Finding out

The word “shocked” doesn’t even come close to how I was feeling when I saw two little lines on the pregnancy test.


Just like most things in life, finding out that I was pregnant did not go anything like I imagined it would.

Justin and I have been trying for a little while. When we started, I would buy the “tells you 6 days sooner” pregnancy tests and take them even though I wasn’t even close to my period date. Naively, I thought it would happen right away. Why wouldn’t it? 

Many months in to the trying, and facing the reality month after month that we did not conceive, I stopped buying pregnancy test. I did not give up on getting pregnant, but I had to stop teasing myself  with the little glimmer of hope that a plastic stick could give us.

Justin and I went to an unhelpful “infertility*” consultation appointment with my gynecologist in January. She immediately suggested I get on Clomid, which I was relatively apprehensive about, and didn’t have much else to offer besides that. We left wondering why there wasn’t going to be a little bit more investigation into both Justin and I before I started taking a medication to help me ovulate. What if Justin is sterile? Or it isn’t an ovulation issue with me? 
(*I use the word infertility here only because that is what the appointment was called. Even before finding out that I’m pregnant, I would not classify Justin and I as “infertile”. It just took 14 months to conceive.)

I heard a lot of negative things about Clomid, but I also heard that it worked for a lot of people. Based on an awful experience with a hormonal birth control, I was very nervous about taking something that would alter my hormones again. I had two horrible migraines the month I was trying birth control, many years ago, and I wasn’t sure if that would happen again on Clomid. 

I told that doctor that I would follow up, which I never did, and decided to purchase ovulation sticks from Amazon to see if I could track down when/if I was ovulating. THEN we could move forward. I needed a little bit more information before I started taking anything.

I happened to be traveling almost every weekend in March for both business and pleasure, so I decided to start tracking my ovulation in April. 

My period had been arriving a few days late every month, which made it hard to know when to expect it. So, as the days passed in April, I waited for the 13th to arrive–which should have been when my period began. Well, it was late. And I thought it was rude. I remember telling Justin, “My stupid period is late. This is so annoying. I just want it to get here already so I can stop thinking about it.”

Well, it didn’t come. And I did not wonder if I was pregnant. I was gone for so much of March, the odds of us concieving were less than any other month we had been trying. It truly didn’t even cross my mind.

Monday morning, April 15th, I fished out a pregnancy test that came with my ovulation kit.

I read the instructions, which told me I needed to dip this test in a cup instead of doing the traditional “pee on a stick” method and I decided there was no way I was going to go through that hassle just for a negative test. I used the “wrong” method (for this test), set it on the counter, and returned to my home office to continue working. 

A few minutes later I had forgotten about that test, and I hopped up to go “confirm the negative” result. 

I walked in the bathroom and saw two pink lines. 

“Huh. Weird. These tests are opposite from the store-bought ones. Usually two lines mean positive but it must mean negative on these. . .”

I picked up the instructions and saw that two lines meant positive. 

And I stood there. Heart pounding. Praying, “Lord, protect my heart please. This has to be wrong.” 

I checked the test about 56 times, making sure there were, in fact, two lines. And then I was annoyed that I hadn’t even taken the test correctly! (irony at it’s finest)

So I conclude that it was probably a false positive, and I need to get my heart rate down by taking a Clear Blue Easy test. So I guzzle as much water as I can, run out to the drugstore, come home, and take that test following every rule I possibly could. 

As it was processing, I continued to pray. “Lord. Please protect my heart. I know this isn’t real. It’s never positive.”

As the plus sign began to form on the Clear Blue Easy test, I put my hand on my heart and looked at myself in the mirror. 

“I might be pregnant.”

I took a third test just for extra confirmation and that was positive too.

So there I stood, with my cats snoozing on our bed in utter ignorance of what was happening, with this realization that everything just changed. Forever. 

I sat on my bed and thought, “What on earth do I do next?” It’s such a strange feeling to learn you are pregnant, but notice that nothing in your day to day changes at all. Justin was at work. I had blog work to do. Justin had homework to do later.

But everything was different.

So I begin to think of a way to tell Justin, and get that ready. His birthday was just days away, so I went out and bought a card for him as an “early birthday gift”.

The day crawled. 

I decided to tell Justin later that evening, closer to bedtime, since he had homework to do that evening. I couldn’t exactly bombard him with the information that our lives are forever changed and then say, “okay, have fun studying!”

He walks in the door, and I’m in the kitchen making dinner.

“How was your day?” He asks.

“Fine. You know, the usual. Blog stuff. . .” I reply. I’m a pretty good liar.

We continue to chat as usual over dinner, and then he gets ready to do his work. I had a meeting with a friend that night, so I kept that on the schedule so nothing looked suspicious.

I returned home, ran upstairs to grab the card, and as I walked down the stairs my heart started pounding.

I paused for a distinct moment to thank the Lord for this moment.

I handed him the card, and sat there almost in tears. He opens it slowly, suspecting nothing, and starts to read it.

The front of it said, “For your birthday I’d like to give you the world. . .”
And the inside read, “But my heart will have to do.” I crossed out “my heart” and wrote “our baby” beneath it and followed that with “I’m pregnant! Oh my gosh! I love you! Happy Birthday!”

He looks up at me quickly with his face full of shock and emotion.

I said, “I’m pregnant!”

We hugged, I cried, and he got up from the couch to go sit on the stairs (because that makes sense. . . right?).

He looks up at me and says, “We have so much to do!”

“We’ve got 9 months. We have plenty of time!”

The rest of the evening we just smiled, looked at each other, and sat in silence as both of our minds raced. We’d chat a little bit about how crazy it is to find out this news. How we are the only two people in the world who know. Such a strange, but special, feeling.

The next day we told both sets of parents and our families. Everyone was thrilled for us, and it was such a gift to hear their reactions.



And now, already into the second trimester, I can still remember that night like it was yesterday. I feel immeasurably blessed by God that we were able to conceive naturally. Through the year of trying, I heard from more women than I could imagine who were unable to conceive without outside help, and knowing that has truly magnified what a gift this really is. 

*I’m aware that many people have differing opinions on using outside help to conceive. This can be a tough subject to talk about, so all I’d ask of you is to be sensitive and considerate in the comments.

Edit Update: Just to clear up any possible confusion, we did not stop trying in March. I was traveling a lot, so we just were not able to try as often as we did other months. I don’t believe in the “just relax and you’ll get pregnant right away” theory. I believe in God’s timing.

Comments

  1. says

    So precious! I’ve stalked your blog for a long time and never commented but this is so lovely. With our first baby, I arranged to meet my husband for dinner and told him I’d found a fun book for him. He opened it and it was a baby names book. Seeing that smile on his face is one of my most special and favourite memories. Congratulations and wishing you the happiest, healthiest pregnancy!

  2. says

    I was on Clomid from December until February. As soon as I gave up on that Idea… Bam!! I became pregant that march! We are both due within weeks of each other!! (December 3) We tried almost 18 months and even had an appointment with a fertility Dr. to start learning more about IVF, and artificial insemination. Little did I know at that appointment I was already pregnant!!! Congrats, I am so very happy for you!!!!

  3. says

    I’m so happy for you! It took us 18 months to conceive the first time. Our daughter was 1 when we decided to stop preventing, thinking it would take as long to get pregnant again. You know what they say about best laid plans, right? We got pregnant the second month and now number 2 is due this November. :) Sometimes I think our bodies just need to do something once and then they figure it out. I hope your pregnancy goes smoothly and that we both survive the summer in NC being pregnant!

  4. says

    Thanks for sharing your story. I’m almost into my third trimester with my second child but my husband and I had a similiar experience with conceiving our first. My eyes filled with tears reading this. Congrats again!

  5. says

    I have to admit, I read your blog daily and may have squealed the day I read your post about the rocket scientist and the hairstylist because you always make things so personal and it seems as if I actually know you just from reading your blog everyday! But reading this one just made me smile the whole way through – again, congratulations to both you and Justin. Enjoy planning for your baby – can’t wait to read future posts about baby Bryan and things that happen along the way!

  6. says

    Oh Kate… I totally just cried like a baby reading this! lol. Now I have to fix my makeup before work! I don’t know you and you don’t know me but I’m extremely happy for you and your family! :) Congratulations!

  7. says

    I found out April 9th. My husband and I suffered an ectopic pregnancy in January and we were shocked when the test came back positive in April. There was only one time it could have happened in March, when we were using protection and thought we were in a “safe zone” from ovulation. People say when you aren’t trying is when it happens and they couldn’t be more right. We are due in December. :)

  8. says

    What I love about this: You got pregnant the the month you stopped trying! You thought there was no chance, and lo and behold, you got pregnant! Same thing happened to me! I’m about a week ahead of you, and the same happened to me! Hubby was deployed, he came home and I was sure I’d already ovulated. I’d been off BC for a year and decided I wanted to get back on, but I couldn’t till I had talked to him, and I couldn’t talk to him till he got home. So we discussed it and I decided to wait for my period to get back on it, just to make sure. My cycles are never the same, so I had a few days that it could have started. And they came and went. I thought it wasn’t possible, I haven’t been fertile since he got home! Well I finally took the test and you know the rest. It’s amazing how it happens as soon as you stop thinking about it!
    Congratulations!! I’m so stoked for you and I almost started crying reading this!

