2017 has flown by so far. That’s what happens when you find yourself pregnant with a New Year’s baby! On January 1st I couldn’t think of a single resolution for the year. My life was feeling pretty complete and happy. But within a few weeks, I discovered the little life growing within me, and my goal for the year became obvious: to grow a healthy little baby and get through pregnancy and delivery with as much grace and as little stress as possible. A year from now I’d be a momma…something I’d dreamed of for years but thought wasn’t in the cards for me anymore. The timing was a huge surprise, and some parts of the situation aren’t ideal, but baby has felt like the most amazing gift.
So, what has pregnancy been like this year? Or at least my pregnancy so far? Here’s a peek back at first and second trimester.
First trimester recap:
I don’t even feel pregnant. Maybe I’m really not…but within a couple of weeks of finding out about my little blueberry, all I could think about was my next nap and how much I really didn’t want to vomit. And then I immediately bloated 2 sizes overnight and couldn’t fit into any of my pants. And then I felt very, very pregnant. I had a scary hemorage early on, then found I had a scary uterine fibroid growing rapidly, but both scary problems seemed to resolve themselves and aren’t issues now. The rest of first trimester flew by with excitement (and a little concern) about sharing the good news, 3 ultrasounds where baby looked like a bunny then a biscuit then a tiny baby, daily naps, a ton of Bojangles fries and cantaloupe (the only foods that didn’t make me want to puke most days), and finally DNA testing that would tell me the gender of my little one…it’s a BOY! Let the celebration and name-search begin!
First trimester lows: extreme fatigue, daily nausea, gas and constipation (just being honest!), medical complications, anxiety about telling people about the babe, and modifying my social life from fun late nights out downtown to early dinners with friends…and dessert (trading my choco-tini for a chocolate brownie sundae).
First trimester highlights include: my last night out downtown with the girls (suspiciously ordering “cranberry on the rocks, no vodka”), telling my parents about the bun in the oven, ultrasounds–seeing and hearing baby boy’s heart beat, receiving a crib and mattress as an end-of-first-trimester present from my British BFF Natalie, and buying baby a blue bear lovey when I found out he’s a boy.
Second trimester recap:
Can I get away with wearing leggings to work today? I don’t think I can wear real pants anymore. Ever. By 13 weeks, I was feeling huge! The bloat was real, and to me I looked obviously preggers, even though I’d only gained 5 pounds. By week 14, my nausea disappeared as well as my fatigue. I didn’t have the energy BURST I had read about and expected, but I wasn’t falling asleep all day. And I could eat anything I wanted, except chicken and salad which still sounded pretty gross until about 20 weeks; but French fries still sounded like the best idea ever. That salty/savory craving sent me to Bojangles so MANY mornings for a country ham biscuit (add tomato) and tea that the employee at the drive through (Kendra) knew my order.
Second trimester probs: headaches and dehydration, but mostly belly aches…stretching, round ligament pain, bloating, gas….you name it. My tummy just hurt all the time and felt heavy like a bowling ball for about 8 weeks of this trimester. Oh, and then I found out I didn’t have a job for next year (but then I did, so it’s ok!). Major concern of 2nd trimester: trying not to gain more than .5-1 pound each week, so I won’t go over the 25 pound max my doctor gave me.
Second trimester highlights: choosing a baby name, starting to plan a nursery, healthy 19 week anatomy scan (baby Jacob is getting big!), having a sweet mini-shower from mine and Paige’s Wednesday night Bible book study group, winding down the school year and getting a job the last week, and FINALLY…finding that easy part of pregnancy where you feel pretty normal and not in so much pain and discomfort on a daily basis. Perfect time for me to take a trip…and I had a blast in Boston for a week with one of my oldest friends/sister/ride-or-die Lianne.
And that brings us to the third trimester…which I’m currently just a couple of weeks into. Some days I feel awesome, some days exhausted and like I’m going to pass out. Some days I’m loving pregnant life; most days I’m counting down the days, ready for it to be over, so I can hold my little boy in my arms. Best things about third trimester so far: No school means I can relax and finish the nursery. At least I’m over the in-between phase and definitely look pregnant now, so I can rock the bump more confidently these days. I can eat regularly now…back to enjoying healthier foods most days, but still indulging in some treats as well of course.
And only 10 weeks to go. That’s really not that long! People have asked how I’m doing, and I’m great…soooo happy with my life and the way things are right now, so ready to begin this next adventure. I feel like my dreams are all coming true which might sound strange to some of you because I’m single. But I’ve had my dreams come true already in the romance department, and I’ve had that end and don’t necessarily feel like it’s the most important thing in life anymore. But I’m ready to be a mom which was my next big dream in life anyway, and I’m excited or it to finally be happening. So, I’m truly happy, not emotional, not lonely, just absolutely thrilled. And I don’t feel alone in any way: This baby has so many people who love him already. My family and friends are so supportive and loving. I feel blessed and grateful every day. This baby is a blessing.