Wow, so it’s been a big year! We’ve had a lot going on this year, and we kept meaning to post and update everyone… But I (MaryAnn) kept wanting to post our life events in order… and as they kept happening, we just got further and further behind!! So I decided to take a different approach and instead of doing chronological updates, just go for the big stuff and fill everything else in later! Which was very difficult for me to do, as you can imagine!
So obviously our biggest event of the year was getting pregnant! We found out the big news on April 14th when I was just 4 weeks pregnant (although by the crazy way they count pregnancy time, you are actually only 2 weeks pregnant when you are considered 4 weeks pregnant). Anyway. So that was very exciting! I didn’t believe it at first and had to text a picture to a friend for her opinion on the little line.
But the next morning, there was no mistaking it:
Needless to say, we were very excited! Without going into too much detail, we had been trying for a few months with no success, and this “cycle” was going to be my last for awhile. I was pretty burned out and frustrated.
We kept the news to ourselves for a few days, but then ended up telling family and then close friends that next week. Probably earlier than most people tell, but we couldn’t keep it to ourselves! Everyone knows what a horrible secret-keeper I am!
I’m sure most people know all of this by now, but we’ll just recap the details:
Due date: Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
Sex: it’s a GIRL!
Name: Natalie (no middle name yet, but we’ve got it narrowed down to 2 or 3)
So, pregnancy…. I’m not sure everyone in our audience really wants to read the details (or at least what I’m willing to share) on this blog. I will sum it up here by saying that I haven’t been crazy about it. At all. While I’ve been very fortunate to have very few complications (just a couple tiny bumps) and I feel so lucky for that, I also can’t say that I have fully enjoyed being pregnant. My personality and pregnancy just don’t seem to mix. So much so that I’m really not certain that I ever want to go through it again… I haven’t liked being so out of control of my own body and unable to do the things I want/need to do because of the limits my body has placed on me. I really envy the people who say they have never felt as good as they did while pregnant (although I still think half of them are lying), and I am really glad I got to experience being pregnant… I’m just not sure it’s for me…
Anyway, here are some of my pregnancy highlights, for better or for worse:
I woke up the day I hit 6 weeks feeling super nauseous all.of.the.time. I couldn’t eat much, if anything. Work was incredibly difficult to get through. Several times, I would have to excuse myself from a patient to go get sick (or at least go through the motions of it). I ate a lot of crackers. I lost about 12 pounds. I eventually got on anti-nausea medicine, which of course had its own fun side effects. This was not a fun time for me. There wasn’t much I was excited about, as I couldn’t see past this part and was convinced I would be one of those women who was sick the entire pregnancy. But, alas, I was *only* pretty sick most of the time up until 20 weeks. Then it kind of went away, but lingered until about 24 weeks.
Then, I hit the most manageable part of the pregnancy. Everyone said I would feel like a million bucks or that I could take on the world during the second trimester (which was really almost over by 24 weeks). I wouldn’t say that was my experience, but at least I wasn’t dry heaving or going to bed at 5pm every day. I did have more energy, but became frustrated by other normal pregnancy-related changes. I was getting bigger, which was a really hard thing to come to terms with. I couldn’t run anymore (which I actually couldn’t do from day 1, but this is when I really started to want to again). People were wanting to touch my belly and ask me a zillion questions related to being pregnant. Work was starting to get difficult. My clothes didn’t fit anymore. It was summer, and I was always hot. I had to start being careful and restricting my activities a little bit. I just felt trapped in my own body, which was no fun. To top it all off, I wasn’t feeling any movement from the little girl inside me. It seemed like I was supposed to be by most accounts, but wasn’t. So I was constantly anxious and worried that things were going wrong in there. Around 28 weeks or so, I finally started feeling things. It was very reassuring, but it is also something that I admit I didn’t really like – and still don’t really like. It just feel so darn weird and creepy. There is seriously something inside me, moving around with a mind of its own… And while I am so excited to be pregnant and to have a baby, of course, it just kind of grosses me out to feel and see my belly moving around like it does! It’s the most natural thing in the world, but it seems so unnatural!
But then it started getting fun, too. We found out at around 20 weeks that it was a girl! We started buying baby things and setting up the baby’s room. I let myself get excited and became more assured that nothing would go wrong. I had energy for my life again and wasn’t sick and tired all of the time. I finally wrapped my head around having a BABY at some point, and not just being forever pregnant! I started having baby showers and getting presents for the baby!
So that was the story up until pretty recently. I am now 38 weeks, so just 2 weeks from my due date! We can’t believe it’s so close! I’ve been feeling pretty good, I think, for being 38 weeks pregnant. In just the past week, I’ve started getting pretty worn out, but from what I hear, that happens much sooner in most people. I’m still working and doing all the physical stuff my job entails. Still cleaning, doing laundry, grocery shopping,etc. I think I’m probably a little slower than usual, but I’m getting things done at least! Everyone keeps saying I look great for being 38 weeks. Size-wise, I don’t look as pregnant as I am. I have consistently measured 3-4 weeks smaller than I am, which is holding true still now. I am not waddling or anything crazy like that. I am a little bit swollen, but not everyone notices that (thank goodness). I am pretty tired, but hopefully don’t look it!
Now, it’s just a waiting game! As of last Thursday when I hit 37 weeks, I was full-term, which means that if I got into labor, my OB won’t stop anything and that baby and I will most likely be just fine. I haven’t had any signs of labor or pre-labor or anything. My doctor doesn’t check internally because it really doesn’t predict much. So basically, I just live my life as usual and when I feel contractions at the specified intervals or if my water breaks, I go to the hospital! And hopefully it’s smooth sailing from there! Fingers crossed!
Taking weekly (or any) photos of myself and/or my belly was NOT something I had any desire to do during this pregnancy. So I didn’t take any. Actually, I was way against any photos taken of me pregnant, but then thought that maybe our daughter wouldn’t believe I was her mom if there weren’t at least a few! So when the occasion came up, as it normally would, we took photos. But none of the “baby bump” pictures that seem to be so popular. So here is a sampling of pregnant me from this year:
In New Jersey, Memorial Day weekend, 10 weeks (super sick here!)
August, 22 weeks
September, 26 weeks
October, 30 weeks
New York baby shower, October, 31 weeks
Quad Cities baby shower 1, November, 34 weeks
Quad Cities baby shower 2, November, 37 weeks
(can you tell I’m more swollen and uncomfortable?)
So there ya have it! My pregnancy in 5 minutes! Hopefully it didn’t come across as too negative of an experience! I really have enjoyed parts of it and really am excited to get a BABY out of this deal! It just hasn’t been an easy journey for me, physically or mentally. But it will all be worth it, I know, and one day I will look back and think, “Well, that wasn’t so bad. Maybe I could do it again…”!
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