  9. says

    Love this! What a sweet story. It’s amazing how much those little plastic sticks can hurt, isn’t it? And even then you can take them too early and get a false negative. It can be such a roller coaster. The month we got pregnant, I promised myself not to take a test until I was definitely late – at least a week. Just to be sure. I love that you got to reveal to your hubs in a special way. I was so dumbfounded and no good at keeping secrets from him, I just brought him the test, completely speechless. lol

  10. says

    Congratulations Kate! I read your blog all the time, but never comment. Today, I felt such wonderful news deserved a congratulatory note :) It took me 12 months to get pregnant. I completely understand the evil tricks our bodies can play on us sending our periods a few days late and driving us into the drugstore in a panic to buy pregnancy tests. Only to get that negative result and our periods a few days later.
    I hope you are feeling well! I look forward to your baby planning posts! Congrats again! All the best to you and your family.

  11. says

    We had a very similar situation, after a miscarriage, it took months and months. I finally surrendered it to the Lord in desperation, took 1 round of Clomid, and surrendered it to the Lord daily. It was the first cycle I didn’t stress. I prayed for a spirit of expectancy! Well, our daughter just celebrated her 1 year birthday. Congrats to you, I felt your pain wholeheartedly. Being a parent, especially a Mom is SUCH an amazing feeling. Enjoy every moment, and every kick!

  12. says

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful moment! I cried happy tears in excitement for you and hoping for this wonderful moment (some day :) ) for me and my soon to be husband.

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  14. says

    What a lovely story you will have to share with your baby and he/she will know how loved and wanted they are! Even though I have never met you and only read your blog, I can’t help but tear up at what a lovely time you have chosen to share with so many. Having gotten pregnant quickly the 1st time and waiting and waiting for the 2nd time, I can understand how you feel a little. Also, having a friend who used Clomid and had quadruplets, I was reluctant to try anything when I already had 1 healthy baby. I simply thought I was only blessed with 1 beautiful girl! It took a while but I didn’t finally get pregnant with our 2nd and since 3rd, when I didn’t expect it! The Lord has plans for us and I look forward to your baby posts and long for the 1st that you are going to experience! It is such an emotional time and you will love every minute of it!

  15. says

    What a beautiful story, brought happy tears to my eyes! I agree with you that ALL THINGS happen by God’s timing, the hard part is patience :-) I am so happy for you and Justin though, CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  16. says

    What a blessing Kate!! It really is all in His perfect timing and thrilled for you and your husband. So funny how he sat on the stairs…makes perfect sense in the moment :)

  17. says

    Such a great story! I can relate we tried for about 17 months, and I was given many wrong dx’s from Dr’s before I figured my real problem, which took only a few short months to fix (I gained weight) and bam I was pregnant. Excited to follow along with your pregnancy!

  18. says

    Such a beautiful post, thank you for sharing it. I had tears in my eyes reading that and remembering just how amazing it feels so see those “two pink lines”. God bless you and your growing family!

  19. says

    Congratulations! I did everything you did. Bought the ovulation kits on amazon and my dr put me on Clomid. Found out I was pregnant two weeks ago but unfortunately God had other plans as we just found out I am miscarrying. You give me hope that it can happen.

  20. says

    It took everything I had not to start bawling at my desk at work right now over this story. Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations. When you announced you were pregnant, it felt like my own sister telling me. I’m so happy for you and your husband!

    Nicole
    nicolemarica.com

  21. says

    Reading this has got me tearing up! I am both happy and envious of you. I have been trying and two months ago went to a Dr to see if anything was wrong. He started me on Clomid the first month & then switched me to another pill the second month. Both months I had something happening that made us feel we were pregnant, but I wasn’t. This last month my period was even a week late. I told my husband I couldn’t take the ups and downs any longer and we decided to not go back to the Dr. Its hard to keep your spirits up, but reading your blog has me hoping and praying that my luck will change and we will conceive one day on our own too.

  22. says

    Congratulations! I definitely shed some tears reading this as I know how great God’s gifts are. My husband and I found out I was pregnant in September of 2011, but sadly it ended in miscarriage. The last year and a half have been filled with so many struggles and anxiety. We started clomid in January. And we found out that I’m pregnant on May 4th. At 9.5 weeks now, it still feels so surreal, like a dream! Good luck with everything!

  23. says

    Thank you so much for your story! My husband and I are on month 12 of trying to conceive and the Lord has been working in my heart. I now have a peace that it is all in His hands, whereas before I would be sad when my period would come after I tried so hard to do everything right. I have also decided to spend this time understanding my body and how God made me. I have had such a refreshing view on why God would have us go through this as I have learned all about ovulation, cervical fluid and every other term that sounds weird to write (or say) and want to share with other women who are struggling. I’m now grateful that the Lord has given me this time with Him.

  24. says

    This post is the BEST! So sweet — thank you for sharing! I know this will still be mainly a fashion/hair/beauty blog, but I really look forward to baby posts every now and then :)

  25. says

    Congrats Kate! I feel like I know you from your videos, so I am beyond thrilled that you two are expecting!!! It is one of the most wonderful feelings seeing a positive pregnancy test, the next most wonderful thing is seeing your baby and hearing him/her cry for the first time! We just had our first baby in August and, let me tell you, your heart will change and grow so much…everyone says that “I never knew I could love someone this much,” well it is true. I have the most love for my son, it is amazing! He is going to be a year old in 2 months! Cherish EVERY moment! It goes by so fast, but every second is worth it and it is the best. Congrats again!! You are going to be a wonderful momma!

  26. says

    Beautiful story, congrats! We had a similar experience not expecting it after being so sure it was going to happen the month before. You are just in awe on what this little test is telling you. Crazy but awesome. So excited for you!

  27. says

    Congratulations! God’s timing is wonderful. :-) I’m sorry your gyn wasn’t more helpful. Your instincts were right–you really have to be careful with hormones and Clomid. Personally, hormonal birth control sent me into a horrible depression and I’m so thankful I figured out (all on my own no thanks to the doctors) that it was the culprit for the depression. Clomid is the reason I have a little brother. But Clomid is also the reason I have quadruplet cousins. Eeeks!

    Have a wonderful and healthy pregnancy! You’re right–your life is forever changed. Being a mom is an amazing adventure!

  28. says

    Congrats! I love your blog and am so happy for you and Justin. Tears of joy ran down my face as I just read this story. God is so good and has a plan for all of us. My husband and I were lucky enough to only “try” for 3 months before getting pregnant and I pray that it’s as easy the second time around. You are going to be wonderful parents!

  29. says

    I’ve been following your blog now for the last couple months and absolutely LOVE EVERYTHING you put out there. You’ve inspired me to love doing my hair again (I was un uninspired stylist before I stumbled upon your blog) and I just love reading everything else you post! This post touched my heart as it brought back fond memories of when I found out I was pregnant. As time goes by you forget how much that simple little moment really did change the course of your life forever. Thank you for reminding me of the joy I felt, and for sharing your story. Congratulations to you and your husband:) Keep doing the amazing work you do.

  30. says

    I totally understand! After over a year of negative results and not letting myself hope the two lines were indescribable… I spent over a week saying: “IF this is happening…”

    I’m now half way through the 7th month and there is still so MUCH to do! We’re kinda going a little crazy now that time is running out and we have nothing done yet :)

    Have a great 2nd trimester… it really is the easiest one.

  31. says

    A big congrats! The love you will have for this child will be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced! Children are truly a miracle from God. He is amazing in his ways. With our second I had some issues during the pregnancy. Eventually I came to the realization that I needed to trust Him to do what was best. Things couldn’t have worked out better. God is good, and may he bless you through this truly miraculous journey!

  32. says

    Girl!!!! Stop apologizing and using disclaimers – YOU’RE PREGNANT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved this post…I actually cried. I too was the victim of countless negatives so I felt all of your emotion over again! Here’s to a wonderful pregnancy and healthy beautiful baby!!

  33. says

    This post made me tear up. I’m in constant awe of Gods love and grace that He pours out on us. I don’t know you in person but I’m so excited for you. My baby boy is 2 months old and being his mommy has been my greatest joy!

  34. says

    Ok I am totally crying right now. I am so happy for you congratulations! Having a baby is the most amazing thing you will ever do, my best to you and your husband.

