Sunday, October 26, 2014

Telling Tanner

My husband is really funny. He always tells me that my blog will get more hits if I talk about him more. And he isn't kidding. :) He has asked me several times when I was planning on blogging again, knowing my next post was about him. Well, today is the day!

When I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to tell Tanner in a fun way. I tested positive on a Thursday morning before work. I work with Tanner and I see him several times a day and usually have lunch with him. That Thursday was no different. I was around him all day long! I was nervous that I'd give it away somehow, but I managed to keep myself together. 

I thought all day long about what I was going to do and finally thought of the perfect way to tell him. I bought my nephew Max a gown and blanket set before he was born and he had his newborn pictures made in it. After that, I purchased a boy and a girl set where all of our future kiddos can have the same pic! Love! 

This picture was taken during his newborn photoshoot.. Isn't that adorable?

So, I put both baby girl and baby boy outfits in a sweet little box and also snatched a picture of our sweet girl, Hallie from the fridge and printed "big sis"  on it. 

So, so precious. 

And of course the pregnancy test. 

I boxed it up and nervously waited for him to come home for work. I heard him pull in and I couldn't wait to tell him! I walked outside and met him in the garage. He was just fiddling around in there and I simply told him I had a gift for him inside and I'd be right back with it. As I was walking back in the garage with "gift" behind my back he said "I think it's a wallet.. that's the only thing I need." He always tries to guess what I'm giving him and he's usually right.

So, he opens the box and looks at it for what felt like forever. He finally looked up and asked me if I was pregnant. I was still asking myself the same thing! Ha! He then proceeds to ask me what we were going to do with "this". "This" meaning the box with the test, outfits and picture. I didn't understand what he meant at first but he soon explained that our house cleaner could potentially see the box and know we were expecting. This also made me laugh because out of everything going on in his head right now, THIS was what he was legitimately concerned about! Where to put the box!

My favorite thing he said after finding out? Just this gem: "Maybe you'll start liking peanut butter, Chinese food and onions! That's what I hope comes out of all of this."

Truthfully, Tanner is beyond excited. He is all about our sweet boy and I love this new side of him that I am getting to see. He gives sweet reactions when I show him outfits or talk about Baby B's future. He is a wonderful person, a great husband, and will be the best daddy. We are blessed.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Finding out

Documenting the adventures of my future  growing family has always been the reason behind the start of Mrs Brown and Company Blog. Those with fibromyalgia can relate, memory ain't too hot anymore. And I really didn't have a great "rememberer" before the fibro.

I hope to keep my blog current with my pregnancy journey and all things baby when my sweet Baby B arrives. I'd love for you to follow along! 

The day I found out I would soon be a mommy!  

I had my suspicions. I mean, I've never been pregnant so I really didn't know but.. something was different. I mentioned it to Tanner and he is very open minded and calm natured. He said I should wait a week or so then test. I kind of thought that was a good idea. But since I have always wanted to surprise him with being pregnant, I stopped talking about any of the early symptoms. Sneaky, I know. 

So without talking about it and kind of putting it out of my mind for a few days, I really didn't think about it much. Some may think that's crazy.. and looking back now it may be! But I would occasionally pat my belly and pray for the baby that could be inside there.

I had a birthing class (in the hospital I will deliver in) for my doula training after work one afternoon and I thought it was a perfect opportunity to pick up a test. So, I go to Walgreens and did the most awkward thing I have ever done. Buying a pregnancy test is so much more embarrassing than buying tampons. I have no idea why I was embarrassed. I felt everyone was staring at me and giving me a "oh!" look. Big eyes and a slight smile. I wanted out of there. I purchased 2 boxes of Clearblue pregnancy tests, deodorant (because I was sweating like a fool at Walgreens), a note pad for my birthing class and chocolate bar. What? I'm pregnant! ;)

I stuck my tests in my lunch box (didn't want Tanner to look in my purse) and ate my chocolate bar on the way to class. 

The birthing class teacher was a sweetie. She had us introduce ourselves and each lady announced her name and how many weeks pregnant she was. It was my turn and I quickly spit out "I'm Whitney! And I'm not pregnant..." Because I wasn't! Or maybe I was but didn't know forsure yet. And if I was pregnant, I wasn't telling them first! 

That was the very moment that it hit me. And  I almost cried. In that very moment I realized that I very well could be pregnant. The entire class I was thinking of how I really could have a baby in my belly. Because, I promise, I thought about it every morning and kind of wondered. I bought the tests and thought I could be. But it wasn't real to me until I declared I wasn't pregnant. 

Tanner met me in Owensboro and we went to our churches life groups that night. I didn't say a word! It was so hard not to talk to Tanner about my crazy afternoon, I tell him most everything! 

I brought the lunch box in the house and put it in a safe place I knew Tanner wouldn't look. The next morning I pulled the box out and took it to the bathroom with me. Knowing it could take a 3 minutes for it to give a result, I set a timer and tried not to look. But 10 seconds in this happened. 

Then I did the "oh!" look. For like ever. Then this happened. 

2-3 means 4-5 weeks pregnant. I almost died! I was 5 weeks and 2 days pregnant! I used 3 of the 4 tests because I thought Tanner may want to see one in action. All of them were positive and all them gave results in less than 15 seconds. 

I started thinking of ways I could tell Tanner. I took a picture with this Adopt Shoppe necklace I didn't even remember ordering but received it in the mail. I thought I may send it to him in a text but quickly decided I wanted to be with him when he heard the news. 

I was so shocked and excited and nervous and scared and happy and emotional. I had no words. I just remember busting out laughing several times on the way to work. Then I'd wipe a tear or two when I thought how special this was. I couldn't believe it. And I couldn't wait to tell my hubby about our growing family! <3

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Big News

Tanner and I are so very excited to announce that we are expecting! A new little pumpkin will be added to our patch this spring! We are elated, thrilled and still a bit in shock! :) 

We have been asked probably a thousand times when we were going to have babies. Our plan was to hold off on kiddos until our dream house was built and we were absolutely positively ready to settled down and have children. We love to travel, follow Hunter's racing schedule and jump in the truck for a weekend trip to Nashville. We have loved the freedom of being married and doing whatever we wanted. We have cherished our time together, just the two of us. 

What's funny is, God had other plans. His plans and timing is perfect and I am so thankful he chose me to carry a beautiful creation of His! It truly is a gift. Watching my belly grow, hearing the heartbeat, seeing the baby wiggle on the ultrasound machine. It is overwhelmingly beautiful. 

Tanner and I have had a wonderful time surprising family members! Everyone knew our plan and had kind of calmed down with the baby questions. They've been shocked and so happy! Our baby will be loved. 

I will document how I found out and told Tanner, how we told our family and the details on our gender reveal party! YES... We already know what we're having! 

A precious little boy! More to come! 💙

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