When Chad got word that he would start at TCF Bank as assistant manager the first week of December, I felt like we could breathe a little easier. In November, we had a lot going on. For Thanksgiving, we had 16 people over--hectic, but wonderful. (images above and below from Thanksgiving).
These 16 people, including us, didn't go home for Thanksgiving to share the time with family. It was truly a time to be thankful for the friendship God has given us here in Denver, among so many other things. One of which is that KC and Kim announced that they were pregnant! I have found that we have entered a time in our lives when a lot of our married friends are having or thinking about having children, and it is truly an exciting time.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, we slept in some, which was amazing. We then went to go get donuts at Lamars and stopped at Walgreens for pregnancy tests. I had an aching suspicion that Chad and I were pregnant (from my chest hurting and being a few days late). Now, to properly understand the anxiety we were feeling about the possibility of being pregnant, you have to know that Chad and I were always on the "5 year plan". Not just 5 years since we were married, but 5 years out from anytime we were asked about having children. We loved our "independent" way of life. Plus, Willis and Ripley (the Dorkie and Cockapoo) were our children. We were "good" and would say, "we are just not ready to have kids. We are way too selfish with our time".
We got home and Chad went down stairs to watch football. I went straight to the bathroom. No need to read the directions, we have panicked before. I waited two minutes and to my utter surprise, it was POSITIVE! I yelled at Chad, and was having a hard time breathing. I immediately tried the other test. POSITIVE again!! I searched the internet for "false positives" and have learned that they are very very rare. I went to an OB Intake Appointment the following week and it was confirmed.
Its taken a while to sink in. but, its true...THE ARNOLDS ARE pregnant! August 9, 2010 is when we will welcome a new Baby Arnold (or Captain Jack as Chad affectionately calls it) into the world. We (well, really me) have had some times where panic has set in. But, we are so very excited. Chad is being an amazing husband through all of this. Out lives are truly going to change.
We thought the job would be the only surprise in our lives. But SURPISE! Baby here we come. :)