I thought it might be fun and a little cathartic to share the different reactions we are getting from folks as we share the happy news.
For the most part I am getting a lot of happy congratulations. Most people are also saying, "Time to get a bigger house." in the next breath. I find that funny since we are in the process of moving from a one bedroom to a 2 bedroom at the moment. Evidently that's not big enough!
Unfortunately my mother, who has been my number one support person for most things has been her usual pregnancy related fear mongering self. She has not reacted well to any of my pregnancies, despite being well aware of our TTC. This time around my pregnancy was a bit of a surprise to DH and I. So when I got implantation spotting and my toothpaste started tasting really bad (just like the other 2 pregnancies) I knew something was up and gave her a pre announcement talk that I expected her to say something nice or keep it to herself should I get a positive pregnancy test.
At this point I need to say that I am going to be 40, my son has Down syndrome and is currently in the middle of 3 years of chemotherapy for leukemia, and doing really well. So yes, there are some things going on that I need to be aware and careful of.
When I told my mother the happy news, she did pretty well not saying something evil for a few minutes, but then after recovering from the surprise mentioned that I shouldn't say anything to anybody until I did some testing and knew I wasn't going to terminate. And then went into a long speech about me being 40 and dieing and leaving behind 2 kids. Way to take happy news in stride Mom! Now she is concerned that I need to see a doctor ASAP just to make sure "all of my parts are in the right place."
I'm confident she'll come around, she always has in the past, but in the mean time, it stinks.