|I am currently 14 weeks pregnant, with an estimated due date of March 2016.|
How did we find out?
|Hint #1: Instagram pic to illustrate my fatigue.|
How have the doctor's visits been?
In short, frequent. With a history of miscarriage and a chronic illness (Diabetes), doctors are very diligent about keeping an eye on things. I've been to the doctor at 5 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks. The first three were at a regular OBGYN. The most recent was at a High-Risk OBGYN. All of these visits include ultrasounds, so we get to witness a lot of the progress visually, and that has been surreal. I've seen and heard strong heartbeats. I've watched the baby flinch and move. It has been both exciting and emotional, because in those moments, everything is so real.
About the Diabetes, how's that going to go?
|Hint #2: I posted on Instagram a very random and specific craving I was having for|
Local's Brussels Sprouts. Yep, love those.
Weight update: Down 4 pounds. Don't judge me. I blame the aversions. Despite that, people have still seemed to notice a little bump. Not strangers - just family.
What's the plan for the blog?
Oh, my favorite part! You're going to get blog posts 5 days per week. Four of those days will be pregnancy related. Of those four, one per week will be hearing from another mom I have surveyed for answers to every little question I could think of! I've already got some great ones lined up! One day per week, I am committed not to talk about anything pregnancy related. I know we tend to obsess over pregnancy and babies, and I don't want to turn everyone off of the topic. If it is something you detest reading about, you have my permission to tune me and the ol' blog out for the next six months, but I would love for you to journey with me!
While pregnancy is such an exiting journey, I want to tell you honestly that I realize it is also among the most sensitive of topics. Many people know I've miscarried once. Very few know I miscarried twice. I had those moments of complete fear that carrying a child just wasn't in the cards for me. So, for me, seeing and hearing a heartbeat is nothing short of magical. I don't want this blog to be a source of stress or anxiety for anyone. Things can go wrong at every stage of the game, and I stay constantly aware of that. So, this blog serves a few purposes. One, it helps me journal and document a momentous time. Second, selfishly, I get feedback from all of you who have been through it. Third, for anyone out there who has suffered losses, you can know that sometimes the next one sticks.
So, if you want to share advice, please do (politely). If you want someone to scream and shout about your struggles with, I am here! Since the beginning of time, women have been having kids. Yet, each time, we act like we are the only ones ever to have gone through such a thing. The fact is, it is new to each person going through it the first time. I want a community of supportive women around me, full of stories, encouragement and real-talk.
Let's do this, Baby Peterson!!