Our Family Is Growing!

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Well it feels a little out of order to be telling you this when I haven’t even finished recapping our wedding but I figured it was high time to apologize for my two month hiatus and say: OH HEY! I’M PREGNANT!

It feels a little surreal to say that still, despite being 15 weeks into this gig, but it is getting more and more real each day. I’ve had a rough couple of months of intense morning sickness, which has led to basically abandoning my social life/workout life (and this blog, obviously since that’s mostly what I talk about here. lol) but I’ve turned a bit of a corner and I’m ready to get back to my life. (Which now involves GROWING A HUMAN. Sweet!)

We are thrilled, excited and of course, a little bit panicked, but I thought I’d pop on today and give you some of the fun facts. This might be a little long, but hey — I’ve got a lot of info to share. Indulge, me…

Our Due Date

Strangely enough, our due date is September 18th which, if you are paying really close attention (and I don’t expect you to be), will be our first wedding anniversary. That was a fun little coincidence! Although I’m sure this little nugget (if it’s anything like its stubborn parents) will show up WHENEVER THEY DAMN WELL PLEASE. :)

I’ve been joking that “There goes our long anniversary weekend!” but I promise you, I could not care less. We are so excited to meet this baby! In related vacation planning, we actually ended up cancelling our official honeymoon to Maui that we were going to be taking next month as well.

It sounds kind of sad, but we both wanted to save our vacation time for when the baby arrived, and plus — I was SO SUPER SICK over the last couple months that I just didn’t want to chance a five hour flight and thousands of dollars spent to be barfing into a toilet in Maui instead of California. Thankfully, I am no longer barfing with such awesome regularity, but I’m still happy we are saving that two weeks of vacation to add on to our maternity/paternity leaves!

How We Found Out

If you remember, in the last post I wrote here I was lamenting my mystery illness. HA! I had taken a 5 day Staycation and basically slept through the entire thing. My cold symptoms had subsided but I still sort of felt like I was dying. I think I said ” It’s hard to take on 2016 when the sheer act of making the bed makes you feel like need to get back in it.” Yep that’s pretty much what I told my doctor:
*I’m SO INCREDIBLY TIRED all the time.
*My heart rate has notably higher than normal, which seems weird.
*I’ve been feeling sick at weird times, but then feeling totally normal. The inconsistency has been strange.
*Every time I do a workout that I would consider “run of the mill” I come home and sleep for at least two hours.
*SOMETHING ISN’T RIGHT.

And do you know what she said to me?
“Well, you are overweight, and it can be very tiring to be out of shape. Maybe you should try becoming active.”
And I think in that moment my mouth dropped open, but no words came out.

Finally I was like “Actually — AS I WROTE ON MY QUESTIONNAIRE THAT YOU ASKED ME TO FILL OUT — I am very active, but all of my symptoms lately have prevented me from doing that. I am VERY in touch with my body and my health and this is not how my body normally feels. Something is happening that is not normal!” And I think I even started to tear up out of frustration.

Her answer, “Yes, it’s why we recommend not having a high BMI. It can decrease your quality of life. So maybe you can even just try light walking. Perhaps start out just going to the end of your street. In the meantime I’m going to prescribe you an antibiotic, a cough syrup with codeine, allergy medicine and a steroid inhaler.”

I was annoyed, as you can imagine, and left feeling super upset. I filled my prescriptions just because I didn’t quite know what else to do in my frustration, and when it came time to do the pharmacy consult the pharmacist asked me “Are you expecting?” To which I confidently replied, “Nope!” and then she said, “Good because 3 of the 4 items you’re being prescribed can’t be taken if you’re expecting.” And then I was sent on my (not so) merry way.

That was a Thursday, and after that whole ordeal I came home (and took a nap, obviously!) and decided that I would read all these prescription instructions over the weekend and decide if I even wanted to take any of them. But on Friday morning I woke up feeling strange again, and something just told me “Maybe you should just double check that you aren’t expecting.” I had just started charting my cycle the month prior, in hopes to figure out exactly when I ovulate, knowing that information might be useful when we began to get serious about getting pregnant. I wasn’t even really in the habit of checking if we were pregnant, so it was not at the forefront of my mind.
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Obviously when this happened it was a wonderful surprise — but a surprise nonetheless! And then a couple of weeks after we found out I read this article on CNN and honestly, it took every ounce of self control I had not to send it to my doctor in an email with a passive aggressive note saying TURNS OUT I WAS PREGNANT, NOT JUST AN OBESITY STATISTIC! #RAGE

