Carl Michael and I are so excited to announce that Baby Comer is on the way - due in September!!! Ahhh I am so relieved that I can finally talk to y'all about this. I am so good at keeping other people's secrets, but when it comes to a secret about myself, I can hardly stand it. It was so hard to keep from mentioning anything on the blog, Instagram stories, etc. over the past few weeks. Not to mention, I've had a little trouble fitting into a few pieces lately when I shoot looks for the blog - haha. I feel like I have so much to share and catch y'all up on, so stay tuned for "bumpdates" and random pregnancy posts that will be popping up over the next few months!
Now on to the good stuff! Carl Michael and I have been together almost 10 years and have been married a little over a year and a half, so although we hadn't decided that we were "trying" to start our family just yet, we both agreed that if it happened, it happened and it would be God's plan.
How I found out: Well, to be honest, I thought I was coming down with the flu. I knew something was going on with my body that was out of the norm, I just couldn't figure out what it was. I stayed home from work on a Wednesday because I wasn't feeling well, and went home sick at lunch the following Thursday, I decided to stop by the doc-in-the-box on the way home just to make sure I wasn't sick. The flu was insane this year and I didn't want to risk it, so I thought if it was the beginning stages I should catch it early. I guess I've never been tested for the flu, because I had no idea they basically shove a pipe cleaner all the way up to your brain. Anyway, I tested negative for the flu, was prescribed antibiotics (go figure - thanks doc) and sent on my way (I am so thankful I decided not to get that prescription filled!). I stayed home again from work on Friday, and decided to take a pregnancy test because I had plans to visit a bar in Dallas with a friend on Saturday. I had made a habit of taking a test any time I was going to be drinking, just to be safe. I guess because we weren't necessarily "planning" on getting pregnant, I just expected for the test to be negative. The one pink line always shows up almost immediately, but when I looked back down a few seconds later, I could see a faint second line starting to form. I think I said "no way" about 6 times before I realized it was my last test in that box (of course!). I threw some clothes on and ran to Target and grabbed another box and rushed home to take them. It was probably 9 or 10 am by the time I'd taken all 4 tests, which all for sure said positive. After the shock wore off a little, then I wondered what I was supposed to do all day by myself with this exciting news. My mind started racing and I realized every move I make for the next 9 months doesn't just affect me. So I started Googling of course - what to eat, how much water to drink, the best apps out there, etc. Google can be your best friend and worst enemy in pretty much any situation!
How I told Carl Michael: So,I had the entire day that Friday to come up with a cute way to tell my husband we were going to be parents, and you know what I came up with?! Absolutely nothing! I guess with all the excitement and emotions going on, it didn't really cross my mind until Carl Michael said he was on his way home from work. We had already planned on going on a little date night to dinner that night, so I figured I would tell him on the way, or at dinner. But then, for some reason, I got so nervous! He got home and we headed to dinner at a new local spot. Considering the fact that it was so new, there was about a 30 minute wait. Carl Michael said he was going to grab a beer while we waited and asked if I wanted anything. I said no thanks, and he didn't think anything of it. We finally got seated and all I could think about was how crazy it was that I was pregnant and how bad I wanted to share my excitement. It was so extremely loud in the restaurant that I decided to wait and share the moment together later, but it nearly killed me during dinner. I'm sure I was not near as talkative as usual, my mind was racing! While we were sitting there eating, there was a little girl at the table next to us and Carl Michael looked over at her, then looked over at me and said, "I can't wait to be a dad". Y'all, that nearly killed me right then and there. I melted and suddenly all of my nerves went away. I knew how he felt, as we'd had so many conversations about it before, but something about him saying it out loud again made me so excited to tell him. When we got home, we were hanging out in our room talking, but I was clearly sidetracked. He kept asking me, "Why are you being so weird?", so I finally went and grabbed all 4 of the pregnancy tests and said "Can I show you something?!". I whipped them out and he was seriously so surprised. All he could say was "WHAT?! REALLY?!" which was totally the reaction I had. He got teary eyed and I cried again for the 3294728th time, and we sat there just soaking it in.
I don't think it felt 100% real until we went to the doctor at 7 weeks and heard our little baby's sweet heart beat. We weren't expecting to get to hear that or even see anything so early on, so that was such an amazing surprise!
Cravings: Ice cream, ice water, oreos, fruit, pizza. I feel like these are all things I normally crave (besides ice water), but the cravings are just on steroids now haha. Before, I didn't even like ice in my water, but now I want it to be super cold. I've randomly started craving Dr. Pepper in the last couple of weeks, which I gave up 2-3 years ago and never craved until I was pregnant. Things I crave that I can't have: sushi, of course, and a sandwich with cold turkey meat, miracle whip and cheese. I could also go for a really cold Dos XX or a margarita every now and then, but guess I'll just have to wait on that too! (ps - You'd be surprised how many weird looks I've gotten when I ask a bartender/waiter if they can make a drink a "virgin" version. You'd think I was an alien or something..)
Aversions: In the first few weeks, meat. Carl Michael was so worried about me getting my protein since the day we found out, and I had the hardest time eating meat. It never ever sounded good, but I've made myself eat it. It definitely got better as I neared the second trimester, but there for a few weeks all I wanted to eat was bland food like bread and cheese, so basically just pizza.
Physical Changes: I started breaking out so bad around week 4. I'm not even sure I knew I was pregnant when I first started breaking out, but it was worse than I've ever broken out before. It was super frustrating because I didn't want to use anything too harsh before checking with my dermatologist to make sure it was safe during pregnancy. Luckily, this has also gotten better as I entered the second trimester. I've also recently noticed my little bump is growing! What they say is true, it really does just kind of pop up over night. I didn't feel like I was showing much until this week, so week 16.
Weight gain: My weight has always fluctuated, but I've gained about 6-8 pounds so far.
Sickness: I had a little nausea in the first trimester, but thankfully I haven't had morning sickness at all. That first trimester exhaustion is no joke, though. Some days I literally slept the entire day! It drove me nuts to sit still that long and not be productive, but I knew it was all for a good reason :) And once I hit the second trimester, I gained back so much energy. I've been feeling like a rockstar these past couple of weeks!
Due Date: September 30, 2018!
How Far Along: 16 weeks, 4 days.
Gender: Carl Michael and I have decided to keep the gender a secret, even from ourselves, until he/she makes their debut! I think this makes it even more exciting for us and everyone else as well. Of course we have names picked out for either, but we will also keep those a secret until he or she is here.
Overall, I am feeling so great and I've been blessed to have a great pregnancy so far. I am so thankful that God has blessed us with this little one, and I can't wait to meet him/her! I also can't wait to see my sweet husband as a father. It's all so exciting and I am loving every second of it so far!