This One's Really Late

June 23, 2014

DSC0071110 Weeks Pregnant (In Washington DC!) As of today, I’m 18 weeks pregnant – a full month into my second trimester.  Even so, I want to record for myself (and for those of you interested) how my first trimester went.  (There’s some bodily function TMI in this post…  You’ve been warned) Firstly, I have a little addendum to make on the post I recently wrote about how we found out I was pregnant.  I said that I didn’t really have many symptoms that caused me to believe I was pregnant but, the more I thought about, the more I remembered symptoms I did have.  Like I said in that post – I was breaking out like crazy, especially on the sides of my nose, a place that, even in middle school, I had never had acne before.  What I had forgotten was that about four days before I took the pregnancy test I thought I had started my period.  I was doing an exercise DVD and paused it to “use the restroom” (aka: take a break cause I was tired) and I had a little spotting going on.  I went out of the bathroom, really bummed out that it was yet another month that I hadn’t gotten pregnant.  After I told Nate I wasn’t pregnant, I held back tears as I finished working out.  Come to find out, the spotting never turned into my period and was instead implantation bleeding.  In addition to those symptoms, my sense of smell went crazy!  The weekend before finding out I was pregnant, I was walking through Costco and could smell EVERYTHING to the max.  It was insane!  (Thankfully that crazy sense of smell didn’t stay too long) Ok, now that that’s out of the way, I can let you all know how the first trimester went.  Let me just say that I feel incredibly blessed with how easy I had it.  I truly feel for those of you who had rough first trimesters. +  I didn’t have any morning sickness!!!  I feel so fortunate that my stomach cooperated with me so well and that the baby didn’t decide (s)he wanted to make me miserable.  That being said, I did get sick (thankfully, without throwing up) twice.  I got carsick when we were visiting Nate’s parent’s at 6 weeks and then got seasick on the ferry out to Liberty Island and Ellis Island during our NYC trip at 10 weeks.  I certainly feel deeply for you girls who deal with nausea throughout your pregnancies because those two times were miserable! +  At six weeks I got unbelievably exhausted.  Honestly, I never truly got it when pregnant women said they were tired.  My mindset always was that they should go take a nap and they’ll feel better.  Take it from me, that’s NOT the case.  I would sleep from 9-7 every night and I still fell asleep at work once and often dozed after getting home from work.  This exhaustion was no joke.  It’s like nothing I’d ever experienced before.  It takes over your entire body and doesn’t let go.  I’m sosososo thankful that the exhaustion ended at 9 1/2 weeks, right as we were leaving for our big trip.  I don’t know what I would have done if we were travelling and I felt that tired. +  At seven weeks I had some bleeding.  Let me tell you, it was the most terrifying thing.  It happened in the morning before going in to work and I called my (at the time) midwife group.  Their office said that based on my symptoms it didn’t seem like it was the beginning of a miscarriage but to keep an eye on it and give them a call if it got worse.  Later that day it did get a little worse so I immediately left my desk in the hands of one of my coworkers and called my (at the time) midwife group again.  Once again they said it didn’t sound like an early miscarriage and gave me a more in depth list of things to look out for.  I had my 8 week appointment scheduled for less than a week later and they said there wasn’t really anything they could do before then so we’d find out at the 8 week ultrasound what was going on with the baby.  Praise the Lord, that was the end of the bleeding and at the ultrasound everything was perfectly fine. +  Instead of nausea, I was HUNGRY!  At my 8 week appointment I found out that I had gained 4 pounds.  You’re not supposed to gain weight in the first trimester so I was a little concerned that I had already gained 4 pounds.  I guess that’s what happens when you’re super super hungry and too exhausted to exercise at all.  (Thankfully, I had only gained one more pound at my 12 week appointment and hadn’t gained any more weight at my 16 week appointment so I’m only five pounds up at this point)  My hunger got to its worst point while on our trip in DC and NYC.  I carried granola bars with me the whole time but, even so, I got overly hungry far too often.  I’ve always dealt with being a brat while being hungry but I guess it’s a million times worse now that I’m pregnant.  I had to apologize to Nate many times for being a brat while we were looking for places to eat.  What was even worse was that my hunger would come on with no warning.  One minute I’d be fine and the next I’d be starving.  Craziness. All in all, I’d say I enjoy being pregnant!  I’m so thankful to the Lord for our little one and can’t wait to hold him/her in my arms! On July 2nd (OUR 3RD ANNIVERSARY!!!) we find out the baby’s gender!  We’re totally pumped and can’t wait to get to know our little one just a little bit better! 10 Weeks Collage


  • Kristen

    June 23, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Congratulations!! So excited! Wow, that's amazing that you didn't have morning sickness!! What a blessing! & I know EXACTLY the kind of hunger you're talking about that comes out of nowhere and is life or death!! 🙂 (or at least we think it is!!) 🙂 My husband has gotten several apologies too! 😮 ! Carrying a child is such a gift and joy, so happy for you!! (Maybe I'll have my little one the day you're finding out your gender! 🙂 )

  • Gen Delali

    June 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    this is such an exciting journey you're on!!!

  • Robyn B

    June 23, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    so exciting!!! how fun that you get to find out the gender on your anniversary! 🙂

  • Katrin

    June 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    You look stunning! I am so happy that everything is going fine! I am still so excited for you guys! I'd imagine that I would be hungry too all the time!

