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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Coming February of 2014... a.k.a. Confessions of the 1st Trimester

Well, hello there!
I apologize for my recent absence, the reason is that there has been a slightly all-consuming change going on, however I have not been at liberty to say.  But I can now!

Dan and I are thrilled to be expecting a baby in February!

So, just to give you kind of an overview, this is how it went down (don't worry, it's all PG).

So, Dan and I had been talking about starting to try having a baby, and decided to start in May, giving us time to ease into it, hopefully get pregnant by the end of the summer, so that the baby would be due at the beginning of the summer, right at the end of the school year.

But the thing about plans are, that they rarely go our way.

First, Bella ate my pills.  Yep.  Ate all the placebo ones, and about 3 hormone ones.  So, I went off a little prematurely.  Nothing life-altering (yeah right), but makes for a good story! :)

A few weeks later, I started to have these awful, and I mean AWFUL cramps in my lower abdomen.  I had the idea of getting a pregnancy test, since for the first time in my life, that was an actual possibility, and the whole notion was very exciting to me!
So, we got one on a Sunday, on the way home from church, and when we got home, I took it!  It was all very unceremonious, because we both figured I wasn't pregnant, but wanted to rule it out before I bought any medicine, or anything like that.

Well, apparently we're a lot more "talented" than we thought, because lo and behold, the little screen came up "pregnant".

So, we hugged, and kissed, and cried, and stood with our mouths open for a while... could this be for real!?  Are we for real pregnant!?

Dan set up a doctor's appointment for me that Monday with my regular GP.  We went in, they confirmed the pregnancy, and then also told me that I had a UTI.  The doctor prescribed me Amoxicillin, because he knew that that was okay for me to take.

Long story short, the UTI was what was causing the excruciating pain.  It was the worst pain I'd ever experienced.  It would last anywhere from 20 minutes to 90 minutes, and the only thing that helped was a warm water bottle (Dan wouldn't let it be hot, he said I was cooking the baby), or laying under a warm shower (because you can't take hot baths, because it gets too hot for the baby, and it can't cool off).  So, an E.R. visit, and a new, terrible antibiotic later, I was finally feeling better.  

And by better, I mean I only had normal pregnancy side effects.  Like nausea, and morning sickness, and food aversions.

Now, at 10 weeks however, I am doing so much better!  Honestly!  But I'd like to share what I've already learned about pregnancy.

1. Even though your breasts growing may be the only pregnancy side effect you're looking forward to, it may not happen for you.  You get everything else.  Just not that one.  Of course.

2. Bad breath is a pregnancy side effect.  Yes it is.  (Apparently your baby is sucking the calcium out of your teeth.)

3. You may have a hard time keeping down prenatal vitamins.

4. Morning sickness does not know what time zone you live in.  You know the saying "it's 5 o'clock somewhere"?  Well, it's morning somewhere! Morning sickness can be all day.  For me, it was worst at night.

5. Constipation.  Need I elaborate?

6. Food tastes funny.  Like, I swear root beer has a chocolatey undertone.

7.  You have the only super power you're ever going to get.  The super sniffer.  Good, bad, you smell it all (mostly bad).

8.  Even though your husband loves you more than anything, and can handle most bodily fluid issues, he may have sympathy-morning sickness, and tell you, after you get out of the car to be sick, "honey, you stink, you have to sit in the back".  

9. You may actually lose weight.  See, all this time, all I needed to do, to drop a few, was get pregnant.  Oh, the irony.

10. You may feel sick while singing in the choir, requiring you to make a swift exit off stage, and therefore alerting the entire soprano as to your "state".  

These are the new and wonderful things my body is doing!
Here's the best part my body is "doing":

Our 10 week sonogram!!!
Baby Blair waving at you!


  1. That sonogram is totally adorable. First time I've ever said that about a sonogram. At least for all the struggles your body has gone through Baby Blair gave you a GREAT photo!

  2. Thank you so much, Erica! We thought it was pretty cute too, but you know, we could be biased! :) He/she is already for sure my baby, posing for pictures!

  3. I love your blog abby :-)