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1. Hmmm. So here’s what happened. I had no idea I was pregnant and for multiple TMI reasons, definitely didn’t think there was any way I could be. After a week of weird stuff, I decided maybe I should take a test and went to the grocery store, where I proceeded to act like I was an embarrassed 15-year old and piled things on top of said test that I didn’t need while ready to go though the self checkout line. When I get up there, all the self-checkouts are closed so I go and put the test BACK on the shelf. I go to this store like five times a week, I know people there, people know my mom – I was not risking going through a regular checkout line with people I know.

I get it. I am a child.

SO I left. TOTALLY forget about the test over the next 24 hours. It doesn’t even cross my mind, I don’t share it with anyone. It’s not until the next day when I’m shopping and get a text from my best friend that says “omg, I just realized it’s April! Only a few more months until the book and then it’s time for kids, right?”

I was like… well maybe I should take that test before responding to her.

I go back and buy one. Take it. Immediately pops up that I’m 3+ weeks pregnant… like immediately.

I start FREAKING OUT. Real life, my first though is major fear. I’m hoping that’s natural – it’s not like I didn’t want kids. I figured we’d try later this summer, after my first baby was born, the book! I want lots of kids, but I was still so scared. I still kinda am this way, just a little older. I grab my phone and call Eddie because at this point I’m shaking and have no idea what to do. He doesn’t answer. I call my BFF Kelly (facebaby’s mom) and just start screaming into the phone and am like omgomgomg and proceed to quickly pace around my house for ten minutes. Like a full out run around the house. I don’t even remember this phone call because I was just shouting into my phone while she is laughing hysterically. After a while when I come to my senses, I’m glad Eddie didn’t answer the phone so I can tell him in person – duh. The only problem is that he was going to a happy hour after work, which leaves me tons of time to kill.

I flip out to Bev next and am all “are you sitting down?!?” Never mind that I had just been with her six days prior.

I’m still high on adrenaline so I drive over to my parents house, deciding that I have to tell my mom. I throw the tests (once I gained composure, I took a few more) in a banana republic jewelry box, walk in the door and say “you have to look at this necklace I bought to wear to the engagement party!”

Cue freaking out and jumping around. But now, I still have hours to kill before Eddie gets home.

He doesn’t walk in the door until like 9:30PM. I’m DYING. My phone has died three times in six hours from nonstop texting. Earlier that evening I placed a hamburger bun in the oven and the minute I heard the garage door open, I turned the oven on so he wouldn’t be suspicious. He walks in and I tell him that I have “a treat for him in the oven.” His brain thinks: cookies. Obviously. He proceeds to tell me ten minutes worth of stories and I’m like EDDIE. I HAVE A TREAT FOR YOU IN THE OVEN. DON’T YOU WANT THE TREAT IN THE OVEN?

He walks to the oven, opens it and is like… “what? Is this a burger? It’s lent, I can’t even eat meat. Where are the cookies? What is this?”

“I don’t know, WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?”

“It’s a bun… in the oven.” He looks at me. “A bun? In the oven? But you aren’t pregnant. I know you aren’t pregnant.”

I just stare at him and laugh.

Then it’s his turn to start jumping and pacing and screaming “get the f@$k out” (in a good way, obvi) over and over. And screaming and running and being all WHAAAAT. Then twenty minutes later: “wait. But there really aren’t any cookies?”

So we make cookies at midnight.

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[i left the house one day!]

2. The minute after I found out, a lot of things made sense. That week, I had cried practically EVERY night. Eddie would come home and I’d just start crying hysterically about something. This was shocking. I never ever cry. I don’t cry at movies. Perhaps I have a heart of stone. Eddie had no idea what to do because again, I never cry. There were other things going on at the time but for the most part, it was unwarranted. This did not tip me off at all. I thought my hormones were just a little scewy from traveling the past couple weeks. Let’s take a moment now and remember all of the things I’ve cried at over the last few months:

(every time Maks and Meryl danced on dancing with the stars, the UCA college dance team championships on ESPN, because I couldn’t find whole wheat rolls for meatball subs for dinner, Walk the Line – twice in two days, every time Amy Purdy danced on Dancing with the Stars (I watched a ton of TV), this post that Alysa shared on her blog, The Parent Trap movie  (yes, with LiLo), the Chely Wright bio documentary – Eddie started watching it and I joined in, Enough Said and the sadness of James Gandolfini, the last five minutes of the Miss USA competition – I hadn’t even watched it until that point, wtf, thinking of the facebaby saying “is there a baby in your belly? Can I kiss it?” yes, he did this for real (I died), because one day my iced coffee tasted like cilantro. ????, The Matchmaker –stayed in bed and bawled.)

