Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A photo trip down pregnancy memory lane: 1st Trimester


Found out we were preggers on 6/10/11:  Super duper excited.  

First belly pic (also 6/10/11): Hubby used his cell phone to take this picture.  This is later that morning we found out we were preggers.  I was not having any nausea yet.  We went hiking with the dogs.  Was bursting with excitement and wanted to announce it to the world but we stuck with our plan to wait until after the first trimester.  Was still running regularly.

The following week we told our good friends C and D.  Well we tried to announce it in a creative way but D popped our bubbles and guessed it even before we said anything.  We were leaving MS and although we said we wouldn’t tell anyone until after the first trimester we really wanted them to know before we left (especially since we talked babies with them so many times in the past)

Shortly after, I got my first pregnancy gift from D which included crackers, sour patch kids because the nausea (and vomiting) had kicked in.  She also got us a book (What to Expect When You’re Expecting).  That same week I went into work then had to leave because of a combination of headache and intolerable nausea.  While in Walmart I projectile vomited in their bathroom (barely made it).

About 1-2 weeks later I told another friend (B and C) who also live in MS.  C was so excited too and started brainstorming about baby shower although I was still in the first trimester. LOL.  That same week I told a friend and co-worker (S and her husband B).  We had always joked about being pregnant and having kids.  I just could not leave MS without telling her in person.

All these people were awesome and kept our secret so well.  We chose to not make the BIG announcement until after the first trimester because of the risks of first trimester miscarriages, etc.  We wanted to get past that critical period.

Graduation for hubby and I 6/24 and 6/25
Hubby’s parents were in town and went to both our graduations.  They also helped us with the big move to NC.  It was so hard holding back such exciting news.  Of course, as usual the talk about kids would come up and we (hubby and I) would make a funny comment.  We didn’t lie, we were just creative with our answers.  I remember his mother asking us directly and we completely avoided answering by using humor.  It was so hard trying to move AND hide a pregnancy (not only was I nauseated I also could not lift certain objects).

Cousin’s wedding on 7/2 in VA:
So, no one in my family knew about our news.  I have a HUGE family and a lot of them were at my cousin’s wedding.  It wasn’t so tough hiding it because I wasn’t showing and I had already committed to taking anti-nausea medication (if I was going to be able to function at all).  We had a great time and no one had a clue.  It was actually fun keeping that secret mainly between hubby and I.

Belly pic in NC (taken by hubby): 7/21
Maybe showing a little bit.  I don’t know.  Anyway, I went through work orientation and no one suspected.  The first month I had to tell one of the girls I work with because I wanted her to switch calls with me (because one of my calls fell during the time when I would be on maternity leave).
Ignore the disorganization in the room.  We were still in the middle of moving.
 Not long after that I told my program director who was very excited for me.  She even encouraged me to take at least 12 weeks or as long as I need on maternity leave.  My training program was so supportive so all the worrying I had before hand was for no reason.

We had our first OB appointment at 10 weeks.  We had to see the ob nurse which we felt was somewhat of a waste.  We decided we wanted to work with an OB Gyn for this pregnancy and not the midwives in the practice.  The next week we saw the doctor for the first time.  We were almost 12 weeks when we got our first ultrasound.  It was so exciting seeing that there was a real baby in there.  I had been nauseated and vomiting for weeks and my body had been changing but seeing the baby brought it home to us.  Hubby was with me.  He was a teeny-tiny bit disappointed that there was only one baby (and not 2 or 3) but I was jumping for joy.  I can't imagine having multiples.

We had labs done (which were all normal) and opted to not have the First Screen or the Triple Screen.  We figured it wouldn’t make a difference in our approach to the pregnancy so we decided not to have it.  Also knowing that they were screening tools and NOT diagnostic and that I was healthy we didn’t see the need. 

After our Ob appt we called my mother on the same day.  She was so excited about having her first grandchild.  I had my husband announce it to her in patois (over the phone, as she lives in Jamaica). 

A part of the package we sent to my husband's parents to make the announcement.  They were ecstatic too.  We then told his siblings in order of age.  That part was exciting too.  We tried to have one of his sister's kid (4 yo) announce it to her but we were on speakerphone so hubby's sister heard us prepping his niece and she started screaming with excitement.

We then announced it to the rest of my family and went in age order too when it came to my extended family so that no one felt left out or that we had preferences.  I know, we are such crazy planners when it comes to certain things.

Anyway, bottom line is that everyone was surprised and excited and basically said it was about time. LOL.  No one was upset that we waited that long to tell them.  

OK, so more to come in future post about the second trimester (which I'm more than half way through).  I'm documenting all the details so I can refer back to how it all unfolded some day.  Oh and by the way, I am so ready for Baby K to get here, although we haven't bought anything or prepared much.  I'm just excited to meet our little one.

