…drum roll please…we’ve got a BIG secret, and today is the perfect day to spill!
I am pregnant! We are due in the end of August!
It has been a bit quiet on Dandelion Pie, and the only excuse I can give you is that my mind is so wrapped up in all things baby that I have had a tough time writing without giving myself away! I have written oh-so-many drafts about this new, crazy journey we have been on these past few months, but of course I could not post them lest I spill the beans too soon!
My life these past few months has been full of baby planning: ever since Christmas I have been busy finding a midwife, researching birth classes, balancing two jobs, saving money, reading pregnancy books, talking to moms, and trying to wrap my mind around this major life change!
I have struggled with baby fever ever since we got married back in July of 2015. Hubs and I both wanted kids right away, but we were finishing up our college degrees, and the time just didn’t feel right. For that entire first year of marriage I grappled with my desire for a baby.
I, naïvely, expected to see a positive pregnancy test that first month, but it took a bit longer than anticipated! We were so ready to have a baby, that I really struggled with the disappointment every month. God really used this time to teach me to stop trying to control the process, and trust Him. After quite a few months of “no” receiving that “yes” was one of the most joyful days of our lives.
Answers to a few common questions:
Are you showing yet?
Not really. I can tell that there is a difference: I definitely can feel a bit of a bump, but I don’t look pregnant yet. I have a super long torso, so I have a feeling that it will take me a bit longer to start showing than women with shorter waists. There is just a lot of room in there for baby to grow!
How far along are you?
I am twelve weeks today! Wahoo! Almost done with the first trimester. I can just hardly believe it! When we first found out, eight months worth of pregnancy sounded like a lot, but the last two months have just flown by already.
How big is the baby?
Baby is the size of a lime. Can you believe it? A lime! When I first found out, baby was less than the size of a poppy-seed, so it just blows my mind that he/she has grown from a poppy-seed to a lime in a few short months.
Are you going to find out the gender?
We haven’t fully decided yet. If we do find out, we plan on keeping it a secret just between the two of us. We want the rest of you to be surprised. 🙂 Bwahahaha.
What are you hoping for?
A healthy baby. At first, I thought it was a girl since I had a super vivid dream about giving birth to a baby girl, but ever since then I have had all manners of baby related dreams where I gave birth to a boy, a girl, or twins! So perhaps my dreams aren’t the most reliable. Ha ha! I really don’t have an inkling as to what this baby will be, and hubby is excited for either gender.
Any food cravings or aversions?
A lot of them! I ate a small salad yesterday, but that was the first salad I have eaten since finding out about this pregnancy. Salad has grossed me out, and speaking as someone who ate a huge salad every day pre-pregnancy, that has been an adjustment. Chicken, too, has been something I have avoided.
Food cravings include tons of fresh fruit (grapefruit, kiwifruit, peaches, mangoes), pancakes, french fries, and McChicken sandwiches. And, yes, I know that it makes no sense to feel like chicken will make me ill, yet scarf down a McChicken sandwich. McDonald’s has some sort of magic when it comes to foods for pregnant women. My first trimester hasn’t been the healthiest in the nutrition department, but I have been taking quality whole food prenatals every day, and trying to make a smoothie with a few veggies thrown in. Here’s hoping that all these troublesome aversions begin to lift in the second trimester.
Have you had an ultrasound yet?
Nope. We will only have an ultrasound at about 18/20 weeks. We have had one prenatal appointment so far, and we have another one coming up in a week or two. At this next appointment we will hear the heartbeat!
Now that you are all “in the know” I have SO much to tell you! In the upcoming weeks I will be spilling on my reaction to when I took my first positive pregnancy test, videos of me telling my hubby AND telling my parents, hopes I have for the second trimester, and confessions from this first trimester.
This blog won’t entirely evolve into a pregnancy journey: I still plan on posting about our whole foods journey, natural living, budgeting, and homemaking–but I will definitely be documenting my pregnancy over the next six months as well!
A note: In our TTC journey, I found a lot of support, and great resources from women who had been trying for months, and years longer than we had for a baby. I definitely went through a season when I avoided reading pregnant bloggers’ updates, because I wanted that to be me so badly. If you are waiting for that positive pregnancy test, please know that my heart is with you.