For those of you who don’t know, I’m pregnant!
My husband and I are so excited and will be welcoming our new little addition on December 1st. And yes, we know the gender; it’s a girl!
Keeping something like this a secret is hard work! I found myself telling complete strangers because I just couldn’t stand it any longer. We found out in March and just made it “Facebook Official” in July (when I was 18 weeks). Since I didn’t know anything about pregnancy before I actually got pregnant, I’ll fill you in. The doctor will set your due date around 40 weeks from the first day of your last period. Every stage seems like it’s the longest and weirdest part and then another stage comes along and I find that it’s even weirder. For starters: the Two Week Wait (TWW) ugh, how agonizing! And then you find out and you’re so excited and poof! You feel like you’ve literally gained 20lbs overnight from being bloated. Then the smells, oh the awful smells! Next up… nausea and if you’re lucky, full on morning sickness followed by a lovely 6 week stretch of pure exhaustion. I’m talking, falling asleep while doing… anything at all and no explanation for 6 hour naps, as often as you’re allowed. Of course, you can’t forget the extreme hormonal spells which leave you laughing and crying in the same five minutes. At least that’s how it was for me. Oh, First Trimester… I don’t miss you one bit.
Next, I moved on to bigger and better things… Second Trimester. My bump started to show around 18 weeks and it was in full swing at 23. You see, before the bump, I had to wear “flowy” clothes, hiding all of my new ‘I-ate-one-too-many-burrito’ pounds and feeling generally lazy, tired and bummed out all the time. I was expecting something a little different. I thought my bump would be on display from the get-go and I’d be parading around feeling beautiful like all of the other bumps bouncing around town. Not even close. It only lasted a few weeks though and now, I’m happy to sport my bump! The rest of my body, on the other hand, was not used to all of the added weight at first. By the end of the day, my feet were puffy, my back absolutely had it and it was impossible to get comfortable through the night. A look on the bright side: I AM GROWING A HUMAN IN MY BODY. This post seems to be all about the physical changes to my body so far, but let me tell you, the emotional changes are beautiful and all of the crazy symptoms are completely worth it. I wake up every morning smiling about the little joy that will be joining our family soon. I think about her all day, while I’m working and I wish so many great things for her life. I dream about my little girl all night long. I have dreams about breastfeeding and changing her and one night, I had a dream about my belly button popping out in slow motion, which led me to Googling “Does it hurt when your belly button pops out during pregnancy?” I also dream about the actual birthing experience a lot and I have a feeling these dreams will only get stronger as we get closer to the due date.
After I hit my Second Trimester, I was so happy to be enjoying healthy food again. During the first trimester, everything made me queasy. Specifically: chicken, coffee, eggs, and cooking oils. While I usually LOVE the smell of coffee in the morning, for about 12 weeks I couldn’t stand it. Even the thought of raw chicken or eggs made my stomach flip flop and don’t even get me started on heating up coconut oil and olive oil for cooking. I was more interested in anything with bread, cheese and red sauce. I found myself craving spaghetti, lasagna, pizza and garlic bread with marinara every night. And strangely, pork bbq and mustard were on my list of cravings in the beginning too.
And then just like a switch, Second Trimester hit and I was back to my old diet with lots of veggies, lean meats and fresh juice. I also got my energy back and I could workout again! Barre classes and running were not quite the same as they used to be, but I still workout every single day and feel great! I’ve gotten really into prenatal yoga and tried a few different studios around Columbus. My favorite class so far is at Balanced Yoga. I love the metaphors used in class, the strength, flexibility, balance, relaxation. But my favorite part about prenatal yoga is the time spent with baby.
The most exciting stage so far has been movement! At 20 weeks, I started feeling flutters every day and now she has a routine of swimming around at the same times every day: 7am, 10am, 2pm, 7pm, 10pm. Right when I lay down for bed, she gets really active and gives me some good kicks that we can actually see. Feeling her in there moving around makes everything so real and I absolutely love it! I’m really starting to bond with her. I have been reading aloud to her at night and writing in a journal that I hope to give her when she gets older. John and I have always wanted a big family and we are so thrilled to become parents. EEEE!! I can’t wait to meet our daughter.
