One month away from the third trimester and I figure its time to put together some sort of reflection on my pregnancy before baby boy arrives! When we found out we were expecting in late March (two days after Mitchell’s birthday), I remember thinking I would document every milestone and passing month with gusto. But then exhaustion and morning sickness set in…and for twenty weeks I kind of had to drag myself through life. Pre-pregnancy Ana had a really rosy idea of what it would feel like to carry a child. And truthfully, it IS the most wonderful, miraculous thing I have ever experienced. But it’s also been a little less pollyanna than I had imagined. So before I gush over all the magic, let me tell you some of the unfiltered parts that took me by surprise. Like the time I:
-Threw up in the Target parking lot into a box of leftovers.
-Was asked four times in one week why I “looked so sickly”.
-Had to stop after walking a quarter of a mile because I thought I was going to birth the baby right then and there. #roundligamentpains
-Ate a strict diet of bagels and cream cheese for one month straight because everything else came right back up.
-Had to let quite a few clients go because I simply couldn’t keep up with all the work and take care of myself at the same time.
-Fell in love with Taco Johns’ meat and potato burritos.
-Took three+ naps per day just to survive.
-Thought I would never stop crying. How can everything be so sentimental?
-Wore the same three outfits over and over again because I refused to cave and buy some real maternity clothes.
Looking back, it all just makes me laugh. Pre-pregnancy Ana thought she had a lot of control when in reality, I was just one pregnancy away from realizing that my best laid plans could be completely demolished by a precious, growing baby.
And thank God for that.
And now for the gushing. In between all the nausea and exhaustion, I’ve found so much joy in all the little milestones that go along with pregnancy. My favorites:
-Finding out we were expecting on the same day the doctor told me we might struggle to conceive (more on that later).
-Seeing him GROW! We had an eight, twelve, and twenty week ultrasound and it left me breathless to see his little body grow and become more baby-like.
-Feeling him kick for the first time (and then feeling his kicks get stronger and stronger).
-Finding out he is a boy! I’ll never forget turning to Mitchell with a big smile on my face and squeezing his hand when the doctor clued us in.
-Announcing the news to our parents.
-Drinking non-alcoholic beer at a music festival and savoring every drop.
-Finally buying some maternity clothes and embracing the bump.
-Ordering a bassinet and setting it up in our bedroom (and then proceeding to fill it up with even more baby things.
-Having my doctor tell me that, “I am magnificent” while measuring my rapidly expanding belly. I love how pro-life and pro-woman he is.
-Simply resting my hands on my belly and thanking God that He is knitting together a life for us to love.
As the end of summer draws near and fall settles in, I’ll be over here preparing the nursery, trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are going to be parents, and spoiling Hank dog before his life gets turned upside down. In the meantime, I can’t wrap up this post without some of my pregnancy favorites! I hope you find something below that brings a little extra comfort or joy to your pregnancy.
–Made For This has been absolutely amazing as I prepare for birth. I adore the Catholic perspective, holistic approach, and personal stories from mom’s who have experienced a wide variety of births.
–This water tumbler for staying hydrated. I fill this up SO many times each day.
–This “Fiat” mug is on my wish list. Fiat means “let it be done to me” and refers to Mary’s act of trust and surrender when she accepted God’s will for her life. Such a beautiful reflection, especially while sipping that morning decaf.
-I wore this Chicwish floral dress for our pregnancy announcement shoot with Aly Carroll. Not maternity (and was a little tight), but still so pretty if you’re not quite bumpin’ yet.
-And while we’re on dresses…hands down, this PinkBlush dress is the best. So comfortable and flattering.
–Tupelo Honey Leggings. It’s been a little too hot outside to wear these regularly, but I love how comfortable they are and know they’ll be a staple come fall.
–A solid hair mask. My hair has gone through that promised growth spurt, but it’s also gotten super dry.