the sweetest surprise (February 8)

This past weekend, I was in Sedona for the Yoga Festival and to stay at L’Auberge as a media guest. When I arrived into Phoenix, I was due to start my cycle, but nothing ended up happening. figured it was my body playing it bro level so I could do crazy inversions and not be crampy and miserable while I was there. High five, body. I didn’t think too much of it. 

When I arrived in Sedona, I started to feel the beautiful energy that it’s known for. Sedona is home to four major energy vortexes; many will claim that the vortexes bring them peace, energy, healing, and/or a sense of clarity. While I was in Sedona, I felt a little off. The first night, I was awake the entire night, which is rare for me because I usually sleep like someone is trying to take it away. The second night, I was awake at 5am, ready to go. The third night, I was awake, sans alarm, at 6am. 

The classes were beautiful and I had an amazing time. The hotel was exquisite, the company was fantastic, and I loved being surrounded by this peaceful and healing Sedona energy. I hadn’t practiced yoga consistently in a while, and it felt so good to balance, move and flow again. During savasana, I felt this pressure on my hips, like someone was pressing down on them. I opened my eyes to see if an instructor had come over to adjust me, and no one was there. I closed my eyes to settle back in, and wondered to myself, “Maybe I am pregnant?” I felt the pressure on my hips again. 

As much fun as everything was, I was excited to come home to my little family. I still hadn’t started my new cycle, and was 4 days late when I got back home. I decided to take the third final pregnancy test, and almost instantly, the extra line appeared. I couldn’t believe it.

I stood there in shock for at least a minute, staring at the test, and tears in my eyes. It actually happened, and on our first month of officially trying. It was a huge surprise since it took us a while to get pregnant with Liv. I was wondering if we’d need another year or so to make it happen, and here we are. I couldn’t wait to tell the Pilot, who was laying down with Liv in bed before her nap. He came out of her room, and I just blurted it out. Of course, my mom called the SECOND I told Tom. I think she knew. I wanted to tell her right then, but as someone who is superstitious, I want to wait a while before we spread the news. 

The rest of the day, Tom and I would look at each other and smile with our little secret. I had forgotten how incredible and exciting a positive pregnancy test feels, and also how fun it is to talk about what we need to do: share the news with the big sis (waiting until we hear a heartbeat), find a doctor, tell the family, set up the nursery…

I’m filled with gratitude right now: for our growing family, for someone else to have Tom as their dad, to watch Liv as a big sister, and to have this sweet baby growing in my belly. It’s an exciting time 🙂 I just hope and pray that everything goes well. 

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  1. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on April 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Scratch my comment from a couple days ago when I said “I thought you just said you were going to start trying?!” I had apparently skimmed the titles and didn’t catch on to the dates. Silly me. Congrats again!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      haha no worries. thank you!

  2. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on April 9, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    So exciting, congratulations!!

    • Fitnessista on April 9, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      thank you!!

  3. Anna on April 10, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Congratulations again! 😉 It was a good day without any doubt! And also my birthday so I’m going to remember it!

  4. Nicole on April 10, 2015 at 6:21 am

    This is so heartwarming! I’m far from this point in my life but you give me something to look forward to!

  5. Lisa on April 10, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I don’t normally comment on blogs, because what do I really have to say about strangers. But, are you for real? You are really going to say it took you over a year to conceive the first time when your husband was deployed for 8/9 months of that year. REALLY? I can see you deleted the hard evidence of those posts, so props for being thorough but people do have memories. What is even the point of lying about that? I mean really?

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2015 at 7:46 am

      We didn’t get to try for a year Consecutively, because he was gone often. But, we actually started trying (when he was home), two years before I actually got pregnant. So for me to say a year, while not in a consecutive block, is very true.

      • Lisa on April 10, 2015 at 10:05 am

        Ok, if you say so.
        From what I remember, you tried for a month or two before he deployed, didn’t immediately get pregnant so you decided you were hopelessly infertile. This was when you started all the herbs and whatnot with the infertility/hormone/whatever it was “doctor”. Then you got pregnant during one of the first visits (although I’m pretty sure it was the first visit, because you talk about how your “doctor” told you to try every other day, but tee hee hee, he just got back! It was multiple times a day!!) when your husband got back to the states. I remember all this because I rolled my eyes back then about your claims of infertility.
        So, you were either not being honest about how long you tried before deployment back then, or you are lying now. Which, fine, lie all day long for all I care. I just don’t see the point….? Especially when you clearly blogged the timeline and people have memories.

        • Fitnessista on April 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

          I think you’re exagerating a bit… When we first started trying, I didn’t blog about it, especially because I didn’t want to be bombarded with “are you pregnant yet?” It’s a personal thing

          • Heidi on April 10, 2015 at 4:19 pm

            Lisa, Taylor Swift’s already coined people just like you. Listen to these lyrics as she pinpoints you perfectly: “And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate” Be kind, Lisa, because the universe will treat you as you treat others. And Gina, you are a wonderful inspiration for how to handle haters with grace. 😀 Congrats on the pregnancy.

  6. Julia on April 10, 2015 at 8:31 am


  7. Julie on April 10, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Love this post! Reminds me of what a thrilling moment it was to find out I was pregnant (my daughter is now 15!). This is such an exciting time for you all. God Bless!

  8. Lisa on April 10, 2015 at 10:08 am

    ETA- Congratulations. It is exciting to be expecting, especially when it is a very wanted baby. Happy and healthy 9 months to you.

  9. Amy on April 10, 2015 at 11:52 am

    TEARS. I love this so much. So happy you have shared this with us!!

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      <3! thank you, amy!

  10. Cassie Vaughn on April 10, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Congrats again sweet lady! Me and my hubs also got pregnant our first time trying. And my first test was negative, but I just knew it was wrong.

  11. Meg @ A Dash of Meg on April 10, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    omg <3 i love that……. you and Tom looking at each other <3

    • Fitnessista on April 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

      the best <3

  12. Lisa on April 10, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Uh Heidi,
    I’m pretty sure someone with true infertility, who actually has been trying for a year consecutively, or even longer, could and would be insulted by Gina’s timeline and claims of “infertility”. When you put every last detail about your life, down to how often you had sex when you conceived, you can’t make up a new reality afterwards. I wasn’t hating. At all. I was simply pointing out the inconsistencies of her claims. She is the one who chooses to make her personal life public. Not me. All I’m saying is call a spade and spade and don’t make up stuff when people know otherwise because it was hashed over and over.

    And, please, a disagreement is not a hater, not a bully, none of the above. When my boss called me into his office to follow up on my work, I don’t cry in the corner because he is a “hater”. I explain myself and move on because I’m an adult.

  13. Betsy Kleiger on April 13, 2015 at 9:29 am

    I KNEW IT that night at dinner! I had no idea that you guys had literally just found out! You two have incredible will power. I would have cracked immediately! ; )

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      i almost told you every 10 seconds haha

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