In early March we found out we were expecting another little one in early November!
I knew I was pregnant before we took the above test because I was at day 32 of my cycle without a period. Pregnancy tests don’t work for me until a few days after the first day of my missed period should start. I have a 28 day cycle and I took a test on day 28, 30 (both negatives) and then got a positive on day 32. I basically knew that I was pregnant when my period didn’t show up but it’s always REALLY exciting to see the positive test.
A few of my first trimester symptoms:
*I didn’t have the weird headaches that I had with Brooke, Skye and my miscarriage years ago… Those headaches were so bad that my vision would go blurry for a few hours and I would see stars. It’s been nice to not have those this time.
*I’ve had a few random cravings like popcorn with butter and salt:
*ORANGES. I have eaten so many oranges and drank so much orange juice over the past few months it’s ridiculous. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night thinking about oranges and won’t be able to go back to sleep without eating one. Some days I just dream about a big pool of orange juice to jump into ha.
This last Sunday I was going through old blog posts to remember what things I craved/hated during my other pregnancies and came across this post from when I was pregnant with Brooke. I had completely forgotten my love for orange juice the first time around too!
I wish I had cravings for really fun foods but those actually sound terrible most days. I have LOVED anything and everything fresh and I have found myself snacking on leftover salmon many many times. There was a week or two that I couldn’t eat any vegetables and had pizza or mac and cheese most nights but other than that I’ve wanted fresh food more than anything. Oh and tacos ALWAYS sound good no matter what time of day.
*Just recently I have started to really want froyo often with as many fruity options as possible. Nothing like a $7 cup of froyo as soon as Yogurtland opens.
*I called my brother that is a doctor pretty much every day for a few weeks just so concerned about getting Covid while pregnant. He reassured me that everything would be okay and I just did my best to not go anywhere at all and when Andrew would get home from work (even though he is now on the clean floor) he would strip down in the backyard and go straight to our guest bathroom to shower. I’m definitely not as concerned now due to Utah’s very low numbers and being out of the first trimester (a fever during the first trimester scared me a lot) but I probably need to pay my brother for all of the time he spent calming me down ha.
*I haven’t been abnormally tired with this pregnancy! With Brooke and Skye I pretty much napped every day of my life and never felt rested. I’ve taken a few naps but nothing crazy. Maybe it’s because we are home so much and I was on the couch a lot so I don’t have a lot to be tired from but I actually feel less tired now than I do even during normal life and especially during marathon training life.
*I was humbled quickly. For the first few days of quarantine I felt like a million bucks. I was 6 weeks and feeling better than ever. I killed it with activities, work and the kid’s schooling and then I remember sitting on my couch when I was 7 weeks and the nausea hit like a ton of bricks. From weeks 7-14ish (and I still have nausea at night) I have never been so sick in my life (Andrew said it has been way worse with this pregnancy vs Skye’s and I agree). In the mornings I am usually pretty good but once eleven or noon hit, I was done for. I tried every combination of things to see what would help… ie eating different foods/smaller meals, unisom/b6, not exercising, ginger, a few prescriptions from my dr etc but nothing helped that ‘noon until bedtime sickness’ from happening. Zantac is something that helped me out when I was pregnant with Skye but it’s no longer on the market which made me very sad. Luckily, I have been able to get a lot of my work/kid’s school/things done in the morning but then the nausea hit so hard and I’d be on the couch for hours and hours. The timing has been interesting because I really don’t think I could have gone to any of the normal after-school activities etc so it’s been nice to have zero expectations for myself other than to stay home during the time I was at my worst. It’s also been really nice for Skye to have the big kids to follow around all day since they have been home.
6 weeks and just so naive to what was up ahead because I was feeling great ha:
*For about two weeks I couldn’t open our refrigerator without losing whatever I last ate… So for two weeks I had the kids or Andrew getting things out that we needed and not going within 2 feet of that thing. I just couldn’t handle the smells or all of the different foods staring at me ha.
*We told our kids very quickly we were expecting, just a few days after we found out. It just felt right to have them included and I knew with how sick I was with the girls, they would need to know why.
*I fall asleep every night before 9 pm (sometimes even 8) because nights have been so hard so I force myself to try to sleep through it. Because I go to bed even earlier than normal, I end up being awake from around 2-4 so if anyone else is awake during that time just send me an email and we can talk ha. Every night I would go to bed thinking there is no way I would ever run again but luckily I would wake up in the morning feeling better.
*With both girls I started wearing maternity pants later into the pregnancy than this time. At 10 weeks I started to wear my maternity pants this time and they are the most comfortable things on the planet. I either wear these, dresses or stretchy shorts/pants and am more than okay to avoid anything that buttons near my waist until 2021 or 2022 ha.
*I haven’t felt any more emotional than I normally do during this pregnancy. With Skye I remember crying all of the time and felt so out of my head and while this time is very hard in the world and I’m emotional over that, I haven’t felt pregnancy mood swings like I did with Skye.
*I love Tums a lot and they help me with heartburn big time.
*I’ve washed my hair more than ever during this pregnancy… the reasoning = if my hair smells like food in the slightest, I’m washing it.
*I’ve never thought it was possible to hate water as much as I do right now ha. Each sip is a chore and so is brushing my teeth. I drink a lot of vitamin water, crystal lite or gatorade to get in water each day without the terrible taste of plain water.
*I’ve still been running most days of the week. For some reason running helps me feel closest to normal and doing it in the morning before I feel too sick has helped my mental health out a lot during this time. My doctor is more than happy for me to continue to keep running as many miles as I want so I’ve been at around 45-50 miles per week on average. I went to a team workout the first week after I found out (before quarantine started) and was shocked at how quickly I was a mile behind my team. It felt really weird at first to go from being side by side with everyone to barely seeing them up ahead but I just reminded myself that in addition to getting a new baby I love with everything I have… with each pregnancy I’ve gotten faster and in 2021 I’ll be back with my gang again.
*We are very excited and feel very lucky to be able to grow our family again. I remember those years so clearly when I was a single mom with Brooke and longing for more children so badly it made my heart explode. I remember when I sold her crib I cried the rest of the day. I really thought I would never get the chance to have more children during those years when I wanted them so badly. I am very grateful to get the chance to do this again.
*Thank you for being so great over the last few weeks. Your comments have made my day and no one has complained once about my lack of interesting posts;) Thanks for being my friend and for helping me through whatever I’m going through at the time.
*This little one will be my parents’ 26th grandchild and Andrew’s parents’ 25th grandchild. SO many cousins!
*Here is the baby bump at 15 weeks:
Share any first trimester thoughts/experiences you’ve had with me?! Did you find anything to help with the nausea?
Have a lot of cousins in your family?