  35. says

    God is incredible. I love when He shows us that He is in charge and that it is all about His timing, not ours. Such a wonderful story and testimony. #crying

  36. says

    I absolutely love how you told your husband. And I’m so impressed that you had the willpower (and selflessness) to wait until the end of the day, when you knew he would be able to enjoy the news the most. So happy for you both.

  37. says

    Kate,
    This Nana was in tears reading you blog today! I am so happy, that you have finally been blessed this way. Your right you life will change, your heart will grow in way you never thought possible! So happy for you two!
    In Gods Love,
    Nana Trae

  38. says

    I agree, God’s timing is everything! While my husband and I did not have a hard time conceiving either time, this time around we are dealing with the shock of finding out we are having TWINS, something we never expected! To say God has a hand in all things has never been more the case as I have to trust he will not give me more than I can handle. How exciting for you and your hubby! :)

    • says

      I tell myself that God will help me handle what I’m given. For some reason it’s more comforting this way; I suppose it’s because I feel so overwhelmed at times and wonder why have I been given more than I can handle. I have to stop and remind myself that God will help me handle what I’ve been given.
      Congrats on the twins!

  39. says

    I think Ive cried more since you shared your news with me than I have because of pregnancy hormones! I love watching The Lord work through you and Justin and your story! Can’t wait to see your cute bump in Sept!!!

  40. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your personal life with us! I love reading your blog, and seriously teared up the day you announced your pregnancy! I was telling my Mom all about it later, and my sister interupted with, “How do you know this person?”. The look she gave me when I said I didn’t, that I just follow your blog, was pretty funny! So so ecstatic for you!

  41. says

    I’m so happy for you and that you got this moment! It’s such a special memory!

    I’m a bit shocked that your doctor suggested Clomid without testing you both further like you said. There is nothing wrong with using fertility drugs if you need them but that seems very irresponsible to prescribe them without fully knowing if or what the problem may be.

  42. says

    Congratulations Kate and thanks for making me cry early in the morning before I even began my work day! ;) I recently became a mom and our baby boy is 3 months old, so I think I am still a little hormonal hence the tears! Congratulations! I hope you have a healthy pregnancy! Good luck with everything!

  43. says

    this has to be one of the sweetest things i’ve read. and i’m not one for the sweet stuff normally. congratulations a thousand times over lady.

  44. says

    So excited for you! I remember taking my temperature every morning for months – I had a spreadsheet and by the time we conceived, I felt like a science project. Blessings to you for a happy, healthy, and enjoyable pregnancy! You will be a beautiful pregnant woman!

    Alyssa

  45. says

    Congrats, your post today is very touching and brought tears to my eyes. God is so good. I am excited to follow you along as I am also pregnant with my first baby due December. Congrats again :)

  46. says

    Tearing up at work reading this post. Thank you for sharing. I also wanted to say “good for you” for not blindly following your OB’s advice. Dr’s are not infallible. If something doesn’t feel right then you should trust yourself. So many people are afraid of not listening to the “professionals,” but they forget that the professionals are just people, too. I hope you find someone whose opinion you trust and you feel completely comfortable with to work with during this amazing time in your life.

  47. says

    What a sweet story – it made tear up! Next month it will be a year of trying for us, and still nothing. I’ve definitely imagined quite a few times how I would tell my husband. I, too, remember when we first started trying and I took those early pregnancy tests like a week before my period was due, and I was so hopeful. I haven’t taken one of those in a long time. I also agree with you – I don’t really think it’s “relax and it will happen.” I think it’s God’s timing.

  48. says

    Aww, I love this! It brings back so many memories from January for me. It took us 19 months to conceive, and I remember standing in the bathroom after taking 2 tests because I didn’t believe the first one either ;) and crying so hard for joy because I never thought I’d see a positive after so many negatives. It’s a very special feeling that is hard to put into words. Our miracle is due in September, and it’s so true that God has the very best timing! Thanks for sharing your personal journey with us!

  49. says

    It is so exciting! This made me recall when I found out and had the exact “grab your heart and look in the mirror” moment! it’s the best, congrats! :)

  50. says

    This is so wonderful! I can’t believe you held it in through dinner, studying, and all of that. I’d be bursting at the seams!!!!!!!

  51. says

    Love your story!! 6 years later and I still remember our story like it was yesterday. It’s one you never forget! So very happy for you!!

  52. says

    How precious! You have shared your fertility struggles with your blog family before and I felt the Lord leading me to put you and your husband in my prayer journal. You are still there, I have just changed the need! God bless you both on this incredible journey :)

  53. says

    My oldest is 11 and I still remember the moment I read my first positive test and how I told my husband. Even 4 pregnancies later it still is the same moment of elation. Congratulations – may you have a wonderful pregnancy and a speedy delivery!

  54. says

    What a beautiful story, made me teary eyed! I will always remember the moment I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, one of the best days of my life and one I will never forget! Congratulations!

  55. says

    I almost cry with this!! I am so happy for you and Justin! I remembered being at home by my self when I found out I was pregnant and hubby was away on a business trip. It was a weird feeling! Congrats XOXO

  56. says

    This actually made me cry! You’re such a sweet and considerate person. The idea of the card…and even more so, the idea that you let the two of you take in the news by yourselves after letting him finish his homework is just so amazing to me. What an incredible story!
    Kerri at HollyMuffin

  57. says

    Kate, I am so excited for you. I lost my third baby and right tube January 1st of this year due to a tubal pregnancy. Reading about your journey in January wasw incredibly healing and I know that my pain, although differnt, was alone. I’ve prayed continually for you and Justin to have the joy my two boys have brought to my husband and me. I couldn’t be happy about you. My God bless your pregnancy and your marriage during this magical time. Enjoy every minute!

  58. says

    Oh, Kate. This made me cry. We tried for almost three years to get pregnant with our 2nd, and there was so much frustration and so many tears shed during that time. But God is so good…it is definitely in HIS timing. So happy for you and Justin…enjoy every second of this amazing journey!

  59. says

    The way you are able to portray these experiences into words are amazing. I love the special time when it is only my husband, myself and God who know we are pregnant. I also love being the only one to feel the flutters and kicks. It’s like a special secret in my heart. Pregnancy is wonderful and beautiful even if it is uncomfortable. Congratulations.

  60. says

    aw this made me tear up at work! thank you for sharing your story. my bff had been trying for over 5 years, and she is now preggo! it really is all about God’s timing! congratulations! can’t wait to hear more of your journey.

  61. says

    We’re due with our first in December, too, and there’s so much that I can relate to with your story. There was the smallest window of opportunity, and I was just plain irritated with my late period because how on earth was I even going to get pregnant without a period?! Well, I WAS pregnant, just not expecting it at all. I took three tests that day, too, because I’d taken so many with a negative outcome that we just simply couldn’t believe it. :)

    It’s pretty awesome, right? Even amidst the barfing and awful changes to my body already, I am so thrilled.

    COngratulations to you & your husband. Yay for CHristmas babies. :)

  62. says

    I love that you have this moment documented – something you will always be able to go back and read and feel all those same emotions as the day it happened! Congrats to you!

  63. says

    I am so happy for you guys. We did have to have outside help to get pregnant. I figured that now we knew what was wrong and that because I was able to have a child he first time, we would be set for the future. I was wrong. When we decided to have a second child, I went to the doctor sure we would once again be able to overcome my medical issues (PCOS). Turns out we discovered more problems (AntiSperm in my blood) and after years of trying with many medical procedures for a second, we have learned that our first child was more a a miracle than we first realized and we have learned to be happy and content with our family of 3. Going through all of this has made me realize how much of a miracle every baby is, with or without medical help. I am truly happy for you guys.

  64. says

    What a beautifully written post. I am so happy for you both! It *is* such a delicious time to have with your spouse and bonds you together in a whole new way. I peed on 10 (!!!!) pregnancy tests and then went to the doctor to confirm it *just* to be sure. Lol. After you’ve been disappointed it feels so strange to have a positive result. That kiddo is 10 years old now. Pregnancy and parenthood are quite an adventure!

    Big Grins from Atlanta
    Lisa

  65. says

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this with your readers. You are such a genuine, kind, beautiful presence in the “blog” world and it is refreshing. You and your husband will be wonderful parents and, as a mom of 2 little girls, it will be the best adventure you ever take!

  66. says

    And you will remember that moment for a long long time (I say, as I stare at my almost-11-week-old baby, snoozing in his swing, and remember the moment I gave my husband a wrapped package — a few books on being a dad, and a positive pregnancy test!).

    I’m very happy for you and I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy. I am also insnaely grateful that we did not require medical intervention, though I have no judgment about it either way – just glad we didn’t have to go through it (we’re a bit older — 35 and 36).

    Best to you two!

