These past few weeks have been pretty great. I almost feel guilty typing this, but I have been so very fortunate with my pregnancy symptoms so far. I have not thrown up once (yet)! I have to add that 'yet' in there so I don't jinx myself. I've been tired, which I hear I can pretty much expect for the next 18 years or so, and I've had a little nausea here and there, but over all I'm feeling really great.
As of tomorrow, I will be 13 weeks pregnant. I'm SO CLOSE to being done with my 1st trimester. The 2nd trimester starts on my birthday, and I can't think of a greater gift. I have had a little spotting a few times, so we have had several ultrasounds just to make sure all is well. Our ultrasounds have confirmed so far that our baby has a strong heartbeat and is growing right on schedule. Seeing the baby move around on the ultrasound screen is a dream come true! We go back for our next appointment around 16 weeks.
One of the most exciting milestones from this past month was that I have been released from my Reproductive Endocrinologist, aka fertility doctor, and am now seeing my usual OBGYN. Although I am going to miss our doctor and the nurses that have been here for us for over 2 years, I am so excited just to be a normal pregnant woman! I have also gotten the green light to stop taking the estrogen and progesterone, so for almost 3 weeks I have been sustaining this pregnancy all on my own! Woo Hoo! Every little step forward is a huge victory for Lee, myself, and our precious little miracle.
Lee and I are so thankful for all that we have to look forward to. Finding out the gender of our baby, preparing the nursery, and choosing a name are all at the top of our list! A lot of people are asking if we are going to find out the gender... The answer is YES!! We have been waiting a long time to experience this pregnancy, and we want to know as much as we can about our child! So we are definitely hoping to find out the gender. We haven't decided if we are going to do some type of fun gender reveal or if we will share our good news right away.
Everyday I am thanking and praising God for this experience. There were days (months, years) where I wondered if this would ever be a possibility for us. Now that it is, we are both so excited. Some days I am still pinching myself just to make sure this is real life. Other days, I don't have to pinch myself, because the fact that most of my jeans no longer fit is a good reminder! haha. Never have I been so thankful to be gaining weight!! That being said, bring on the bump pics! Here are pics from weeks 9-12, and a few funnies. :)
|I already shared this pic on my Instagram account, but its too good not to share again. This is one of my fav. baby purchases I've made so far. I got this prior to us getting our IVF results, and prayed that we would get to use it someday.|
|Here I am at 9 weeks pregnant.|
|Here I am at 11 weeks, and 1 whole week hormone free!! You might notice the cute little signs I'm using. My cousin sent these to us and we love them!|
|Here I am last week at 12 weeks pregnant, wearing maternity pants and a maternity shirt! I can still squeeze into a few of my normal pants, but I'm mostly embracing maternity pants bc they are way more comfortable.|
|For funsies, here is Lee 12 weeks into my pregnancy... of course he is staying his usual handsome self and isn't gaining any sympathy weight so far.|
|Lastly, another funny. Here I am estimating what I might look like in the next few months, haha!|
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