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

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    Stephanie — July 13, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

    I’m due in November and I’m with you on the Unisom and B6 combo – helped so much!! Also, pregnancy dreams are crazy. I’m also not having any cravings. Sometimes fruit, but it’s not like OMFG, I NEED FRUIT! Pregnancy is weird.


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    Kelly — July 13, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

    Love this! Please keep sharing! I think I can speak for all of us when I say I want to hear all about everything!


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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl — July 13, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you!


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    Sarah — July 13, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    Pretzels! Pretzels were the ONLY thing I ate in my first trimester. Soft pretzels. Hard pretzels. Pretzel buns. Pretzel Chips. It was the only thing I could stomach.

    Also, fun fact: I could not stand meat when I was pregnant with my first. Couldn’t look at it, touch it, see it, smell it. My son (now almost 3!) won’t touch meat either. Even “kid stuff” like chicken fingers, and hot dogs, and cheeseburgers. BUT…when I was pregnant with my second son (1 now), no aversion to meat. He eats meat like a champ. Strange, right?


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    Julie @ Table for Two — July 13, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

    I’m like laughing my way through this post because well, you just have such a funny demeanor throughout all your pregnancy talk. I love how positive you can be yet going through hell. The food aversions you’re having and all that morning sickness made me sick FOR you while reading it. So glad you made it through, though! You really did pull this off well – the faking cocktails and coffee instagrams..crazy! Wouldn’t have guessed one bit! Can’t wait for more updates and good luck with the move!!


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    Vanessa — July 13, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

    I am SO SO happy for you! It breaks my heart to know it was so rough for you in the beginning but it will be oh so worth it when you have that little human in your arms. Can’t wait to hear(and see) more.


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    Becky — July 13, 2014 @ 3:06 pm

    Loved reading this! You are going to be a great mom – think of the fun baby food you’ll get to make :)


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    Jessica — July 13, 2014 @ 3:06 pm



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    Kelly P. — July 13, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

    Okay, I would comment on FB, BUTTTTT…. I am knocked up and haven’t told ANYONE and I am almost 16 weeks. I have my reasons.

    I swear you’d be like my prego twin. I have been through everything you have. I am on my 5th pregnancy. It’s not any easier. I am on the dairy/carb/fruit binge. It’s all I can tolerate. Meat is a big NO. It gets mealy in my mouth and I can’t gag it down for the life of me. It’s weird how one little human being can flip your whole body into a frenzy. I feel like a different person. I am me, but in the same sense, I don’t know who in the hell I am anymore. Lol. Enjoy the ride, it’ll be over before you know it.


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    Marci — July 13, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    good for you on not finding out the sex! we did not either. we also moved into a new house 3 days before going to the hospital. it makes it all more exciting!


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    Bryanna — July 13, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

    I am with you on the lack of “cravings”. Everyone wants to know what I am craving and seems superbly disappointed when I say that I just want the same foods I’ve always liked, just slightly more of them, except for garlic. Keep that away from me! (Ugh and I LOVE garlic.) Maybe I should make up things? Like, “Well…. I REALLY wanted some bruchetta topped chocolate ice cream last night…” Haha! I’m 8 months pregnant now but I really lost my appetite until about 2 months ago, and it’s dwindling again. Hope you’re consistently feeling better, and it’s awesome you didn’t get the fatigue, it was so rough for me!


    • Jenna — July 14th, 2014 @ 12:07 am

      Maybe it’s just me, but chocolate icecream on bruchetta sounds AMAZING! haha


    • Jessica — July 14th, 2014 @ 8:42 am

      i did have a brief momentary thought of creating a mac and cheese crostini recipe. then i’m like… whaaat.


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    bev @ bevcooks — July 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I love the whole, “I left so much out of this post,” after 3,200 words. Only you! <3 <# <#.

    Wait, crap. <3<3 <#





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    Corbett — July 13, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

    I am absolutely convinced prepardom depression exists! I have a friend that says she had it too. I detest being pregnant (the guilt of it coming so easy for us, the getting fat, I know, I know, the sickness, the horrible clothes, everything sucks!) You are not alone. The worst part when you are sick, is the fear that it might last for 9 months! Holy crap, that paralyzingly fear! I know you will hear this 10 million times, but that sweet baby will make it all disappear!

    So exciting! Have a wonderful pregnancy!