  67. says

    Hi, I’m married to 4 year ago.
    we are trying to get pregnant 6 months.
    but reading your post…God knows the right time.congratulations
    kiss from Turkiye

  68. says

    Tears in my eyes – I know how you’ve tried so hard, and you are right, it’s in God’s special time. Many congratulations.

  69. says

    Congratulations! I couldn’t be happier for you and your husband. We tried for three years and then decided to see an RE where it was determined that we would most definitely need some help in the baby making department. We had to go the route of IVF w/ICSI. We have a seven yo, and three yo twins. Worth every moment of heartache (and money)!

  70. says

    This story was so sweet! Thanks for sharing! I feel like I keep hearing stories of people taking a pregnancy test “just to confirm that they’re not pregnant,” only to see positive results! So excited for you!

  71. says

    AAh, I cried reading this! I’m so happy for you. I am still in the “have been trying forever” boat, so I know how you were feeling. You are right – God had this in His plan all along!

  72. says

    I’m so glad I ran out of time this morning and didn’t apply mascara. It would be a runny mess right now (I never wear waterproof). Congrats. So happy for you three!

  73. says

    Awe this brought me to tears. I am so happy for you. It took us 26 months to conceive and we got help but I know the feeling of shock and surprise. So wonderful!!!

  74. says

    Lovely post — I’m so happy for you!

    I’m totally with you on God’s timing. Perhaps this was meant to happen after you shared your heart about trying to conceive a few months back … so many women were encouraged by your story!

  75. says

    This is my favorite post of yours! All our blessings come in His timing! He is never late. Congrats and God bless to you and Justin!

  76. says

    Congratualtions to you and your family! I was wondering back a few weeks ago when you were “under the weather” if you might have a little bun in the oven because I knew from your January post that you’ve been trying. I’m so estastic for you guys and can’t wait to read more about your journey to becoming a mommy!

  77. says

    I am just completely thrilled for you both – what a beautifully written post! I really felt your emotional journey – I was in tears at my desk! I am sure your baby will be loved so much.. wishing you so much happiness and joy and a very healthy baby! <3

  78. says

    So happy for you! You are such an example of trusting in the Lord, and it’s wonderful to read about how He’s blessed you :) I’m looking forward to baby hair tutorials down the road!! :-p

  79. says

    Kate, as I read your blog post, tears filled my eyes! I am so incredibly happy for you and cannot wait until it is my husband and I’s turn to feel the happiness that you and Justin felt.

    I loved your prayer “please protect my heart” I absolutely can relate to that. My husband and I have been labeled “infertile” and this is one of the hardest things I’ve been through. I remember month after month looking at that negative test and feeling my heart drop to the floor when it was negative, AGAIN. We now are getting help from the doctors and hope to be pregnant soon!

    I don’t believe in the “stop trying and it’ll happen”. I hate it when people say that to me. I believe it’s God’s timing too. And as much as I’m ready to be a momma, I have to wait on the maker of that baby to choose the right time.

    Can’t wait to follow you through your pregnancy! Congrats again.

    Ashley
    ashleysanderson1@hotmail.com

  80. says

    Congrats! I remember that special look on my husbands face. I wanted 2 get pregnant so bad that taking 6mts of trying was killing me. I was obsessed w/ pregnancy test. I finally had decided,we were trying to hard to get pregnant. We still tried but I told myself “don’t let this take over ur life,stop making yourself crazy”. If it was meant 2 b then it would happen. The very next month,I was pregnant. The second child,I expected it 2 take a while,so I just didn’t stress over it. I got off of bc and I was pregnant with one try. Now I have 2 beautiful boys ages 8 and 6. I hope your doin well.

  81. says

    I thank God for this precious gift he has given you and your husband. May your lives be filled with happiness and great joy all your days. God is a loving, caring, and kind father and He answers our prayers.

  82. says

    I was looking at your blog the other day & thought to myself “I bet she gets pregnant soon.” Maybe it’s “pregnant girl ESP” because I’m pregnant too lol! I also had trouble figuring out if/when I was ovulating so I totally understand how you felt. Trying to “relax & just let it happen” but also check each day to see if you’re ovulating is an oxymoron. From 1 expecting mama to another CONGRATS & I hope you have a wonderful, uneventful pregnancy!

  83. says

    I found myself smiling like fool as I read this post. How amazing for you 2! And it really is an odd, yet magical feeling to know that life has changed forever in the blink of an eye, but the world is still spinning around you like normal. Congrats!!!

  84. says

    So awesome! I too, remember that feeling of having my periods show up while trying for our second child, and the feeling of your heart sinking and the questions of “what if I can’t get pregnant” creeping into mind.

    So happy & excited for you both! Cannot wait to watch your pregnancy.. Many prayers for a healthy & smooth pregnancy!!

  85. says

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful, precious moment with us. I am truly so happy for you and your husband. I was completely smiling and tearing up as I read this.

    God’s timing and ways are always perfect.

    Also, to any women reading this who are currently struggling with infertility: hang in there! My heart is with you!

  86. says

    Congratulations! We are all so excited for you and Justin! It took almost 2 years of trying for my husband and I to get pregnant and I remember the day I told him he was going to be a dad like it was yesterday – and that was 12 years ago.

  87. says

    I remember the feeling of seeing those lines, too! We used ovulation predictors and the indicators on those are different than the pregnancy tests, so your mind gets muddled as to which is which. I actually threw away my POSITIVE test thinking it was negative, then fished it out of the garbage after I read the directions again. Glad it happened for you without intervention…doctors can be so quick to dole out pills and never get to the source of the problem. I had secondary infertility caused by severe endometriosis and was never diagnosed until it was too late. Many congratulations to you, Justin, and Baby Bryan!

  88. says

    Congratulations! I’m tearing up right now. I love reading your blog and I’m so happy for you! I have two little girls and that first realization when you find out you’re pregnant is the best feeling in the world and you never forget it! Enjoy your journey and I can’t wait to hear how the pregnancy is going!

  89. says

    I’m so happy for you! This made me cry. Probably because I’m due with our first baby in a week, and I remember like it was yesterday when we found out we were pregnant. I, like you, took the test to “confirm the negative.” I had thought it would take us a while to get pregnant so we weren’t preventing diligently, and, surprise, here we are! I totally get what you mean, how everything changes forever but all the day to day stuff stays the same. It’s weird when you’re the only ones who know that your lives will never be the same again! We didn’t feel ready for it right away, since it happened so fast (we had just bought a house, my husband is in grad school…), but you’re right, God’s timing is the best. We’ve seen that in many ways already throughout this pregnancy.

    I’ve had a lot of friends and family struggle trying to get pregnant and that has made me even more thankful for our little man. I just wanted to share, for your followers who are still struggling, there’s this thing called the Creighton Model. We were using it as a method of natural birth control, (of course it would have worked for that if I had payed attention to my chart…I’m glad I didn’t :) ) but a lot of couples use it to diagnose other issues that might be preventing pregnancy, like a progesterone deficiency or other things – I won’t go into the messy details. Anyway, I know a lot of people who have used this method and have had a lot of success with it. It’s not a sure thing, but it is a more natural and usually less expensive way of figuring out what might be keeping you from getting pregnant. I’ve seen how hard it is to long for a baby and not know how to get there, so I just wanted to share this here, in hopes that it might help someone. :)

    I’m so excited to follow you on this journey! Congrats!

  90. says

    This was incredible. He is SO great! As a long time reader of your blog and watcher of your videos, I could not be more happy for you. Congratulations!!!

  91. says

    I totally cried reading this! I remember the day I learned I was pregnant. I left the stick on the counter and freaked out waiting for my husband to get home. We went to dinner that night and just stared at each other in shock. It felt like we had just jumped on a speeding bullet train toward parenting and there was no getting off!! I’m so excited for you!

  92. says

    “Lord protect my heart”

    I prayed those exact words…and ended up finding out I was pregnant from an internet cheapy too…I didn’t believe it and took 3 more!!! Was so happy when you announced you were pregnant.

  93. says

    Kate, thanks for sharing. it gave me chills and a lump in my throat. Thanks for the example you have been in your blog and not being ashamed to post about prayer. your a great person.

  94. says

    I also found out I was pregnant in April, with our first – I think you and I must be due within days of each other! I agree, that moment of telling my husband we were pregnant (I awoke him at 5:30 am!!!) was so unbelievably special and neither of us will forget it. Those precious hours of the secret between the two of us were so wonderful!! I wish you all the best with your pregnancy and I can’t wait to see some of your maternity styles! :)

  95. says

    Congratulations! I just read your blog and cried tears of joy! It gave me hope. My husband and I have been trying as well and still are. God Bless your growing family!

