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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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    stace — July 13, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    I could read you all day long, you crack me up!!! I’m glad you’re out of the nausea woods – lettuce was my thing. Hang in and enjoy!


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    Kaitlin — July 13, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    Congratulations! I’m due in a couple of weeks and ran into the same problem of no good prenatal yoga classes around me, I did tons of trials of online sites and yogaglo.com was my favorite, there’s like 50 something classes, different lengths, difficulties and instructors. I highly recommend it!


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    Kristen — July 13, 2014 @ 4:48 pm

    Oh yay!! I love that you BS’ed a summer bucket list! I should do the same, I’m due in January and the lack of alcoholic summer beverages in my life gives me sad feelings. But your post makes me so happy!! Congratulations!!! (from a long-time reader, first-time commenter)


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    Jenny — July 13, 2014 @ 4:51 pm

    Loved this! You look gorgeous! Congrats!!!! My husband asked me what I was reading and I said that you were pregnant. He goes, “who is this now?” And my response was, “she’s the chick who comes up with the recipes for pretty much every single thing you eat. She’s pregnant.” :)


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    Emily @ Life on Food — July 13, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    I love this post. I just found out I was pregnant not too long ago. I can totally relate. keep these posts coming. I won’t feel so strange.


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    Brianne Archer — July 13, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    Your descriptions of morning sickness and food aversions are SO spot on. I’m 20 weeks tomorrow and I still feel nauseated every evening. I can’t eat often enough but each meal is SO so tiny. I miss working out but I just don’t have the energy and I was going 6 to 7 days/week to Pilates or Barre or Tabata. Now, I can barely get myself to climb on the elliptical. I keep waiting for the golden part of pregnancy to start but I have a feeling it’sjust a myth for me.

    Good luck and congrats from another December 2014 mama.


    • Elizabeth — July 13th, 2014 @ 5:17 pm

      Hang in there! It will (probably) come! I was sick until about 20 weeks and didn’t believe anyone who told me that I would eventually feel better–then BAM. It hit me all in one week and now I want to eat everything in sight. Once the nausea went away and my energy returned, I was able to do all the things I couldn’t before. I was walking, hiking, cooking, traveling. Now I am in my third trimester and the heat and discomfort are killing me! It’s not as terrible as some people make it sound, but REALLY take advantage of that second half of the second trimester. There are still “pregnancy problems”, but in my experience (of course every pregnancy is different) it was the best.


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    Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet — July 13, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

    I really enjoyed your honesty about this. I’m not having children (I’m unable to) and have heard too many black/white recounts about pregnancy. So refreshing.


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    Luc — July 13, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    You look gorgeous. Pregnancy suits you.


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    Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — July 13, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

    Awww I loved each and every 3,200 words! Don’t worry, you will have a beautiful healthy baby. And I am sure you do deserve it. Your selfie at the end…gorgeous! And did you plan to match your outfit to your phone? That sucks about the nausea. I’m so glad you found something that helps. I’m not pregnant but I battle nausea for other reasons and it sucks. I hear it gets better though…so at least there is hopes for that!


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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 13, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

    What an awesome post. I loved it, read every single word. So much of what you said resonated. I am not a bread person, actually gluten and me do not get along. And when I was pregnant, the only thing i wanted was pizza crust (and I hate crust), bread, bagels, and more empty white carbs. And fruit. The other 23.5 hours of the day, you could find me rolling around on the bathroom floor throwing up or running around my house feeling like I was going to go insane from the extreme nausea. Yes, it’s totally real and totally exists and thank you for being so honest about it and telling people that even tho you weren’t a believer, you are now. And I am so, so so sorry you have it. It’s debilitating on every level – gah! I hope it doesn’t last much longer. Sounds like you may be rounding the corner a bit. I am just so incredibly excited for you guys! Wow, so amazing.

    And you’re moving, FUN. Just kidding. I hope you get to do as little as humanly possible and boss everyone else around to move this, pick up that box, no don’t touch that, etc and that you can ‘supervise’ and not have to do work too hard :)


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    Shelly — July 13, 2014 @ 6:03 pm

    Jess I feel like you are my little sister. I’m so excited for you and Eddie! I was 24 and 26 and I can’t believe I have a 14 year old son and 12 year old daughter. This is a great post! Print it. Save it. Cherish it. It goes so fast. I’m jealous of all the women who have pregnancy photos and all this other nice memorabilia. I took maybe 3 pictures each pregnancy. I wish I had more. I remember my c-section with my son and being scared shitless. Your body is still in charge- at least mine was. Every time the doctors said they had to do something my body did it instead. C-section due to breech baby boy (I’m short I think he just got stuck and could never flip), VBAC with my daughter. My dr wanted to break my water- my body did it instead- which sent my husband running to the nurses (because I was already IN the hospital bed!). Hahaha! You are going to be a great mama! If I lived closer we’d totally hang out. Are you staying in Pittsburgh?