But so far I’ve refrained. :)

How I Told Garrett

Anyway, it was obviously a happy/exciting moment, and I’m sure this would be the exact right time to consult Pinterest to find a cute way to tell my husband we are expecting, but instead I waited until I got to work that morning (after silently freaking out for about an hour) and then sent this:
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So, you know, feel free to pin that to your idea board. 😛

It was the only pregnancy test we had in the house so I at lunch I stopped by Target and got some more and — well, six tests later (I know, I am insane) I felt sort of convinced that this may actually be happening. Of course, the subsequent ultra sounds have also helped. :)

BABY

How We Found Out The Gender

So because I’m old, ahem — Of Advanced Maternal Age — at week 10 it was suggested that we do a blood test that would be analyzed to screen for the most common chromosomal abnormalities. It took two weeks for the results, and I will tell you that was a long two weeks of waiting.

But because they are analyzing chromosomes, they can tell you if the baby has XX chromosomes or XYs, so we opted to find out with the other chromosome results. I had felt very strongly from the start (after having two crazy vivid dreams) that it was a boy. And when we got the results back (everything came back low risk) those dreams were right on point!

So coming September 18th of this year: Baby Boy Franklin. (Name TBD, obviously. WOW naming a human is hard!)

It’s been mind blowing, exciting, emotional and completely beyond anything I have ever experience, and I’m so grateful to finally be sharing the news here because it has felt like this giant secret that I was keeping while lying on the couch, and now that I’m off the couch again, I can’t wait to write about this journey.

15 days before I found out I was pregnant I wrote about my 2016 goals and priorities here. One of my guiding thoughts for the year was this:

“I’d like to spend the year doing relaxing things. Silly things. Celebratory things. Superficial things. Seasonal things. I want to spend my time embracing the awesome. Opening my heart and my mind. Learning new things. I want to stretch myself into something new, and at the end of 2016 I want to feel like I have shed a layer of sorts.”

I think this just may do the trick. :)

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29 comments to Our Family Is Growing!

  • Erica
    March 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Already “woooooo”ed you on Twitter, but Imma woo you here too. Woo!

  • Miriel
    March 25, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    THIS IS THE BEST BEST NEWS. I am so excited for you three (well, four!). Yay yay yay!!!

    (Also that doctor can bite me.)

  • Jesabes
    March 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Congratulations!!! So exciting!

    Also, I’m booking a flight out to go punch that doctor so I’m going to need a name.

  • Emily
    March 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    OK, first CONGRATULATIONS! You two will be wonderful WONDERFUL parents.

    And now, may I please kick your doctor in the face? OMG. RAGE.

    But seriously, HUGE congrats Holly. I am so thrilled for you. XO

  • Gina
    March 25, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I’m so happy!! You made my day!! I can’t wait to meet you and Big G’s little nugget!! Congrats the first trimester is over! That s**t is rough!!

  • Wnnie
    March 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Ummmmm yeah I took probably 10 tests it’s normal! Thanks for sharing!

  • Abby
    March 25, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Congratulations!!

    And that doctor can GFH. I had an appointment like that. I was sure my thyroid was out of whack, but I was also overweight/obese, so she told me to stop eating fast food and to see a sleep doctor and a neurologist (for the brain fog). Turns out I have an autoimmune thyroid disorder. I would TOTALLY send your doctor the article and/or your news. She deserves to be shamed for being a presumptuous asshole.

  • Kakaty
    March 25, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! This is so exciting! Our first happened in a very similar fashion (barely started thinking about trying and boom! Then oh shit! Then yay baby!!), was due Sept 15 but stubbornly held on until Sept 23.

    Also, your doctor is an ass.

    Im so happy for you guys!!

  • Manda
    March 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    HOLLY I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYSSSSSS!!!!!!!

  • Tamara
    March 25, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Holly!!!!! Yay!!! So many congrats! Baby boy, woo!

  • Susannah
    March 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm

    Congratulations to you both!!!! So exciting and fabulous!!

  • Caren
    March 25, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Congratulations! Chris and I are super excited for you both!

    Now please… FIRE your doctor. Rude.

  • Misty
    March 25, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Congrats!!!! How exciting!

