I have gotten the same question a lot from friends...was this "planned" or was it really a complete surprise. My answer has been, BOTH!
Here's the story with not too many details since my husband would probably not be too excited. Since I'm a control freak and a major planner, Mike and I have been discussing the baby topic since we got married. We both really love our careers, traveling, being on our own schedules and our current lifestyle but wanted to start a family at some point. During our anniversary trip to Hawaii, we started to seriously talk about "our plan" and when that would happen...since we are both getting old :).
Due to our work schedules and only seeing each other once in a while, we knew this baby things would take a while. The plan was to start trying in the winter of 2012 and hope to get pregnant within a year. The doctor told me it could take 4 months for the birth control to get out of my system. So if we wanted to start trying in the winter, we decided to go off it in the fall. Well, I went off the pill and 2 weeks later I was pregnant. When I decided to take a pregnancy test, I NEVER expected it to be positive. That's why it would only make sense to take 5 at home tests, urine test at the doctor, followed by 2 separate blood tests...just to make sure. Even though all the tests were positive, I still didn't believe I was pregnant until our first ultrasound at 7 weeks. Clearly it takes me a while to adjust when things don't go according to my plan! Once I heard the heartbeat, I knew there was something alive in my belly!!! It was such a cool experience to hear the heartbeat for the first time.
proud papa after our 1st ultrasound
I have to tell you that God really does have a sense of humor, and I probably needed the reminder that it's not MY plan. So hopefully that explains to everyone that we 100% wanted to get pregnant, just weren't planning for it to happen that soon. But I am VERY VERY thankful we didn't have any issues and I've had an uneventful 1st trimester.