First Trimester Review

Hello everyone!

I am happy to report that I am currently 14 weeks pregnant everything has been smooth sailing so far. This may be our last baby so I am really trying to relax and enjoy this pregnancy and all that comes with it. I am the type that LOVES being pregnant despite all the aches and pains that accompany my burgeoning belly. My first two pregnancies were so different from each other and I am anxious to see what this one brings.

With Hank I had absolutely no nausea BUT I was in SO MUCH PAIN! He had positioned himself in an odd spot right on one of my arteries. It was so uncomfortable and scary. When I would stand, my blood pressure would skyrocket because of the pressure on the artery so I was relegated to bed rest lying only on my left side (to take the pressure off of the artery). I spent a few painstaking boring weeks playing Candy Crush in bed. The heartburn was insane and the carpal tunnel made my cry in pain every night. But, it was fine. I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I was high risk with Hank so we had lots of ultrasounds and were able to find out that he was a boy very early. We named him Harrison 1) because we liked the name and 2) my Dad’s name is Harry and we thought it was a nice homage.

With Reid I was sick every single day. EVERY…DAY. The carpal tunnel was fierce. I had pubic symphysis later in the pregnancy that was killer. Reid was born 4 days after Christmas and I’ll never forget walking through the mall trying to Christmas shop and I was putting all of my weight onto Hank’s stroller. I was crying in pain with every step but I look back now and laugh at myself. What was so important that I had to buy?! I was literally wiping tears from my eyes trying to get through every step. So ridiculous! We found out Reid was a boy early because we opted for an elective 3d ultrasound. Kevin wasn’t going to be able to make my 20 week anatomy scan so we figured this way he could hear the gender and we would find out a few weeks early.

I want to preface this next part by admitting that I generally have NO CHILL when it comes to getting pregnant. If I read about it on the internet, I’m going to try it. When we decided to start trying for a pregnancy with Hank I immediately hopped on Amazon to order the ovulation test strips, was drinking pomegranate juice, and downloaded every app I could find. The thing about having never had a baby before is that you don’t know when/if any issues will be brought to the table. I wanted to put all my ducks in a row so that in case there were complications, I’d have already looked into options that increased my odds.

With this pregnancy I had vowed NOT to get crazy and stressed out about the process. I took a couple tests (three actually) but they came back negative. I assumed that I was out for the month and anxiously awaited to start the process over again. But…a new month didn’t start. It wasn’t until 3 weeks later that I tested again and it came back positive. So I tested again, and again…and again. All positive. And here we are. Who knows what that was all about but I am so thankful that we are here.

The 1st trimester symptoms are already subsiding. While I haven’t switched to maternity clothes yet, my clothes are getting pretty tight. Hank is nonstop kissing my belly and Reid is walking around with his babydoll under his arm all day. When we first explained the baby to the boys we told them that God had planted a baby seed in my belly to grow. So now the child, as well as the babydoll, have been known as Babyseed. Funny enough, the only thing that has caught me off guard  so far is my TERRIBLE attitude. I don’t know what’s gotten into me but I have zero patience for nonsense. At work I’m telling it like it is and won’t sugarcoat a single thing. I guess the fatigue has made me lose some (all) of my patience, lol.

Thank you all for your kind words and congratulations.

I’m accepting any and all tips on how to handle 3+ kids. Bonus points if you tell me what car I should be driving and how to handle everyday errands .


  • Reply Holly Breton at Pink Lady August 2, 2017 at 5:10 am

    I LOVE your current symptoms- that is hysterical- do people at work know? If so, I am sure they will give you a free pass- ha ha!!! One of my best friends has 5 kids and she drives the largest truck that Chevy makes- not sure that helps 🙂

  • Reply Andrea Nine August 2, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I love how much the boys are embracing the new baby in your belly! That is so sweet! You know what, nobody’s got time for nonsense especially a pregnant lady so you tell it girl! I love your attitude about everything and I’m just so excited for you!

  • Reply Sierra August 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I’m so glad things have been going well for you! It’s so amazing how every pregnancy can be so different and how our bodies change throughout the process. Beautifully Candid

  • Reply Jennifer August 2, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Love this post! So happy for you. Hope you have an easy pregnancy! Are you going to find out the gender this time?

  • Reply Allie August 2, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Um I’m not pregnant and have zero tolerance for nonsense 100% of the time! I hope that you have a safe, happy, and comfy pregnancy this time around!

  • Reply Lisa August 2, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Well let’s see. You’re tired, you’re working and you have two busy little guys at home. Yeah, that seems like qualification for a terrible attitude, although I’m sure it’s nowhere near as bad as you feel like it is. Isn’t it just so sweet to see that precious little peanut on the screen?! Man! What a miracle!!! If you’re not already driving a van then I think that’s in order. We had one (only 2 kids though) and it was AWESOME. So much easier than worrying about them flinging doors open into other cars and now with all the remote opens…wow, how great. We are actually saying our next vehicle we’ll probably go back to a van to cart around GRANDBABIES❤️. NO, nothing to tell and it should be quite a while…especially since they aren’t even engaged, but believe you me, I’ll be all about it when that day comes.😍

  • Reply Erin Port August 2, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I am done being pregnant but this post made me remember all the things. I was HORRIBLY sick with all 3 but particularly my last (IV and all). So glad everything is going well. Can’t wait to follow along the whole way through with you 🙂 xoxo ERIN

  • Reply Amanda August 7, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Well I stopped at 2 kids so I must say I haven’t the slightest idea about three kids BUT I can say this – wine. Haha! Attitude…I had one while pregnant with my son but that is because they kept telling me he wouldn’t live so I was pissed at the world. Pain…that was with my daughter she brought me such gifts as sciatica, heratburn, and all those other fun goodies pregnancies can dole out! Haha. I pray this is a safe, fun, and smooth pregnancy for you! Yay for baby seed!

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