    That Doctor is a dick…wow.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed
    March 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Um SERIOUSLY? I would’ve told that doctor to f*ck off right then and there! And then I would’ve told whomever manages that practice and the rest of the internet. Wtf?!

    But anyway… I am SO happy for you! And selfishly happy you will be blogging again. I’ve missed your updates!

  • Hanna
    March 25, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Congrats! Definitely time for a new doc!

  • Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate
    March 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Ahhhhhh you’re just the best and I’m so freakin happy for you! Congrats, friend!!!

  • Crystal M. From Iowa
    March 26, 2016 at 4:57 am

    I’m also so enraged by your doctor’s response. Why are so many of them not LISTENING? And why would she just take a complete stab in the dark, throwing a shitton of prescriptions at the problem?? This is a huge problem!!! I’m so glad you listened to your instincts…I feel like maybe the pharmacist kinda suspected something too (i.e. rash decisions be doctors = not so uncommon).

    That was so enraging that I had to get that out first which allows me to end on a happy note.

    CONGRATS to you both. I especially love the due date. Glad you are feeling so much better now.

    But seriously, what will you say to that doc if you go back???? :o)

  • Jillian
    March 26, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Congrats, Holly! I was wondering where you were. And your doctor is a moron!

  • Lizscott
    March 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Hey!!!!! Oh, this is extremely awesome. I’m so stoked for you guys. Yaaaaaaaaay. Congrats congrats :)

  • Linda Sand
    March 26, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    So glad you rebelled about taking those meds. Please, please, please change doctors immediately! You don’t want to put Junior at risk of that doctor doing something else stupid.

  • Maureen
    March 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    What amazing, happy news! A huge congratulations to you guys!!

    Adding my voice to the outrage against that doctor. WTH? Talk about not listening to what you are saying. I hate that default of “well, you are overweight, THAT is your problem.”. Such laziness on the part of the doctor. I TOTALLY would have sent her that email.

  • Michelle
    March 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you! I love that your due date is your 1st anniversary.

    As a clinic RN, I really think that your doctor needs to hear from you so that she can learn from her enormous mistakes. (There should be a way to give feedback on care received at any clinic if you don’t feel like addressing the doctor herself.) Missing something as obvious as a potential pregnancy because she was over-focused on your weight could have resulted in harm to your baby. Not to mention that she needs to learn to actually listen to her patients! I’m so glad you listened to your body (and that very smart pharmacist!) and didn’t take the staggering amount of unnecessary medications she prescribed for you.

  • Christy
    March 27, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Congratulations!!!! How exciting.

  • Kristin
    March 28, 2016 at 5:24 am

    Congratulations! That is wonderful news! The story about your doctor blows my mind. Unfortunately, I think it is a common mindset among physicians. This has happened to 2 of my good friends! One of them didn’t find out she was pregnant until she was 5 months along, despite numerous visits to her doctor to find out why she was so tired. Unbelievable. It is in stark contrast to my experiences with doctors. I have always had a standard BMI and I will tell you–the first question out of any doctors mouth before they treat me is, are you pregnant? Could you be pregnant? Seriously–all of the time. I strongly feel that you should let her know you were pregnant. She made a huge mistake based on her own prejudice.

  • Carol
    March 29, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations!!!
    I felt actual rage when I read about your doctor so I can only imagine how that was for you.

  • april
    March 29, 2016 at 10:32 am

    OMG HOLLY I LITERALLY JUMPED FROM MY CHAIR! You made my day. Pregnant!!! Wooooo!!!!

  • Rachel
    March 29, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    AHHHH!!! I’m so excited and happy for you! I think I screamed twice at this post. Once because I was excited about baby. And the second time because I thought “Oh Hell NO!” to the doctor. I’ve had some terrible experiences with doctors. For some reason it feels worse than a stranger saying something awful. When I first was feeling Fibromyalgia pain, I went to the doctor with my mom. The doctor was convinced I was pregnant and then began to ask me, in front of my mother, what I planned to do with the baby…I can’t even…
    But switching back to you having a baby!!! I’m secretly hoping he’s born on September 21 which is my birthday 😉

  • Missy
    April 9, 2016 at 3:18 am

    This is wonderful!!! Sounds so familiar to our pregnancy story. In fact our baby girl joined our world September 18th! Wishing you a beautiful and healthy pregnancy,delivery, and baby!!!

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