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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

So, we're expecting a baby.

In other words, this is the real reason I've sucked at blogging (and sucked at life) for the last two months. At least it's a good excuse, right?

I've been tired. Really, really, really tired. But I've noticed an improvement the past few weeks, and things are looking up from here. I think I'm coming out of the first trimester funk and entering into the "magic" that is supposed to be second trimester.

I'm sitting here now, trying to figure out how the hell to condense the last eight weeks into a coherent post. And well, I don't think I can! Even though much of what I've been up to has been boring as hell, there still seems to be much to talk about. I guess we can start with what are probably the frequently asked questions. These are the ones I'm getting from people in real life, and the answers:

How far along are you? When did you find out? I am 12 weeks pregnant. We found out on January 12, when I was a little over 4 weeks pregnant.

12 weeks already?? Why didn't you tell me sooner?? We told parents and siblings pretty much right away (more about that later!). For everyone else, we decided we wanted to wait until we were further along, when the risk of miscarriage was minimized. It's not that we didn't want to tell people, it's just that we didn't want to un-tell. We ended up spilling the beans to a few close friends along the way, but it was kind of on a "need to know" basis. We didn't even tell our grandparents until now! It was a hard secret to keep, but I still think it was the right decision for us.

How are you feeling? I'm feeling really good these days. I have been really lucky, as I had virtually no morning sickness. I had a few weeks around 7-9 weeks when I felt like total garbage, but I soon discovered that it was my prenatal vitamins, not pregnancy, that were making me ill. As soon as I switched to taking them right before bed (instead of with breakfast), I felt like a new woman.

Was this planned? Yes, it was. Very much so. This baby has been wanted for a while.

Are you going to find out the sex? Nope! We like the idea of keeping it as a surprise for delivery day. Everyone is going to have endure the suspense until September.

Do you have names picked out? We're about 99% sure we do. But guess what? We're not sharing that before the birth, either. I know, I know. We are evil. Believe me, we're already getting grief from family and friends about our level of secrecy, but oh well! :) Everyone will survive, I assure you.

Have you had any cravings? Mustard. Traditional yellow mustard. I'm in love with it right now.

Are you showing? Not really. I've just started to notice some slight changes in my abdomen, but it's not visible to anyone else yet. I'm not wearing maternity clothes yet, though my pants are starting to feel tight in the afternoons (after I eat lunch). Hello, bloat! I'm just waiting for the day when I wake up and can no longer button my pants. It's coming, I can feel it.

I think that probably covers the basics. Let me know if I'm forgetting anything. :) I want to point out now that I have no intention of turning this into a "baby blog," so I hope that those of you who don't give a crap about babies will still visit me! With that said, I've never placed this blog in any sort of category at all; I've always just posted about what's going on with me, my thoughts, what I'm cooking, what I'm working on, etc. So it's only natural that I'll be posting about the pregnancy/baby on a pretty regular basis. Especially in the next week or two, since I'm sort of making up for lost time! Please bear with me as I work out a balance between the "old me" and the "current me."

Thank you for all of the congrats messages on my announcement post! It is really overwhelming to receive messages from so many well-wishers. It is nice to know that there are people out there, aside from our family and friends, who care.


Mrs.Po March 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM  
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Mrs.Po March 9, 2010 at 8:09 AM  

Congrats!!! I started reading your old blog when I was wedding planning as we were doing it about the same time. I don't usually post, but I just wanted to say how happy I am for you both :)

Stephanie,  March 9, 2010 at 8:25 AM  


S March 9, 2010 at 8:44 AM  

Congrats! Looking forward to reading about your pregnancy/baby.

Angie March 9, 2010 at 9:04 AM  

How exciting, congratulations! I say don't share the names you choose - when DH and I start a family we're not going to share either until the baby has been named! First of all, you never know if when the child is born you may feel differently when you meet him/her and secondly - some people have a tendency to ruin the name for you before it even happens!

Tricia March 9, 2010 at 9:14 AM  

OMG!!!! Congrats! Yay for not finding out the sex...it will be a wonderful surprise.

Megan March 9, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Congratulations Heather! I rarely post, but I've been following you since May '09, when I found your blog while planning my wedding. You were really an inspiration to me and now you've got me wanting to get into photography too! I kind of feel like I'm falling in your footsteps as I suspect my husband and I will be married for a couple years and then start trying, much like it seemed you guys did! I'm very excited to see this next stage of your journey! Congratulations again!

nc March 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM  
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nc March 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

Congrats! Very exciting, indeed.

I'm curious to hear about how you're balancing the timing of your new job and the baby?

Life of a Doctor's Wife March 9, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

I've been following you since Road to the Aisle, and even though I'm not a mom, I would still love to hear about baby related things! It's part of your life, and you always write so well about your life.

Just wanted to put it out there that this reader wouldn't mind if you had a "baby blog" for a while!

