we avoided that week like the plague. Being a teacher, I feel like pregnancy can be strategic. There are certain times of the year that are better than others to have a baby, and although we knew it was not our plan (hello, God!), we knew what steps needed to be taken to make a baby, so we just didn't participate in those activities during certain times :) 

Moving on. June rolls around and we decide this will be our first month trying. Ambitious we were! According to my app (because isn't that how babies are made these days?) I was ovulating on a certain day and the week leading up to that was my fertile week. As I explained all this to Chris, all he kept saying was, "How does your phone know when you're ovulating. It doesn't know!" Whatevs, Baby Daddy. But, in all reality, you never truly know when, so we decided to just do it a lot. Anddd by the time my phone indicated I was ovulating we didn't want to even think about the act of doing it. #overit. We had already left the whole thing up to God, so we knew if it was meant to be then it would happen.

Well, June's time of the month rolls around and hellooo Aunt Flo. Not pregnant. Not upset. After-all, this was our first month trying. And try we did, just not at the right time, apparently. We jumped the ovulating gun, if you will.

Life gets busy, I get bored, I decide to start traveling around to see my family, Chris gets promoted and works a little more than normal, and the summer heat cranks up. 

I went to a concert with my brother, my family was in town for five days, and then I went down to my family's house for three days. So, during July's magic week, Chris and I were never alone and weren't together that often. 

Without going into detail, we did the deed once, not even thinking about making a baby. After I checked my app (#technology) and realized we missed the boat again. I tell Chris that we are never going to have a baby because you have to do one thing to make a baby and, because of traveling and our schedules, that one thing was veryyyyy rare during the month of July. 

The beginning of August comes and I am preparing for every girl's favorite week of the month. I was at a teacher training all week, so I prepared with tampons and wore black. I've always been one to be prepared :)

Cramps, bloating, badddd cramps, more bloating. I was so convinced I was going to start my period one night, in the middle of the night, that I got up and put in a tampon just to be sure. 

Next morning, nothing. One day late, nothing. Two days late, nothing. Weird.

I was at the grocery store after training on August 4th and thought I might as well pick up some pregnancy tests just to be sure. I figured I wouldn't pee on the stick for at least one more day, just to be sure.

I get home and can't help but think, "What the heck, just find out now and save yourself the wondering."

I pee on it, set it down, flush, close the toilet to sit on the lid, reach down to pick it up and....


Two bold, pink lines right there in the little window. Pregnant. All I could think was whaaaaaaat?!?!

I instantly texted my cousin, "CALL ME," with a picture of the test. No response for what seemed like eternity, so I decide to call Desirae. I needed to talk to someone I knew would answer and could FaceTime and I knew she'd be able to. (My cousin called four hours later and was freaking out!)

We FaceTime and she can tell something is up. I show her the test, we scream, I tell her my idea to tell Chris, we are giddy again, then we hangup and I figure out a way to tell Chris he is going to be a Daddy.

A day that he, nor I, will ever forget. 

Never in a million years did Chris or I know when it would happen for us. We prayed for it to be on God's time and we were both not stressed about it. At the end of the day, we both knew we would be parents one way or another (adoption, fertility treatments, etc.), so there was never a worry of if we would be parents, just the question of when. The advice we received consistently was to not stress about it, so we didn't. We are feeling so blessed and will continue to pray for others who may be trying or struggling to start a family. As much as we took part in the "making" of a baby, we know that God is always in charge and we give Him alllllll the credit.

I am so happy to be sharing this journey with y'all and look forward to bringing a Little Tucker into the world!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WIWW: Maternity Style + Link Up

I can finally share the clothes I've really been buying! Last week I showed y'all the non-maternity versions of what I've already purchased, so I'm here today to share the items I actually bought!
My pants started fitting tight a couple weeks ago, so I figured why not just bite the bullet and buy some maternity pants. The feeling of your jeans cutting in to your stomach is close to the worst feeling in the world.

I can't wait to finally get around to styling my bump...which has yet to really pop!

Now for the link up!

- All I ask is you link back to my blog and link to a specific post.

- Write about something fashion related!

- Instagram @SarahTuckerUp for more outfits and randoms!

