So here's the whole story..

**This is going to be a long post. I'll try to keep it short but for journaling purposes, I want to remember all the details.**

My family and I met Nick up in Spokane on Monday August 6th and I was so relieved to finally be there. The car ride up was really long and I felt so embarrassed because I made it even longer by asking my dad to stop every hour and a half because I had to pee so bad. I was clueless. Then we got up here and I was so anxious to hit the stores and start furniture shopping! So, Tuesday & Wednesday were nonstop shopping and setting up furniture. I started feeling so weird but was still clueless. I was feeling very energetic and then suddenly I would get so tired and HAD to sit down or I would pass out... and not to mention (sorry for the T.M.I.) but my boobs were insanely sore. I started getting the hints now. 

I told Nick how I was felling and that's when I finally admitted that all these "weird things" I was feeling were actually pregnancy symptoms. I really didn't want to get my hopes up but on Thursday morning -August 9th- Nick suggested that I take a pregnancy test. My parents were leaving that day and if I was pregnant it would be SO fun to tell them the good news in person. So I went into the bathroom and took the test. Within 3 seconds 2 very bold lines appeared on the test.

I just stared in shock. Then I ran out the door to my pacing husband and started screaming/crying/shaking all at once and held out the positive test. He couldn't believe his eyes either. I don't think either of us has ever been happier in our lives. After a year of trying and months of disappointment we FINALLY have a baby growing in my tummy!!

After lots of hugging, kissing, crying (on my part), screaming (me, again), and shaking (yup, just me) we  said a prayer of gratitude for this amazing blessing. Then, it was time to get down to business... my family was leaving in an hour and we had to think of a fun way to tell them! So, I searched my boxes for some cute paper or something. No luck. All I could find was a black sharpie, white & pink post-its and some colorful construction paper. It would have to do. I came up with a plan. I made a dinky "I'm pregnant" sign out of my lame scraps and we put the sign at the bottom of a bag full of treats for my family's long road trip home. 

I was so nervous/excited as we were walking into their hotel room and couldn't wait one second longer for them to open the little gift we had brought them. I'm so glad Nick caught the reaction on camera...

Oh I love this...It makes me cry every time I watch it.

We could barely contain our excitement. -don't mind the dinky sign-

>>So we sent them on their way with lots of hugs and tears and the best news possible. It was a great way to end our time with them and officially begin our new life in Washington.<<

Next, we had to figure out how we were going to tell the rest of our family. A little more tricky since we couldn't tell any of them in person but thank heavens for skype/facetime! We figured that they would want to see our new place so we skyped each family and took them on a little tour of our apartment--with a little surprise in the guest bedroom. :) Here is what they saw...

Living Room

Living Room

Master Bathroom

Master Bedroom

Guest Bathroom
And last but not least...

The reactions were hilarious. It took some people a while to understand what we were trying to say and others got it right away. Either way, there were always tears, screams and lots of congratulating. It was SO fun!

The last big announcement was for Chase & Destiny. They had known all about our struggles with trying to get pregnant, so I knew it would be impossible to try to keep it a secret from them. We had to wait a whole week (torture!) until they moved back up to Spokane and we could tell them the big news. I wanted to blurt out "I'M PREGNANT" right when I saw Destiny but Nick was at school and made me promise that I wouldn't tell them until he was home. Longest day ever. We helped them unload their car, move the furniture out of their storage unit, then move the furniture up to their new apartment. It was killing me! Not to mention, I felt awkward trying to think of excuses as to why I wasn't helping to lift anything and why I was so tired. Finally we had a minute to sit down and I brought out my present "for baby P"...

Their reaction was priceless. Destiny immediately started crying and Chase just kept saying "No shot!" and there was lots of hugging. They couldn't believe it. It was SO fun.

As you can imagine, our first two weeks up here in Spokane were a total whirlwind of emotions. Moving to a new place, being away from all our family, meeting new people, starting law school, and finding out we are having a baby...our lives completely changed in just a matter of days. We love it and could not be any happier with our current situation. We are so blessed.