How We Found Out I Was Pregnant


In the winter for 2014, when we first started trying, I concocted an elaborate way to tell Ryan we were having a baby. I secured the perfect spot in our living room to set up a small video camera, where Ryan wouldn’t notice it.  I purchased two father parenting books and an “I Love Daddy” onesie and planned to calmly sit him down after work on the couch and present him with a random present. 

I smiled to myself as I thought about his reaction and how we were going to capture it all on camera to share with our child one day.

Of course I naively thought getting pregnant would happen with a snap of our fingers. We all know that wasn’t the case. And this surprise for Ryan was never brought to fruition. 

Every month that I received a negative test the dream of that reveal got more clouded with bitterness and cynicism. The baby books and onesie got buried and nearly forgotten about in our spare bedroom closet. 

During the Christmas season of 2014 I kept my spirits high, hoping for a miracle (or just some good news after having an HCG done). On Saturday January 3, I took a pregnancy test.

Another big fat negative.

I allowed myself some time to be sad but then we had two parties to attend. And we partied. I had quite a few drinks at both of these parties, since I thought I wasn’t pregnant and because I was sad that I was not.

On Sunday January 4, I took another test, (because I’m crazy and love peeing on sticks) and hopped in the shower while the test processed. When I stepped out of the shower I half haphazardly glanced over at the text, knowing that it was going to be another negative. Then was such a routine for me now. Even though I had little hope the test was positive I still continued to take them. 

But….it wasn’t!

There staring back at me was the text line and a very very very faint second line. I couldn’t believe it. My heart stopped. I couldn’t breathe.

I ran downstairs in my towel, dripping wet and screaming.  

Ryan was mentally preparing to call 911, he thought I fell in the shower or something.

I held the test up to his face and screaming “Oh my god Ryan. Look! LOOK! Look!”

He grabbed the test out of my hand and squinted hard at the second line. (I can’t tell you how many times I had him peer at crisp white tests, begging for his eye sight to see something there that really wasn’t there.)

We screamed, hugged, and ran back upstairs together.

Complete disbelief led me to take about 6 more tests that day.

Even though I knew it was scientifically impossible I wanted to see the second barely there line get darker that same day. I took a clear blue digital test and lost faith when the words “NOT PREGNANT” stared back at us. Way to mess with our minds, clear blue! But we knew those test were less sensitive then the First Response ones. I was so terrified of having a chemical pregnancy (early miscarriage).

Hugs, tears, and exclamations of love were said over and over.

We sat side by side in bed stuck in a state of mutual exhilaration and shock, while my hope that this was true and my cynicism battled each other in my head. A few hours later hope won and we decided to share the news with our parents. 

I packed up a onesie I bought last winter that said “What Happens At Grandma’s Stays at Grandma’s” and a pregnancy test in a Christmas gift bag and we drove over to my parent’s house. I told them that we had to drop Maggie off for a bit because we were going to run errands and get some dinner. 

They had no reason to believe otherwise since they knew of my negative test I received a mere 24 hours ago. We pulled up and I put on my best poker face.

I presented the bag to my mom and said “Here is a late Christmas present, it hadn’t arrive in time to give to you on Christmas!”

She happily started ripped away the tissue paper and then she saw the baby onesie. Her face of recognition is one that I will never forget. With tears in her eyes she half whispered, “You’re pregnant? No? You’re really pregnant?” There were hugs, shrieks, and more tears. It felt so surreal, this is a moment I dreamed about for years.

Later, although we tried to wait to tell Ryan’s parent’s in person, we called them up and delivered the news. More shock and excitement. It was nice to see them in person a few weeks later, but I’m glad we decided to call them up and do it that same day.

It was an amazing day! I soaked in as much happiness as I could even though my heart was still full of anxiety over it not being true. We found out so very early at 10 days past ovulation. I spent way too much time on google reading terrifying things. (This symptom of pregnancy still hasn’t gone away.)

I didn’t want to get my hopes up. I didn’t want to let in too much love, only to have it taken away a few days later. It was both a scary and beautiful time.

Thankfully my fears were put aside when I received a positive blood test back from my doctor on Tuesday. 

* a note for potential moms: I did not receive a positive “PREGNANT” clear blue digital test until 14 dpo, even though I was in fact pregnant. The tests are that much more sensitive.  

Nothing will ever measure up to the emotions we felt that day. So much joy. 

After a year of heartache our dreams had come true. We were going to be parents!

Some days I still can’t believe it’s actually happening. There is nothing in the world that I have wanted more than this. I can’t believe that in just 24 more weeks a brand new little person that has never been in this world before will grace us with their presence, someone we have yet to meet but that I love with all my heart.

xoxo Katie




  • AH! That is so exciting 🙂 I love your moms reaction.

    • kwalshmac

      Thinking about telling her still gets me teary eyed!

  • Love this story!! I wanted a nice calm romantic way to tell my husband too, but well, the excitement was just too much!! I ran out of the bathroom right in the middle of him watching Braveheart and slapped the stick down!! It’s so crazy, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I love your story — its perfect. 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you, I imagine most of us dream up fun ways of telling our partners but reality takes over. I wouldn’t change it for anything!

  • What an awesome story!! I, of course, started crying when I read about the reaction your mom had. What a special, special day!!

    • kwalshmac

      I still get teary eyed when I think of telling my mom. So many emotions!!!

  • Congrats! That is awesome! We have been trying for 8 months and every month that passes is so hard! I am happy to see someone get a positive!

    • kwalshmac

      I’m sorry to hear that! I know how hard it can be, it took us a year and every month was so heart breaking. I hope you get good news soon or help from you doctor. Stay strong.

  • I always imagined people’s stories to be more like this and less cute and TV like, just pure happiness and excitement and waving a pee stick everywhere!

    • kwalshmac

      pee sticks everywhere! I never thought I’d have so little modesty when it came to peeing on things. I guess this is a welcome to my next stage of life, goodbye privacy 🙂

  • I have goosebumps! Best feeling ever! I can still remember when we found out with Caleb and it makes me smile so big. I’m so happy for you dear! (as if I haven’t told you that a million times already) 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      It was such a good day! And thank you for all your support!

  • This was fascinating for me. That’s crazy to me that one day it was negative and only one short day later it was positive! I love your reaction too. In theory I’d love to have a planned out, sweet way of sharing my news but I’d also probably run out screaming.

    • kwalshmac

      It really is fascinating and can make a woman totally crazy. You don’t want to know how much money I spent on pregnancy and ovulation tests over the past year. I think we all have this idea cute way of telling people in our heads but the excitement of the reality is all too much.

  • Pat (Mom)

    I cried all over again when I read your post today. January 4, 2015 will always be a special date to remember. Dad and I were SO surprised and overjoyed! I really liked the way you told us. I look at that cute little onsie everyday and I can’t wait until I can hold your baby wearing that shirt. This is a wonderful time for our family and I’m looking forward to September when we celebrate the addition of a very precious family member.

  • Aw, I had total goosebumps while reading this post. I’m so excited for you! 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      I have a feeling I’m going to be having goosepumps frequently in the next couple of years 🙂 thank you!

  • ahhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO happy for you guys!!!!!! So exciting!!! 🙂 Congratulations, lady!!

    • kwalshmac

      Thank you!!!

  • Tearing up over here! I love that you just couldn’t keep it to yourself!

    • kwalshmac

      It was the best day!

  • Thanks for sharing your story! How exciting that in just weeks, your life will completely change 🙂

    • kwalshmac

      It still doesn’t feel real! I’ve dreamt of this for so long, I can’t actually picture it 🙂