Drama, Thy Name is Toddler
Knocked Up and Over

One Dozen Long-Stemmed Years

On our very first Valentine's Day together, I sat across the table from a tall dark-haired boy and looked into his eyes and decided that he was the one. It was probably our fifth or sixth date, and I refuse to give my 19-year-old self any credit for this decision -- she was an idiot who didn't know anything, but sure as hell thought she did. I suppose I could try to see it as some kind of fate or higher power leading my idiot self in the right direction, or maybe deep down in my rebellious, flightly little soul was a flicker of wisdom beyond my years, but mostly: I was an idiot who got incredibly damned lucky.

On another Valentine's Day together, we went up to visit his brother in Boston. We sat across the table from each other at an Indian restaurant he'd chosen and looked into each other's eyes in a panic because what the hell was this shit? Couldn't we go get some pizza instead? Then we each took a few bites and looked at each other again and realized we loved this and wordlessly pledged to each other that we would spend the rest of our lives seeking out everything new and exciting, to see what else our identical vanilla suburban upbringings had held out on us. We would live in the city and we would eat and we would travel. And we did all that for awhile, and we were incredibly damned lucky.

And then there was another Valentine's Day together, when we held hands in a small exam room while an ultrasound technician pointed at our baby on the TV screen. He was a tiny grain of rice. His heartbeat filled the room and our hearts and I cried because I was just so incredibly damned lucky.

Today is our 12th Valentine's Day together. A dozen of them, some more memorable than others. Gifts and cards and dinners out and lately we always talk about the One Where We Saw Noah For the First Time. It's hard to beat that one, I admit.

I'm not sure we're officially beating that one this year, at least not on February 14th proper. Our excitement is more about another date, eight months from now.

October 14th. My due date for our second child.

We are so, so incredibly damned lucky, I can hardly even stand it.

Comments

amy

Amy,
Delurking after years of reading you to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LizPres

Not the Christmas baby you wanted, but so close. Congratulations on all of your happiest occasions, and on your awesome new addition.

Helen

OMG OMG!!!! WHOOHOO! What else to say? I am so thrilled for you and Jason and the perfect Noah boy. CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Christine

Fabulous news!!!! I'm so delighted for you. Now I'm crying, dammit.

Turk

Congratulations! Maybe you made cry a little at work. Damn you Amalah!

jenn

WHOO-HOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations! What fantastic news.

nic

Congratulations!

Addie

I'm delurking after reading this site for quite awhile. My due date for baby #2 is October 16. (Baby #1 was 2 in November.)I look forward to reading about your pregnancy. Congratulations.

Susan

Yay! Yay! Yay! I am so excited for you.

Amy

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news! Tears are streaming down my face, how awesome! CONGRATULATIONS!

FishyGirl

AAAAIIIIIIIIEEEEE! Woo Hoo! I am SO HAPPY for you!! I've been reading for years and know what you've been through. And holy hell, you deserve this.

On a much lighter note, October 14 is my husband's birthday. It's an incredibly lucky day to be born. Just so you know.

Congratulations. Let me know if you want to come hang out in the upcounty with a bunch of craziness. Mine AND the kids'.

Laura

Oh Amalah! Congratulations! I teared up when I read the end. I'm so happy for you!!!

Janna

Congratulations!!!!

Melissa

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jen

Congrats!

Jennifer

Wahooooo! Congratulations. You also made me cry at work. I am so happy for you and your family!

Josie

WOOT!!!!! Congratulations Amy. So very happy for you, Jason and Noah.

Kristine

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you.

JennyM

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Congratulations!!!!!!

Haley Linklater

Congratulations to you, Jason and Noah!

Sharon

OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!!
Congratulations!!!

Kaitlyn

Oh man, I've been reading just for a short while, but this is SUCH a great happy Valentine's day post. Thanks for sharing and CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Jewels

I KNEW IT!

I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT! I KNEW IT!

YAAAAYY!!! Congrats!

Muddy

Fuck. To the hell. Yeah.

Kelly

Oh that's just such a wonderful story and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Chantel

Yaaaayyyyyyyy! I didn't see that coming AT ALL! Congratulations!

Christine

Good job procreating!! Congrats and happy gestating.

