I’m so excited to finally share the news with you that we’re expecting our first baby in May 2020! We’ve been holding onto this little secret since the middle of August, so it feels great to let it out and start sharing this exciting journey with you all!
As soon as I saw that second line on my at-home pregnancy test three months ago, it seemed like everything shifted in my mind. I instantly looked forward to the future, thinking about the little baby we would get to meet and bring home and raise. I’ve been blessed to be an aunt to my sister’s three kids and in-law’s two girls, so I’ve seen glimpses into the experience of having babies and bringing them up, which makes me even more excited to be able to do it ourselves.
We made the decision to start “trying” for a baby back in May. I kept my expectations low, as I’d never been pregnant before, nor tried to become pregnant, so I wasn’t sure if or how quickly it would happen. We feel incredibly blessed to have tried for a few months before successfully becoming pregnant. I still think about that once a week or so – we don’t take it for granted one bit.
Around week 6, the nausea and fatigue set in. That first week and a half of all-day nausea and fatigue were tough – it can be isolating and lonely to feel that way and not tell many people. Thankfully, I had my sister, mom, and some girlfriends to lean on during that time – it helped so much to talk to people who had been there before and know what it’s like! I was able to find a remedy for the nausea that helped immensely, which I’m grateful for. Of course, I’d do it all over again to carry a healthy baby.
Now that we’re reaching the second trimester, I definitely am feeling more like myself! I’m starting to show a little bit, especially by the end of the day, which I love! It’s been interesting getting dressed the last week or two – those high-waisted jeans I love so much are not so comfortable on a growing belly.
My favorite moment of pregnancy, thus far, is definitely hearing the heartbeat and seeing the little babe on the ultrasound for the first time. It was amazing to get the good news that baby looked and sounded healthy and to see what was causing all the symptoms I’d been feeling.
I’m excited to continue to share this journey with you and bring you along as we enter into this next phase of life!