Hello Blog Friends and Stalkers!
Soooo, I had pretty much decided to stop blogging for several reasons. Due to the career direction that Brad and I are pursuing, I had to cease writing, delete several posts, and change a few things. Of course, these things were not even close to being "bad" things. In fact, they were just the opposite. This makes a lot more sense if you know us personally, which I'm assuming most of you do. If not, sorry. This probably sounds really weird.
Anywho, I had a few family members request that I start up again. I figured it would be a good way for friends to keep up with Baby G and the process of our moving overseas. Plus, this is an exciting season of life, and I want to be able to remember it, somehow. So, I found this pregnancy questionnaire online and decided that it would be fun to fill out for the first post. Some of the questions are a little ridiculous, but, oh well!
How did you find out you were pregnant? I strongly suspected I was pregnant for about a week, but I kept putting off taking a test. Finally, May 12, 2012, the day I graduated with my Masters, I couldn't wait anymore.
What kind of Pregnancy test did you take? The Walgreens version of the EPT, I think. I just remember two blue lines!
How many? Just one...false positives are really rare, and it just confirmed what I already knew.
What were your 1st symptoms? Slight stomach cramps...then about a week later, ALL DAY sickness.
Who did you tell first? Brad, of course.
Who was with you when you found out? Funny story...Since family was in town for my graduation, my parents and in-laws were totally oblivious just a few yards away in the living room. Brad and I had a hard time keeping a straight face the rest of the day.
My 1st reaction: "Seriously? SERIOUSLY??? Woohoo!!!" Brad just threw his arms up and yelled (in a whisper) "BABY!!!!!"
Was your baby planned? Ummm...yes and no. We had been trying for a while, but had decided to chill out until I was completely done with schoolwork and my internship, maybe even until Brad was done. Of course, the Lord had her planned in His timing. Looking back, I realize that I would not have it any other way.
How far were you when you found out? 5 weeks
How did your parents react? Of course, they were thrilled. We told our parents on Father's Day.
Due Date: January 19, 2012, My father-in-law's birthday
Do you know the sex? It's a girl!
Any names? Addison Claire
Who do you think it will look like? Your guess is as good as mine. Brad has the dominant genes with the dark hair and eyes, but my family's genetics seem to trump anybody else's. It's really weird. All the great-grandchildren look just like my mom's side of the family. I'm not going to lie; I'm praying she has Brad's hair. I'm thinking she has about a 100% chance of being tall/long.
Have you felt the baby move? All the time...she's really starting to keep me up at night. I guess she's preparing me for the next couple of years:)
Did you have morning sickness? Yes...weeks 6-13 were pretty intense. The highlight was throwing up in the middle of my school's parking lot. Nice. And it lasted all stinkin' day no matter what I ate.
Did you have any cravings? No weird cravings, although pizza sounds more divine than it ever has.
Did you have any mood swings? Haha...I admit, I get cranky sometimes, especially when I get really tired. Most of the time, I just get a lot more quiet than usual.
Are you a high risk pregnancy? Nope.
Any complications? Nope.
When did you start to show? It took a while. At 20 weeks, I still just looked like I had eaten too much pizza or something. Probably right after that.
How long could you wear your regular clothes? I still wear a lot of my regular clothes at 28 weeks. Mostly shirts and dresses. I can still pull of my regular pants if I wear one of the Belly Band things over them (cause they don't stand a chance of zipping at this point).
Natural or Medicated birth? I would like to go natural, but I'm signing that permission slip to get the epidural!
Who will be in the delivery room with you? Brad, duh. Also, upon the recommendation of another mom with 3 kids, I asking a good friend to be there as a back up, so that all of the work is not on Brad. She's really wonderful at being supportive while telling me to suck it up and work harder:)
Do you think you will need a C-section? I sure hope not. I'm just praying that this chick is not breech like I was.
Are you excited? Of course I am! In the past couple of weeks, I've gotten really ready to meet my little girl!
What is your favorite thing about being pregnant? Feeling her move. She reminds me of her presence quite often.
What is the worst thing about being pregnant? Umm...I have had it really easy, honestly. The more frustrating things are not sleeping as well and the discomfort in my back after being on my feet a lot.
What’s one thing you miss doing since being pregnant? My waistline:) Honestly, I don't really like the physical limitations. No Zumba, limited running (cause she always goes to sit in a very uncomfortable position). I miss feeling like I'm in awesome shape, even though I've still been pretty good at staying active.
Are you ready for a baby? Is anybody ever completely prepared for that. My constant prayer is that the Lord will ready my heart for this special but challenging major life change.
How many kids do you want? We don't really know. We'll love however many children God gives us, either through biology or adoption, whether it's 1 or 10. We'd like to stay in the 2-4 range, though.
Do you still feel attractive? Depends on the day. It helps that I have a very affirming husband and that my body hasn't really changed all that much. Tall girls, be super thankful for every inch of your torso...it helps a lot during pregnancy.
How far along are you now? 28 weeks!