2/12/2017 – 7 weeks
This is a massive growth week for baby! It will start week 7 around the size of a pea, and then double in size to something more like a blueberry. The little buds for it’s arms and legs are pronounced, and you can even see some definition where the hands and feet will form. Facially, baby’s eyes and nostrils are taking shape. Baby’s brain continues to grow quickly—each minute, she adds over 100 new brain cells. By next week, little smarty-pants will have developed over a million new brain cells!
The news has been shared and all are excited!
We told Andre’s family over dinner Sunday evening. I knew his sister and brother already knew… When we walked in, Vince asked if I wanted beer or wine. I told him “no thanks” and that I just wanted some water. He about stopped breathing at my response! (lol) I had forgotten to pretend just a little longer. Luckily, his parents missed this conversation. While eating, I gave Natalie a card stating that it was just another birthday card, and then I told Andre’s mother I had a card for her too. She opened it up and began to cry. She eagerly, through tears, told Jacques that we were having a baby. Her crying made me cry and it was just an exciting, emotional, happy moment. They were beyond thrilled to hear the good news. We told Isabella and Sophia that they were finally getting the baby cousin they had been asking for!
When we wanted to tell my parents, they were at our tree farm clearing some wood. I wasn’t sure that they would even have service out there, but I am so glad they did! We FaceTimed my parents after sending a video of the card, onesie, and pregnancy test. My mom was crying and my dad seemed shocked. It was very exciting to tell them that their first grandchild was on his or her way! I told them how I was feeling, the due date, etc. I later sent videos to both of my sisters and told them they were becoming aunts! Again they were both excited and pretty surprised. I don’t think anyone expected the news this quickly (including us!) Now let’s see if everyone can keep this a secret until our second trimester.
I am feeling about the same through week 6-7. I am really hoping that this morning sickness doesn’t show up!
3 more weeks until we see little peanut.
2/4/2017 – 6 Weeks
Baby is the size of a sweet pea. It has a tail, the heart is pumping at over 100 bpm, and vital organs are developing. Early brain chambers have formed, and the main sections of are established.
This week has been pretty uneventful. I am still feeling relatively the same other than some mood swings, break outs, and frequent bathroom breaks. We made an appointment for our first ultrasound and blood work for March 4th with a new doctor that we found. The previous one didn’t give me the best vibes and his hours weren’t conducive to my Friday’s off. I would love to ask our local friends in this area for advice on OBGYN’s since we haven’t established any doctors, but I also think that kind of question will make them ask if we are expecting (and we aren’t ready to tell anyone yet). I’m feeling pretty positive about this new doctor and eager for the appointment.
We have gone back and forth when to tell our immediate family the news–thinking we could wait until the first ultrasound, wait until we are in the second trimester, or just tell them right away. We decided that we don’t really want to wait another month to announce the news to our parents and definitely can’t wait two more months… so we have decided that we will start telling our family in the next couple of days. We’ve created some cards and bought a little Llama onesie so we will let you know how the news goes over. Hopefully everyone can keep this a secret!
Here is how we plan to share the news:
1/20/2017 – 4 weeks
I woke up knowing this was the day I could do my first pregnancy test. I sat down, did my thing, and then was left waiting. I was a little scared about this huge journey, but also hopeful that we would be lucky enough to conceive. Minutes later, the two lines showed up and it was real…really real. We were going to have a baby! Instantly, I wanted to tell André, but I also wanted to tell him in a cute, exciting way. Then I thought, I want to call everyone and tell them! I wanted to tell everyone I saw that day. However, I reminded myself that unfortunately things do happen and there was a lot to overcome before announcing our news.
I went to the web to look up some things because, really, I had no idea what to expect or do next. I quickly learned that I would skip my coffee that day- just in case… and next that our baby was expected to come late September. SEPTEMBER?! How could that be? It seemed so close and surreal but also so far away as I thought about milestones like finding out the sex of our baby, growing a big bump, and finally meeting little peanut.
As André came home from work, I had a little sign and cupcakes waiting for him to announce the news. He was speechless and then told me “shut up”, “no way”, and so on. I told him, yes, yes, it’s really true- we have made a little baby inside of me. Together, we thought, this is crazy… is this real…? We decided to go celebrate and have dinner just the two of us. We were about to embark on the biggest journey of our lives.