First, I have to thank you. The support, prayers and positive thoughts that were sent my way when I decided to take a blogging break was amazing. I received emails, tweets, comments etc. that just made my heart swell. So, thank you. I truly appreciate each and every single well-wish.
Second, I know I’ve lost many readers because of my break, but to those of you who are still checking my blog, and still interested in what’s going on in my part of the world, I am humbled and so appreciative. I can’t promise that I’m back for good, and that I’ll keep up with blogging as much as I was, but I’m here, and I’ve missed my readers…. I’m going to do what I can, when I can, for as long as it makes me happy.
Now, on to the fun stuff….
When/how we found out…. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I will be 12 weeks pregnant on Monday! To say that I am excited to be out of the first trimester would be a HUGE understatement. Bobby and I actually decided this summer that we were ready to start trying for a baby, so this wasn’t a huge surprise. Regardless of how well prepared you think you are going to be though, I think the moment that a pregnancy test comes out positive is always a huge shock.
September 28th was a Friday night, and Bobby came home from work with a big bottle of wine for the two of us to enjoy. I was exhausted and just not feeling right, so I had a few sips before claiming that I was pregnant, and wouldn’t be partaking in our Friday night wine/DVR ritual. Bobby looked at me like I was crazy, but even though I hadn’t taken a test, I was sure. I just knew it. I hit the hay pretty early and crossed my fingers that the next morning would confirm what I already knew.
Well, Saturday morning came and brought the happiest news we had ever received. I’ll never forget the look of pure excitement and happiness on Bobby’s face when I
jumped and squealed climbed back in bed to tell him the news.
Of course, after about 5 minutes of laying in bed, we drove to the nearest pharmacy to confirm with more tests. I needed to see more than two lines, I needed the confirmation of a big “YES.”
A big “YES” I got!
(Sorry to show you a pee stick again, but I just love how happy I was at that moment)
How my workouts changed….My normal workouts continued until about a month into pregnancy. I was keeping up with my spin classes and Bodypump, and feeling pretty good. Then the 5th week of pregnancy hit…. and it hit hard. The constant nausea that took over my life forced me to spend any extra time I had sleeping, laying on the couch crying, or eating saltines. There was no making it to the gym. I would occasionally have a day when I felt somewhat okay, so I took a few walks and did some light elliptical, but nothing intense.
It was a sick few months… a very sick few months!
I’ve made it back though. The nausea has subsided for the most part, and my energy has picked up a lot over the past 3 weeks. I am loving the feeling of being back at the gym so much. Although my gym clothes are fitting a bit differently than they were before, it feels amazing!
How my food choices changed…. Right after we found out I was pregnant, I kept telling Bobby how excited I was to make the healthiest baby ever. I had all these amazing plans for my nutrition, and thought about how big and strong my little one would get as I crammed in veggies, fruits, protein, healthy fats, and whole grains into my diet.
And then, the lovely little thing called “morning sickness” (which, by the way, is the stupidest name ever. It’s all-day, every-day sickness) hit me. Suddenly, the very thought of vegetables and salads made me gag. I couldn’t even think about putting anything green and colorful into my body without dry-heaving (sorry). For a week, I lived off chicken fingers…. until the smell of cooking protein sent me into a crazy pregnant gagging fit.
Little by little, every single healthy food that I previously loved became my enemy. My diet consisted of saltines, bagels, buttered toast, ginger ale, chocolate milk, and ginger candy. It was a pleasant month, lemme tell ya.
Slowly but surely, vegetables, salads and protein have been making a comeback into my life though. There are some foods that still make me gag… (avocado, strawberries, almond butter, coconut oil, arugula, and yes…. chicken fingers), but for the most part, I’m feeling much better!
How I’ve been feeling…. elated. We are so excited for June to get here!
I will take the exhaustion, nausea, mood swings, sore boobs, etc. any day for this little nugget that is growing healthy in my belly. Hearing his/her strong heartbeat and seeing him/her jumping around on the ultrasound screen like a little dancing gummy bear changed my life. It’s truly the most amazing feeling ever.
If you’ve been pregnant… what was your first trimester like?