Friday, April 15, 2016

Pregnancy Journal: The Beginning

Now that our news is out in the open and I'm beginning to feel slightly better, I'm hoping to get back in the blogging saddle.  I have been consistently updating Hominy Girl for 5 years and it's not something that I want to see fade away.  I have always loved reliving special moments through my archives and this is most certainly a very special time for us.
So, I'm going to be doing some "Pregnancy Journal" posts for the next 5 months or so...
This post I'm focusing on the first 4 months of my pregnancy, and a little bit leading up to it. 

TTC (Trying to Conceive):
Ok so we all know how babies are made, but I do think that educating yourself on fertility and conception is a huge part of it. 
I began tracking my cycles about 6 months prior to our "trying".
I did not go so far as to start temping or charting, however I monitored my body's way of  telling me it was ovulating.
Without going into many details, I will say that one unique sign for me was breakouts along my right jawline on the day of ovulation. I read that these hormonal breakouts can even be indicative of which ovary (left or right) your egg is released from...kinda cool.  I'm sure this sounds like crazy talk to some, but when you're on the TTC bandwagon, it can be extremely interesting, and that's why I'm sharing it.

Finding Out: 
I took a test 3 days before my period was due and it was a total tease. There seemed to be a hint of a line, in certain lights, when you held it the right way.  And then there would be nothing and I'm thinking "Oh my gosh, I'm losing it!"  K's input: "I don't know, maybe?"...  My mom's: "I mean, yes but no?"
What do you think?
So later, I did what any other crazy woman would do, I instagram filtered the test to see if it shed any light on the result.
Needless to say, I decided not to trust the insta-positive and tested my patience by waiting a full week, until my period was definitely past due, to try again.  It was hard to wait an entire week but I'm glad I did because there was no maddening guess work...positive!

I found out I was pregnant at 5 weeks.   The first signal something was different for me was extreme dry mouth.  I was returning something at Dillards in the mall and absolutely had to walk to the Food Court to get a drink before leaving.  I was so thirsty that I couldn't even fathom the drive home without liquid.  That was very unusual.  My real symptoms didn't kick in until Week 6 and they turned my world upside down.
I hate to sound dramatic, but if I'm being honest I had no idea how intense my symptoms would be...

Severe nausea all. day. long.
My breasts, so sore it hurt to give hugs.  So so big.  Oy.
Sleepless nights with my mind racing for no reason.  i.e. Laying awake with Christmas carols in my head.
Food Aversions  These were, by far, the worst of it all.  All of my joy from cooking and eating disappeared overnight (and still hasn't returned)
Exhaustion: Straight in the bed after work everyday.  Completely zapped.
Headaches: self explanatory

I have lived what I would describe a never ending hangover for the last few months. 
I am still coming out of the fog of symptoms and I'm really hoping it will lift completely soon.
Of course, of course, all of this is worth it BUT I wish I had known what to expect.

Sharing the News:
I didn't surprise K with the news... He knew I was planning to retest so I ran to him with the results immediately. 
We told our parents that same weekend.
Then we waited until my first appointment at 9 weeks to share with siblings, close friends, etc.  
At a little over 12 weeks, we shared the news with extended family on Easter.  It made for an extra special holiday.  Best Reaction: 92 year grandmother in law.  "I could tell you gained some weight"  :) Give it to me straight, Virginia!

This is my first "online" announcement.

Here is a photo from our 13 week appointment.  Growing like crazy!

I am 15 weeks today.
Right now I'm really looking forward to our next appointment,  learning the sex, and of course to feeling a little better each day.
I've been doing some very basic registry research and it's really made me want to take a minimalist approach to baby gear.  So. much. stuff.
Also to note, I could browse the baby section all day.  Everything is so soft and smells so good!
Ok, that's enough for now, 
I hope y'all have a great weekend!


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  2. Laura this is so exciting!!! Each phase of pregnancy (and motherhood!) is so different and not without its own obstacles but hopefully you'll get some of your energy back soon!! I'm still tired but 2nd trimester definitely brought some of the real me back!! I'm so excited to follow your journey and for you and K to begin this new Chapter in your life!!

    1. Ashley, That's the best way to put it, I'm ready to get some of the real me back! Congrats to y'all on baby #2! So happy to hear you are feeling good. Thank you for the well wishes. Can't wait for October. We are in for a long hot summer ;)

  3. Congratulations! What wonderful news! For me the second trimester was much easier than the first. You'll start to get more energy and not feel as sick. Go ahead and buy maternity shorts, you won't want to put a pair of pants or long sleeve shirt on for a long time! I was pregnant last summer and I never really knew what hot was till then! Good Luck!

    1. Thank you Emily! I actually went out Saturday, after seeing your comment, to find some shorts at Target but didn't find any I loved. I'm going to try and find some online. It's going to be getting hot hot hot very soon. Congrats to you on your almost one year old!


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