This picture is from 13 weeks, and I still look about the same today—not much going on in the growth area (yet.) Not the most flattering picture, but read below and you’ll understand why. :)
If you missed the last post, read that here…That will explain a lot. :)
So today I am in the middle of week 15 of pregnancy! We are heading to our midwives’ office later today for a little check-up, and I can’t wait to hear that little baby’s heartbeat again! I wanted to document a little about my first trimester though before I forget all about it… :)
How We Found Out
We found out we were pregnant the day after Easter, so I was technically about 5 weeks along already. We were down in Southern Oregon celebrating Easter with Zack’s family and I started to notice strange symptoms. I was really tired, I started feeling pretty nauseous in the mornings and throughout the day… along with a lot of cramping and just bloated feelings. I told Zack that either I was pregnant, or there was something wrong with me, because I just felt off!
We are super blessed to have only been “trying” for a month or so… technically we weren’t “trying” yet, but we (obviously) were not using any form of prevention. Without going into too much detail, I have struggled with a lot of womanly issues in the past few years so I had fully prepared myself for the possibility that I would have difficulty trying to conceive.
It just goes to show that God’s plans were far greater than our own, because I turned out to be Fertile Myrtle… and we were shocked that it happened so fast! It caught us a little by surprise, but overall we just feel super blessed.
Anyways, we bought a pregnancy test on our 5 hour drive home, and ended up not being able to wait to take it. I took it in the bathroom of a fast food restaurant… and I just prayed like crazy waiting for the results. The line ended up popping up right away, and I just started crying happy tears, I was in total disbelief. As I was washing my hands and getting ready to go out and tell Zack the news, I was just hoping no one walked in, they would have thought I was a crazy person.
So that’s how we found out… We have some good videos that I want to share from when we told our families, but I will save those for another post.
First Trimester Recap
Cravings: Fruit. That’s about it. I was so sick that absolutely nothing sounded good except fresh fruit… but then I would eat it and the idea of it would make me nauseous for a few days.
Aversions: EVERYTHING! Absolutely nothing sounded appetizing and I could throw up almost on cue. Luckily, I’ve gotten a bit better since then, but most of the first trimester was Zack trying to force me to eat, and then I would throw it all up. Gross, but true.
Sleep: I have honestly not slept a solid, uninterrupted night of sleep since before Easter. The week before we left to celebrate Easter down South, I started waking up with bad cramps… which was probably implantation pains or whatever, (so I’ve read) but since then, I just can’t catch a good night’s sleep.
Other symptoms: The nausea is the biggest most overwhelming symptom. Other than that, I just feel bloated and tired all the time. Zack has been so great, he has had to pick up the slack on a lot of household duties including most of the cleaning and cooking… but he has not complained for a second. I am so grateful for him… I would not survive this without him by my side!
What I miss: Being able to eat healthy foods…or any food for that matter. Sleep. Not feeling nauseous all the time.
**I miss these things, yes. But in perspective—I am truly grateful for the opportunity to be pregnant and experience this all. It can get a bit disheartening at times when I just feel so sick… but I try and remind myself that it is all worth it. If I can endure these minor symptoms and grow a healthy baby… it’s totally worth it!**
New baby items: Our families are so excited for this little baby! As soon as we told them the news we started receiving little gifts. :) Our first gift was little Portland Timbers socks from 2 of Zack’s cousins. They are SO cute…and of course Zack is quite the soccer fan, so he will be putting those on our baby every day. :) Then, on Mother’s Day, my sister and cousin, Jessie, both spoiled me (and baby) rotten with tons of sweet gifts! Among the amazing gifts were our baby’s first onesies! We also received one more onesie from my aunt a few days later, which is unpictured.
This baby is so spoiled already. :)
I wanted to thank everyone for the sweet wishes and emails from our announcement. I know I’ve said it a million times already (and will probably say it a million times more) but we feel so blessed. This baby is so loved, and we love it so much already!