Dress — C/O Gordmans
Belt — C/O Gordmans
Sandals — Nine West
Bow Necklace — Tiffany’s
I’m in the final stretch of this pregnancy! Other than sharing outfits, I haven’t really talked much about being pregnant on here, mostly because this isn’t a pregnancy blog and I think a lot of things related to pregnancy are private. But today I thought I’d answer some questions I frequently get asked:
When/how did you first find out you’re pregnant?
Baby H was planned, but also a surprise because we weren’t anticipating it happening so quickly. While putting on my makeup one morning before work (Friday, January 17, to be exact…), I felt a little lightheaded and queasy. I’m pretty in-tune with my body noticed feeling a little off that entire day, so as soon as I got home from work I took a pregnancy test, and it was positive! I could barely believe it, so I confirmed the results with a second test. I’ll never forget the feeling after I took the tests: excitement, a racing heart, and disbelief! I put the tests in a paper bag and set them on the kitchen table to surprise Chris when he got home from work. He was thrilled, of course, when he opened the bag to see what was inside.
How have you been feeling physically?
Honestly, I’ve been feeling pretty good so far. I dealt with morning sickness during my first trimester, but feel very lucky that it hasn’t persisted. I get hip pain at night, but it always goes away in the morning after moving around a bit.So far, I’ve kind of liked being pregnant (I know, I’m one of THOSE), but that could certainly change as I progress through the third trimester!
How have you been feeling mentally?
Excited. HAPPY. Scared. Overwhelmed. Emotional. Unprepared. Lucky. Etc. Etc. Etc. I think almost every pregnant woman goes through feeling all the feelings! I’ve overwhelmingly been excited and happy, but it’s also a scary thought that delivery is right around the corner and once the trauma of that’s over, we’ll have a child to raise. I’ve been reading up as much as I can on delivery, parenting, and breastfeeding, and we’re also signed up for several classes at the hospital. For me, knowledge has been power and has given me more confidence. Funny pregnancy hormone story: Chris and I were at Gander Mountain this past weekend watching a Dock Dogs competition and I started crying for no reason. The dogs looked so happy and were having so much fun it brought on the waterworks!
What have you been craving?
I really haven’t been craving anything crazy. I definitely love my sweets and ice cream, but to be honest, I was like that before I got pregnant! My diet hasn’t changed all that much compared to pre-pregnancy.
How’s your body/weight changed?
I won’t lie, it’s kind of scary seeing the number on the scale creep up. So far for the most part, I like how I look and am feeling confident. Looking back on the photos of myself each week shows a rounder face and figure, but that’s the nature of the beast. Chris has told me he thinks I’m more beautiful than I’ve ever been, which makes me feel very lucky to have him by my side through it all.
Any food aversions?
I had an aversion to meat during my first trimester, but nothing since then.
Have you been exercising?
I try to go on long, brisk walks several times a week. It’s been easier this week because the weather has been so cool!
What are your delivery plans?
Before I got pregnant, I watched The Business of Being Born and felt empowered to do a natural, at-home birth. While I still think women who do that are amazing, actually getting pregnant and realizing that this baby is coming out in a matter of months has made it clear to me that I’d like to be in a hospital. I’ll be delivering at the hospital that’s near our house, and I’m planning on having a medicated delivery. I’ve been dealing with a bad case of “White Coat Syndrome” where my blood pressure spikes up every time I go to the doctor. I’ve been tested for pre-eclampsia several times (which includes a super-annoying 24 urine collection…). I’ve passed each time, but the risk is there that I could develop pre-e and I don’t want to pull a Lady Sybil!
Do you have any feelings if it’s a boy or girl?
Honestly, no! And I’m trying to not dwell on it so I don’t get my hopes up one way or the other. Most people guess we are having a boy. Here are some of those classic old wives tales that predict gender. It’s pretty split between boy and girl!
No acne … BOY
Baby’s heart rate … GIRL
Craving sweets … GIRL
Chinese birth chart … BOY
Mayan birth chart … GIRL
No husband sympathy weight … BOY
Morning sickness … GIRL
Skin is not dry … GIRL
Have you picked out names?
Chris is named after his dad, so if we have a boy the tradition will continue and he’ll be Christopher Alan III. We haven’t decided on a girl’s name and I don’t think we’ll be sharing it when we do decide. We’re not looking for unsolicited opinions when it comes to names!
How’s the nursery coming along?
The nursery is quickly becoming my favorite room in the house! It’s all painted and most of the decorating is done. Chris is turning a nook in the room into a closet and the crib needs to be built. I’ll be sharing room details on here once it’s all ready.
Are you going back to work after Baby arrives?
I have already transitioned to part-time at work in preparation for Baby H, so I’ll be part-time career woman, part-time at-home momma. It’s the best solution for us because we still have my income and won’t have to rely on day care five days a week. Not to mention, I like my job and career and would be sad to give them up! I have been SO lucky when it comes to the flexibility and understanding of work.