How We Made a Baby: About Conceiving
How We Made A Baby: About Conceiving
I always knew I wanted kids. My husband, being 1 of 5 siblings also knew he wanted kids. What the heck were we thinking?! The end.
After we had been married a year, posted to our little military town and had gained the appropriate amount of honeymoon stage weight...there wasn’t much to do here but, um, start trying for a baby!
Allow me to step in here for a moment***warning***making a baby can be super fun. Having and raising a baby is the hardest job I have ever had. To say I was clueless about what being a mom would entail would be an understatement.
You can read the books and watch the TV shows, but it really is nothing like the real thing. As a Mom, you will experience some of the strongest emotions you can feel. The love that you have for this little crying ball of skin is indescribable. There really are no words. Your baby makes your heart explode with feelings of protective, unconditional and fierce love.
One the flip side, you will never worry more or cry more. You will never feel more overwhelmed as you do when you are a first time mom. Ok, back to the baby making....
One night while reading a daily devotional, a name jumped out at me. I looked at my husband and said “what do you think of the name Titus?” "That's the name!" he said, so I threw the book and said “get me pregnant right now!"
The following weekend we went on a mini vacation to Old Quebec and I was experiencing extreme thirst regardless of staying hydrated. Figuring I had done a lot of walking, I did not think anything more of it. That night in our hotel room I had a lovely dream. No, not that kind of dream. I dreamt that I took a pregnancy test and it was positive.
When we got home, before I could remove my shoes, I used a pregnancy test. Positive. Used another stick. Positive. Peed on another stick. Positive! (Like I said, I was well hydrated.)
My husband and I sat there, on the bathroom floor in shock for about 20 minutes. Like is this for real? Should I start crib shopping? I need to clean the house...when should we tell people?? I prayed that this would happen for us, but it still put us in to shock.
We felt happy...and scared, and joyful...and terrified. It is, and will always be, the best thing that has ever happened to us.
See my simple checklist below of some steps you may want to take once you find out you are pregnant!
What We Did Before Trying For A Baby
-Met with my doctor. Was I healthy? Was I going through any major life changes? How was my mental state? How should I prepare my body?
-Travelled. It’s true - if you have a bucket list of destinations, it will most likely be a few years before you will want to travel with your kids. So get any major travel plans out of the way before trying to conceive.
-Connected with my husband. I knew from the time we met that he would be the father of my kids, but I wanted to make sure we both knew what to expect.Were we ready for sleepless nights, expenses, and a complete life change?
-Started prenatal vitamins. That’s right, you want to start these a good few months before you try and get pregnant. I liked this brand First Response, which can be found in my Baby Store.
-I checked in with myself. Was I ready to put the brakes on my career for at least a year? Did I have a good support system for when the baby came?
These are all things we considered before I went off of the birth control pill.
If you have an interesting conceiving story please share with us in the comments! Let's grow together!