I am oh-so glad the secret is out. Oh my gosh. First, let’s just say that it’s been the worst kept secret on the internet! Lots of people know and so waiting this long to tell you guys was excruciating.
I always feel out of the loop and not-so-connected when I have something that is taking up such a huge part of my life but I haven’t shared it with you guys yet.
So, I thought I would catch you up, fill in some blanks (including why I was quiet on the blog for a few days) and overshare!
How we found out
OK, this was the coolest and craziest story (and maybe explains a few things!). I accepted my new job offer on March 1st. I was over the moon for the opportunity as it is basically a dream job when it comes to opportunity, pay and work-life balance. The 1st of March is also Phil and my dating anniversary, and this year was our 10 year!
I was driving home from my former job on cloud nine when I got this feeling. Nothing pregnancy related, just this feeling that I needed to take a test. There was no reason to, really. While Phil and I were actively trying to add to our family, nothing had changed to make me think ‘this is it.’ (I had not taken any tests since we took one for Mitch three years ago.) None the less, I stopped at the store and grabbed chicken and a test.
When I got home I kissed the boys and went right into our half-bathroom. Within five minutes I came out with the biggest smile on my face to share the news with Phil. We absolutely freaked out, celebrated and immediately cancelled our trip to Jamaica. Hence, why we last minute ended up in Hilton Head.
It was hands-down one of the top-five moments in our lives. We will never forget March 1st.
The first trimester
This pregnancy has been wildly different from the last. I have been beyond aware that I am pregnant. With Mitch’s pregnancy, it was a walk in the park. In fact, I was that annoying girl who loved being pregnant, glowed from the insight out and gained weight mainly in my belly. Things are much different with this pregnancy:
- Morning sickness. Ugh. It set in when we were in Hilton Head and stayed for over two months. I would be so sick I stayed in bed a few days and even resorted to keeping a box of Cinnamon Life Cereal next to my bed. It was absolutely brutal.
- Migraines. Another fun addition to this pregnancy.
- Exhaustion. This has been such a different experience for me as I was go-go-go through my first. This time I have come home from work and not gotten back up for the rest of the night. Fortunately, these intense bouts of exhaustion have mostly passed.
- Mood swings. Poor Phil. I am all over the place (more than usual).
- Ligament pain that landed me in the ER. More on this later, but we had a few scary days/weeks when we thought I needed surgery. I was put on bed rest for a week and am fortunately doing better but still moving slow.
- Cravings! This makes me so excited as I never experienced a real craving with my first pregnancy. This time around, I have definitely sent Phil to the store at a crazy hour with a random request that I couldn’t live without. Ha!
How is Mitch?
Mitch may be one of the only kids who desperately wants a sibling. He loves having a friend around to play with.
We have told him a baby is in mommy’s tummy, which he claims he has one as well. So I don’t think he gets it that much, but one of his friends at school just had a baby brother, so he understands a bit. And he talks to the baby and calls it a girl.
Mitch actually came to one of my appointments and ‘talked’ to the baby when the doctor was listening to the heartbeat. He offered Mitch the tool to put to his ear and told him that is the baby saying hi. Believe me, it was a full-on waterworks moment.
The hardest part has been not being able to play with Mitch. It breaks my heart and is hard for him to understand why I had to be in bed for my bed rest, exhaustion and nausea. He would often come snuggle in bed with me or bring me books. He is the sweetest.
Food has been as you would expect during pregnancy: lots of carbs in the first trimester and now rounding out to a more balanced diet. I never had aversions per se, but I just couldn’t fathom eating protein or veggies for a few weeks. I did my best to mask things in smoothies and get nutrients as I could knowing it was a short amount of time.
Oh, and I totally dropped coffee for over two weeks. The thought of it was not appealing while I was in the thick of my morning sickness.
Cravings, now here is the fun!
Fruit – all of the fruit all of the time. I don’t eat a lot at once, just all through the day. A banana and berries with my protein pancake, pineapple with my lunch, apple to snack on and something again at night (usually an orange). So good!
Anything super cold – again, fruit, all of the ice water, popsicles, ice cream.
I haven’t been craving fried or salty foods much, but I am also just eating. I don’t worry about much other than not starving, which will send me into a crazy tailspin.
By far the biggest change (and hardest) has been my lack of workouts. Due to the nausea and migrains, there were days I could barely drive to and from work. Life was a struggle. So, workouts slowed way, way down. Then I had a week or two when my breathing was very shallow and even going up stairs was hard. Not long after I ended up in the ER and then put on bed rest for a week followed by instructions to only walk for at least one week following. Ugh.
Last week I worked out three times, the most I have done in four weeks. I miss my sweat and stress relief desperately and it has been difficult for me to accept that my body needs rest. It is beyond frustrating. But, I know I need to put baby and myself first.
Life has been anything but normal since March.
Okay! Other than all that jazz… I think I’m done. I’ll be starting weekly updates on Saty!
You guys are the best. We’re so excited!