Pink Lemonade

awwww!!! Congratulations!!!

Marta

Congratulations!! So very happy for you -- Happy Valentine's day to you. If it's a boy, I recommend Seth -- we have a Noah who is 5 and his younger brother who is Seth ;)

andi

Yea!! Congratulations!!

anastasia beaverhausen

You completely blew me away with this one, Amy. I just didn't see it coming, but I'm as thrilled as I could ever be for someone I haven't ever met. And that's pretty thrilled.

wn

that made me tear up..HUGE congratulations to all 3.1 of you!

Lisa

DUDE! Congrats!

(My birthday is 10/7, so iffen you were wanting to go, you know, EARLY, that'd be cool.)

anothersarah

Congratulations!

Teeny

Oh my word! I didn't see it coming either but huge congratulations!

Laura

YAAAYY!!! Congratulations! You made me cry a little. I'm so stinking happy for you.

Janelle

FINALLY! =) Congratulations.

Anna

OMG! Congrats!!! I'm actually teary-eyed right now. Happy and healthy 9 months to you!

Christine

Hooray and Congratulations! Happy Valentine's Day, Lucky Girl!

Liz

Oh, yay!! How wonderful! Did you find out since writing the last post?

Hope you are feeling well...

Elizabeth

Congratulations on #2!

You just made me cry and spit my hot cocoa every where.

EMILY

CONGRATS

Rebecca

OH MY GOSH!! I've never left a comment, but have been reading for ever. I'm SOOO excited for you! I'm trying for my second too, and just have a feeling it might be here, and I just don't know it yet!

Donna

That's what Noah's been acting out about - he knows!!!

Congrats - I love to read you.

bunnygoeszen

congratulations!

Alexandra

Congratulations!

Pam

OMG OMG OMG Congratulations! this post gave me the chills! Hope you feel great for the next 8 months!

Mary

Delurking to say

Congratulations! I was rooting for you! Happy Valentine's day to you

Allie

Yippie!
Woman, you sure know how to throw a twist into the ending.
I've never been so thrilled for someone I don't know. :)

Leigh

OH.MY.GOODNESS. I almost fell on the floor in shock and happiness for you! I'm coming out of mostly-lurk mode to say...Congratulations! If I am deliriously happy, I can only imagine how you are feeling. LOL

Kristy

Congratulations!

Kristin

OMG! OMG!!!! Congratulations!!!!

/end delurking

:)

Alie

Woohoo! Congratulations!!!!!
(Am exclamation point happy for you!)
And, dude--all your "PEOPLE, I AM NOT PREGNANT STOP ASKING" stuff?
Uh-huh. Sure.
Sly Girl.

Nancy

OMG!!! You just gave me shivers and made me start to CRY!

Congratulations to all of you!!!

linka72

Congrats!! Now if you could just pass some of that baby luck over heeeere!!
BTW, I'll take Noah off your hands..I've been wanting to dunk him in my hot chocolate for months now.

gemma

What a beautiful post - and *congratulations*.

earlyduckie

Not fair to make a pregnant lady cry at work! Best of luck!!!

Victoria

OH MY!! Congratulations!
Happy, happy, joy, joy!!

honestyrain

congratulations amy!

Allison

I AM CRYING FOR YOU!!!! So happy, so jealous, so, just, yay!!!

Jenny

YES!!!!!! I knew this post was coming!!! I found out I was preg with my first child about 2 weeks before you found out about Noah. ..and I found out I was pregnant with my second child on Christmas day. I wanted it so bad for you and Jason. I cant breathe!!!!! ..and I love the exclaimation point!!!!! Noah, the big brother! I need to cry now. Congratulations.

Sarah

Congrats! That is the best news ever! !!!!!

dumplingrrl

OMG! OMG! Delurking to say YAY!! Congrats!!!

Melissa

I just got up from my desk at work and did a dance of JOY!

Congratulations! I'm so SO happy for you!

MamaKaren

Woo-hoo! Yipee! Many other exclamations of joy!

