This Time Last Year

January 20, 2011 at 7:17 am 10 comments

This time last year I was a nervous wreck. I had knots in my stomach and wanted to hurl. I was at work, trying to go about my daily tasks without falling asleep or throwing up or daydreaming in my office chair.

You see, one year and 8 days ago Stephen and I found out we were going to have a baby. It was one of the weirdest days of my life. Second only to the day I went into labor, which I have yet to blog about even though Jansen is 4.5 months old. (One day I’ll get on that, it really is a good story.) So 373 days ago I woke up and peed on a stick in the guest bathroom. I hadn’t told Stephen I was going to do it. I had taken so many tests and I was tired of walking out of the bathroom and disappointingly shaking my head to Stephen. I looked down at the stick, expecting to see nothing and then a slow negative. But that’s not what I saw. I saw an immediate plus. I said the only thing that could come out of my mouth.

“Oh my God.”

With my jaw dropped and the pee stick in my hand, I walked into the laundry room where Stephen was changing the wash. I was on repeat. “Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.”

We decided to take a few days to gather ourselves. We wanted a confirmation from the doctor and we needed to figure out how we were going to tell everyone.

So on January 20, 2010, exactly a year ago today, we told our families that their entire world was about to change.

That paper inside the frame said something along the lines of “Mommy and Daddy will give you a real picture when I get here – I hope you can wait until September! Love, Baby Hurst”

There was screaming and crying, mostly from my mother-in-law. Tears from me. The whole day was overwhelming and I was so ready for it to be over. It was shocking and scary and exciting.

Nothing has been the same since.

Entry filed under: Chelsea, Family, Jansen, Pregnancy, Stephen. Tags: .

Just Some Loser Thoughts A Friday List

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Stacie  |  January 20, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Wow, crazy how much can happen in a year! Where the heck are you gonna be Jan. 20, 2012?!

  • 2. Karen  |  January 20, 2011 at 10:10 am

    And nothing ever will be the same again, but in the words of Martha Stewart, that’s a good thing. 😉

  • 3. Nora  |  January 20, 2011 at 11:37 am

    crazy to think that it was just a year ago; i bet you can’t ever imagine life without jansen now!

  • 4. abby  |  January 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    YAY! Am I crazy that I teared up reading this post? 🙂

  • 5. Molly  |  January 20, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I’m with Abby on this one…amazing to think how much can change in one year. I’m glad your year was full of good changes! Jansen melts my heart.

  • 6. Johnny C  |  January 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Peeing on a stick had a different reaction from my wife, but it did include the words “Oh my God.”

    Amazing how much life can change in a year. Congrats.

  • 7. That Married Couple  |  January 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Love the picture of your little family!

  • 8. mom (nana)  |  January 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    What a WONDERFUL day that was – and if I do remember correctly I did have tears – and screams – NOT NEARLY AS LOUD as your MIL, I can only imagine, but it was a P E R F E C T day! And our little Jansen has been an I N C R E D I B L E blessing…..

  • 9. Kaci Johanna  |  January 20, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Beautifully written, Chelsea! Congrats on the last year and good luck for the coming year! 🙂

  • 10. Debbie  |  January 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Love this post! Becoming a parent is the best thing ever. Crazy how much things can change in just one year.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


January 2011


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 39 other subscribers

My Button

Since the code doesn't work, save it as a jpg and be sure to link back to Roots & Rings.

Join Swagbucks!

Search & Win

%d bloggers like this: