Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Another Tale of a Pregnancy Test Addict (+ a giveaway!!)

I could run down the list of every single cliche about how crazy it is that Fred is already 6 months old, and it still would not adequately express how simultaneously baffled, full of gratitude and sad I am about the fact.

This year has easily been the most stressful of my life, between the pregnancy, selling our house, moving to a new state, Mike starting a new job whilst us dealing with the capital C Craziness of the 4th trimester. I feel like little Freddie has gotten the shaft with regards to me being able to really soak up his infancy.

The stress of the year has also made all of the events surrounding his entire life run together in my brain, they all feel like such a blur. When I was pregnant with Joe I documented how we found out we were expecting him, and while I realize no one really cares to know all those minutia, I loved that I did it because those are the sorts of little things I forget, unless I blog them out.

I also documented how I have a little addiction to taking pregnancy tests, and to reward any reader who makes it through this tale, there is a little giveaway at the end for diapers.com, (home of the most accurate home pregnancy test.)

This one's for you, Freddie.

Cue last summer- not this past summer- but the summer of 2015, some time after Joe Pio had turned a whopping 1 year old and also some time around when the various bodily functions needed to be able to produce more offspring had reappeared (aka, return of the old cycle). Every time my babies are around 1 year old I get that itch, that baby itch, and in true Ana-form, Joe had his first birthday and I had it.

It was late summer and Mike and I were in the back yard talking about the coming year and the various possibilities. He was coming on his last funded year of doctoral studies, a year dedicated solely to completing the dissertation and looking for jobs, but as the year was getting started we both knew that it would be rather unlikely for him to do both of those things. It takes an annoying amount of time to apply for positions and fly to interviews and Mike needed every single bit of that time to write his dissertation.

We both came to the conclusion that the year would be entirely dedicated to writing, not applying to jobs, and the next year he could hopefully land some teaching at Notre Dame or a Post Doc and we would stay in South Bend 1 more year. I expressed my I love of this scenario excitedly to Mike because we had been in South Bend for 7 going on 8 years, it was home, all of our friends were there, I didn't want to sell our house yet AND we could have one more baby with my favorite doctor in all the world and at the best hospital ever!!

Mike looked at me like I was pretty crazy when I got to the part about the baby. Joe had not been the easiest baby, he was only 1, I get pretty sick with pregnancy and was planning on homeschooling the 2 older girls for 1st grade and Kindergarten. Yes, it was a little crazy. But baby fever prevailed and I got all giddy about the prospect of maybe welcoming another little one to our family.

I have overshared about my various physical phenomena which make it (literally) painfully obvious that I am in the fertile phase of my cycle, (go fourth and read if you dare), so trying for a new baby or trying to avoid a pregnancy is actually pretty straight forward for me.

I bought a few pregnancy tests toward the end of the summer and handed them all over to Mike (because I have a problem). We made it through one of my interminably long cycles, I took ALL the tests, and we weren't pregnant. Sad face emojis all around. At some point during that time of hoping and sort-of-trying, we had some more conversations about one school that Mike might apply to in Virginia. His sister lived there with her husband who also taught at the college and one of Mike's good friends from ND was teaching there and really wanted him to apply.

I was not happy about that thought and every time it came up I said it wasn't going to happen, though I knew he would apply just to see what would happen. However, if on the veeeery slight off chance he got the job and we went there we were entering crunch time with regards to having another child before a potential move. I had one more cycle left where, if we conceived, I could have the baby in South Bend, with my beloved doctor, before a potential move.

It turned out that the stress of all the unknowns made that cycle go several weeks long than normal, but as we came close to the point of finding out whether we were expecting I went out for more tests  and I handed them over to Mike per the usual.

By this point we we already into October and we were planning a little day trip to Chicago. The morning that we were set to leave for the trip I decided to go for it and take a test, I must have waited long enough to be able to convince Mike to give one to me, but not long enough because the line was too faint for Mike to be entirely confident that it was even there.

 
^^Pic from the trip, with the teeniest, tiniest Freddie already there 

But I knew the line was there and I was giddy. We went on our trip and I rejoiced internally, but was also a little terrified of the concrete reality of 5 kids in 7 years with a side of homeschooling. Within a couple of days *another test* confirmed that there was indeed another little soul growing in our family, we celebrated, told our families at Thanksgiving, and Mike continued with the application process to that one school.

By February it became evident that it was highly likely that Mike could get offered that job at that one school. I was still in denial and still pushing for us to just stay in South Bend and for him to finish the dissertation, but once the offer actually came we were in no position to turn down a good job, so we didn't.

I had no idea how the heck we would do it: sell our house, buy a new one, birth a baby, pack all our belongings, move to a new place with all these children. But we did it! And now here we are, 6 months later and still alive, no worse for the wear, and with the cutest little person to call our very own.

