First Trimester

The first 12 weeks…..

The first 6 or so weeks of pregnancy, I really didn’t notice any difference from usual. A little more tired, but not noticeable if I hadn’t been looking for symptoms! I had very very mild cramping most of the first trimester, but the doctor said that was normal. Around 6 weeks I began getting very tired, needing naps throughout the day and would often be in bed by 8pm. I admit to closing the blinds to my office on several occasions just to close my eyes for a few minutes – or an hour…..

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8 weeks

At 8 weeks – things changed. I woke up the morning of a friend’s wedding – walked straight to my coffee pot as usual, but then realized that I did NOT want my morning coffee… this has very rarely happened if ever. Not only did I not want it, but it sounded disgusting. The smell made me nauseous, the thought of drinking it made the feeling worse and I immediately had to sit down. I love breakfast, but as I thought through my usual breakfast favorites none of them sounded remotely appealing. I got down a little bit of plain oatmeal and some ginger tea and realized morning sickness had arrived. I ended up eating crackers and drinking iced ginger tea and water all day until the wedding. By evening, I was able to eat some of the food at the wedding and fake drinking enough to not give away our secret.

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12 weeks

The next 4-5 weeks were similar. I felt like I had one huge aversion to food in general, rather than multiple aversions to specific things like I expected. I would think of one thing  I thought sounded good (ex: Eggo waffles, Snack Pack pudding, cheddar and broccoli rice), however after eating it once or twice – I couldn’t stomach it anymore!

Symptoms: mild cramping, fatigue, morning sickness

Aversions: Food in general

Weight gain: (negative) 4lbs

Fitness: Unchanged except for doing some afternoon runs instead of mornings when my stomach just wasn’t ready. I was also doing some light lifting at home with body weight and a kettle bell a few days a week.

 

 

 

 

Spilling the Beans

(Just to be clear – I’m not currently pregnant again…. this is the story of when we told our families we were expecting… back in August 2015!)

My first doctor’s appointment was around 10 weeks, and we were flying to Upstate New York for my brother’s wedding the following week. We wanted to wait until we had an ultrasound done, and then since the wedding was so soon we decided to wait until after to spill the beans to our parents. It’d give my brother the spotlight for his special day, and give us the chance to actually tell our parents in person since we only see them a couple times a year. Unfortunately, we were flying back to Oregon the very next day so we invited both our sets of parents to brunch at a local winery. It would be the perfect setting to share the good news. Once planned, I still had to get through the weekend hiding the fact that I was pregnant. (and luckily the high waisted bridesmaid dress still fit!)

IMG_0177 (1).jpgI was so sick the whole time we were in NY but we had decided beforehand to stay in a hotel opposed to either one of our parents homes – this made hiding it a little easier for a few days! No one to offer me a glass of wine that I’d typically accept, no one to question me going to bed at 8pm, and no one to notice that the only foods I was eating were plain bagels with plain cream cheese or scrambled eggs. The real give away would have been skipping my morning coffee… (I seemed to have strange aversions to everything I normally love!)

We did a little photo shoot with our dog, Ramsey before the trip – who proudly wore a “Big Brother” T-shirt for the photos.

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At brunch, we handed each of them an envelope and casually said we had some pictures printed for them. They all assumed they were of our wedding that had been about 2 months earlier… They casually opened, still chatting about the night before. Suddenly my mom went silent and we saw her jaw literally drop when she realized what the photos were saying. To this day we wish we had her on video!

It felt great to share the news of the first grandchild for both sides of our family!

Big Brother with Mom

 

 

Surprise, I’m pregnant!

 

(Just to be clear – I’m not currently pregnant again…. this is the story of when I found out I was pregnant back in July of 2015.)

And yes, it WAS a surprise! Although it was planned, we anticipated it taking a few months to happen. It did not…

I realized something might be up about a week and a half after returning home from our honeymoon. My (new) husband had a work trip to Alaska in a couple days and I figured out that the day he left would be the best bet for an accurate pregnancy test. I didn’t want to jump the gun and take one too soon. I took the test the morning he left but then realized I couldn’t tell him (or anyone, since I wanted him to know first) for 3 more days because he was off the grid!!! I was terrified and excited. I didn’t know what to do with myself those 3 long days other than sit on the couch, wait, and not drink alcohol! Ha. I ended up shopping and trying to plan the perfect way to tell him.

He got home at 7 am on a Monday morning but had to hop in the shower and rush into the office – I figured that wasn’t the best time to tell him since he was in a hurry….. While he was at the office, I wrote a card and placed it on the counter with a little stuffed giraffe I had bought while he was away. I knew I wouldn’t be home when he got off work – but wanted to give him time to digest in case he was shocked that it happened as quickly as it did! I knew he’d be excited, but I didn’t want to witness any fear on his face if it was there!!

