The Second Line

by tinysneakers

Today I’m 15 weeks pregnant. Officially second trimester by anyone’s definition.

we're pregnant picture announcement

But let me back up a little bit.

rewind symbol

It seems like a lot of people merely need to think about having a baby and BAM, they’re pregnant…

I’m not one of those people.

Here’s what happened when that notorious positive sign finally made an appearance:

plus sign

The infamous second line materialized so fast I had to scramble for the long ago memorized instructions telling me just how to interpret the seemingly obvious result.

I did everything the box says not to: I didn’t wait until I was a full day late; I didn’t take the test first thing in the morning; I chugged a glass of water in a sad attempt to make myself pee on demand.

But despite my stubborn tendencies to think the rules don’t apply, there it was staring me in the face. The plus sign appeared almost before I even had a chance to look, making me think it must be the control square. How rude to make the control a plus sign. And as I thought the words ‘plus sign’ in my head, I realized exactly what had just happened.

positive pregnancy shirt
You would think my reaction would be obvious: delight, excitement, glee. When you’re used to month after month of disappointment, you imagine the reaction you’d have when it finally happens is one of pure exuberation. But no. My first thought? ‘Holy shit. What the heck did we just get ourselves into?’ Babies crying in the middle of the night, toddlers with snotty noses…

When you convince yourself month after month that you don’t really want it and there’s other things you’re meant to be doing with your life, somewhere along the way you actually start believing it. For a half a millisecond. And then you get over it, and get really, really excited.

Then you try to explain to your husband why you’re randomly going to the grocery store at rush hour trying not to crack a goofy grin. To buy pickles & ice cream, of course.

pickles and ice cream cookies

I’d like to recommend here that attempting to sharing the news with your husband by serving him said pickles and ice cream is not the most succinct way of spilling the beans. Who knew men had no idea of the overused pregnant-woman-craving stereotype?

Just the first of many things I was to learn about how little men know about babies and pregnancy…

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Elizabeth @TheBareMidriff August 9, 2011 at 9:33 am

I LOVE that you’ve created a separate section, and I LOVE the title! Thanks for letting us in on what is a very personal topic.


Jen August 9, 2011 at 10:45 am

I love how you broke the news to your husband! That’s so creative, too bad it was lost on him because he’s a man! 😉

I felt completely differently than I expected to when I saw the second line, too. Congrats on being in the second tri!


Lindsay @ Delighted Momma August 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Congrats to you and your hubby!! So exciting!! And Happy 2nd trimester 🙂


Ashley August 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Haha, that is too funny that the hubs didn’t realize that. Happy 2nd trimester!


Jen Stamps August 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Congratulations! How exciting that you’re family will be growing…I love that announcement photo btw! So cute!


Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

You served him pickles and ice cream?? That’s adorable! I wish I had done something cute like that instead of blubbering my way through delivering the news.

And you’re not alone- no matter how you become pregnant (trying, surprised, etc), I think the initial reaction is HOLY SH#T- what did we do?! …at least mine was 😉 but now, like you, I couldn’t be more excited!


Casey W August 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm

So true about men being completely clueless! Hubs is wonderful but he has NO IDEA what is going on most of the time unless I give him very thorough explanations! I’m excited that you started a separate page to be all about baby! Thanks for sharing your wonderful news!


Amber August 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

This is my new most favorite blog of all time and I love the name tiny sneakers. Genius.

(I’m so excited. Have I said that?)


Caitlin August 12, 2011 at 9:35 am

Congrats 🙂 🙂


Meg @ Notes to Hunter August 18, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I am clearly waaaaaaay behind on catching up on your blog!!!!!! Congrats on the new family member on the way! So excited for you and can’t wait to following along. LOVE the fact that you tried to spill the beans to your husband with pickles and ice cream. Hilarious!

p.s – is there a post on SOS where you shared the news or did you just start this parent site? I tried to search for the post but couldn’t find it.


Amy December 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

im so glad im not the only one who had a mini-panic attack when they saw a postive sign. im just so used to negatives its like i dont know what to do with myself now…soo crazy!! but exciting of course 🙂


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