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34 comments :

  1. I don't think I have any absurd stories to share, but I do have a beautiful friend who went through one different tests over the course of 21 days before getting a positive test! And now she is holding a beautifully handsome little boy one week postpartum :)

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  2. I don't have a crazy pregnancy test story, but I just can't believe how many women take a test without their hubby! That's crazy to me. My hubs has been there every single time I've taken a pregnancy test, ever! :-)

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  3. My "crazy" is that I have saved each positive test with the date of the test and the birth date marked on it. In baggies. Yes, really.

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  4. I am a serial test taker! Every month for like 20 months because I had no idea what was going on until I finally got pregnant with baby 2!

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  5. I was convinced I was having Irish twins so I bought some good (aka not dollar store) pregnancy tests and the first one I took was a random dud. Not even a control line. So stressful. The following bajillion tests confirmed that I wasn't pregnant.... oh postpartum life!

    I don't know how you managed to move your whole family right after having Fred - you are impressive!

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  6. I'm the opposite of pregnancy text addicted, I didn't even take one with my first and third. But I have a friend who is and I can't wait to send this to her!

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  7. I used to take lots of pregnancy tests! Those days are behind me now. My 4th child is 15 months old and I'm done.

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  8. But did Mike complete his PHD?
    A few false negatives meant I didn't find out I was pregnant until 12 weeks, I then had him in week 27, quite a short pregnancy!

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    1. He is ABD-- about 75% finished with the dissertation and he will defend some time next year.

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  9. I totally need to have my husband take the tests away because I take wayyyyy too many. Like when there is zero possibility I could be pregnant. 😂 Now I have discovered the super cheap ones and it's just fueled my addiction.

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  10. Finding out stories are just as fun to read as birth stories...and much cleaner! ;)

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  11. I also have an addiction to tests! Glad I am not the only one! :)

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  12. Love this story. Every time I feel overwhelmed as a mom I read stories like this and it reminds me how faithful God is!

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  13. I accidentally WAY over-ordered pregnancy tests last time, so I had tons that I ended up giving away so that somebody could use them before they expired... I've got 5 or 6 left that will probably be expired before I use them, but I tend to randomly test before my cycles come back just to be sure, so I should probably keep these around.

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  14. I have the same issue with pregnancy tests too. Love the idea of giving them to my husband to keep under lock and key. Will try that next time! :)

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  15. Glad to know I'm not the only addict! 😂 It stems from an odd mix of total paranoia and utter excitement.

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  16. Can I count the number of times I've taken 2 and then 3 and now 4 kids to the Dollar Tree and buried a pile of pregnancy tests under new oven mitts and wrapping paper and shoddy ziplock bags and then dead eye stared down the clerk, daring her to comment on the scenario?

    No, no I can not.

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  17. I'm the same with the 1 yr baby, baby fever. And I have a 16 mo old, so....

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  18. No funny stories... But you deserve an AWARD for having a baby, selling a house, buying a house and moving across several states! Sheesh! I am glad you are settling in well in VA (my home state). :)

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  19. When I needed pregnancy tests with our first I remember trying to think of which grocery stores had self checkouts b/c I hated the thought of some random employee seeing what I was buying! Online ordering is the best thing ever.

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  20. I'm pretty doomed ever since I found out that my grocery store sells $1 tests. Now I don't even have to go to the dollar tree! I have no self control and I always tell myself that I will save them for when there is actually a chance I am really pregnant, and I NEVER save them

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  21. I'm pretty doomed ever since I found out that my grocery store sells $1 tests. Now I don't even have to go to the dollar tree! I have no self control and I always tell myself that I will save them for when there is actually a chance I am really pregnant, and I NEVER save them

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  22. It's interesting how expensive PG tests can be! I've always wanted to try ordering the strips online...

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  23. What a year for you guys!! Haha! I love that you give the tests to Mike. We are expecting our fourth, but after our first I haven't needed a test... I break out in the exact same spot every time I am newly pregnant! We always test to confirm but we always also... know :). Thanks for the chance!! We love Diapers.com.

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  24. The look on little Joe's face in the last two photos - so much heart eyes

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  25. Hi, I'm Jen, and a fellow pregnancy test addict. Thank goodness for dollar tree $1 tests!!

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  26. During my pregnancy I craved Dairy Queen Ice Cream and had to go and get some every day.

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  27. With my third I was sure I was pregnant, but it took I-don't-remember-how-many tests over the course of about three weeks to finally get a positive. Clearly I need some better pregnancy tests!

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  28. my crazy is that I don't believe the results on my own...I have to get my husband to confirm!!!

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  29. my crazy is that I don't believe the results on my own...I have to get my husband to confirm!!!

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  30. my craziness is my husband didn't think I needed to take a test, but I just felt like I knew I was. I left for work like normal, but the whole time it was drivin me insane. During lunch break I went and bought the test and took it. Sure enough it was positive and we are going to have our third baby. So I stopped and picked up McDonalds on the way home, put the food on the table and the test in his hand LOL.

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