Being pregnant – the announcement

We agreed on keeping the pregnancy a ‘secret’ until we were out of the danger zone of the first trimester, but of course there were a few more persons we had to tell. I for one needed help, since I had no clue what to do.

For the next few days, all I kept thinking was: there is a real live parasite growing in my tummy.

In fact, this is how I announced it to a few of my closest friends: “Guys there is a parasite growing inside of me.”

“Lecia! Please do not go around calling the baby a parasite! And please, please do not write it in any of your blog posts. Ever!”

“Relax, Fran. Jeesh. It’s a good parasite, but a parasite nonetheless.”

Sure, a baby is an amazing blessing, a miracle even. But, you know what else an unborn baby is? A parasite. Don’t believe me. Go ask your doctor.  My friends (including those who have babies) all know that I refer to unborn babies as parasites. I wasn’t about to stop simply because the baby was now mine.

Have you met those women who are so obsessed about babies, the minute they discover they are pregnant, they immediately start researching and reading up on everything they need to know? Yeah… not me. Thankfully, my friends were both excited and helpful. A friend sent me a really cool book called, "The Pregnancy Journal" and Garfield immediately started downloading every baby app he could find.  I particularly like The Bump and What to Expect. Basically, they tell you everything you need to know with tons of updates in digestible pieces.

Knowing that I was a bag of mixed emotions, Garfield was super-duper nice and unusually patient. The cynic in me is cringing even as I write this, but yes, I was all mush when he sent me flowers at work, and I think I fell in love just a tad bit more, each day, that he would causally pop by work to bring me lunch. He'll tell you it was to deliver lunch, but I know that was his way of checking in on me.

But he was also annoying. Like waking me up at 3 a.m. to reel off a list of foods I shouldn’t eat, then making a pop quiz of it later in the morning.

“Babe, you remember the list of things you shouldn’t eat?”

“Seriously, Garfield?!”

Or waking me up from my deep, deep sleep to insist that I take the prenatal vitamins.

Man! That night, I was so mad, I slept on the couch. I really hate those things.

On a more positive note, now that I knew exactly what was happening to me, I didn’t have too many more psychotic episodes. Well, save for cravings and the day I cried for eggs.

On this particular Sunday, I woke up craving an egg sandwich. I was heading to my girlfriend’s house to get my makeup done for an event and stopped by Burger King. I don’t know if I ordered the wrong sandwich or they gave me the wrong order, but when I got to my girlfriend’s home and anxiously tore open the sandwich wrap, there was only ham. No eggs. I burst into tears.

Terri erupted in laughter, even as she tried to assure me that all was well, “Don’t worry Lecia, we have eggs!”

You know my crying was bad because her husband abandoned the football match he was watching to fry me an egg.

I rang Garfield, “Burger King forgot my egg!” I blurted out in between sobs.

“And you’re crying?” I could tell he was trying to mask his bewilderment.

“Yes! Because I really wanted eggs,” I cried.

“Lecia, here is your egg. Please don’t cry anymore.” Arvel carefully placed the egg in my sandwich. I bit into my sandwich grinning like a Cheshire puss.

Between you and me, I think Arvel may have made a silent vow never, ever to impregnate his wife.

Terri was still rolling with laughter.

“This will make a great story!” She laughed.

I was too busy eating my now perfect egg sandwich to care.

Hello, weird cravings

The egg melt down was just the beginning. I would quickly discover that I could no longer stand my favourite foods – fish, broccoli and cauliflower made (still makes) me gag. Pork, beef (especially corned beef) and anything salty were my new favourites.

Isn’t it strange how a little human growing inside of you suddenly calls the shots dictating what you can and cannot eat, like randomly deciding that corned beef and scrambled eggs are the shiznit or that stew peas and tripe and beans (yuck?) are prefect together.

Is it any wonder that not even science has come up with a rational explanation for these weird cravings?

Side note: if you are pregnant and you are craving strange things such as chalk, dirt or ice, then you have what is called Pica. Pica is the practice of craving substances with little or no nutritional value. Some studies have linked these cravings to iron deficiency, but this is not always the case.

Ultra Sound

For all my tough exterior and calling the growing bump all sorts of names (parasite/alien), nothing and I mean nothing can prepare you for the first moment you actually witness a human being moving around inside of you.

I couldn’t control the tears. Seeing a real mini-human move about inside you is an incredibly surreal moment. I was in awe.

Wow! This. Is. Really. Happening.

And just as suddenly, my indescribable joy was replaced by panic, “Dear God, please, please don’t let anything go wrong.”

Tears again. Like really, keep it together Lecia! I kept chiding myself. Garfield had a huge grin plastered on his face as he captured the photos and videos on his phone (as if they weren’t going to be emailed to us). As we drove home, even he had to admit it was a pretty surreal moment.

