Well how about that, it’s well into 2018 and this is officially my first post of the year. Gym & Tonic has taken a bit of a break…in every way, shape and form. In December in the midst of all the holiday craziness, I found out that my life as I knew it was about to change forever.
Yep, several tests later, (you know just to make sure) those two lines couldn’t have been more clear. I was pregnant. Or you know, when another test just spells it out for you.
The hubs and I have been talking about it for quite a bit and it only took a month of taking zero preventative measures for it to happen. Aside from being the happiest person ever, I feel blessed. Beyond blessed. Real talk, I thought it would take a lot longer or even kind of a challenge since I’ve been on the pill for so long. It was a scary thought. And speaking of scary, I didn’t know if I was even ready to be a mom. But when I found out that I could possibly be pregnant, I couldn’t want anything more. After it was confirmed with my doctor, it’s crazy how much love I felt for that little bean that was showing up on the ultrasound. Shit just got REAL.
So then started the challenge of keeping it from our immediate family until Christmas. We wanted to surprise them with our exciting news on Christmas morning. Not to mention get through all of the holiday craziness without a glass of wine in my hand. We got these custom ornaments for our parents and wrapped them up.
As Christmas approached, I was bursting at the seams to yell our news from the rooftops. Keeping this a secret was one of the hardest things we had to do, but we managed to surprise the crap out of our families and everyone was ELATED. <3 We waited to spread the news to everyone else until later, but now that everyone does know, it’s such a relief! And I love how the tip-off was that I was drinking water and didn’t have a wine glass in my hand at family events. Hey, this girl loves her wine #noshame.
Now I can be that annoying mom-to-be complaining about how I felt like death for the entire first trimester (thanks morning sickness) and how 85% of my wardrobe is already obsolete because the only thing that made me feel like a functioning human being during that time was carbs. All the carbs. Bagels, croissants, toast, you name it…if it was a type of bread, I had it. And the gym? HA! The only exercise move I was doing was squatting over the toilet to dry-heave or vomit. And yet the craziest thing was despite how awful I felt for those many weeks, every time I saw our growing bean on the ultrasound, it was all worth it without a doubt. But seriously, those other moms who didn’t experience morning sickness at all or maybe felt a little off for a couple of weeks…oh how I envy you and I will simply say it’s not fair!!!
Fast forward to the start of my second trimester, this is supposed to be the “honeymoon phase” right? Yeah well that was a big fat lie. If someone so much as sneezes my way, I get sick. BUT cold aside, I do actually feel “normal” and I can start eating like a somewhat normal human being again so I don’t end up gaining 100+ pounds. Yeesh. The struggle. My current cravings:
- PB&J sandwiches on sourdough
- Cereal (the sugar-filled crap that were staples in every family with kids) i.e. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Mini Wheats, Frosted Flakes etc.
- Anything with cinnamon
- Orange juice
During my first trimester, I was ALL about the hot chocolate. I couldn’t get enough of it. Sweets in general were my go-to. Now, I need to calm myself and not give in to so many cravings. Or at least try?
Being a soon-to-be parent is stressful, but I’m so happy to have amazing family by my side. We got early testing done that revealed the gender and we’re happy to announce that we’re expecting a baby girl!
Yep, hubs will officially be outnumbered! I don’t know how some couples can wait. I get the whole “I want to be surprised” thing, but this girl is a planner. And I just HAD to know. I was going bonkers knowing the results were in and I couldn’t peak at all until our little gender reveal party. Yes we had a small one, don’t roll your eyes please. I know people think they’re obnoxious, but deal with it. 😀