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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — July 13, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    Ah! I love you! I love this post. I was thinking a few weeks ago, “ya know, Jessica hasn’t been cocktail crazy or doing wine/chocolate snacks (that I know of) like she usually does…” so I was SO psyched you’re pregnant! Random, but what are your feelings about the word “preggo” or “preggers”? Curious.
    Don’t feel guilty. You get such a special gift. And yes, there are many women who have a harder time getting there, but it’s just so much more possible for women these days (think about it, you almost never here about an old barren lady on the block anymore, because if women want to get pregnant, there are crazy amazing ways that they CAN now! This gives me great comfort.). You’re just lucky and healthy :)


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    Janna — July 13, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    Oh my goodness…I feel like I read that so fast in one breath. I gave birth to my son in April at 28 weeks, and we just recently got discharged from the NICU after being there for two months. Pregnancy is such a crazy time…you can do everything right and have a perfect pregnancy and it’s still out of your hands. Luckily everyone is home and healthy. I wish you the best and healthiest pregnancy! Enjoy this memorable time with its ups and downs, it’s unlike any other experience


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    Jill — July 13, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    Congratulations!!! I’ve been reading your blog for several years and love it. We just had our first baby in April. So much fun! You will be a great mama!


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    Sara Gelder — July 13, 2014 @ 3:21 pm

    Please don’t mive far because all excitement of going to the grocery store to by chance run into you will be gone! As a self proclamed kid dislike re, yours is the only blog baby stuff that hasn’t made me want to vom, just tear up over your lack of summer boozing. I love that you freaked and love that your aren’t finding out. Now please talk to that thing and tell it to make you hungry!


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    Madeline — July 13, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    YAY! <3 Please give us LOTS of updates!!!!!! I love the food, but the personal stuff is even better! :)


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    Elyse — July 13, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    Omg I am so with you! I’m due in December and up until I got pregnant I loved food…I could throw down! Now I’m lucky to get through half of a cheeseburger! Also I hid my pregnancy test from the cashier at the store because I felt like I was an ashamed youngster instead of a married grown up! Congrats!!!


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    Liren — July 13, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh, the roller coaster ride! So thrilled for you, the good (and the bad) that pregnancy brings! It never ceases to amaze me how it changes your life on SO many levels. Congratulations, your baby bump is super adorable!


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    amelia — July 13, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    I love this post!! Congratulations to you both :)


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    Sam — July 13, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    Oh, honey. I know/understand/commiserate with exactly what you were dealing with at the beginning. I couldn’t eat anything, it was oyster crackers and sips (SIPS!) of water, and occasionally macaroni and cheese (only) for dinner. It was terrible. The fear was terrible. I definitely had that, didn’t want to be around anyone. I was terrified for months. We were trying and I didn’t think it was going to happen (we tried for almost two years), and yet, when I got pregnant, I got SO SCARED. I literally stayed in my bed the weekend after we found out and cried off and on. I didn’t want to tell anyone. It does it get better, I promise. I LOVE MY DAUGHTER. I did not love being pregnant, but she is so worth it. Pregnancy is so hard, you are not alone. Sending you lots of love and positive energy!! Love, Sam (a long time reader/almost never commenter)


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    Rhea — July 13, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

    I am so so so happy for you and Eddie! I loved reading about your experience, and I’m sure there are pregnant women or mom’s all over the world right now who have gone through all of those things! You are not alone! Congratulations and looking forward to more tiny human updates!


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    Erin — July 13, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

    Moving!?! Still Pittsburgh, right?

    And for prenatal yoga — school house yoga with jen Clark. She’s great and it’s still yoga, but modified for bellies and laying on your back and stuff. So worth it. Kept me sane when I was preggo.


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    Sam — July 13, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    Also – you love schedules. I strongly strongly recommend On Becoming Babywise, and the Baby Whisperer. I read and did a combination of the two after our daughter was born and they are MAGIC. At least they were for us. She began sleeping 7pm-7am from 10 weeks on, and is still a great sleeper/napper.


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    Kaycee Pascual — July 13, 2014 @ 3:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing! I’m just over 5 months with #3 (my first boy) and our stories are so alike! Like, scary similar. All the way down to the unisom and b6 combo. Carbs are still my best friend, I’m not quite so pukey anymore and even though I’ve had other babies, this was all new and BS-y to me too. Please keep sharing, I’ve been a follower for years and can’t wait to see a How Sweet Baby :) congratulations to you and Eddie


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    Lucy — July 13, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    Wait, pregnancy tests these days tell you how far along you are?????? That’s awesome!


