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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

Elizabeth

Oh Amy, I'm so thrilled for you!

Irene

Congratulations!!

Dana

Delurking to say....

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jonniker

Amy, I started crying the second I read "eight months."

CRY.ING. Like, for real.

I'm beside myself over here for you. BESIDE MYSELF. I can't wait to read all about it.

I'm not sure if it's luck, either, when it's something you deserve so richly. I'd say it's the universe treating you just as you should be.

Much love, my friend.

Hot Librarian

HOLY SHIT THAT IS SO AWESOME! Congrats, Amy.

VDay is special for us too - it's the day our daughter was conceived ;)

Mary McKay

OMG, that totally made me cry! Congratulations!!!!

Amie

OMG!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Denise

Cant stand it anymore... I must delurk for this one. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawn

Such wonderful news for Valentine's Day!! Congratulations a million times over! I am so happy for your little family...oh, how it grows!

silene

This post was a master of set-up and delivery.

Yes!!!! Congratulations.

Ellen

What a sweet Valentine's Day moment. Congratulations to your family!

Pamela

OMG! Wow! Congrats! So happy to hear about it and will love coming along for the journey via your site. What a well-written and surprising entry!

Stacy

Delurking to say congratulations. I never thought I could be so happy for someone I don't even know!!!!!!!!!!

MRW

Congrats! So very happy for you!!

Justin

CONGRATS!

workout mommy

holy crap, congratulations!!! I have goosebumps just from reading this!!!!

Sara

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! But damn you- I'm crying a little before I even finish my coffee!! Seriously though- Libra's are the best. I am so happy for you guys!!

Julia

omg Amalah I am so ridiculously happy for you guys. Best wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy!!!

Making My Own Fun

I don't usually leave the comfort of my nice little Google reader, but for this, I had to. :)

Congratulations on your new little bean!!

(And can I say "wow"? How long ago did you post this and already over 200 comments?)

Erika

Such a well written post for such good news. Congratulations!

AMomTwoBoys

Yay!! Yay!!! Yay!!! Awesome!

Congratulations!

Terra

Along with a bunch of others, I'm also (finally) delurking today to say CONGRATULATIONS! Also, YAY!!!

Jessica

This was a beautiful post. Congratulations to you and Jason and Noah.

melissa

delurking--

i have to tell you, this post made me teary...and at the end, reading that sweet due date, i cried a little and got so very excited for you.

Kristi

YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!

Mary O

Oh my gosh! What a beautiful post with a perfect ending. Congratulations!!!

jive turkey

HOLY SHIT, GIRL!

My heart literally jumped for you. I'm so glad!

Sparkle Pants

I'm crawling out of the wood work to say congrats!!!

Nic

Sitting here at work, with my mouth on the table....YAHOOIE FOR AMY AND HER FAMILY!! Two is awesome! Thinking happy healthy pregnancy thoughts and sending them your way. You deserve this!

ann

HOOOOOO RAAAAAAAAY!

Sarah

OH MY GOD!!! CONGRATULATIONS!! You really are so lucky!

Sarah

You totally just made me cry. I am so happy for you and your family! Completely amazing news! Congratulations!

Nette

I am so happy for you.

Carrie

i just got goosebumps. Congrats and that is one lucky baby!

Starbuck

Well, now I know why there are over 210 comments an hour after posting.

I am so happy for you guys. I am crying tears of joy for you.

christin

congrats amy!!!! beautiful post.

Miriam V

OHHHHH!
This is wonderful!
CONGRATULATIONS

Nicole

I have been reading you for years and may have commented one other time on eyeliner or something like that....this, this is no eyeliner! Congratulations from the bottom of this strangers heart.

TheSpectrum

Oh man, tears at work. Congratulations, amy!

kat

omg amy! yay! congrats to you and jason. this is fantastic news!!!!

Marcy

Mazel Tov!!!!

Jamie

HOLY SHIT, AMY! This is fantastic news. Huzzah!