The public announcement

If you know my husband then you’d know he was bound to make an event out of the announcement. And if you know me, you know I’d roll my eyes at all his out-of-this world ideas, try to rein him in and then finally concede.

“So, what concept have we decided on?”

“Don’t worry man, Dwayne and I are working on that?” He was referring to Dwayne Watkins. The Dwayne Watkins, the best photographer this side of the world.

“OMG! It’s not that serious though?! Dwayne?! Does he even have time?”

“Lecia. Don’t worry ‘bout this. We’ve got this!”

“Fine, just tell me what I need to wear, when and where.”

My cynicism gave way to excitement when Dwayne sent us the concept for the announcement shoot. Dwayne and Kimmy were inspired by the movie “The Pacifier” and we saw it as a perfect opportunity to follow through on the movie theme from our wedding almost five years ago (which was captured by Dwayne by the way).

With a little tweaking from us, the “Laying down the Law” concept was finalised and we were ready to go.

My role in the photo-shoot was simple. Aside from recruiting the world’s best makeup artist (my bestie, Terri of course), all I needed was a suit from my closet. Basically, I was playing dress-up as myself (the “lawyer”) in our Law and Order theme.

Garfield had all the work to do. He needed to bring ‘The Pacifier’ to life, and boy did he go to work! He probably bought all the bottles and toys he could find in BabyBop.

“Did you leave anything in the store? And what are we going to do with all those bottles after the shoot? Do you think we are having sextuplets?”

“Easy yourself. By the way, Mark is going to make the ammunition belt for me.” (FYI - That’s the belt holding the bottles).

“Mark?! Mark has time to make that?” As far as I was concerned Mark – Mark Anthony, the amazing fashion designer — surely had more important things to do than take on Garfield and his baby announcement project.

“You cyan make it yourself or go to a regular tailor? Why do these people always indulge you and your madness?”

“Why you so bad mind? We have this thing lock!”

I ignored the comment about bad mind, “Oh, don’t forget, we’ll need a print out of the ultrasound.”

‘I’m already on top of that, Signs Jamaica is taking care of that!” He said proudly.

“Signs Jamaica!? So what happen to the printer right there?” I was pointing to our printer on the computer desk.

“Lecia, just easy. Leave this to me.”

Exasperated, I walked away.

Photo shoot

Sure enough, Garfield was completely equipped for the photo shoot, props and all.

And it turned out to be a blast!

Kimmy made delicious ribs for dinner (yeah, food!) Terri did my fabulous makeup and Michelle (of B3 Parenting Magazine) stopped by to help. Thanks to Michelle’s creative direction and of course team DWP, we captured some amazing shots. The finishing touches or the movie magic was applied by team DWP’s graphic artist, Dwayne Jureidini.

As expected throughout the entire photo shoot Garfield was his usual I-really-think-I’m-a-Hollywood-actor-self while I rolled my eyes, played along and prayed for it to be over.

In the end, even I had to admit that they were break-the-internet worthy photos. Loved em’!

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Now on to the next chapter trimester…

How did you announce your pregnancy? Who was more excited to share the news, you or your spouse?

 

43 Responses

  1. Hilarious and well written as always! See your bestie was right – your egg story is already a classic.

    I was lucky (?)in that I didn’t have many cravings during my pregnancy. Instead I had food aversions which was probably just as annoying for my poor husband (who is the cook in our household and an amazing one at that). For about 8 out of 9 months I didn’t want anything so feeding me was an exercise in frustration.
    Hubby: “Do you want chicken”
    Me: “No thanks.”
    Hubby: “I could do fish.”
    Me (wretching): “Lord no!”
    Hubby: “So what do you want?”
    Me: “I don’t know… but I’m hungry.”

    Fun times! 😂 The one and only craving I had was down in my 2nd trimester when one day I desperately craved… a tuna fish sandwich with mayo. As you know from your pregnancy apps and books, Pacific tuna is a no-no and my husband was THE biggest food police during my pregnancy (SO annoying) so I had to pull all kinds of secret agent moves to buy this tuna, make my sandwich and then dispose of the evidence. 🙈
    What a strange and wonderful time pregnancy is!

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Lol! This is hilarious. Thank you for sharing. Pregnancy is both strange and wonderful.

  2. Did I ever tell you how much I look forward to your blogs? I think I did. Even though I am married for so many years, you guys are like role models to me. Love it!

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thank you so much Carron! I’m happy you enjoy and thanks for the love.

  3. Congratulations to you both. Mom and Dad!

  4. Its a beautiful experience and I can see you are absolutely enjoying it! The eggs lol! Mine was fried roasted breadfruit in the middle of March! I bawled and hollered and bawled but no breadfruit could be found. We searched and called far n wide(islandwide). I know how badly you wanted that egg. It was the running joke for the remainder of my pregnancy to sing Chi Ching Ching Roast or Fry when they saw me waddling up the driveway on a Sunday for dinner at my mom’s house. I hated the damn fruit for the rest of my pregnancy.

