oh my, where to start? I am 15 weeks along today, but let's rewind to October where it all began. After many "how do we know if we're ready conversations", we decided it was time to go off birth control and "see what happens". All four sets of our grandparents are still living and local, our older siblings have babies and the baby fever has been brewing in me for, oh let's see, the entire two plus years I've been a Labor & Delivery nurse.
One month later on November 22nd I was oddly woken up by my about-to-burst bladder. Weird. At 6:30 in the morning on that Saturday I saw a second little line appear (it was definitely there unlike the last 7 tests I'd taken that month) and Weston was woken up by my sudden outburst of "BABE! I'm pregnant!" Oh believe me, this was nothing like the big reveal I had orchestrated in my mind. I had searched Pinterest high and low for 'the perfect way to tell your spouse you're expecting'. All of that went out the window in about .2 seconds. It's funny how the real life version of how things unfolded was SO much better than anything I could have planned out. Home together, nowhere to go, we soaked in the reality that we had created a human...We were going to be parents! We sprawled on our bed next to each other in shock and joy, nervous laughing, talking, crying, praying and mostly just staring blankly at the ceiling.
The first trimester was a lot harder than I expected. I was blessed to have very mild symptoms. Nausea like clockwork every evening around dinner but never vomiting. I spent a lot of time sleeping and eating bland, salty foods. Overall I felt great physically, but my mind was going wild. Worry, doubt, and dread of what could go wrong consumed my thoughts so much more than I ever could have expected. My experience as a nurse exposes me to the reality of the statistic: 1 in 4 women experience a loss. All of those experiences have opened my eyes to the true miracle of life but also to the heartbreak that so many silently endure in those early weeks. I clung tightly to my trust in God, lots of prayer and encouragement from my husband in those first few weeks. Then, on December 16th I had my first ultrasound. I saw that little blob and flickering heart and I fell in love. That was in my body? A teeny tiny growing human? It became so real. Soon after that you better believe I ordered a home doppler. It felt a little 'crazy mom'ish to me, but just knowing I could listen to that little heartbeat that gave me so much peace when I saw it at just 7 weeks was all the justification I needed.
Christmas came along and it was time for the big announcement. Before all of this happened, around the time I stopped taking my birth control, I found out (by cornering her and asking her point blank) my sister was expecting her second baby! So after sharing our secrets with each other and keeping it under wraps [literally] to everyone else, it was time to tell our family. She made her Christmas card an announcement and we put a sonogram picture in our Christmas card envelope. We were all together at my parent's house on Christmas Eve and started the night by nonchalantly handing them our Christmas cards to open. Hers first then mine. There was freak out #1 after hers. Smiles, hugs, questions. Then, a few minutes later there was freak out #2 after mine. More smiles, hugs, laughs and now tears. What better Christmas present can kids give their parents than two new grandchildren just a month apart in the upcoming year? 'Twas a very merry Christmas indeed. (I should also mention Weston's Sister is expecting her third mid-March, so his parents were just as thrilled, and also gaining 2 grandchildren in 2015)
So, that's the story. Here I am, in my second trimester, waiting for my 5'8" body to show me that there is truly a baby growing in there. (don't worry I've confirmed with my doppler many times) I see all my petite friends posting adorable 12 week bump photos and I'm just over here feeling and looking bloated. I decided I'm posting a bump photo whether baby shows up or not between now and 20 weeks. I'm still wearing normal clothes at this point but definitely unbutton my pants when I sit down (no shame) and am on the hunt for the perfect pair of maternity jeans to live in asap.
This journey to motherhood drags and flies all at the same time. It terrifies me and excites me. It makes me self-conscious and confident. I want to soak it all in and bond with my baby and love every minute. For now it's more of a coast along until I feel movement and grow a bump. But, I am thankful. For health, for life, for a husband who becomes more of a softy every day in anticipation of this little one. We pray every night for who this child will become, and I thank God for choosing us to be his or her parents.
And now I will stop rambling and go to bed with my five pillows and prepare for the middle of the night bathroom trip(s).