I’m so excited to be able to share with you guys as I progress in this pregnancy. There were so many emotions in the very beginning because of my history with miscarriage, but now that we’ve made it safely and (mostly) uneventfully through the first trimester I can breathe just a little bit easier. I know I won’t be feeling completely alright until I hold a healthy baby in my arms, but at least we’ve made it through what should be the most difficult part.
So, here’s what’s been happening week by week!
Week 3: Hmm…
Maybe I should have had an idea that something was up when our flight to visit our sisters’ families in Texas was far more uncomfortable than usual, but the thought didn’t cross my mind!
Week 4: The test is POSITIVE!
I had an inkling by Wednesday, but I didn’t want to tell Jon because I was afraid I would be wrong. My earliest sign was getting winded on a leisurely walk to our neighborhood pool (which is very unusual for me). I also had some headaches, extreme fatigue, needing to pee a lot more (which happened very early with Graham too), nosebleeds, and nausea.
I took a test on Friday morning, September 30 and there they were! Two bright pink lines! I was shocked and excited and scared and happy all at the same time. The worst part was having to wait until Jon got home from work to tell him because I didn’t want to do it over the phone.
Graham and I made our usual stop at the library for story time, then we went to the bookstore to pick up this book. I decided this would be a fun way to tell Jon. I had Graham take the book to him when he met Jon at the door. It took him a second, but then he figured it out. Lots of hugs and excitement all around! Except from Graham who still has no idea what’s happening.
Week 5: A Rough Week
We were rushing to get ready for Hurricane Matthew and deciding whether we would stay at our house or go to my mom’s because Jon has to sleep at the news station any time we’re in the cone for a hurricane. It was a stressful week. Thursday, the day the hurricane was supposed to hit, I had some bleeding in the morning. Nothing super heavy, but enough to make me worry. Jon was at work, but he came home right away. I called my doctor and she said not to worry if I wasn’t having any cramping and it wasn’t heavy. I really didn’t want to go to the ER, so we decided to wait until the storm passed and go to the doctor on Monday.
When we did, we got our first ultrasound picture of Baby Lizzle and everything looked good! We were so grateful!
Week 6 and 7: Still worried
I didn’t want to tell anyone because I was so afraid that I could still miscarry, so we kept it a secret, even from family. That was hard, but it’s what made us the most comfortable.
Week 8: Halloween!
We had our second ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and got to see one little baby in there with a strong heartbeat. (Side note: I was convinced for a while that it was going to be twins because the oldest daughter – which would be me – in at least the last 4 generations of my dad’s side of the family has had twins the second time around. We’re just having one baby though, so I guess that trend is broken!) The best sight ever! We also celebrated Halloween and Graham had such a fun day! He loved knocking on doors and saying “Tick-ah-Tee!” and “Hav-ah-veen!” We’re already thinking of costumes for a family of four next year!
Week 9: Miserable
I had dealt with nausea (thankfully no vomiting) for most of the first trimester, but it seemed to be easing up. Until Sunday night when I was sick for the first (and second… and third… and 8th…) time. We decided there was no way this was morning sickness, so we went to the ER and they said it was either food poisoning or a virus. I got some anti-nausea medications that knocked me out and my mom took care of Graham for a day/night while I recovered. When I brought him home, it was almost time for bed and he started getting sick… so it was definitely a virus. Poor boy! He got over it much easier than I did, but then a few days later Jon got sick too. It took about a week, but it finally got through the house. The best news, my doctor checked on the baby and everything was completely fine! Such good news since I was worried about losing 6 lbs in about 48 hours. This brought me well below where I started for the pregnancy, but everything was still looking good with the baby.
Week 10 and 11: Am I pregnant?
Other than being really tired, I actually didn’t really feel pregnant! It’s kind of weird, but I guess that’s a good thing because it means all those evil first trimester afflictions are going away.
I also picked up this pregnancy journal to keep track of my pregnancy for this baby. I kept a journal with Graham that I intend to give to him when he has a baby someday and I wanted to do the same with this baby. I love that this journal leaves lots of room for whatever I want to write and it’s not too touchy-feely (… I don’t have to answer the prompt “If I were a color, I’d be ____________.” Seriously. That was in one of the journals I looked at… Insert eye roll here.).
Week 12: Last week of the first trimester and making the big family announcement!
This was the week of Thanksgiving. We figured that would be the best time to tell my family. We kind of had this in mind from the beginning – we’d have dinner at my uncle’s house, Jon would offer to say the blessing and he’d throw something in about the new baby. It would be perfect. Except that my uncle was having his kitchen remodeled and we ended up having dinner at a restaurant (albeit a nice one). Honestly, I was pretty disappointed that our plan wouldn’t work. We still decided to tell them, but had no idea how we would do it. In fact, we spent the entire meal still not knowing what to do. After dessert, I told Jon we would do it outside afterward. I only had my phone for a camera, but Jon decided he would be the one to snap some photos and boy were they ever perfect. He said “Say cheese!” and took a few, then told everyone to say “Graham’s gonna be a big brother!” The faces he captured were priceless.
Here’s hoping the second trimester is easier than the first!
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