What’s Up?!?

by Lauren on June 24, 2016

Hey Guys!

I know that these past few weeks you haven’t heard from me much and I do apologize.  The truth is, I have been kind of having a rough time with this first trimester.  My energy is no where to be found most days and the all day sickness has been relentless.  So much in fact that I finally caved and called my doctor to get on some medicine.  I tried a ton of over the counter and natural remedies and supplements and nothing was helping, so thankfully the medicine is giving me some relief.  I hate to go on it, but I think we all know our limits and feeling so sick all day and night was causing me to not be a good mom to my child living outside the womb. 


I’m coming up on 9 weeks now and I think I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel.  I know some women are unlucky enough to feel awful the duration of their pregnancies, but I’m holding onto hope that I’ll feel immensely better in my second tri. 

So that leads me to why I haven’t blogged.  Honestly, I have no motivation or energy.  At the end of the day after teaching group fitness classes, working and chasing after a busy toddler, the only thing I can manage to do is lay on the couch until I fall asleep.  But I definitely plan to blog more, especially about this pregnancy.  I used to blog every week when I was pregnant with Grayson and gave all of the updates.  Not sure I’ll be that consistent with this little one, but I’ll do what I can.

Last week, my mom did my first ultrasound!  She is a nurse manager for a pregnancy center and does ultrasounds all day every day, so she asked if she could scan me.  I love that my mom was the first one to see the heart beat and give us a look at our little babe.  We confirmed that there is most definitely ONE healthy heartbeat and I’m due January 29th.


I haven’t been eating anything I normally eat.  Right now, my appetite is not great and I have trouble eating any big meal.  Eggs have been my go-to for breakfast and usually for lunch.  Dinner is all over the place but usually whatever sounds just a little appealing.  Mac n’ cheese, chicken and rice, and soups have been what I usually go for but sparingly. 

I don’t think I’m really showing yet so no belly pics, but I’m just starting to feel fluffy.  Like that nice thick layer is forming around my mid-section. 

We are getting ready to head to the beach tomorrow for the week and I can’t wait!  I think I’m most excited for all of the naps I’ll be taking, but really, I can’t wait for Grayson to experience the ocean for the first time.  My whole family is going so it should be a wild, crazy, and amazing time!

Hope everyone is enjoying this summer!  I’ll be back to check in from the beach!




Here We Go Again….(Baby Number 2 Details)

by Lauren on June 14, 2016

I feel like I owe you guys a lot of explaining, considering I just left you hanging with our big news in my last post. 

Truthfully, I have been awfully sick with this little one so I have had zero energy or motivation to really talk about it yet.  But thankfully, I’m finally starting to feel a bit better, so I figured it was time to pop in and let you in on a few of the details. 

Here we go…..(again) 

How Far Along? 

I’m only 7 weeks.  We decided to tell so early because one. I was so sick and it was too hard to keep it a secret with what I do.  Trust me, teaching spin in your first trimester is not easy to hide when you feel like vomiting every 5 seconds. And two. we were just really excited and felt like it.  I know they say not to reveal the new until your second trimester, but honestly, I came to the conclusion that if anything were to happen with this little one, I’d want everyone we told to know so they could support us.  

Were You and John Trying?

Yep, sure were!  We decided to start trying in January. I had stopped nursing in December and started getting my period back regularly.  I also had my IUD removed in January so we were just leaving it up to God.  We didn’t start tracking things until after we got back from Chicago in April and boy am I glad we waited because I can’t imagine being this sick in Chicago.  So as soon as we got “serious” we got two lines! 

How Did You Find Out? 

I started to feel slight waves of nausea after I ate lunch for about 3 days straight.  It was brief, but I noticed it every day.  And then one Saturday, John and I had planned date night so I went out and got a box (naturally) of wine and was just looking forward to sitting back and drinking a few glasses with him later that night.  Well I ate lunch that day and again, I had this feeling of being nauseous so I just decided to take a test just to be sure.  But I also thought it was SUPER early so I wasn’t getting my hopes up too high.  Well what do you know, I saw the faintest two lines.  So then I took another and got an even darker result. 



How Did You Tell John? 

Ever since I told him about Grayson, John and I have had this running joke that I would make sure I had coffee ready for him the next time I dropped the baby news on him again.  You see, I woke him up frantically at 5am to tell him we had conceived Grayson so he was in a bit of a fog when he reacted.  So I had these big plans to wait until the morning, make him a cup of coffee and wake him up with Grayson.  But then I remembered that it was date night and he knew I bought a box of wine and was looking forward to drinking it, so he would immediately know something was up.  I decided to throw Grayson in the car, swung by the Starbuck’s drive thru and surprised him at work with an iced coffee and the tests in an envelope that read, “Happy Early Birthday!” 


How Are You Feeling? 

Well if you couldn’t tell by now….awful!  Man around 5 weeks morning/all day sickness hit me hard.  I never remember being this sick with Grayson but I also know every pregnancy is completely different. I also think the fact that I have a toddler to chase after this time around is a whole new ballgame.  Basically, I’m in the “I hate everything” stage where food in general just makes me want to hurl.  I’ve been stomaching A LOT of carbs and lemon water seems to help and the only vegetables I’ve seen are the little carrots that happen to be in my chicken noodle soup at night.  Ah, pregnancy does weird things to our bodies!  I’m just praying this only lasts the first trimester because I have no idea how I would deal with this for nine months.  Bless you if you’ve had to endure that. 

Do You Hope For a Girl or Boy? 

Honestly, I just hope for one!!  Haha, seriously though, twins would rock our world.  John and I both think a girl would be fun for some balance, but I also kinda love the idea of two boys.  We already have three boys in the family now with my sister’s kids so a fourth would make for one little crazy army! 


Cravings or Aversions? 

Well I seem to be having aversions to everything right now, but specifically peanut butter and coffee.  I never wanted peanut butter with Grayson either so maybe that’s a common theme.  But right now, even the smell makes me want to run to the bathroom.  And I can’t say I’m really craving anything yet other than anything that won’t make me want to throw up.  Bagels are always a safe bet.  Today, I was feeling an ice cream cone, so that was major progress and Grayson totally jumped at that craving. 


When Is Your Due Date?

I’m not sure as I haven’t been to the doctor yet, but my mom is going to scan me this weekend (she is a nurse manager for a pregnancy clinic) so we will get a size and due date then. I can’t wait! Based on logic, it looks like end of January though. 

Does Grayson Know? 

He’s still a little young to understand, but we’ve been talking about “the baby” all of the time to him.  Every time we ask him, “where is the baby,” he lifts up my shirt and points to my stomach.  It’s too adorable! 


Hopefully that answers some questions.  Let me know if you guys have any more.  And thank you all so much for your sweet congratulations and emails!  They mean the world and we couldn’t be happier to expand this little family of ours. 



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