Thanks for linking up and to see other WIWW posts, click here.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Questions about Baby Tucker

Holy smokes, y'all know how to make two parents-to-be feel special! Thanks you so, so much. Chris and I are feeling the love!

Sorry to leave yesterday's post so vague, but I'm here today to spill the beans about what has been happening thus far and to answer some questions people had.

How far along are you?
Today I am 12 weeks 4 days. Woo hoo! I figured it was time to tell because the other day a 3rd grader said, "Mrs Tucker!! look like you're pregnant..." I replied with an "ohhhh really??" Yup, time to tell.

How have you been feeling?
I've been (knock on wood!) feeling really great. I always knew I'd be one to suffer from morning sickness, but when it didn't hit I was always so cautious knowing it could show up at any moment. Well, it never did! From weeks 5-8 I felt icky in the afternoons when I got home from school, but right at 8 weeks, it all stopped. Riding as a passenger in a car was no fun and I did get carsick once, but I feel like I can't complain about getting sick once.

Right before we went to Mexico was when the afternoon nausea stopped and right when we got back from Mexico the exhaustion hit. Y'all, that stuff is for real! I had to stop at Sonic one day to get a milkshake just to keep my eyes open. I felt like I had pulled an all-nighter in college.

Finally, I am not as tired when I get home and throughout the day. Every weekend requires a nap, and I'm ready for bed at 8:00pm, but I don't feel exhausted like I did.

Knocking on more wood, I feel like I'm about to hit that "pregnancy is great" stage. I managed to make it to the gym and run a slowww mile and a half, so that's a plus. Minus the three times I had to pee in an hour.

Do you know the gender?
We don't, BUT we will very soon! We (I should say I since Chris gave zero blood) got blood drawn last week and should know this week or next what the gender is. We aren't having a gender reveal party because, as cute as they are, they aren't really for us. So y'all will most likely find out the day after we do...and I don't know when that day is, so yay for the waiting game.

What do you want/think the baby is?
Chris and I both want more than one baby, so I'm praying that we have one of both eventually, so it honestly doesn't matter to me. Chris is, of course, boy all the way. I was feeling girl, but every wives tale says boy and I'd be pumped about that. I've always dreamed of having a big brother for all the other siblings, but I'd be equally as happy for a girl!

When did you find out?
We found out August 4th and I will have the story, and video, of how I told Chris for you very soon!

Will you be doing weekly updates?
Doubtful, but I'll probably tie them in with my WIWW. Kick me, but I won't be doing those things that everyone else does because, just being honest (emoji of monkey covering their eyes...), I don't care to share if I get stretch marks or gain weight or whether my rings are on and off. I know woman love doing them to document each week, but I'm just not that sentimental. I'm growing a human, so I don't mind if I've gained 20 pounds or 50 or if I'm craving all the cake in the world. I've got 9 months to rock it and that's just what I'm going to do.

Also, I've taken one picture of my belly and I'm not even sure what week it was at, so I'm totally winning in the documentation department. Even Chris said, "Are you going to take those weekly pictures because you've taken none..."

I'd start taking them if I could figure out a cute idea that didn't involve slaving over a chalkboard for hours only to erase it one week later. Love the idea, but I have yet to find the time... unless someone wants to come do it for me :) I'll pay in cookies and puppy kisses.

Does that mean I won't update y'all at all? 
No way! But I'll probably do it in more of a this is what I felt this week way. And I'm guessing I'll be missing many weeks because teacher exhaustion is kicking my butt. And throughout this process so far I've proven to not be the most sentimental person ever, so hopefully I get a couple updates in before the baby is born, ha!

The future of the blog...
As you can tell the last couple months I haven't been blogging much because when you're holding on to a huge secret there isn't much else to talk about other than that secret, so there will be quite a bit of baby stuff (how I found out, how I told Chris, etc.), but now that my energy is coming back I hope to have more house updates documented! 

Once again, thank you ALL for your prayers and well wishes. This baby was prayed for and given to us in God's time and we couldn't be happier. Know that we are praying for those of you struggling and we are wrapping our positive thoughts around all the other mommas to be.
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