Thinking back on our first ultrasound, I have to take you back to December 2012. I remember it like it was just recently. Prior to our first ultrasound, we discussed the best time to share the news of our pregnancy, with our families (immediate). It was actually harder than I thought, but we both knew they would be happy whenever we told them. Of course, there’s the first trimester risk for miscarriage. That weighed heavy on me because I knew my mom experienced miscarriage, which meant that I could too. My husband would remind me to “take it easy” and most of the time, refused to let me lift things. I know he was just being cautious and it was his way of supporting me. It was difficult for me, at times, because I wanted to do things. Also, we didn’t want to tell our family too early. Hope that makes sense.
When we discussed when to share the news with our family, we decided on 2 options…Christmas or New Year’s. We ended up choosing New Year’s because of the date of our first ultrasound. Our ultrasound was in between both days, which made our decision easier. Although I wasn’t quite at 12 weeks, New Year’s made the most sense and we would have evidence to show – our ultrasound.
The purpose of our first ultrasound was to determine a due date by taking appropriate measurements. So, that’s what happened. I remember seeing a side profile of our baby and being simply amazed. I didn’t have any words, nor could I believe that baby was inside of me! I think my heart skipped a beat, or 2. It was SO cool and very interesting to view. It was awesome. At that point, I couldn’t wonder about being pregnant, I had evidence! We received 2 pictures from our ultrasound.
After our ultrasound we talked about how we would tell our families. Hmm. New Year’s Eve is my sister-in-law’s birthday and we spend it with my family. We have a tradition of making toasts at midnight with sparkling cider. Our toasts are pretty much resolutions for the new year and/or something we’re looking forward to in the new year. We go in order according to age, oldest to youngest, starting with my dad. Oh ya, we make 2 toasts each, so we waited until the 2nd round to say our clever toast. Also, after each person says something, we lightly tap our glasses together. When it was our turn, we decided I would say, “to our little baby” and then my husband would follow up with, “to a healthy pregnancy.” We would see how this would go!
In sharing the news with my husband’s family, we decided that he would call his parents before midnight and then send texts to his siblings at midnight. So, during the evening my husband went outside to call his parents. He went outside so no one else would hear before it was time to toast. 🙂
Midnight approached and it was time for our toasts. My husband came inside after talking with my in-laws but he wasn’t able to talk to me about it because of the timing of things. Then he told me his phone died. He used up his battery and needed to use my phone to send the texts. He tried at least 3 times to send the texts with the picture but it wouldn’t sent. Lol. So he ended up sending the texts and emailing the ultrasound picture. He later told me that he had to do the same thing with his parents. The picture wouldn’t send. Lol. I should have known that was a foreshadowing of things to come.
The glasses were ready and filled with cider. Everyone made their toasts and we completed the first round. The second round came and it was our turn to go. I went first, because yes, I’m a few months older than my husband, only months. Lol. I said, “to our little baby.” We all tapped our glasses and took a sip of cider. Then my husband went, “to a healthy pregnancy” and the same thing happened. We were about to move to my nephew when my dad leaned over to my mom and said, “did I hear that right?” My mom confirmed that he had and there was a little pause. I decided to intervene because I realized the news had gone over everyone’s head. LOL.
I got up and brought out our ultrasound to share. Before passing it around, I told everyone I was 10 weeks pregnant. We passed the ultrasound around and everyone was surprised, except my mom of course, because she’s the only one that knew. Our clever attempt to share the news didn’t exactly turn out the way we planned, but it’s ok. It was definitely entertaining. I know we’ll remember it for a long time. 🙂
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