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Things I Want To Remember: Weeks 1-12

The first 12 weeks were a whirlwind and it feels like so much happened, so here we go! I want to do an update for each week of pregnancy like I did with Taylor, but the updates will be more "Things I Want To Remember" like any doctors appointments, how I am feeling, milestones, etc.

The first 12 weeks were jam packed, and there is so much I want to remember! I have had more doctors appointments than normal since I am considered high risk. Baby and I are both doing great and perfectly healthy, but I am considered high risk because of my first pregnancy. In this case, that just means extra care, and I can't complain about that!

Week 4

  • We found out we are pregnant! I was actually about 3.5 weeks along, so I found out very early.
  • Around week 4.5, the nausea hit and would only get worse. Bring on the symptoms! Acne, round ligament pain, and scent aversions were the other big ones that would come into play this pregnancy!
  • Parker and my twin were the only two that knew at this point.

Week 5
  • The nausea goes into overdrive, and I start having aversions to pretty much all food.
  • I started telling my friends. We tried to tell as many people in person as possible, which is why our families wouldn't find out for another 5-6 weeks. 

Week 6
  • I had my first doctor's appointment/ultrasound on July 5th, and the heart was beating at 127 bpm! They dated me at 6w3d, making my official due date February 25th. The heart was beating which was really all we could see/hope for at this point, but the doctor did find a small sub-chorionic bleed. I had one with Taylor, and while they are common, they are scary and can really harm the baby. There was nothing I could do but take it easy on the physical activity, so all exercising stopped for the time being. I was honestly too sick to exercise anyway! We were scared but prayerfully confident that God would protect this baby. My two friends Jenn and Karly came to this appointment with me so I wouldn't have to go alone. Love these two girls!

Weeks 7-9
  • Nausea was at an all time high, and I struggled to get through each day and find food to nourish me and this growing baby. I was never sick with Taylor, so this first trimester really rocked my little world. I know nausea is a good sign, so I prayed and prayed and prayed that I would be sick, and the Lord definitely granted that. The baby is healthy, so it has all been worth it, but I have been able to eat very little and actually lost weight in the beginning. Goldfish, red grapes, and Spaghettios were my go-to's. 
  • I had another doctor's appointment at 9 weeks and got a surprise ultrasound since it was a little too early to find the baby's heartbeat with the doppler. The heartbeat was going strong at 176 bpm and the sub-chorionic bleed was nowhere to be found. Praise God!
  • I started believing baby was a girl with the high heart rate and my other symptoms. Parker was convinced it was a girl too!
  • I flew internationally to go visit my favorite person- this is only notable in the "Things I Want To Remember" because nausea and long flights do not mix. That said, I would go again in a heartbeat, and seeing him was all worth it. 

Week 10
  • I had an in-depth ultrasound at 10w5d with the high risk specialists to check for the soft markers of any chromosomal abnormalities. The heartbeat was 167 bpm, and baby was actually measuring a week ahead at 11w5d! I've never had a baby measure big before! The ultrasound went great, and the baby looked perfect. They even turned the 4d on for a second!
  • I also did genetic testing at 10w5d to check for chromosomal abnormalities. This was covered by our insurance since I am high risk, and this test would also tell us the gender! They said to expect a call in 7-10 days with the results. Cue the waiting...
  • I finally got to tell my mom when she flew to Virginia!

Week 11
  • I told the rest of my immediate family!
  • I got the phone call I had been waiting for from the genetic counselor with our test results! The test came back negative for trisomy 13, 18, 21, and triploidy. Praise God!! We also found out we are expecting a BOY!! More details on that later this week!
  • We told Parker's parents!
  • The tiniest little bump made it's debut! I was shocked to start showing so early but thrilled!

Week 12
  • We told Parker's extended family and called the rest of our families that we wouldn't be able to see in person. Everyone knows now!
  • We announced on social media, and the secret was officially out!

That's a wrap on the first 12 weeks! It wasn't always easy, but it was always worth it. We feel so blessed by this healthy little boy and wouldn't change the first 12 weeks for anything!

How We Found Out The News...

Thank you all for the outpouring of love you have shown to our growing family! We are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming a son in February and are excited to finally share the details of this pregnancy! I took a nice little break from blogging which can directly be translated to "the first trimester rocked my world and I didn't have the energy to do anything". Now that I am feeling better and the secret is finally out, I am excited to be back in the swing of things!

Baby #2 has been so talked about and prayed for in our house for so long, but we always went back and forth on the right time to start trying for a second baby. The military complicates things and we wanted to avoid Parker missing a big chunk of our baby's first years of life if we could help it.

We tried for 2 months before he left, figuring it was a long shot but knowing that we would just try again when he returned if it didn't happen. I happened to have a doctor's appt the week after Parker left, and the doctor did a pregnancy test. It was negative. The doctor told me it was still early so there was a chance the test could have been a false negative, but I remember being frustrated that he gave me that hope. I cried a few tears when I got to my car. I knew God had a plan, and I knew we would be parents in His time, but hadn't we already been through enough? Why couldn't this be easier? Those are the thoughts that went through my mind in that moment.

I flew to Texas that following weekend to throw a baby shower for my twin sister (due any day now!). I still hadn't started my period, so I decided if by the time I got back home that was still the case, I would take a pregnancy test. It was Friday, and I wouldn't take that test until Tuesday morning. No way I would go those 4 days without getting a period, I thought. The weekend came and went, and I remember thinking on the flight home Monday evening "Oh my gosh, I am probably pregnant". 

I took a test first thing the next morning (June 14th), and that plus sign appeared clear as day! I couldn't believe it! I stood there in awe with my hand over my mouth just saying "Oh my gosh" over and over and over. I prayed, I cried, and I just stood there and stared at those two intersecting blue lines. So many emotions!

I wouldn't be able to talk to Parker until that evening, and the waiting about near killed me! I was so thankful I would get to talk to him that night though and not have to wait days to get a hold of him. He finally called that evening over Facetime. I asked him about his day and how things were going (let's be honest, in that moment I didn't care and just wanted to blurt my news). After several minutes of airplane talk, I finally cut him off and said "Okay my heart is beating so fast and I can't do this anymore!" He guessed it right there! He was so excited, so surprised, and feeling all those emotions that I had been feeling all day. Telling him definitely made it feel more real!

Ready or not, a brand new journey had started, and baby #2 was on the way! More baby updates to come tomorrow!


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