• Bri

8. Two weeks later!!!

Updated: Jul 19, 2020

It took everything we had not to take a pregnancy test before the two weeks were up. However, our fear of a false positive gave us the strength to hold off and wait for the blood test. Exactly two weeks later on Monday, April 27th we went to the clinical pathology lab at 7am. We were told it would take 4-6 hours for the doctor to call us with the results. That day felt like YEARS. We jumped every time Kara's phone rang which was a lot given the nature of her job. Around 2:30pm I was upstairs on a work call and Kara was downstairs. Her phone rang... I could hear some excitement in her voice, then she came barreling up the stairs while still on the phone with the doctor's office. She screamed, "IT WORKED!! I'M PREGNANT!"

I muted my call and gave her a big hug smiling from ear to ear and told her I'd be down as soon as it was over. I could barely concentrate and tried to finish up quickly. Meanwhile, Kara is downstairs crying and calling her parents and siblings.

When I finally got off the call, I ran downstairs and she was sharing the news with her brother and sister-in-law. Clearly we aren't the type to wait on such news, especially since our families were following along the process with us. It was too exciting not to share. I made Kara call her parents again so that we could talk to them together. They were so psyched as this will be their first grandchild. Kara's mom, who we affectionately call Kitty Kat, was already talking about the great athletic feats of our future Olympic athlete.

Next it was time to call my parents. I thought pretty hard about how I would do this when the time came. For each of her six children, my mom told my dad the same way. She would take him to a local restaurant called Coopers Seafood House to share the news that she was pregnant. By the fourth child, when my mom said, "Hey Greg, it's time to go to Coopers..." He knew what was coming!

Originally I wanted to tell my parents that we were having a baby at Coopers but there were 2 major issues with that plan. 1) We live in Austin, TX nowhere near Scranton, PA. 2.) We are in the midst of a pandemic so even if we wanted to wait and travel to PA, there is no telling when that would be. So I did my best on the fly...

I called my mom's phone hoping they'd be together but my dad was still at his office. My mom answered and we did our normal hellos. Then I told her that they would have to make a reservation at Coopers. She was silent for a moment then asked me to repeat what I just said. So I did. Then she went silent again, clearly thinking what she hoped I was telling her was true and then yelled "JUST TELL IT TO ME STRAIGHT, BRIANNA!!!" I couldn't have asked for a better reaction! I called my dad immediately after with the same approach. He caught on real quick and started laughing. Needless to say, they are thrilled.

Coopers Seafood House in Scranton, PA where all the Germain pregnancies were announced.

I made 5 more calls to all of my siblings to round out the updates, got a whole bunch of love and congratulations. Afterward Kara and I sat on the couch in silence and total disbelief.

How could this be? We were constantly reminded that the chance of success on the first try was so low. The reality had yet to sink in. All I could think is that this is incredible and we are really lucky.

These are all the people we called with the news. They are our big crazy wonderful families (minus two future brother-in-laws). They are our 24/7 support system. This little bugger is a lucky one to be so loved even before a heartbeat.

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