First of all, thank you all SO, so much for your support. I really wanted to go through and reply individually to your comments, but my exhaustion got the better of me and I went to bed. But please know that I loved reading your words of support and excitement!
I’ve been open about our whole journey to get to this point, and as many of you recognized, it’s been quite the process! I don’t want the pregnancy to overtake the blog, but I’ll try to post updates every week or two (with belly pictures, of course!)
So here’s a bit to answer some of your questions and catch you up:
We tried for 18 months with L, and ended up getting pregnant naturally (possibly due to acupunture, herbs, and natural progesterone cream). This time, we tried for about that long again before deciding we wanted to pursue adoption first. After the adoption fell through, we left the door open to get pregnant this summer and were pregnant that first month! We miscarried very early (that’s when I had a bad case of poison ivy before I knew I was pregnant, so I wonder if the cortizone shot and steriods I put in my body had anything to do with the m/c?)
I decided to train for the marathon, and got injured two weeks before the race. I knew immediately it was serious enough that I wouldn’t be running it so again we decided to leave the option open of getting pregnant. I took a positive test the day after the Philly marathon! That helped ease the disappointment of not racing a little bit.
Again, this time we got pregnant naturally. I’m not sure why it happened twice on the first try after so many months of trying in the past… something in the water in NJ? God’s timing? Possibly a change in diet? (I eat a lot more fat and protein and meat these days!) In any case, we’re so, so thankful and recognize more than ever what a gift a pregnancy is.
First Trimester Symptoms
I’ve been pretty lucky both times that I don’t get too sick. I had more nausea this time than with L, but it’s been very manageable. Food doesn’t always sound or taste great, but I’ve had a normal appetite and am eating most of my usual foods, with the exception of extra protein (craving meat, beans, eggs, cheese, etc big time!!). Thankfully, I still love veggies.
Some of what I’ve been eating:
[Hummus salad tostados and potato leek soup; Kale and egg on Ezekial toast; Salmon, baked potato and salad; Ham and white bean soup; and L with her deconstructed hummus salad tostado]
A few more details:
How far along: 11.5 weeks
Total weight gain: gained 1 lb
Maternity clothes: Not yet but I am limited to a few more forgiving pants and often have to open the top button after dinner.
Sleep: I had boughts of insomnia in the beginning but I’m sleeping well right now.
Miss anything: My energy! But hopefully it will come back in the second trimester.
Movement: Not yet. But I can’t wait!
Food cravings: Protein like crazy, Indian food, sauerkraut and anything spicy that I can actually taste.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Crackers, bread, cereal all tastes like cardboard and makes me want to puke. I can’t even stomach my beloved dark chocolate!
Have you started to show yet: I feel like I popped out so much faster this time but most people probably still can’t tell.
Gender: Not sure yet… my guess is a boy only because I feel different than with L.
Wedding rings on or off: On
Happy or moody most of the time: Definitely happy. 🙂
Looking forward to: Showing more, feeling movement and starting to think about nursery ideas.
Here’s the first belly pic for you:
11 weeks- this is about how big I was at 16 weeks with L, I’m definitely finding it true that you show faster the second time!
Before L, I was running 20-25 miles per week and I maintained that through the first and second trimester. Before this one, I was running 40+ miles a week but because of my injury, only began running again in the last few weeks (up to 5 miles now!) But I’ve been able to stay active 5-6 days a week with spinning, elliptical, circuit training and weights, long walks, etc. I’m getting a lot more variety than I would if I were running which is probably a good thing! I think I’ll start tracking my workouts again on Sundays with my meal plan.
Whew, I think you’re all caught up! I really loved being pregnant the first time around and had a easy pregnancy and delivery so I’m hopeful that this one will be similar, but of course, that is not fully in my control. If I missed any of your questions, let me know and I’ll add it to the next update. 🙂
For those of you who were pregnant before, what was your first trimester like?
Pregnant or not, what are you craving these days?