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!
How far along are you?
As of today, I am 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. )
When are you due?
My due date is currently April 8th.
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 … ) “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!
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.)
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.
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! 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.
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.
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. But I hope that most of you stick around … because I’ve found that I kinda like ya!
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?