    • Jessica — July 14th, 2014 @ 8:43 am

      no no – there is a digital clearblue easy test that tells you something like 1 week, 1-2 weeks, 3+ weeks – but that’s it.


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    Lauren Alysse — July 13, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    Gah!! I’m literally siting in a bar taking advantage of an all you can eat and drink World Cup special and just read this whole thing. You are the greatest, I adore your and I’m sorry your pregnancy so far has created such a food adversion! That sucks!! But I am super excited that you’re waiting to find out the sex bc this is something my bf wants and something I didn’t think I wanted but is now becoming more appealing. So yay! Glad others are on board!


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    Kristen — July 13, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    I love all iof the fake outs you did for the sake of keeping your secret. I totally worked! That is a cute way to tell your mom & Eddie. Funny, I almost asked you in an email if you were going to find out the sex, but something told me not to. This is weird, but I instantly got boy feelings for you. You look great and I am happy that your nausea is subsiding. All of the changes you go through can be overwhelming but very exciting at the same time. Be ready for even more weird dreams. (Funny tidbit. I was finally watching Enough Said while I read this post;). Better to be moving now then in the Fall when you are very pregnant. I moved at 9 mos pregnant…it was effing nuts and not smart at all! Thanks for sharing your story! <3 <3


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    Jill — July 13, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    I would have kept reading 3200 more words!! Love hearing about it all – after keeping us in the dark for so long there’s a lot of catching up to do! ;) I love that you fake posted coffee and cocktails to throw everyone off. So sneaky. Glad to hear you are feeling better!


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    Ashley — July 13, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    Omg. I feel like I’ve known you for so long and this is such wonderful news! Congrats to you and Eddie! I’m sure Baby Sweets will be gorgeous and I can’t wait to read nor updates!


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    kvm — July 13, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    Congrats!!! I’m so happy for you :)


    • kvm — July 13th, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

      I forgot to add – thanks for scaring me away from pregnancy for at least a few more years ;)


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    Hayley — July 13, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    I am due mid-December and have had such a similar pregnancy (my pregnancy with my son was so much easier, and this time I am running around after a two year old…it has been so hard!) The carb/fruit combo saved me when I was incredibly nauseous, and had such a hard time drinking plain water. I really like carbonated water on its own, but to get any water down I started buying big fizzy waters and just put like an inch or two in my big water bottle and filled the rest with plain water. The small amount of carbonation and flavor has saved me! I can drink a ton of water now :) This was so fun to read and very easy to relate to!!


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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — July 13, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    Laughed out loud AGAIN about the mac ‘n cheese sandwiches. Loved this post so much (and Eddie’s reaction about the lack of cookies!). I need to visit you in Pittsburgh and see that baby bump! <3


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    Jen of My Tiny Oven — July 13, 2014 @ 3:53 pm

    Congratulations!! What a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing, loved the post, it wasn’t too long at all!!!


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    Julie F — July 13, 2014 @ 3:56 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this post SO much! I can relate to you on so many of those things! It honestly feels like you described my experiences, from what I did when I found out I was pregnant, to all the absolutely awful nausea and food smells, and that bad taste in your mouth! (What IS that all about?!) I am so excited for you! And I love that I get to experience my pregnancy along with one of my favorite bloggers and “invisible internet friends” :). So happy for you! CONGRATS!!


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    Kelly — July 13, 2014 @ 3:57 pm

    I’m so thrilled for you. I also think it’s amazing that you aren’t finding out the gender. My husband and I had our first in February and we didn’t know what we were having. We even picked names and kept them to ourselves (and will not divulge the boy name in case #2 is a boy). The best part is finding out the gender after being in labour for what seems like forever (17 hours and an unplanned c-section later in my case!). I was convinced it was a boy but we got our little girl and are thrilled. You will love being a mom.

    Also… Does this mean baby food recipes are on the horizon? :) Making baby food is the #1 reason I requested (and received) a Vitamix for last Christmas.


