I finally sat down at the computer long enough to write a blog post! YAY!
The little things = huge accomplishments LOL
Here we go!
Hopefully you’re not already tired of hearing about my pregnancy because I am about to share all about my first trimester. We were lucky to find out super early. I was shocked, thrilled and then paranoid all within 48 hrs. Finding out your pregnant is one of the most surreal experiences. There isn’t much to compare it to. Your life truly does change. I instantly felt like I had this special thing I needed to protect. We weren’t trying, so it was a complete surprise. I had this overwhelming feeling I was pregnant not long after I received news from my dad that his brother had died. I have always believed that when something passes over into another life that something new comes to us in this life. It seems as though it was true on this day. I had a super old test in the cupboard and Jeff had no clue I was peeing on it till I was at the top of the stairs saying ummmm….soooo….I took a test LOL. We both were in shock but agreed it wasn’t a bad thing. Jeff not long after looked at me and told me I would be an amazing mother. That made everything feel so right. We then left for Mexico and within 24 hrs of our flight we lost our eldest dog Lilly (our first baby). This was a whole other level of emotions. We were thankful we had 10 days to get away just the two of us and remember old memories and create new ones. Our trip to Mexico was super relaxing. Being so early I didn’t feel any symptoms of pregnancy yet. I was convinced I was already starting to show a tiny belly by the end but I think it was the burritos and virgin pina coladas. On the last day of our trip my sense of smell slowly started to sink in. The buffets were starting to get weird…
Once we got home I had a few days of nausea but that was it. I however could have fallen asleep anywhere at anytime. I felt very exhausted. I was still teaching 15 classes a week, personal training full time, cleaning my suites and managing a motel. I would set my alarm on my lunch breaks to sleep for 20 minutes. That routine didn’t last long once the migraines kicked in. I think this was my body saying that is enough and SLOW DOWN. I finally listened. Jeff and our moms also helped me slow down and relax. I took some days off work and rested. If there is one thing I learned through this pregnancy it is that you have to listen to your body. There is no overdrive anymore. I did more yoga and didn’t stress about my workout schedule anymore.
My body physically started to change a lot. I also found that my sense of smell and diet changed immensely. I basically just smelt garbage. I would clean the fridge out daily and throw anything that was a day old and everything that smelt or looked weird. Jeff had to play goalie on the fridge. I couldn’t stand the smell or visual of meat. I hated veggies. I basically lived off chicken noodle soup, mac + cheese, sourdough bread, juice, apples and oranges. This lasted till about 10 weeks. I slowly started to be able to eat veggies again if it was in pasta, wrap or sandwich. I still couldn’t handle the site of a salad or any meat. Eventually 12-14 weeks brought back my normal eating plan. I however became addicted to oreos, anything pickled, salted caramel everything and bacon.
Through it all I never puked but I did get the worst summer cold at 14 weeks. Just as I was feeling like stella got her groove back I got taken down big time. I was legit in bed for 5 days straight. I have been trying to keep my pregnancy very natural in the sense of medication. I finally had to take tylenol to break my fever and beat the migraine I’d had for days. Luckily The Studio had a schedule change and I was teaching less classes. I was so thankful my clients were very easy going in my first trimester. Everyone was in support of me and taking care of baby first. THANK YOU EVERYONE!
During the 13th week we found out it was a BOY! I am a planner and needed to know that every test had been done and what gender we are having. We paid to have early testing done. This test is called the harmony test. You do this test at 10 weeks and have the results usually within 2 weeks. Everyone thought it was a girl. Jeff said the day we found out that it was a girl. My mom is also a reiki healer and did the usual crystal test she has done for all my pregnant friends. The reading said GIRL every time she did it. There for I was very shocked when Debbie at the clinic said BOY lol. We were happy with a healthy baby boy or girl. I have gotten really excited about the idea of a boy now. I will save my pink obsession for another time. We have chosen a name for the little man that we will share when he arrives. We can’t wait!
Living in Ukee we had to decide where we wanted to give birth. I chose the lovely town of Courtenay because my best friend lives there and works at the hospital. She conveniently lives 5 minutes away from the hospital as well. We also decided on using a midwife in the area too. I have enjoyed the process of using a midwife so far and they offer shared care with the clinic here in Ukee. It’s nice to get to know the people who will deliver your baby when we already have to deliver in an unfamiliar setting. I am using a Cedar House Midwifery. I have heard great things from previous mommas too!
Lastly I would like to thank Jeff for all of his patience and support. Hormones are very very wild in the beginning stages of pregnancy. I had no control of my emotions. I was extra sensitive and cried when I had no clue why I was crying. It was overwhelming at times how much I worried that something was going to go wrong. It was a good friend that reminded me that I was meant to be a mother and I was healthy so everything would be just fine. I still think back to that when I worry about a different feeling, movement or pain. Jeff was also good at un diagnosing me with everything I diagnosed myself with from google. Over all I have had a really good pregnancy. I have had my worries but I have tried to me mindful to stay positive. I started using a really good meditation app at 5 weeks that is called “Expectful”. It has a weekly mediation for each week of your pregnancy. It was so cool and helped create a strong connection with baby. I learned each week what was happening with baby and my body. Pregnancy is a whole other type of adventure. I wasn’t sure when it would be my time but it’s been pretty perfect timing!