We're Having a Baby! (First Trimester Update)
Last week, we (finally) shared online that we're expecting our first child this fall, and I've been completely overwhelmed by all of the love and support you guys have shown us! We're SO excited for this next adventure in our lives, and since it seems like you are excited too, I thought I'd take a minute to catch you up to speed and share a little bit more with you!
These are the questions we're asked the most often:
How far along are you?
I am 17 weeks today... which is wild! I feel like the older you get, the faster time flies by, but these past 4 months have honestly gone by at record speed!
When did you find out?
We found out super early... mid March-ish. I took a test on a weekend when Lucas was gone on a backpacking trip, and the second line on the first one I took was SO light that thought I was imagining it. I had the entire weekend to process the giant life change by myself (because Luke didn't have cell service... and even if he did, I wouldn't want to tell him over the phone!) and I told him on Sunday night, after dinner with his family and playing HQ Trivia together. 😂
How are you feeling?
Now that the first three months are over, I feel great, and I'm SO thankful for that! I won't lie, though - those first couple of months were rough. Some fun facts about that first trimester include:
- For about a month, morning sickness was all day sickness. I never threw up, but I was so so so so so nauseous. All. Day. Every. Day. It got to the point that I started to feel like I'd never feel normal again… but now that I do, it's so strange how those months of sickness feel like they were no big deal at all.
- I flew to Washington for the Delight retreat when I was 8 weeks pregnant, and I literally packed an ENTIRE carryon bag full of snacks. I was SUPER nervous that I would feel awful the whole time, but the trip went really well overall and I think the distraction was good for me.
- However, the week after I got home was hands down the WORST week of my entire pregnancy, and I pretty much spent the entire week in a sleep coma. I honestly don't remember much about that week except bawling on the phone to Luke to bring me some chips, salsa, and guacamole when he got off work because it was literally the only thing that I felt like I could stomach.
- For about 3 weeks, I couldn't eat ANYTHING that was heated up. I quit coffee overnight and lived off of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the aforementioned chips and salsa, hummus, and smoothies. And popsicles. And (vegetable only) sushi when I could convince Luke to go out. I'm not a picky eater at all, so food aversions was really hard for me to get my head around.
- I watched four seasons of the Office during the past three months when I couldn't drag myself out of bed. All of the feels for Jim and Pam.
- I've also read at least 10 books…. So that's made me feel slightly more productive.
- Overall, it wasn't my best season of life, and it was frustrating at times that I wasn't able to be as productive as normal, but I'm SO thankful for our child and for this experience and I wouldn't change a single thing.
Are you going to find out the gender?
We haven't decided.... but our appointment is in a few weeks, so we're going to have to decide soon!
Do you have names picked out?
We have some ideas, but nothing is set in stone! I've been trying my best to take things one step at a time and savor the season that we're in, so we haven't quite gotten there yet. :)
How are you going to handle work and motherhood?
Obviously, I'm going to continue working - I love what I do and these past five years of entrepreneurship have been amazing. However, one of my favorite things about owning my own business is the ability to allow it to shift and change with me over time, and I have exciting plans for how it will evolve over the coming year. Stay tuned! :)
Have you thought about how much you're going to share about your baby on social media?
Yes. A lot, actually. I was honestly hesitant to even announce our pregnancy online (which is why we waited for so long!) and I want to be very intentional about what we share and how we share it. I have chosen to open up and share parts of my life online, but our child hasn't. I can't predict how he or she will want to be portrayed online when they're older, and I don't want to burden them with an entire online presence before they're old enough to consent to it. I'm still not entirely sure what that will look like, but I'm sure it's a topic we'll continue to explore over the coming months!
Have you bought any baby stuff yet?
Honestly, not really! Like I said earlier, I'm trying to take things one step at a time, and it still feels too early to be buying things! I've bought a few things that I grabbed on sale, but other than that, I'm still researching what we need and trying to make sure each and every purchase we make is intentional and necessary. I hate having clutter, and I want to be as minimal as possible with our baby stuff. :)
I've been blogging since 2004, and while the first 10 years or so of that is hidden away where no one will (hopefully!!) ever find it, SO much has changed since I started sharing my life online. From a teenager obsessed with mountain dew to a college art major trying to figure out what I want to do with my life to traveling, photographing weddings, getting married, and watching my business change and evolve, it's been SO fun to be able to look back at the past 14 years of my life online and see where life has taken me. This next step into motherhood feels like one of the biggest changes to date, but I'm excited to step into that new role and share our adventures along the way!!