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How We Found Out I Was Pregnant


In case you’re missing it, I share my weekly thoughts on pregnancy over on Momtastic. But obviously I wanna give you guys the dirt, too, so I thought I could go way back and tell the (highly anticlimactic) story of how we found out I’m pregnant. Actually, now that I’m thinking about it, this is probably going to be really boring. But you’re here and I’m here so I’m going to tell it anyway.

Our boring story starts back when we went to Ojai. Remember that? We were bopping around town, doing our thing, and I swear, I just kept tripping over everything. I was stubbing my toes and dropping my camera and I just couldn’t keep it together. It was Klutz Town USA. And I was like,Β Huh, that’s weird.

Cut to a week or so later, and we had gone home to visit my family. One day we went to my favorite sandwich place for lunch, where I usually can only manage to eat half a sandwich, and I downed the whole thing before I could even blink. And I was like, Hold onΒ a second…

After a few days visiting my family I realized that I was kind of walking around like a zombie and I was tired. Like, tired in my bones. It had been that way for a while but I was just kind of going along anyway and not really realizing it until we pulled up to my parent’s house one day — I remember thinking before I got out of the car that opening the car door and stepping out was going to takeΒ so much energy. And then I was like, Wait. I’m pregnant.

So I told Ryan. I was, like, 99% positive all of a sudden. Like some magical human pregnancy test. We kept it under our hats until we were back in our own home. And when he went out to buy groceries I said, “If you think of it, grab a pregnancy test.” Just all casual. Because I’m casual like that.

So he grabbed one and I took it and the rest is history. Well, really boring history. I literally came out of the bathroom and just smiled and he was like, “Yeah, we knew it.” And now we’re having a tiny person!

If you’ve ever been pregs, I’d love to know how realized or found out! It’s such a weird thing to feel something new going on in your body and not even realize what it is for a while. xoxo

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31 thoughts on “How We Found Out I Was Pregnant

  1. Hah love this post! πŸ™‚ So happy for you and congrats! I actually just had awful cramps after my period was a day late, I had a very positive pregnancy test. Off to check out your posts on Momtastic as I’m finishing this first trimester πŸ™‚

  2. That’s amazing. I’ve always wondered about those women on that “I Never Knew I Was Pregnant” show.. like how could you NOT know?! Haha, anyway, congrats again!

  3. the exhaustion. like you said tired to the bone. and either very hungry all the time or no appetite! and also a pregnancy test πŸ™‚

  4. I felt the same way! For me, I felt it in my stomach – like tiny bubbles popping all the time, and I couldn’t keep my eyes open for the life of me!

    Haha also, it was just about the busiest time of our lives when we found out – so why WOULDN’T that be the time we find out we’re preggo? Life is funny sometimes πŸ™‚

    Congrats again!

  5. I love this story. I think it’s perfect and not boring in any way. It will be lots of fun to tell. We just had twins in February and finding out I was pregnant wasn’t much of a surprise, but when the doctor pointed out the second baby when I was 12 weeks it was a shock to say the least. Congratulations! Can’t wait to see how you blossom as a mother.



  6. Nick loves to harass me that I had to take five pregnancy tests the first time. But it was totally valid! I took one on a Friday night (to see if I could drink!). Negative. So I moved on. But then woke up on Saturday night in the middle of the night with just a weird feeling that I should take another test. And it was positive! I woke Nick up and dragged him to the bathroom to show him the test! It was 2am, he was less than amused. So I took a tie breaker Sunday morning, still positive. Called the doctor Monday, but I was so wishy washy because I had gotten that negative, they made me take a fourth. A week later I guess I was still so incredulous about the idea of being pregnant, I took a fifth one for good measure, just so I could see it again. πŸ™‚

    With Noah, I only took one. I already knew.

  7. I can’t remember if you already know this story, so I will share anyway. Before I knew I was pregnant with Evan, I remember feeling very tired, but I attributed it to it being the beginning of the school year. I even took a pregnancy test that came out negative just to be sure. Then a week later, I was at the Johansen homecoming game with Ann and Kristina when I told them that not only was I tired, but Pepsi, my favorite drink, had recently been turning my stomach. Kristina said I must be pregnant. The rest of the night, as we ate M&Ms, Kristina kept joking that they were a snack for the baby. The next morning I took another pregnancy test, and it turned out positive! With my subsequent pregnancies, I was much more attuned to the “signs”, and knew right away.

    1. Aw! I think I knew that story once upon a time but had completely forgotten it. It’s so sweet, and so fun that K + A were part of it. πŸ™‚

  8. Normally I am all about roller coasters, but when I puked my guts out after a little ride I knew something was amiss. A week later, positive preggo test. 6 1/2 years later, me and my oldest are riding coasters together!

  9. I love this! I don’t think it’s boring at all – it amazes me how different people find out!
    Our story still feels unbelievable. We had just stopped birth control, I hadn’t had a cycle to even miss in years, and I had no reason to suspect I was pregnant. But the morning before a big birthday party (and anticipated higher than usual alcohol consumption!) I thought “hm, I should just check, and then I can drink without worrying tonight” and there it was! 5 different tests, all positive. (Can you tell I didn’t believe it at first?)

  10. I love how-I-found-out stories! I love that you just knew without even taking a test. I’m on pregnancy numero two and seem to always be in denial until I pee on that stick. Abnormal exhaustion seems to always be the giveaway, doesn’t it?
    With this pregnancy, I didn’t know until I was already 8 weeks! Goodbye two whole months. I don’t think I really appreciated just how amazing the female body is until pregnancy hit. I hope it is a wonderful experience for you!

    1. Wow, that’s kind of awesome though! I think we found out around week 5 and I remember it taking SO LONG to get through the first few weeks. I’d almost rather be clueless! πŸ˜‰

  11. That’s how I figured out I was pregnant all 3 times! I think it effects my depth perception. So many blessings to you!

  12. We had just gotten back from our honeymoon and I was EXHAUSTED! For three weeks I laid on the couch uninspired to do anything. Then I had a one day trip to Chicago for work and had to be up at 4am to catch my flight. I felt this weird nagging nausea all day, long. Fortunately it wasn’t nearly as bad as it became later in my pregnancy! But the real tell tale sign was that at the airport on the way home the whole team got dinner and a drink… And I didn’t want any wine or beer at all! I took a test the next day and though not surprised, I still felt a little shell shocked! One year ago our little mabel was born!

  13. I had a similar “I just know I’m pregnant” feeling. The week of Christmas we were with family, so went on like normal. Once family left town, I took a test and smiled at my husband and said, “we’re gonna have a baby!” That day I started tossing old magazines and getting rid of every unnecessary item within arms reach, and then I spent the next 4 months on the couch with sickness and sleep!

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