  96. says

    This post made my heart sing and my eyes get wet! That is so wonderful. When we found out my husband was not working and I was VERY part time. I told him it looked like two pink lines to which he responded (while in bed) “Yep. [long pause] Guess it’s time to get a job!” and he got two weeks later! This sweet baby is going to change your life (which you already know and it already has) but it seriously is SO. MUCH. BETTER. It’s the craziest, most wonderful, and FUNNEST thing ever. Congratulations a million times over!

  97. says

    Your post just cracked me up. The irony of a lady desperately trying to get pregnant (1) not considering she was pregnant and then (2) assuming a positive pregnancy test was wrong just makes me smile. You are going to be a great mom, Kate.

  98. says

    Incredible post about your faith and always awaiting God’s ever perfect timing! Thank you for sharing as it brought me to tears leading up to how you told your husband. I can’t imagine the excitement in your hearts as you ventured into the next minute of now talking about your baby! So excited for your journey and will be praying that God just holds you tightly as you get ready to welcome your sweet baby into your lives. What a blessing to follow your blog and hear your faith, above everything revealed. :)

  99. says

    I found out on Monday that I’m pregnant for the second time (the first time ended in miscarriage back in April) and I, too, was shocked! I had it in my head that it was going to be difficult this time around and was trying not to get my hopes up too much again, so when I saw that little + sign, I couldn’t quite believe it. We were so busy in the month of May that we really only “tried” twice.

    I’m so happy for you guys that you didn’t have to go through all the pain (and expense) of infertility treatment and it happened naturally. Isn’t it always when you’re least expecting it? Congrats and thanks for sharing your story!

  100. says

    Totally cried for you and I don’t even know you. There is nothing like finding out you are pregnant for the first time. We tried for almost a year with no results, decided to stop all ovulation tracking and just have fun for a few months and bam, pregnant! I was over those stupid tests that I made my husband look when I was two weeks late. Totally foreign to him, he kept asking how he was supposed to tell. Eventually he said you look, I don’t know. Later he told me he had to turn away bc of the big goofy grin he could no longer hide:) 7 1/2 months later, we welcomed my baby boy into the world, 6weeks early and he continues to surprise us over and over, 6yrs later!

  101. says

    YEP Now I’m crying! I am so stinking excited for you and Justin! This story is SO MUCH like my “infertility” story with my 3rd! I absolutely agree that it is all in God’s timing and His timing is PERFECT! Praying for all those who are mother’s at heart, without a child and still hoping the next month will be “the one”. May God bless you and your growing family!!!!

  102. says

    What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing the highly personal details with us. I think it’s important to honor our feelings, our bodies, and God’s timing. Best wishes for a totally wonderful pregnancy, delivery and everything else.

  103. says

    I have been following your blog for a year now. It’s funny because everytime my daughter sees me with my laptop, she asks “are you checking out your blogger?” When you posted you were pregnant I shared the news with my daughter and also told her how you have been trying for a while. We both were really happy for you. We admire how you are such a giving person — your blog about giving the lady with leukemia a haircut touched us. You deserve to be blessed with a baby. Best wishes to you.

  104. says

    Congratulations, Kate! I’ve been following your blog along with your sister’s for a couple years now. I thank you for posting this very private information and sharing your journey with all of us. What an exciting time in your life! I look forward to hearing all about this next chapter! :)

    Best,
    Courtney

  105. says

    Congratulations, Kate! I’ve been following your blog along with your sister’s for a couple years now. I thank you for posting this very private information and sharing your journey with all of us. What an exciting time in your life! I look forward to hearing all about this next chapter! :)

    Best,
    Courtney

  106. says

    I have also been keeping up with your blog daily, but I’ve never commented. Your story is incredible. I’m so happy for you and your husband. I believe in God’s timing as well.:)

  107. says

    Congratulations!!! I can’t imagine what you went through in trying to get pregnant for 14 months!! My heart bleeds for those dark days you had, but celebrates with you now in your excitement!! My husband and I had a relatively easy time getting pregnant and I thank God for that every day for I don’t know if I would have been as strong as you if it took us 14 months. I look forward to reading about your pregnancy (as well as your usual posts) and sharing in your excitement as your due date approaches!! God is good!!

  108. says

    This post is so sweet. It takes me back to when I told my hubby we were expecting (my babies are now going on 11 and 8) It goes by so fast. Enjoy every. Single. Moment!

  109. says

    I’ve read this post three times now and each time I’ve gotten chills. (((((squee)))))

    It absolutely is in His perfect timing (even though we may not realize it until later). My story is very different from yours – I got pregnant at 17 and again at 19 (oops). At the time, I thought my world had ended but through time I realized what a blessing God gave me and even though I raised my babies through struggles and hardship, I truly know it was in His perfect timing!

    I am rejoicing for you and your husband!!!

  110. says

    Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations! THAT is the best news ever! It took my husband and I just over a year and 3 micarriages. All the prayers and positive energy…I really never thought one would ever “stick”. But, it did. We had our precious baby boy, just 9 short months ago and it will rock your world in the most incredible and perfect way! I have followed your blog and know I don’t “know” you, but I am brought to tears with excitement for all the blessings and magic your body, your baby and your hubby are about to experience. Being pregnant is so amazing (I’m not trying to say it was all peaches, bc there were definitely moments), but girl…it is all going to ROCK your world, again in the most precious way. Enjoy every moment and be present with the fact that you are carrying the most beautiful soul and have been gifted with the A.M.A.Z.I.N.G responsibility of guiding this perfect soul through this life! A thousand times…congratulations and I am SO heels of head happy for you! <3 XO

  111. says

    This brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful story. I had to take four pregnancy tests (a combination of brands and digital vs regular) before I believed the positive result. I wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  112. says

    Congratulations! I’m a fellow white, blonde gal who has really enjoyed and learned a lot from your tutorials.

    This is a wonderful post and I wish you all the best as you prepare for the arrival of your little one. – Leah in Jacksonville, NC

  113. says

    I have been a reader for over a year now but rarely comment (if ever!) but just had to stop by and say how happy I am for you and your husband. Reading this post brought happy tears to my eyes as it reminded me so much of my own discovery that I was pregnant. My husband and I weren’t actively trying but I had already decided from a young age that it would be hard for me to get pregnant. I have never had a regular cycle and was told by countless doctors that getting pregnant would be difficult. Until one month when my period didn’t show up (which isn’t anything out of the norm for me) I took a test just to make sure I wasn’t pregnant before starting birth control again. I just remember staring at that stick thinking, “really?! this can’t be happening!” Today I have a beautiful 8 month old daughter who has brought so much joy to our lives. Enjoy your pregnancy, it goes by so quickly and so slowly at the same time.

  114. says

    Kate,

    Thank you for sharing this most intimate and special part of your life with us. My husband and I are going to start trying soon and just the thought is intimidating. It is reassuring hear others stories and experiences. It is a scary step to take, but one that my husband and I are greatly looking forward to.

    Congratulations to you both. You all will be in my prayers.

  115. says

    That is so so exciting! My Hubs and I just found out that we are having our first baby as well! I just had my 10 week appointment yesterday! I can’t believe it. I remember the morning I found out just like it was yesterday too! I woke up around 3 AM with really bad cramps. Before I started taking my BC I had horrible cramps. (I actually didn’t have a period at all while on my BC). So when I woke up with cramps I quickly calculated in my head and realized that I had stopped taking my BC pretty much a month before that. So I thought I was either starting my first period again, or was pregnant. So when the pain finally subsided I got up to pee on a stick and could not believe my eyes!! I contemplated not waking the Hubs up and telling him in the morning but he had heard me in the bathroom and when I walked out of the bathroom the light was in his eyes so he asked if I was okay and I just squealed and told him the news and he jumped out of bed to look at the test. It was so exciting!!! We actually waited two weeks to tell our families because my mom is out of state and we knew she was coming down for Mother’s Day weekend so we decided to wait until then and tell everyone together. Perfect right? Mother’s day! =] Anyway I took a total of six of home pregnancy tests just to confirm! LOL
    Congratulations to you!!!!!

  116. says

    Congratulations! I can relate to so much of what you are saying. We are now pregnant with our fourth, but tried for over a year with this pregnancy. I think the time when you’re trying can be very difficult and very emotional. I’m so happy for you. And you’re right – everything’s changed! In a wonderful, blessed, joyful way. Good luck!

  117. says

    Hi Kate!!!
    Congratulations to you both! I am extremely happy for you and look forward to reading your updates on your blog every day! May I ask a simple question? Did the ovulation predictor kit you ordered from Amazon work for you? I didn’t notice that in this blog post. I was wondering because I would like to purchase them for myself as well! Sending lots of positive thoughts and happiness your way!!!!!

  118. says

    Aww congratulations! It’s been 14 months now for us and I’m still in the “it’s never going to happen for me” stage. I’m about to go buy those ovulating sticks to see if that might be my issue:/

  119. says

    Oh my goodness, congrats!! I just started following you about a month ago while looking for some new ways to do my hair. Just read this and got the goosebumps. What a great story. I wish you the best in your pregnancy and look forward to seeing your pregnancy fashion!