Is this boring you? I feel like this has to be boring but I really wanted to write it all out. We only told a handful of people that weekend. That night as we were lying in bed, he’s like we have to tell Lacy! (my cousin – I always talk about her) The next day, we tell his sister and I tell a few more of my close friends.

3. From that moment on, I am incredibly thrilled but petrified. This seems too good to be true, too easy. Barely any of my friends have been able to get pregnant, most haven’t been able to do so naturally. It doesn’t feel fair to me and I don’t feel like I deserve it. I am convinced that something is going to happen.

I don’t have anyone close in my family/friends in real life who have miscarried, but mother lovett had seven. However, with blogging, my peer circle is much larger and I have read story after story. I know that worrying and being scared does nothing, I know it’s not good for me either, but if you’ve read my blog from the beginning you know I’ve been the biggest worry wart since I was a child. Because of this, I practically refuse to allow myself to think about it or talk about. I didn’t take weekly pictures. I wouldn’t even look at the baby book that Kelly bought me until I was 12 weeks. Luckily, I have a killer memory.

4. Remember when I said keeping this secret was the hardest I’d ever had to keep? Lies. I knew I was pregnant then but couldn’t tell anyone there. I had to go to brunch and scrape the brie off this French toast and say no to smoked salmon and pass on espresso with hopes that no one noticed. Filming this video was horrifyingly scary for me. I have NO IDEA how I taught this burger class without 1. vomiting and 2. Not spilling the beans. I’m sure people in the class figured it out though or just thought I was looking extra fat.

5. Here is where, if you have been pregnant before, you are allowed to hate my guts: I thought morning (all-day) sickness was a load of bull before I got pregnant. I thought it was in women’s heads. My mom never had it – not once with three kids. My friends mentioned feeling crappy a time or two, but it seemed brief at the time and I was not in baby mode whatsoever. I didn’t pay attention.

Say hello to karma that slapped me in the face. Working out kind of helped, but not really. Eating didn’t help – even though everyone says it does. It hit me hardest in the evenings, but the days weren’t good either. None of the tried and true methods helped.

Combined with my absolute fear of something happening plus the constant sickness, I went into a shell and didn’t want to talk to or see anyone. I don’t know if prenatal depression is a thing, but I felt like I had something like that. This at least made it easier to keep the secret – I had no desire to tell anyone because I had no desire to see anyone or talk to anyone. Eddie went to the Kentucky derby and I pretty much stayed in the same spot on the couch for four days.  My friend Jess said it best – it was like I was so scared that I became extremely introverted and just wanted to commiserate with myself. Thankfully this only lasted a short time.

I still cooked for the blog and projects because it’s my job. I do not schedule posts, I wake up every morning and manually post them. If I am on the west coast, I wake up at 3:30am. Had I not set this very specific work schedule for myself over the last four years, I may have even stopped blogging for a bit or slept in later, though I can’t fathom that. My work ethic is insane and I am ruthless about it. Thank god for schedules.

I made this caramelized pork stir fry which was so delicious that I ate two servings that afternoon. Ever since, I haven’t been able to even look at the post because nothing turns my stomach like that does.

I bought sea bands. They helped… barely. After a few days, they didn’t help at all.

I never had the extreme fatigue the others talk about. In fact, I had insomnia. I was not overly tired, but my body felt very tired, if that makes sense. I couldn’t sleep at night. I read like crazy. Still am.

