Pregnancy Update: 17 Weeks

How Far Along: 17 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of an onion. He or she is turning cartilage into bone and putting on some fat. It really is crazy when you think about all the growth that is happening, especially from the first few weeks. Baby G is now a proportional baby in that his or her arms and legs are in proportion to it’s head and body. From here, her or she will just grow!

How I’m Feeling: Tired. I make it through the work week okay, but when I hit the weekend, all I want to do is sleep. I’ll take exhausted over sick every time, but I’m just not used to having to take naps to make it through the day. I haven’t taken a sip of coffee since week 6, so my caffeine intake is non-existent. That may be good for the baby, but it’s not great for my productivity. I also haven’t been working out as much as I would like to, which is probably another reason I’m not feeling energized. Juneau and I did take a long walk yesterday though, and I felt great afterwards.

What I’m Wearing: Still fitting into my own clothes, but I did buy a pair of maternity jeans this weekend. The day is coming, and coming soon.

What’s On My Mind Lately: I can’t believe I’m 17 weeks! That’s nearly halfway! May always seemed sooo far away, but after the holidays we will be in the 20s! Time is flying.

What I’m Craving: Carbs – pasta, bread, bagels, potato chips. Don’t worry Mom, I eat my fruits and veggies, too! I just don’t crave them 🙂

What I’m Looking Forward To: Still looking forward to Christmas break. Eight more work days!

Best Moment of the Week: I announced my pregnancy at work on Friday at our holiday party. I thought everyone would have known since I think I look pregnant, but the majority of folks were surprised. It was pretty cute!

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Pregnancy Update: 16 Weeks

When I first found out I was pregnant, I went through a bit of a grieving period. David and I just got married! I wasn’t ready for this! But as time went by, I soon realized that no one is ever ready for these huge life-changing things. We are truly blessed that we were able to get pregnant so easily. We are now at a point where we can’t stop talking about it. Maybe it’s because we kept it a secret for so long, or because I’m finally showing, or because we are just really that excited.

I’ve decided that this is a perfect life event to blog about. I spoke with David about it, and we decided that even if no one cares or keeps up with our journey, this will be a wonderful thing to look back on and remember all the little details of our first pregnancy.

How Far Along: 16 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby Gregory is the size of an avocado. )It’s really funny, and not scientific at all, that most pregnancy websites/apps compare your baby to a food item. Last week Baby G was the size of an orange, which I typically think of as bigger than an avocado, but we will go with it.) He or she is growing hair, taste buds and can hear our voices and the sounds outside the belly. We had a doctor’s appointment last week and heard the heartbeat for the third time and along with it, a few bumps proving Baby G is quite active. I’m not surprised as he or she is half David, who just does not slow down!

How I’m Feeling: Like myself. There are times throughout the day where I actually have to remind myself that I’m pregnant. I still feel like I just look a little overstuffed, but I realize more and more that my clothes are getting tighter and people are starting to ask. I’ve been able to feel the baby flutter a bit in my belly, which is super strange, but I have to be in a very specific position to feel it. Usually at my desk at work, when I’m least expecting it. I’m always hungry, but I have energy to workout a bit. I’ve realized I’m not going to be running any marathons anytime soon because I become short of breath far quicker than I ever have before. I still get super exhausted and have been going to bed hours before my normal bedtime, but overall, I feel good.

What I’m Wearing: I’m still in my own clothes. I put aside a pair of tights after wearing them last week and realizing they are just a tad too tight nowadays. I know the maternity clothes are just a few weeks away.

What’s On My Mind Lately: Well, Belize was an awesome distraction from work and everyday life. Since getting back, David and I have slowly been decorating for Christmas and starting to shop for gifts. Christmas really snuck up on us this year. We haven’t really slowed down since the wedding!

What I’m Craving: Well, I went through a baked potato phase, and then spent $15 on chicken salad because I needed it so badly. I almost cried over ravioli a few weeks back because the closest grocery store didn’t sell what I wanted, so I had David drive to the middle of town to find some for me. (He’s awesome). Nowadays I’m craving potato chips and milk — not at the same time, but still, so weird.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Christmas break! I can’t wait to spend 10 days in New York with my family. We are going to do our registry with my mom while we are up there, too. Counting the days.

Best Moment of the Week: Life – just being in Belize. So beautiful. Baby – of course hearing the heartbeat again. Plus we found out we can learn the sex in early January. A belated Christmas gift 🙂

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Baby on Board

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Finally! The secrets out!

David and I found out we were expecting wayyy back in mid-September. He was on a fishing trip over the weekend, and when he came back on Sunday night, he brought with him some home pregnancy tests. We just had a feeling… and we were right. I took FOUR pregnancy tests that night, just to make sure. It’s a strange feeling realizing that you’re pregnant. I immediately thought of everything I was doing wrong. “Oh no! I had a beer last night with dinner!” “I haven’t been taking prenatal vitamins!”

The moment David and I realized we were going to have a baby was nothing like what you see in the movies. We weren’t jumping around, crying with joy. In fact, we stared at each other, terrified, and immediately drove to his parent’s house for some guidance.

We told our families that night. It just felt strange to have a secret from my sisters and my mom and dad. They were all thrilled, of course. I still felt terrified. We had just found out weeks before that my older sister was expecting as well. I remember her calling me and feeling relieved that the pressure was off! I could wait as long as we needed. But like they say, when you make plans, God laughs and makes his own.

I would be lying if I said my entire pregnancy was beautiful and exciting so far. It took me about three weeks to fully grasp onto the fact that there was a baby growing inside me. I still don’t think I can truly wrap my head around it. Mix those feelings with the yuckiness of the first trimester… ugh, those were some tough weeks.

Now, though, I’m feeling much more like myself. With the exception of my clothes fitting tighter and having a strong aversion to coffee (I miss it so much!), I’m feeling good. I’ve even kept up a semi-normal exercise routine, although much more limited since I get out of breath just walking up the stairs to our apartment.

I’m currently 15 weeks and 5 days. I’ve started to show a bit and people at work have been guessing that something is up! David and I talked long ago about announcing the pregnancy while in Belize, and it was the perfect place to do it! We had a prenatal checkup this morning and everything is going smoothly. As the doctor put it, we are on cruise control right now. I’m so excited to see my family in a few weeks and spend the holidays with them. I can’t believe that 2015 is nearly over. What a crazy year for the Gregorys!

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