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What to Expect When You’re Unaware You’re Expecting

Remember the blog I wrote a while back that talked about speaking to those not expecting?

Well, let’s compare blog pictures:

then & now

You guessed it! There’s an alien turtle in my uterus.  At least that’s what Jerimiah calls it. He already thinks it looks like him because of the size of its huge head. (His words, not mine.)

So … when you’re unaware you’re expecting:

* You may ingest deli meat in the form of multiple Jersey Mike’s subs (A big no-no for pregnant women. Apparently cold-cuts are bad.)

* You may drink copious amounts of diet Mountain Dew (a big no-no for anyone).

* At your yearly exam when you are too newly pregnant for anyone to have a clue, you may make statements to your gynecologist that sound something like this: “Sooooo, I might have to get a job soon, but at least I’ll have insurance for the first time in over a decade. Maybe this time next year we can talk about baby stuff and start tests or something.”

* On a lazy Saturday morning hunch, you might purchase pregnancy tests and pee on them. Then you may say something like, “Oh sh@*!” when they are both positive. (The expletive would be two parts: One part excitement, the other part panic over having to walk into the living room and hand the positive pregnancy test to the unsuspecting soon-to-be-father in the recliner who’s playing Call of Duty.)

* You may inwardly roll your eyes every time your husband asks about the odds of a false positive pregnancy test.

* You might freak out over every random pain and think, “I’ve killed my turtle-baby.”

* You may just cry when you hear your little alien’s heart beat for the first time. And you might cry harder when you watch it dance in an ultrasound.

alien turtle

My stats:

11 weeks

Sour stomach & raging hormones

Approximate alien turtle due date: April 14, 2014

Potential boy names:





Potential girl names:

April O’Neil-Pensinger

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  1. Jacquie Ellis

    YAY!!! Your descriptions are hysterical, but oh so true!!!! We love you an d are sooooo excited for you guys!!

    • beth

      Haha! Thanks Aunt Jacquie. Love you very much!

  2. Carrie

    Wow!!! Congratulations!!! What awesome news!!

    • beth

      Thanks Carrie!

  3. Amanda Roehm

    Too cute!! So excited!! Congratulations!!

    • beth

      Hehe 🙂 Thanks Amanda!

  4. !!!!!! OMG, I’m so happy for you Beth!!!!! This just made my day. Good Luck and God bless you and the lil alien turtle.

    • beth

      Thank you so much Grace!!

  5. Jennifer Sellers

    TMNT!!!! YAY!!!! Congrats!!!!

    • beth

      You know it 😉 Thanks Jennifer!

  6. SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!! 🙂

    • beth

      Thanks man!!!

  7. sarah

    When did you find out? How far along were you?

    • beth

      Labor Day weekend & only 3 days after I’d accepted the position at my new job. Yikes! I think I was almost 8 weeks along.

  8. Shauna Cain

    I seriously am teared up right now!!! SO excited for what God has in store for you! OK I might be a little more than teared up! That’s how happy I am for you guys! Praying for a healthy baby turtle!!

    • beth

      Shauna, you’re awesome! Thank you.

  9. Christiana

    Oh Beth, congrats! So happy for you guys! Those early days can be rough, but it gets better usually. And once you feel him/her move inside you it is completely amazing.

    • beth

      Thanks Christiana! I can’t wait!

  10. Tears. I am so excited and happy for you guys!!! Congratulations! You are going to be the best alien-turtle mom ever <3

    • beth

      Score!! Thanks Ashleigh 🙂

  11. adrianne gonzales

    Congratulations, Beth!! So exciting. Sending our best wishes for a healthy baby and happy parents. 🙂

    • beth

      Thank you Adrianne!

  12. Cheri

    You have no idea how much this news has made my day!! Wish you could see the smile beaming across my face!! SO SO SO happy and excited for you and Jerimiah!! You will make great parents to your alien turtle I just know it!!!

    • beth

      You’re sweet Cheri! Thank you!

  13. Jerimiah

    Dang. Are your knockers like four times bigger?

