Monday, October 21, 2013

{Finding Out...In Dutch!}

Here's the story of how we found out we were going to be parents... In Dutch ;)

Corey and I had talked about adding to our family for years. We were definitely excited to do so someday, but knew we didn't want to embark on this journey while we were living abroad - both because we didn't want to be so far from family when we did, but also because we wanted to spend our two years in Amsterdam really soaking up this adventure just us two. Needless to say, by the time we touched down in Portland at the end of June, we had one thing on our minds (okay, maybe more than one, but this was the biggest!): Starting a family!

I won't go into the details, but come the end of July we knew that it was a possibility we could be pregnant. We also knew that you really shouldn't take a pregnancy test until you actually have a reason to believe you might have a bebe in the belly (i.e. you missed your period - sorry, TMI!). So even though we were down in LA with my sisters and my mom and we knew we could be pregnant and it would be so awesome to share the news with them in person, I didn't want to jump the gun only to be disappointed. Plus, I didn't feel pregnant, and this was our first real go at this, so I felt like it would be a long shot. So yeah, long story short, we flew home Sunday evening (not so) patiently waiting for aunt flow to arrive on Monday. 

Come Monday morning, still no signs of AF, and still no indication that I was preggers, but being the impatient person I am, and knowing that technically that should be the first day I could take a test, it was the first thing I thought of when I shot out of bed that morning. I felt really silly, and like such an amateur (only first timers would be so eager to break out the pregnancy test at 6AM, right?!), so I didn't want to tell Corey I was going to take a test. I had randomly bought a box of tests in Amsterdam that of course were never opened, just sitting in my suitcase, so I figured I'd just use one of those and nobody would have to know. I waited for Corey to hop in the shower and I quickly opened the box and tried to read the instructions. Gah! They're in Dutch (and French and Italian and every other language but English... oh how I do not miss those days!), of course! So I figure, well this can't be that hard, it's a digital test so there aren't too many options. Here goes nothing... 

Less than five minutes later, Corey still soaping up in the shower, I read the word "zwanger" on the digital screen. My heart started pounding. Now, I don't speak Dutch but I'm pretty sure "zwanger" means pregnant. And I'm pretty sure that if I wasn't pregnant that hugely important Dutch word would be preceded by "niet", as in "not"... "not pregnant". Holy crap! I think I'm pregnant!!!!!

I then did what any logical person would do. I knocked on the shower door. 
My poor confused husband! He had no idea what was coming. He opened the door, totally unaware that I was just about to share the biggest news of our lives with him. I held up a shaky hand (according to him - I hardly remember this!) and he squints and reads the stick. 
"What does that mean?!"
"I don't know! I think it means I'm pregnant!"
"Google translate, google translate!" he shouts, his hair filled with shampoo suds. 

I scurry over to my phone and quickly do an all too familiar google translation for the word "zwanger".

Answer: PREGNANT

Back to the shower... Phone in hand. Showing off the direct translation to Corey...And there it is. Pregnant. We're pregnant! We're having a baby!

An ordinary Monday turned absolutely extraordinary. Let's just say I didn't get much work done that day. While everyone went about their days, some with the Monday blues, I couldn't keep a smirk off my face knowing my life just changed forever.

58 comments:

  1. This is so sweet! I have a feeling I'd be taking tests right after we start trying...I'm definitely not as patient as you are :)

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  2. awe!!! such a cute story. so happy for you all. can't wait to hear how you told the fam... and henry ;)

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  3. So sweet! I love this story. Congrats to you both! I can't wait to read more about your experience!

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  4. Congrats again! I love that it has a Dutch twist to it to go along with your adventures. Makes it a bit more fun if that's possible. I have a feeling that once we're ready and start trying (I'm ready, life just has to catch up to me :)), I'll be obsessed with taking a test the first day I can too!

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  5. Congrats! That is definitely a fun story :)

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  6. Such a cute story! I laughed at the 'google translate! google translate!' part. I can only imagine how excited you two were!

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  7. So so sweet... one day you'll be able to tell the bebe that you found out you were going to have him or her in Dutch! I think it's a sign that your little's going to be a world traveller like his or her parents :) So good to see you back in the blogging world! We've missed you.

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  8. love this! huge congrats! excited for you to find out the gender so soon!

