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On This Day in History

Many an exciting event has occurred on October 7. Things like ... 

  • 1777: American Revolutionary War: The Americans defeat the British in the Second Battle of Saratoga, also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights.
  • 1849: Edgar Allan Poe, American writer and poet (born 1809), dies.
  • 1952: The bar code is patented.
  • 1955: Yo-Yo Ma, French-born American cellist, is born.
  • 1982: Cats opens on Broadway and runs for nearly eighteen years before closing on September 10, 2000.

And that’s just a few of the history-making occurrences. But they all pale in comparison to what happened a year ago on October 7.

Because on October 7, 2008, I, Lucy Ricardo, peed on a stick!

And it was ...


That’s right, folks, it has been a year since we found out we were going to have a little Ricardo. Despite being a whirlwind year full of changes, I still remember that evening in perfect detail.

How I hadn’t felt well for a few days, so Ricky brought home a pregnancy test.

How I knew it would be negative, but before I even had time to wash my hands the word pregnant popped up clear as can be.

How I looked at myself in the bathroom mirror and started to hysterically laugh/cry in a way that I have not been able to replicate since no matter how often I try to show it to people.

How despite having a romantic scenario all planned out in my head on how I would tell Ricky we were having a baby should it ever I happen for us, I instead floated/stumbled out of the bathroom, thrust the pregnancy test at Ricky and laughed/sobbed/gasped, “You have to look at this.”

How we grabbed each other and hugged and laughed and cried.

How we stared at each other in disbelief.

How I sent Ricky out in the rain to get a baby name book and What to Expect.

How I knew our lives were about to change, but I had no idea how much.

Yes, I remember all of that as if it just happened last night.

And yes, our lives have completely changed.

And I couldn’t be happier.

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