December 23rd I woke up nice and early so I could make the 2-hour drive to the doctor's office to get and official thumbs up on being pregnant. Yes, there are plenty of doctors in Lansing who could have told me the same thing, but I had an appointment scheduled for the beginning of January anyway, so I figured I could combine the two into one.
I got to Yale 20 minutes early and they called me back right away! I was so excited, I was trembling. Which was bad, because then the nurse told me it was time for the pregnancy test!! I set the cup on the counter and stared at it a long time, willing myself to still be pregnant. It was weird, because even though I had already gotten a positive test at home, I was terrified that it was gone and I wasn't pregnant anymore.
I sat and waited for the doctor, and even though it only took about three minutes, it felt like an hour. My doctor walked in and said, "Well, Veronica, it looks like congratulations are in order!" It took a minute to sink in. I asked her, "So does that mean I am actually pregnant? Like, for real?" She laughed and told me I was. I shrieked, and the doctor laughed.
From there, it was a whirlwind. She kept asking me if I had any questions, but the big one I had was not a medical question at all. The night before, Jeremy asked me if I thought we should tell everyone at Christmas or wait. I was shocked, because he seemed REALLY excited to tell everyone, and usually I am the one who can't keep a secret! He told me maybe we should ask the doctor if it was stupid to tell people this early, so I did. She told me exactly what I had been thinking: the worst case scenario is we tell people and then lose the baby, but if we would want our friends and family to be support during that time in our lives, then why not tell them early? It was like a weight was taken off my shoulders.
She listened to my breathing and felt my abdomen and all that, and then said she needed to order a test and to stay put. I called Jeremy at work immediately to tell him that I wasn't imagining things and we were actually pregnant. We were so excited! The doctor came back in while I was still on the phone, and I immediately dropped it like I was a kid getting caught on her cell phone in class, but she just smiled and told me to stay on the phone and stepped back out.
I had a quick test run, all was well, then I got a prescription for prenatal vitamins, paid the bill and checked out. I immediately called Jeremy again and we couldn't stop talking. We decided we needed to come up with a fun way to tell everyone at Christmas, and I only had the rest of the day to accomplish it! Then another call beeped in. It was the doctor's office! I freaked out and hung up on Jeremy. They must be calling me to tell me there was an error. There was another lady in there that day and SHE was the one who was pregnant, not me.
It turns out I left my book in the exam room. Oops. When I walked back into the doctor's office, the elderly man who had been sitting next to me in the waiting room pointed at me, laughed, and said, "You forgot something!" I laughed and got my book, and then he said, "It's okay. We all do it!"
I had told my mom I would be in town briefly that morning, so I stopped over at the house. I had no idea how I was going to keep my secret. I felt like bursting! When I got to the house, only my dad was there. I was STARVING (come on, I'm growing a BABY!), but he wanted to sit and talk. Eventually, I stood up and physically dragged him out of his recliner, telling him we were going to get me a Greek Chicken Salad at the Yale Family Diner, pronto.
Later, my mom came home, and I still managed to keep my secret, but I skedaddled out of there as soon as possible so I could get my vitamins, plan the reveal, and keep my mouth shut!
Next up, I got to drive home to Lansing and go to Meijer to get some free prenatal vitamins and buy a fish oil supplement to get enough DHA for the baby.
I had shirts to paint ...