  • Mel of Bacchus

    June 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Looking great! Loved this post!! Praying for you and your baby to be! Stay blessed xx

  • Caroline

    June 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    So fun that you find out the gender soon!!!!

  • Carol {Everyday Delights}

    June 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    You look fantastic!! And so exciting the gender revel is right around the corner!

  • Jen

    June 23, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    It seems like time if flying by! 🙂

  • Bailey Kay

    June 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I'm so excited for you!!!!

  • brooke lyn

    June 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    the babe wanted food and it wanted it now!!! sounds like my kind of baby

  • Jennifer – The Deliberate Mom

    June 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Looking great Susannah! So exciting that you'll know the gender soon too!

    Sending you love and prayers.

  • Seana Turner

    June 23, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    So glad to hear it is going smoothly, Susannah. I was sick as a dog both times. I think it is so interesting that our sense of smell changes… I wonder how that happens? Are hormones related to sense of smell? Maybe some biology expert will post and answer this question:)

  • Caitlin | belong with wildflowers

    June 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Glad to hear it's going smoothly!

  • Alison

    June 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Your looking great! Glad things are going smoothly and how nice to be finding out on your anniversary! A x

  • Faith

    June 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    You look gorgeous! Glad to read that you're enjoying pregnancy 🙂

    And it's so crazy to me about the sense of smell thing. A lot of my friends told me that it was insane the way they could smell everything!

  • Jessica

    June 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I am so happy for you.

  • Jayda

    June 24, 2014 at 12:03 am

    You look great!! So happy for you that your first trimester wasn't brutal! The bleeding would have been scary for sure…glad the baby is doing well 🙂

  • Jill

    June 24, 2014 at 1:54 am

    Wow!!! In my absence from the blog world I missed out on this exciting news!!!!! Congratulations! You are looking great!!!!

  • Southern Gal

    June 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Such an exciting time for you! It's good you're keeping track of everything here. It will be fun to go back and read it when your little one is a teenager!

  • Veronica Lee Burns

    June 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    You are such a pretty mom! I'll be curious to see, when we get the baby time of life, if I miss out on those early symptoms too. 😉

  • Katie

    June 24, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Fun to hear how you are doing in more detail! SO glad that you and baby are healthy and feeling good.

  • Kelli @ A Deeper Joy

    June 24, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Aww this is so exciting!!! I can't believe you didn't have morning sickness! That's awesome! I hope when I get pregnant someday, it's like that. I can't wait! 🙂

  • jenn

    June 24, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    i'm SO excited for you, susannah. my gut's telling me you're gonna be a fantastic mother. and i love that you've got that appointment scheduled on your anniversary. :]

  • jackie jade

    June 24, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    minus some nausea and the spotting/bleeding, sounds like things have been pretty smooth so that's good. hope that they continue on that path for you!

  • Lauren

    June 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    you look so great! and i'm with you…I haven't been sick, but I just NEED FOOD!!! Yay for finding out the gender, we find out on July 9th!

  • Lauren Skousen

    June 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Hahah it sounds like our first trimesters were very much the same! I could have slept FOREVER. The second trimester was less that way though – I actually felt really good. But I was hungry my.entire.pregnancy. I could eat and eat and eat and still not eat enough! You look absolutely amazing though and it is so fun to hear your pregnancy journey!

  • Midnight Cowgirl

    June 24, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    So exciting!

  • Krysten Quiles

    June 25, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Iz and I aren't really trying to get pregnant right now, but we aren't really NOT trying either. It'll be interesting to see what happens and if I do happen to get pregnant I wonder what symptoms I'll have…

  • dspence

    June 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Yay! I love reading these updates. So glad to hear that the bleeding turned out to be nothing! I had a little bit of spotting at the beginning of the 2nd trimester and was freaking out. Praying for peace and protection through the rest of your pregnancy!

  • Anne Hill

    June 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    your baby bump is so dang cute! congratulations!

  • Becky Dougherty

    June 25, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I'm so glad things are going well! You're just absolutely adorable, and I'm certainly looking forward to the gender reveal!! 🙂

  • The Lady Okie

    June 26, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I'm glad the bleeding went away AND that your nausea wasn't too bad. Hurrah!

  • B @ The Sequin Notebook

    June 26, 2014 at 11:59 am

    So glad to hear that you're doing well! Can't wait to hear the boy/girl news!

  • Elizabeth

    June 26, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    you look great!

  • Diana

    June 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Ahhh sooo cute pictures! Congratulations again, I'm so happy for you!! 🙂

  • stephanie a. orefice

    June 29, 2014 at 4:31 am

    please register at target because their baby stuff is so freaking cute and i will buy the crap out of it for baby kellogg. hahaha

  • Hena Tayeb

    July 1, 2014 at 12:14 am

    oh wow congratulations.. it seems that every other blog i visit someone is pregnant or just had a baby.. look forward to reading updates. take care.

  • Sam M

    July 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

    You came to DC and didn't message me!? I'll only slightly forgive you because I fell off the blogging face of the earth. That's amazing that you haven't thrown up at all!

  • Charity

    July 10, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Aww our first trimesters were exactly the same. We need to see your bump again please!!

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