So, if you didn’t get it from the title of this post, we have finally announced that we are expecting Baby #2!!
We are so incredibly excited and feel beyond blessed for this brand new little miracle that will be entering our lives come springtime!
Right now, I am currently 14 weeks along, which is a little over 3 months! Our little pumpkin is around the size of a lemon, super healthy and wildly active! At our last ultrasound, he or she was bouncing like nobody was watching! We saw flips, tumbles, kicks and karate moves, and every little movement made my heart skip a beat! There is no feeling like watching your little one’s heartbeat flutter on that black and white screen.
Anyways, I wanted to talk about my first trimester, since it has now come and gone; all the symptoms I had, and just in general how it went overall!
To begin, YES, we were trying to get pregnant. We always wanted Sophie to have a sibling that was close to her in age. My sister and I were 23 months apart, and to this day she remains one of my best friends and one of the most important people in my life! We began trying in July and the first week of August, all I wanted to do was take a billion pregnancy tests!
On August 3rd, Josh had a day off and we had a lot to do! We needed to stop by his parents, my Grandma’s house, and we were having dinner with my family. Before we left, I snuck to the bathroom to take a test. While I was waiting, I kept telling myself that if it came back negative, maybe it was too early to test. Or even if I wasn’t pregnant, that was ok. Lots of people try to have babies for a long time before they actually get pregnant. I kept telling myself that everything was going to be ok. I was pacing back and forth as Josh was getting Sophie’s water filled up and her snack ready for the road. I glanced at the test just as soon as the result popped up.
My hands started shaking and I started to cry. I yelled for Josh, and as he came running around the corner I held the test up, crying and jumping up and down.
“No way! No freaking way!” he started yelling and began hugging me and crying. Sophie had no idea that our lives had just totally changed forever.
As the month went on, we slowly told our families and one or two close friends. I got pretty paranoid about announcing it on our social media to the world before we got the okay from the doctor that everything looked good. And even then, I was very cautious. I know it might sound silly, but I always want to be thoughtful with such important news.
The first couple of weeks, I felt absolutely and utterly normal. Which was one of the reasons I was so nervous. I kept praying that I would soon start feeling as though I was actually pregnant, so that I would feel as though my body was responding the way it was supposed to.
Man oh man, did God answer my prayers!
About 5 weeks after we found out (around 8 weeks pregnant), morning sickness and extreme fatigue set in. I couldn’t keep a thing down, and just like when I was pregnant with Sophie, I ended up losing a little weight rather than gaining it. Lucky for me, I have Josh, who was incredibly helpful and understanding. He became the super dad and super husband that he already is, but while also helping me with my daily responsibilities.
On top of all that first trimester goodness, I ended up getting a cold, and then so generously passing it onto Sophie. Lucky for me, being pregnant and all, I was unable to take any kind of cold medicine to help me get over it (insert sarcastic smile here). That fun little cold lasted just over 3 weeks.
Even though there was a lot of sickness and exhaustion going on, I was still incredibly excited for the reason for all of these symptoms! Every time I felt dizzy or nauseous, I got this little thought in my head saying “Yes! I am dizzy! Because I am pregnant! Woo Hoo!!” I know it might sound funny, but I can’t feel anything less than pure excitement. I mean, we are adding another family member to our little Lubold clan!
Entering into my second trimester, the fatigue has gone down dramatically, but the nausea is still lingering (which is exactly what happened with Sophie, so I was not expecting anything different to be honest.)
I am so excited for this pregnancy and what it is leading up to, but I cannot believe how fast it is going by! In just a few short weeks, we will be finding out if we are having a boy or a girl, and I cannot wait to see who this little one will be!
Well thank you all for reading my new post and I am so excited to share this journey with you all!!
Comment below if you are also an expecting mama, I would love to see where you are at in your journey and send you some love and prayers!
Also for all of my new mamas, here are a few things that have helped me during these first trimester struggles!
- Ginger Snaps! Eating them slowly while having your feet up really helps settle your stomach. With Sophie Ginger Ale worked like a charm, but this little one is NOT a fan of the bubbles.
- Lots of water! But don’t drink it too fast! Keep a water bottle near you all day, and make sure you are staying hydrated.
- Small frequent meals. Snacking has honestly been amazing for me, and I am able to hold most things down since I am not filling myself up to the brim.
- Eating healthy! Whenever I eat not so good food, I definitely feel a million times worse. Apples and chickpeas have been amazing for me lately!
- Get your rest! And I am not just talking about during the night. Whenever Sophie went down for a nap, I did too! I can do the dishes LATER!
- Workout! Obviously, always speak with your doctor before doing any kind of workout, but I definitely notice a difference in my energy when I am doing my workouts and when I am not. Even if it is just something like Yoga, or even just stretching, do something to make your body feel loved too!
I hope everyone is having a wonderful week and I will talk to you all in my next post!