Telling our friends and family about the news of our pregnancy was definitely something I'll never forget. Dane and I found out October 26th after I had told him I was eleven days late. I think we both knew that I was pregnant, but I was in denial. We went to Target with the intention of buying a pregnancy test, but we stood in the aisle across from the tests while I tried to motivate myself into walking over to grab one.
When we got home, the tests must've sat on the table unopened for at least an hour and a half before Dane talked me into taking it. I then struggled to even look at the results. And it isn't that I didn't want it to happen. I actually spent years trying to convince him that we were ready to expand our family beyond dogs. I think I just knew that after reading that test, my life would never be the same, and I wanted to enjoy my life before kids just a little bit longer. You can read more about how we found out here.
That following Saturday, we went to my parent's house to celebrate my Dad's 58th birthday. I had signed his card 'Love Dane, Heather, Harlow, Hudson, River, and Baby S (due Summer 2019). My mom was reading the card over his shoulder, but thankfully didn't make it to the end before he did. When he finally got to the signatures, he read them in slow motion as his brain began to make sense of what he was reading. My mom immediately freaked (in a good way). As my Dad stood up to give us hugs, my mom began hopping around the dining room yelling 'ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!' ARE YOU SERIOUS?! ARE YOU SERIOUS?! NO EFFING WAY! ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?!'
Of course she and I were both crying and my Dad and Dane were just so surprised by all of the commotion, they just stood silent and watched it all go down. Haha! We then called my sister to tell her. Her response: 'About freakin time!'
Dane's parents were in Colorado visiting his sister and her family, so we called via Facetime to give them the good news. His sister had just moved into a new home, so after a virtual tour, Dane asked her if she had room in her new home for her new niece or nephew, and then the whole family began to shout with excitement.
We decided not to tell the rest of our families until a few months later when we felt we were close enough to the 'safe zone'. So on Christmas Eve, we told my family. Although no one jumped around or screamed, they were all very excited and tears were shed. We told Dane's family on Christmas. The best surprise of it all was that his cousin also announced that he and his wife were expecting, and that their due date was just 2 days after ours! Christmas next year is going to be so awesome with so many littles around!