Things got really bad on the day that I was roasting this pork. You know how your entire house fills with the aroma of roasted meat when it takes four or five hours? After an hour, I threw myself on the couch. By the second hour, I turned off the oven, left the kitchen a disaster, left the pork in the oven, pulled my car into the driveway and sat there and cried because everything smelled like pork. DRAMA. By the fourth hour I crawled up to our bedroom, shut the door and remained there under the covers in the dark until Eddie came home.

The next day I called the doctor because the nausea was rendering me useless. It sounds SO annoying if you aren’t pregnant. I get it. I have read this before and been like… dude, just pull it together. It was impossible at the time for me. I don’t even like to take something for a headache, but I hoped they had a little answer.

My doctor told me I could take a combo of unisom sleep tabs + vitamin b6. I started taking this daily and took it up until two weeks ago. It was a MIRACLE. I still felt slightly sick but was able to go along with my work and daily life like a normal human. Only twice more did I get stuck on the couch.

6. Which brings me to FOOD. Oh food. Omg. Food. So, I didn’t have food aversions. I basically had an aversion to ALL food. Every food sounded terrible and I never wanted to eat. I am still struggling to eat. For weeks, and I do mean weeks, I survived on nothing but cereal and fruit. Seven boxes of Cascadian farms cereal would grace our counter at once. I had a few bagels at this time, maybe some toast with almond butter. But it was rare. It was like cereal three times a day with strawberries or apples or bananas. I couldn’t eat one single piece of chocolate or candy on easter. Major sad face.

The craziest thing to me is that I am absolutely incapable of overeating right now. I have heard that this happens later in pregnancy, but for me, it happened almost immediately. It’s not like I overeat all the things every single day. I compare it to a donut on a Saturday morning – you know you’re going to get one the day before and you’re excited and can’t wait to eat that donut. The donut tastes SO good and you may even start to eat a second one. It gets old by the time you’re ¾ of the way through, but it’s just SO good that you’re going to finish it.

Well. Right now, I can take about two bites of a donut and I’m done. Last night I took like four bites of this pad Thai and was like… no more. (high five for lunch today though.)

It is very weird for me. I LOVE FOOD. I’ve never been someone who “forgets to eat” or who skips breakfast. And these days, I have to force almost every meal.

This also means that I’ve had NO CRAVINGS. I’m kind of sad about this one. I hope they come. I will say, one day I really wanted a soft pretzel with mustard and went to the store and bought those garbage ones from the freezer section. It wasn’t like a “buy or die” thing though, I was just hungry and nothing else sounded good.

And one Saturday night I did make Eddie order pizza hut pizza (omg he hates it so much) at like 10PM, because it sounded good. But again, it didn’t feel like a crazy craving.

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[eyes bigger than my stomach. the hot dogs never made it.]

Anything carby sounds best – is really the only thing that sounds remotely appealing. For years on my blog I’ve talked about how I’m not a “bread person,” but now… I am a bread person. Things with bread or just straight up bread is the only thing that sounds good – and remember a few months ago when I shared five bready recipes in a row? Oops.

Also, the minute those flavored ice pops came into stores for summer, I bought a whole box. I remember eating them last summer with Bev while she was pregnant and they sounded so good – cold and flavorful and icy.

I’ve had a weird taste in my mouth since getting pregnant, which has made drinking water an awful experience. This has perhaps been the worst part for me because I am a psychotic water drinker and have been since I was a child. My mom couldn’t even pay my to drink juice, I just loved water so much. I’ve always hated carbonation because it burns my throat and chest. And sugary drinks and juices make my teeth feel weird. BUT. I’ve wanted different sodas and flavored drinks a lot more than water these days. Eddie loves Boylan sodas and we always have a ton of them – which I’ve been depleting. I don’t drink one everyday, but maybe two times a week. Almost immediately the idea of coffee made me sick. So that was an easy fix. I wasn’t missing it. More true life: I bought this iced coffee just to instagram it because I had yapped for weeks about giving up drive thru coffee for lent and didn’t want things to seem suspicious after easter. I could barely take two sips. I didn’t really make kombucha cocktails either. LIAR.

