Big News!

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Can you keep a little secret?  What about a big one?  Ok, here it is…

We’re pregnant!!  That’s our little Gummy Bear, above, at 8 1/2 weeks.  Isn’t he or she super cute?!

We’re still asking y’all to keep it (sort of) a secret (mostly just keep it off facebook until I can announce it!).  I haven’t told my co-workers or my boss yet, and I really want to tell them in person when I return from Pittsburgh in 2 weeks, rather than them find out from facebook, ya know?  I have no clue how my boss will take the news…

So…we’re at 11 weeks now, almost done with the first trimester.  And we’re healthy, so I can’t ask for much more!  It’s been a doozy, though- let me tell ya.  For the last 6 weeks, it’s been almost constant morning sickness.  I had lost 14 pounds, but I’ve put 3 back on.  I have found myself sensitive to every smell- and certain smells, like coffee, onion, and garlic, will send me straight for the toilet.  Did I mention there is a Starbucks in the lobby of the hospital at which I am currently working?  I know I look crazy- I practically have to sprint past it!  The cafeteria at work is pure torture, too- so many smells, so many foods.  I usually run like a linebacker there, too- I feel bad for anyone who is in the way.  Ugh, even talking about it still churns my tummy.  It’s so weird how just thinking about food can send me to the toilet.  It has gotten (very slowly) a little better; weeks 5-8 were like torture.  I couldn’t even get out of bed in the morning, but I had to drag myself in to work, every day.  I am proud that I only called in sick twice!!  My OB has me on some medication for the nausea- without which, I would never eat.  I feel so sorry for my poor hubby!!  When we are together on the weekends, I am just so sick and have no energy to do any of our usual stuff.  And nothing sounds good to eat, ever.  I haven’t wanted any kind of meat since this all started, so I am thankful for my prenatal vitamins with iron.  And honestly, I am so picky- I spend all day foraging for something that sounds remotely edible, and by the very next day, it might be repulsive!  So every day, it’s an adventure to see what (if anything) I can keep down…

I have to say I honestly am a little disappointed that I still am having morning sickness.  I thought for sure it would be gone by now.  I mean, especially with Thanksgiving coming up, I don’t know what I’m gonna do!  I am really looking forward to the second trimester, and hopefully that will mean the morning sickness will go away!  It makes it hard to focus on how excited I am about our little gummy bear when I feel so sick.  I was also really looking forward to Thanksgiving because we had hopes to be travelling to Georgia to spend it with my extended family, but Chris’ work has decided to send him to Cleveland, starting tomorrow.  So we aren’t gonna be able to go to Georgia, huge bummer.  What’s more, we will actually be in different states for another month.  I am soooo over being separated from my hubby- especially now!

I’ve had 2 doctor’s appointments so far, and an ultrasound to check my due date.  We are due June 7, 2013!  Feels so far away, but it’s really just around the corner.  The ultrasound was so neat.  Chris & I have both seen hundreds of ultrasounds, and never was it more amazing and surreal than when it was our bean!  So far, everything is healthy and happy- Gummy Bear’s heart beat was going super fast at 189 beats/min!  The ultrasound tech wanted to make Gummy Bear wiggle for us, but Gummy Bear was sleeping.  Something about it just made me giggle- I was so happy to see it, to see my little baby for the first time!  So when I giggled, Gummy Bear started wiggling like crazy!!  Which made me giggle some more!  Hubby was gripping my hand the whole time, and peeked over at him, and his eyes were just a tad wet (so sweet!).  Afterward, he just kept saying, “It’s real!  We’re really pregnant!” with such a sweet smile on his face- it’s been so interesting seeing this pregnancy through his eyes.  He kisses my belly every night he can, and he’s been so patient with me (Lord, I know I have got to be so annoying right now).  I have been blessed with a sweet hubby who is excited for parenthood- I am lucky, indeed.  I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

So, my goal is to take weekly pictures of my growing belly, to make a scrapbook of sorts.  Here’s the first one I took at 4 weeks, when I wasn’t even showing:

Look how happy I was!!  I had just found out that I was pregnant!  I was still able to eat everything, work out every day, sleep all the way through a night, and jump out of bed, feeling absolutely amazing.  That woman, in that picture there, could do anything.  Not anymore- I’ve been reduced to a puddle on the couch. On really bad days, I imagine that that is how my cancer patients must feel.  Now, I realize how dramatic that sounds, but bear with me, for just a moment.  I’m not saying this is like having cancer, I just think I may have a better appreciation for possibly a fraction of what they may feel.  For example, looking around, looking at pictures in my house- my thoughts were, “Wow- that was when I felt soooo good all the time.  I had so much energy.  I could do so much in a single day.  Food tasted great, and I enjoyed it.  I had no idea how lucky I was to feel so good every single day.”  And it hit me, I’ll bet my cancer patients say that, too.  I’m thankful not only because I don’t have cancer, but I will feel and be normal again.  Maybe not today, tomorrow, or even next week, but I will feel better again- I will eat again, I will jog again, I will wake up happy again.  And at the end of it all, it will be so, so worth it. <3 p="p">
So, later today when Hubbs gets home from work, we’ll take the week 11 picture, and post all about how week 11 has been treating us 🙂  

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2 Responses to Big News!

  1. Janet says:

    Congratulations Laura & Chris!!! I am so happy for you both! We will miss you this Thanksgiving 🙁 I hope you feel better soon, I know exactly how you feel, and it is so worth it!!!

  2. Lauren says:

    Thanks, aunt Janet! We definitely missed y'all this thanksgiving! I'm banking on the hope that its all worth it in the end!

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