In case you missed it, Kevin and I are expecting a baby sometime in late January or early February 2015. That means I’m about 16 weeks along, and I’ve been pregnant alllll summer.
Was it hard to keep the secret? Not at all. Man, I am introvert, and I love it when people just mind their own beeswax. By everyones’ shocked responses, I don’t think anyone guessed before we told them. In fact, I seriously considered hashtagging it #imserious because everyone has acted so shocked when I told them. Why? I don’t know. I’ve always said I want to have kids… I’m just not enthusiastic about pregnancy… or babies….. I’ll have to work on that.
I shared the news with the fam when we were in Minnesota last month, but if we didn’t already have that trip planned, we probably would have waited until this week or so to share. It helped that I was in denial half the time, okay, I still am sometimes!!! I put off going to the doctor at all for a long time because there’s not much they can do during the first trimester anyways so I didn’t feel like it was even officially confirmed until the middle of July.
Here’s what I looked like this week at about 15 weeks. Is that post-vacation chub? OR A BABY!?! Haha. I look a lot more pregnant in my CrossFit clothes and sweats, and some of my teaching clothes have gotten inappropriately short. But as long as I was careful what I wore in front of people who didn’t know yet, I was golden. I’ve definitely gained some weight, but I unfortunately (maybe fortunately!) really don’t know how much since I hadn’t weighed myself in a long time before I found out I was pregnant. I do look a little tired, but maybe I just needed to wash my face. We’ll never know.
So I WILL be sharing about my whole pregnancy experience on the blog, because hey, I want to. Not about the gross, TMI parts, more about the paleo-ish, CrossFitting, and my emo feelings!!!! I’ve actually been probably the most sad not to blog about this as it’s been happening because my blog helps me remember things! Oh well, I’ve been keeping mental notes so I have many related posts planned. If you’re not interested, you’re more than welcome to pass. I’m not one of those people who think pregnancy is the most beautiful part of life! Ha!!! But I always liked reading other peoples’ (censored!) experiences, and that’s part of what helped me think… okay, fine, I can manage this… someday… and then it happened. And I was like… uh oh.
Let me just get this out of the way… the WORST part of being pregnant is cutting back on caffeine. I love caffeine. I love to drink coffee all. day. long. So when I’m the most tired, I get to drink the least caffeine? That’s just a bad idea!!!!!! And you know my inner unhealthy child loves Diet Coke. In fact!!!!!!
I got THE MOM CAN one day, and I was seriously thinking about using that as part of my pregnancy announcement. Like, hey, I finally found one with my name on it! Get it? Because C-o-r-r-i-e is NEVER going to be on a Coke can. But then those other people rudely stole my idea with their little video that went sort of viral and a lot of people posted on my Facebook feed. BOO!!!!!!! Oh well. I felt sort of bad about promoting Diet Coke. You know I’ve never been able to totally banish my undying love for it despite what a home wrecker it is on my typically paleo-ish clean diet.
So, moving on! Kevin and I are not planning on going the traditional doctor/hospital route. Today we went to an orientation for a birth center/midwifery down in the South Denver suburbs.
I’m not thrilled about the place’s location, but it seems amazing. But a perk is that it’s down by one of our old favorite restaurants (from when we lived in Greenwood Village like the foolish newbies we were), La Polleria. This time I ordered the pollo saltado which is basically chicken stir fry over french fries. You can’t tell me that’s not PURE GENIUS. I didn’t get a picture of it but their spicy aji sauce is amazing. It’s the best. I hate going to the doctor in any form so Kevin said we could eat here every time I have to go in. Haha.
The orientation was pretty hilarious to me. First of all, it was in this teeny tiny, room without air conditioning. STUFFED full of pregnant people! There were like 50 people in there. And one bathroom located directly behind the corner where I was crammed in. Haha. They basically regurgitated everything they have posted on their website which is a little annoying, but I guess some people don’t read. Trust me, I wouldn’t take a road trip for a place if I haven’t read every single word on their website. And about them on Yelp. And every outside source I could find. But still some good stuff was said. She said that they encourage pregnant people to be as active as possible because you are preparing for a serious endurance event. Yeahhhhhh. And she also mentioned how they focus on diet because so many things can be prevented with a healthy diet. Yeahhhh. Preaching to the choir. The lady also mentioned something about how Western women tend not to squat enough in their daily lives so they’re not prepared to labor in some of the best positions. Haha. Squats!!!!!!!!!! I do a few. They’re good for everything!!!! So anyways, I’m definitely planning to go with them if everything works out (you have to be considered a low-risk pregnancy which I definitely intend to be). They really have their act together. Oh my gosh. The best part is that they send you home after the birth in 4-6 hours. If you know how much I love being at home, you will totally get how much I love that part!!!!
So it’s late, and I’m done for now. But I’ll be back to talk about the first few months and whatnot. I can partially sum it up by saying I’ve felt really awesome. Super thankful because I know it’s not always like that, but I’ll take it while I can get it. Thanks for all the nice stuff everyone has been saying. Have I mentioned that I’m hoping for a GIRL!!!! I know you’re supposed to say that you just want a healthy baby, and that’s true. But I want that healthy baby to be a girl. Haha. It’s fine, I don’t think my future child will be offended if he’s a boy. I’m most likely going to find out in a few weeks here so I have time to pretend I wanted a boy all along if that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
P.S. I made a baby page. It should really like a pregnancy page, but I don’t like saying/seeing that word all the time. And all the euphemisms are pretty unsavory as well, particularly those of the Midwestern variety. Can’t even bring myself to type them. There’s not a chance I’m sharing the baby’s name before it’s born, no way, so I can’t use that. Maybe we’ll come up with a nickname at some point.