He later told me thatIMG_3168.JPG he walked into the house while on the phone with his mom. It didn’t register right away since he was chatting. He opened the card, still on the phone, and then while reading the card it started to click. He had  to hide his reaction from his mom while ending the conversation quickly to call me and tell me to come home!

We decided that we would wait a bit to tell anyone else until things were sure. We ended up waiting quite a while because my brother was getting married and we would be back East with our families and able to tell the soon-to-be grandparents in person. (After the wedding of course!)

 

 

Dear Two Month Old Maura

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Dear Maura,

You’re two months old! I’m not sure it’s still appropriate to tell people your age in a number of weeks, but now should round to the nearest month or half month…..

You have grown so much, and I’m beginning to see your personality now including lots of smiles! All we have to do is smile at you and happily say “Hello, Maura!” and you grin right back. I’m not sure your height or weight but you’re definitely tall and wearing mostly 6 month clothing already. Your two month doctor appointment is Friday so we’ll see your percentiles then.

Sleeping: Around 6 weeks you started getting into a great sleeping routine. (Although every time I tell someone you’re a great sleeper – we have a bad night!). Typically we put you to sleep between 9-10pm. We tried to move it earlier, but it didn’t go so well, so 9-10 it stays. I feed you and put you down drowsy (or dead asleep if you’re that tired which you often are), and within a few minutes you’re out cold. Between 2-4 you get restless and noisy – but don’t actually wake up or cry. I get you up and feed you, and you usually go back without a fuss – awake or not. Then, you let me sleep until between 6-8, depending on what time that night time feed was. This second stretch of sleep is often noisier…. lots of grunting and wiggling and now that we’ve been leaving your arms out of the swaddle – the noise of slurping on your hands. You’re definitely asleep – but maybe just less deeply than earlier in the night. You also tend to take nice morning naps which lets me hustle to get as much done as I can because you’re not a fan of afternoon sleeping unless it’s in my arms.

Eating: You love to eat. Really, the only time you cry is if you’re hungry – which tends to be every two hours during the day, sometimes a stretch of 2.5 to 3 hours, but that’s maybe once a day. I could stretch you longer, but with how you’ve been sleeping at night, I don’t want to chance you needing more fuel in the nighttime hours. Unfortunately, you’ve been refusing a bottle. It’s really stressful for Daddy, who is very very patient with you, but you scream and scream. I ordered a new type of bottle that a friend recommended (Comotomo… it’s supposed to be one of the most similar to a breast, but I think you’ll still know the difference) and we’ll see if that works any better. Otherwise, heading back to work is going to be a challenge! (Although doable as I’ll be part time).

Playing: You love your Fisher Price Kick-n-Play! I can set you down and you’ll play by yourself for 15-20 minutes, longer if I’m there for you to watch. You kick the keys and make lots of music, you also bat at the hanging toys a lot more than you used to.

Milestones: Your head is getting relatively stable when you’re carried, and you can pick your head up and turn it back and forth while on your tummy. You’re still not a fan of Tummy time, but we keep working on it. You spit up a lot, and being on your tummy makes it worse! Sorry kiddo, but the doctors say we have to do it…. You coo and gurgle and have ‘conversations’ with me, you watch me constantly, and when I make eye contact with you after doing anything else, you smile. It makes my day.

Love you,

Mom

A little late – but at your 2 month appointment you measured 13lb and 13 oz, and were 24 inches long…. about the average size of a 4 month old! You’re very healthy and a perfect weight for your long length.

 

 

Day 1

This week marks Day 1 of getting back in shape after baby, and Day 1 of the blog Maura’s Fit Mama.

Maura is 8 weeks old already, but I’m just now starting to feel like myself and getting back at ‘it.’ Recovery has been slower than expected due to complications during delivery and a few postpartum set backs. I was finally cleared by my doctor and physical therapist to get active again! (although running will have to wait a few more months….)

I started the Post Baby Bod plan, designed by Fitnessista (a fitness/family blogger that I’ve followed for quite a while). It’s a 12 week plan that slowly and safely eases women back into their active lifestyles after having a baby. I hate “quick fixes” and “weight loss challenges” and this is neither. Even though I’m certified as a personal trainer, and can develop my own work out programs – it’s nice to have someone else do the research for you when you’re functioning on minimal sleep and time. I also began working with a physical therapist two weeks ago who specializes in the pelvic floor and postpartum recovery.

Birthing a baby was both incredibly humbling and empowering at the same time. You must completely submit and trust your body (and doctor/nurse/midwife) but learn that your body is capable of so much more than you ever knew. I have a feeling motherhood will be similar!

My plan for the blog is to share my journey in recovering my fitness and discovering my  new life as a mother. I’ll share some other tidbits of information as I go along too.

Thanks for reading!

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