When I was at the sickest points, I would complain to Kelly and Bev who would be all “I know it’s the worst, it will get better though!” and I’d be all OMG NO ONE UNDERSTANDS. IT’S NEVER GETTING BETTER. I say this after Kelly has four kids, like she wouldn’t understand. She kept telling me that I’d forget about it and – I have! Of course I just had to rehash it all to write this ridiculous novel of an update, but I don’t remember the worst parts, except for the funny feelings about pork.

Of course, it had to be pork.

7. I bullshitted my way through this entire summer bucket list. There are plenty of things on there that I obviously can’t do while pregnant. It wasn’t like I lied… it’s what I WISH a summer bucket list of mine could look like if I wasn’t knocked up. Next summer! Meanwhile, I have plenty of pregnant-fun things to do.

8. When it comes to maternity clothes, I’ve only bought a few things at Target. A few tanks, some workout capri leggings, stuff like that. I bought a pair of Joe’s maternity jeans but don’t love them. My normal jeans still fit with using a belly band, and I like them better. I’ve been living in maxi dresses, maxi skirts or just workout stuff – which is the norm for me anyway throughout the week.

As far as workouts go, for the first few weeks I was still doing turbofire, usually the 35 minute video. I even did one last week. I’ve been walking a lot (no surprise there) and doing some yoga at home. What kills me the most is not going to hot yoga. My doctor said it’s probably not a good idea, but was iffy. Honestly? I feel in my heart that it would be fine. However. There was a time that I was going regularly 5+ times per week. When I got pregnant, I was only going once or twice a week. Had I been going more regularly, I probably would have kept it up – plenty of pregnant women have been in the classes I’ve taken until they delivered. I did my research and knew the risks, and even though I still felt like it would be fine, I obviously could never forgive myself if something happened. So I don’t go. Yoga at home is nowhere near as good. The prenatal yoga offerings around here suck, so I’m sticking to it at home.

I’ve changed a ton of my beauty products, and I did so almost immediately. I didn’t include them in my monthly favorites because I knew that you’d get suspicious. That’s a whole other post in itself so I’ll tell you about it soon, along with some other things that have been necessities.

I’ve had the WEIRDEST DREAMS. My favorite is one I had a few weeks ago where Laura and I were sitting at my parent’s kitchen table, eating sandwiches that had Kraft mac and cheese inside of them with President Obama. WTF?

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[i can't take pics to save my life]

9. And for the biggest question of all: NOPE, we are not finding out if it is a boy or a girl. I had an extremely strong premonition at the beginning of pregnancy that it was boy. I had a dream – two weeks before I learned I was pregnant, but already was – that I birthed a baby boy, named it our name and called my dad to tell him. However, a few weeks before that I dreamt that I gave birth to a shark, so take that as you will. I haven’t had any boy/girl dreams in weeks so now I’m not so sure. I will be thrilled either way. I have two brothers, I want boys and girls. I have absolutely zero preference. Eddie always thought he wanted a boy, but now he wants both too.

Finally, we are also MOVING because why not do every single life change at once and try to heighten anxieties as much as possible? Yes. So you can find me under a pile of boxes for the next few weeks. More coming soon. I left so much out of this post, but it is such a ridiculously long ramble of crap that I didn’t know where to end it. I will share more through the coming weeks. Nothing on my blog will change, perhaps just a little update where I have a human inside my body. Hearts.

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222 Responses to “3200 words on being pregnant. I’m not kidding.”

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    Amy — July 14, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    Congratulations! I had my first last December…due the 26th but came on the 20th.

    Just wanted to say I know how you feel about nothing tasting right. I didn’t have a bad taste in my mouth but, for what seemed like the entire pregnancy, my tongue tingled. It was horrible. I had cravings but I couldn’t satisfy them because nothing tasted the way it was supposed to.

    Another thing, be prepared for people to give you grief about having a baby in December. Complete strangers would ask my due date and when I told them they would write be off as a bad parent because I was having my baby too close to Christmas. It’s ridiculous but being a mom is so awesome! Happy for you!


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    Cyndi — July 14, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

    I’m 7.5 months pregnant and I, too, have had an aversion to pork my entire pregnancy so far, in one way or the other! I haven’t been able to even LOOK at a pork roast or pork chops. I went through a few weeks where the smell of bacon made me sick (?!), but luckily that went away. I wonder what it is about pork!


