Tuesday, June 13, 2006

secrets revealed

We've spoken to the parents and the siblings. We've told the best friends. The next logical conclusion when you have a life-changing whopper bit of news is to tell the Internet, right? So here goes:

Thom and I are trying to have a baby.

You just need to ask any family member, friend, colleague, or local grocery store clerk to know how difficult it is for me to keep a secret. When I have any kind of significant news I cannot be trusted to hold my tongue. Now, I've been holding onto this bit of information for, oh, 20 days 18 hours and 25 minutes (since Jenn and I took that walk on the beach in California and I realized-WHAM!-there is no reason to wait), so it feels really good to get it out.

Once I made the decision, I wanted to start, like, that minute which was excruciating since Thom was in Boston and I figured the chance of getting pregnant from 5,000 miles away was kinda slim. I knew he would be excited; he's always said he's ready for kids when I am. And I wanted to tell him so badly, but that's definitely the kind of conversation that needs to be punctuated with a kiss, not the click of a long-distance phone call.

For the next three days Jenn and I filled the hours with an unbelievable amount of conversation about babies. It was essentially ridiculously giddy girl-time interspersed with torturously secretive conversations with my husband. Finally, three days (and visits to 6 maternity stores) later I was on my way home. Of course I flew in the weekend we were hosting a friend from out of town, so we went directly from baggage claim to the T station where Ben was waiting, with no appropriately private interval.

Once home I played the perfect hostess and tossed Ben's bags into his room, muttering something about making himself comfortable, and dragged Thom to our bedroom. There, I let him know I had come to an important decision and I presented him with a gift: Pickles and Ice Cream: A Father's Guide to Pregnancy. He got the cutest, slightly confused look on his face until I spelled it out for him: "I'm ready to have babies!" Upon which he smiled a ginormous goofy grin and said, "Really!?"

So that’s our news, Internet. I expect you to be happy for us when our own little Apple or Pilot Inspektor comes into the world.


Andy said...


I mean, wow.

That is such fantastically cool news! I mean, here I was over at my blog writing about my lousy day and trying to make everyone smile by showing The Evolution of Dance to the world and you beat my smile quotient by like one hundred gazillion points with this news.

Here's wishing all of the world's happiness to little Apple or Pilot Inspektor. :-)

Ashley said...

I am so happy for you two! I can't wait to hear the even better news of... "guess what, we're pregnant"

Mom said...

No secrets no lies from my baby girl!
Oh, by the way, Dad says we can change the cat's name, so you can use it if you still want to.

Melissa said...

Summer, I am so happy for you and Thom. I just want to tell you that being a mommy is the most amazing gift in the world. Carrying the little one inside you, giving birth and then holding your precious baby for the first time, there is nothing like it. I can't wait to hear when it becomes "official" for you both! Love and miss you and good luck!

Summer Ryan Doyle said...

Thanks for your enthusiasm everyone!

Mom, I think it's too late for that. Besides, our neighbor just used "Sophie" for her newborn. The cat is safe for now. ;)

jenn marsala said...

I can't wait until my little niece (or nephew, I suppose) is born..or...um...conceived I guess. I've already found myself browsing for adorable baby things and planning a bofo baby shower soiree! I love you!