Holy Crap I’m Pregnant!

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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…).

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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!).



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!

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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! 🙂

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Thank you for your support and I can’t wait to share more of my life with you!

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  1. Amanda Sharrett
    Monday, May 1, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    So excited for y’all!! You guys couldn’t be any cuter either! Congratulations you will make wonderful parents!

    • Natalie
      Sunday, May 7, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Amanda!! We are so excited but so sad we have to miss the trip to Aruba!! 🙁 I had to back out because my Dr. would not let me go due to the Zika virus… we were so looking forward to hanging out at the beach with y’all but I guess Justin and I will just have to make it again next year! 🙂 Hope y’all have so much fun!!

  2. Monday, May 1, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Ahhh so sweet!!!! Congratulations!!!

    • Natalie
      Sunday, May 7, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much, Hannah!! We are feeling beyond blessed! <3

  3. Monday, May 1, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    awww natalie!! congratulations!! i’m so happy for you and ita! you’re glowing already— enjoy this special time <3

    • Natalie
      Sunday, May 7, 2017 / 8:50 pm

      Stephanie! Thank you so much!! We feel so grateful and are so excited for the future! Miss seeing you and hope all is well!! <3

  4. Mandy Aquino
    Monday, May 1, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Congrats!! I’m pregnant with our first as well. 21 weeks along. I honestly didn’t feel like myself again till about 17-18 weeks. I was quite sick till about 15 weeks then I got real bad acid reflux which I’ve been managing better now. Other than that “fun” part it has been an amazing experience. I have finally felt pregnant once I felt our little one move. Which is truly a unreal experience.

    Wish you well throughout this fun adventure. Look forward to hearing more! ??

    • Natalie
      Sunday, May 7, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      That is so exciting!! Congratulations to you too!!! I actually woke up today with energy and I think this is the first day I didn’t feel nauseous so I am hopeful things are going to be better soon! I can’t wait until I actually feel the baby move! Hopefully soon 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and congrats again!!

  5. Monday, May 1, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    So excited for you guys! Parenthood is a wonderful thing and sooo life changing! Sorry to hear you have been sick on top of morning sickness ?. If the “all day sickness” does not subside soon there are a few safe prescriptions your doctor can get you to help (i had it for like 5 months). But your energy will kick back in soon! And the nesting will begin! All of the blessings to you guys! Enjoy this time together, and sleep.. A LOT!!


    • Natalie
      Sunday, May 7, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you so much, Hope!! I am starting to feel better and feel like I may be coming out of the whole feeling nauseous every day… can’t believe you dealt with that for 5 months!! I woke up today with energy and can already tell I want to start nesting! I spent most of the day cleaning and attempting to declutter lol I’m sure it’ll only get worse… I appreciate your advice and am def trying to sleep more than usual! 🙂

  6. Monday, May 1, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    First off congratulations, such exciting news! My baby boy just turned a year old and I still sometimes can’t believe how time has flown by so far! As for feeling pregnant I know exactly what you mean, even in my third trimester with a big bump I sometimes forgot about being pregnant! But when you feel those first kicks it will help you realize there’s a little human in there!
    Would love to see some fun maternity fashion since I found it so hard to shop for (of course whenever your belly kinda pops). Excited to follow along!
    Best wishes,

    • Natalie
      Saturday, May 27, 2017 / 11:17 am

      Ahh that is so sweet!! I can already tell time is flying by… I’m halfway through the pregnancy and I can’t believe it. I will definitely be sharing maternity fashion soon!! I’m getting to the point where I can’t button my pants lol

  7. Lisa Aceves
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Congrats Natalie! I’m so happy for the both of you!!!

    • Natalie
      Saturday, May 27, 2017 / 11:18 am

      Thank you so much, Lisa!! We are so excited and so happy! 🙂

  8. Silvia R
    Tuesday, May 2, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Congratulations! I love how excited your hubby is, too! I loved being pregnant all three times, even though I had gestational diabetes with two, bad swelling with one, and a little bit of morning sickness with all three. I loved feeling them move around inside me-I think that starts around weeks 16 or 17. The first movements really do feel like bubbles popping in your tummy! That’s how I realized I was pregnant with my third-I was in bed and felt the slight kicks and knew what it could be. I was already 14 weeks along at that point! Enjoy your pregnancy, it truly is a special time!

    • Natalie
      Saturday, May 27, 2017 / 11:21 am

      That is crazy!! I have already started to feel him/her moving around and it is such an awesome feeling!! I’m so sorry you had to deal with those symptoms… I’m praying those things don’t happen to me but I know sometimes it’s impossible to prevent it. I am definitely trying to enjoy every moment! 🙂

  9. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    CONGRATS!! so so happy for y’all 🙂 these pics are a treasure 🙂
    Lauren | LMents of Style

    • Natalie
      Saturday, May 27, 2017 / 11:22 am

      Thank you so much!! Ita rarely agrees to take a picture with me so I know I will treasure these photos forever! 🙂

  10. Monday, May 15, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    So, so so so exciting! You are absolutely glowing and you and your hubby are adorable!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    • Natalie
      Saturday, May 27, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Aww thank you, Kelly!! We are very excited!! 🙂

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