Catching you up!

Wow, where to start?!?!

First of all, thank you so very much for your kind words of congratulations.  Brandon and I couldn’t be happier to be expecting our first child!

I’m going to try to use today’s post to answer the questions that (if I were you!) I would be asking!

Question #1:

How far along are you?

As of today, I am 13 weeks!

13 weeks

(And if you say that I already have a baby pooch, I may have to hurt you.  OK, not really.  But I’ve already heard that twice.  And FYI, it’s not a baby … it’s bloating.  There.  It’s been said. Smile with tongue out)

Question #2:

When are you due?

My due date is currently April 8th.

Question #3:

When did it happen? (Yes, I’d be nosy like that.)

Well if you’ve never been pregnant before, you might do the math and assume that I was actually pregnant before our European cruise.  But actually, the week that the baby is (ahem … Who me?) “created” is Week 3!  Who knew?!

So if you do the “new” math … well … let’s just say that we can home from our Europe trip with more memories than we bargained for! Winking smile

Question #4:

When did you find out, and how did you tell Brandon?

A few days after we got back from our trip, I took a pregnancy test.  But it came out negative.  So that was that.

But then being the crazy girl that I am, I decided to take another pregnancy test about a week later, just to “be sure.”

Brandon wasn’t home when I took it, because I knew he’d think I was a nut job.  But low and behold, as I was staring at the stick, I started seeing a very faint plus sign!

But then I started thinking I was really crazy, so of course, I did what any insane person would do … I went out and bought more pregnancy tests!

I took another one, and again, it had a faint plus sign.

So at this point, Brandon is home.  And I call him downstairs and tell him I have to show him something.

When I showed him, he just kept saying, “Nooo …,” but with a big smile on his face.  And then we did lots of hugging and staring at the sticks.

Now after two positive tests, you’d think I’d be confident, right?  Nope, try again.  This time, I decided to get the tests that had a clear “Yes” or “No,” rather than the ambiguous “plus sign.”

And guess what happened on Round 3?


That’s right … a big, fat NO!

Of course, I start freaking out.  How could these stupid sticks be messing with my mind so much?

Less than 2 hours (and plenty of glasses of water) later, I took yet another test (that would be #5, in case you’re keeping count.)  And here was the result:


Whew, what a relief.  I finally decided to take a breather and just let the truth sink in.


(Of course, that didn’t stop me from taking 3 more tests over the next week.  I wish I was joking.)

Question #5:

Have you been to see your doctor yet?

Yep, I’ve been there three times already!  The first time was at 6 weeks, and we got to see our little peanut (literally) on the ultrasound.  Then I went back a few weeks later for blood work.  And our most recent visit was last Tuesday, when we got to hear the HEART BEAT!  My friends, it was probably the most amazing 30 seconds of my life (other than Brandon’s proposal, of course!).  It was truly spectacular. 

Question #6:

How have you been feeling?

Oh goodness, the million dollar question. 

Overall, I have been incredibly blessed.  I have not been physically ill one time!

But here are some of symptoms I have been dealing with over the last 12 weeks (or really, the last 7 weeks because the first few were ‘normal’): nausea, fatigue, headaches, bloating (so attractive), acid reflux, tender chest, and up and down emotions.

I also have had some serious food aversions.  Some of you perceptive little readers already picked up on those!

For several weeks, I had ZERO desire for any fruits and vegetables.  I would try to sneak them in through smoothies, dried vegetables (because they were salty, I liked them), and V8 juice … but for the most part, they were off the menu. 

I also completely lost my sweet tooth for a few weeks! Surprised smile  And it’s actually still not 100% back.  I can eat sweets, but I don’t crave them like I usually do.

And peanut butter?  No thanks.  Not interested.

WHO AM I??!?!?!

The other thing you may have noticed?  I’ve been eating salty foods like it’s my job.  Bacon?  Yes, please.  French fries?  Sign me up.  Potato chips drenched in vinegar?  Ohhhh yeah.

(Don’t judge me.  It’s delicious.)

For those of you who are shaking your head right now because I’m not getting the nutrients the baby needs, I think I’ve still done a decent job getting good carbs, calcium, protein, and healthy fats in.  And once the nausea passes, I am bound and determined to eat as healthy as possible.  However, I also plan to enjoy this pregnancy and not beat myself up over a hamburger.  So there. Winking smile

Question #7:

But haven’t you talked about eating sushi and running a 5k recently?

Yes and yes.  I have a pretty awesome doctor, who tells me that both activities are perfectly safe, as long as I’m being smart. 