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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles — July 13, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Love the bun in the oven approach! Awesome way to tell!…I am a total sweet tooth yet when I was pregnant I couldn’t look at dessert or chocolate. I only wanted pizza and giant sandwiches and real food. I wanted turkey burgers for dessert. And I couldn’t stomach peanut butter which is like unheard of in my world. Enjoy the pregnancy journey!


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    Christy — July 13, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    I had all day sickness with both of my pregnancies. The first 15 weeks were so bad. With one, the only thing I could keep down was grapefruit, which was the weirdest thing, but my SIL told me to try it. That and potato chips, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it with my first pregnancy. The key for me was keeping something in my belly. With time it got much better and got to enjoy cravings. With my first it was celery and plums and Shamrock shakes lol. With my second I tried the potato chips and they really worked! I craved meat of all kinds and Frosties. Funny thing is, my second hates meat. The good thing is, as soon as the babe is born, your body forgets all that craziness and goes back to normal eating.


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    Eunice — July 13, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    So, so excited for you! I am due in a week (yikes) and we chose not to find out the gender either. It was tough around anatomy scan time, but now that we are so close I’m happy we waited. I have a strong feeling it’s a boy (so it will be a girl probably).
    The crying thing hasn’t stopped for me. I cried at Target the other day because
    we couldn’t agree on storage bins and I was close to tears yesterday when the line was too long at the movie concession stand.
    All that said, the end of the second trimester was my favorite part. Enjoy. :) Looking forward to your baby posts!


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    Caryn — July 13, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Great post! I laughed, I cried! Congratulations!


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    Jessica — July 13, 2014 @ 4:24 pm

    SOOOOO EXCITED! Please keep up with the pregnancy posts!


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    Megan — July 13, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    This is so great. The whole thing made me teary eyed. The other day I met up with my mom and sister and were all squealing about your announcement. Can’t wait to hear more!


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    Cindy — July 13, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    So many feelings!! I love how you told Eddie…so cute! I was so, so, so stressed/nervous/terrified for months before I settled into my pregnancy (i still worry, btw)…I think it’s normal, especially for worriers.
    There was a time when I couldn’t eat much, but carbs, sugar, and fruit. Then, I ate all the things all the time…gained a little more weight than my Dr. wanted after my baby shower and I straight up broke down in tears at the Dr.’s office over it, but she told me everyone does after their shower then they usually even out after that. Which did happen, I actually lost weight and haven’t gained any at all in more than 4 weeks (which isn’t a concern at all for my Dr.) but the baby is still getting chunkier and cuter in there, so all is well. It’s a crazy emotional, amazing journey and as I’ve said a bazillion times, I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!

    PS, as I read this post my laptop was on my belly (on a pillow) and the babe was going nuts in there, literally making it bounce. He’s excited. Obvs.


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    Shianne — July 13, 2014 @ 4:25 pm

    I’m due in December as well, and I remember cooking pork chops the week we found out. I hated the smell, and couldn’t eat them. I haven’t had pork since, and the though turns my stomach still. I had a meat aversion for the 1st trimester because beef made me nauseated. I have slowly been able to add meat back into my diet.


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    Francesca — July 13, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    I took a pregnancy test the day after I cried through every single dance on Dancing With The Stars, so I can totally relate. :)


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    Deanna — July 13, 2014 @ 4:27 pm

    I love this! Please keep sharing all the things. So happy for you :)


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    Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats — July 13, 2014 @ 4:30 pm

    Super awesome post! I loved the part about putting back the pregnancy test at the store. Ha! So happy for you!!


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    Alaina (Fabtastic Eats) — July 13, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    So glad you shared all this :)
    You are so not alone in any of it either, as you know! My first pregnancy was a surprise too, and my life was almost exactly like yours. I didn’t leave the house, I stayed in and watched TV alll the time, I lived off of those rocket Popsicles ( you know, the red white and blue ones?) not kidding, I’d eat a box a day, easily. I know.
    Those, and bagels. There was a bagel shop down the street that Id go to or send my husband too, more than once a day. It was all I could stomach, couldnt even touch the cream cheese. The smell of all food was revolting to me, so I didn’t cook a thing, you’re so much stronger than me!
    Im so happy for you, and I can’t wait to hear more about it :)
    P.S. LOVE that you’re arent finding out his/her gender. We didnt either, and it is hands down THE BEST surprise. It makes the birth that much more special and exciting, you guys are going to be SO happy that you waited! YAY! Congrats again!


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