Today, it’s finally time to share some very exciting news—I’M PREGNANT! We found out on January 2nd, and it’s been killing me to keep it a secret for two months, but now that I’m officially in my second trimester I’m relieved to no longer be a secret-keeper.
To anyone out there who has had contact with me since January and wondered why I’m a little loopy, now you know why—growing a person is hard work! My focus is nowhere to be found. Now that I’m all the way through my first trimester (woohoo!), I thought it could be fun to share my personal observations and experiences with you…
If there was one word to describe my life for the past three months it would be lazy. There have been so many days when I’ve sat on the couch all day, watching The Today Show, Food Network and E! News until Brian comes home. I felt really pathetic at first, but my other friends who have been pregnant say it’s totally normal to have zero energy and that it’s good to rest when you can—so I let it happen, and have relied heavily on daily lists to motivate me to do the things that really did need to get done.
Pregnancy hunger is no joke, people. I pretty much feel hungry all day, so of course that means I’m eating all day. I have breakfast immediately (I wake up starving!), a snack, lunch, two more snacks (sometimes three), then dinner and sometimes another snack. I’m eating a lot of healthy and hearty stuff, but still—this is nuts! Thankfully I enjoy eating, so it’s actually pretty fun. Please don’t judge me if I gain 65 lbs by the end of the year.
I’m very sad to report that vegetables are my worst enemy these days. As someone who has eating mostly vegetarian since 2009, this is very strange to me, and also a little sad because I know that veggies are so, so important! That being said, I really hate them and have only managed to eat them in soups and in veggie sushi and recently in a sandwich or pasta dish—salads are still tough, though! Also, coffee. As someone who normally drinks 4-5 cups a day, I feared that ditching my daily cups of joe would be challenging, but thankfully there has been nothing less appealing to me (well, besides vegetables, maybe)! It’s so strange how awful it sounds to me. I’ve even brewed up some decaf and literally poured it down the drain after one sip. Strange! Oh, and I suddenly hate spicy food (it tastes spicier somehow).
I absolutely cannot get enough veggie sushi or dairy in my life (thankfully not together). The dairy thing is weird because I don’t normally consume very much of it. I still hate milk, but cheese, yogurt and cream cheese (slathered on bagels!) have all been extremely appealing. And as far as veggie sushi goes, it’s pretty much what I eat for lunch every day lately. Oh, and fruit. I’m eating TONS of fruit, which is good since I now seem to hate vegetables.
RANDOM EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS
Gosh, these are so weird. I’ve had several nights where, out of nowhere, I just start crying! And I don’t feel sad at all—just a very strong need to cry. Brian thought I was nuts at first, but now I know it’s just the hormones so I can say “sorry, I’m not actually sad, it’s just the hormones making tears come out of my face” and he knows we’re all good.
ACNE AND GREASY HAIR
This dry-skinned girl is suddenly super oily. Although this the acne is thankfully subsiding a bit already, it was a rough couple of months. For someone who managed to avoid getting acne through adolescence thanks to my extremely dry skin, I can now say that I understand where the rest of you are coming from. I’ll take eczema over acne any day!! And of course, due to the extra oils, I use dry shampoo constantly and am washing my hair way more often. The good news? I hear that weird skin and hair changes go away after baby. Thank the Lord!
So far, I’d say I’m having a pretty easy pregnancy compared to what I’ve read. And of course, I can’t wait to get to the good part when I can feel Bean (our nickname for this little one until we find out the gender and pick a name) moving around inside. That, and of course both Brian and I can’t wait for September when I finally get to meet the little bundle of joy that’s incubating in my rapidly-expanding belly. So incredible!
P.S. A post I wrote a year ago, when I first started changing my tune about babies.