I am about 18 and a half weeks and let me tell you....I had never been SO HAPPY to see the second trimester! The first trimester was HARD. I wish I could put it into words, but those who have been pregnant with morning sickness know exactly what I'm talking about.
***Sidenote: Who in the world decided it was called morning sickness? Because it is DEFINITELY not only in the morning. 24/7, 365. I thought it was never going to end. Seriously though, the rumors are true - one day you wake up and feel great! That happened for me about 2 weeks ago and it has been lovely! Anyways, my sister said she heard once that it was called "morning sickness" because it was at the "morning" (or first trimester) of your pregnancy. So I'm going to go with that....***
Anyways, seriously though. People would ask if I had been sick at all and I would say "yes, very, very sick" and they would say "well, at least it's only in the morning!!" Don't say that to a pregnant lady. Ha! Seriously though. Also please don't say "I think you are for sure having a girl because you have definitely filled out!" Uh............ha! The joys.
Probably one of the hardest parts was that no one (besides family) knew that I was pregnant, so I had to act like I was perfectly fine. It was so hard to show I wasn't sick, especially when I was needing to eat about every hour or else I would either feel nauseous or throw up. Let's just talk for a second about my husband. My amazing, sweet Alex. For about the past 3-4 months, he has literally every done everything. Cooked, cleaned, carried me upstairs to bed, was with me when I threw up, got me anything I needed/wanted. The list could go on and on. I was so spoiled! I still am, but I'm at least a little bit more independent these days. Ha!
Now, I don't want you to think that I have hated being pregnant. Because I haven't!! I love that I have the opportunity to be pregnant and the realize the blessing that it is to have children. Yes, the beginning was hard. Very hard. Sometimes I felt like I couldn't relate to anyone because no one will ever really talk about how hard pregnancy is. I don't want you to think I'm a giant "negative nancy" about the whole thing, I just want other women to know that it IS hard - but so worth it and the sickness WILL pass (for most). Now that I have felt so much better, it's almost hard to remember how sick I was (funny how that works, ha!) I'm so grateful to have this opportunity to be having a baby and all the joy this child will bring into our lives!!!
AND - we find out what we are having in 2 weeks from today!!! I feel like it is definitely a boy - to be honest, I would be a little shocked if they said it was a girl! Ha. But, Alex feels the exact opposite!! He really feels like it's a girl - and will be a little shocked if they say it's a boy! So who knows what will happen?! What do you think?! Boy or Girl?!
Well besides all this new baby stuff - we have been up to some fun / busy things! Alex has already finished this semester of school! He had a full semester's worth of doctorate classes in EIGHT weeks - woof! He studied so hard (literally every night) and did really well! I'm so proud of him and all of his hard work in school - even if that means I don't seem him for a couple of months. ;) He is now doing his first clinical - for the next 8 weeks of the semester. He has really liked it so far and learned a lot, it's fun for him to be in a PT office and have the experience of what it will really be like once he graduates!
Also, we had some visitors last month!!!! My Dad & Alisia came to visit us. :) We did so many fun things while they were here! I didn't think we would be able to fit so much stuff into one long weekend!! We went to Jamestown, Williamsburg & Yorktown, we also went maternity clothes shopping (yay!) and down to VA Beach to enough the ocean and the boardwalk and had some amazing seafood! We headed over to the western part of VA and went to Shenandoah National Park. We were a little bummed because it was SO cloudy that day - you couldn't really see anything....but we did a couple of hikes down to waterfalls and were able to get out of the clouds a little bit to enough the fall colors! We also went to Fort Monroe and the Mariners Museum - both were really fun and it was fun to discover more about the history of this area! Here are some highlights from their trip:
So remember how I'm a super crazy cat lady?! Well our little kitty was born in October, so obviously we had to throw her a party!! She got a present from both Mommy & Daddy and loved them both! I'm crazy and I know it - but it was fun!! Can't believe our little tiny kitty is now officially a cat. ;(
Once Alex was done with school we were able to finally do some fall fun! So we packed it into one busy weekend before Halloween. On Friday we went to a place called Green Hand Farm Park - they had so much fun to stuff to do there! We enjoyed the small festivities - like a giant trampoline, a duck racing contest, a spiderweb out of rope, a bon fire and delicious food! One of my favorite parts of the night is when we were on the tramp and Alex was saying something about he feels like he needs to get in shape - a little girl was bouncing next to us (probably about 7) and said "Mister, can I ask you something?" Alex: Sure! "Why would you say you need to get in better shape? You are in PERFECT shape!" Basically it made Alex's whole night - haha! She also said "I didn't know parents could jump!" (Loved that she called us parents ha!) and she also said "I am going to add another thing to my list of 'why I like parents'. #1 - they made you bounce higher on tramps." Hahahaha - we really enjoyed that little girl! She was dang cute!!
Besides all the fun - we also picked a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, went through the corn maze AND did a zombie paintball course. It was AH-MAZING. You sat in a wagon and each seat was equipped with a paintball gun, you rode through the "haunted forest" and shot zombies - not only set up ones, but even some live people! It was so much fun!!! We were so glad that we were able to go with our good friends, the Nelsons, as well. Fall is always more fun with friends!!
The next night we watched Halloween movies (Hocus Pocus, Ghostbusters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dracula Dead & Loving It) and carved our pumpkin! It was a fun night to spend together - I love Halloween activities!!!
Then Sunday night we Skyped into the Jacobs family party! It was fun to see all our nieces and nephew and family in their costumes! Even if it was on a computer ha! And we won the "best costume contest"!! Have I told you how much I <3 Halloween!?!?!
Halloween night we went to our ward party - which was tons of fun!! Then came home and had root beer with dry ice, a spooky cemetery dessert and watched Young Frankenstein!
And last but not least - we got our first Thanksgiving decoration up last night! We made "Thankful Turkeys" for FHE & decorated the poster board! I forgot to take pictures - but we enjoyed the night with our amazing friends! So glad we have such great friends and live in such a beautiful place! We definitely have a lot to be grateful for this season! I am SO excited for the holidays!! Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Alex's birthday & Christmas!! It truly is the best time of year!!!!! I'll try to keep more updated, especially with the holidays - and the baby!