My first trimester in a nutshell

“The first is the worst” … oh boy I hope that’s the truth!

I didn’t find out I was pregnant until I was already about 2 months along. I guess that’s a good thing because by the time I knew I was pregnant, most of my first trimester was already behind me and I only had another month to go!

I’m going to be honest with you – it’s been ROUGH. Let me tell you why:
Morning sickness. Why the heck is it even called that? IT LASTS ALL DAY. (Well for me it does, anyway). There were several days I was sick from the time I woke up until the time I went to sleep.
Sleep. I literally didn’t get a good night’s sleep for over two weeks. It was not easy. I’d wake up in the middle of the night EVERY NIGHT several times either because I was so sick to my stomach, profusely sweating, extremely thirsty, or just tossing and turning because I couldn’t sleep.
Feeling huge. Blah. That’s how I’ve felt about myself through the first trimester.
DreamsI’ve had the most ridiculous and insane dreams for the past 3 months. It’s become a nightly thing. Some mornings when I wake up I have to sit there for a while and remind myself that it was only a dream…a very vivid, realistic dream. Well… at least they make for hilarious stories!
Not being able to eat. Usually, I LOVE food. Throughout my first trimester, all food (except for fruit and sandwiches) was absolutely repulsive to me. It’s not the smell of foods that bug me – it’s the thought of actually eating food.
Pure exhaustion. Need I say more?
Pregnancy brain. I forgot what I was going to tell you about this….Gee, this will be fun when I’m in nursing school.

Despite the first trimester being filled with some not-so-happy things, there have also been some really incredible things which I’m so thankful for. I’d hate for the rough parts of the first trimester to overshadow what’s truly beautiful about it.
Perfect timing. The worst part of my first trimester fell at the very end of last semester and over Christmas break. How perfect is that? I was able to get so much rest and be at home without worrying about getting sick in public or missing classes due to being sick. By the time I went back to class in January, I was just about done with my first trimester!
Unforgettable reactions. Sharing the news with our family and friends was just the best! Other than sharing our news with immediate family and a couple of close friends, we decided to wait until I was almost out of the first trimester to tell other people. It was SO hard to keep something this exciting a secret!! I will never forget some of the priceless reactions we got when we told some family members and friends! I’ll share some stories on the blog, eventually.
Baby bump. The bump has finally made its [itty bitty] appearance.
An unbelievably excited husband. Gus is precious. From the moment I told him (which I’ll also share on the blog at some point) he was excited. I was shocked, unprepared, and basically an emotional wreck yet he was as excited as he could be. He is going to be such a great daddy! He’s always looking out for me and making sure I’m doing okay. He talks to the baby ALL THE TIME. It melts my heart and makes me feel so excited for the day we get to meet our little one and Gus can finally talk to the baby face to face.
Fruit. It sounds weird, I know! When every food you can possibly think of makes you sick it’s amazing when you find that one food (or food group) you can thoroughly enjoy. I sound like some crazy person but I don’t know what I would’ve done without fruit in my first trimester. I literally ate fruit (any and all kinds of fruits) like my life depended on it. I guess that was my first official “craving.”
The name game. I just love this part of being pregnant! It’s so much fun to talk about names! We obviously don’t know if Baby Vanaman is a boy or a girl yet but YES we are finding out and when we know, everyone will know! We won’t be sharing names until the baby gets here, but playing the name game is a ton of fun!
Encouragement and support. Family, friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, and random strangers – you name it. Everyone has been so supportive and encouraging. Having a baby can be a scary thing (especially when you didn’t plan it OR expect it) and it’s been great to have the support of so many people.


There is a precious baby growing inside of me RIGHT NOW. There’s nothing more beautiful to me than that.

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The biggest (and best) surprise!

We are going to be parents! I’m going to be a mommy. My wonderful husband is going to be a daddy. It’s beyond surreal.

We found out about our precious little miracle on December 9th, 2013. It was a COMPLETE surprise to us & we couldn’t be happier.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above.”

Baby Vanaman is arriving in July 2014!
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