Yes! Big news…WE ARE EXPECTING!
We (my hubby and I) are so super excited about this amazing season in our life and the blessing from God! It truly is a blessing because we have been trying to expand our family for about 2 years and starting to think that our family was just us; Izzy, Joe and myself.
But God definitely has a plan for all of us and His timing is incredible. Yes, there were times when I was upset but just thought that this is our story and to be happy with the wonderful blessing of having Izzy.
So, I always felt ‘complete’ with just us but I noticed that both Izzy and Joe (even though happy with our family) wanted something more, another sibling to play with! It was a very difficult decision for me but I love both my hubby and Izzy, and decided lets just try.
Lets just say the journey to get here (mentally and physically) was a long one but very happy about the future. I’m scared but also very excited about our new season in our lives!
We found out we were excepting on Cinco de Mayo! Haha! That siesta was definitely good indication that something was ‘different’. I’m also very ‘regular’ and noticed that it came and went. So then next day I sent Joe to get yet another test (I think by this point Ive taken pregnancy test every month). I was under the impression that it was late due to stress and that it was another month that we will have to try again.
When I took the test, it was like any other test I have taken…immediately turning to one line…NOPE not this month. But for some reason I felt different about this one. I called Joe in with me and we both examine a plastic stick (he’s an engineer and I’m a Chiropractor so yes, there was so scientific experiments going on there). It continued showing one line, but then all of a sudden….the second line came! WHAT!?! It literally took 5 minutes! But there, it told use in those two lines that we finally (with God’s help) did it! Of course I cried and we hugged but then got more excited to share the news with Izzy! She’s going to be a BIG SISTER! Something she’s been longing to say for the longest time!
Our ‘expected’ due date is January 11th, 2020.
This is the week I found out I was pregnant and immediately felt cramping and tenderness but overall felt find. I started working out again and made sure I tracked what I ate (because with Izzy I blew up like a Michelin Man balloon!).
This is the week that I felt pregnant and started having morning sickness. With Izzy, I didn’t start feeling sick until maybe around the 8th week, but generally was nausea. This time around it definitely came early and usually in the morning. Another crazy thing is that I’m STARVING all the time! Ill eat a big lunch or dinner and then be hungry again! This baby is the size of a orange seed; how much more food does it need! I’ve also experience tiredness around 3pm. That’s around the time that I usually hit a wall and take a nap (from 1-2 hours). Overall, it’s going well and as long as I’m moving and keeping active (and snacking) the nausea stays away.
This week kicked by butt hard!! I definitely felt like we were having twins! This was also the week where we all went on vacation. So I had to manage how to “not be pregnant” while being super sick and pregnant. Vacation is totally different when you are 6 weeks because you can’t really join in the fun because of how sick you are. I remember just being beyond nauseous with everything and only being able to drink water…a ton! I soon discovered that if I did some exercising (such as walking or running) I felt better as the day went on. But if I didn’t, the day was done before starting. This was also the week when I started realizing that the foods that love to eat where not my friends. Food adversion started and it was strong! But this was the start of the week(s) of survival mode! I was ready and done being pregnant. This that did help was listening to my body; drinking a ton of water, napping and eating very very small meals (I couldn’t eat larger meals any more or I would vomit (sorry)).
This week wasn’t getting better and it was just a continuation of week 6. I soon found out that I couldn’t eat crackers, breads or pizza really quickly. Usually, those are preggy go-tos, but not for me. They made me so sick! I opted for tortilla chips, cheese sticks and yogurt pouches. Those really made me (well, really the baby because they are really running the show now) happy and I enjoyed them. I was still on vacation so it made it very difficult to eat small tiny meals with a large group of people who wanted to eat late. Lets just say there was a lot of crying going on and was definitely ready to go home. Oh, I also forgot to mention that eating a nice bowl of cereal (honey nut cheerios to be exact) and a banana made the starvation feeling go away and gave me enough energy to last me until maybe 9:30am, which was snack time again. I wasn’t feeling too exhausted at this time just always very sick feeling.
This is the week where I was finally home and also we went to our doctors appointment. Still feeling very sick (stomach) but better, but starting to feel the sleepy bug. Our appointment was on Tuesday and we decided to take Izzy with us since we told her around week 6 that she’s was going to be a big sister. Her reaction was super cute and she’s very excited! But she still thinks she’s going to get a sister first, then a brother. Hahaha! I don’t know if mommy is going to make it past this one! But again, we didn’t see the doctor yet so there could be a possibility that I was carrying two and Izzy’s wish could come true! She also had questions as to how the baby will come out. For now, the baby comes out of the ‘belly button’ so we will keep it as that until she’s a bit older. (Hahaha!) Our appointment went great! It looks like it’s just one kiddo and measuring right at 8 weeks so our official due date is JANUARY 11TH! Also, this pregnancy puts me in the ‘you old’ category since I will be 35 years old at the time that the baby is born. I definitely don’t feel old but to the doctors I am, so they are doing a bit more screenings on me and keeping a close eye on the entire process. But overall, I’m having a normal and healthy pregnancy.
