Day 11/12: Tuesday, May 31st & Wednesday, June 1st
My brother Ty and his wife Austin (who live in Florida) just happen to be visiting Austin’s family in Cheyenne, WY, so James and I had hatched a plan to show up and surprise them! The previous two years we surprised Ty on his birthday by showing up unannounced at his house (once in Cheyenne and once in Vero Beach), but this year we were still in school during his birthday and Florida was completely not on the way out west when we did leave on vacation! Thus we loved the idea of continuing our streak of surprising them and got my parents and Austin’s parents in on the surprise in order to make sure they would be at the house when we got there Tuesday evening.
While I was supper excited to see Ty & Austin, the even bigger surprise than us showing up in Cheyenne was that they didn’t know we were pregnant! I’d been wearing maternity clothes our whole vacation, so I figured with my baby bump showing they’d figure out I was pregnant pretty quick.
We drove straight through from Salt Lake City and got to Cheyenne around 8pm. We pulled right up to Austin’s parents house and knocked on the front door. James had been mean and hadn’t let me go to the bathroom before we got there, so as soon as Ty opened the door I grabbed him into a hug, said surprise, and then told him I really needed to use the bathroom! He was completely in shock to see us, but directed me to the bathroom and welcomed James.
After I got out of the bathroom, Ty kept looking at me funny, but didn’t say anything. Then Austin got back from an errand and she looked at me a little strangely as well, but didn’t say a word either. Slightly frustrated because in my mind I obviously had a baby bump, I started dropping hints all over the place. I talked about how much I had to go to the bathroom while we were on vacation, how much I’d been sleeping, how hungry I’d been and was, but nothing seemed to work. So finally as we were sitting around eating, James said something off handed about it being hard on him to stop so much and I said something to the effect of, “When you’re growing another human being then you can talk to me about it.” Ty looked at me incredulously and blurted out “Are you PREGNANT?” I laughingly smiled and said YES! He then said, I thought you were just FAT! Nice, huh? All of us had a good laugh over it and Austin said she was suspicious, but hadn’t wanted to say anything just in case I wasn’t.
The rest of the evening was pretty fun with us talking and then watching a late night movie.
The next morning James and I needed to get back on the road, but Ty and Austin went out for breakfast with us before we left so that way we could talk a little more.
It was a great surprise and it was awesome to not only get to see Ty & Austin, but to share the news about the baby in person with them!