Well, now, I have an entirely new thing to blog about! And oddly enough, my new topic is going to basically over-ride the whole "losing weight" thing, because I'm going to be GAINING for a while! And it's the one time in my life gaining will be encouraged! I am going to have a baby!
I finally made it public knowledge today on Facebook. I've been plotting that for a while now. I knew I didn't want to announce it too quickly, so I decided to wait until I started my second trimester. After my first doctor's appointment I slowly started to tell my 'inner circle' of friends, but kept pretty quiet about it overall. However, after consulting a calendar, I realized that April Fool's Day was only two weeks before I was going to make my public announcement anyway, so I decided to go for it. It made my giggle to think that everyone would think I was joking when I wasn't!
I initially made the announcement with this picture:
I immediately got several congratulations, and then the fun started.... posts to the tune of what I'd been expecting: C'mon people, it's April Fool's Day, or Is this for real? and various other "I'm not sure what to think but congrats?" posts. After a while, I finally said "No joke, I'm for realsies pregnant!". Then I put it on my status and still got a few questions about the validity of my announcement, but for the most part, I'm getting tons of love and congratulations. I'm so excited that the news is finally out there!!
So I've put together a list of questions I know you're just dying to know the answers to, complete with all the answers. I am quite sure that I will be updating this blog much more frequently now that I have something exciting to talk about! (Side note: some of these questions I made up on my own. Some I stole from this blog, which I've fallen in love with. She beautifully details her pregnancy and I am pretty sure I'll be stealing a lot more from her. Plus, we own the same dress from Target. Not sure how that's relavent, but it seems like a good sign.)
Were you trying to get pregnant? Pretty much. We didn't have an agenda or timetable to get pregnant. We wanted a baby, but were in no huge rush. We do know where babies come from, and realized that by taking no preventative measures, a baby was a possibility, so we were prepared (and excited) for the consequences. We just took it month to month. It took us about 3 months of sorta-kinda-maybe-a little trying before we got preggo.
How did you find out? I was supposed to start the P on a Saturday. It also happened to be the Saturday of one of my best friend's baby shower (remember the diaper cake?) Well, that whole day I was waiting and waiting. Nothing happened. The next day, same deal. I kept waiting and waiting. I started to get suspicious. So, we drove home from South Hill and stopped at the Rite Aid by our house. I grabbed a test, we rushed home, took the test, and stood over it for two minutes while we waited for the two lines to pop up. And low and behold... they did. There was lots of smiling and jumping up and down and hugs and kisses and a few tears. It was magnificent.
|Gotta love the mirror images when you take pics with a Mac...|
Did you have a suspicion? I kinda did. The week before I took the test, I'd been overwhelmingly exhausted. I chalked most of it up to it having been my first week as a substitute teacher, but I was constantly tired. I came home from school every day and slept for several hours. It had only been about 6 weeks since my student teaching had ended, and I was surprised that I could have gotten so lazy after not having worked for that short period of time. I also could not stand to eat greasy food. It made me gag and once I had to spit out a hush puppy. A HUSH PUPPY!! Which is basically the best food item ever. It made me sad to have to do that.
Have you been sick? I've been incredibly nauseated, but I haven't really been sick. I had your stereotypical, turn green and run to the bathroom morning sickness precisely once. However, there was one day I had a migraine and couldn't take my medicine and I've never been so sick in my life. It was miserable. That, so far, has been the worst day.
Have you had an ultrasound? Yes! We had one at week 7. It was amazing and I almost cried. They didn't give me a picture to take home though. :( Lame.
How far along are you? I am 11 weeks today!
Have you gained weight? Nope! Not yet! I had lost 10, but I gained two back, so I've down a total of 8 lbs. I suppose I'm starting to gain weight now, but we'll see. My Nanaw lost 20 pounds when she was pregnant with my mom, so maybe it's in my genes to lose weight during the pregnancy. I have plenty to spare anyway.....
Do you miss any foods/beverages? Tuna. Wine. Sushi.
Are you craving anything? I don't know if it's a craving, but I've been wanting grilled cheese sandwiches a lot lately. I haven't really had an overwhelming, if I don't get this NOW I will kill you feeling, but when I'm asked what I want and I think about it, the answer has been "A grilled cheese."
Are you starting to show? No. I keep feeling like I might be, but I was so chubby to begin with, I think it'll take a while to show.
Do you have a gender prediction? I think it's a boy! J-dubs and I have both had dreams that it's a boy so I'm kinda on the boy wagon. Although, we're just praying for healthy.... which sounds cliche, but I've a condition called Neurofibromatosis 1, which in addition to creating tumors it can cause some complications during pregnancy and it's genetic, so when I say that, it's not cliche, it's down right honesty.
What are you looking forward to? I can't wait until I'm showing! I'm also eager to find out what the gender is and feel the baby start kicking.
So there ya go, peeps. My first of many, many, many postings about being pregnant! I am so excited to be entering this new chapter!!