I'll start by saying that I am pregnant! A lot of people already know this, but I still want to announce it officially. I had suspected being pregnant for a little while when I was in school (partly because I always suspect it after the last time) but I was not willing to take a pregnancy test until I graduated. I guess I had enough to deal with. So one Sunday morning I took the test and confirmed the suspicion. It explains me being more tired lately anyway.
Since it was a few weeks before Christmas I thought it would be cool to go get an ultrasound and wrap that and the pregnancy test up for Jared for Christmas. But logic got the better of me (unexplained doctor's appointments, unexplained fatness, etc.) so I decided to tell him that night. I still wrapped it up and put it on his pillow. Then I asked him if he wanted an early Christmas present to which he responded, "No, that's okay. I'll just wait till Christmas." Me: "Well, I already wrapped something... it's on your pillow." Him: "No, I think I'll just wait." Me: "Um, I just really want you to open this one now." (I know, what's with this guy? Who wouldn't want a present anytime?) We had actually bought him two things already for Christmas that he was either reading or wearing, so I guess that's why he didn't want anything else. I finally got him to open it, reluctantly.
We were excited to go down to the Maternity Center where I had Alex and Marissa, but when I was almost done filling out all the papers they realized that my last two were VBAC's (vaginal birth after cesarean) and they told us that they can't do those anymore. I guess the state won't let any maternity center in Florida do them anymore. That was a definite bummer to hear, but I was also just sitting there wanting them to listen to the heartbeat or something to make sure it was real. So we got them to do a little ultrasound where I saw a heartbeat, arms, legs, etc. and it looked like it was about 15 weeks at the time. We should get another one in the next couple of weeks to pin down a due date and find out what it is.
They recommended another doctor who does a lot of VBAC's and breech babies, some crazy Russian guy, and I hope he works out this time, even though I have to start from scratch again and even though he told me my white stomach needed some sun. News for you, the only two people who ever see it were in the room. The best part about him is that he is right by Jared's work, so about 3 miles away as opposed to 45 minutes away.
We decided to "announce" the pregnancy through signing our Christmas card "Love, Jared, Laura, Erin, Alex, Marissa and ? Daniels". Evidently our subtlety passed by some people. My parents said that they already knew who it was from so why would they need to read that part? It was also fun to deliver treats to neighbors and people in our ward and have them open the card in front of us. It was interesting to see who got it right away and who never quite did. Our next step was to add the baby counter on the blog, which may or may not be correct.
And now, it's for all to see. I just wish I could tell people when I am due. I will keep you posted!