We found out we were pregnant at 4 weeks on July 22nd....right after riding a Watertown Loop with our happy neighbor Kim. It was a surprise in that although we were trying for a baby...I was 100% convinced it hadn't happened that month. I also had some good reasons to believe that. Nothing though is more exciting/nerve wracking than seeing a positive line on a pregnancy test!
The first 9 weeks:
The wait until seeing baby's heartbeat on our 9 week ultrasound felt like an eternity as I was dealing with all day nausea and anxiety around miscarrying. I used to be a big worrier as a child and I thought I had really kicked that...welp, until Baby Morgan arrived. Thankfully I was distracted by Tom's Leadville 100 dream and Colorado was also were I found a couple tricks (Acupuncture and Acupressure bands) to help with the nausea.
How long we tried:
Tom and I started trying in April and miraculously got a positive pregnancy test on our first month of trying. We thought...this is way too easy?! Sadly, we experienced what they call a "chemical pregnancy" and we lost the baby in the first week of finding out. We were crushed and I cried for two days (once in the lab at the doctors office)...one thing I realized in this experience is that nobody really talks about miscarriage even though it happens to a lot of women. It's truly amazing how soon you can begin to love a new life that's inside you. Thankfully we got pregnant again in the 4th month of trying. So... we still ended up with a pretty good batting average :)
I really don't crave too much different than the usual cravings that I always have. Pickles, Reese's PB Cups, and Salami. The latter is the hardest because mama's aren't supposed to eat deli meat (so many rules!) until it's heated up..and I want COLD salami :) In weeks 6-11 food was about survival and all I wanted were Bagels, Potato Chips, Fries, and bread. I even made a tip to Burger King and McDonalds both in week 7. Thankfully I haven't been back since and my diet the past month has been much healthier - almost exactly like it was pre-pregnancy.
Biggest Growth Areas So Far:
My chest (it's huge!), stomach and hips. I seriously could feel my hips expanding during week 12 - ouchie. I had to buy bigger pants around week 8 and most of my tops no longer fit. In the last week I've finally started to sprout a baby bump - yeh!
Favorite Moment so Far:
Finding out we're having a baby GIRL! Tom was convinced Baby M was a girl, however I was thinking maybe boy. When we found out the news Tom was elated...and proclaimed "We are going to empower her to change the world!" I knew 11 years ago I had married an incredible man...however, at this moment I knew I had also married an incredible father.
I thought I would be one of those super fit pregnant ladies that worked out every day just like before she was pregnant. Turns out that's not been the case for me. I struggled for a month feeling so nauseous, super HOT and tired. Although I would try to ride my bike or take a brisk walk - it just felt gross and all I wanted to do was sleep. Running never felt right and due to some early pregnancy issues I was actually advised to "be a slug" for awhile. Thankfully I now feel almost normal and I've gotten back into an exercise groove. My preggo routine is a combination of outdoor rides on my fatty, CycleBar Spin Classes, Prenatal Yoga, and Treadmill Incline hikes. I try to workout 5 days a week for 30-60 minutes - sounds like a "normal" person- eh?! The most important goal at this point is to grow a healthy baby. So I listen to my body and just do what feels right. I have no training guilt at this point and that feels incredible.
Lots of anxiety in the first 12 weeks. Sadly, I think this took away some of the joy of being pregnant for me. I'm not sure if it's a result of the first loss...of if it's just a taste of what's to come for the rest of our lives. Once we found out baby was a girl it started to feel so much more real and exciting. We've let go of the worry mostly and we've really enjoyed the past few weeks of dreaming about baby, her nursery, and what our life as a family will be like. What's the best adventure stroller? And how will it feel to carry baby around the races in a frontpack/backpack? How soon can we bring baby to Mexico?
I dont' think I've experienced those hormonal mood swings people talk about. Perhaps Tom would disagree...but I do seem to cry a little more at sad movies....I seriously had tears falling down my face on the flight home from DC. How embarrassing.
Sleeps been pretty normal and thankfully I don't have that frequent urge to pee yet. I wake up once a night. Sometimes I wake up at 5am and can't fall back asleep. I think some of that is just that I workout so much less than before. I have had some crazy wild dreams. Like the other night I dreamt that we had the baby and it was actually our cat Savvy and I was swaddling her and feeding her a baby bottle and she kept squirming and trying to get out of the blanket. TOOOO FUNNY!
I've gained 11 lbs so far. It's a bit above the average however I'm trying not to stress about it too much as things can change. Right now I'm guessing I'll be on the upper end of the 25-35 lbs recommendation. That's okay. I'm also not surprised as my appetite feels the same even though I'm not riding my bike 90 minutes a night.
None yet, but I have a feeling based on my skin type there will be some in the cards for me.
I ordered a colorful rug this week and I've been doing some Pinteresting. A super nice friend of ours offered to give us his old crib (what a champ!) - heck yeah!. Other than that that we haven't made much progress other than deciding which room in the house she will sleep.
I haven't bought anything besides the cute pair of Red Chuck Taylors. We did get the cutest little onesie in the mail from our dear friend Andrea! I'm so glad baby's first outfit has bikes on it!
On the other hand I did drop a huge bomb on maternity clothes yesterday. Huge thanks to my mom for grunting out a trip to the Mall of America where I finally found enough cute work items to last the whole winter. I even found a cute little navy maternity blazer at a consignment shop. Pretty sure I'm probably the only person that tries on a top in the middle of the store and then asks her mom to take a photo of it! Sometimes mirrors just don't cut it!
Tom and I are really looking forward to our 16 week OB appointment on Wednesday and then the 20 week anatomy scan where we'll get to count baby's fingers and toes - eek! It's amazing the excitement we feel right now anticipating baby's arrival. It seriously feels like this year will be the best time of our lives.