Guys!!! We’ve turn a huge corner! I finally can eat a normal meal (well half of it) and starting to not feel nauseous anymore! But in exchange for nausea, there is EXTREME FATIGUE!!!! HAHA! So this is where Izzy’s pregnancy and baby #2 pregnancy look the same. I remember being so so tired with Izzy around this time and a tiny bit of nausea (which I thought was a lot, silly young me!). So I could eat a normal bowl of cereal and then pass out on the couch for 2 hours after eating! Or if I have a normal size dinner, I feel like I ate a thanksgiving meal and go into a sleep coma! But, I’d rather have a very sleep issue then a super sick and can’t eat anything issue any day! Foods that make me happy are strawberries, anything with banana, banana chips, apple strawberry/banana dried fruit sticks, cereal, yogurt and lentils. I can eat the same things all day and be ok with it. So the next thing that is different this time around is my size. When I was pregnant with Izzy this time around, I barely fit into any of my clothes because I was starving and could eat. But this time, I haven’t been eating as much because I couldn’t. So weight gain has been minimal this time around and I still can fit in my clothing. Also, I’m not drinking so much water so bloating had decreased (side note: I retain water like crazy and usually stays in my legs and belly). So my belly isn’t showing as much either like with Izzy. So, if you look back at my pictures around this time, you’ll notice that I look exactly the same! I’m totally ok with that! The long I get to live in my normal clothing the better! Also, maybe that will help with my weight later on in the pregnancy. I had a very difficult time with weight when I was pregnant with Izzy so I really wanted to manage it better this time around.
Ok, we’ve definitely turned a 180 degree corner! Obviously, I won’t be feeling 100% me but I’m now functional! The nausea has definitely decreased (still lingering whenever I get hungry or past starvation mode) and I don’t get a tired that much. Yes, I still have to listen to my body and not push myself to exhaustion. I still take a small nap around the afternoon and then get back to doing what I need to do (at this time, we are moving so I’m trying to pack up our entire house…but the new house (like this tiny baby) is still under construction). I’m feeling about the same like I did with Izzy, which feels nice. Still have food aversion like breads/carbs but slowly getting to eat more things (other then cereal). My tummy is growing and so are my hips (why!!!) so that means my little size 0 are starting to get a bit snug. Still trying to workout as much as I can but like I mentioned before, if I feel too tired, then I skip the day. Weight management is still a big issue for me this pregnancy since with Izzy I gained 55lbs (which was not fun at all!). The goal is to stay between 25-30lbs, so we will see.
This week came and went…fast! This was also the same week of the beginning of big move (moving out of our ‘Old House’) and so I was so busy with packing, getting the house all cleaned out and ready to turn over to the new owners. (We were leasing from the owners from the time of close (mid-may) until June 30th). I also volunteered to help out at VBS at our church too, so Izzy and I were commuting into Houston every morning. This mama was TIRED! But, I was feeling more like myself with energy but not quite the same. I was also starting to get over the food aversions too. So I would say this was officially the first week where I could finally eat more then cereal or yogurt. (Hooray!) I was definitly pushing myself to the max and working on pure adrenaline since I had so much to do! Still feeling like I wasn’t showing (or maybe I was eating a burrito or two) and still taking those mid-afternoon naps.
The nausea was finally over! Yay! This is the week that we moved into my brother’s house for the month. I think I’ve napped more this week and rested so much and tried to recover from the craziness that was the last two weeks. I’ve slowly added more and more normal foods again but still cautious on over eating and items that I was not a fan of early in the pregnancy. This is the week that we all forgot I was pregnant (smh) haha! We have been so busy with everything else in life that we just all forgot. That’s ok, I’m sure once we finally fall back into our ‘new normal’ the baby will be apart of that too! 🙂 Still waking up 1-2 times a night to pee (my most despised symptom of pregnancy) and just a ton during the day. Other then that, this week has been a nice change of resting and getting my energy back for the next month.
The final week in the 1st trimester! I’m almost there! This has been a really hard 1st trimester for me this time around along with all the life events that I had to maintain; I’m not sure how I did it, but I did. I can finally eat and I’m so excited about it! Especially bring back my beloved chocolate! I’m still eating my ‘normal amount’ of food but we shall see how the weight gain has been going (crossing my fingers I didn’t gain too much). We also get to see the OB this week and check in and see if the little is doing ok. So, I was told that I could do the genetic testing/gender check though blood at week 10 (because of my age at which I will give birth, 35…aka geriatric haha!) but since life has been so crazy busy and it’s so tough to travel with a 4 year old, we decided to skip it. It really won’t determine anything because regardless, we will still have the baby. It was really more for me finding out the gender. But since we are at week 13 (and by the time you are reading this, I’ll probably already know (hehe) I’m sure we can wait a couple of weeks more.
We got to see the little baby this week! It was moving and kicking and dancing away (just like their big sister, Izzy, did). Everything is looking healthy and heartbeat is nice and strong! Cheers to finally clearing the 1st trimester!
Thank you for all that have prayed over us and been so supportive throughout this journey! It’s definitely been a tough one for me (and really all of us) with so much going on. But that’s usually how it works, everything happening all at once.
I will be posting my 2nd trimester update along with the gender of the tiny baby soon! What is your guess on the gender? Boy? Girl?
Have a Lovely day!