Hi Balanced Beauties!
It’s been a busy few weeks!! Between announcing our pregnancy and two weeks later finding out our baby’s gender, we’ve gone through the emotional ringer. If you haven’t been following our journey, we are having a GIRL! We have never received so much love and support within the past few weeks, and we are beyond thankful. Between the text messages, DM’s and phone calls, you guys have truly made our hearts light up with so many smiles. We can’t thank you enough for all the love and shared excitement. From the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate it!
I’ve had so many questions about my pregnancy thus far, and so many of you have asked for updates with symptoms, belly pictures & so much more. ONE THING TO CLEAR THE AIR: I know my bump popped VERY early, but I am sure that there is only one baby in there. Everyones body is different and our little girl is growing pretty rapidly. Combined with her rapid growth, bloating, water retention, & a short torso, my belly popped earlier than the average for a first pregnancy. However, I am certain there are not two babies in there. Believe me, I had the doctors check a few times do to my rapidly growing baby bump, lol. Did any other mamas out there pop around 8 weeks with their first baby? Comment below!
We are almost 19 weeks and it is beyond crazy to think we are almost halfway through this beautiful process! The way a womans body is designed to shape, change and provide a home to this little growing life seems to amaze me every single day. With that thought alone, all of the pregnancy symptoms don’t seem to matter, and everything about pregnancy becomes so fascinating and beautiful. For any pregnant moms or new mamas reading this, always give yourself grace <3 We grow humans and that is pretty powerful. Our bodies are doing #werk for these little babes.
After the 13th week of pregnancy, the sickness and nausea started to subside. However, I did develop frequent acid reflux which will most likely continue throughout my pregnancy. I am learning to manage it with my diet, and things are getting better. I am back to working out regularly and my energy is back to normal. My mama friends & family promised the second trimester would be a little better, and I am here to say that they did not lie. Getting through the first trimester for someone like myself was a really hard transition. I had almost forgotten what it was like to feel relatively normal. I truly am starting to love being pregnant, and I am going to enjoy this newfound energy and non-nausea while it lasts!
The “quickening” that I feel in my belly has been intensifying, and I am feeling the movement of her more each day. I love these little flutters and butterflies that I’ve experienced. I feel like she lets me know she is okay in there, just doing her little thang. I recently felt tiny pokes in my belly while I was driving. I literally almost swerved because it came out of nowhere! I was like “oh my gosh”, that was my baby! I am excited for them to come more consistently.
Oh baby, we have a little lady. We have had so many questions about our gender reveal party and our reactions to having a baby girl on the way. I thought I was having a boy, because in my dreams, my babies were always boys. Christian also had several dreams and our kids were boys! However, we both always talked about how cool it would be to have a girl first. Christian prayed for a baby girl first! His reasoning behind that was the simple fact that in our experiences, girls tend to keep a family together. My oldest sister organizes most of our get togethers, and hosts some of the holidays. Whereas Christian is the oldest boy in his family and although he cherishes family and we see his family at least once a month, he doesn’t think of the things that girls do. He will not plan a holiday, or organize events to see his family. It is usually me or his mom doing that part. We are not saying all boys are like that, but from what we’ve witnessed in our own families, the girls emotionally take control and think of the small things. Anyway, we would have been so thrilled with a boy for our first baby, but our reasoning to have a girl first was just based off our experiences (and selfish parental reasoning!). With that being said, we are welcoming all the baby boys with open arms after our girl arrives!
As you can see in our photos, we were beyond shocked/thrilled to find out there was a girl in this belly of mine, and we love her so much already! Now it all makes sense how sick I was during the first trimester. In conclusion, from the day we found out we were pregnant, we both just prayed for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Believe it or not, once we were pregnant, we never talked about what gender we wanted, because as long as this precious baby was healthy, we were so thrilled with either one! For us, our priorites and perspective on having a baby completley changed, and so did the preference of the gender. For us, reality set in and we just prayed for the health of our little growing family. <3
Christian and I handed an evelope to someone at his work with the gender sealed inside. They ordered us pink or blue poppers (in our case it was a girl, so they ordered pink) and two balloons with pink confetti in it. We had a second envelope (just to confirm the gender) for our local baker who made our cake. She put pink M&Ms inside of our cake. Our gender reveal party was just our immediate family. We had only our immediate family since we wanted it to be meaningful and intimate between the two of us, and popped those babies open! See details & photos below from our gender reveal party <3 Thank you so much to our family for making this day so special for us. We are going to cherish this day FOREVER.
Jumpsuit: Revolve Clothing
Photogrophy: Lauren Anzevino
Thanks for reading and have a balanced week!