For sushi, he just said to make sure I go to a place that I trust and have visited before.  That being said, I’m still a little too paranoid to eat the raw stuff.  I’ve been sticking to cooked rolls!


And regarding the running, well, if you read Janae’s blog, you know that’s not really an issue.  That girl ran for basically her entire pregnancy (Janae, you’re my hero!). 

But I am by no means Janae.  Running has been more difficult for me recently.  My doctor said it’s fine, as long as I make sure nothing is hurting while I’m doing it.  But it’s just been more of a challenge.  So other than that 5k, I’ve mostly been sticking to walking on the treadmill … and adding a few running intervals when I’m feeling particularly spunky. Winking smile


Question #8

Is this blog going to turn into a pregnancy blog?

Well, yes, kind of.  I have found that for me, I like to write about: a) my life experiences and b) recipes.  And I’m still planning on doing both.  It just so happens that my life experiences are mostly focused on the pregnancy now.  And I feel like my friends and family want to hear about how everything is going.  So if anyone is not interested in reading about that stuff, I completely understand and will respect you for heading to another blog. Smile  But I hope that most of you stick around … because I’ve found that I kinda like ya! Winking smile

Question for ya …

Any other questions for me??

If you’ve been pregnant, what kinds of symptoms did you experience during your 1st trimester?

What foods have you been craving recently (pregnant or not!)??

What did you do this weekend?

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66 Responses to Catching you up!

  1. kaceyjt

    Congrats again! I had to laugh when I read about all your pregnancy tests…totally something I would do! And I’m so glad that you’re enjoying whatever food you’re craving and are going to be sharing about the pregnancy on your blog:)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, Kasey!

  2. Heather

    Love the update, and I’m so glad to hear you are doing well!! Yes, 3 ‘first trimesters’ under my belt (2 kids and done!) I was fortunate to not have any nausea or ‘morning sickness’ I did have an super crazy gag reflex with all kinds of smells with my first, despite something smelling super delish and my wanting to eat it, I’d be gagging like a fool. Yep, I embarrassed my husband a time or two at restaurants, but what can ya do!?! I had minor bloating and a bit of hearburn, other than that, I was really lucky! My sweet tooth intensified with my second child big time, I don’t think it ever went away LOL! With all of my pregnancies the biggest ‘symptom’ was related to outgrown all of my bras very quickly, being the 12 year old look alike I am, I wasn’t complaining LOL. The running thing, all is good – my sister ran a 8K at 34 weeks, if your body is used to it and not giving you any reason to stop, go for it (her OB was a huge runner, so that helped) The highlight of the weekend for me was taking my 5 year old daughter to a Tea Party one of the Moms in her Kindergarten class organized for the Moms and girls to get to know each other. Super cute and a good time. These are the special things that are in your future : )

    • notsodomesticated

      I saw the pic at the Tea Party!! That was so cute! And it’s interesting that you had a sweet tooth with your little boy … I had heard that you’re more likely to crave salt with boys. Obviously most of these things I’m hearing are old wives tales!

  3. Jessie

    You may think I’m crazy, but your story and hearing about your pregnancy so far made me tear up! I just find pregnancy to be so beautiful. I’m so happy for the two of you. I cannot wait to follow you throughout this wonderful journey you two are starting to embark on :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      No, you definitely aren’t crazy … I love hearing my friends’ stories about their pregnancies, too! Thank you for your kind words, Jessie! And P.S. even when I don’t comment on your blog, I am reading. Just FYI that I haven’t disappeared! ;)

  4. Danielle

    Huge congratulations! I totally missed the post when you announced but I am so happy for you! I love hearing all the details, makes me even more happy!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Danielle!! I really appreciate it!

  5. Avery @ YoungAspirations

    So exciting! I love that you answered all the questions that nosy people (like me) would ask :) I know some women really worry about people leaving their blog if they talk about their pregnancy/baby all the time.. but I always think, “No! Pleaseeee talk about it!” Who doesn’t like talking about babies? Bring it on girl, I’m all ears.. or, eyes?! :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Avery! And I’m so glad you’re back!! I’ve missed your blog!

  6. Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life

    Loved this post! You look gorgeous and don’t havean ounce of bloat if you ask me! :) so so happy for you again! Do you plan on finding out if it’s a boy or girl?
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    • notsodomesticated

      That’s a question I need to answer for everyone … thanks for reminding me. The short answer: heck, yes! haha!! ;)

  7. Kat

    You adorable thing :) I love that you took 87 million pregnancy tests. I know Im going to do the same thing!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thanks, Kat! You’re going to be a super amazing mommy one day!

