Sunday, 10 June 2018

Early Pregnancy diaries || Week 4 & 5 - When we first found out


Chris and I are so thrilled to announce that we are expecting our first child!! I wanted to document our journey for our own records and for those of you who are also interested. So follow along and let's see where this new adventure takes us. Fair warning, pregnancy can get a bit gross and weird and I don't plan on holding anything back on my blog. So if that's not your thing, proceed with caution. You may learn something about me that you weren't prepared for.


Week 4

I am usually pretty regular when it comes to my periods so I knew something was up when it had been a couple of extra days without showing up.  However I knew that getting such big news, regardless of whether it was positive of negative would be too much for me to received either before work or before bed time. So we decided to wait a little longer until the weekend. Which resulted in what seemed to be the longest week of my life.
Finally, Saturday 4th November rolled around and it was the day of the test, and boy was I nervous.  I saved my first wee of the day in a throw away container and waited until I was completely awake and ready to receive potentially life changing news. We took the morning to bask in the great unknown, Chris cooked us breakfast, and then we took the plunge.

This was the first pregnancy test I have ever felt I needed to take. As I mentioned earlier, I am pretty regular, but even on those occasions when "shark week" was fashionably late, it didn't worry me. I didn't feel pregnant then. My boobs had become sore and swollen but they have done that almost every month  at this time, for years on end with no significance. However this time it felt different and I had a hunch that I would be seeing those two little lines that can flip your world upside down in a matter of moments. Chris and I huddled on the couch with the pre-dipped stick waiting expectantly, upside down, on the coffee table. I was way to nervous to check myself so it was Chris who actually found out first, revealing the result to me with tears in his eyes... "You're pregnant!"

Over the following days we would both randomly pipe up with "Guess what? You're/I'm pregnant!" and "This is crazy" For a planned pregnancy it was surprising how surreal it all felt. Can this really be real? Is this finally happening after 13 years together and at least 8 years trying to imagine it. We had not officially been "trying" but we had not been preventing for the last couple of months either.We nicknamed our little miracle "Spud" as that is the name which Chris suggested for my pregnancy App.

How far along?: 4 weeks + 5d
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Nope
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Normal
Best Moment of the week?: Finding out that I am pregnant
Worst Moment of the week?: Waiting almost a week to find out
Miss anything?: Not yet
Movement?: No
Cravings?: No
Queasy or sick?: No
Looking forward to?: Growing this little human
Mood/emotional state?: Incredibly happy

Week 5

Day one of week 5 brought with it a couple of light headed moments, when I was getting up too fast, but they passed without significance. There was an hour of light nauseousness in the afternoon at work but that passed too. My Mum didn't suffer from morning sickness, in fact she makes it sound like both of her pregnancies were a walk in the park. It may be rose-tinted glasses but I am hoping I will follow suit. I know that this is wishful thinking and the dreaded morning sickness will likely wallop me when I least expect it. So I plan to enjoy my meals while I can, as who knows how long it will last. My desk drawer is slowly turning into an anti nausea secret storage unit. Containing lemon and ginger tea, crackers and emergency rations. Time will tell if I need it or if it will actually work.

My brother, his girlfriend and I went for an overnight hike along the Pouaki trap at Mt Taranaki with an Auckland based adventure group called "Got to get out". It was definitely not an easy hike but the great views, laughs and accomplishment was well worth while. Chris wasn't able to come as he had already signed up for a car event that weekend. So I was the only one who knew about our exciting news. I managed to keep the secret but did feel like I struggled a little more then usual as I was starting to feel a little queezy and bloated, but not enough to be sick (although I did gag at one point during the second day's breakfast) but it felt good to be continuing on with my normal plans and enjoying time with friends.

How far along?: 5 weeks
Gender?: Unknown
Maternity clothes?: Nope
Stretch marks?: No
Belly button in or out?: In
Sleep?: Normal
Best Moment of the week?: Experiencing an incredible New Zealand hiking trail with friends
Worst Moment of the week?: Being absolutely exhausted after hiking all day and feeling a little sick.
Miss anything?: Not yet
Movement?: No
Cravings?: No
Queasy or sick?: No
Looking forward to?: Growing this little human
Mood/emotional state?: Tired but happy

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