Lots and lots to share with you all today! First of all, I cannot thank you all enough for your incredible comments and support after yesterday’s big announcement. I’m so excited to share this journey with all of you as I go along. That being said, I don’t have intentions of turning this into a pregnancy blog. Sure, I’ll definitely give bump updates, and I know I’ll talk about things since it’s now my life, but I don’t plan on getting suuuuper detailed about anything. I think some things just need to stay amongst family.
Now, I know many of you had questions, and I have lots to share, so here’s LOTS of Q&A’s for you. Enjoy!!
How did you find out you were pregnant? I took a home pregnancy test. I was feeling pretty hopeful that month, and I had a good feeling. The morning I was planning on taking it though, I realized I didn’t have a test, so I had to run out to the grocery store at 6:30 in the morning to buy some. Why would I do that, you ask? Well, because Jay was leaving me for a week for work later that morning and we wanted to know before he left so we could at least celebrate for a few minutes!
What kind of Pregnancy test did you take? First Response.
How many? Two…and no denying those dark lines!
What were your 1st symptoms? Sore boobs and some cramping. I also analyzed every. little. symptom. possible (which is the worst thing to do EVER), but those were the two big ones. I also had a little bit of spotting four days before I found it, which may have very well been implantation spotting.
Who did you tell first? The daddy-to-be, of course!
Who was with you when you found out? Just me, in the bathroom. As soon as I got the results, I had my reaction (see below) then I went back into the bedroom, laid down in bed right next to Jay, and just smiled with a huge, cheesy grin. He knew right away.
My 1st reaction: I literally jumped up in down with my hands in the air while in the bathroom mouthing “YAYYYYY!!!!!” I must have looked like a total goofball….actually, I DID. I had the mirror to prove it.
Was your baby planned? Yup!
How far were you when you found out? I found out on Sunday, November 11th, which was just about 4 weeks.
How did your parents/family react? Awww, they were so great! It’s the first baby for both sets of parents, so it’s a pretty big deal, haha. We first told my in-laws, by wrapping up a onesie that said “Worth the Wait.” There were definitely some tears and fantastic reactions that night.
We told my parents the same night with the little Jets jersey you’ve already seen.
I just wish it wasn’t a Sanchez jersey.
We told my brother a few days later on Thanksgiving. You guys can actually see that one because we took a video!
How did you tell your friends? Oh my gosh, this was SO much fun!! We told different friends at different times, whenever we knew we were going to see them, since we wanted to make sure all of our close friends knew before making a big public announcement. I think my favorite, however, was when we told our big group of friends at our recent Christmas party…Jay set the timer, came back down, and said “Okay everyone, one, two, Courtney’s pregnant!!”
I am absolutely in LOVE with this photo and will cherish it forever. It was such an amazing moment, and we loved being able to share it with them all. Everyone’s reaction was priceless (and if you can spot Sarah, you can probably tell that she already knew what was happening).
But you just got a new job? Do they know? Of course! After I was offered the job, I made sure to tell them about my situation before I accepted (I certainly wasn’t looking to pull a fast one on anyone). Luckily, they still very much wanted to hire me, are very supportive about the pregnancy, and are willing to be flexible when it comes to a maternity leave, which is nice. I was nervous, honestly, to have two major life changes happening at the same time; but as soon as I found out they were still on board, it made accepting the job a no-brainer.
Will you still go on your trip to Mexico in February? You betcha!! We already looked into it and got the OK from the doctor. Plus, I’m also not the only one who’s going to be pregnant on the trip, since my friend Andrea is also expecting. We already decided that we’ll be sipping our virgin strawberry daiquiri’s and getting our money’s worth at the buffet.
Details on Baby Tooth
Due Date: July 21, 2013
Do you know the sex? Too early, but anyone I’ve talked to who “gets those vibes” tells me it’s a boy. Obviously, I’d be happy with either – would love a girl for all the “girly” things, would love a boy for him to be a momma’s boy – but we’ll see…
Will you find out the sex? Abso-freakin-lutely. And luckily, Jay and I are on the same page with that one.
