The First Trimester

The first trimester of pregnancy is a crazy time, or at least it was for me. When we found out we were expecting, Jimmy and I felt so incredibly humbled and blessed that God chose us as parents for this child. It’s just wild to think about.

For about two weeks after finding out we were expecting, I felt fairly normal… and then I didn’t. When people say that pregnancy is intense, they aren’t lying!

Ultrasound of baby first trimester

The nausea and food aversions have been so strong, and (I still have some aversions and waves of nausea now in my second trimester) I think I subsisted off of toast with jam, baked potatoes, and oatmeal for a few weeks. The smell of Jimmy’s body wash, coffee, chewing gum, meat, and pretty much anything with a smell would make my stomach churn.

The tiredness knocked me off of my feet, too. Napping for an hour or more was almost mandatory to get through the day, and pet sitting wore me out like never before.

And the emotions. Poor Jimmy. He came home from work quite a few times to me crying or upset because “Malcolm was mean to me today” and “Mavis just wouldn’t listen” and “Lola walked too loudly on the floor” (<– what does that even mean?! I don’t know).

But among all the crazy symptoms and fears (Is there really a baby in there? Will it be okay? Will we be good parents?), there is so much gratitude and joy. I don’t know if it has fully sunk in for Jimmy and I that our child is growing inside me, but we are cherishing every single moment with him or her and thanking God for this life.

Seeing the baby kick and punch during an ultrasound around 12 weeks was simply amazing, and hearing the baby’s heartbeat for the first time was truly one of the sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard.

We had so much fun telling our families and friends the big news, and even managed to catch some of their reactions on film. I put together a video that still makes me smile from ear-to-ear and tear up at the same time.

The video kind of needs some explaining, though. I gave my mom a box with a bib with monkeys on it that said “I love hanging with Grandma” and a positive pregnancy test underneath. Later on, my dad came over we had him open the box.

We told my sister  and brother-in-law by giving Hannah a necklace that said “Aunt” and told my brother and sister-in-law by asking them to look at an investment property we were considering (they’re real estate agents), but instead the papers said “You’re going to be an Aunt and Uncle in September!”

I think that’s everything I wanted to mention for the first trimester. Basically, it was hard at times, but the best hard thing ever and such a huge blessing.

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22 comments

  1. Allie your mom’s reaction is precious! Actually all of them are but I think there’s something special about telling your own mom. I hope you get back to feeling normal (is that possible for a woman expecting? lol not sure) soon! Or at least that you’re less tired and nauseous.

  2. LOVE this post!! I’m so glad you’ve been feeling better lately, and I know you will be feeling a zillion times better in the weeks to come!! I’m sorry you had so much queasiness and so many food aversions ~ it’s hard for me to relate because I didn’t have that with any of my 3 pregnancies. Needless to say, dad and I are extremely happy and feel so blessed to be able to become grandparents in September!!!!
    Love you so much,
    Madre ❤️

  3. Ahhh, that video has me in tears! Oh, I just love it! So much love for this little one already and I’m just so excited! ❤ This makes me want to watch our announcement videos again, haha! There is just something so precious about how people who love you surround you in times like this. Love! ❤

    You mentioned seeing the baby kick and dance around at the 12 week ultrasound and girl, that's how I kept accidentally telling people the gender of Baby V, haha! People would ask about our latest pregnancy info and I would tell them about the ultrasound we had just had where "she danced all around the whole time" and their eyes would get real big and they would say, "SHE….?????" to which I would say "um, maybe… I don't know… pretend I didn't say anything… okay yes!" Haha! I think I slipped like 4 times telling people the gender before we had officially announced it because of that story, haha! It's just so sweet to see them be so active and once you know the gender it's hard to not slip with the pronouns!

    Also, I really hope you are feeling better soon!

    1. I remember your announcement videos being so, so sweet and totally making me cry! I just watched the one where you and Christopher found out Little Bit was a girl and it made me sooo excited for us to find out our baby’s gender in May!

      So, so funny about telling people Baby V’s gender by accident! That would be a tough secret to keep and I’d 100% be the same way!

  4. That video!! All the love. So so sweet. Oh your baby is already so loved. I’m glad you captured reactions on video – that’s really a special keepsake. I just love how everyone was living their regular life – holding dogs, watching Malcolm walk on boxes, eating jerky, and then BOOM! Aunt! Uncle! Grandpa!

    I’m so sorry you have been so nauseous with so many food aversions. I promise it’ll get better. Ultrasounds truly are so amazing. It makes the experience feel so REAL. I think especially for the dad because they don’t feel the nausea or the bloating or whatever symptoms the mom has. Baby heartbeats are the sweetest sound.

    1. I was so unsure if I should have videoed some reactions (I kept thinking, will I be “in the moment” enough?), but looking back, I’m soooo glad we have those videos! LOL to the everyday life, too! All the animals just doing their things and my brother and his wife chowing down on deer jerky! We still laugh about that!

      Thank you so much for the DVD you sent me!! And the promise that the aversions will go away! I have been using some spices lately, so that’s huge! YAY!! Ultrasounds really are something else. I am so thankful for them!

  5. When your mom was tearing up… ALL the feels. I seriously started to tear up too. Ha, ha. And I loved your dad’s reaction. What a beautiful memory this is. And that baby is already so blessed. He or she will be surrounded by such love! I couldn’t be happier for you!

  6. Ahhh I love reading pregnancy journeys, but I’m sorry yours is off to a rough start (although probably pretty typical start, huh?).

    LOL. Lola walked too loudly. That’s so funny.

    The video made me laugh and cry! You cracked me up— “The Christmas gift was on back order”

    Your brother in law was killing me with the beef jerky, bahhahah

    Oh my gosh, this was so perfect. You guys will be the best parents. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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