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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — July 14, 2014 @ 3:34 pm

    LOVED all 3200 words lol! Wow-can’t believe you’re moving on top of having your book come out…oh yeah, and YOU’RE PREGGO! Congrats lady, all sound like amazing things happening :)


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    Brindi — July 14, 2014 @ 3:40 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’ve been following your blog since I stumbled upon it the first year you started and am a huge fan. I consider you an invisible friend am so HAPPY for you, and can’t wait to read more posts like this. Your husband’s reaction sounds just like mine would…more concerned there actually weren’t any cookies. Love it!


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    Katie — July 14, 2014 @ 3:58 pm

    I read this on my phone while adrienne was at swim lessons and then wanted to come home and re-read it. I’m just freaking out happy for you.


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    Jenn H — July 14, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

    I pre-ordered your book today on Amazon – can’t wait for it!

    Morning sickness – ya, it ‘s a thing. I was sick for 10 weeks when I was pregnant with my first one and then only a couple with my second. I remember being so nauseated ALL day – not just the morning. I was teaching high school then, so ya, that was fun. I could take until one really bad day I remember laying down by the toilet and praying to God to help me make it stop for just a LITTLE bit. I realized what I was doing this for but I couldn’t take it one more minute without a little relief. The crazy thing is, I felt better after that. It WILL pass…I pray!!!

    My big aversion was pizza. And I frigging LOVE pizza…like, it is my favorite food. So that was crazy weird. No major cravings except at the beginning when I ate nothing but turkey all day….turkey lunchmeat, turkey gravy, turkey everything I could get my hands on. Still not sure what that was about.

    So when you do the book tour you HAVE TO COME TO SAN DIEGO. I mean, what is NOT to love about SAN DIEGO!!!??? It is a book tour DREAM spot :)! You can vacation AND work here!! Don’t worry, I will fill the place for you!

    Congratulations on both your babies (the book and the little one).


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    Auntiepatch — July 14, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    Congrats all around. We moved when I was 3 months along. I LOVED being pregnant! I had morning sickness while ON THE PILL but none while pregnant. Go figure!


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    Kelly O. — July 14, 2014 @ 4:33 pm

    I’ve loved your blog for so long! This is so fun for me to read, I love anything on pregnancy (I have an almost 3 year old son). I knew I was having a boy, they say mama’s intuition is almost always spot on! My weirdest aversion was to sweet potatoes (which I adore). I couldn’t even look at sweet potato fries without gagging, it was awful. Sadly, that lasted until my son was almost 2 years old (lovely hormones!) I never craved weird things, EXCEPT for the time I put almond butter and roasted garlic on toast TOGETHER. And it was delicious! So happy for you, and looking forward to more preggo posts!


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    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — July 14, 2014 @ 5:03 pm

    This is probably my fav post ever from you, right behind the ones you’ve written about making a career change and working on the blog/writing full-time. So happy for you. :) :)


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    Lynda Qunell — July 14, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    12 Word on your post…

    You’re beautiful, enjoy yourself, you and Eddie will be the greatest parents !


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    Lisa Jones — July 14, 2014 @ 6:20 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing Jessica – brings back both good and bad memories about being pregnant! Well done on keeping the secret. Congrats to you both! xx


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    Dawn McPherson — July 14, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

    Jessica- thanks for sharing your story. I am sorry you had a little melt down. Can I tell ya something though! You look beautiful! Keep the stories comming!


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    Christi — July 14, 2014 @ 7:07 pm

    Congrats! So happy for you and Eddie. Can’t wait to read more as the pregnancy progresses.


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    Amber — July 14, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    I love your blog and I think you are my best friend that I have never met- and I wondered when you were going to write about news of this sort! CONGRATULATIONS! Can’t wait to hear more about the pregnancy and the lil tot. Life only gets better and better :)


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    Emily — July 14, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    Congratulations, Jessica!!!


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    Traci Magee — July 14, 2014 @ 9:16 pm

    Congrats to you both!! We did not find out either and it was the BEST decision we ever made!!! Too many BAD surprises in life I wanted an EXCELLENT one!! My baby girl is almost 12!!!!! Cherish EVERY SECOND, it goes by too fast!!


