Thank you so much for all of the congratulations in our baby announcement. It is an exciting time for us, and we are appreciative of all of those who are celebrating with us during this time.
I’ve compiled a list of most commonly asked questions because I’m sure people like to know the details (I know I always do!), so here’s some details on my pregnancy thus far. And if you have any other questions, be sure to leave a comment.
This picture has nothing to do with my pregnancy, but I needed a picture to fill the space, and I really liked this picture Craig took of me in Hawaii. (Oh, by the way, I did not get pregnant while we were in Hawaii; I was already 2 months along. Although, the story is that Craig was conceived in Hawaii.)
Was it planned?
Yes, this was no mistake—we were “trying” to get pregnant.
Were you trying?
This is always tricky for me to answer because “trying” has multiple meanings these days. We were “trying” but I was not “tracking.” I went off my birth control, but I did not count days, take my temp, or anything of that nature. I was going to let God decide when it would be best for me to get pregnant.
How long did it take for you to get pregnant?
About one month. We attribute it to Craig being the god of fertility (or so he says), my body knowing I have always wanted to be a mom, and the fertility-enhancing smoothies we made from our Smoothie Bible. I had never lost my period even when running high mileage (90-100 miles), so I had this inkling it wouldn’t take long.
How did you found out?
Well, you could pretty much say Craig called it and knew before me. The weekend went by without me getting my period and we bother kind of knew. I waited a few more days to pass and then took an at-home pregnancy test. The blue positive line showed up instantly, which confirmed what we thought. For several years, in the back of my head, I had been trying to come up with a fun way to tell Craig when that day did come, but I guess it was good I didn’t have my heart set on anything because I wouldn’t have been able to do it anyhow. Oh well, maybe for baby #2.
How far along are you?
I felt like I had to wear a blue shirt this time so it didn’t appear I was playing favorites.
When are you due?
October 23, 2014 – Craig said I should hold out for another 11 days until his birthday. I said, “no way jose!”
How have you been feeling?
I know I need to count my blessings that I escaped the first trimester with very minimal side effects. There were three weeks where I had no appetite what-so-ever, and I had to force myself to eat. I did not enjoy that one bit. Nothing in particular made me nauseous, but the thought of food was not appealing at all. I also had a mild stomach ache for most of this time as well, which wasn’t fun. There was a period of about 5 days where I was extremely exhausted and fatigued. I didn’t necessarily feel sleepy-tired but rather that I had been running high mileage and doing a lot of hard workouts. Other than that, my energy levels have been good. I do tend to sleep a solid 9 hours each night.
Are you still running?
You bet I am! And I am going to continue to run as long as I can. I am going to be writing more about running during my pregnancy because I did not find a lot of good blog posts out there. (Or maybe I didn’t look hard enough.) Either way I will go into more detail about the first trimester in future posts, but in general the 1st trimester was a doozy to run through. I did not feel like running at all and had a really hard time getting myself out the door. I usually still ran 4-6 days per week but felt sluggish and awful most days. Even when I got done, I did not get my normal runner’s high but instead would think, “gosh, I’m not even sure it was worth all that effort.” It was a weird feeling and one that can be hard to describe; it was unlike any other feeling I’ve experienced. Thankfully, the second trimester has been going MUCH better.
How much weight have you gained?
Only about 3 pounds. I know it takes a while for you to start showing in your first pregnancy, and I am definitely okay with this.
Any food aversions?
I didn’t feel nauseous thinking/seeing anything during the first trimester. Food in general had no appeal but nothing made me nauseous. There were certain things I did crave—things that I never crave: burgers, pizza, and meat in general.
However, there are a few items that I ate during the first trimester that I would not be able to eat now: Pirates Booty, Cape Cod kettle chips, saltines, and my Homemade Granola. These things make me nauseous thinking about them. For a while I also had no desire to eat peanut butter and drink almond milk; I still don’t necessarily crave them like I used to.
Any food cravings?
I don’t feel like I’ve had really intense food cravings that cause me to wake Craig up in the middle of the night and demand he goes to Golden Donuts to buy me a donut in the middle of the night. I would say I am more picky about what I want to eat when it comes to meal times though; there are less things that sound appeal. I do find myself craving more dairy products: milk and yogurt in particular; carbs; salty foods; and protein. In Hawaii I really wanted a burger. (I can’t tell you the last time I had that happen to me.) I also have found myself eating less vegetables and more unhealthy sweets such as pastries, ice cream, and chocolate. I am trying to allow myself to eat these things in moderation and not use the excuse that I’m eating for two.
Are you going to find out if it is a boy or girl?
Nope. We are going to wait until the baby is born. Craig and I really didn’t even discuss this; we pretty much both knew we wanted to wait. Craig will be doing a “split-the-pot” if you would like to bet on the gender and the date he/she will be born. Half of the money will go to the winner and the other half will go into the child’s college fund. We already have a girl’s and boy’s name picked out though. (We had the names picked out before I got pregnant.)
Tiny little hits in previous blog posts.
The fact I was craving savory breakfasts—that rarely happens.
I got heat exhaustion in Maui. Seriously, do you think I (the queen of always being cold) would get heat exhaustion on any other day? Sure I did run 8 miles mid-morning, but I ran just as much the last time we went to Maui and was completely fine. I know the pregnancy put me over the edge.