An Announcement

You know how sometimes bloggers are like, I have a huge announcement! And everyone is like oooh she’s pregnant! And then you go to their site and nope, it’s some other thing like “I’m getting my eyebrows micro-bladed!” or “We’re moving!” and you’re secretly a little disappointed. No? Just me?

Well if it’s not just me, it’s you’re lucky day.

Because this is the exact announcement you always think/hope/assume it will be.

Pregnancy Announcement - 20 Weeks

We’re having a baby.

Baby B is coming in early November 2017. We are absolutely thrilled to be parents.

Now I’ll go ahead and interview myself about it because I’m a blogger and I can do that sort of thing. Also I love it when other people do this.

How far along are you?

20 weeks. Half cooked!

When is your due date?

November 9th.

Why’d you wait so long to share this news?

It’s our first child and I was just nervous (remember, I used to work in a children’s hospital so I’ve seen a lot). Once I got in to my second trimester we shared openly with our extended family, friends, and coworkers. Social media and the blog felt like a bigger leap and frankly, there was just no rush. I kept thinking I’d put something on Instagram or the blog and then just decided to wait until after our anatomy ultrasound (which went perfectly). Also I wasn’t showing at all so I felt a little awkward. More on that below.

Is it a boy or a girl?

We know the answer to this! I’m sharing more back here tomorrow. I know! I know! So obnoxious. I promise I didn’t do a whole gender reveal thing in real life so just humor me and let me do one on here, okay?

Do you have a name picked out?

We sure do. It’s one we’ve loved for years. We don’t call the baby by name though. We usually go with “tiny human” or “the baby” or “Baby B”. We won’t be sharing the name here until this kiddoh arrives.

How are you feeling?

Really good! I ran a half-marathon at 14.5 weeks pregnant. I’ve kept up my usual amount of walking (4-5 miles/day). I take exercise classes through ClassPass (more on that here).

The only issue I’ve had is that I feel full really quickly when eating and haven’t had a great appetite. After some first trimester nausea (not fun but not too bad), I thought my appetite would come back full force in my second trimester. It hasn’t so I have to be really conscious about what I eat and making sure it’s enough (per my doctor). I realize this is the opposite problem many women have so I know I’m lucky. It also means I never feel even the slightest guilt about my indulgences.

The exhaustion caused by pregnancy has hit me pretty hard and has not let up in the second trimester (I thought this was supposed to be when I have the most energy?). I take a nap nearly every day after work. True story: I took a nap in the middle of writing this blog post.

Mostly I feel like myself but sleepier and really happy. Like every day there is something to be excited about. I don’t feel crazy hormonal. I haven’t cried over random stuff. Nav says that if he didn’t know I was pregnant, he wouldn’t know I was pregnant. I’m gonna view that as a win.

Any cravings?

Last week on my lunch break I found myself eating pickles out of the jar while making a milkshake. Stereotypical much? Ha. I’m also loving lemon water ice and I had a serious cantaloupe phase for a couple of weeks.

What do you miss most?

Spicy tuna! More than wine, honestly. And sleeping on my stomach.

What’s the best part of being pregnant?

The unsolicited advice! And being touched without my consent! Said no one ever.

Actually it’s just the excitement of having this little person who is half me and half Nav. I’m so excited to see Nav as a Dad because he’s one of those guys who is just built for the role. He’s going to be so great. It feels like we’re starting a new adventure together and we’re going to do our very best to raise a good human. I’ve loved the conversations this new life has prompted between us.

I’m also super pumped to spend maternity leave with Archie (and the baby!).

Speaking of Archie, how’s he feeling about this?

He was initially hesitant about giving up his only child status but then heard a rumor that babies are messy and eventually throw food on the floor. This increased his excitement significantly.

How’s the bump?

It took me a really long time to show. At 14 weeks, I had nothing. Nada. It didn’t even start to look like something until maybe 17 weeks. Even now if I’m wearing something even slightly loose, I don’t really look pregnant. It made me kind of self-conscious for a bit.

Is everyone pregnant?!

I swear, the further I got in to my pregnancy the more frequently I felt like I was seeing pregnancy announcements. It certainly felt like a wave of blogger pregnancies although maybe I was more sensitive to it because I knew I was pregnant and had not shared.

Is this going to become a mommy blog?

MAYBE. Kidding (kind of). Pregnancy and motherhood is part of my life now and so I’m sure it will come up on this blog. I have been writing so much since I’ve been pregnant! I’ve got a back log of lots of pregnancy related posts that I’d like to share but haven’t been able to since we hadn’t shared our news. So expect a surge in pregnancy related posts while I share the stuff I’ve already written and then we’ll mostly get back to the usual programming with pregnancy/motherhood as one of the topics sprinkled in. Hop over to my Instagram if you want a peek of our ultrasound!

Thanks so much for being here. This has been the happiest time of my life and I’m excited to finally share that here. We know how lucky we are to be bringing this tiny human in to the world and are in awe of the joy and responsibility. Baby B, we can’t wait to meet you!

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