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    Diane — July 14, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

    Congrats to you both!! Love how you told Eddie!!!


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    Rebecca — July 14, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    I’m so glad you wrote this long, wonderful post. :) And I totally teared up at the first picture, and at the end as well. Because, you know, I KNOW you and all, and feel like I would if an in-person friend was pregnant. I am just so happy for you!


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    Kayla — July 15, 2014 @ 12:59 am

    Huge congratulations to Eddie and you! That is so exciting!

    1. my daughter was a surprise and I too thought all the usual signs of pregnancy were weird flukes, I was 8 weeks when I finally took a test!!
    2. I had dream after dream about having a boy and it definitely turned out to be a girl
    3. I felt the same way about morning sickness and then karma got a good laugh when I couldn’t keep anything down before 4pm until I was 6 months along

    So excited for you!


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    Cheryl Sanders — July 15, 2014 @ 5:22 am

    That’s so exciting! Congrats!


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    Erica @ The Crumby Cupcake — July 15, 2014 @ 8:39 am

    I’m sooo glad you decided to share this novella with us! I’ve been trying to get as much pregnancy info from my friends as their wiling to share, and this was a wonderfully amusing (and kind of scary) tale. I LOVE how you told your hubby, and his reaction, and the cookie baking…I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what mine would do and say! I’m also pretty sure you’re my favorite blogger on the planet/person on the internet/friend I’ve never met, and I hope the rest of this pregnancy is a bit easier on you! <3 Can't wait to hear more stories, and see what kind of crazy recipes that baby pulls out of your brain!


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    Colleen — July 15, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    Loved this!! Congrats!! I am 6 months pregnant with twin girls and my first thought to your post was “how is she around all that food and still alive”? I haven’t cooked a meal in 6 months. I can barely grocery shop. I have to force myself to eat–and it’s a pitiful amount. Soooo, it didn’t get any better for me. Oh, and pregnancy exhaustion!? What is that!? I had and have full blown insomnia as well. Most people think I am making that up, so I’m glad (not for you) that someone else also experiences that.


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    Nicole — July 15, 2014 @ 9:04 am

    Congratulations again, and thank you so so much for sharing this story! I’ve been a long time (creepily stalkerish) follower, and completely agree with others who say they feel like they know you! I’m sorry to hear about challenges so far, but that kiddo is already lucky to have such a great mom! Hang in there, and can’t wait to hear more!

    PS – A baby shark.. now THAT would be a surprise! ;-)


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    Nicole @ Liberty Belles — July 15, 2014 @ 10:03 am

    AHHH CONGRATS! so happy for you both!!!


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    Kelly — July 15, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    I am a longtime reader/lurker/invisible internet friend and I just wanted to say congratulations! I’m so happy for you and you’ll be a great mom. Good luck with the move too – I am in the middle of a move right now and ugh, it is rough.


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    Carolynne — July 15, 2014 @ 12:03 pm

    Well first of all congratulations! My husband and I are also expecting our first baby in November. Haha, so much of what you say is exactly how it has been going for me as well! It’s all very scary and exciting at the same time. We have ALSO decided to move in August before the baby comes. It’s all very logical to do everything huge and important at once! Obviously LOL. So I am trying hard to concentrate on the move right now. Once we are all settled in our new house, I can start buying things for the baby!! They need so much stuff :) Good luck on this new adventure!!


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    Julie — July 15, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

    I’m a longtime reader/lurker and I’m so excited for you and Eddie! I can’t wait to hear more updates along the way. You look great too!!


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    Alicia Greenrabbit — July 15, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

    I am so glad you are perfectly normal.
    I ate ice cream and Gatorade almost every day with my 1st pregnancy.
    I had BAD bad,food aversions. I had that taste in my mouth too ,lots of hard candy and lollipops.
    Screw those people ,saying eat this eat that healthy and such.
    if you don’t feel like it ,
    I’m not stuffing my mouth with something, i’ll puke up!
    My 2nd one hardly any puking ,but I ate everything sour!
    now my two girls love lemonade and pickles…..go figure.
    ( PS I only gained 28 lbs with both girls and they weighed just under 7 lbs. naturally .Oh and Charlotte came out in 38 minutes from 1st contraction to delivery.) Enjoy and give in to what you are feeling…………it’s okay.


