Like calling my husband “Hubby,” I’ve opted to refer to my daughter as “Sweet Pea” which is a nickname we’ve used for her since she was born.
Our little Sweet Pea made me something I have wanted to be for as long as I can remember – a MOM! The journey to parenthood came quickly. Just three months after our wedding, hubby and I found out I was pregnant. We were ecstatic!!
From the beginning, we couldn’t keep it a secret. Hubby and I called our parents the night we found out who shared in our joy!! The next day we told our siblings and then we couldn’t wait to tell the rest of our family and friends. I even shared it with my students by the end of the week.
My pregnancy was so exciting! I loved feeling every movement and cherished each time I felt Sweet Pea respond to me. We were head over heels in love with her long before we saw or held her. She was our dream come true!
A few highlights from my pregnancy. Hubby and I went back an forth about whether or not to find out the gender of the baby. I was leaning toward waiting, but I’m glad that I ultimately gave in to Hubby.
Initially, I was thinking we were having a girl. But my mom, a mother of 8, was convinced it was a boy and since mother knows best, I started to think she was right. 🙂 When the day came for the ultrasound, I was sure I was going to hear, “It’s a boy!” But, things didn’t go as we expected them too. Our little one was being very modest and we for a while we thought we might not get to find out. After some position changes, drinking water, and prodding, baby finally turned and moved her legs…”It’s a girl!” was the announcement. (We hope she is always as modest as she was that day and keeps her legs crossed until she’s married herself).
I immediately started picturing life with a daughter. I thought of all of the dresses and dolls I’d buy for her and the relationship we’d have. I was tickled pink! Hubby was a little taken aback. It wasn’t because he was disappointed in having a daughter, but because he realized that this would be his little girl. Without a second thought, he announced, “I better start cleaning my guns!” The ultrasound tech and I laughed, but he was serious. He knew in that moment that he would do anything and everything he could to protect his daughter! And he has. She is definitely Daddy’s Little Princess!!
A few weeks later, I woke up in the middle of the night with terrible pains down my side and in my lower back. I was sure I was having contractions, but at only 5 1/2 months, I knew it was way too soon. Hubby drove me to the hospital where I was admitted to the labor/delivery floor. Almost immediately, I was connected to wire and monitors only to find out I wasn’t having contractions. But, the pain was very real so the doctors started dong other tests. Kidney stones. Apparently, they don’t give epidurals for kidney stones, but I was so relieved that the pain seemed to bother me less. They were able to give me some medication that was safe for me and Sweet Pea and a few days later I was back to normal.
One final pregnancy note for now…cravings. I couldn’t get enough mango and pineapple when I was pregnant. Chocolate didn’t tempt me at all, but fruit was my best friend! Hubby even made a few trips to the grocery store late at night – what a guy!