    Congratulations again and again!!! Kids are great!! I like them so much I work with them too. :)


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    Liz — July 13, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    This post made me want to cry – in a good way! I would have gladly listened to you talk about all this stuff for 32,000,000 words. I am just so excited for you both and want to give you the biggest hug but every time I think that I have Jackson from Gilmore Girls in my head yelling, “Don’t squish baby!”

    And! I am sure you thought of this but part of me hopes your baby and Bev’s nuggets grow up and (depending on if you have a boy or a girl) fall in love and get married. Gah! It would just be so perfect.

    Ok, I must stop now because there is only so much “eeeeeee!!!” -ing you can do via a comment post before it gets old. EEEEEEEeeee BABY!


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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — July 13, 2014 @ 6:18 pm

    This post is perfection. I am so happy for you, lady! And the roasting meat, OMGAH I remember hating that, too. (super annoying to reiterate this but it does. get. easier.)


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    Bryn — July 13, 2014 @ 6:26 pm

    awesome post, so glad you shared! and congrats, so excited for you!


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    EC — July 13, 2014 @ 6:33 pm

    Congrats!!! I enjoyed reading this, I too had terrible morning sickness with both of my babies. (I have a 13 year old and a 23 month old) with my daughter (the 13 year old) I had morning sickness until I was 7 months, it was terrible. With my little boy, who will be 2 next month, I would gag everyday brushing my teeth and then it was on! The rest of the day I was vomiting. I also hate soda for the same reasons (carbonation hurts my nose and is gross)…I was the kid that all the other parents were like “What? You don’t like it?!” but when I was pregnant all.I.wanted.was.soda. I drank Sprite (no caffeine) every chance I got, with lots and lots of ice. And I craved fresh fruit too, Id cut a fresh pineapple and end up eating the whole thing before I was done without even realizing it! And stuffed peppers, I made them 3 times a week. The morning sickness goes away eventually, I promise! I tried everything…there is preggy pops & preggy drops they sell at babies r us I used to suck on all day long…they help some with the nausea. But its all worth it in the end!!! Again, CONGRATS!!! Hang in there! :)


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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 13, 2014 @ 6:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, Jess — congratulations! You’re officially going to be the coolest mom ever. I’m jealous of your baby!


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    Molly @ Yes to Yolks — July 13, 2014 @ 6:45 pm

    OMG this post. Amazing. Loved reading it. Please do posts like this! I think most of us are over the moon about your news and want to hear aaaalll about it! First, I am completely obsessed with that entire finding out/telling everyone story! Fantastic. Secondly, I’m so sorry you’ve had the morning sickness so bad! Ugh. Don’t apologize to anyone for bitching about it. Most women who have been pregnant get it. I didn’t have it but I went through fatigue like I’ve never experienced in my life before. Everyone has their thing. I also lived off of cereal and fruit…still kinda am and I’m in the third trimester now. It’s amazing how each person’s experience is different…but the same. Like I said, please keep sharing! It’s an amazing (albeit totally freaky) thing :)


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    Jess M — July 13, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

    I’m about 19 weeks – due early December. I’m thinking we are pretty close. Anyhow, I can relate to just about every single thing you wrote about here. There were some pretty awful stages that I was pretty sure were never going to end. The only one I’m not convinced will go away for the next 18 years is the exhaustion. Everyone has told me that the 2nd trimester is magic and all of your energy comes back. LIES. I’ve been awake for a total of 4.5 hours today and I’m ready to go back to bed! :) Congratulations!!! It’s such an exciting time!


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    Kate — July 13, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

    So happy for you!! Loved reading this post!


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    Melody — July 13, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

    Congratulations! This post took me back to my pregnancies. The freaking out when I found out with my first to the sickness. Wish my doctor would have suggested the B6/Unisom thing. I think I survived on limeades, lemonade, lemonheads etc until it finally wasn’t unbearable. Glad you’re feeling better!


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    Sarah | The Sugar Hit — July 13, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

    I can’t tell you how weirdly comforting it is for me, as a never-been-pregnant person to read this post, because I feel like this is exactly how I would feel, and it’s nice to know that it’s normal for your first emotion to be terrified! And that it totally gets better. Congratulations again, you magical unicorn.


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    Rachel — July 13, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

    You are not alone with the nausea!!!!! 24/7 intense, exhausting, annoying nausea :-( It finally went away around week 15. I’m 17.5 now. Congrats!!!!


