Hello 2nd Trimester!

Hello 2nd Trimester!

Happy BUMP day! We are finally out of the 1st trimester, and it feels so good! Baby Koster has even decided to make a little appearance – quite literally seemed to have popped overnight. I am living in my husbands T-shirts, yoga pants and dresses because who really likes to wear pants?

Week 5-9: From fatigue and lack of energy to not wanting anything but fruit, pretzels and ALLLLL the carbs. If you would’ve tried to give me a green vegetable, I would have thrown it right back at you. I did have a little bit of morning nausea that typically went away once I ate a little something or popped these Preggie Pop Drops that helped ease nausea naturally. Things definitely slowed down in other ways, however. Workouts were kinda blah – I only had a few days where I felt like myself. I felt bloated everyday – especially when 5 pm rolled around.

As Week 10 started, I began waking up and feeling more like myself – more energy in the morning and afternoon, better workouts, started to crave things I haven’t had in years – I mean crave different food every single day – hello PB&J and cereal! Week 12 we were able to hear the heartbeat for the first time! Of course, it didn’t last long because this stubborn child of mind decided to toss and turn each time we were able to detect the sound for more than a few seconds. The frequency of having to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom has also decreased from 2-3 times to 1-2 times – at least for now.

Here we are now at 14 weeks and I have heard amazing things about the 2nd trimester including feeling the first kicks and finding out the gender, which we have chosen to remain a surprise until Baby Koster arrives. I have enjoyed using various pregnancy apps such as theBUMP and Ovia Pregnancy to learn more about the growth and changes of my body and babies. At this point in my pregnancy the baby is the size of a Peach – or nectarine depending which app you are using – and is a whopping 1.5 ounces and 3.5 inches long and growing like crazy and has doubled in weight since last week. Baby is now sucking his or her thumb, squinting, frowning and moving around like crazy, although I haven’t felt any movement yet – I hope to within the next few weeks. I haven’t experienced any round ligament pain yet, which is known to cause some aches and pains as your muscles and ligaments stretch to accommodate the growth of Baby.

I look forward to sharing more about my experience and want to hear more from other Mamas out there about how there 1st trimester was! So please comment below and let me know.

OH BABY!

OH BABY!

As I shared on social media this past week, my husband and I are expecting our first child December 2019! It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we’re filled with so much gratitude and excitement. This has been the HARDEST secret to keep and is such a relief now to have out in the open. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our little bundle of joy into this world, but aren’t wishing the time to pass too soon. I am looking forward to enjoying all aspects of this pregnancy, and plan to be as transparent about my experience as possible with all my readers. 

I am currently 13 (almost 14) weeks along and am feeling great! I feel a little bit guilty saying this as I know a lot of women suffer unbearable pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness, fatigue, etc. I feel very fortunate that I have had a fairly easy pregnancy thus far. Early on I had a bit of fatigue and some nausea early in the morning, but nothing too unpleasant. I had discovered I was pregnant shortly after 4 weeks.

When I had first discovered I was pregnant I was speechless. I was in utter shock as I had anticipated a negative outcome. I was completely caught off guard, I had taken pregnancy tests prior to this one and they were all negative. So, to see one that said positive was unexpected. So naturally I took 2 more just to be sure! All positive. It is hard to describe how I felt in that moment other than speechless. I was in complete shock, but in a good way. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to be a Mom and have a big family. It is such a surreal feeling realizing that you are carrying another life inside you. I was shocked, elated, nervous and a little terrified; my emotions were all over the place.

Here we are weeks later, and I cannot wait to share this journey with you all. I plan to share everything from information I learn to helpful tips & tricks, registries, freebies, maternity fashion, you name it! There’s so much more I could write about, but I’ll save it for other pregnancy-related posts. That being said, I’d love to hear what types of posts you’d like to read! Leave me a comment below and let me know.