So the past few months have been a whirlwind. From getting married in November to getting pregnant in January, things have been happening pretty fast. When Peyton and I talked about when we would have children, I always said, “Oh, in three or four years we can start thinking about it.” But the truth is, in the bottom of my heart, I always wanted to be younger when I became a mother. I think it has something to do with the fact that my mother was young when she had me, and my paternal grandmother was young when she had my dad. It seems logical to have the most possible time on earth with your children before you depart. Now, I know that there are challenges that every mother faces, young or not. But I also have this strong belief that you can’t demand children arrive in your life on “your” terms. That just sounds absurd when speaking of bringing life into the world; “We planned/didn’t plan this child.” Is that a way we should actually talk about it?
Here’s a photo of my belly in January/February. At this stage, I remember, I had severe headaches every day around 3pm. The headaches would then lead to nausea which led to me having an appetite for exactly NOTHING. Nothing helped them; not even caffeine or Tylenol, both of which were approved by my doctor/midwife. Once I realized a cup of coffee or a pill wouldn’t ease them, I decided to just bare down and get through them naturally — with peppermint tea and cold rags. I have been wary this whole pregnancy of unhealthy substances entering my system — even if the doctor says they are OK.
Moving right along, here’s my belly at about 18 weeks pregnant. You can see the bump forming underneath my tank top. So crazy! At this stage, I was in my happy 2nd trimester finally. Hunger was the only thing I had to contend with. And honestly it was kind of fun eating a healthy 300 extra calories a day. Especially since I craved CHEESE and FRUIT at this stage. What was not fun? Having to learn how to sleep on my side instead of my stomach, and the pregnancy acne that showed up on my forehead and back.
Another 2nd trimester picture where you see the bump really starting to form. This was about 23 & 25 weeks. Hunger was still booming and acne was still blooming. My homemade toner of witch hazel and tea tree oil helped out a little bit on the face, but I was having trouble applying it to my back. However, I felt upbeat and energetic at this stage. I loved long walks, talking to my mom on the phone, and laughing in the kitchen with Peyton on Saturday mornings. I felt so womanly with my growing belly. I also noticed some weight gain on my thighs around this time. No problem, just part of the process!
Now, here’s a current photo. I’m 26 weeks and 4 days along in this picture. I still love cold fruit and cheese. I also am suffering from some heartburn after eating, even if it’s something small. I’m tired and needing a nap every day around 1pm or I’m cranksters. My clothes are getting tighter and tighter and I’m starting to feel very “nesty.” It makes sense — the 3rd trimester is right around the corner (1 week now!). I’ll be seeing Baby B for the first time very soon. Peyton and I are so excited, but also nervous, as all first-time moms and dads are prone to be.
One belly to another,