Weeks 4-12 | Health, Love & Fire

Weeks 4-12

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

One of the things I have found most helpful throughout these first few weeks after finding out were the posts that some of my favorite bloggers did of their early first trimester weeks. Finding out your pregnant can be one of the most exciting, yet at the same time most lonely feelings. While you are over the moon excited about the changes happening in your life, not being able to talk to many other people about what you're going through can be really difficult, especially when it involves lots of changes in your body and how you're feeling. Keeping your pregnancy a secret for the first few weeks is something many women choose to do, but I found that being able to read what other ladies were going through during those early weeks helped me feel less nervous about the symptoms I was having and more comfortable knowing I wasn't alone. So since I found those posts so helpful (thanks Jax & Katie) I decided to share some of the excitement and feelings I was having in my early weeks of pregnancy. Feel free to skip this post if you find it boring, I won't hold it against you :) 

(don't mind the exhausted look on my face, we had been waiting 12 hours to find out if we got to move in or not as this was taken at 8pm, and I had been up since 3:30 not being able to sleep after finding out I was pregnant that day) 
Week 4: 
Best part of the week: This is the week we found out we were expecting, and also the same week we got the keys to our house, and celebrated my birthday! So to say this week was full of excitement is an understatement!

Feeling . . . I felt really tired all the time. I'm not sure how much of this was from moving and all the other chaos we had going on, but I could have napped all day every day! But even though I could have slept all the time, I was having a lot of trouble sleeping.

Week 5:
Best part of the week:  We got to celebrate Christmas with my parents and brother on Christmas Eve and tell them that we were expecting! We also shared our exciting news with two of our best friends who just had twins in July!

Feeling . . . I was definitely starting to feel pregnant and experienced a sore chest, achey joints, trouble sleeping and getting comfortable at night and just all around tired!

Week 6: 
Best part of the week: This week it all started to feel real. We bought a few pregnancy books, scheduled some doctors appointments, and it really started to set in that we were starting a family.

Feeling . . .  This is the week the morning/all day sickness really started to bother me. It also happens to be the week I went back to work. I was trying everything and anything I could to help with the nausea. Thankfully I only got sick a couple times, but I was definitely not feeling like myself.

Week 7: 
Best part of the week My sweet husband taking such good care of me and really helping around the house and with whatever I need. He offers to rub my feet, run to the store for anything I want and always makes sure I'm feeling alright and don't need anything.

Feeling . . .  Still feeling really nauseous most of the time, falling asleep where ever I am by 8:30 or 9 most nights and getting up to use the bathroom at least once a night. Luckily my nausea seems to be a little less frequent but definitely still there. I am also noticing that some of my pants are becoming uncomfortable to wear all day at work due to my lower abdomen feeling sore if my waistband pushes into it all day. I ended up breaking down and buying a belly band and a couple maternity pants to wear later on.

Week 8:
Best part of the week: Definitely having our first ultrasound! Being able to finally see the little baby that we had been talking about for over a month and have it all seem more real was amazing! This week we also told Dan's mom our news which was really fun and exciting.

Feeling. . . seems like I was even more tired this week. Each night by 7:30 I was ready to jump in bed and call it a night and every morning no matter how much sleep I got I could have used more! The nausea came and went, but seemed to help if I just kept my stomach full.

Week 9: 
Best part of the week: Having our first appointment with my Doctor and finding out that everything was fine. While I was fairly sure everything was still going well, it is always nice to hear that from the doctor.

Feeling . . . Exhausted and still nauseous some of the time. I also got my flu show this week and ended up having a reaction to it which made me feel a little crappy for a few days this week.

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Week 10: 
Best part of the week: Telling our friends our news. We waited until Dan's birthday party and had him wear a New Dad T-shirt. The look on one of our friend's faces who noticed his shirt first was perfect! We had been waiting so long to tell people, and to be able to share the news with all of our closest friends in one spot was so much fun!

Feeling . . . Really tired! But I am finally able to sleep a bit better at night which is helping.  It's a wonder I am able to stay awake at work in the afternoons.

Week 11: 
Best part of the week: Getting to hear our baby's heartbeat for the first time! My good friend who just had twins 6 months ago offered to let me borrow her fetal doppler so we were able to be at home just the two of us to hear the heartbeat the first time. It was the best sound I've ever heard!

Feeling . . . this week I ended up coming down with a cold that left me even more exhausted than ever! By the end of the week I was finally starting to get over it, but still very ready to get past the exhaustion that I hear gets better after 14 weeks (crossing my fingers). Still getting up at least once if not twice to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, but feeling like I'm getting better sleep while I am in bed. I am noticing that I am starting to get headaches in the evenings, but not sure how much of that is related to hormones and how much is from my cold.

Week 12: 
Best part of the week: Getting to finally share our news with everyone.

Feeling . . . A little less tired, but definitely worn out by the end of the work week. Feel a little nauseous in the morning but overall feeling more like myself and able to eat more foods again. Definitely feeling like my stomach is getting bigger, feeling like it's tightening like things are expanding and moving around.

Well if you made it to the end of this post, you get a gold star or a pat on the back, whichever you would like to reward yourself with! I'm so excited to be able to document this journey, and hope that some others find some of these posts useful as well.
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  1. I love referring to other bloggers' posts about their pregnancy adventures! Someday, it'll help me too :)

  2. Love this! :) Glad you found my early stuff interesting! So happy for you and Dan and can't wait to continue to follow along in your journey to motherhood! xx

  3. I've loved reading this! Boo to anybody that doesn't. I love how you documented those early weeks. I can't wait to watch this little baby grow. :)

  4. This is so exciting! Congratulations - I am glad you are able to share the happy news now! Love the photos of you & your hubs :)

  5. I think I will take a gold star ;) My sleep was terrible for most of my pregnancy - except for weeks 12-14 I slept like a rock star! Make sure you have a clear path from your bed to the bathroom because your trips there in the night will only increase as your little one grows! But it is all going to be SO worth it :) I love that shirt that Dan wore, such a good idea :)

  6. i can't wait to follow along with you as your pregnant! i love these posts! i'm so so happy for you!!! <3

  7. Glad things are going well. I hope the exhaustion/nausea goes away soon :)

  8. I loved reading this!! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to follow you through the rest of this joyous journey!