Holy crap, I’m pregnant! That’s me. And my husband. Holding my stomach because there is actual life growing inside… what! So crazy, I know. I’m still trying to take it all in myself.
Getting pregnant is something I have always thought about and wanted in my life and I feel so unbelievably grateful and blessed that Ita and I were able to conceive. We are so excited for this next chapter in our lives together and are doing our best to soak up every moment (hormones and all…).
HOW FAR ALONG?
I am 16 weeks today! We tried to keep it a secret as long as possible and only told our parents at around 9 weeks and told family and friends just over the last couple of weeks. It is NOT EASY keeping something like this a secret especially when you’re known to enjoy a drink or two on a somewhat regular occasion… let’s just say there was a lot of “pretending” when out with friends and a few glasses of wine ordered that were never touched (lucky for me no one even noticed!).
HOW’D WE KNOW?
We found out when I was around 6 weeks pregnant. Every couple of months Ita would be convinced I was pregnant. I would make a comment about feeling nauseous or craving something and he would immediately think, “WELL IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU’RE PREGNANT!”. No, not the case. I just love sweets and carbs and I don’t think a day ever really passes that I don’t want something with chocolate or frozen yogurt… BUT on this particular day, we had gone to the dog park with Leo that morning and I was feeling a little light-headed and NEEDED TO EAT A BAGEL. For whatever reason in my head, a toasted bagel was the only thing that was going to make me feel better. Ita of course started with the, “you are pregnant!” and I responded with the, “no I’m not, I just really want a bagel!”. *Okay so maybe a part of me felt it was a little strange how much I wanted this bagel and that I had been feeling so nauseous but I honestly did not think I was pregnant.
Fast-forward to me getting a bagel, actually a baker’s dozen (thank you, Panera – I ate 3 of them), Ita stopped at CVS on the way home to grab a pregnancy test. It wasn’t until later that afternoon when we were heading out the door to meet up with some friends that I decided to take the pregnancy test. I was convinced it would be negative and by this point I think I had convinced Ita it would be negative, too. I think a part of me didn’t want to disappoint him so it was easier to make him think a positive test was unlikely. Well, it ended up that the test DID come out positive and I only wish I could have recorded his reaction when I came out of the bathroom and told him. I will never forget the look of shock and instant flood of emotions he had in those seconds. It was obviously a very special moment for us but typical me didn’t cry. I couldn’t believe it and almost didn’t want to get too excited in case maybe it was a “false positive” (not that I’m savvy with pregnancy terms but I had definitely heard that term a time or two – probably from a Friends episode). I took another test and you guessed it, another positive. I don’t think it really sunk in for a while that I was pregnant. I’m not really sure it’s fully sunk in now. Moms out there: when did you “feel” pregnant? I’m sure it’s different for everyone but I think I just thought it would feel different… more obvious, I guess. I mean I am growing a tiny human inside of me after all!
HOW HAVE I BEEN FEELING?
Shortly after I found out I was pregnant I found myself extremely tired and nauseous. I also experienced this horrible metal taste in my mouth called dysgeusia. Luckily that only lasted a couple of weeks. I dealt with quite a bit of morning sickness (and afternoon and evening sickness…) and had several days where I literally slept all day! I still work full-time as a Sales Executive outside of blogging so there were mornings where I was heading out the door and literally had to run back inside because of the morning sickness. I work on a team of 98% men so I’m pretty sure they were all clueless but let’s just say I haven’t been looking my best the last couple of months, ha!
I learned that if I eat something like a bagel first thing when I wake up (there’s that darn bagel again) that it helped me to not get as nauseous. I feel like the nausea has subsided over the last few weeks but unfortunately I came down with strep and a sinus infection right after Easter. The LAST thing I wanted was to have to take antibiotics while pregnant. I’m known to have a pretty crappy immune system but over the last year it has improved a lot (I truly think it’s because I take probiotics everyday – I’m not a doctor obviously but I’m convinced this is the reason why I haven’t gotten sick for almost a year). I know when you get pregnant your immune system is not as strong and therefore you are more susceptible to catching things but the last two weeks were rough. It didn’t help that I had a bad reaction to the first antibiotic prescribed to me which had me throwing up all night and unable to eat or drink much the next couple of days. I’m still not completely better but am hoping this junk will be out of my system soon. I hear second trimester you feel much better and have a lot more energy? Mamas out there, is this true?? Praying it is and I’d love to hear your experiences.
Well I think I have rambled on long enough for today. Clearly I’m really excited and had a lot to share! I plan on sharing more about my pregnancy as the weeks go on and would love to know if you have any particular questions or topics you would like me to cover! This is Ita and I’s first baby (other than Leo of course who we definitely treat like a child…) so I appreciate any and all advice from you mamas out there who have done this a time or two! And now I’m going to share even more photos of me and Ita because it’s not every day he agrees to do a photo shoot with me! 🙂
Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to share more of my life with you!