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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

Kerry

What a AWESOME way to share the news with the world!!! YAY! I had to read it a couple of times to let it sink in... Congrats to you and yours!

Kris H

OMG! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Ok...so I am supposed to be working...not reading blogs...and when I read your news, I actually squealed with glee...not easy to explain to the boss... ;)

really, though, congrats!

Jaidnoire

WOW...Congrats!!! Can I tell you that my heart skipped a beat just now reading this? How fantastic!

Nancy

Wow! Congratulations!!

Amytoo

I might as well join the party. I continue to be amazed at how I can get teary-eyed and happy for someone I don't even know!

Congratulations to you and Jason, Amy.

Hannah

I had no idea where this was going and now I'm crying at my desk. Congratulations and good luck!

Sadie

October 14th is my birthday. :)
And I will vouch that it's a great day to be born.

Congratulations, Amy, to you and your family. This is wonderful news.

JennyL

I've been reading for a while now - but this is worth delurking for! You made my Valentine's Day! I'm so excited for you and Jason and Noah! Can't wait to follow you through your pregnancy!! BELLY SHOTS!! :)

Gillian

Mwaaaaaaaaaah! Baaaaaaabbbbbbeeeeeeee!
Wooooooooooooooo!

Shelley

That's so wonderful! Congratulations Amy, Jason and big brother Noah! Happy Valentine's Day!

Tamara

HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for two people I have never met. But especially I am excited for a sweet little boy who is going to be a fantastic older brother!!!

jessica

Amy, Jason and Noah - Congratulations!

Lisa V

Congratulations!

mortimer's mom

holy schnitzel! Mazel tov! i guess maybe you didn't have the flu after all....

nonsoccermom

YAY YAY YAY!!! I am thrilled for you, Jason and Noah! That's wonderful news!! And a beautifully written post, by the way.

Frema

Oh, Amy, I'm so happy for you I could cry. Congratulations!

Sonja

GAHHHHHH!
Congratulations. I mean... CONGRATUALTIONS!!! WHEEE!

Kyla

Oh Amy. Congratulations!

jessica

i need to step out of the blogasphere - this was my second thought after congratulations - If you had a girl, then not only could Noah marry Zoot's NikkiZ, but your little girl could marry AndyZ. yeah, seee - time to step away from "teh blawgs."

heidi

so so so so so so happy right now!!! awww amy, you made my night...my day, my week....

how lovely it is when wonderful things happen to wonderful people.

big hugs to you all...
xoxo

Lori

Another lurker coming out of the woodwork to wish you congratulations!! After dealing with infertility myself, and then having one child, I know how much this means to you!

boozie

Omg, congrats. That brought a tear to my eye...yay for you guys!

Suzanne

Have been reading your blog since you were pregnant with Noah, laughing and crying along with you for years, feeling to nervous to ever comment, but finally delurking to quietly say congratulations. You deserve this more than words can say.

Priscilla

Awww, what wonderful news! Best wishes for a lovely pregnancy!!

Carolyn

CONGRATS! I am so happy for you!!!!!

LeAnne

So happy for you!! I'm actually due October 12th! so it looks like we are in the same boat! Best wishes again.

Heather

I'm so so happy for you, congratulations!

Liz

Longtime lurker here...just popping out to say
HOLY CRAP! Congratulations and all the very best wishes.

kate

OH HAPPY!!!!! Congratulations, what wonderful news.
(I started dating my husband when I was 19, too. It's been 8 and a half years and I too feel very lucky!)

Amy

My eyes welled up and I got full-body goosebumps just now. Blessings on you and your family.

Amy

Awwww...I just got goosebumps. Many congrats and lots of love!!!

Emma

Congratulations to you both - all the best for a healthy and happy pregnancy.

HollowSquirrel

Oh YAY! Congratulations!

Jos

That was such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing and congrats to you, Jason and Noah:)

Dawn

Well, damn. I'm going to be walking into rah-rah corporate lovefest with streaked mascara under my eyes because this was the blog entry I had to read before going in. *sniffle*

Congratulations on Babalah No. 2! Am weeping very happily for you -- have been rooting for you all along!

mswas

reading, reading...

thinking, "she is a wonderful writer"

reading, reading... what?

shouting "WONDERFUL!"

Suz

Oh, what a perfect Valentine! I am so, so happy for you. Congratulations on being so damned lucky!! :)

Jase

YAY!

Nicole P.

I just got full-body goosebumps. Congratulations you guys!!

The Other Dawn

OMG! YAY OVARIES! YAY FAMILY! YAY HOKEY HALLMARK HOLIDAYS!

I'm sorry. That news neccessitated all caps.

As you were.

Hero

OMG, you just made me cry at work!

Congratulations!

Helloheather

Congratulations!!! I am a long time, enthusiastic reader, but I don't know if I've left many comments before. But this post...you made me cry. I am so not kidding. Many many congratulations.

Opal

zomg!
That's great news!
Congratulations!!

kalisa

Oh, congratulations, Amy! My husband kissed me on about our 4th date and I got pregnant, so I can't help but feel like people like you - who pray for it and yearn for it and try for it and really, REALLY WANT IT - deserve this so much. Lucky? Maybe. I think you are truly blessed.

Clink

It never fails to shock me when I tear up over the life of someone I have never met, but I should be used to it by now after years of reading you.

Congratulations x 1,000,000.

Jessie

OMG! Congratulations! I am so, so incredibly happy for you.

kirida

Oh congratulations!

Michelle

So freaking wonderful..

Lisa

I've got goosebumps and tears in my eyes. What wonderful news! YAY!

Velma

It is a credit to you and your gift for writing (and your connection with your readers) that I just burst in to tears as I read that... congratulations!

all things bd

Yay yay yay! Congrats!

