If you follow along on social media, you might have seen a big announcement last week… WE’RE HAVING A BABY! Yep, four months married and three month pregnant. God has given us this gift already and I could not be more thankful. It’s humbling, really.
I found out I was expecting in early October but knew I was seeing family over the thanksgiving holiday, so I wanted to keep it a surprise to announce in person. It was so hard but SO worth it!
- My parents, brother, sister-in-law, nieces: we had onesie cookies made up with everyone’s title on them, “Nana, Papa, etc.” and an ultrasound picture attached. I told them I had brought a little gift from CA, handed it to them, and watched their priceless reactions.
- His family: with his parents and all (6) siblings being out of state, we decided to mail them a card with our picture + the ultrasound and “baby makes 3!”. It was so fun getting their calls and texts as they checked their mail.
- Grandparents, aunts/ uncles, cousins: on Thanksgiving, when we’d see a large portion of my extended family (around 35 of us), I decided to wear a sweatshirt with the words “happy mama” on it to see how long it’d take everyone to read. It was so fun seeing each person’s reactions all throughout the day. We’re so so blessed to be surrounded by such loving families and friends who pray for and encourage us through each step. It really does take a village and we possibly have the best.
I thought I’d share a little about my journey so far, mostly so I have something to look back on.
The First Trimester
- Fatigue- I feel like I have 0 reasons to be tired because I’m not doing any “extra work” and I’m sleeping 2+ hours more each night, but oh I’m so tired I could cry!
- Insomnia- I’m usually awake for an hour or more each night even though I’m so tired. That’s when I think of baby things to do or buy! ha
- Upset Stomach- thankfully I haven’t been nauseous, at all! However, my stomach was upset or bloated most evenings from weeks 6-10. I’ll take it though!
- Cravings/ Food Aversions:
- Cravings- I havent had any cravings (yet) so strong that I needed to go to the store at 10pm or else… But I have been craving fruits, veggies (apples, applesauce, cucumbers, carrots, veggie sandwich), and salty (tortilla chips, popcorn, and pizza).
- Aversions- during fall everyone wants to cook with all kinds of squash and sweet potatoes. I can’t look at pictures of those recipes without almost gagging. Pinterest was not my friend. Also for a few weeks chocolate sounded gross, which I usually love.
- For nausea: I didn’t really get nauseous, but I felt carsick a few times. I found that I felt best when I’d eat every 30-60 minutes, even if it was just a few chips or applesauce.
- Peppermint/ ginger: I bought peppermints, mint tea, and organic ginger chews ahead of time in case of morning sickness, but only used them in the afternoon/ evening if my stomach felt upset from food. They REALLY helped settle my stomach and reduce any uncomfortable bloating.
- Sparkling water: also a life saver for an upset stomach or nausea. I kept lemon/ ginger flavor stocked at home and at work.
- Prenatal supplements: I was already taking these before baby, but my Dr. said that a good prenatal can help with a lot of pregnancy symptoms most women encounter.
- Life changes:
- Can’t do anymore:
- Sit in the sauna at the gym
- Certain exercises involving twisting or putting weight on my stomach
- Ride on the back of my husband’s motorcycle
- Massage (in first trimester)
- Wear certain jeans- ha!
- Can’t eat anymore (that I normally would):
- Not much! I don’t eat lunch meat, sushi, under-cooked meat/ eggs or soft cheeses that I was told to stay away from.
- Can’t do anymore:
That’s a simple, silly list but maybe you can relate or just want to follow along on my journey.