Any names? Ahhh, we go back and forth a LOT on these…thank goodness we have some time, I suppose!
Were you trying long? Since early this past summer.
Any Ultrasounds? Yup! Here’s one from our 8 week appointment.
At this appointment, we actually saw Baby Tooth MOVE, which was just UNREAL. He/she was dancing up a storm in there with his/her flickering heartbeat…but the dancing made me think it’s got to be a little lady in there.
Our next appointment is at our 12 week mark on January 7th. Can’t wait!
Have you heard the heart beat? Yes, and it was the most incredible, amazing thing EVER.
Who do you think it will look like? I have no idea, but we both decided that we hope Baby Tooth gets Jay’s feet. I have gross, ugly long toes, and Jay actually has like, perfect feet. Yes, I’m serious…and I hate feet. Jay was quite the blondie with hazel eyes as a baby too, so that could be interesting, since I’m dark, dark eyes and brown hair. Gahh, so exciting to think about!
Will the baby have siblings? Yup! Big Brother Cody.
Have you felt the baby move? Not yet…anxiously awaiting the first kicks!
How do you feel? First, let me start by saying I feel INCREDIBLY blessed, lucky, and ecstatic right now; but let me tell you…I completely underestimated how crappy something the size of a grape can make you feel. I’ve been pretty tired, like, all the time (hence zero desire for workouts, especially early morning) bloated and, err, backed up as all get out, and a little queasy. But like I said…I’ll take it ALL.
Do you have morning sickness? A little bit. Most of the time I feel like crap when I wake up in the morning (almost like I’m hung over every. single. day. I wake up), but that was probably the worst between weeks 6-8. I keep a sleeve of saltines by my bed to snack on first thing, which helps. I’ve also found if I wait too long to eat, I start feeling queasy, so I’m usually eating at least every 2-3 hours. Haven’t gotten sick yet though *knock on wood.*
Do you have any cravings? Believe it or not, most of my cravings have been SALTY. Do you guys remember the night I HAD to have my Chipotle? That was a craving like no other.
- Tortilla chips and salsa
- I crave a Whopper from Burger King at least 3 times a week (crazy, right? considering I haven’t had one in at least 6 years maybe?)…haven’t caved on that one yet
- Bread, toast, more bread, more toast…all with butter or peanut butter
- Crackers…or mini saltines
- The popcorn at the TSO concert last week was like heaven in a bag.
Do you have any food aversions? My first aversion I had was COFFEE, and it was so, so sad. Not sure if you noticed, but I hadn’t had any in probably 2-3 weeks. I couldn’t go near the stuff! But I actually had some at work for the first time this week, and it tasted amazing.
Other than that, I really am not feeling veggies all that much lately, especially raw. They just aren’t doing it for me…which I have let on a few times.
But wait…weren’t you drinking alcohol? Haha, nope! I can see why you might think so though, since I did do a little strategic placement over the past few weeks…
A little mocktail from Saturday (Sprite, cranberry, and pineapple juice)
Wine at dinner on Monday night? Not mine!
Drinking straight from the bottle on Thanksgiving? Sparking grape juice, baby. Had to make sure I was covering the label.
The last drink I actually had was on October 26th, which was a scrumptious glass of white wine. I savored every last sip, since I knew it was possible something could be a-brewin’ that weekend.
Do you have any mood swings? I didn’t think so, but I had to check with Jay, and he agreed – no mood swings! I am, however, a pretty emotional mess sometimes. Crying comes very naturally to me these days.
How far along are you now? 9 weeks, 4 days…which I know is still considered fairly early. I tried so hard holding off to announce, but I just couldn’t. It was getting too hard to hide. Apparently, some of you were already catching on.
Like I said…I had lots to share today!!