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Thursday, June 16, 2016

27 weeks of pregnancy

It's safe to say that lately, my favorite day of the week has become Thursday's. It's the day that I get to wake up and check the baby apps on my phone to see how big our little one is this week and all the new ways he/she is growing and developing. Today is no exception - we're currently the size of a head of cauliflower. Or a Fennec Fox, since one of the apps I use shows us adorable animals when comparing sizes. That's my favorite.

Since today happens to be Thursday and I am 27 weeks and entering into my third trimester (seriously... where has the time gone?!), I thought it would be a great time to catch you up on what my pregnancy has been like so far.

Getting here; My husband and I started trying to conceive last year around July/August. It was my big hope that it would happen right away so that I'd be due when Summer began so that I wouldn't have to worry about missing work for maternity leave. Of course, it didn't work like that. I spent month after month tracking, trying, hoping and praying and month after month, I felt the disappointment when I felt the telltale signs that we were not successful. Around Thanksgiving, I decided to shut off notifications on the apps that were tracking my fertility so that I could focus on the holiday season without stressing constantly. Apparently, that's the magic touch needed because sometime in the few days surrounding Christmas, we got an extra gift that we wouldn't know about for a couple more weeks.

I found out that I was pregnant on January 12, 2016. I was denying it and trying to ignore signs for days. For months, I'd gotten myself worked up and created symptoms out of nothing. The same thing had to have been happening now. Even the delay in the period seemed to happen every month because I was stressing too much about it. But because I am who I am, I just decided to buy a test and take one so that I could see the negative and stop the wondering. When that plus sign appeared, I can't even explain the feeling. Shock and relief and excitement and words that don't even exist to describe the level of happiness I felt. I very literally started skipping around my house and telling our dog, Izzy, that she was going to be a big sister and I was going to be a mommy to a human baby. I fought the overwhelming urge to call my husband and my mom immediately because from the beginning, I had a plan of how I was going to tell my husband. I had to wait three long hours and act normal during a phone call when he was on his way home. It was almost impossible. But when he walked through the door, Izzy was wearing a t-shirt saying "I'm going to be a big sister" and I had the positive test behind my back. It took him a minute to realize what her shirt said, but when he did, he was so excited. We're going to be parents. This is really happening.

Pregnancy itself; I honestly feel like thus far, I have been incredibly blessed. The worst of my symptoms happened in the first few weeks after finding out that we were expecting and even those were mild. I spent about two months feeling like I could fall asleep standing up, my boobs were sore and I couldn't eat anything that was super greasy or flavorful. I got sick here and there, but it wasn't an all day or even an everyday thing. And all of that disappeared like magic when I crossed into the second trimester. I've felt fantastic. Actually, I have said that I think pregnancy has made me feel better than I did before. Most women suffer from heartburn - I am typically prone to acid reflux and figured I'd be one of those women. I've had it exactly once during my pregnancy and I blame myself for eating super chocolaty cereal right before bed. I also tend to be a very anxious person and yet, I've been free of anxiety attacks. I'm not immune to bursts of hormonal emotional break downs. Those mood swings are regulars around here. But actual anxiety induced freak outs? None.

I keep wondering when all of these awful symptoms are going to appear. Part of me thinks they're waiting until the end and then they're jut going to pile on. But as of 27 weeks, pregnancy has been amazing. I feel good and beautiful and amazed at the things my body is capable of doing. I am in awe every single time I feel a kick or a wiggle in my belly, confirming again and again that there is a human life growing inside of me. And if you're someone who struggled and had a difficult time during your own pregnancy, I promise you that I don't take mine for granted. I thank God every day for how lucky I have been. I would face every symptom I had to in order to get to the day when I get to hold my precious little one in my arms, but it doesn't mean that I am not incredibly glad that I haven't had to face much so far. I hope I continue to be this lucky, but if not, it will be worth it.


4 comments:

  1. Sounds like pregnancy is treating you well. That's great! So are you waiting to find out the sex of your baby? The suspense! I couldn't do it haha well I hope your last trimester goes just as great :)

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  2. Your pregnancy sounds like a dream! I'm so happy for you :) what a beautiful bump you have! Baby will be here before you know it!

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  3. Stumbled across your post on Twitter. Congratulations! I'm 24 weeks right now with my first baby. I've had it pretty easy too! People keep getting jealous of me! Ha :) Hope the easy road continues for you!

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  4. Stumbled across your post on Twitter. Congratulations! I'm 24 weeks right now with my first baby. I've had it pretty easy too! People keep getting jealous of me! Ha :) Hope the easy road continues for you!

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