And not much to show for it yet. I will say that we took this picture yesterday, after a particularly rough day of sickness the day before. I have a picture from the previous week where I swear my belly looks a bit more round. But, all and all not a lot of change.
When we found out. It seems like forever ago that I took the at home pregnancy test. All it took was one, and we knew. To be quite honest, I would have been SHOCKED if the test was negative. The two weeks leading up to confirming my pregnancy, I just knew something was different. I didn’t feel bad, but I could tell some changes were happening in my body. Still, when you get that positive sign your heart explodes a little.
According to sources: At 13 weeks the fetus is about the size of a peach, or 3 inches long. The nose and chin are well defined. The baby may begin to suck it’s thumb! Though you can’t feel it yet, the baby can move, flexing the arms and kicking the legs. The fingerprints are already in place, and vocal cords are developing this week. (What to Expect When You’re Expecting; http://www.baby2see.com/development/week13.html)
How I’ve been feeling: There is no short answer to this one. Around week 6 nausea kicked in hard, and with that came the food aversions. Week 7, all day nausea was accompanied by vomiting (sorry for the tmi). And that has continued on and off for the last month and a half or so. But, I’ve always had some good days thrown in there too. Though “good days” are not exactly pre-pregnancy good day. I’ve felt good enough to go for several long walks (despite not having stepped into a gym in almost two months), and meet with the ladies for coffee most weeks. At week 12 I felt like I hit this milestone and was feeling pretty good. Then this past Easter Sunday I got absolutely slammed with sickness, just like I was back at week 7. Miraculously, yesterday I felt pretty good and progressively better as the day went on! (which usually, I feel progressively worse as the day goes on). I almost felt like a new woman, and Garrett even turned to me and said, “I think you’re BACK!” Today I am continuing to feel pretty darn good. I am hoping that I’ve turned a real corner this time!
Maybe the worst part has been the food aversions. Even the thought of cooking has made me sick, and going to the grocery store has been quite the endeavor. Garrett has been amazing through all of this. He’s remembered how to cook for himself again! Haha. And has helped out with everything and anything. Luckily, things are starting to get back to normal around here and while the aversions are still there, I am eating much more than just saltines and grapes these days.
Favorites right now: FRUIT. I can’t get enough fruit. Strawberries, melon, and nectarines are my latest favorites. I eat an egg every morning, not because that sounds delicious, but because it keeps the nausea at bay. Protein really seems to help, so I’ve also been eating a fair amount of chicken. Other favorites are avocado and tomato salads with oil and balsamic vinegar, anything salty – potato chips, pretzel sticks, popcorn. Milk, chocolate milk and more milk. Lemonade. Toast with butter and jam. Pancakes on the weekends. These little dark chocolate caramels that really help with nausea (dangerous). And everything else depends on the day. I pretty much graze throughout the day and never eat much at one time. That seems to be working for now.
Aversions: Okay, the biggest surprise… PEANUT BUTTER! What the what!? I’ve only been eating peanut butter on toast for the last ten years of my life, every single morning. I cannot even smell it now. Though, it sounds less disgusting these days, so maybe I’ll have to give it a try. Another weird one is pizza and pasta, but I think that’s because I had pizza almost every night one week when I was particularly ill. Up until yesterday I haven’t wanted cheese at all (probably has to do with the pizza episode). Oh and last week Garrett cooked salmon for himself and the smell alone sent me over the edge. But really, this list is getting shorter. Three weeks ago I would have told you EVERYTHING! Slowly I really am getting an appetite back.
Weight gained and belly bump sightings: 0 lbs gained, but I have finally broken even. I go back and forth between losing weight and getting it back. At my 12 week appointment I weighed exactly what I weighed at my 8 week. I have no doubt my weight will start picking up steam soon. As far as a belly bump, I definitely notice a difference in my tummy. There is a roundness there at the bottom that wasn’t there before. Still not noticeable to others, but I am looking forward to a real baby bump sometime soon!
When we started telling people. All along Garrett and I wanted to wait until 12 weeks to let people know we were expecting. We just felt the risks were too high until then, and we wanted to be pretty confident when we shared the news. But then it actually happened, the positive on the pregnancy test. I told my mom the day I took the test. I told my dad the following week, which ended up being Valentine’s Day, the day my brother proposed to his girlfriend! You can imagine my parents were overflowing with emotional bliss. Then we kept quite until 9 weeks after we had heard the baby’s heartbeat and had our first ultrasound. We told my in-laws, and our brothers. Little by little, my small circle of friends here in Antwerp started figuring things out. I was canceling meetings, not making it to coffees, etc. Most people knew we wanted to start a family soon, so they put it together. But, it wasn’t until after our 12 week appointment (just last Thursday!) that we gave our family the green light to tell their friends and all our relatives. That day was extremely special as we felt an outpouring of love and support from people back in the United States. It was definitely worth the wait.
Okay, I know this was a long post! There was a lot to catch up on as we’ve been keeping mum for so long. I will continue to track my pregnancy journey with updated posts. And I hope to be blogging again more frequently now that I am feeling better! (knock on wood). I think it goes without saying that Garrett and I are absolutely thrilled to become parents. I have known that I wanted to be a mom my whole life. It still seems surreal at times that this is happening. We are overjoyed and anxiously awaiting October 8.