It is with so much joy and gratitude that I share with you the news that Doug and I are expecting a baby in June. We are over-the-moon excited for the adventure ahead!
I'm incredibly fortunate that, for the most part, I've felt like myself during the pregnancy. I had a few queasy weeks early on, but I've been spared morning sickness and am so, so grateful. I did spend most of my first trimester just incredibly, phenomenally tired. It was frustratingly hard to get anything done in that early stretch, when I was booking home from work each night and collapsing onto the couch for a serious nap. The poor puppy must've been so confused because that used to be time that I would take her for long walks by the river, or to the dog park, or we would play tug on the living room floor to unwind.
Everyone kept promising me that the fatigue would subside, and sure enough as I got to the end of the first trimester, week by week I started to feel increasingly like a fully functioning version of myself. Don't get me wrong, I still need to take it easier than I did pre-pregnancy and I need A LOT of rest. Eight hours has always been my ideal amount of sleep per night, but I mostly got by on seven (or occasionally six, or worse...). Now, eight is the minimum for me and nine is preferable (but seriously, who has that kind of time?!?) so I've gotten more disciplined about going to bed earlier. I do still drop down for two hour nap with some regularity, but that's mostly on the weekends.
Now that I'm solidly into the second trimester, I'm just starting to feel some physical discomfort. My back gets sore at the end of the day and I occasionally feel creaky standing up from my desk chair at work. But mostly I feel strong, and proud of how my body is changing to take care of our baby. In recent weeks I've started to be able to feel the baby moving, which is incredible and has made pregnancy seem less abstract to me. Doug was able to feel feel the baby's movement for the first time this past weekend too, which thrilled me!
There are big changes ahead for us in so many aspects of our lives. We're planning and preparing as best we can, while we also realize that there are some aspects of becoming parents that we can't anticipate or imagine yet. It's a season filled with so much promise and possibility, and we're taking it as it comes. We're more grateful than ever for the support of our family and friends, and I'm grateful to you for following along!
p.s. If you're curious about specific aspects of pregnancy and burgeoning parenthood, feel free to ask. There's so much to learn and I've mostly enjoyed coming up the learning curve although at times it can feel overwhelming.