So happy for you and your husband!

denise March 9, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

Many congratulations to you. I've followed you for a while, but don't often comment (although I do use several of your recipes) We didn't find out the genders of our children nor tell names...we let people know a variety of names we liked, but didn't commit to any of them, although we had decided. It is much easier not to get comments or opinions on names that way. just a word of advise as you go along your pregnancy, (that I wish someone had told me), start writing a health history to give to the triage nurses when you go into delivery so you don't need to talk while in labor. It will be easier and takes a surprising amount of time to compile!

Anonymous,  March 9, 2010 at 9:47 AM  

I'm so excited for you guys! I've been an avid reader since "Road to the Aisle" and I can't wait to hear about your new adventure! Congrats!

tab890 March 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Congrats again, and I agree that waiting on finding out the sex is absolutely the BEST! We didn't find out we were having a girl until she was born and it made the anticipation that much more exciting!

Anonymous March 9, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

Congratulations! so happy for you! and so glad you are not finding out the sex- it is the only true surprise in life!

Moya March 9, 2010 at 10:31 AM  

Congratulations Heather!

Franzi,  March 9, 2010 at 10:39 AM  

Congratulations Heather! So exciting. This baby is going to have such a wonderful mommy...

Lots of Love and all the best from Germany!

Juls March 9, 2010 at 10:46 AM  

I am so excited for all of you!Congrats! And we all know that Tess is going to be a great big sister :)

Jen March 9, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

Congrats Heather!! :)

Crystal March 9, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

Congrats! I'm actually 11 weeks today and had my first u/s the same day you did! You're very lucky you haven't had morning sickness, I've been nauseous all day & all night. I think I'm starting to come out of it and I'm hoping it's gone by next week. Good luck...very exciting!!

Krystie March 9, 2010 at 12:08 PM  

I'm SO excited for you, obviously.

Questions I want to know ;)...

How did you tell your husband?

Any plans to move to a bigger house now?

Does your new job welcome maternity leave?

Can't wait to follow you down this journey!

PS. I love when people don't share the sex or the names! We'll do the same when the time comes.

Becky March 9, 2010 at 12:47 PM  

Congrats! That is so exciting! Best wishes on your pregnancy!

Anonymous,  March 9, 2010 at 1:13 PM  

Sounds like we had nearly identical first tri experiences. I, too, struggled mightily with serious fatigue. And, I also only dealt with 'morning sickness' until I switched the PNVs to nighttime.

Many wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

~Kristen M.

mariehahn13 March 9, 2010 at 2:35 PM  

Wow, congratulations! I'm very happy for you both and your families. :) I look forward to reading about the next 6 months! :)

Sara March 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM  


Gia March 9, 2010 at 5:39 PM  

Again, congrats! Even though you don't want to turn the blog into being completely baby-oriented, I am looking forward to hearing all of your experiences in your witty way! Can't wait to hear the details!!!!

Kylee Wall March 9, 2010 at 6:52 PM  

I'm so glad you aren't one of those bloggers that lets it all hang out there and gives us the play by play of the conception, the cervical mucus, and the photo of the pee stick the instant "positive" shows up. Thank you for being classy, I look forward to reading about your new adventure.

Rebecca March 9, 2010 at 8:27 PM  

yay! when i saw your pic, i thought, that looks just like my baby. my last sono was at 12 weeks so they were the same :) i'm 14 weeks now. we're waiting to find out too and even though people are giving us crap about it, i think its the best, most exciting way! congrats!

Clint & Alicia McLaws March 9, 2010 at 9:44 PM  

CONGRATULATIONS!!! Oh, how exciting!! :D I envy you :)

Laura March 9, 2010 at 10:59 PM  

Congrats to you and hubby! I am so excited for you and can't wait to read about it!

Jen March 10, 2010 at 8:17 AM  

Congrats! I can't wait to hear all about the pregnancy and baby

Pie March 10, 2010 at 9:57 AM  

Congratulations Heather!! It is such a wonderful news. 2nd trimester is so much better, enjoy it!!

Elise March 10, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

Congratulations!!! I know how much you love babies, I'm so happy for you and Michael even though I don't know you!

Mrs. B March 12, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

Heather, Congratulations to you and your husband. I have followed your blog for quite a while and am just thrilled for you. Pregnancy and motherhood is an amazing adventure...enjoy it!

Nani March 14, 2010 at 1:04 PM  

How many tests did you take LOL???
Congrats and welcome to THE best time of your life!!!!!!!

Anna,  March 14, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

Hi Heather, I'm a lurker on your blog. I found you when I was googling how to make pocketfold invites for my wedding and have followed you ever since. I've been waiting for this post, and I cannot describe how thrilled I am for you even though I don't even know you! I hope to be in your position over the next 18-24 months (after I'm married!). I've thought about starting my own blog, but haven't gotten around to it yet, lol.

Good luck, and have a happy and healthy 9 months!

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