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Tomorrow is Father’s Day. Sadly, we won’t be able to celebrate right away with my husband, but we have a few tricks up our sleeve to make sure that even 1000 miles away he knows he is loved on his honorary day.
In the meantime – I thought I’d share the story of finding out we were pregnant for the first time. It all started with a First Response test (or eight…) and ended with my whispering to my husband in the light of a new day “You’re going to be a daddy.”
Two Pink Lines
We were married after dating for a couple of years on April 4, 2008. My husband was deployed with his job on May 4th, but returned home early with a knee injury on September 4th, and a month later I suspected we might be pregnant.
Together we went to Walgreens and looked over all the tests. It was really frustrating to see so many choices, but we decided to go with First Response because it said they could detect a pregnancy as early as six days before the day of your missed period. We might have bought a few boxes of them. While in the store, I had noticed a co-worker had come in with her boys. I made my husband hold the tests and go straight to the register with them while I stayed looking at random items in case we were to be seen with them. Seems so silly now, but I didn’t want anyone to know until we knew for sure.
We went home and I quickly took one of the tests. I had drank a lot of water at that point, and so our positive was SO VERY FAINT. My husband didn’t want to believe it yet, so we tried another. However, it was the evening and by that point I had drank even more water, so it was a too diluted and my test came back negative.
We decided to wait until the morning like the directions said was best. We spent the remainder of the evening wondering was it positive? Could we be parents soon? Looking back, it was one of my first glimpses into a behavior that I would come to know and love in my husband. He doesn’t let himself get overly excited about things like I do. He didn’t want to think we were, until we had the positive result.
The next morning, dawn woke me up. I’m not an early riser by nature, so I remember it very clearly. I crept into the bathroom and took our test. Almost immediately the two pink lines showed up on the first response test. I smiled, nervous, excited, anxious… And crept into bed and whispered to my husband, “You’re going to be a daddy. We are going to be parents.” A smile crept over his lips, and he pulled me in close. And even though it happened sooner than we had planned, I knew in that very moment what a great dad he was going to be.
A Brand We Can Trust
Recently I heard that First Response has improved the design of their tests to make taking it even easier, with a 50% wider strip to test on, a longer curved design to fit a woman’s hand better, and it can be used at any time of the day. No more anxious waiting until the first pee to test!
The last thing a woman needs is anything that makes it difficult to test, so I can personally appreciate this new design. First Response tests are widely available at big box stores, groceries, and drugstores ranging in price from $8.99-$15.99.
When it came time to test for our second, we turned to what we knew and trusted as I am sure we will do one day with our third and maybe fourth children – should we be so blessed… Until then, I don’t really need a labeled day to celebrate the man I love and the father of my children. We are so lucky to have him and for everything he does for us.
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