Carley

Wow! Congratulations!!

Molly

CONGRATS! I can't imagine a more wonderful gift this Valentine's Day. Here's to a happy and healthy pregnancy. I cannot wait to read about it! xoxio

shokufeh

Tears of joy! You sure know how to deliver some news. Wow!

Heather

Delurking to say Congratulations! I've been a reader for about 2 years; I'm so so very happy for you!

Louise

Delurking finally to send you a BIG congrats!! What super news. I'm hoping to be in the same boat myself in the near future.

Liana

Oh AMY!!!
Oh my gosh!
I'm nearly crying at work here.
Congratulations a million times over!!!! SO HAPPY and thankful for you and Jason (and Noah, too!)!
MUCH LOVE and Happy Valentine's Day! Wheeeee!!!!!!!

Jenrab

*chills* Congrats many times over!

Shimmy

i'm crying. i don't know you other than internet stalking your blog for how many years...

i'm just speechlessly thrilled for you.

all evidence to the contrary.

TJ

Oh crap, I totally am crying. CONGRATS!!! I am so happy for you guys!

pseudostoops

aieeeeee! i was enjoying the sentimental look back through valentine's days past and then actually gasped when i got to the last part. yay! congrats!

Nicole

Congratulations!

One of the Amy's

OMG hooray! So happy for you!!!!

Corina

I love that the good news of strangers on the internet can make me cry (in a good way). It gives me hope that maybe I'm not as jaded and cynical as I sometimes fear. But as for you, YAY! You have this total stranger's best wishes for a healthy pregnancy and happy baby.

Sils

Aw! You made me cry! I'm so very happy for you!

Stephanie

What wonderful news! Congrats to you, Jason, and Noah!

Jomama

I have been waiting for this post for months. I think I may actually cry. Congratulations a million times over!!!

Hilary

WOOO-HOOO!!!!!!!!

(wiping tears off keyboard!)

Catherine

Delurking to wish much happiness and major congratulations! You are truly blessed, Happy Valentine's Day!

Nic

Oh my gosh! Congratulations! Here's to a happy, healthy pregnancy!

Sabrina

Oh my. My breath just caught in my throat and my entire body just tingled. I'm so incredibly happy for you! Congratulations!!!

Burgh Baby's Mom

Congratulations!

I totally didn't see that coming.

Cole

Congratulations!

Amber

Squeeee! Congratulations! What great news--I'm so happy for you all.

PaintingChef

OH!!! I'm so excited for you and Jason! Congratulations!!!

Jessica

Oh God. I don't know what to say, other than congratulations. No one I know deserves it more, or is going to be a better mother. That is one lucky baby. I'll be wishing a health and safe pregnancy, until we get to meet the little bugger. Dammit, you made me cry right before my midterm. Happy Valentine's day, I know I'll remember this one.

Megan

OMG OMG OMG!

I am so happy for you!

I can't believe I'm sitting at work and crying. May you and Jason have many, many more wonderful Valentine's Days together. :)

Kate

Woooohoooooooooo!

So happy for you & yours!

Jill

I've been stalking your blog, but never posted a comment before. I have to say, though, that this post made me so happy and brought tears to my eyes. Congrats on your 12 beautiful years of Valentines and your growing bundle :)

Vicki

Finally delurking to say congratulations! I read your blog religiously and I teared up for you this morning because darnit, I'm so happy for you!

kristin

ohmigosh! i just teared up in my cube and i don't even know you... CONGRATULATIONS!

AmyM

Awwwwwwwwww! *wipes tear*
Congratulations! How exciting!
You deserve this! I am so incredibly happy for you, you wanted this sooooo badly. Yay! Another babalah!

Pee Ess- I hope Noah has a sister.

Carmen

Delurking to say congrats and that you made my cry. Mostly because I'm happy for you but also a bit because I'm also pregnant and currently crying at everything.

Coleen

I knew it. Congratulations to you both! I am so happy for your happiness, Amy.

Jane

Congratulations!

Ramona

FIRST the engagement proposals on Good Morning America and NOW I read you and Jason are expecting another baby?! Why oh WHY did I put mascara on today? Congratulations!

Laura

So so so so so happy for you!

katie

that was such unexpected news but i am so very very happy for you! omg i got chills! hahah :)

congratulations and best wishes!

and damn, woman, you really know how to keep a secret!

Carmen

Delurking to say congrats and that you made my cry. Mostly because I'm happy for you but also a bit because I'm also pregnant and currently crying at everything.

Kiki

SHUT UP!!!!!! No, seriously, YAY! Super Congratultions to all of you!!!!!

Dr. Maureen

Oh, yay! Congratulations, Amy, Jason and Noah! October is a good month for birthdays; my son's is the 24th. :)

Carrie

Delurking after years to say CONGRATULATIONS! And yay for Noah having a sibling!!!

Kiki

BTW can we get a little back story on this one? I want details...

Karly

Delurking to say YAY! and also CONGRATS! and WOOHOO!

Alissa

total tears of absolute joy here.

operation pink herring

OOOH! Congratuations a million times over!

Leigh

I am Balling!!! AT work - I read you EVERYDAY sometime Twice a day! I am sooooo very excited for you! COngrats Congrats Congrats!!!!!!

JChevais

My daughter was due on October 14th 8 years ago! Hey! I know when you conceived! ;)

Being a pushy girl though, she ended up being born on the 8th.

This is so wonderful. CONGRATULATIONS!

Neena

YAY!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

I can't believe that I'm actually welling up right now.

Noah will be the BEST big brother EVER!

Dorene

Oh Wow!!! Congratulations!!

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