  120. says

    I love your story! Thanks for sharing. I have four children of my own and each pregnancy began a different way. I didnt have a hard time conceiving our first, but struggled to get pregnant each time after that, sometimes taking years. Doctors wanted me to take the chlomid too, but we decided against it. It really is the Lords timing:). Thanks again for sharing such a fun experience. I am so excited for you, babies are the sweetest!!

  121. says

    Your beautiful “finding out” made me cry and remember the exact moment I had the positive result with both of my girls. And we had the exact conversation of being the only ones in the world to know such special news, too. Congratulations!!

  122. says

    Thank you for sharing your story. You nailed all the swirling emotions perfectly! God is good, all the time…even through your tough time of waiting. I’m praising Him with you!

  123. says

    Your post gives me hope. Hubby and I are going on 18 months of TTC and have had no luck. I went on Clomid for 2 months and was supposed to go for a 3rd but I decided not to. Like you, I feel that it is God’s plan for when we get pregnant, not medicine’s. It has been a truly frustrating 18 months for both hubby and I. I feel that you’re a kindred spirit of sorts because we are going through the same thing and the fact that you and Justin were able to get pregnant gives me hope. Congrats to you both!

  124. says

    Congratulations! I completely agree that its all God’s timing… not ours. My husband and I had tried on and off for 10 years, and we got our surprise positive just before Christmas. Our first is due in August, and its all thanks to Him. I wish you the best!

  125. says

    Congratulations! I’m so excited for you guys! I’ve been reading your blog for a LONG time, and look forward to all of your posts. :)
    I hear about people “trying” to get pregnant and have to stop for a moment; if you believe it’s all in God’s timing, what’s the difference between trying and just trusting in God? I feel like I’m sounding rude, and that’s not at all what I’m going for, I’m just trying to understand. I suppose I’m maybe a little naive/ignorant…. I don’t believe in birth control or having to test for ovulation; it is TRULY all in God’s hands, and all we can do is pray. I have two kids of my own. The first was conceived three months after marriage and the second was born 19 months after our first. Our baby is 18 months old now. I guess you could say we’re “trying” for another one but I’m not sure what that entails; I suppose if we’re not NOT trying then we’re trying…? It’s been a struggle for me to not get wrapped up in mapping out ovulation and not taking a pregnancy test if my period is a day late; I would love to have a big family and think it’d be wonderful if they could be close in age. We feel blessed that we have been given two beautiful children and know we must accept whatever God hands us next, whether it be ten more children or none. It’s hard at times, but I know that whatever I do/try to do won’t change anything. I have to remind myself daily that it’s all in God’s hands.
    Congratulations again; I’m so happy for you two!

    • says

      It’s sort of hard to make this whole process black and white, but I think there are things you can do in an effort to become pregnant. Everyone has their own idea of how far they will go, and what measures they are comfortable taking. But really, I believe God has a plan for each of our lives, and already knows what is going to happen and how it is going to happen. It’s a personal decision, between couples, really.

    • says

      So true, God does have a plan for us all. We have to remind ourselves that although there is a plan, it’s also not okay for us to sit back and just say “God has a plan. I’ll just let what’s meant to happen, happen.” We have to also use the tools God has given us. This is also true when it comes to trying to conceive. If God didn’t mean for us to have medicine to help us, he would not have allowed it to be made. You are right, it is different for each couple. Each must do what they are comfortable with, and let the Good Lord take it from there. You are such an amazing person. I truly appreciate you taking the time to respond. This just shows how invested you are in all that are around you; if you take the time to read all of your comments and respond to those that require it, I can only imagine how selfless you are when it comes to close family and friends. You are an inspiration.
      Good luck with parenthood; you will be awesome parents!

  126. says

    Congratulations, Kate! I’m very happy for you and Justin. I just wanted to say how precious it was that you took a pause to thank the Lord for that moment. He truly is a great God!

  127. says

    Aww reading that made me get choked up. My son is 5 years old now, but I distinctly remember those same surreal, excited feelings of just finding out and then telling my husband and all of those same thoughts that you described. I’m so happy and excited for you. Thank you for sharing your journey so openly with us.

  128. says

    Kate I am so VERY excited for you!! I started following you a couple of years ago while I was off work on sick leave. I was feeling cheated by my life and felt I needed something to cheer me up so I was on you tube looking for different hairstyles.. and there you were. You were so easy to follow, with many great ideas and great instructions that I found my self on “The Small Things” blog daily. I have never posted but loved reading what everyone else had to say, as well as getting to know you and your family through you blog. I remember your post about your “trouble” (if thats what we can call it, or delay) in having a baby and I felt kind of sad. Privately hoping you would some day have the pure pleasure of children but at the same time realizing it isn’t always possible for everyone. Well unfortunately I don’t get to read your blog everyday anymore (I am back to work) I read it as often as possible, and just now read the GREAT news! I was compelled to write and Congratulate you and Justin, and just wanted you to know that the best is yet to come…from conception to birth to watching your child become an individual with the best of both of you.

  129. says

    I’m so happy for you! I love hearing these stories of how people find out they are pregnant. Congratulations again!

    I am one of those that had to take clomid. My husband and I both went through testing to get it. Turns out we both had problems which honestly relieved me to know it wasn’t just me not ovulating (not that I can control that). It made me sick, but it worked and I have a little boy that’s about to turn 2. I understand the hormonal birth control thing – I had many problems on birth control bills. And after all the trouble I had conceiving and knowing that I am still not ovulating, makes me wonder why I ever tried to take the pills to start with!

  130. says

    Dangit, I’m all teary, Kate!

    “I believe in God’s timing.”

    Me too. At age 42 and single and longing to be a wife and mom since age 12, it drives me nuts when people tell me to just relax and God will do what I want or bring a husband my way or whatever. For real?

    Love this story!

  131. says

    Thanks for your comment in the update on believing in God’s timing and not “just relax and it will happen”! So True!! You are right that it can be a touchy subject with many but I truly believe no matter what path you take to have a child, if you give it though and choose it with prayerful consideration, you can follow the path that God intended for you all along. For some (including me) it may be pursing medicine or fertility treatments, for others it may waiting for it to happen naturally, for others it may be pursing adoption. No reason to worry about how others got there or what decision they made along the way, just knowing that you did the right thing for you!

  132. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!! My husband and I tried for 3 years.. It really does come down to God’s timing for it all, which is soooooo hard to accept. I remember the montly disappointments too, you wanted it so bad and tried not to loose hope.. I took my test in the middle of the night.. just for the heck of it.. and nothing.. as usually tossed it in trash.. Woke up the next morning and faint line.. well that’s weird.. humm.. that’s never happened before.. (the next morning was also our wedding anniversary.. So.. we decided to go to church, have some lunch come home with 3 more boxes of tests .. and bam.. clear as could be… 9 months later our twins girls changed our lives forever.. But there is Nothing like that moment!!! I’m soooo happy for ya’ll, and I hope you can feel the prayers being lifted up for you both!! You touch so many lives in a wonderful Godly way, I hope you can feel love being returned to you. Congrats!!

  133. says

    Thank you so much for sharing your story!! My husband and I tried for 3 years.. It really does come down to God’s timing for it all, which is soooooo hard to accept. I remember the montly disappointments too, you wanted it so bad and tried not to loose hope.. I took my test in the middle of the night.. just for the heck of it.. and nothing.. as usually tossed it in trash.. Woke up the next morning and faint line.. well that’s weird.. humm.. that’s never happened before.. (the next morning was also our wedding anniversary.. So.. we decided to go to church, have some lunch come home with 3 more boxes of tests .. and bam.. clear as could be… 9 months later our twins girls changed our lives forever.. But there is Nothing like that moment!!! I’m soooo happy for ya’ll, and I hope you can feel the prayers being lifted up for you both!! You touch so many lives in a wonderful Godly way, I hope you can feel love being returned to you. Congrats!!

  134. says

    I smiled reading your time of events – you could have mirrored what happened to me. I saw that little pink line appearing and my heart began to race – word for word – is how I felt, then took another test and another over the course of 2 days I took 6 (like I needed to confirm confirm before we shared with our parents). Then as your husband sat on the stairs like that made sense. Well, I was in pjs when I found out and I went and changed into new pjs…LOL. No idea. Then I tried to distract myself but the rest of the day dragged on. Luckily I only had 5 hours before I could share the news but it felt like a week. Congrats!

  135. says

    Your story of finding out made me chuckle as I remember discovering I was pregnant. We had definitely not been trying but I was a day or two late and took a test thinking it would be negative and I could quit thinking about it. Much to my surprise I got 2 lines right away. I then thought “it hasn’t been 3 minutes yet, maybe it will change.” Not so much! I then thought it must be a false positive because the opportunities had been few and precautions had been taken. Being the only one knows is a surreal feeling while it lasts.