Here are some fun pictures of the experience so far! 🙂
My how she’s grown already!
The day before we found out, we were cuddling on the couch with the quilt that Nan made for us for the wedding. We went to the doctor for our 9 week ultrasound and got to hear her heartbeat and take home a picture of our little lima bean! At that point, we didn’t know the gender yet and although she was only the size of a pecan, her kidney, liver and brain were already starting to function on their own. Through this whole process, Jaxson has been saying, “Don’t forget about me guys!”.
One of the first things we wanted to do was get a bigger vehicle so that Jaxson wasn’t slobbering all over the baby in the backseat of our Jeep Compass. We spent several weekends test driving SUVs to see what would be the perfect fit and after a lot of searching, we thought a 4Runner would be the best option. It’s the only vehicle that has a window in the cargo that rolls completely down so Jaxson is now a happy hundred pound pup and we don’t have hair and slobber all over our back seat: Win-Win!
Around 10 weeks, we flew to New York City for our dear friend’s wedding. Let’s just say flying in the first trimester is not pretty. I was searching all over the airport for salty crackers so that I wouldn’t get nauseous. We got in a day early and did a little shopping in Flatiron District and even took a long bike ride through Central Park. The wedding was beautiful! I was a little bummed I couldn’t indulge in the amazing-looking cocktails but John asked the bartender to make me a mocktail that looked like the fancy drinks everyone else had, since we weren’t telling anyone our secret yet.
Some of my favorite days are the ones when we go shopping at Book Loft for kids books to build her library. We’ve already started reading her some of our favorites so she’ll be familiar with them when she is born. The ultrasound below is from our 20 week anatomy scan appointment. It was so amazing to see all of her little body parts and organs inside her body. The technician showed us around the womb explaining in detail what we were looking at and she said everything looked perfect. I continued going to my Barre3 classes until I was about 22 weeks. By that point, it was getting a little harder to keep my balance on my toes and I couldn’t keep up with core work so I’ve since switched to cardio at the gym and so much prenatal yoga. I must say that I will be excited to get back in the studio for Barre3 classes after the baby because I miss seeing all of my girlfriends. There are a few other things I have continued to do that have helped me feel beautiful during this time of change… Weekly blowouts at The Blowout Bar, bi-weekly prenatal massages at Open Sky Day Spa and almost daily smoothies and juice at Zest.
John has spent countless hours researching baby must-haves like cribs, car seats and strollers (pictured below) and I’ve been putting in plenty of hours reading about parenting techniques and listening to mommy podcasts. We are a little crazy when it comes to organizing and planning ahead so of course, her nursery is already put together and ready to go. I’ll be sharing a nursery tour post soon.
Around 18 weeks, we took baby on quite an adventure! My brother, dad, John and I all traveled to Europe for 10 days. We spent half the time in Paris, France and took a train to Zurich, Switzerland for the other half. Second trimester is supposed to be the best time to travel so I thought I was in the clear. Little did I know that this little bump would cause me such motion sickness. From plane to train to bus to cable car, I was nauseated for most of the trip and the 100 degree weather with no air conditioning (in Zurich) was not helping but I tried to keep it together because, HOW AMAZING that I got to travel through Europe with the top 3 men in my life?!?
I’ll be posting a lot more photos from the trip but here is one of us being so hot in Lucerne, Switzerland and trying to play it off cool.
While we were in Paris we wanted to share our news with everyone so we found the perfect little pink onesie with macrons in the shape of the Eiffel Tower (so fitting) and had my brother take a picture of us on our favorite street in Paris called Rue Cler. When we took our engagement trip two years before, we stayed in a flat just a few short blocks away from this street and every day, we would walk down to get our groceries at the market, our fresh baguette from the bakery and marvelous desserts from Aux Merveilleux de Fred. We lived like Parisians and said that we would someday be back when I was pregnant. We really didn’t imagine it would be just two years later but there we were, sharing our love of culture, romanticism and travel with our little girl.