  8. Lauren

    Congrats again I look forward to reading the blog and about the baby.

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Lauren!

  9. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries

    By this time, I’d say a little bump can partially be attributed to baby. ;) It’s about the size of peach! I definitely have a little bump showing, and I’m proud to show it. You look great! Loved reading this!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well OK, if you insist, I’ll go ahead and say it’s a baby hahaha! ;) But I also think you have a different body type than I do. I’ve always had a little bump there … so it’s hard to tell what’s a baby and what’s just me!!

  10. Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie

    Love! I am so happy for you! Also, good to know I can still keep sushi and running in my life when it happens for me because those are huge deals :) I can’t wait to hear more!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Yes, you’ll have a million people giving you a million different opinions about what is OK and what’s not. But I trust my doctor, and I love that he is more laid back!

  11. Meg

    Kristen, congratulations! You are going to be a wonderful mom. And I love reading pregnancy posts from the blogs I frequent, so don’t apologize for this “becoming” a pregnancy blog – it’s your life and you should post whatever the heck you want!

    Also, you definitely DON’T have a bump :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you so much, Meg! I really appreciate your comment!

  12. Yellow Haired Girl

    Oh jeez, I”m just so happy for you both! I squealed when I opened your last post :)

    And I see NO bump!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks so much, girl! I squealed, too haha! ;)

  13. amy @ fearless homemaker

    Congrats, again, friend – so happy for you! So fun to read all about your experience. =)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Amy! :) :)

  14. Krystal@Ms.Random

    Congrats Girlie!! That is some fantastic news, so happy for the both of you. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Krystal!

  15. Amy

    Congratulations!!! You look like a little mama :)

  16. Cinnamon @ eatpraytri

    What a great update. My favorite line is “staring at the sticks” HA! great visual. I could not be more excited for you. Must be such a cool feeling. I for one can’t WAIT to read more about pregnancy and baby!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, my friend. :)

  17. Stef

    I love reading pregnancy updates. It makes me miss being pregnant! The main symptom I had during 1st trimester was fatigue. I was tired all.the.time. Unfortunately, that lasted throughout the rest of my pregnancy and um, now as a mom too! I hope you get your energy back in 2nd tri!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Hahaha Stef, you are so funny. At church yesterday, I said that I was looking forward to feeling ‘normal’ again. And this mom said to me, “Well that won’t be for another 18 years!” ;)

      • Stef

        Haha…it’s different for everyone! I hope that your baby sleeps better than mine. :) Enjoy your pregnancy!
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  18. Amber with Slim Pickin's Kitchen

    That is so exciting! I’m so happy for y’all. When I first thought I was pregnant, I did the same exact thing as you and I took like 100 tests b/c I kept getting super, super faint lines that made me even more confused about whether or not I was! My hubs was soooo frustrated with me b/c I was spending a good bit of money on tests. After a four hour emotionally driven, full blown overreacting sobbing episode where I accused him of caring more about money than the well being of our potential unborn child (hello hormones!!!), he finally realized that I more than likely was and he backed off. Then I finally broke down and bought the yes or no test, and FINALLY got the answer I was hoping for. My symptoms included fatigue, soreness, and nausea. I absolutely *CAN NOT* believe you want nothing to do with peanut butter! That cracks me up!!!!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who broke the bank on pregnancy tests! ;)

  19. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Oh my goodness I was laughing so hard when you were confessing about all the tests you took. That is totally something I would do too– type A personalities for the win! ;)

    Anyway, I am so so so happy for you and Brandon. You two are going to make amazing parents!

    Looks like Lindsay, Natalie and I need to jump on the pregnancy wagon to keep up with you & Ash! ;) hahaha
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    • notsodomesticated

      Oh no you don’t, young lady! ;) No pregnancies for you for a while haha!!

  20. Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana

    Congratulations!! You look wonderful :) I love that you took a million pregnancy tests, I did the same! It’s such an exciting time. During my first trimester with both kids, I totally lost my appetite for fresh veggies, especially salads, and I usually can’t go a day without eating a salad! And ice cream lost it’s appeal too. Things usually ease up a bit in the second trimester, my energy level went up a bit and the nausea/bloating gets a bit better :) Hoping you are feeling well!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, Maura. I hope my energy goes up A LOT! ;)

  21. Caitlin

    Your excitement is contagious! The millions of tests will be an even better story for when your little one grows up :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thank you, Caitlin!!!

