First Trimester

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Baby Neal is coming in October!!! We could not be more excited and we were both so excited to share the news with everyone the weekend after Easter. I’ve gotten so many questions on how I’ve been feeling and I don’t want to forget all of this, it’s already going too fast.

I found out at 4 weeks (!!!) about 20 minutes before our house was filled with about 20 of our friends for small group, I don’t think I said much that night! We didn’t have a confirmation appointment at our OB until 8 weeks, so we waited 4 long weeks keeping the news to ourselves and anxiously awaiting to hear that everything was perfectly ok with our sweet baby. We finally did and hearing the heartbeat at that first appointment was incredible!

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We decided to go with The Birth Place and had our first appointment at about 12 weeks, Justin and I loved touring and talking about the experience that we’ll have there when baby comes.

As far as sickness and cravings go: weeks 5-9 were pretty rough. I was tired from the moment I woke up and all throughout the day, the nausea came and went throughout the day and I was so bloated. I don’t think I cooked one meal during those couple of weeks, I would come home and pass out. I didn’t desire coffee AT ALL which is weird because I normally drink at least two cups a day, I also thought I would miss wine but I really didn’t have any desire for that either.

I came out of all of that around week 10 (PRAISE JESUS) and finally felt like myself again, the food aversions were still there (I couldn’t’ do anything green – especially spinach), I also tried to have cauliflower “rice” and ew – just typing that still makes me gag. Also, crazy: I don’t care for Chipotle right now – I LOVE Chipotle! Pregnancy is weird.

Today I’m at 16 weeks and 4 days. Thankfully, I don’t even feel pregnant right now (except for this growing belly – I’ve gained about 10 lbs – and occasional aches/pains).The only thing I’m really missing right now is laying on my stomach, it was comfortable until about 2 weeks ago (when the picture on the right above was taken). Baby is the size of an avocado – 4.61 inches and 2.50 ounces –  and our friends lent us a heartbeat doppler so my favorite thing is to hear the heartbeat every few days. We find out the sex in 3 days!!!!!! And Justin and I both have an inkling as to what baby is. For now, Justin and I are adventuring a lot and fully enjoying these last few months while life is still just the two of us… and our Lil!