Jimmy and I are so lucky to announce we are having a baby boy!! He will be here May 25th (hopefully), which means I am 17 weeks pregnant .
I wasn't going to blog about it at all. I feel like it's such a private event, and I just wasn't sure I felt like writing about it. I was at a Christmas party Saturday night and saw a lot of people I had not seen in a while. They all asked me if I was ever going to blog again. I can't really explain why I stopped for a while... I think I just needed a break. I was exhausted from the wedding, and then was wrapped up in the newlywed life (which consists of happily gaining back a few pounds and drinking whatever I wanted-- wine, vodka, miami vices...), and then before I knew it I was pregnant! ;) Jimmy and I realize how amazingly fortunate we are, and we are both thankful for that every day. Anyway, at the Christmas party I realized it wasn't fair to keep you guys out of the loop. We have been through so much together. Figuring out my job, becoming a photographer, meeting Jimmy, getting engaged, and finally getting married. It doesn't seem fair to stop right at the good part! Thus, a pregnancy blog...
To bring you up to speed I will answer a few commonly asked questions.
1. Are you excited to be pregnant?
Yes! I'm more excited than I've ever been for anything in my life. In fact... I'm pretty sure every decision I've ever made has been leading to this point. It's everything I've ever wanted. I am absolutely thrilled and thankful and excited. I am not even that nervous, which I think is strange. I'm just excited and can't wait for him to get here.
2. Is Jimmy excited?
Yes! Jimmy was really hoping for a boy. Now they can do all kinds of boy stuff together... like trains (Jimmy's favorite). Jimmy is going to be a great dad, and he's been a very supportive husband... even when I've been throwing a fit. It's the hormones, I swear.
3. How do you feel?
Fat. I feel fat. And my legs and back hurt. Do I care? Not really. Yes, I very much enjoyed having a waist, and I hope to see it again some day soon, but as for now I'm enjoying the finer things in life... like frozen waffles.
4. What are you craving?
Oranges, orange juice, pineapples, ketchup, bbq sauce, salad, hummus, waffles (real and frozen), and hot tea. I am actually a little disappointed that I haven't had any wild cravings at all. I was sort of looking forward to that. The strangest thing is that I normally crave Mexican food and french fries, but I haven't had much of a taste for them... which blows my mind. About once a week I try some fries just to see if I like them. They are ok, but I never crave them. Yesterday, just to say that I ate something crazy while pregnant, I dipped a french fry in chocolate sauce. It was pretty good, but tasted less like heaven and more like a french fry dipped in chocolate sauce. I'm basically a boring old pregnant lady with no good food stories.
5. Is the baby's room ready?
No, but it is cleaned out and empty. The baby's room used to be my closet, which is actually a spare bedroom. To get ready for him I got rid of half my clothes and shoes, which, other than carrying him around inside me for 10 months, I feel is the greatest sacrifice I could make for my child. You think I'm kidding.
6. Are your parents excited?
Are they excited? Are you kidding? I've never seen a more excited group of adults. He will be the first grandchild on both sides, so I'm sure he will be spoiled. Yes. They are all very very excited.
7. Do you know the name?
Yes, and we aren't telling.
8. Have you felt him move?
Yes. On Friday he kicked me and turned over. It was the best feeling in the world. I wish he would start moving around more, although the doctor warned me against that. He said as soon as I start feeling him I will feel him all the time because he is a VERY active child. I think he gets it from his daddy. At our 12 week appointment he was dancing all around in my stomach. If you've seen Jimmy dance you know it came straight from him. Great, now I will have two of them on my hands. Better clear out the living room for a father/son dance party.
9. Does Charlotte know?
She does. She likes to sleep right on the baby and protect him. It's cute, except when she gets alarmed and kicks me in the stomach/the baby in the face.
For those of you who are into that sort of thing, here's a picture of our very active son. Isn't he beautiful?