    • beth

      You would know better than anyone else. Enjoy em while they last. 😉

  14. Patti Martin

    Beth! What wonderful news! I am so happy for you and Jerimiah. You will be such great parents.

    • beth

      Thanks Patti!

  15. Teresa Russell

    So excited for you and Jeremiah! I know you have waited and prayed for this sooooo long. Congrats!

    • beth

      Thanks Teresa 🙂

  16. Melanie Watson

    Oh. My. Gosh. I am beyond excited for you guys! I hope Jeremiah gets a little girl because he sure was good with Cate and Anna the summer we hung out in The Rock office! You two are gonna be awesome parents! That’s one lucky little alien turtle (who, at this point in time DOES resemble Jeremiah.)!

    • beth

      Hahahahaha! Thank you so much Melanie 🙂

  17. Sue Goodson

    OH…..MY……WORD!!!!!! YAY!!!!! so excited for you!!!!

    • beth

      Yay!! Thanks Sue 🙂

  18. Merrick

    Congrats!! I know yall will make great alien turtle parents!!

    • beth

      🙂 Thanks Merrick!!

  19. heather

    if it’s not ginger i’m going to be so disappointed

    • beth

      You make me laugh!! Prepare to be disappointed. Unless, of course, the recessive gene from my mother’s side wins out. 😉

  20. Melissa


    • beth

      🙂 🙂 🙂

  21. Jana Jenkins

    Ummmm yes to all of the potential names!!!! Wooop Wooop!!!

    • beth

      Hahahahaha! 😉

  22. Amanda

    ALL OF MY LOVE AND CONGRATULATIONS to you and Jerimiah!!!! We all love you and wish you both and baby alien turtle the best!!!!!

    • beth

      Thanks Amanda 🙂

  23. Summer

    The names!!!!! Oh Beth I love you and I can’t wait to see you again!!!!!

    • beth

      Hehehe 🙂 I love you back!
      I’m finally getting over my disappointment at not having another pregnancy buddy …

  24. Kathy Reesey

    YAY!!!! I started getting a little teary reading all the sweet posts…and then I got to Jerimiah’s! HAHAHAHAHA!!! Yep, enjoy ’em while you got ’em…they don’t always stick around!! We are OVERJOYED for you guys….you definitely will make excellent alien turtle parents. And that makes us Great Aunt and Great Uncle to the little alien turtle…awesome!!! 😉 Love you guys so much!!

    • beth

      Yes!! Leave it to Jerimiah. 😉 Thanks Aunt Kathy! We love you guys like crazy.

  25. Polly

    So little

  26. Carolyn Trucano

    To echo Jerimiah’s and Aunt Kathy’s posts, YES, they are, and NO, they won’t. I, too, like Kathy, was getting teary eyed from reading all the sweet posts. WE ARE DEFINITELY EXCITED – ummh, not sure about the “alien turtle” part – but hope your pregnancy goes well and the baby is healthy (MOST IMPORTANT). I know at this point it’s not cool to be partial, but I kinda hope Melanie has some special insight there(?). Either is perfect in God’s plan, right?

  27. Tears of joy! I’m so excited for y’all. Luckiest alien turtle I know. <3

  28. I’m with ya jp on the joys of a pregnant womens body transformations!! On the downside at least in our house one gets to admire a lot but touch very little. Kawabunga (sorry spelling) dude on guys names i think im a donatello man myself. Very funny stuff beth we will be praying for u on trip to england.

  29. Abbey Owens

    I love this! Congrats!! Aniya wanted to name Jaylen after one of the Ninja Turtles!! lol

  30. Well clearly I’ve fallen WAY behind on my blog reading. Having a newborn will do that to you (among other things) as you’ll find out. 😉 I am seriously SO excited for you. I hope the second trimester is treating you well and you enjoy every single amazing moment and the not so amazing ones. Praising God for His unspeakable gifts.
    You’ll have to do a sequel to Let Me Fall now thst uou are about to experience a love like you have never known.

    • beth

      Thank you so much Erynn!! 🙂 xoxo

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