Tom and I spent a week and a half in Ireland & London over my school’s Spring Break. We had always said we wanted to do one last big trip to Europe before having kids, since we knew it would be awhile until we could travel like that again. Good thing we did! We were fortunate enough to get pregnant within our first month of trying.
I took a pregnancy test while in London and experienced a rush of emotions immediately. I was surprised/excited/nervous/shocked. I was also a little upset that I couldn’t tell Tom with any of the creative ways I had found on Pinterest, since we were in London and he was watching TV in our hotel room! So for those of you wondering, no–there was no cutesy way of telling my husband, unless you define romantic by screaming from the bathroom and then rushing out and jumping on the bed with the positive test in hand.
It was fun to share our little secret between just the two of us, even though I wanted to immediately tell my family. We had one more day in London before heading home, and we actually made our first baby purchase while at the Tottenham Spurs soccer game. Since I don’t want to find out the sex of the baby, we had to get something gender neutral.
Upon returning home, I made my first doctor’s appointment. I was 4 weeks along at my first appointment where they took a blood test to check my hCG hormone levels. They asked me to come back again at 6 weeks to make sure my hCG levels were increasing appropriately and therefore confirming the pregnancy! At my 6 week appointment, they told me the exciting news that our first ultrasound would be at the 8 week appointment!
Baby Walsh still looks like a little blob!
How Far Along? 8 weeks
Size of Baby: Raspberry
Weight Gain: None!
Gender: Not going to find out 🙂
Maternity Clothes: None yet!
Nursery: I’ve started pinning some ideas on my private Pinterest board.
Symptoms: Really tired! I’ve been falling asleep on the couch as early as 6:00 pm!
Sleep: Pretty consistent. I have to get up at least once in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.
Cravings: Plain snacks like crackers and pretzels.
What I Miss: Lunch meat sandwiches…I used to always pack them for school lunches!
Best Moment This Week: Having our first ultrasound! Baby’s heartbeat was 171 bpm.
Looking Forward To: Getting a baby bump!
How Far Along? 9 weeks
Size of Baby: Grape
Weight Gain: None…must be those 59 stairs to our condo!
Maternity Clothes: Not yet!
Nursery: Still pinning away to my secret Pinterest board!
Movement: Not for a long time still, but I can’t wait for this!
Symptoms: I’m still super tired, and enjoy taking afternoon naps.
Sleep: I’ve invested in the pregnancy pillow, and it has been AMAZING! Why did it take me so long to buy this?!
Cravings: I’m still not really craving anything. I haven’t been too motivated to cook, so takeout has been my best friend.
What I Miss: I still miss my deli sandwiches, but my doctor told me some great news–I can have Potbelly since the sandwiches are heated up!
Best Moment This Week: Telling some of my close girl friends that I was expecting 🙂
Looking Forward To: Hearing the baby’s heartbeat at our 12 week appointment!
How Far Along? 10 weeks
Size of Baby: Strawberry
Weight Gain: Still none, even though I’ve already had to buy new bras!
Maternity Clothes: None yet, although I’ve had to buy some larger tees to fit my growing chest 🙁
Nursery: Still secretly pinning…until we publicly announce 🙂
Symptoms: Still waking up once a night to go to the bathroom, and I get tired super early. I also found out this week that Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee makes me sick. This has been the only thing so far to bring on nausea (knock on wood!)
Sleep: Besides waking up once a night, my pregnancy pillow is working wonders!
Cravings: I don’t really crave a specific thing. However, if I have a certain food/restaurant in mind for a meal, then I HAVE to have it!
What I Miss: Being able to sleep on my stomach. I’m still getting used to sleeping on my side–the pregnancy pillow is helping!
Best Moment This Week: Meeting my nephew, Grayson!
Looking Forward To: Snuggling my own baby!
How Far Along? 11 weeks
Size of Baby: Lime
Weight Gain: Still none, although my pooch is definitely starting to show!
Maternity Clothes: None yet, although I’ve been rocking my leggings and comfy tees!
Nursery: Currently still used as a guest room!
Symptoms: I’ve always been the type of person who eats smaller meals and snacks throughout the day, however I’m now noticing how especially important that is now that I’m pregnant! I’ve found that I have to eat something every 2-3 hours. I’m also starting to get my energy back!
Sleep: I’ve started to sleep through the night again this week, which has been wonderful!
Cravings: Panera bread bowls!! I was never able to eat the whole bread bowl before…but those days are gone now!
What I Miss: Not much, to be honest! We’ve been to a few weddings so far this Summer, and surprisingly I haven’t missed my alcoholic drinks that much! Mocktails really aren’t so bad!
Best Moment This Week: Tom noticing my little pooch. 🙂
Looking Forward To: Hearing baby Walsh’s heartbeat next week!
How Far Along? 12 weeks
Size of Baby: Plum
Weight Gain: None–even after eating all of those bread bowls!
Maternity Clothes: Still no maternity clothes yet, although with this heat–maxi dresses have been my best friend.
Nursery: Still gathering ideas for a gender neural nursery!
Movement: Nothing yet.
Symptoms: Slowly gaining my energy back, but still loving those afternoon naps 🙂
Sleep: Still sleeping through the night without having to get up to pee!
Cravings: Cereal–I could eat this for 3 meals a day!
What I Miss: Wheat beer, I was craving a Bottom Up Wit this week!
Best Moment This Week: Listening to Baby Walsh’s heartbeat–it was healthy, and in the 160’s!
Looking Forward To: Going public with our news this weekend on Tom’s birthday!!
How Far Along? 13 weeks
Size of Baby: Peach
Weight Gain: 2 lbs.–finally something!
Maternity Clothes: None yet, although I’m excited to go shopping for some soon 🙂
Nursery: Hoping to get started on it at the end of the Summer!
Movement: None yet
Symptoms: A keen sense of smell!
Sleep: Still sleeping through the night, and am getting used to sleeping on my side.
Cravings: Pretzels and other salty snacks!
What I Miss: Nothing yet…
Best Moment This Week: Telling the world that we’re expecting!
Looking Forward To: Getting a bump during this second trimester 🙂
Now that the news is out, stay tuned for more frequent baby updates!