Well, the blog lives on, at least for now. I still feel like I need a focus or purpose but thanks to some kind comments and a surprising hit of motivation, I’m going to keep blogging for now. I’m still going to need a new blog name and am open to suggestions!
It sounds like you’re open to hearing more about the pregnancy so let the baby talk begin 🙂 Here’s a post to get you updated on the beginning of the pregnancy and then I think I’ll share more weekly updates.
How did I find out?
Remember this day in the life of post? Well, I kind of left something out. While I did do everything I said, including turning on the computer for an online tutorial session, I was actually in the bathroom taking a home pregnancy test. This was our first cycle of trying after the miscarriage and I didn’t want to get my hopes up too much but honestly, they were up. I should have waited until the morning to do the test but I was too excited. Even more so when two faint lines showed up! It turns out I tested early, so I was actually lucky to get those positive results (naturally I did two). I was going to post a picture (because of course I took a picture of the positive tests) but the line was too faint to see on here.
How did I tell Ryan?
You know how some people are really cute and creative when they tell their husband? Yeah…I called him and told him to I needed him to pick up a good pregnancy test on his way home (I first used cheapies I got online). The part that makes me laugh? He asked me why. I responded that I just wanted one, not sarcastic at all 😉 That’s our cute story (ha!). I took a digital test the next morning and happily woke him up with the results.
How did we tell our families?
Clearly you can see from above that I don’t do cute and creative. We called them on the phone and told them.
How did I feel during the first trimester?
I was extremely lucky and didn’t suffer from morning sickness. I had a little nausea if I didn’t eat often enough and a bit on the days I had to drive to school first thing in the morning but otherwise felt pretty good. I did struggle a lot with fatigue (and coffee withdrawal-going from 3 cups a day to one half-decaf drink is a big change) and was usually on the couch, exhausted by 6pm. The only strong aversion I had was salmon and can’t really remember any cravings (although Ryan might say otherwise).
How have the doctor appointments been?
I’ll just cover our first trimester appointments here and save the second trimester for later. After our experience with the last pregnancy, we switched to a different doctor’s office and have been happy with that decision. When I called after I found out I was pregnant and explained our situation, they got us in the next week for an appointment and an ultrasound. Our little peanut was only 5 weeks, 5 days and looked like a blob (said lovingly of course).
At our 8 week appointment, we met with a midwife, did the normal tests, and got to see the baby again on an older ultrasound machine. It was just a quick check for the heartbeat. At the first ultrasound, the heart rate was around 95 bpm, normal for a baby that small but they just wanted to be safe. So we got to see our little blob again (since it was an older machine) and see the heart flicker at a strong rate of around 160 bpm.
At the 12 week appointment, we got to hear the heartbeat through the Doppler, which was pretty much the coolest thing ever. It was still strong around 150 bpm.
I think that about covers it as a quick recap of the first trimester! I’ll do another post later this week about how I did with my workouts (turns out I already had it written) and talk about the second trimester so far next week. Any questions you want me to answer?
And for fun, here’s the bump at 5 weeks and at 12 weeks. Once it popped, it popped!