    • Alicia Greenrabbit — July 15th, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

      PSS and not finding out the sex, is one of the biggest and best surprises you can have!


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    Amanda — July 15, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

    Congrats!!! I love this post, btw.


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    Charity Hall — July 15, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    Congrats Jessica!! (this is so weird because I don’t know you, but everytime I read your blog I wonder when you’ll have kids because you’ll be the world’s best mom, so hilarious and oh the food you’ll cook!!!) Hope everything is smooth sailing from here!


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    Dawn Marie — July 15, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

    I have always loved your writing and this is no exception! Congrats on the big news.

    I was super sick the whole time, both pregnancies. I basically lived off cereal, the second one was worse than the first. In fact (don’t hate me people) I couldn’t gain with with the second baby (until after he was born). Nothing sounded good to eat.
    I am glad it has passed with you. I can’t wait to hear the crazy food concoctions you come up with while pregnant :)


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    Holly — July 15, 2014 @ 6:24 pm

    I loved reading this! I’m so excited for you! I’ve been reading your blog for a few years now and it is by far, my favorite. We have just decided to start trying for baby number 2 and reading your post brings back all of the excitement .
    I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and I look forward to reading your post-baby posts.


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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — July 15, 2014 @ 6:34 pm

    Ahhhhhh!!! Congratulations! Sorry I’m a little late to the party ;) You totally need to revise the “My Baby Is The Size Of” chart or app or whatever it is you ladies reference. For example: My Baby is the size of a S’More. Or My Baby is the size of a jar of Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter. Or My Baby is the size of a large bowl of Salted Caramel Corn. Something like that.


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    Kirsten — July 16, 2014 @ 5:40 am

    I completely understand where you are coming from with regards to not telling anyone. I am pretty sure I would be the same, as I too am a gigantic worry wart! I didn’t even know that one of my Uni friends was expecting until a photo appeared on Facebook of her leaving hospital with a baby. I was all “where did that come from?! I didn’t even know you were pregnant!” I thought I had missed some major announcement but it turns out she hardly told anyone she was pregnant because she didn’t want to “jinx” it, until he arrived safe and sound. So, see, you are not the only one. It’s not weird.

    PS – Love your last sentence – where I have a human inside my body :)


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    Jules — July 16, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! I loved reading this! I don’t even know you, but it made me smile from ear to ear! One day (in the future) I’m going to copy your idea of having a bun in the oven to tell my husband! That’s so cute. So happy for you and your husband!


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    Celeste — July 16, 2014 @ 1:09 pm

    I love reading your blog and your big news is very exciting. Blame the freak outs on that big explosion of hormones! And the food adversions – the smell of anything BBQ would have me retching. Wishing you the best – it will all be worth it when you have that babe in your arms!


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    Lindsey Miles — July 16, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    I wish I had known when you were sick (even though Im a total stranger, lol) because my saving grace with my second kid was CITRUS. Like, lemon in my water/Lemonheads to suck on/Blood orange San Pellegrinos. It sounds awful and weird and counterintuitive but it was a legit life saver.

    I wish you guys lots of luck and Ill think healthy, happy thoughts for you! So exciting!


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    Caitlyn — July 16, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    Omgahhhh I love this so much. Chuckling & tearing up on the couch while my fella stares at me. You’re the best!


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    Diane — July 16, 2014 @ 11:39 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months and thoroughly enjoy it. You write like I think….and I get it. Congratulations to you and your hubby! Reading your post brought back so many memories from my two pregnancies. I, too, had morning sickness for some time. The crazy thing is, I’d be eating something and would excuse myself so I could go throw-up, Then, after a small breather, I’d usually be able to come back and finish whatever I’d been eating without a problem. Crazy. I craved strawberries and Taco Bell bean burritos. I know, it’s disgusting, but there it is. And although I loved my coffee, I couldn’t stand it when I was pregnant. Not finding out what you’re having until The Moment is so incredibly exciting!! Don’t let anyone talk you out of waiting–it’s like Christmas morning when you were a kid times a billion!! Be good to yourself these nine months and cherish every wonderful moment.