    Enjoy it hun! It truly is a miracle. Everything will be fine. All will go smoothly! With a pregnancy announcement like that you have more than half of Jamaica praying and wishing you all the very best for the remainder of the journey.

    Btw, has Garfield started to think you’re losing your marbles yet? Lol

  5. Congrats to you both! It surely is a roller coaster ride of a journey but one you will thoroughly enjoy and appreciate (even the lows).

    My husband reminds me everyday that as ‘younguns’ I was adamant I would not have children (I was very serious). Didn’t see myself as a Mom. But 2 sons later, I can’t imagine it any other way.

    I pray for a healthy pregnancy hon. Love reading your blog and being on the journey with you and Bucka.

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      You sound just like me! Funny how life has other plans for us! Lol! Thank you Sach for sharing!

  6. Be Happy Your Cravings Are Close At hand, My Cravings Was For Croissants Sold At only Liguanea plus Wendy’s potatoes (no branch was in Mobay yet) aND I lived in Mobay. It was tedious but as someone said Kingston , I packed my lunchbag and was ready for a road trip! !

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      OMG! Lol!

  7. As usual, I enjoyed the article immensely lol…..enjoy the journey and congrats!!

  8. Congratulations Lecia-Gaye – you guys are awesome. I can only imagine the excitement when it becomes three of you! Your blog is a great by the way…I’ll keep looking out for these posts now 🙂

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thank you Marion!!!

  9. Lmao..Pregnancy makes u crave weirdest things and act mad if you don’t get it…My cousin got to see it first hand when I snapped at her for a slushy and it was freezing cold outside but I couldn’t care less, baby wants slushy.. Hubby got it too when I want lobster that is so far away..Enjoy every moment.Wonderful read as always.

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Lol! I really try to not get too demanding but it’s hard not to!

  10. The ultrasound was only the beginning hun. There are so many moments that will leave you in awe throughout the years (the birth for starters). Enjoy them as much as you can and try to be patient, especially with your husband. Becoming a mother awakes those maternal instincts in most women and you’ll be ready to fight the world for your child. Your baby is so blessed to have you guys as parents.

    P.S. I could picture you crying over your eggs. 😂 I didn’t have cravings, but I ate alot of ice and you don’t mess with mama’s ice!

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thank you so much Yootha! I can just imagine all those incredible moments!

  11. Congratulations to you both! Am equally…lol excited to see how well you guys will do as parents!!!! Be the best that’s all! Wishing you a safe pregnancy period and delivery …..

    The cravings will really bring tears??? Or was it you being you???? Darn…guess i will know one day God’s will

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Lol! Thanks Chris! There is no way on earth I would ever cry for eggs. Ever. I blame it all on the hormones!!! Lol

  12. During my pregnancy my stomach got sick if I smelled a patty and all I wanted to eat was cornbeef and rice( I did not eat cornbeef) like seriously…..I still laugh about it

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      You have company with the corned beef!! LOL!

  13. *teary eyes*
    Makes me even more excited to get pregnant! Geez

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Lol!

  14. I always look forward to reading you blogs.. you’re amazing

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thanks sexy mama!!

  15. Great read, I love your perspective about your experience of being pregnant.❤

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thanks Angelita!

  16. I enjoyed the blog. The Taylor family is amazing. Congratulations again to you both. God Bless!

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Big hug Marsha!

  17. Loved it …..truly engaging and hilarious. Big congrats again guys!

  18. Congratulations…I look forward to reading your blogs. Informative and fun at the same time…the pictures are awesome…the crying over the eggs had me cracking up…glad you got the egg 😊

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thanks Claudie! I’m so happy you enjoy my musings!

  19. Why you so badmind? Dwl, enjoyed every min of this read

  20. You guys are uber cute. Garfield’s, “you so bad mind” comment instantly remind me of my husband’s comeback, his way of defending his boastful nonsense. LOL!

  21. This blog was so amazing to read. This is a beautiful journey you’re on being pregnant and I wish you a healthy and safe delivery. Can’t wait to meet all three of you. Loads of blessings and love💕

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thank you so much Cher!!!

  22. LOL… my sister cried for a hot dog. I still laugh at it to this day!!

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      The hormones are real!!

  23. Another great read

  24. As per usual humor , interesting tidbits made for an amazing read . Nice email update to get the day started. You guys are adorable and inspiring . ❤️❤️❤️

    • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

      Thank you always Patricia!

      • Congratulations girl, article was well written.. wanted more👌😘

        • Lecia-Gaye Taylor

          Thank you Shirnette