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LIFE | My #MomentOfTruth – How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

December 9, 2016

My #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was PregnantMy #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was Pregnant My #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

It’s absolutely crazy to me that Maya will be four months old next week! I’ve been back to work for a few weeks now, and I’m slowly getting accustomed to having all these different aspects of my life: wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, creative, manager, and entrepreneur. Getting the balance right has been challenging! Some deadlines have passed unnoticed because I’m focusing on 20 things at a time. But I feel like I’m getting the hang of having all these balls in the air. I know my word for 2016 was execute, but I think the word for 2017 is going to be edit. Right now I’m just editing things down to my priorities and passions and leaving everything else right where it is. Because honestly, there just isn’t enough space for me to do anything else.

This is what I try to convey to all my lady friends and to you ladies out there: being a mom takes up a lot of time. A lot of energy. A lot of sacrifice. It makes you really anxious. Whenever I catch up with friends these days, the question they inevitably ask is, “How’s motherhood?” Running around all morning, getting to work late and realizing you forgot your breast pump at home…that’s part of it. Writing a blog post while checking work email and holding a baby…that’s part of it. There are lovely things that happen when you become a mother…getting smiles from a super sweet little girl when you get home from work is one of them. But there are lots of other things that change, and the prospect of motherhood and raising a baby can bring along a lot of anxiety once it all becomes real, and it becomes real fast. Things have been different since the moment I found out I was pregnant.

My #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was Pregnant My #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

In celebration of its upcoming 40th anniversary, e.p.t®, the makers of the original home pregnancy test, explored the emotional journey that women experience as they wait to find out if they are pregnant – and how it has changed over the years. The survey asked more than 600 women their thoughts about getting pregnant, finding out whether they are pregnant and what the experience is like. Most women can remember the first time they found out they were or were not pregnant after taking an at-home pregnancy test, or their #MomentOfTruth. Whether it was a joyous, heartbreaking or shocking moment (45 percent of women surveyed said their pregnancy was unplanned, like mine). It’s a moment when things in their life are totally different than they were the moment before.

My #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

Which brings me to my own #MomentOfTruth. Towards the end of 2015, I had a lot going on. The blog was going great (I had so many projects lined up), and we had a really busy and full social life (we’d just gotten back from being in South Africa a few weeks before and had decided our next trip would be to Japan). I was planning to get pregnant in spring of 2016, so when I found out I was pregnant in early November 2015, I was totally shocked and excited…until panic set in. How was I going to get everything done? My examples of motherhood also seemed so unattainable at that moment; I swear my mother was born to be a mom. It’s the thing she’s best at. Everyone says this about their mothers, but I truly believe mine is the best on earth. She put so much on hold in order to be home and raise me and my brothers (including a career), and as a working mom with dreams of entrepreneurship, I didn’t know how I could live up to her sacrifice. I didn’t think I would be as nurturing, as attentive or as unselfish to my baby as my mother was to me because of all the other things that I was preoccupied with.

My #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was PregnantMy #MomentOfTruth - How I Found Out I Was Pregnant

Thankfully my fears were unfounded. I’ve never loved another human like I love my little baby girl, and I feel confident taking care of her (thanks to lots of encouragement from my mother when she was here for Maya’s delivery). My #MomentOfTruth was full of anxiety, but thanks to my mom’s support, as well as my husband and the rest of my family, I’m the kind of mother I can be proud of.

 

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  • Klassy Kinks

    Oh my goodness she’s precious!

    • Awww thanks Ijeoma!!! Right now I’m working from home and trying to get her to sleep (she’s not trying to nap right now), and all I keep thinking is, “you’re so lucky you have such a cute face” lol.

  • She is so cute! Congrats! You two look lovely <3

  • Alicia D

    What a wonderful post!! I MISS YOU GUYS! Can’t wait to see Maya again 🙂

  • These photos are so darn adorable! She looks JUST like your hubs – you sure you had a hand in her creation? LOL.

    I was really hoping you’d actually share “how” you found out you were pregnant though, like the title suggests. Were you having lots of sickness? Was it time for your annual and the OB was like “surprise!”? Xx

    • LOL she looks EXACTLY like him. I think when people say she looks like me, they’re trying to be nice lol. But I don’t mind that they’re twins =) If nothing else, those contractions remind me that I had something to do with her! lol

      Oh, that would have been a much shorter post lol. My body is super regular–I can calculate the arrival of my menstrual cycle to the hour. So once I was three days late, I was pretty sure pregnancy was the only reason. Took a test and voila, pregnant!

  • Awww how did I miss this?! Congratulations Krystal I remember when I started following your blog back in the day when you used to just blog about natural hair and it’s so wonderful to see beautiful mother and daughter here! You’ll be the best mom ever and she is so adorable! X Metiya

  • Desire Uba

    Congratulations Krystal. I am so happy for you!
    I have really missed your posts.
    Wishing you the very best.

  • Nicole Robinson

    Yay!!!! Clearly, I have been under a rock! Congrats love and welcome to mommyhood! You look great and I’m so proud of you!

  • LeAnn B.

    I think we went to South Africa around the same time (I follow your Instagram)…either my husband and I had just left and you were going…or the other way around….AND it seems like you and I were pregnant around the same time…our daughter…was born in July! She’s 6 months now and time is flying! It’s crazy being a mommy right? We look at her like…”when are your real parents coming to pick you up??!?!?” LOL… we are surviving …Praise the Lord as I’m sure you are too! Congrats to you and your husband…I’m sure you are rocking motherhood! Oh..and she is a doll!