Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The First Thriving Baby

So, you may have heard that I (Nic) am expecting my first baby! At first I was hesitant to blog about it, because it feels like a fairly personal thing that I wasn't sure any of our readers would really care about, but Em encouraged me to do it anyway so here we are!

From the time I was a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be a mom. I attribute this 100% to my own mother, who besides being completely awesome at it naturally, was also dedicated to teaching others how to be great parents. She taught parenting classes for 3 years, and while I was a bit too young to really understand what was being taught, I absorbed the messages she was sending - parenting is a JOB that needs education and careful consideration. Throughout my life this message was made very clear to me, both in words and actions, and I am so incredibly grateful to her for that.


That led me to studying Sociology and Child Development in college and working with children off and on. While I enjoyed that work, I knew my real talent and passion was waiting to be used on children of my own. However, ever the careful planner, TH and I had lengthy discussions about when we wanted to start "trying" and I was surprised that TH was ready faster than I thought he would be. So, in June of last year we stopped trying not to get pregnant.

I was fairly nervous, for no real reason, that it would take us a long time. My doctor had said that my body would take some time to re-adjust without the BC hormones, which I was willing to be patient with... but patience is not a strong virtue of mine. I tried my darndest to just put it out of my mind and "have fun" as they say, but really I was like a kid before Christmas - why can't it just happen now!??!

Before I knew it, "now" was here. I had made a doctors appointment because things weren't quite 'regular' yet, and I was worried my body was doing something it shouldn't. Of course, my child was already playing tricks on me (many more are sure to come) and it turned out I was already 8 weeks pregnant. My home tests had given me false negatives, and the timing of everything was just an odd stroke of luck. But there I was, staring at my little nugget hiding out inside me, tears streaming down my face out of joy AND surprise!

Amazed, and simultaneously creeped out by my sonograms. You can see the brain!

Since that day, everything's been great. Happiness, nervousness, and relief followed of course, but I was also pleased to find out I was blessed to be absent those ickier pregnancy symptoms. Another gift from my mother, I suppose, as she has always said she had the easiest pregnancy. Thanks Mama D!

One of the most important lessons this experience has taught me is that my positive thinking and patience is always rewarded. Not only in regards to my sweet little baby, but in all areas of my life. Sure I have gone through plenty of really hard times, but perseverance ALWAYS pays.

Finally looking legitimately baby bump-y, as opposed to just bloated.

Now, the "stats"/FAQ:
  • Estimated due date: August 15th, 2013
  • Very few symptoms so far (fingers crossed)!
  • TH and I are finding out the gender (pretty soon actually) but keeping it a secret until my shower so we can do a gender reveal (more on that later). 
  • Do I want a boy or girl? If I'm 100% honest, I do have a preference (keeping that a secret too), but obviously the absolute, no questions asked preference is just happy and healthy!! 

We had an official "announcement" right around Valentine's day, and it was so fun to see that some other bloggers announced their pregnancies too! Joanna from A Cup of Jo and Danielle from Sometimes Sweet are onto baby #2, along with my wedding photographer - I'm the first of my "circle" to start having babies so it's kind of fun to follow along with their pregnancies and feel that connection.

Anyone else expecting? Have any sage advice for this first time momma? Would love to hear any comments/questions you have!




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12 comments:

  1. Congrats to you! It is a very exiting time for sure. I'm about 12 weeks along with babe #3 myself. There must be something in the water! All these bloggers I follow and many friends of mine are pregnant all at once.
    Enjoy this time especially the lack of symptoms. You're one of the lucky ones! Also, take this time to connect one on one with TH and enjoy that alone time as much as possible. Once the baby comes, that alone time for the two of you can be few and far between, but the occasional date night does help. Good luck to you!

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    1. Wow congrats on baby #3! I've heard of a baby boom as well, but part of me feels like I am just paying more attention because I'm pregnant :) Thank you so much, I def. know how lucky I am in terms of lack of symptoms! If anything I felt like something was WRONG because everything has been so smooth *knocks on wood*.

      TH and I usually "schedule" quality time, and we are aware it's quickly coming to an end. We are hoping to go on some kind of babymoon but we will see!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  2. congrats! my due date with my youngest was august 15. he was born august 14. :) this year he'll be 3!

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    1. Thank you Dara! I'm so curious to see when little BK's birthday will actually be, "they" say you deliver late with your first but who really knows.

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  3. So excited for you Nic! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Thinking of you lady. XO

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    1. Thank you sweetheart, we need another OC/LA visit!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  4. Congrats! My advice is don't listen to all the advice people will give you without even asking. Do what you think is right for you, your baby, your family and your sanity. People like to dump advice on first time moms. Take it with a grain of salt and enjoy these magical moments.

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    1. Thank you! Luckily people haven't poured on the advice yet, but I know what you mean and I'm ready for it!

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  5. I am so excited for you and little BK!!! Love the blog update - I love hearing your thoughts on it and hope to be not far behind you!!! Maybe we'll do your baby #2 together :)

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    1. Thank you sweetheart! Would love to be preggo with you for my next one :)

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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  6. How cute are you?!!? Congratulations and good luck. I think the very definition of thriving should include pregnancy. How amazing are our bodies that they can grow another human. I've done it twice, and it still astounds me. :)

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    1. Thank you Anna, and I agree! I am SO amazed at what my body is capable of - I mean just getting pregnant seems like the most impossible, complicated event ever when you look at the biology. The more I read about everything else just blows my mind! I've never felt so proud to be a woman :)

      Strive to Thrive,
      Nic

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