So if you are reading this and are 1) not family 2) not friends with me on Facebook 3) not following me on Instagram or 4) I haven't talked to you in the last few months, you may not yet know that...
I'M HAVING A BABY!
On Sunday, November 11, 2012 (after a week of suspect feelings) I took a pregnancy test and it said...
After a call to my BFF I soon learned that I was most likely 4 weeks along. The next day I called my lady doctor and confirmed that I was indeed 4 weeks and made an appointment for when I was 9 weeks. Random thought: who knew you had to wait so long to see the doctor? I was like, "what do I do? Is this really real?" Anyway, 5 weeks later (December 14th) David and I were at the doctors seeing this little gummy bear.
Yup, I'm really pregnant. Yea! Well, not quite. The baby was fine as far as we all could tell, however I was not. Can you say Blahs? Wow. I guess nothing quite prepares you for the awfulness that is the first trimester. First I'll say that I never actually threw up (thank goodness) but I'm pretty sure I had everything else that comes along with this lovely 3 months, tiredness, nausea, sick to the stomach, bloating, MAJOR gastrointestinal issues, no appetite for anything (I could not stand even the smell of any meat), crying, sadness, hysteria, anxiety. Although people tell you about all this stuff nothing really prepares you for how horrible and weird it all is. During this time I was convinced that this would be our only child (we'll see). I really don't know how women maintain steady jobs through this period. Horrible. Not a fan.
During the worst of this time I was at our loft downtown packing boxes and moving so that didn't help either. The 2nd month was the worst for me, after that it slowly started to get a little better which was when we traveled to California for Christmas, but let me tell ya, a 13 1/2 hour train ride while 10 weeks pregnant along with another 2 flights to get to Cali with no husband and 4 suitcases? Not fun. On Christmas day we announced the baby to our families and that was fun...and worth the trip.
After Christmas was pretty grim. January was not kind. Bad month all around. David was still gone in Denver every week and the blahs were in full force. Post Christmas combined with how much I HATE winter and the emotional roller coaster of pregnancy was not a good combo. The thing that saved January for me was winning that trip to Barbados. That really perked me up a lot let me tell ya (leaving for that trip soon btw). Also Crossfit. I know that sounds dumb, but I started a new strength program and a 12 week squat program when I was 3 weeks pregnant (not knowing I was pregnant of course) and knowing that I HAD to go to the gym at least twice a week and do this program helped me get there and stay active. The last thing I wanted was to stop working out. Not good for me or the baby or the birth, so it helped me keep going and I've been able to go 1-3 times a week throughout the whole pregnancy so far. Don't worry though, my coach was the third person on the planet to know I was pregnant, before any family even (accept David of course), so he's been able to help me not do anything stupid. I actually got a 25# PR (personal record) on my back squat and a 10# PR on my deadlift during that time!
Since February hit I've been pretty okay. I am so glad that first tri is over! I've been feeling a lot better and have more energy. My eating habits are more normal and I can eat meat again although I don't like a lot of it. I can not get enough fruit especially watermelon and strawberries.
I made a trip to Denver with David, recently got back from New York City and will be headed to Utah and Barbados soon so this is turning out to be one well traveled fetus! Coast to coast AND out of the country all before leaving the womb? This baby will be a traveler.
A week ago on Monday the 18th we went to the doctor in hopes of finding out what we were having. We saw a wave hello to us,
and saw some scary faces!
Almost and hour and some sit ups later (she was moving like crazy until we wanted the money shot then she became totally uncooperative and even had the cord between her legs) we were able to confirm IT'S A GIRL!
I totally new it all along. I just new I would have a girl since about 6 months before I was pregnant. You might say I had an experience one Sunday at church and from then on I just new. Weird, huh?
Anyway, every since finding out she is a girl it's been a lot more fun for me. I've been way more excited. Not that I wasn't excited before or that I didn't want a boy, it just makes things way more real feeling for some reason. I'm pretty sure I felt her move a few weeks ago, but wasn't sure at the time, but I definitely felt her last week so she is moving and grooving in there.
In the last week I've also started showing more. I look more pregnant now, which is weird, but good. I guess overall pregnancy has been quite a change for me and David. It really isn't much fun having your body suddenly and completely change from the body you've known your whole life to basically a complete stranger. I knew it would be this way. Everyone tells you and in your mind you know, but feeling it is so different. It is weird and unnerving in a way, but it's all for the best cause ever. I can't say I really enjoy being pregnant, but it is strangely rewarding in it's own way. It is an unnerving miracle. My body is growing another body people! So bizarre and mind blowing.
PS-I'm 19 weeks (about 5 months for people like me who can not stand week speak) and due July 20th
PPS-So if you wondered why I fell off the blogosphere for awhile, this was it!