Tuesday, December 27, 2011


It seems with announcing our wonderful SURPRISE that it tends to bring (1) several congratulations {THANK YOU everyone for your sweetness and support of us!} and (2) a whole list of common questions.  So enjoy {or skim} as I try to answer all of the questions I hear frequently.

How far along?  14 weeks 4 days

Due?  June 23 (apparently that is Pres. Hinckley's birthday--that would be cool!  The baby would have a great legacy to live up to... LoL!)

Morning Sickness?  Yes.  Unfortunately.  I have been very blessed though that I have not thrown up--I don't throw up--ever.  So I guess this makes sense.  But oh my I have felt awful.  I have been sick from about day one--even before the pregnancy tests came positive.  To help I would smell ground ginger often.  And pray.  Most of the time I would only feel sick at school during first period and luckily those classes were amazing.  I would normally survive until about 3 or 4 pm when it would hit again.  I have been blessed to have the sickness interfere so little with teaching.  As a general statement, I am getting a little better.  I now have better days (not great) and trying days still.  I am hoping this trend continues and I start having mostly great days with only a few better days!

School and being pregnant?  Generally it hasn't been too bad.  Some mornings when I felt sick, sick, sick, it made teaching lovely.  I have to sit more often and snack on stuff all the time.  My students don't know.  The worst moment was when we were making Rice Pudding.  Some of my kids decided to use less water and left the rice cooking on high to make it go faster.  Needless to say I could NOT handle the extreme burnt smell in my room.  I had to go stand in the hall for several minutes.

Tired?  For the first time in my life, I have been able to take naps.  And I do so regularly.  I have always had sleeping problems/ insomnia and naps were out of the question.  Now they are a part of my day--especially on Saturdays and Sundays.  And I get short of breath so easily.  Seriously.  I do miss being able to run up and down our two flights of stairs with easy.

Sleep?  I still have insomnia on some nights.  Pre-preggers I would sleep on my stomach.  That doesn't work so well.  I can't sleep on my side though if my knees touch so I have to put a pillow in between.  And no back sleeping--I can never get comfortable.  I wake up generally only once during the night and am able to go back to sleep {sometimes... sometimes I don't go back to sleep} after going to the bathroom.  We bought a memory foam topper for our mattress.  BEST INVESTMENT EVER!!  Seriously.  It saves me from all of the pressure points and pains I hear others complain about.

Maternity clothes?  Yes.  They are the only things that fit.  I tried wearing some of my "plus sized" clothes that I saved but I looked like a clown.  They would fit (or still be too big) on my waist and then be huge on my legs or arms.  My "small" clothes that we bought to start the school year are too tight now.  They hurt and make my morning sickness feel worse.

Wedding Rings and Shoes?  I am still able to wear my wedding and CTR rings.  Hopefully my fingers don't start swelling.  Also my feet are the same size and I still wear all of my same shoes.  I would love it if this continued till June. ;)

Showing yet?  I think so.  I will have to post a recent mug shot of myself so everyone can judge for themselves.  But my coworkers are all starting to speculate because I hadn't announced our exciting news.  I think if you know what I looked like in September when I actually {for the first time in my life} looked skinny/ healthy and compare it to now--you can definitely notice a change!

Stretch marks?  Well--my skin was already stretched out from loosing so much weight and it didn't take much at all for them to appear again.  I think I will be blessed to always have stretch marks and it will remind me of my weight loss journey and how I never want to make a return trip.

Movement?  I'm going to say yes.  It is so weird but so thrilling at the same time.  I can feel flipping in my lower stomach and it is different then when I feel sick (which the sick feeling is normally in my upper area).  It is hard to explain but I definitely think it is our little baby saying "I Love You Mommy!"

Cravings?  Generally I haven't had very many cravings.  I don't like cooking so much anymore.  I guess I could say my cravings would be anything I don't have to cook. :)

Food Aversions?  Anything sugary, greasy/ fatty, or vegetables.  All three make me sicker.  I used to be able to not eat ANY sugar without getting sick.  It is getting a little better and I was able to enjoy a few Christmas treats but it definitely has to be kept within a very small amount.  The vegetable intake is also improving slightly.   I can eat and love starchy vegetables like potatoes.  I ate some corn and iceberg lettuce recently and managed.  Dark green, healthy stuff--no.

Doctor's visits?  Our first visit was on Dec. 1.  It was hard finding a time because I have to have after school hours appointments.  It was SO exciting because we heard the heart beat and saw our little baby bunny.  Everything was measuring perfect and there is for sure just one.

Gender?  We are going to find out the gender.  The ultra sound will probably be around the end of January/ start of February.

Well... that is about all of the questions I can think of for the moment.  If I skipped something, leave a comment and I will try to answer it.  Thank you again to everyone for your well wishes and support.  We are SO excited and so grateful to be on this journey together!
P.S.  In case anyone in the future is searching by topic for all of the pregnancy updates, I labeled it "Miracle in Progress" because we truly feel we are experiencing a miracle right now! <3


Robyn Hathaway said...

Congratulations Lisa!

I hope the morning sickness eases up for you. Being pregnant has so many fun little things along the way! As does being a mom. It is so funny, I can hardly remember what it was like not to have our little guy around, it is just so natural to have him. You will be a fantastic mom!!!

Congrats again!

Erin Despain said...

How exciting!!

I have one suggestion for you that I thought of as I was reading your paragraph on difficulties sleeping. You should get a body pillow. I got one when I was pregnant with Allisyn and it was a lifesaver! Especially once my tummy got a lot bigger. I've always been a tummy sleeper but couldn't when I was pregnant of course, and the body pillow really helped me be able to sleep on my side.

Jonessa said...

That's so great! So exciting! Just remember, studies have proven that what you eat during your pregnancy can affect what the kid's diet/cravings are.

My coworker didn't eat meat = daughter is vegetarian. Her other child she ate sweets = LOVES candy!