  22. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I am SO happy for you!!! I think I would do the same thing with pregnancy tests. [Also, small children I teach regularly ask if I'm pregnant, so don't worry about bloating. Sometimes we just get a little carried away with the salt, you know?]

    No PEANUT BUTTER???? I hope the baby likes Nutty Butter…. ;)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Well the good news is, I’m starting to eat peanut butter again!! I had it yesterday and enjoyed it. Perfect timing!! ;)

  23. Alyssa

    Congrats on being pregnant!!!! It is such an amazing feeling to find out that you are carrying a human life in your belly!!

    I also recently found out that I was pregnant with my first! So far, the symptoms I have experienced during the first trimester are nausea, sore boobs, very achy/crampy legs and I have been more tired than I have ever been in my entire life!!! Have you been extremely tired? I think I could take a nap three times a day if I were allowed to!!!

    Food aversions… I have not been wanting any vegetables at all, which is so unlike me!!! I have also been craving salty foods like it is my job!!! Hopefully my food choices will go back to normal sometime soon :)

  24. Julie

    Congratulations!!! I am sure you will make great parents! I haven’t been pregnant but will love hearing about the experience through your eyes. I love all the pregnancy tests, had me laughing!

  25. Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine

    I’m so excited for you. You look gorgeous!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Aww thank you, Lauren!!!

  26. Tabaitha

    Congratulations! So happy for you! The second trimester was my favorite of all three of my pregnancies.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Tabaitha!! :)

  27. Ellie@Fit for the Soul

    awww yayyyy congratulations guys! I’m so excited for you and can feel the joy ooooozing out of you! :D ahahaha Q number 3 cracked me up! I love the way that you seemed to feel awkward as you wrote your response to it.
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    • notsodomesticated

      Haha thanks, Ellie!! :)

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  29. Pamela

    oh my goodness! Hilarious about the sticks.. but no fair! how can they mess with you like that!? Love hearing the stories.. keep them coming! Love you!

  30. Amy@ahealthyandhappyheart

    I love that I was not the only one to take many tests…I took 5 and they were all positive lol! I didn’t have too many sick days like you and I ate a TON of Popsicles! Congrats again!
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  31. natalie @ southern fit foodie

    Hahaha you silly girl- I just love you and all your pregnancy tests! I probably would do the same thing!

    I’ve heard that the aversions are way worse than the cravings. Lately I’ve been craving bacon like CRAZY (even Daniel commented and asked “what’s up with you and bacon lately?” hahaha), and of course, chocolate! I’ll eat your share of sweets if you would like!

    Congrats again! You and B are going to be amazing parents!
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you, my friend!! Glad to hear I’m not the only one loving bacon right now haha!

  32. Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you! And I loved that you answered #3 — I’m nosy like that too, haha.
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  33. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie

    Ahhh congrats!! You are going to be an amazing mom! I had to laugh at question number 3, you guys took home quite the souvenir! ;p
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    • notsodomesticated

      Thanks, Erin! Yes, this is more special than any ‘souvenir’ that I could have bought!! ;)

  34. Jen

    I am soooo happy for you!!! Two of the happiest moments in my life are when I found out I was pregnant :) The joy and love of carrying your children and growing them is the most amazing gift! You are going to be a wonderful Mom and I can’t wait to read about it!! I was lucky to have two smooth pregnancies. I only threw up once with each child but I was nauseous with both. I craved spinach with Evie and fresh fruit with Levi. It’s now that I eat salt like crazy (hmm tater tots and chips!). Growing giving birth to my kids was theist empowering experience of my life. And the deep connection and love I feel with Mike is even more intense because we made Levi together. I am just thrilled for you!!! :)

    • notsodomesticated

      Thank you so much, Jen!! I WISH I was craving spinach and fresh fruit!! That would be a lot better than my craving for french fries!!!

  35. Holly

    OH MY GOODNESS. Reading through all of your symptoms reminds me of EXACTLY how I felt during my first trimester. Am I allowed to already make a gender guess?! Of course I’m going with girl, since like I said your symptoms are so similar :)
    I wasn’t sick at all (which is why I thought I was having a boy), and I could NOT STAND peanut butter or coffee. I seriously would have to hold my nose & walk really fast if I smelled either of those. Needless to say walking around an office was pretty hard in the beginning. Thankfully my PB love & coffee love did come back, but not until like 25 weeks. Nuts!! I’m SO SO SO excited for you!!!!! & can’t wait to read more. :)
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    • notsodomesticated

      Of COURSE you can make a gender guess! I’ll definitely be having people place bets as it gets closer to 20 weeks haha!! ;)

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