Five days after Casey & I returned home from our European Adventure, I found out that I was pregnant. I was actually pregnant during the whole trip, but had no idea. It does explain my frequent need to take resting breaks in between walking to different sites. Originally, I thought I was just really out of shape and needed to hit the gym ASAP, but in reality, I was growing a human ;) The most exciting part is that our baby has already received a blessing from Pope Francis!
I first found out the big news on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. I started to get very suspicious over the weekend that something was different. I bought a pregnancy test on Monday afternoon and waited until Tuesday morning to take it. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. I thought I was going to have a few minutes after taking the test to prepare myself for the results, but the test instantly told me, "PREGNANT." I remember my jaw dropping with a gasp, and as my hand covered my mouth, tears instantly filled my eyes. Then shock hit me and I had this surreal moment of, "I. Am. A. Mom." During my entire life, I dreamed of being a Mom and that day had finally arrived. The shock still hits me all the time. I shared the news with Casey that afternoon when he arrived home from work by decorating our room and even captured his response on film, seen here.
By the time I found out I was pregnant, I was already 6 weeks along. By Thursday of that same week, the morning sickness hit; and it hit hard. I was extremely sick until week 14 when I finally got on some medication for my nausea. I kept hoping it would go away after week 13 or week 14, but when it continued I realized I needed to get some help. Week 6 to week 14 were rough. I felt nauseous almost all day long and threw up on average 3 times a day (hence no blog posts). My record was 5 times! It was definitely difficult, and I very quickly realized sacrificing for my child started way before they come out of the womb. It was humbling. There were days when I felt helpless. Thank goodness for my amazing husband. He had to pick up all the extra slack, and did it so graciously and lovingly. I AM TRULY BLESSED.
All in all, the first trimester was a world wind. It was filled with much excitement and celebration as we shared the news with family and friends. On the other hand, it was filled with sickness and sacrifice. As much as that time was difficult, I know it was all worth it since it is preparing me for the most important role of my life.
Happy Thursday! Thanks for reading! XO