“Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you” – Walt Whitman
Through the highs and the lows, I have always seen the joy that comes from time, love, and patience. Even in the darkest moments, a time will come when you turn around, realize how far you’ve come, how much you’ve changed, and how blessed you are. The road to that moment is often a challenge, but the ray of sunshine is worth the battle.
This past October many rays of sunshine came into my life, but our greatest joy late this fall was finding out we are pregnant with our second child! I know that God’s timing is perfect and we are absolutely overjoyed to welcome this baby to our family in July 2017!
It’s funny looking back on my first trimester with Magnolia and just how different this pregnancy has been so far. There were some similarities at first, like going in for our 8 week appointment and finding out we were only 6 weeks along, but that’s about as similar as these pregnancies have been. Not long after finding out we were pregnant in early November, my nausea set in and it has yet to leave me. I haven’t thrown up, but I have been very, very close far too many times and my nausea is worst late afternoon into the evening. I am 13 weeks pregnant and am just praying the 2nd trimester relief comes soon.
This week we were able to see our little bundle and it really hit me that we are pregnant. Sure I’ve been nauseous, but until you see that baby’s profile or feel that baby kick, it’s hard to connect with your pregnancy during the 1st trimester. We hope to find out the baby’s gender around 20 weeks, but I really think we could be having a boy. I can’t wait to find out!
Overall, I’m feeling ok. The past few weeks have been hard physically, but I’m thankful to have been able to keep up with all of my workouts these past 13 weeks, to be getting tons of sleep thanks to my 8PM bedtimes on the couch, and to be coming off of a 2 week vacation.
My diet these past 7 weeks has been tough due to the nausea. Unlike some, not eating only makes me sicker, but what makes me feel better is bread, bread, and more bread. Oh, and bagels. I haven’t gained much weight thankfully, but I feel pretty gross and look forward to getting my diet back in order these next few weeks as I move further into the 2nd trimester. I have been craving pickles, which is super funny, chocolate milk, and Cava bowls with lots of pickled onions.
We are so thankful for our ray of sunshine and to be pregnant again. We pray each and every day for a healthy pregnancy! For now, I’m going to enjoy my last 3 days of vacation and look forward to kicking off the spring semester at work next week! Here’s to a fantastic, and less nauseous, 2nd trimester.