  136. says

    I LOVE this story and I love that you have written it down! I have had great intentions with my 2 babies and have not followed through :0)

    God had this SO perfectly timed!!

  137. says

    Though I’m a relatively new reader, I’m encouraged by your openness about such a seemingly taboo subject. I believe that life is given by God and in His perfect timing, but I also believe that medicine was given by God and can be used both for good and bad purposes. He allows what He allows in our life for His honor and glory, whether it be struggles or blessings. After TTC for 8.5 years, we finally conceived through AI (a.k.a. the “Turkey Baster” method) and I believe my sweet boy was truly a God given gift. I don’t believe that he was a gift from my doctor because I know that this just as easily could have not worked as the Clomid many years before hadn’t. My doctor was simply an instrument of God. And yes, we heard it all – even from our own family…we were rushing it (hardly,I’m 30! We’d been married 8+ years!!), we were taking it out of God’s hands, though many were more than excited. I praise the Lord that you were able to conceive and I know the emotional battle that goes on when dealing with this particular struggle.

    Yet, speaking of finding out – I don’t think many women find out that fairytale way! I never expected to find out while being catheterized (by a woman I graduated HS with, no less). She says, “Oh, your hcg’s up, by the way.”

    Enjoy your pregnancy – many women don’t get the opportunity. It’s truly a beautiful thing!

  138. says

    Reading your post has made me hopeful. My husband and I are 2.5 years into TTC and it is the most emotional road. I am just starting to blog about it, and it has helped me tremendously to get it out in the open. I am so happy for you both! Healthy and happy nine months to you!

    • says

      My sister decided she would never conceive after several years of trying. She went to her Doctor because she kept feeling nauseous. Ha ha. She has two children a boy and a girl. The first born boy is now engaged to be married. God’s timing is on time.

  139. says

    Thank you for sharing this treasured moment in the three of your’s lives. The precious little one will enjoy reading this one day. May God continue to bless others through your dear family.

  140. says

    Thank you for sharing this treasured moment in the three of your’s lives. The precious little one will enjoy reading this one day. May God continue to bless others through your dear family.

  141. says

    That story brought tears to my eyes. I can’t wait until the day I can share that news with my husband. Though I do not share your religious background I believe in believing and your story proves that if you have faith in something great things will happen. Congratulations darling!

  142. says

    Oh Kate! This post made my heart smile. My husband and I are in our 19th month of trying to conceive our first child. I look forward to the day that we can experience what you have written about. Thanks so much for sharing. :) Christie

  143. says

    I have been on birth control for over 13 years and me and my husband decided to start trying last month. I did the same thing as you with buying the pregnancy tests and made the mistake of taking them too early, just because of all the excitement and anticipation. It does kind of get you down when you see that negative result :-( But after reading this blog post I am going to just give it to God and he will decide when its my time :-) P.S. All of my friends are either pregnant right now or just had a baby and my mother in-law has been wanting a grandchild for 7 years, no pressure right, LOL!

  144. says

    Yeahhh! So happy for you! Congratulations! Cannot agree more: it’s all about God’s timing! Our oldest happened so quickly, and then our 2nd little miracle was 6 years in the making, and 3rd was just a surprise! Congrats again and welcome to the journey!

  145. says

    Wow. 235 comments – Or maybe it will be more by the time I’m done typing. All just want to say 2 things. First, thanks for expressing this moment/evening so well-good writing! Second, God is glorifed by how you honoured is sovereignty in this post, and THAT is Awesome.

  146. says

    Wow what a beautiful story!! Congratulations and enjoy every moment (that you can) of your pregnancy!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Brittany @ La Vita DiBella
    vitadibella.blogspot.com

  147. says

    Congrats, Kate and Justin! You’ll be wonderful parents. The best advice I got when I was pregnant was rest now, later you won’t be able to. So I’d like to pass on to you the same advice. You feel tired, drop everything and rest. The load of laundry, the grocery list and the toilette scrubbing will wait for you when you wake up. All the best, Mommy!

  148. says

    I knew I shouldn’t have read this at work…tears are a flowin! Although we were blessed to not have the long journey as you and Justin 20 years ago, the taking the test 3 times brings back lots of memories! I am so happy for the two of you!!! This blog world at times like this tickles me. Congratulations!!!

  149. says

    Congratulations!!!! I think most women remember that wonderful moment when we first see those two lines… a little nervous about getting excited :) You and Justin will be wonderful parents! (I secretly hope it’s a girl so I can see pictures of all the wonderful things you do to her hair). I remember Justin saying one time that he liked the image from the song “My Front Porch Looking In” where he says “A little blue eyed blonde with shoes on wrong ’cause she likes to dress herself” … that could totally be your future daughter! :) I’m looking forward to reading more pregnancy stories… and maybe some funny parenting stories in the future!!!

  150. says

    Congratulations!!!! I think most women remember that wonderful moment when we first see those two lines… a little nervous about getting excited :) You and Justin will be wonderful parents! (I secretly hope it’s a girl so I can see pictures of all the wonderful things you do to her hair). I remember Justin saying one time that he liked the image from the song “My Front Porch Looking In” where he says “A little blue eyed blonde with shoes on wrong ’cause she likes to dress herself” … that could totally be your future daughter! :) I’m looking forward to reading more pregnancy stories… and maybe some funny parenting stories in the future!!!

  151. says

    I don’t even know you and I’m so happy for you! I too know our Father in Heaven is mindful of us and expects great things-including patience. I’m glad your patience is proving worthwhile. God Bless.

  152. says

    It is all about God’s timing. He knows when the perfect time is for you two. My husband and I have been trying for our second for about ten months. It has been so hard because I got pregnant with my first the first month we started trying. We had to remind ourselves over and over that it was not our timing, but God’s timing. Then there are the times that I feel so selfish because I already have a child and there are people that struggle just to have one. Just two days ago I took a test, fully expecting it to be negative like all of the ones before it, and it was positive! Looking back, we are so thankful that this is the timing that He had in mind for us. To top it off, today is our 4 year anniversary!

  153. says

    KATE! I’m beyond thrilled for you! Your story that you shared before about the difficulties you’ve had were very touching and I felt so moved to be able to see this result after knowing how much you wanted this. I cried as I read it…you are going to be such a wonderful mother! <3

  154. says

    I have been following you for about 6 months and I love your spirit. As I write this, I am holding back the tears of happiness for you. You are a great writer and this post reminded me of the time my husband and I first conceived–over 24 years ago! Children are a gift from God. Enjoy the blessings!

  155. says

    Kate, I have loved reading your blog for so long now that when I read your good news it actually brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy for you and your family! Enjoy every moment of this journey. What a blessing.

  156. says

    That story had me teary eyed the whole time, so happy for you! What a very personal and special moment to share with all of us, thank you for that. I love your honesty and realness and enjoy reading your blog. Congratulations, wishing you the best!

  157. says

    I’ve read your blog in the past, but a friend who reads regularly just told me about your announcement – congratulations! I’ve just been catching up on your TTC story, and what a blessing! I had a bit of trouble getting pregnant with my kiddos, so I could relate to the feelings you wrote about. I love reading these kinds of stories because it’s such a good reminder that God is always in control!

  158. says

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story of finding out. We had been trying for about a year and a half and after 3 positive tests I still wasn’t sure whether it was true or not & then ended up doing the hysterical laugh/cry with my dog so I totally identify with your experience:).

  159. says

    I am a relatively new reader to your blog, but this post led me to tears! I have been in your shoes! It took 12 months for us to conceive our son and the month we did conceive I didn’t pay any hardly attention to anything going on with my cycle and I took the test “because it was in the house and my monthly was supposed to be this week or next week… I think”. I couldn’t even believe it was positive! We have recently had a miscarriage with our second child and it seems like everyone around me has been announcing pregnancies. I believe as you do though that God gives us our children in His perfect timing. I am so thankful for the short weeks I was able to carry our child and am so thankful He has blessed you with a little one as well. God bless as you continue through your pregnancy!

  160. says

    Congratulations! What a blessing! I can remember everything about the day I took my first positive pregnancy test and my son is now almost 2 years old, that day is still so clear.

  161. says

    I just hopped on your blog for the first time after a co-worker had told me about your wonderful hair tutorials, I happen to stumble upon this particular post and it struck a cord with me that I didn’t expect. My Husband and I have been trying to conceive for a short 2 months and I’ve been heartbroken 2 months in a row now with negative pregnancy test results and though I am smart enough to know it can take time and that Gods plans aren’t always exactly as we picture them. I like you, still thought getting pregnant would happen right away so not being pregnant 2 months in a row has sent me into a frenzy of thinking something is either wrong with me or my husband….after reading this post it gave me a sense of peace and has reminded me to breathe and let God do his work in our marriage and family.
    Thank You for sharing your story…for the first time in the past 2 months I don’t feel alone and am reminded to just breathe and continue to believe that everything will all work out as it should.
    My sincerest Congratulations to you and your husband, I look forward to following your adventures into Parenthood on your blog.

