All posts tagged: pregnancy announcement

One of the Lucky Ones…

So, every time I tell someone that I am pregnant (with baby #2!), especially women, I am of course congratulated and then met with a facial expression of concern, followed by the obligatory question, “How are you feeling?” to which I get to happily reply, “Great! A little tired… well, very tired sometimes, but overall great!” The beauty of it? It’s true. In my first pregnancy, aside from the awesome little bump that I developed  around 10 weeks, (yep, that’s early…something which I can only attribute to the fact that, although I’ve always been slim, I don’t have much muscle tone) I would never have known that I was pregnant at all. Some days I didn’t believe it. I had heard all of the horror stories of morning sickness/persistent nausea, gas, bloating, constipation… nada. I had a few headaches in the first trimester and some heartburn at the end, when my bump was GIGANTIC, but overall, it was a picture-perfect, symptom-free pregnancy. I did have some funny cravings. The first trimester was anything salty and full of …

Things I Learned During my First Trimester of Pregnancy

Our first sonogram picture at 7 weeks! I always knew pregnancy was going to be rough for me. But there’s even more that I didn’t expect: Morning sickness is actually morning, noon and night 24/7 sickness. I felt nauseous non-stop for the entire first trimester. All day long. Sometimes I would throw up and feel better. Sometimes I would throw up seven times in a row and feel worse. That was fun. I’d do everything to try to keep nausea at bay, like taking my prenatal vitamin at night right before bed with food, snacking all night each time I woke up to keep food in my system, etc. Nothing worked! In fact, I’m into my second trimester and I still battle some nausea. There was one day that I felt like a human again. That was nice. I’m hoping for better days ahead now that I’m 18 weeks. The shower will make you throw up. Turns out the heat/ steam from the shower will make you throw up. Every morning is a constant battle …

The Great Gender Reveal Debate

As soon as she found out I was pregnant, the first thing one of my cousins (a mother of three) said to me was, “Please don’t find out the sex. It’s the best surprise ever and gives you motivation to get through labor.” One of my clients at work, this time a father of four, told me the same thing. I believe them. But I’m not listening. But I must find out the gender of our baby before he or she is born! I actually did entertain the idea of waiting nine long months but Frank really wants to know. And I’ve done pretty much every gender prediction test out there. Frank calls it my “witchcraft.” I call it being an excited future mom. I’ve looked up my Chinese gender prediction, conducted the rosary bead test, had a friend do the needle test, asked my doctor to take an educated guess based on fetal heart rate and Googled every craving I have to see which sex it leans towards. And my friend is making me …