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  9. Absolutely amazing!! I want my future pregnancy stick to read Zwanger ;) Congrats! So excited for you!

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  10. Such a sweet story. Congratulations!!

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  11. What a story! Congrats, what an amazing chapter of your lives to begin.

    ~ Bev
    http://bevedlybev.blogspot.com/

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  12. Hahaha so sweet and funny - Google translate, Google translate! So classic.

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  13. AMAZING STORY!!! I LOVE IT!!!! Congratulations!!

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  14. so sweet, i love that it was in dutch! excited for you guys!

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  15. That is so adorable and funny--how perfect it was in Dutch :) Congrats again to you guys! Also, so glad to see a blog post from you this morning--you are one of my favorite bloggers and especially now that I'm living in Portland I love reading your posts! :)

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  16. congrats! this is so cute! i love that it was in dutch. the "google translate" comment was the best!

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  17. I have a funny feeling "zwanger" might become a pregnancy nickname for your little one while he/she is still in the womb. Too fun!

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  18. "Google translate!" LOL. Love this story!

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  19. oh I love this story. congratulations!!

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  20. What a fun story! It's perfect how that test kind of joined your expat life and the new beginnings as you own a home and start your family in Portland! Congratulations! .....Also, I'm dying to see how you decorate your new home!

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  21. This is such a cute story! Congrats :)

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  22. This is great! Love!

    Congrats again :)

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  23. i have chills all over my body, that is the sweetest story and so fun that you had such an exciting story, especially for your first baby!!!!

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  24. What a great story! Congrats again!!

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  25. This is such an amazing story! So happy you shared. And I hope you keep doing preggers updates!

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  26. I LOVE THIS!!!! so excited that you're zwanger!!!!!!!

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  27. Very cute to have a wee story for your child in later life

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  28. What a cute story! Can't wait to hear more about your... zwangnancy? ;)

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  29. Gah, I love you guys. Congrats again! Best story ever :)

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  30. Love this story, can imagine the panic at such a time when you don't know what the words means, hilarious! Congratulations, such happy news :)

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  31. Wraps up your expat years perfectly :)

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  32. Congratulations!! Xx

    the-prettylittlethings.blogspot.com.au

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  33. This is the cutest post ever. Made me smile! Congrats!

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  34. So cute! I think your child is destined to become fluent in Dutch someday.

    -Amy

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  35. This made me smile BIG! Congratulations to you and Corey!

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  36. Gefeliciteerd, je bent zwanger! Congratulations on your pregnancy.
    I was laughing out loud, reading your post.
    Greetings from Amsterdam

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  37. Congratulations! Such a cute story.

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  38. Cutest story ever - and one I'm sure you'll re-tell over again for the rest of your lives! Can't wait to find out if Baby D is a he or she. Hope you're feeling better mama! xoxo

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  39. aw, i love this! huge congratulations!!

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  40. That is such a great story!! BEAUTIFUL and CONGRATS ;-)
    Much love, Bailey from Vanilla Blonde

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  41. This is the cutest Story Congratulations!!!!

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  42. Aww, congrats! I think it's a sweet touch that you found out in Dutch :)

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  43. I remember when I got that amazing positive test on March 5th- a day I will never, ever forget. It took us over 6 months of trying and I couldn't believe we were finally going to start a family. Now I am almost 39 weeks and expecting baby any day now. Congratulations! I've hated being pregnant, but I can't wait for the miracle that follows :)

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  44. That's incredible! Congratulations. I would have been the same way jumping out of bed to take the test! lol Such a cool way of tying in your dutch experience with this next step in your lives.

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  45. This is such a wonderful story! One you'll have forever! Congrats to the two of you!

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  46. hahahah i just love that it was a dutch test. i kinda think that's really special because you guys were discussing family planning while you were there and so excited to move back to start a family and it's like a little piece of amsterdam was with you!

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  47. I love that you did a post about this! I'm excited for you!
    -Kelsey

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  48. this is the best finding out story ever. baby denfeld is gonna love this one day (:

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  50. best pregnancy test story ever! Love!

    xx Viv @ joiedeviv.blogspot.com

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  51. This is so incredibly sweet. I'm so happy for you three!!!!
    I know you are already starting a wonderful life together.

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