Pregnancy is a beautiful thing. It’s also a wildly terrifying experience. I’ve always had strong faith in the Lord in terms of death. But to say my beliefs about God and birth have been strengthened this year is an understatement. I am always on surface level, staying very much light and positive on this blog, and while that is how I prefer GAC to be, I can’t write this post without saying this year has been the hardest year of my life. I’ve learned more than I ever knew about myself through trying to get pregnant and I know that everyday I spend with my baby is a gift. Pregnancy is a completely selfless, nearly uncontrollable miracle. The journey to reach the 5 months pregnant mark hasn’t been easy but it’s been one that is all mine. Here are some tidbits about how it’s been going so far:How far along: 23 weeks! 4 more months!
Decided on a name? Yes! And it’s the only name Nic and I ever discussed if it were to be a girl. We’ve definitely disclosed her name to our close friends and family (and if you’re reading this and we haven’t told you yet… please ask – we will!). But, for now, just know her initials are the same as mine – AMH – and we are in love with her name.
Total weight gain: Around 15 lbs already and embracing it.
Maternity clothes: Honestly, I’ve been seriously avoiding buying maternity clothes until the past two weeks. Of course, my sweet sister-in-law lent me a few pairs of maternity shorts & jeans that have seriously been getting me by. Oh and I’ve been living in sundresses this summer which has been a major plus. Lately though, I have bought a few maternity clothes from Target – like this dress, these t-shirts (like the ones I’m wearing in the photos – they are sooo soft and comfy), and this sweater! You just can’t beat the price point for quality!
General Health: I’ve been blessed to be very healthy thus far. However, I will say this past weekend I did get a bit sick and I think a cold is now working on me. And, Mom, yes I am bulking up on the orange juice and rest as I write this post! 🙂
Best moment thus far: So many. But finding out that we are expecting a sweet baby girl at our gender reveal party has to top the list!
Miss anything? Well, yes but nothing I can’t live without! I miss my occasional glass of wine, especially while out at dinner. I miss being able to stay up way past my husband… those days are over, I’m afraid. I miss kicking my own butt while working out. I know a lot of people can continue to work out but it’s really just kind of scared me to work out the intensity that I would at times. See, I didn’t work out that often… but when I did, I went pretty hard. I’m still walking every day and occasionally lifting light weights. But really, that’s it.
Movement: Baby girl is active mid-morning and late in the evening!
Food cravings: None. No cravings. Well, maybe generally unhealthy food. That has gotten a lot better since my first trimester but it’s still been hard to eat healthy – except for fruit – apples, bananas, berries… still sound amazing.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Yessir. I’m still having a terrible time stomaching spinach salad. Well, salad of any kind really. Broccoli, grilled cheese, and chicken have all made me sick within the past couple of weeks.
Have you started to show yet: Of course, but I love those comments I get at work, “Oh my goodness, you’re just now starting to show!” Why, thank you. But I’m sure I have been for at least 6 weeks now… 🙂
Happy or moody most of the time: Moody only when I am sleep deprived. Aka on the weekends… when I’m not able to turn in at 10PM, per the weekly routine. Pretty chill and happy otherwise!
Biggest fear: Premature labor. Listeria.
Looking forward to: Enjoying the last month of my second trimester… aka the “honeymoon trimester.” Decorating the nursery. Pregnancy photos. My baby showers. Meeting my little babe. Watching Nic become a father.