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    Mrs. Kinne — July 13, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

    Love reading about you and your little peanut-to-be! I have two little ones at home, so I have spent most of the last few years being knocked up or nursing. I sort of love reading about this stuff.


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    Trisha (Stew or a Story) — July 13, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

    Loved everything about this. Keep the updates coming, please!!! And I think I would have the same reaction (absolutely terrified)


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    Emily R — July 13, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    Loved this so much. I’m 11 weeks now, so just starting to get out of the ‘it’s never going to get better, no one has felt this crappy ever’ stage, so thanks for the reminder! I am also eating ALL OF THE CARBS – what is up with that? God bless my sweet husband who loathes pasta and has been eating it multiple times a week this past month. Thank you for sharing – keep it up!!


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    Jenna — July 13, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    Congratulations! Quick FYI – I’m pregnant now too and recently did a lot of research. You can totally eat Brie (or any other soft cheese) when you’re pregnant if it’s made with milk that has been pasteurized. Most cheese that you can buy in the store is pasteurized and it will be labeled as such. Some states have laws against selling non-pasteurized dairy products, so you might not be able to buy unsafe cheeses even if you tried. Many restaurants don’t use unpasteurized cheeses (since it’s a known risk – think about how careful they are to tell you of the risks of undercooked beef), but of course I always ask whenever a menu item has something questionable. Just wanted to share in case you do end up with cravings, and they happen to be for things with Brie!


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    sarah @ sarah june bakes — July 13, 2014 @ 8:36 pm

    omg, i can relate to this post SO MUCH. i only wanted what my husband called “brown food” early on in my pregnancy as well – bread (so much bread), cereal, crackers. and i could barely get that stuff down. then, i did eventually get cravings for stuff – turned out to be childhood foods like mcdonald’s hamburgers. yep. super healthy. we also moved when i was pregnant, too. the first trimester of being sick and not able to share your secret were the hardest for me! congratulations!! parenthood is an amazing adventure & one of life’s biggest blessings. you are going to be a great mom.


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    Luxy — July 13, 2014 @ 8:38 pm

    Congratulations! I really admire your work effort through all the recent challenges you faced. Also, even though you couldn’t stand the smell of pork I am so happy you published the caramel pork bowl because I make it and honestly it was UNREAL, I actually wrote about it on my site!

    All the best to you!



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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — July 13, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    I’m grinning from ear to ear after this. I’m so happy for you and Eddie! This is what makes life so much fun! You two will be amazing parents! You, my friend, look amazing! I am so excited for you two!!!


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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — July 13, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

    I AM SO HAPPY THAT YOU WROTE THIS POST! I loved reading all of it!


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    Erin M. — July 13, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    Congratulations again! I could read your posts for hours. You have such a gift with writong! I loved the update!


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    Rachel — July 13, 2014 @ 8:50 pm


    I’m 33 weeks along and hadn’t had any pregnancy-related dreams until last week. I dreamed a co-worker attended my birthing class with me and then the President and Michelle dropped by and I told them about my new baby-mobile, aka CR-V. Glad to see I’m not the only preggo who dreams about the country’s leader, ha!


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    Jennifer S — July 13, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    Congrats! I totally understand the guilt with having friends who had a hard time conceiving. I have a really close friend who has been trying to get pregnant for like two years almost and sometimes I have anxiety dreams where I get accidentally pregnant and am so afraid to tell her because I feel terrible about it. I’m not even seeing someone right now, so it’s pretty ridiculous. Anyway, glad you’re through the worst of it. I would love to see recipes (now that you’re out) about what foods are sounding good to you as you move through the pregnancy phases. I think that would be really interesting!


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    Kat — July 13, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

    Nice fake-out with the cocktails on Instagram! I was doing the same thing at work to throw people off the scent – talking about the delicious wine/cocktails I had drunk on the weekend, even ordering “vodka”, lime and soda when out with friends/coworkers… sans vodka. Sneaky, sneaky. Though when I announced I explained that I wasn’t drinking lest they label me a bad mother!!

    I love the way you write so I’m really looking forward to following your journey through pregnancy and motherhood! You should read the week-by-week pregnancy blog on Alpha Mom. Very funny.


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    Molly - Doughvelopment — July 13, 2014 @ 9:15 pm

    Again, CONGRATULATIONS!! You look fabulous, Mama!! LOOOOVE both dresses and the topknot looks great!
    At one point I was having bloating/nausea (NOT baby related, rather stress) and the GI recommend peppermint oil, which I found to be extremely helpful. You can get it in gel capsules at the heath food store. Also drinking mint tea, I like the Tazo one at Starbucks the best…though I am not sure about the caffeine content of it.
    I literally had no idea about a baby being on the way for you! You kept up with posting, and nothing seemed too out of the ordinary! I adore cereal, so having seven boxes was nothing strange to me! You certainly had me fooled!
    Also, the way you told your parents and hubby was utterly adorable!!