Amanda

WONDERFUL NEWS! Many congrats to you, Jason and Noah.

aimee

Woo hoo!!! Congratulations! What a fun way to "reveal" it to us!!!!

VHMPrincess

CONGRATULATIONS!! THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST POSTS EVER, I TOTALLY DIDN'T SEE THAT ONE COMING!! CONGRATULATIONS!

Carrisa

squee!!!!!!

so happy for your family.

now show us some girl parts this time! (the baby's not yours)

Nicole

PS: my birthdate is 10/15! Not that big of a deal, I'm just really excited for you.

Corie

Delurking (I think for the first time) to say congratulations!!

Gwen

OMG Congrats! I am sooo excited for you all!

Maxine Dangerous

OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Go Team Corbin-Storch!! :)

CathyHW

That was such a lovely post. Congratulations!

lynn

soooooooo happy for you!! looking forward to many posts about the upcoming "ababy"
shedding a few tears for you at work today, AGAIN!

Becca

OH MY GOSH! That was the best post EVER. I am so excited for you guys! Congratulations!!!!!

(And ditto on the Indian food... the suburbs were really holding out on me too)

Melissa

YAY!!!!! How wonderful!!!! Many, many congratulations and hopes for a very enjoyable pregnancy!!!! I can't wait to read all about your adventures in Pregnancyland.

Heidi

Wow! Life is good, enjoy the new adventure!! Congratulations :)

Steph T

OMG! I am so happy for you! Happy Valentine's Day!

Jennifer

Congratulations!!

Amanda

Congratulations, Amy!!

Jen

Amy!!!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family. Squee! Now I demand some pregnant lady stories!

p.s. lovely writing in this post, by the way.

rimarysm

Delurking to say WOOOOO HOOOO!!!! Congrats!

Jennifer

That's the best valentines day news I'm sure I'll hear all day! If you're in Austin for sxsw we'll have to switch to virgin drinks though!

catherino

That was the sweetest announcement ever. Congratulations to you all.

Ashley

shut the hell up. THAT IS SO EXCITING!!!!!

way to be all nonchalant about it and slip it in at the end of a sweet Valentine's Day post.

:) Congratulations Amy. Seriously, so so so happy for you guys.

MelV

OMG! YAY!!! I just did the quiet happy dance at my desk.
Congrats!!

jody

Holy cow! Congratulations!

What a beautiful post to tell us all!

Stephanie

Congratulations! What amazing news!

On a somewhat related note, the very first time I ever came over to read your site was when Jason posted about Noah's Valentine's Day ultrasound over on DCFoodies. It now sort of feels like it's come full circle, or something like that.

Happy Valentine's Day to your expanding family!

wordnerd

OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!!!
I was crying BEFORE I got to your news! Now, well, damn. And my makeup was actually looking good today.

You. Have. Made. My. Day.

Congrats to all of you, and a great big innernets hug as well.

Leigh

I am so happy for you! I don't think I have ever cried happy tears over someone elses baby announcement before. The idea of having a 2nd is not in our plans right now. Not sure we can handle it being the lazy people that we are. But I know how much you've wanted it and I am so very happy for you.

ptrap

I don't even know you and I am tearing up. That's weird, right? Congrats!

Kimberly

I'm delurking as well. I've been following you since before Noah and quite frankly, reading your blog today, as I sit here wiping snot from my 8 year old AND myself (Stupid me thinking I was smarter than getting that stupid flu shot THIS year!, I have goosebumps and I'm pretty sure I'm crying. Yep, that's not fever sweat, that's tears. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! So many CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Amanda Y

Amy!!!!!!!!!!! I am crying right now!!! Congrats! (Sorry about the !!'s, I just can't help it)

Kathryn

I've read your story and all of your archives, and I'm finally leaving a comment. Congratulations -- that is so incredibly awesome. We are expecting our first baby on September 21. I look forward to sharing some of the same pregnancy symptoms with you!