Mrs. K


  1. This is so sweet. Your excitement is contagious. Many congratulations. Reading this brings back the memories of my pregnancies.

  2. Wow time really flies. Thanks for sharing your time line. I'm hoping to see more pics in upcoming posts. Show us that bump!!!

  3. i absolutely loved reading that! made me so happy! except for the nausea part of course, i wasn't happy to hear that. i can't believe how time is flying! and i'm like Nini, can't wait to see more baby bump pictures!

  4. I could not be more happy for you. I really enjoyed reading this and am still smiling. I'm sooo excited for the two of you and so glad that everything is okay with work and maternity leave.

  5. I'm so excited for both of you STILL! And, I'm also excited to finally see some pictures of this pregnancy! Keep on updating all of us you left behind here in MS. :)

  6. I'm so excited for both of you STILL! And, I'm also excited to finally see some pictures of this pregnancy! Keep on updating all of us you left behind here in MS. :)

  7. Wow, wow!!! I am so happy to read the update. You have such a beautiful belly :)!

  8. Well hot diggity! I am so happy for you guys! I also love that we are pregnant together. You look awesome. I hope the nausea is over.

  9. You are one hot mama!!! Must. Hit. The. Gym.! I love how you told people gradually...pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. Congrats to hubby for completing his degree!

  10. Your body is sick! Amazing! Congrats on the baby! I can't wait to follow your pregnancy journey. The 2nd trimester is the best and most fun. The 3rd trimester is the most annoying and uncomfortable one, but still fun nonetheless.

  11. Great update. Thanks for filling us in on the details, I'm enjoying reading everything.

  12. Congratulations!!! Its really a joy and a great experience!!! Minus the nausea!!

  13. We found out we were pregnant on the exact same day! I'm starting to get the feeling that we are leading parallel Anyway to answer your question I have not really starting buying things but next week when hubby gets in to town we are going to Babys R us, Target and Baby Depot to register since my sisters have already scheduled my baby shower in Houston for Dec. 10 and my mom scheduled hers for Dec. 11. Gotta get the ball rolling. I feel so behind my nonmedical friends who already have their nurseries done as well as baby clothes bought, washed and hung in the closet. Our "nursery" has 1 piggy bank and one dress that I saw in the store and couldn't resist buying. That's it :( I'm 23 weeks and have only bought Baby M 2 things! My last SICU night call is this Sunday so once that's over I'm going on a shopping spree for Baby M! Wish you were going to be here to join in on the fun but I know you and hubby are going to have a nice time road tripping together!
    P.S. I feel like I wrote a novel. I should have just called ya but its early in the morning and you are probably still asleep like regular folks :)

  14. Awww how sweet. Love all the reveals. I know your family is super excited for you guys. We here in blogland are excited too.

  15. Love it! Thanks for sharing. Pregnancy is such a beautiful period. I don't want anymore children, but I'd love to be pregnant again!

  16. Oh my GOODNESS!!!! I have not been keeping up with you like I should! Congrats! When are you due?

  17. Awww Congratulations! That is absolutely marvellous news, and your excitement is infectious ;-) I can't wait to read about the rest of your journey ;-)

  18. Sharon: thx and i'm glad you were able to reflect back on your pregnancies. hopefully you had fond memories :)
    Nini: time does fly fast but i kinda want it to go faster. lol. more pix to come which includes the bump. im working on a 2nd trimester timeline.
    Faith: thx. nausea sucks but not everyone gets it, which is good
    Monique: thx. i am thankful that i have an understanding boss too. btw i emailed u today.
    D: more pix to come. we are happy that we got to share the news with you guys in person
    Toi: thx girl. so do you.
    Teresha: thx. nausea is still here but i'm dealing w/ it better. so excited for you too.
    Mrs. Pancakes: thk u :). it doesn't look like that anymore--you'll see in future pix. lol.
    Love and Tangles: thx so much for stopping by and leaving a comment--much appreciated. my body doesn't look like that anymore--but it's all good :). i will check out your blog soon
    RBOASL: Glad your enjoying it. i've been enjoying reading your updates too.
    Carissa: i agree. thx so much for stopping by.
    Amy: I think we are living parallel lives. One of my showers is on Dec 10 too. lol. I left you a long message on your blog too. Feel free to write a novel anytime. :)
    K.Rock: yes our families are sooo excited.
    MrsTDJ: lol. ur hilarious.
    WIDT: It's all good :) Due date is Feb 12
    Annie: Awww. thk u. i will share more soon

  19. Awwwwww, this was a sweet post :)

  20. Woohoo!! So excited : )

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  21. So behind on seeing this update on the pregnancy but I'm still very excited for you! :) I feel like your pregnancy is just flying by (hahah ) - hahah I know, I know, I'm not the one who's pregnant but seriously, I have a friend that JUST had her baby and I feel like she was pregnant forEVER. hahah

    Very happy for you and enjoy the updates! :)


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