The joys of May

As I mentioned, yesterday was my Dad’s birthday. I was thinking about his birthday on the weekend, and remembered that it was four years ago on his birthday that we told my parents that I was pregnant with Simon.

I had found out that day or the day before, and had had a hard time keeping the secret even that long. I remember practically dancing from foot to foot in their sunny living room, telling him that he was going to get a present for his birthday but that it would take nine months to be delivered. Dad regarded me for a long moment with a confused look on his face, obviously aware of some hidden message but not quite able to piece it together. My mother, on the other hand, squealed in a lovely supersonic yelp that might have been, ‘REALLY?’ before we both burst into tears and fell into a hug. Looking back, it’s sweetly ironic now that Simon and Papa Lou have a special bond that defies description. It hasn’t occured to me for years that we announced his pending arrival as a birthday gift to my Dad.

I have to admit, I’ve been thinking a lot about that May, back in 2003, as this month unfolded. Of course, I started the month with babies on my brain as my lost due date came and went just before our cottage weekend. And here we find ourselves deep in the thick of a hockey playoff season, just like we were in 2003. For those of you who haven’t read it, the story of how I found out I was pregnant with Simon has always been one of my very favourite stories, and I’ll wait if you want to go read it and see what I mean.


*checks watch*


See? I mean, of course I’m biased, but I’ve always loved that story. And each year, I can’t help but smile nostagically as I hop back on to the hockey bandwagon, because exciting playoff hockey games and happy news are now inextricably linked in the mythology of my family.

I’ve been conscious, as the month of May passed this year with its many highs and lows, of that blissful May four years ago. So much so that when I found myself a few days late again this month, I couldn’t help but smile. I am, after all, only a couple of days late. I really do know better than to get excited over a mere couple of days.

But I kept thinking about buying that test and bringing it home, and it was a Wednesday four years ago, too. And I kept remembering that hockey game back in 2003, and how exciting it was having the game and the big maybe all tied up in my brain, and I couldn’t help but think about tonight’s game, Game Two. And when I found myself wide awake at 2:30 in the morning for the second night running, I puzzled over my insomnia for a while before realizing that the only other times I have suffered insomnia have been while I was pregnant.

So I went out at lunchtime today, and I bought a test. A two-pack, of course.

And then when I got back to the office, I just couldn’t stand having the damn thing there and not doing anything about it, so I decided what the hell. I’ll take the test. So on my lunch break, with far from my first morning urine in a stall in the office bathroom, I took the test.

And it was positive! A big, dark, immediate and unmistakable plus sign. I’m pregnant!

So I’ve been walking around my office all afternoon with a positive pregnancy test tucked safely in my pocket, and Fates be Damned, I’ve been having a lot of fun flashing it to a select group of my absolutely lovely, sweet and supportive colleagues, none of whom flinched at me waving a peed-on stick around in front of them and several of whom cried or squealed in delight or did both.

Oh, and speaking of colleagues? Shhhhh! What we say in the blogosphere stays in the blogosphere, at least for now, okay?

Four weeks down, 36 to go…

Author: DaniGirl

Canadian. storyteller, photographer, mom to 3. Professional dilettante.

59 thoughts on “The joys of May”

  1. AHHHH, DANI!!!!!
    You are good, very good at stringing us along and then givign us this fantastic news!!!!
    I am thrilled, just thrilled to read this my friend!!!
    Brenda, doin the jumps of joy!!!!

  2. WOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!
    Absolutely thrilled for you!! I am in tears…good ones…many many happy tears.

  3. Thank God! I have been checking your site all flippin’ afternoon.
    Dare I say that I no longer care if the Sens win? Dani is pregnant!!!!

  4. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I am soooooooo happy for you Dani!!!!!!!!!!!
    What amazing news.
    Psst… I am pregnant too! I found out on Mother’s Day. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have not told anyone yet and so why am I posting it here, on your blog? I guess because your post got me excited, and happy and why the heck not. Here’s to healthy pregnancies! All the best!!
    And this post just makes me think that tonight the Sens will win!

  5. OH. MY. GOD.
    I did read that right!
    I am SO excited for you!! Wish I was there with your colleagues when you were waving that peed on stick around, I’d be squealing right along with them.
    love ya and big hugs too ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. oh and congrats Loukia too!
    somehow I knew, from a little comment you left a short while back
    …loving all these blogosphere secrets ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Excellent news! Congratulations! Hugs! All that good stuff. I’m really happy for you guys.

  8. Oh, Dani. I’m so glad. I totally did NOT see that coming in this post! I read the whole thing twice just to make sure…

  9. Yiiippeeee!!! Most fantastic news Dani. My heart is very full for you today.

  10. And to think I thought your email, when you said I didn’t have to call on saturday morning to find out if you were pregnant meant you got your period. Man, I can be dumber than a bag of hammers.
    I’m officially calling it though, since I asked you yesterday if you were preggers. That kid will have my name! Droit de seigneur!

  11. Hooray! Yippee! Now we can commiserate! I hope pregnancy is kinder to you than its been to me. Wishing you a barf-free, smooth sailing pregnancy!

  12. Fantastic!I was going to bring up the baby subject on Sunday, but then decided not to in case you were sick of the topic. Women’s intuition? Happy Birthday again papa Lou!

  13. So glad to have got to teary-smiley-hug-jump-up-and-down with you in my office!! That was a great moment ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping for many, many more…

  14. Oh Congrats Dani! And here I was reading along thinking this was a post about hockey.
    Sending you lots of sticky vibes and wishes for a healthy happy nine months.

  15. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you Dani.. from being a regular reader of your blog, I’ve come to know how much you want this.. Congrats!

  16. In journalism, they call that “burying the lede.”
    Go Dani!
    (I’m doing the cabbage patch at my computer. Good thing there’s no webcam!)

  17. Yeah, so that was supposed to be “May you have…” See, I’m so excited for you that I can’t even spell ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. How wonderful!! I had to read it a couple of times to figure out if I had somehow skipped a part and it was still the old story, but I finally got it!
    Congratulations!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Congratulations! I read this post once last night and again this morning and it still makes my heart race in excitement and happiness for you.

  20. Congratulations Dani!!!
    This is awesome news, I’m so happy for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Congratualations. Hope the next 36 weeks go well for you and the rest of the family.

  22. As I sit here at my mom’s place down in Southern Ontario, I swear you could have heard the squeel I just made all the way up in O-town!!! I re-read it just to make sure I wasn’t still in the “from the drawer” post…and tomake sure this was the current one! Couldn’t be happier for you Dani! Cyber hugs being sent your way! (P.S. I have my Sens flag flying on my car window…and I hope no Maple Leaf or Red Wing fans steal it when I’m out and about while I’m here…)

  23. Oh wow! Oh wow! Oh wow! Congratulations and a big helping of baby dust being blown to you from T.O.!

  24. OK, so now that I have 5 minutes to type something…lol. I just wanted to say a BIG congratulations to you!! Hopefully you’re good luck will extend to the Sens on Saturday night!!

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