Kate

Oh Amy! We're all so excited for you!

miranda

YESSSSSSSS! Hooray for all of you!!!!

vicky

Delurking to say congrats and you made me cry! Couldn't be happier for you and your family.

a fan

Congratulations! That's wonderful news. As someone grappling with similar hard-to-make-a-baby issues, it's terrific to see a success story. Bask in it!

Jane

Congratulations!!

I don't comment very often but have been a long time reader. I just wanted to say this post really touched me. I am so happy for you!!

g

WOOT!!!

Jules

Great post, GREAT NEWS! Congrats!
Jules
House of Jules

Roberta

Woohoo! So tremendously exciting! Congratulations!

Must be Motherhood

Oh HORRAH! Congratulations.

All the best babies will be born this fall, I tell you! :)

Jenn

Holy crap, congratulations!

alice

Oh my god, I just got tears in my eyes reading that. I'm so happy for you. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Marnie

OMG! That's WONDERFUL!! Congratulations to you all!

Daren

Congratulations!

cursingmama

Congratulations!

And, after all the "No, I'm not pregnants..."

kelly jeanie

I never comment but I had to for this one....CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Erin

Holy freakin' crap, YAY! Congratulations! And I may be slightly biased, but I think Libras are awesome, so double yay!

Ashley

While I am so not the first. I had to delurk to get in on the party! Yay you did it! Well apparently as you wouldn't be in this condition if you didn't do it. Good work to Jason! Yay I am so excited. I often times wish I could have more babies and then I look at my four sweet heathens and slap myself. I just will have to live vicariously through you! Congrats girl! I hope you have a wonderful pregnancy.

heather

delurking here.
congrats!

MrsHaley

After a few days of quiet, I was HOPING this was what we'd hear with your next post!

YAY for peesticks and 2 pink lines!!!!!!!!

I am due with #2 on 9/22 ... it will be SO MUCH FUN to read about being pregnant right along with you!!

Amy

That is so incredibly awesome!!
Congratulations!!!

Jean

Delurking to say I'm crying right now. I am so incredibly happy for you and I wish you the most wonderful pregnancy. What a perfect gift :)

stinkypete

Delurking to say CONGRATULATIONS!

Catherine

I can't believe I am this happy for someone(s) I've never met! I teared up when I read the news. Congratulations to you, Jason, and Noah!!!

Jamie

Hey hey! Long time reader, first time commenter-er-er! Always wanted to say that! hahaha
For all the times I was going to comment and didn't, I think I picked the perfect 1st!

Many congratualations to you all!!

I actually welled up. Oh dear! hahaha

sarah

completely and totally delurking to say WHOO HOO!!! with a serious fist pump in the air. And I am not normally that type of girl.

Way to go Amy. Way to go to Jason. Noah, hang on to your hat little guy...

Kelly J

Congratulations!

Oh my, I'm such a sappy doofus. I'm sitting here at my computer weeping (and not quietly or prettily) with happiness for you guys - people I've never met and probably never will.

What a beautifully written entry.

Katie Kat

YAY YAY YAY!!!!!! I'm sitting here at work literally crying, I am so happy for you!

I will send every single good karma thought I have your way for a healthy pregnancy and a beautiful, healthy, happy baby!

CONGRATS HONEY!!!!!!

Krista

I have lurked here for three years in May and yet it is for the first time (I think) that I leave this comment. Congratulations Amalah, that you've done it without the evil clomid is all the more special! I'm happy for you.

Dianne Murphy

I've read every post, from the very beginning. I read everyday. You can't imagine the joy I feel right now for you and your husband and your son. I will pray for a safe and healthy delivery. Congratulations! It's just wonderful!

Mir

Well it's about time. ;) Congrats, Amalah clan!

Big Mama

I was already weepy and then I got to the end. Congratulations! So happy for y'all.

Abby

Delurking to say congrats...I actually cried when I read the last part (granted I'm also preggo, and everything makes me cry, but still...)

sarah

I've never commented before, but I had to this time. I truly started crying tears of happiness for you. Congratulations!

Mrs. CPA

CBFM succeeds again! Way to go you two! I'm having a second one exactly one month before that. Which is what I'm blaming all the tears in my eyes on. Congratulations, you and Jason and Noah deserve this happiness.

DJ

Also delurking after many years to say congrats!!! Great post.

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