Karla

My heart just literally jumped out of my chest, soared all the way to the moon, sang a song of rejoice, and then travelled at mock speed back to my body so that I could come here to wish you heartfelt congratulations Amy.

xx

heidi

I'm due with baby #2 in two weeks. You made me cry... a lot. Thanks for sharing your joy. Congratulations!

birchsprite

Wow wow wow... CONGRATS!!!!!!!

Val

Yah! Congrats! No more peeing on sticks! At least not for a while!
Good luck with #2!

misguided mommy

Sniff. this might be the very first time I feel like I know you in person and I just want to hug you and squish you and rub your belly (sooooo against the pregnant women law but when it isn't my belly i wanna do it). I'm so fucking happy right now!

Samantha

What perfect Valentines Day news. Congratulations!

Imanitsud

Well, hallelujah!
(As I used to say, before my kids started repeating me: halle-freakin'-lula!) Yay for you!

Noah feeling better?

lissa

Oh my goodness! I am so happy for you! Congrats!

Jen

CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so happy for you and your family.

Marilyn

YES! I was hoping, had fingers and toes crossed for you guys. :) Awesome news!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Megan

I've been reading for a long time but never commented, but I'm just so stinking happy for you I can't help myself. Congratulations! I loved reading about your first pregnancy and I can't wait to read about your second! Thanks for being so willing to share your life with your readers. I read over some of the other comments, and I think it's safe to say all your readers just adore you.

Wacky Mommy

Oh, happy Valentine's!!! (Yay!)

DiaryofWhy

I teared up and now I'm all snuffly. So happy...

Pocklock

AHHH! OMG! YAY! What an awesome announcement! CONGRATULATIONS! Yippeee! I'm so excited for you. WOOHOO!!!

Joy

AIEEEEEEE! (high pitched girly squeal) What wonderful news!!! Congratulations- so happy for you!!!!

Magpie

I'm so incredibly happy for you. You made me cry, happy tears, for you. *hugs*

Kristy

Dammit, amalah, I read this blog everytime you post, but I never comment...because that's just how I am.

But today, you made me cry. I'm all weepy and such mostly due to the hormones, as I am also due in mid-October. And I'm scared, because I've had a missed miscarriage.

But you made me cry long before you announced the great news about the pregnancy, when you were still in the part about the Indian food. (And that's even though I hate curry. Ick!)

Happy Valentine's Day.

Becca Parra

CONGRATULATIONS! I am so damned happy for you--there are literal tears in my eyes. And I'll say, from experience, 3 years and 1 month is a GREAT space between children--that's exactly what's between my sister and me. Oh, I'm just so happy!

Laura

Congrats!! Thank you for letting me share in your happiness!

Kimberly C

Oh, you will so never read this far down in the comments, but yeah, you just made me cry. And gasp out loud. I am so happy for you guys!

jodi

Yeah Amy! Yeah Jason! Yeah big brother to be Noah!

Leslee

Delurking to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm SO excited for you!

Jessica Karlinski

delurking after many months b/c your post made me cry!!! I'm so happy for you. We're currently trying for #2 and I so understand the impatience and frustration. Yay!!!

Cheryl

Congratulations, Amy! I am actually teary-eyed at work over this! That's how amazing your blog is. I started reading when you were pregnant with Noah and I can't wait to read all about your second pregnancy adventure.

That was just too much excitement in one post. On top of the baby news, Jason has a brother in Boston! Want to go to Sephora with me the next time you visit and the two of them need some private boy bonding time? =)

Fernanda

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you!!!
How weird is it that I just shed cheers of joy for a complete stranger?!
You so deserve this!
CONGRATULATIONS

Kim

HELLLLLLLL YEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Whoo-hooo, happy dance for you, and I don't even know you. I feel the need to knit something, or at least buy you something knitted.

Black Belt Mama

Congratulations! Exactly three years apart will be just perfect.

Janel

Wow! I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!!!

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