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December 8, 2012

Back to the Beginning

All through my pregnancy I didn't blog much, and when I did it wasn't generally about being pregnant. In fact, I didn't publicly announce (on the internet at least) it until I was around 28 weeks along. Although I didn't blog about things, I did document things. I call it my Mommy Journal, and now I want to share some of it. All of my prenatal care and my delivery was at a local hospital that has a Family Medicine Residency program. This hospital also accepts Iowa Care so they service all of the low-income population in the area. These factors combined bring about some pretty great stories.

Let's go all the way back to the beginning: the day I found out I was pregnant.

Yes our baby boy was planned, although we quickly learned that some things take time. One day at work I started to feel a little nauseous whenever I ate but it wasn't too crazy. The next day it seemed worse, so I looked up my symptoms on WebMD (like that's super valid....haha) and sent Scott a text saying "Webmd tells me that the only possible reasons I can be nauseous when I eat is pregnancy or cancer. Thank you for the diagnosis. Haha" and he responded with "Hmmm, maybe try the pregnancy test?"

When I got home from work we decided I should take the test (I know, I know it's recommended to take them in the morning). I had taken one months before that was clearly negative, and I had two tests sitting on the shelf. After taking the test you are supposed to wait a full minute before checking the results. Mine showed positive after a few seconds, so I shouted to Scott, "I'm freaking out. I'm freaking out!" His response: "Are you sure? Are you sure you're freaking out?" then he slowly walked into the bathroom to see for himself. We stood there for a few minutes, each quadruple-checking to see if it was really positive. We were mostly in shock.

After taking the test we headed downtown to the Wells Fargo Arena since we had tickets to see the Iowa Energy game. We sat in the Wells Fargo box since I got the tickets from work and I could barely focus on the game but it was fun to get out and to see Patrick Ewing Jr. play. We also know the team coach from church so it was fun to watch him down on the court as well.

Once we got home we decided I should take the second pregnancy test. You know, 'just to be sure'. Guess what? It turned positive after a few seconds as well. Before taking the tests we had thought we might wait to tell our families, but in the moment we just wanted to tell EVERYONE! We immediately called our parents to tell them. This was on February 21, 2012.

The day we found out that I was pregnant
We thought it would be a good idea for me to go to the clinic at DMU to confirm and get some recommendations for an OB in the area. The next day I called to make the appointment and went in on the following Tuesday (the 28th) where they confirmed that I was pregnant. Time to find an OB!

Meanwhile, the nausea was getting much worse, and I was vomiting frequently. On the 26th we were both planning to speak in church, but I was incredibly sick. Scott went to church early for meetings and I stayed in bed. I ate a little food then got up and got ready. I was feeling pretty good until it was almost time to leave and then the sickness hit again. I got back in bed for a bit until my friend Leslie stopped by to pick me up. Church was rough to say the least. I felt like I had the flu but had to sit on the stand. I gave my talk (and actually took up most of my allotted time) then Scott spoke. He started by mentioning that I was attending at "great personal sacrifice" because I was not feeling well. I found out later that a few folks in the branch clued in at the moment and realized that I was probably pregnant.

Speaking of the nausea, it was definitely not fun. Not many people saw my true sickness, even at work. I was constantly feeling sick and throwing up daily, usually multiple times. I found a few things that helped me get through the day. Jolly ranchers became a staple, as did limes with salt. The good thing was that I didn't lose weight during that time. Even as the sickness tapered off, I had some crazy food aversions. For weeks I only wanted Banquet Mac & Cheese and Taco Bell. Then one day all that food sounded terrible and the aversions slowly left as well, with a few exceptions: greasy hamburgers, red meat in general, Bear Creek Chili & Ramen Noodles. I am so glad those days are behind me!