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    Eliza — July 17, 2014 @ 9:56 am

    You are going to be awesome. Don’t forget that!


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    Jessica — July 17, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    I had horrible morning sickness with both of mine. With my second pregnancy I started feeling sick 2weeks after getting pregnant. I am sick all day long & barely want to eat or drink anything. My doctor would always say after four months it would get better, no such luck I was sick the whole time. My last pregnancy the doctor gave me Zofran, which is an anti nausea medicine for cancer patients, it worked great & i was able to eat the last few months. I never really had craving, which I was bummed to never had. The smell of everything bothered me but now I feel that my sense of smell has decreased after 2 kids.
    We lost our first baby at 10 weeks and I was terrified when I became pregnant again. When I became pregnant again the baby was due on the exact same due date as our baby we lost. Needless to say I was terrified most of my pregnancy and with the next one. Every thing turned out fine with both boys & now have a thriving 10 & 4 year old. We consider having one more, I just dread the morning sickness.


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    Heather — July 18, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    I write like this every day and I am not even pregnant!
    loved the stream of conscious, it was fun to read :)


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    Autumn — July 19, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    Congratulations! I’m hopefully going down that road soon and it’s terrifying. I guess things change once it happens but right now it scares me to think of myself carrying a person inside of me and pushing it out. Good luck with your pregnancy!


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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — July 20, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Hahahah you put a bun in the oven for him. Greatness.


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    Michelle — July 20, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    Jessica — I was crying and laughing and yelling YES. YES I KNOW! While reading this.

    #1 Congrats! So happy for you and your husband.

    #2 I had to cook pork too while I was preggers and no one knew. See here http://www.thatssomichelle.com/2012/10/apple-and-sage-pork-chops.html

    Still makes me sick to look at it. So terrible. There are a handful of other posts that still make me feel really sick.

    I don’t know how you did it. I feel like my post blog post quality went WAY down hill when I was sick. Yours were all still amazing.

    #2 I lost my taste for coffee my entire pregnancy.

    #3 I couldn’t sleep either. I actually took unisom to sleep every night. Doctor said it was okay and I was up ALL night watching tv with out it.

    Looking forward to hearing more :) Congrats again.


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    Lauren — July 20, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    Congratulations! And which dose of b6 and unisom worked??? I’m desperate!


    • Jessica — July 20th, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

      i hear ya! the doctor told me to take 25mg of b6 three times a day, and said i could take unisom twice a day (once in morning, once at night). i took the b6 morning, afternoon and evening and took a whole unisom pill every night. this worked for me – i didn’t want to take unisom in the morning because it would make me a zombie and i couldn’t get any work done. a few times i HAD to take one in the morning (i’d take a half) because i was so sick and that way okay – i only got slightly tired but could still function. good luck!!


    • Sarah — July 23rd, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

      Lauren – My doc recommended 50 mg B6 in the morning and 25 mg Unisom at night…worked for me!


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    Kelly M. — July 21, 2014 @ 8:06 am

    Had to de-lurk just to say CONGRATULATIONS and SQUEEEEEEE and WTF how did you keep this a secret?! Amazing powers of deception. Amazing. :-)


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    Bailey — July 21, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    My mom teaches at Crate and raved about your burger class, so clearly you did a great job holding everything together! Congratulations on all of the exciting news and good luck with the move!!


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    Stephanie @ Cookin' Cowgirl — July 22, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Jessica, you are a BEAUTIFUL pregnant woman, er lady, whatever. You look amazing!!! I am so happy for you and Eddie!! Congratulations again!!
    Once baby How Sweet is born and able to travel, I think you need to make a trip back to KC so Natalie and Will and Tinsley and your babe can all have a play date!! Mmmmk?


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    Kate — July 24, 2014 @ 1:21 pm

    Jessica, I’ve been living under a rock! I just found out when I clicked over to your podcast with Jess Lively. I’m so happy for you! Glad you’re feeling better now, too. Your story about telling your husband that you’re pregnant almost made me tear up… and I’m not pregnant, I swear!



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