I am so excited to announce that we are expecting a new member of our family to arrive this July! I’m in my thirteenth week now and it’s so fun to finally be able to share our joyful news with the world. I had so many cute pregnancy announcement ideas and I’m so happy with how true-to-us our announcement feels thanks to my friend Carly’s photography and her daughter’s adorable Hunter boots! I think one of the strangest parts about finding out I was pregnant was that I was going through the most exciting life change I had ever experienced and yet, I didn’t tell very many people for several months. It’s a relief to be able to stop making excuses for avoiding things and not drinking, not to mention the immense outpouring of love has confirmed that we are bringing our baby into an amazing community.
Matthew and I found out after a wine and paté filled evening out with good friends. And let me tell you, I am so glad I had that last meal hurrah! The pregnancy dietary restrictions on this Francophile’s palate are very, very real. I feel incredibly fortunate that I became pregnant on our first month trying, although I do think it led to some disbelief on our part when those two little lines showed up! Matthew didn’t believe that I was pregnant when I showed him the first faintly positive test, but about six or so tests later his disbelief turned into excitement. The first few weeks felt so fragile and I’m not sure how I got through them. I’m learning motherhood entails a whole lot of worrying over things you can’t always control.
The first few months of pregnancy have been quite the rollercoaster, to say the least. Emotionally I’ve felt surprisingly even-keeled with the exception of shedding more happy tears than usual. I’ve definitely gone through phases of feeling a bit down due to not being able to do things I enjoy, particularly eating and drinking coffee, but reminding myself this too shall pass has helped. Physically, the changes have rocked my world. I have had severe morning (all day) sickness coupled with intense fatigue to the point where even climbing the stairs to my bedroom leaves me feeling spent and winded. The severity of my morning sickness led me to go from full-time at Anthropologie back to freelancing which was an incredibly difficult, but ultimately the correct decision to make. I have such profound respect for women who persevere through difficult first trimesters working full-time and I definitely struggled with feeling “weak” for not being able to do so myself. However, multiple hospital visits and a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum confirmed for me that I made the right choice for my baby and myself. It’s amazing that only a few months into my journey to becoming a mother, I’m already feeling like every decision I make revolves around this tiny little life growing inside of me.
I’m looking forward to sharing more about my pregnancy and motherhood as this journey continues. As always, I hope to be as honest as possible about my experience – even if that means sharing the raw, not so pretty side of things because life is a beautiful mix of joyful challenges. I’m currently reading Bringing Up Bébé and plan to raise this wee one with the joie de vivre I try to bring to all aspects of my life. As one of my friends said, “Your baby is going to think foie gras is just baby food.” I sure hope so! Stay tuned for my first-trimester survival kit and more baby-related goodness!