As promised, here is the story:
For a while I debated on whether or not I would share such private news with the world, but since I share my healthy foods, travels and lifestyle with you, it’s only fair I let you in on the most exciting, terrifying and life changing event of my life. Pregnancy! Not only that, it’s only really private until you start showing right?? Well, I popped a couple of weeks ago, while on vacation to the Maldives where winecoach and I were celebrating our 5 year anniversary! The picture above was taken in the beginning of week 11, and I think it just popped that week since I was doing nothing but eating and sleeping in paradise.
I was still trying to keep it under wraps until I felt safe/comfortable enough to share with the world: So it is currently early July and I’m 16 weeks pregnant and still can’t believe it. I literally have to look at myself in the mirror or watch my latest ultrasound time after time to reassure myself to be reminded that I really am, every single time. Does that ever change? I guess I “think” it will change for me once I can feel the baby kicking, letting me know that it’s definitely in there! Until then, I’ll have to keep reminding myself this is not a dream.
I found out pretty early on that I was carrying this gift inside of me. I call this baby a gift, because I really do feel it is due to certain not-so-positive life changing occurrences in our lives earlier this year. I’m referring to the passing of my father in January 2016, which was definitely a blow and has shaken our family up, but this baby came as a light to brighten up our year and soothe our healing hearts. Needless to say, we are very happy!
I think I was about 3-4 weeks pregnant when we had confirmation I was really expecting, but I really had a feeling even earlier than that. Winecoach was also convinced well before any pregnancy test came positive, and let me tell you why:
- First symptom: Narcolepsia. That means involuntary sleepiness. Not really, narcolepsia is a serious condition, but I seriously felt I would involuntarily fall asleep anywhere, at any time, and was just completely drained of energy. Most people become immediately nauseous and have the so called “morning sickness” which didn’t really hit me until around 8 weeks! The main symptom was definitely fatigue, and I just couldn’t wait to get home from work to take a nap, maybe have dinner if it was easy enough to fix or someone else (hubby) would make it for me and then go right back to sleep. It was wild how tired I felt, and this went on clear across the first trimester. No JOKE! And if you know me, you know I’m typically an energizer bunny who requires very little sleep and is always on the go, doing at least 5 things at once. Let me tell you, kids start to slow you down immediately upon conception, and I am living proof of that! So yea, that was very much a “you’re pregnant, or there is something else very wrong with you otherwise”, so we really knew, so I could hardly surprise my baby daddy. It was more like, yea…it’s confirmed and we’re not crazy!
- Second Symptom: Nausea. I didn’t say I never got it! I did…eventually around 8 weeks, but I was very fortunate as it only hung around for about a month, on an off. Is this weird? Week 8 – yes, week 9 – no, week 10 – yes, week 11 – no, week 12- yes, week 13 – a little, week 14: GONE! God bless. I never did throw up once. One of my cousins is also pregnant, about 2 weeks ahead of me and she about died of “all day sickness”, but all things must come to an end, and the second trimester has been amazing so far (for myself and for her especially). Yes, I still get tired, but I’m functional and happy to feel human again!
The truth is I took 2 pregnancy tests about 4 days apart after learning my period was”late”, and they were both negative-ish….Not satisfied, I went to my doctor and had a blood test ordered after being 10 days late. BINGO! The nurse called me that afternoon saying “Congratulations!”. My response? Deep breath, and blurted out: “WHAT DO I DO NOW??”. She laughed and said the only thing that made sense: Go make an appointment with the OBGYN clinic! Ha…Normally I know exactly what to do and what advice to give, but for some reason, when things happen to us, we become clueless.
The rest is history and my belly has been slowly growing since then. Well, not so slowly, but yea, definitely bumpin! Now all that was left for me to do was life normally, with a few restrictions (especially dietary), for which I became inspired to create Colorful Pregnancy on instagram! I hope you all check it out and follow along because I’ll continue to post as the pregnancy progresses. Not only will I be posting my own preggo pictures, but healthy lifestyle and foods we should and should not be eating during this very special time.
This is really the whole story about how I found out and how I proceeded! I will have weekly follow-ups starting at 13 weeks (which is when I really started telling friends) until the baby comes. Should be an interesting and exciting rides, and I’m happy to bring you along! Thanks for stopping by and keeping up with us!
If you’re also expecting, trying to conceive or simply thinking about it, leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts. How did you find out you were pregnant? How did it all go for you? Please share!
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One of our favorite spots in Paso Robles is Pianetta Vineyards because it is beautiful, and John Pianetta, the wine maker lives there. He is simply the best: Not only is he the winemaker; he is a chemist, a farmer, and he sure knows his wine. We can sit there trying different blends all day. He and winecoach really get along going from barrel to barrel making magic. I mostly was watching with the occasional taste and spit.
Caitlin Pianetta always treats us like family when we visit. She actually squeezed fresh oranges to make me juice for this announcement. Can you think of anything sweeter? We love them and I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for this arrangement! If you’re ever in Paso Robles stop by the Pianetta Winery Tasting Room downlown. You will LOVE their wine! We get ours delivered and we’re currently aging ours for when I’m able to party again next year!