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    Kate — July 13, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

    I LOVE this post. I hope you continue to share SO much about pregnancy and baby stuff. I never comment but I always read, love you, love your blog. SO happy for you!!!!!


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    Beffy P — July 13, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

    Thank you for posting this!! Gives me some hope there is light at the end of the tunnel! Although I’m thrilled and know it will be totally worth it I’m 8 weeks along and have been dealing with practically debilitating nausea as well. The unisom/B6 combo def take the edge off but I’ll be sooo happy to feel human again!


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    Kylie — July 13, 2014 @ 10:05 pm

    How funny…. reading this has bought back a flood of memories from my pregnancies. I was pregnant 3 years in a row- my kids are now 4,3 and almost 2. My guess is you are having a girl as what you have just described was how I felt with both my girls. I have never felt so emotional in my life (apparently created from all the extra girl hormones floating around….great!).I cried over anything and everything- it was crazy (my poor husband). I also lived on cereal and fruit (my only craving being coco pops!). My pregnancy with my boy was so different- I didnt feel pregnant at all. Its lovely how each pregnancy and mum’s experience is different. Hope you enjoy yours and you are feeling well. Cant wait to read more xxx


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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout — July 13, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

    Ahhhhhh congrats! I died somewhere around “Where are the cookies” and didn’t stop till the end, you’re so funny and have a great writing style :)


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    Jenna — July 13, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    Yay, I was so hoping you would write more about being pregnant! I’m 22 (nearly 23) weeks so can relate, as a lot of us readers seem to be able to at the moment!

    I wasn’t massively sick in my first trimester (I feel VERY lucky) but could really only stomach eating toast & fruit for a few months, my husband was very patient! You’re amazing for still cooking & writing about all the meals on your blog while you felt so sick!

    I’ve ONLY felt like drinking water since I got pregnant and I’m always thirsty. I’ve gone to people’s houses & they’ve offered me this huge range of non alcoholic beverages & they seem disappointed when I meekly ask for “just a water, please”!

    Totally understand about how you didn’t want to risk doing the hot yoga, I love the gym & my doctor told me I could pretty much keep on doing what I was doing I have cut back a bit (and upped the swimming & walking instead of the more “hardcore” exercises).

    As I read and write this my baby feels like she’s doing flips in my stomach! So cool when you start to feel them moving around!


    • Jenna — July 13th, 2014 @ 11:25 pm

      Oh and we’re also moving in two weeks, blergh!


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    Caitlin — July 13, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    Your openness about all of this is so refreshing and wonderful to hear, especially because you really don’t owe your readers all of the personal details, yet you still share. We love you, Jess! Keep fighting the good fight! You will get through this


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    francine — July 13, 2014 @ 11:06 pm

    best. post. EVER!!! :) i am soooooo excited for y’all!! i just finished my first trimester with my first pregnancy, so i feel ya on the nausea. i remember laying on the couch, lamenting, worrying that the rest of this pregnancy would be as unbearable. then 14 weeks came and now it’s all a memory, praise the Lord :) ps we’re not finding out what we’re having either! i loooovvveee surprises!!


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    Mara — July 13, 2014 @ 11:10 pm

    I love you.
    That is all.
    Oh, and congratulations!!!


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    Red — July 13, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    Congrats!!! What an adorably synopsis about your pregnancy – looking forward for more to come!


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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — July 13, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    I’m so glad you have come to the Dark and CARBY Bread Side!! Even if it’s hormonally induced. ;) I’m sooo BEYOND thrilled for you and Eddie. Can’t wait to hear more about the Tiny Human! XOXOX


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    Erin M — July 14, 2014 @ 12:05 am

    Congratulations on the baby! What a blessing!!!!! Wishing you all the best and cannot wait to keep reading about everything!!!!


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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — July 14, 2014 @ 12:11 am

    Love hearing all the preggo details, I was hoping you’d spill! Like everyone else, I feel like I know you, and am SO happy for you! Hoping you get hungry very soon. :)


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    Kat — July 14, 2014 @ 1:15 am

    Loved reading this!! Congrats to your family and remember to take it easy (the baby will remind you from time to time).


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    Kelsey — July 14, 2014 @ 1:40 am

    Congrats! So exciting. Good luck with all the life changes at once. We just built a house, then closed on it and got married in the same week. Sheesh. But we made it though and had a lot of fun with all the craziness. It’ll be great!!


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    Hannah — July 14, 2014 @ 3:27 am

    Ah this is so exciting! I’m so happy for you!



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