  162. says

    I cried! Remembering my moment made me so happy for your chance to have it, too! I pray God continues to protect your heart for Otis now and always held by yet another. May God’s blessings continue with you, your husband and your child.

  163. says

    Thank you so much for posting this. It fills me with great hope! My husband and I have been in that same trying-but-its-taking-forever phase and your faith has really been inspiring to me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

  164. says

    This brought me to tears. As my husband and I are working on trying right now, hearing your story of struggle and success brings me such happiness.

  165. says

    I so loved reading this post! What a special time for you and your sweet husband. There is nothing like finding out you are going to be parents and the first time is the most special and unreal. Every pregnancy is amazing (we have 4 sweet munchkins) but the first time you get that positive pregnancy test is incredible! Thanks so much for sharing this – I am so looking forward to following along!

  166. says

    Congratulations!!! I have read your blog for quite some time and feel as though each of us are a part of your journey. You seem like a wonderful person and I wish you and your family all the greatest blessing with your pregnancy. I have a 4 year old myself and remember that feeling when you read the test (I myself took 10!) and I also remember my best friend struggling for nearly 2 1/2 years to get pregnant. She had an appointment to go to the doctor to see what could be happening only to get sick the day of the appointment. After a few days of being “sick” I suggested she get a pregnancy test and since she had spent so much money on them the past 2 years she went to the dollar store to get one just to humor me. When she got a positive result she didn’t believe it and thought it must be the $1 test she took giving her a false positive. 10 tests (from the drugstore) later she finally realized she was indeed pregnant and that was 6 years ago. I’ve always loved the saying we plan god laughs. It’s so true, you think everything will go exactly as you plan and that things will be easy but had she gotten pregnant sooner things would have been much tougher on her family financially. When they got pregnant they had just bought a house and god knew she would struggle if during all that time she had a little one to care for. Again I am so happy for you and I know at times pregnancy can kick your butt, but please enjoy your pregnancy because when you have the baby you miss that time where you could feel them kicking inside you and it was easier to keep them safe. God bless you and your family!

  167. says

    I follow you on IG and thought I would hop over to your blog for the first time. I’m not into hair or make-up at all sooooo don’t fault me for that :)

    I just LOVE your story. It made me cry. I’m so happy for you guys! Happy and healthy nine months to you.

  168. says

    I am so very happy for you. I have missed reading your blog because I am due January 2014 (after doing IVF) and have been dealing with some awful morning sickness myself. LOL But I just had to comment to tell you how happy I am for you and your husband. Congratulations!! Reading this post made me tear up…..it was just so sweet. Wishing you the absolute very best.

  169. says

    Kate-I feel like I know you b/c I’ve been following your blog for awhile now. Sorry I’m a little late in congratulating you and your husband on your amazing news! I myself have an 8 month old and am a little behind on my blog reading! As I read your story I had tears falling from my eyes b/c it was very similar to our story as well. It brought me back to that very moment when I too saw those 2 pink lines. God is good and His timing is perfect in every way! (Even though the 13 months it took us to get pregnant felt like eternity)! Enjoy this beautiful and blessed time! Your little one will be here before you know it!

  170. says

    Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! My husband and I tried for almost two years to have a baby. Around the year and a half mark I bought an ovulation kit (I had never thought to take one:)) That month went by and nothing happened. The next month I went with another couple to visit my friend 12 hours away (my hubby had to stay home because of work) when I realized that while I was gone was “the time” according to my ovulation test. I was a little bummed that I was missing this window of opportunity but I knew that it is all in God’s timing and this month just wasn’t going to be it. A couple weeks after I got back from my trip I started to feel super nauseous every day about an hour after we ate dinner, my hair started falling out in clumps, and I just felt super sore. After all those months of taking test after test after test I just had this feeling that this was really it. My poor husband felt so bad telling me not to get my hopes up. He had seen all the other times when I thought I was and then the next day after I would take a test, see the negative, and then I would be a mess. (I am a hairstylist as well) It was so hard to go and pick myself up, get all dolled up for the salon and put on a happy face and great attitude and not let my clients see how sad I was. That moment when I took the test and saw the positive was the best moment of my life (besides getting married to my best friend :)) I took the rest of the test in the box just to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I just stood there looking in the mirror crying and praying over and over “Thank you God!” God is so good and He has everything perfectly planned. Now our baby girl just turned 1! The first year has been nothing but amazing! I pray that the rest of your pregnancy and delivery go wonderfully!

  171. says

    I love your blog! So happy to hear you are expecting! All of the wonderful things you put out are coming back to you… or at least that’s how I think of it.

  172. says

    I’m late to the party! I haven’t read up on your blog in a while, and just saw the posts – a very big and happy congrats to you :)) The best is yet to come!!

  173. says

    I’m very behind on the times, but I love your blog! Thank you for sharing your story – it gives me so much hope! We lost our 1st baby at 10 weeks and have been trying now for 10 months with still no luck. I. Like you, believe it’s all about God’s timing. He knows best! This really inspired me and renewed my soul to hear of someone else who’s been where I am and just trusted. Thank you for that!

  174. says

    I’m very behind on the times, but I love your blog! Thank you for sharing your story – it gives me so much hope! We lost our 1st baby at 10 weeks and have been trying now for 10 months with still no luck. I. Like you, believe it’s all about God’s timing. He knows best! This really inspired me and renewed my soul to hear of someone else who’s been where I am and just trusted. Thank you for that!

  175. says

    I regularly read your blog, but somehow missed this post, so I looked back to find it :) Your story sounds just like mine! Except for me and my man, it was 3.5 years of trying. But same thing, got mad at my period for “teasing” me, didn’t think it was possible from the month before, took the test, didn’t believe it, took another and then sat in shock and smiles together, so thankful for our blessing!
    I am eagerly looking forward to all prego updates as both our pregnacies progress :) congrats!!
    And for all you ttc-ers out there….keep praying, know that you are not alone.

  176. says

    After 4 years of “trying on our own” we used IVF to conceive. After having done many pg test with negative results, I used one before our blood test after IVF. I thought I may as well be disappointed alone than have to get the call from the dr. It showed two lines and I still didn’t believe it either! It is funny how when it happens you can’t believe you are seeing two lines when you forever see only one. Our son will turn 14 this year and your emotions brought all that back to me in a good way! We also have an adopted girl (9) and boy (4). God’s timing is perfect and each one came perfectly and more than my prayers and hopes ever imagined. God is good. Congrats on your baby can’t wait to see how your lives unfold together.

  177. says

    I stop by your blog every few months and catch up on what’s happening. Much to my elated surprise, I find this news! How very very exciting for you both!

    Our pregnancies seem to be right in line! I’m at 19 weeks, due December 19th, with my first. Did I miss your due date in your posts somewhere? I feel like it must be very close to mine! We even found out about our little ones around the same time! I found out on the morning of April 13th (the day I was standing up in my friend’s wedding. Talk about good timing on taking that test!)

    I can’t wait to follow along with your posts about the baby! Congrats! P.S. I think you’re having a girl. :)

  178. says

    Dear Kate,

    I´m from Germany and found out your blog a while ago. I read all of your posts and sometimes it was quite different because my english isn´t the best (I only had typical school-english). But I really enjoyed it and now I´m looking forward to new post about you and your baby-boy.

    Reading this makes me cry. Tomorrow is the great day. I wish you well and will think about you. May the luck will be with you.

    Greetings from Germany,
    Franzie

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  180. says

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  184. says

    I’m reading this and crying! We’re currently trying for #2 and it’s not going so well. In January, after trying for a year, I went in for an “infertility” appt and was prescribed clomid. However before I could start taking it, we found out we were pregnant. That was in February, but in march, I had a miscarriage so now we’re back to waiting and trying. It’s getting super discouraging and if one more person tells me that stress is the problem and I need to just relax and it will happen, I might scream. Saying that, I do believe that Gods timing and plan are perfect and I trust that these trials will ultimately glorify Him, waiting is just hard.

  185. says

    I had not read this post, thanks for reposting it on facebook! It must be such an amazing moment! I always imagine how I will tell my husband!

  186. says

    A paragraph has been dedicated just to mention why i want to get my boyfriend back reviews are important.
    He has been there at some point. What causes the break up occurs.

    As the saying goes, ‘do not cry over spilt milk’.

    There is no way you can make your boyfriend or girlfriend to force you aside.
    Be his friend, tell him how you re going to get your girlfriend to your job.

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