Lessons Learned in Trimester ONE

I am officially into my second trimester. I just opened my eyes from a blink and here I am... 16 weeks preggos. I have learned so many amazing and disturbing lessons thus far and I wanted to share them with you. I have so many friends that are going down this route, so here is what to expect (sorta) when you're expecting.

  • When people offer to help you carry something or do something for you because you're carrying precious cargo...live it up. This isn't going to be forever.
  • You will feel tired. I felt like I climbed a mountain everyday. Growing a baby is no joke.
  • Hormones SUCK.
  • Weeks vs. Months. I never understood this and I never wanted to admit this because I'm a woman and I figured I should've read this somewhere in my women's manual. When I used to ask women how far along they were, they would always answer in weeks instead of months. I would reply with a "Wow, how cute!" and walk away having to do the math in my head. Pregnancy is counted in weeks because the baby's development is so different from week to week!  And fyi- 36-40 weeks is full term aka when the baby makes it's debut.
  • You can't eat for two. Remember one of the two is only the size of a small fruit. You really only need a few extra calories a day. This broke my heart.
  • People say the most hurtful things. One of my co-workers, who I used to be quite fond of, wins the award for rudest comment. During the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I was extremely paranoid about miscarrying. I had anxiety about it, it was so bad. I told her this and she replied "Oh, I miscarried my first one, you probably will too. It happens." I avoid her at all costs now because I do NOT need that kind of negativity.
  • Pregnancy isn't all fun and games. Acne, nausea, dark patches of skin, daily headaches, mood swings, food aversions, husband aversions, food cravings, husband cravings (rawr!), extra hair in weird places, slower hair growth in others, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.
  • But it is the most amazing beginning. The best is yet to come.

How far along? 16 weeks
Total weight gain: About 6 pounds. But how accurate can an Ikea scale be?
Maternity clothes? I've officially given up on my pre-pregnancy pants. Hubby is taking me maternity pants/shorts/leggings shopping this weekend. This is the best gift for my fat butt.
Stretch marks? no
Sleep: Starting to lose sleep. Waking up in odd times of the night.
Best moment this week: Having people notice my little bump.
Miss Anything? Stella Rosa. I'm not even a big drinker.
Movement: I THINK I felt baby move yesterday... not sure.
Food cravings: Hot Cheetos, oranges, and BEEF! I am so pregnant.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) and Chipotle BLAAAH. Even seeing the signs make me gag.
Gender predictions: More on this soon
Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: Headaches like a mofo and being SUPER uncomfortable and restless at night.
Belly Button in or out? In but it is starting to look different.
Wedding rings on or off? on
Happy or Moody most of the time: More happy nowadays I would say.
Looking forward to: Finding out the sex of the baby AND summer vacation in 2 days! Looking forward to that time to decorate the nursery.


  1. U are so stylish! what do u say about following each other sweetie?:X


  2. You probably did feel movement. It feels like fluttering or like gas bubbles.( I learned that after my first and knew what to expect when I had my second. Soo exciting!! And excited for you. You are so adorable.

  3. Yay! You're so cute. Can't wait to see your bump (and you) in person next week!

  4. On one hand, pregnant women are so darn sensitive that I hesitate to say *anything* to them, but on the other hand, that lady's comment was absurdly disrespectful and rude! Let's hope she's just super dense and didn't realize what she was saying :/

    Glad to hear things are going well- enjoy summer vacation!!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing this info, all good to know. Hope to see you and the bump soon!

  6. oh wow, I'm so sorry you had to hear such a hurtful comment girl! She probably wasn't thinking/wasn't aware....:(

    And You're looking amazing Joanna! It's so crazy cuz evvvveryone is starting to be pregnant and posting about all their lifestyles and what to expect, and it's really nice to see so I can learn before I have a child! Uhhh....but is this a sign that it'll happen soon?! omgnesss, haha. God bless you and stay strong!

  7. oh my gosh, i can't believe your coworker said that!! glad you are doing just fine! :)

  8. I am calling it...it has got to be a boy. Hot cheetos..yuk.


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