Well, the cat is out of the
B and I are officially announcing our pregnancy to the world. Hello world! We’re knocked up!
We are 17 1/2 weeks along and doing just fine. What you’ve missed …
Amanda was twenty-five weeks pregnant and I was four weeks, except I didn’t know it here:
Visiting with Amanda in Missouri
I found out I was pregnant the next day because I was “late” and did a pee stick test, saw the “+” sign and thought, “Oh. Oh wow. Huh.” And then went out for my morning run. It took me most of the day to get over the shock. Due to our opposite sleep and work schedules, I told B we were pregnant as he was getting ready for bed that night. We high-fived. It took him a while to get over the shock too.
Morning Sickness: Not too bad really. I was fine early in the mornings and never had to miss a workout because of it. About the time I got to work I would start to feel queasy (Coincidence?? Perhaps.), but as long as I ate a little something every couple hours – mostly protein like Greek yogurt or cheese – I was fine. Most nights I had to go to bed around 9 p.m. because the queasy would get too bad to bother with.
I had food aversions to coffee, sweets, and raw vegetables. But those are all gone now. So far, I’ve not had any cravings outside of my usual pre-pregnancy cravings.
I didn’t have any exhaustion in the first trimester, but did have a lot of headaches. Honestly, I’m not sure if they were all hormone related or if they were allergies and my switching to Benadryl to treat them. (I have horrible fall allergies.) I had one bout of a migraine aura, but thankfully no migraine pain.
For about two weeks I had crazy itchy arms and thought I just might scratch through my skin it was so bad.
Then acne reared it’s ugly head. Enough said.
I still have my mood swings where I am quite possibly the most hateful person on the planet. My apologies to any of you who have been or will be snapped at.
Bless B for putting up with me! He’s been super supportive and protective. Really words can do no justice to how wonderful and excited and real B has been these last few months. I am thankful every day that he is my husband and my partner through life’s varying journeys.
We are craptastic at remembering to do belly shots, but here are the two taken so far…
And the belly has grown, but the hair has been shortened…
12 1/2 weeks!
We still need to do the 16 week belly shot, but now we are already 17 1/2 weeks in so I guess it’ll be 18 week shots. Assuming we take the pictures soon. Warning: There will be a big belly difference in that one.
I don’t know if that warning is more for you readers or for me. Ha! Honestly, I’ve been having weight acceptance issues, but I know I am not alone.
To tell our families we were knocked up we did a photo shoot with the dogs and a tiny pair of shoes. Here are some of the shots from that…
They can hardly contain their excitement…
We put pieces of kibble in the shoes to get their attention
This is what we hung on our refrigerator
But because the little shoes are slightly cut off, we opted to give the grandparents framed copies of this shot without their grandpuppies:
It was so much fun to watch the recognition of a new baby joining our family wash over everyone’s faces. My mom did a happy dance and B’s mom cried tears of joy. Precious excitement for sure.
B and I traveled down to see Granny in order to tell her the news. She and my aunt were very surprised that “after all this time” we were finally going to have a baby. I assured Granny that we didn’t want to rush into anything and eleven years of marriage seemed like a fine time to start a family. Gran was so sweet and cheeky. We’d all start talking about something else and then randomly she or my aunt would bring up something baby related. Granny is super excited to be a great-grandmother again.
We were six weeks along when we had our first ultrasound and got to hear and see the heartbeat for the first time. It was just awesome to experience and once that little bit of reality was flickering on the screen, B gave me a kiss and we high-fived again. To celebrate we had Chick-Fil-A for breakfast and then went to our midwife appointment. And that is the last time I will have much breakfast before my morning appointments. Yikes – that scale was hateful!
Baby’s first photo shoot. According to the ultrasound tech and our midwife, you can see the side view of baby on the left side of that gray blob in the middle. You may need to squint or relax your eyes though to see it. Sort of like those 3-D posters that were popular about twenty years ago.
We will find out what we are having on December 20th. YAY!!
I’m still running five days a week, though beginning to think a belly band will be beneficial soon; still working out with Kyle and my girlfriends three times a week; and recently have started back to yoga. Fortunately for me, my yoga instructor is also pregnant so I have no trouble copying her modified prenatal moves.
It is possible my spine issues and numbness are related to the pregnancy, but there really is no way to know right now what the cause is. Regardless of the Why? of it, I’m hopeful the problems will be resolved well before our May due date.
I am certain I am leaving stuff out so please remind me or ask me any questions in the comments section.
Whew! I’m glad to get that out there!