Tuesday, January 15, 2013

'Little M' :: First Trimester Summary

In case you were hiding in a hole of some sort this past Sunday, the big secret that we have been keeping is finally out! We are super excited to announce that our family will be growing this year. Yes, we are expecting and I am due on or around July 23, 2013.   We could not be happier and feel truly blessed and thankful that God has answered our prayers and we are on our way to becoming parents this year. 


To be honest, the whole thing has been pretty surreal and overwhelming so far. A lot of the time it doesn't even feel real. I have been lucky enough to breeze through most of my first trimester with no morning sickness (knock on wood!). I have been tired pretty much all the time, and lately have been getting more headaches than ever before, but I am thankful I feel as good as I do.

I can hardly believe that more than 13 weeks has gone by already! We officially found out we were pregnant exactly 2 months ago (11/15/12) and it feels like yesterday. We don't have any real crazy story as to how we found out, or how I shared the news with B, but I'll share the boring details anyway, so I can remember them!

November 15th was a Thursday and B took off of work because we had an appointment with a fertility specialist that morning. We had gotten some very preliminary testing done (basic labwork, etc.) just to rule out any major complications since we had been TTC for several months. We set up the consultation with the specialist just to get some advice and his opinion on what to do next since all of our tests looked good. 

The funny part was that I was expecting my period any day, but it still hadn't come. I wasn't really 'late' yet, but it was getting close. B and I joked that morning that we would have that kind of luck to find out we were pregnant the day we finally caved and went to talk to a specialist. It's funny how God's plan is always so far beyond our own

We finished up at the appointment quickly and had what we thought would be the next phase of our 'TTC plan.' Schedule a few more labs and then see how things go for a while. 'No need to be concerned at this point,' the doctor had told us. So, off we went.

The thing I was most excited for that day was going to test drive new cars. I had finally convinced B that there was no time like the present, and since he had the day off of work anyway, we decided to give it a shot. I had almost forgotten completely about our TTC journey when I was test driving my dream car that afternoon. The Acura RDX that would become ours just a day, and some big news, later. 

We arrived back home that afternoon and I scurried up to my office to get a few things done. We had dinner plans with B's parents that night, so I was in a bit of a hurry. While I was sitting there at my desk answering emails, something came over me. I thought about our appointment again and how my period still hadn't arrived. I wanted to take a test, but I had already been disappointed a few times before when I tested a little early. I decided I would wait until Monday.

Not more than fifteen minutes later, I found myself in the bathroom with an unwrapped test in my hand. 'I guess this was happening today', I thought. I told myself I wouldn't be upset when it came back negative and would test again after the weekend, if need be. 

Then I waited that dreaded three minutes, pacing around upstairs and hovering over the test to make sure I had done everything 'right.' 

I was in a state of utter shock when a very light second line began to appear. I started to freak out and just went with my gut reaction. I grabbed the test and hurried down the stairs. I all but shoved the test in B's face as I asked 'does that look like a second line to you?!

I think B was just as shocked as I was. He was a bit skeptical of that faint second line, so we decided we would buy some digital tests on our way home from dinner that night.

I don't know how I made it through dinner that night when I had ONLY ONE THING on my mind. But I did, and we hurried off to the nearest Walgreens on our way home. As soon as we got home I took the test. And, about two minutes later we had a big fat POSITIVE result staring us back in the face. We were floored. And amazed at God's goodness. It is so funny how one small stick can change so many things. 


So, here we are in January. Celebrating the holidays was extra special this year. Telling our families and friends was so much fun, and something we will never forget. But, I'll share more about that another day.

My plan is to write a 'Bumpdate' each week from now throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. I got the 'Bumpdate' idea from one of my besties, and I am so excited to begin tracking our progress!



  • How far along are you? 13 weeks as of 1/15/13 (today!)
  • How I'm feeling: Feeling great. Lots of fatigue; pretty much feel like I could sleep 16 hours a day. Getting headaches more often for the last two weeks, and hoping that part subsides. But, I am really lucky that I have felt great for the most part!




  • Total weight gain: 0.5 lb as of 1/8/13
  • How big is baby? Size of a lemon
  • Maternity clothes: Ordered a few Old Navy tanks just to have and I may never take them off. Like, ever.
  • Stretch marks? Nada
  • Sleep: I want to sleep all.the.time. I have never been so tired and feel like I could nap three times a day. And I am NOT a napper. Up at least once each night to pee. Already.
  • Best moment this week: Heard the baby's heartbeat at my 12 week appointment on the 8th - definite the best sound I've ever heard and made me totally emotional! B wasn't able to make the appointment so I recorded the heartbeat on my phone. I listen at least three times a day.
  • Movement: Nothing yet, although I do feel bubbling sensations from time to time. 
  • Food cravings: Sweets. I find myself wanting candy, desserts, even yogurt and fruit as long as it's not salty.Oh, and pasta. I really love pasta.
  • Food aversions: Nothing really. Other than the smell of salmon, and occasionally I don't feel like I need to eat dinner. Been trying my best to get protein down even if I'm not hungry.
  • Labor signs:  Nope.
  • Belly button in or out: I have always had an inney/outtie. It should be interesting to see what happens with that! I have just started to notice that it's already becoming a bit more of a 'soft outtie.' Uh oh.
  • What I miss: Still wanting my normal energy level to reappear. I hear that will more than likely happen in the next few weeks. I also can't get comfortable when laying on my right side anymore.
  • What I'm looking forward to: My 16 week appointment on 2/5 and the 20 week scan on 2/27. Hopefully finding out the sex that day!
  • Milestone: Heard the heartbeat for the first time, bought my first maternity tanks and had B start taking weekly belly pics, which we clearly still  need to practice!


  • Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for being with us through this journey thus far. We hope you'll stay a while and see where the next six months takes us!

    45 comments:

    Britt said...

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    mrs.mfc said...

    I completely missed this!!! Congratulations! I am so so very happy for you!!

    Mommy Mandy said...

    Umm, you are so stinkin' cute seriously. And those old Navy Tanks? I only took mine off like 6 months ago, haha, they're the best!

    Kenzie @ Life According to Kenz said...

    I love this! Congrats you guys! I am so excited for you! :)

    P.S.... You are beautiful sweet girl! Xoxoxo!

    Sunny said...

    Congrats I'm so happy for you and glad pregnancy is treating you well.

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    Lynette said...

    Congratulations! I'm very happy for you guys.

    Amanda said...

    How amazing and exciting!!!! Can't wait to hear about the rest of your journey!

    Courtney said...

    YAY! I am so very excited for the two of you! You're going to be great parents to this blessing :)

    Mrs. H said...

    Love this bump date! So very excited for y'all!

    Steph said...

    Congratulations! So exciting!

    Jennifer Winklmann said...

    Congratulations!!!! Agree on the Old Navy tanks. I feel in love immediately. Ha! Love the bump update! You look fantastic!!

    Jennifer said...

    Congrats again! I <3 Old Navy maternity tanks. I wore them long after I had my son. They are long and great for layering!

    We also struggled to get pregnant, but shortly after I scheduled an appointment with my doc to discuss this, we found out we were pregnant!

    Candace said...

    Congratulations!!!!!!!

    Shannon said...

    I'm so happy for you and excited to follow along. You're so lucky that you didn't have to deal with morning sickness, that's the worst part of pregnancy in my opinion. Can't wait to find out the gender! Yay!

    Ash Z said...

    Congrats!!! I loved Old Navy's Maternity clothes - they are inexpensive and fit great.

    Deanna H said...

    Your story sounds very similar to ours. When I announced I was pregnant on IG - I thought of you and prayed for you {even though I had never met you} because I knew you were going through a TTC struggle as well. So happy for you - God works in amazing ways!!

    Enjoy your pregnancy - it's such a blessing!!

    Jillian said...

    I was living under that rock apparently!

    Congratulations!! So excited for you and B, and look forward to reading all of your bump dates!

    K said...

    Congratulations! How exciting!

    Emily said...

    Congrats! This is the best news! I'm preggo too but about a month ahead of you. So exciting!!! :)

    Mateya said...

    Glad to hear you're feeling good! Congratulations again :)

    Courtney said...

    So exciting! I am SO happy for you guys!

    Sarah M. said...

    I'm so excited for you and excited to follow your pregnancy!!!

    Melissa at Tall Blonde Blog said...

    So very, very happy for you and your family! Can't wait to follow along.

    The same scenario happened for my oldest sis. She found out on the same day they were scheduled to visit a specialist.

    Congratulations! Enjoy the journey :)

    sequinsandsass.com said...

    So excited for you! What a wonderful update.. can't wait to hear more about your journey :)

    xx,
    Eleanor

    Justin and Marcie said...

    New follower here! I love reading pregnancy blogs. I had a little boy in December 2011 and at the time, I hated pregnancy, but looking back, I wish I would have enjoyed it more. Enjoy each second becauese you are creating something wonderful. And you are given an opportunity that so many aren't able to experience. I did the weekly bumpdates too and I LOVE looking back at them. I'm in the process of making a shutterfly book of all my bumpdates entitled "Waiting on Carter". That's my son's name. Congratulations to you and your family and never forget to thank God for such an incredible blessing! Can't wait to read more!

    Samantha said...

    HOORAY and CONGRATULATIONS!! I'm so excited for you!!

    Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted said...

    So very excited for you!!! Congrats!

    Rachel said...

    Love you and your heart!!! God is so good and I am so happy for y'all!!!!

    Aislinn said...

    Congratulations! You're looking beautiful and you're due on my birthday :-)

    Sonja said...

    AH! OMG!!! I'm so happy for you!! And it's weird because two weeks ago for some reason I thought you were!! eep!! so excited! You are going to be an awesome mama :)

    Shannon Dew said...

    I'm so excited for you guys! Glad your pregnancy has been a breeze thus far!!

    Callie Nicole said...

    Congratulations! So excited for you, and how funny that you found out on the same day you saw a fertility doc!

    Laura @ The Everyday Joys said...

    So absolutely thrilled for you guys! And lucky you, no sickness!

    Mandy said...

    Congratulations x1000!!! So happy for you & your family! I am a brand new mama & {obviously} you have so much to look forward to!! ❤

    MrsBaucum said...

    Congratulations!!!! I found your blog from Instagram and absolutely love it. So happy for you and your hubby!

    Amber said...

    Congrats girl!!! :) You look great!

    Taylor said...

    I am just so, so, so excited for y'all!! I've been praying since you announced you were trying. Such an exciting time in your lives and I wish you nothing but the best!!

    Angie said...

    I am SO thrilled for you & B!!! So happy!! Such an exciting time! Congrats again!!

    Awesome Amy said...

    Congrats on the success!
    Wishing you all the best!!

    Kar @allmylovemommy said...

    Look how cute you are!

    Congratulations, glad you've been feeling well.

    Molly said...

    This post made me cry! I'm so happy for y'all! Lunch date soon!

    Not So Newlyweds said...

    I am SO excited for you all!! God does have the perfect timing indeed and sometimes when you least expect it!! Congratulations!

    Shellsea said...

    Congrats! I love your bumpdate questions- they'll be great to look back on! Sounds like a wonderful pregnancy so far.

    sarah said...

    congratulations!! we went thru a fertility specialist too. and im also due with our first baby, a boy, on 7.23!!! just fell in love with this blog THAT much more ;)