We’re having a baby!

It has been a few months since I last posted, mainly because of laziness, but I could also blame a very busy holiday season! Let me go back a while and catch this all up!

November- Joe and I had a great Thanksgiving in our first apartment! I was a little bummed that due to my work schedule we would not be able to go home to TN, but luckily Joe’s mom and sister came to our place! I was able to make the entire Thanksgiving feast with a decent sized group to feed! I cooked a ten pound turkey (with stuffing inside the bird!), homemade cranberry apple sauce, twice baked cheesy mashed potatoes, green beans (from a can, I’m not overly ambitious), and rolls (Rhodes, they were amazing). Joe’s mom made the turkey gravy from scratch, which is something I still haven’t managed to figure out how to make! For dessert I baked a brown sugar pumpkin cheesecake, kind of a blend of a few recipes I’d found that all sounded amazing! I am proud to say that it all turned out amazing! It was a big hit.

turkeyIt was also the first time I got to use our wedding china!

December: For about a week I’d been feeling like I was coming down with the flu. I very rarely get sick so I was not happy about it. Talking to my mom on the phone one day, she mentioned that whenever she thought she was getting the flu she turned out to be pregnant. I laughed it off saying no way! A few mornings later, December 13th, I took a pregnancy test when I woke up, and immediately I got a plus sign! I was half asleep and shocked, so I brought the test back to the bedroom and woke Joe up to look at the test. I asked him “What does that mean!!” and he very calmly told me it meant we were having a baby. I was surprised and happy and freaking out a little. I immediately downloaded the What to Expect When Expecting app on my phone and found out we were probably only 4 weeks along.

Joe and I were going home for Christmas soon, so we decided to keep it quiet and just tell family then! Christmas morning we were opening presents with my family, and Joe and I had ornaments made before the trip that said “Grandparent’s 1st ornament,” to give to both sets of our parents. The plan was, I was going to give my mom the ornament after all the other presents were opened, and she and my dad would read it together. Nothing goes according to plan with my family, and someone accidentally put the wrapped ornament in my mom’s stocking! So first thing in the morning we are opening each of our stockings and my mom just yells out, “ARE YOU PREGNANT!?!!” at me. I then realized she had opened the ornament! We all hugged and everyone was very excited. Later that night at Joe’s parents house, almost his entire family were having Christmas dinner, so we gave Joe’s parents their ornament after everyone finished eating. Joe’s mom said the same thing when she read the ornament! It was very sweet. We decided not to go public to friends until we had more news from the baby doctor.

January: We had our first prenatal appointment on January 9th, but it was too early to hear a heartbeat or get an ultrasound (I was about 8 weeks along). I was so nervous about everything being alright with the baby, but I also really wanted to spread the news. The doctor we met with said that we should be fine, so Joe and I decided to just tell everyone that night! We went Facebook public and it was really sweet to see all the congratulations! On January 24th (10 weeks along) we had our first ultrasound. I was sooo nervous that morning, and I had to drink a bottle of water and wasn’t allowed to use the restroom until after the ultrasound. Not an easy feat for a pregnant lady! We finally got to the ultrasound room and I was freaking out, but as soon as we saw the baby on the monitor I calmed down! I was worried I wouldn’t be able to see anything (like when Rachel was pregnant with Emma on Friends, and she kept saying she could see the baby even though she couldn’t), but I could definitely see the head and body! It was amazing to see the baby flipping around and moving, and to see the strong heartbeat! It was pretty surreal. I’ve always known I wanted to be a mom, and now it’s happening!

BBOur gummy bear sized baby!

I’ve had a really easy pregnancy so far, with just the usual symptoms. Before I was pregnant I could do a million things during the day and never get tired! Now I can barely get up in the mornings and I’m ready to fall asleep by 8! I’ve had nausea on and off for the past few weeks, but haven’t actually been sick so I’ve been lucky! I keep worrying I’m gaining too much weight, but just this morning I weighed myself and I’ve only gained 2 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. So I guess that isn’t horrible, especially with the amount of junk food I’ve been craving (Sour Cream and Onion Pringles, lots of pizza, and Chunky soup?) Joe has been really great, taking care of our little cat, vacuuming when I don’t have the energy, and waiting on me hand and foot when I can’t get off the couch. We are so excited about our growing family!

browniesWhat does a pregnant woman bring to a football themed work potluck? I made brownies (from a box) and couldn’t find any purple or black icing (Raven’s colors) so I improvised with yellow tube icing. Isn’t it the most fancy dessert you’ve ever seen?