Written at 5 weeks pregnant.
Finding out that you’re pregnant when you’re only four weeks along is no joke. Why did I even take the test, you ask? Well, because I was already feeling exhausted and downright strange. I knew we had been “not not trying”. (That’s my term for not planning out days to try to conceive, but also not being on birth control. “Letting it happen” basically.) So when I was feeling extra tired and a little, well, crappy, I took a chance and peed on the stick. A FULL WEEK before my period was supposed to start. And guess what, folks? I was pregnant! Right there at four weeks. So early I knew it’d be silly to tell, but already so excited I couldn’t contain myself. That’s why when my friend Stephanie mentioned to me (in secret at the time) the next day that she was also expecting her third (10 weeks along. She was totally in the clear.) I was like “AHHH! ME TOO!!” because I knew she could keep my secret. That’s why in my “8 Truths About Being Pregnant” post, I wrote about having a secret keeper. Women are communicators. And when you have big news like this, that is totally life changing, yet you’re supposed to keep it to yourself, it’s damned near impossible. So choose a secret keeper to blab your news to and chat about plans with. It’s always a nice thing to share your news with a loved one who will pray with you, be excited for you, and check up on you till you share your news with everyone else.
Anyway, for the first week after I found out, all Hubby and I could talk about was how we were ever going to keep it quiet (no caffeine? no alcohol?) until I was at least 10 weeks along. We were devising plans, thinking of “mocktails” (which is ridiculous because I’m a wine and beer gal, not much girly liquor drinking for me) and trying our hardest to think of excuses for “being super healthy” since it was during the holidays. In hind sight, I should’ve been coming up with excuses for why I needed so many naps… that’s what’s been the most obvious, but maybe everyone doesn’t know I’m taking these naps…
Anyway, that’s it for today. If you’re enjoying hearing about the past few weeks you’ve missed, check the blog tomorrow for more!
2 thoughts on “Pregnant With My Third! (Volume 1)”
Hey Whitney! Congrats to you and Ryan! It looks like I’m only about a week or so behind you. I’m sad we didn’t get to see each other over Christmas and enjoy a glass of water (or creative mocktail) together! This is our first, so I’m both very excited and somewhat nervous (about pregnancy and motherhood overall). John is thrilled but remaining calm (or at least putting on a very good show for my sake.) I generally feel completely fine and normal – no morning sickness, cravings/aversions, headaches, or other major symptoms. I’m tired, but cutting out caffeine almost totally might be the culprit there. I honestly think I might have been one of those people who didn’t find out until way late unless I knew to be testing regularly. But we did also find out at four weeks – and were both a bit surprised at how early (and how quickly) it happened. In a lot of ways I actually was reluctant to share the news, maybe because it’s the first, or because I haven’t had too many discomforts, I don’t know. But you’re right, it’s nearly impossible to keep in – we visited friends shortly after finding out and I knew they wouldn’t believe I just up and quit drinking! I’m really looking forward to finding out the gender, feeling the baby move, or even starting to grow out of my clothes – just to “feel” more pregnant and bond with my baby. Exciting times ahead!
PS I think a fig is about the same size as a lime if that helps!
Hi Lindsay! Congrats to you, too!! That is so wonderful! We should definitely have a mocktail next time you’re in town 🙂 I’m glad you’ve been feeling well – hopefully that will continue! I’ve been blessed with really healthy pregnancies each time. I know exactly how you feel, about wanting just to “feel pregnant”. Especially when you aren’t sick and don’t have many “symptoms” sometimes you can just feel like your normal self with a super power! Like you know something’s there, but you don’y really feel like it. It will come though, and you’ll get a bump, and feel a baby, and it’s glorious!! Enjoy it if you can; it does go surprisingly quickly!