TUNIC SWEATER: Halogen (this sweater is SO good!) | DENIM: AG Jeans | BOOTIES: Sam Edelman | BEANIE: BP | SCARF: Zara (similar here) | TOTE: Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM (similar here)
Okay, okay, I know this is a super basic outfit - in fact, I wore this on my blog two years ago! But people are always asking abut the leopard beanie so I thought I’d bring it back. :) These were taken one day in Paris - while it was raining of course. The blanket scarf trend is definitely phasing out but I don’t dare get rid of mine because they are the best for travel! I always keep one in my handbag for our flights.
Yesterday I asked if you all wanted pregnancy updates and it was very clear that you all are super interested so in order to make this ‘basic’ post more exciting, I thought I’d share 10 (lengthy) facts about this pregnancy so far.. I’ll just jump right in..
*Disclaimer.. before reading this keep in mind that I am surrounded by close friends and family who are medical professionals of all sorts who look out for me and the baby. This is just me sharing the real side of pregnancy!*
1. Pregnancy Fatigue is a real thing. If you have followed me for long, you may be aware I have struggled with severe fatigue since undergrad. I’ve seen different doctors, had sleep studies, blood work, changed diet, etc. and nothing really has ever helped.. except for my BFF Coffee. Anyway, you add in pregnancy fatigue and boy! everything changes!! I used to stay up working until 1am and suddenly I couldn’t stay up past 8:30pm. I also couldn’t keep my eyes open for more than 3 hours at a time. My work schedule is unique since I run my blog completely by myself so I would wake up at 5am and work until 8am, take a one hour nap and then work in 3 hour increments the rest of the day. It was the only way I could figure out how to get my work done, but not over do anything. And don’t get me started on how I was able to travel so much... that was so hard but somehow I was able to do it. The month of September I was in NYC, Vermont, North Carlina, and Seattle. I think I was home maybe 7 days the whole month so it was interesting! When I was in NYC for Fashion Week, at one point I was backstage of a show and the fatigue kicked in.. so I found a quiet hallway with a bench and rested my little eyes. Caitlin walked around the corner looking for me and was like maybe you should just go to the hotel and sleep - and that’s exactly what I did. Anytime I had a flight I would be asleep before we even took off!
2. Since I just mentioned my BFF Coffee... guess what! We are no longer besties (I think we will work things out once the baby gets here though!). No but really, in my family coffee is our dessert. We drink tons of coffee and of course love the benefits but it’s also a relaxing to us to have a hot (decaf) coffee after dinner. One of the first things I noticed was that I had NO interest in making coffee OR smelling it. I mentioned it to some friends who said it was very normal.
3. HUNGER! I’m almost embarrassed to address this because I became a WHOLE new person during the first trimester... because of crazy hunger!! Now, let me tell you something I have learned... never, ever judge a pregnant girl, ever! I always told John, “when I get pregnant, I’m still going to count calories and work out, I’m not going to be like some girls who eat extra”... HA! I am totally EATING my words now, pardon the pun. Basically, the first trimester I was opposite of most women, I was ravenous. In fact, I bet Chic Fil A saw an uptick in sales (specifically breakfast sales!) I no longer craved salads and grilled chicken... I craved pasta, pizza, carbs, cheetos, bread, oh! more carbs. It was shocking because it wasn’t me at all - and it wasn’t like I thought I had a pass because I was pregnant, I was truly starving ALL day. I would feel ill if I went more than a 2 hours without eating something.
4. Nausea is a game changer. I can’t tell you how hard it was to be extremely nauseas and uncomfortable all day and not be able to throw up. I would feel so sick that I wouldn’t even want to move - mostly at night time.. ok scratch that, it came at all different times! And there typically was nothing I could do except to suck on a Preggie Pop or something similar. Now that I am out of my first trimester, I have started throwing up which actually gives me relief. (sorry if this is TMI).
5. All of these ^^ things are normal for pregnancy and I don’t want to seem as if these are ‘complaints’ because honestly, I feel grateful to feel this way. It is definitely not easy and I have a whole new appreciation for mothers who do this with young children. However, before getting pregnant, there were some tough months with negative pregnancy tests that caused me to pray and beg to have morning sickness and all of the other downsides to pregnancy if it resulted in a healthy baby. Honestly, trying without success all of those months prepared me mentally to appreciate this journey and taught me to embrace it. Again, I don’t blame any women for complaining honestly - but I don’t want to seem ungrateful. I feel so fortunate that I get to experience this and share it with you all!
5. I have been getting a lot of questions about how I shared the info with John and close friends and family so I thought I’d touch on that with a few funny stories. First of all, as I mentioned before, trying to get pregnant and not having any luck was VERY hard on John and me. 95% of the women (including family) I talk to and am around on a weekly basis got pregnant the first time trying so I thought I would be just like them. Especially considering I am a ‘by the book’ kind of girl - I read and studied and followed all the rules, lol! Anyway, it got old taking tests and being crushed by the “not pregnant” result. I was out of town one weekend and I was logging my temperature on my Ovia app and noticed that my temperature had stayed pretty high and wasn’t dropping (!!!) and during this trip I had extreme lower back pain. This of course got my hopes up but I had already taken a test and it said ‘not pregnant’. Anyway, I bought wifi on the plane and texted John and said “I’m going to take a test when I get in today” and he replied with “no, I don’t think you should try another one... but maybe you could try tomorrow morning.” (AKA: Take the test when I am not home so I don’t have to be around the sadness!) Anyway, I landed and he picked me up at the airport and we drove straight home. I grabbed a test out of the cabinet and sat it on the corner of the bed and said “lets say a prayer”, so John grabbed my hands and started praying and I open my eyes and look over and Fitz Gemma is laying on the bed with both paws crossed over the test where we couldn’t see it! (If you are new, Fitz is our golden doodle who is 50% human and loves being center of attention.) Anyway, John reluctantly let me take the test and to be honest, we didn’t expect good news. We were about to watch a show and I said “hey wait its been a few minutes, let me look” and I grab it and it said “pregnant” w/the weeks and I started screaming! John grabbed it from my hand and calmly looks at it and says “Hmm... I think you should do another before we get too excited.” So he drove down the road and got more tests from Walgreens. At this point I knew for sure I was pregnant but John is always a little slower and more calm so once he saw the positive results of these tests he got excited. This getting pretty long so I’ll wind down on this part... but in my screaming excitement with the first test I snap chatted my mom a video of it.. so special right?! She called immediately and was like “Emily you were shaking that test so I couldn’t see what it said!”
6. Our first appointment was the most special thing I have ever done! The doctor was showing us the baby and of course I found that so fascinating and unbelievable, but when the heartbeat played I immediately started crying! I got really embarrassed to cry and said “I’m sorry but this is the coolest thing I’ve ever heard and seen!” Hearing the heartbeat and knowing it was coming from inside of me made it all so real and so special.
7. Bumpdate! During weeks 8-11, my stomach looked like a legit bump every evening and it was kind of painful. It was as if the carbs were swelling inside of me causing extreme bloat. Luckily, we took all of my blog photos earlier in the day so I never really had anything to hide but at night it was a bump. I didn’t really start getting a ‘bump’ until Paris. The first day we were in Paris, I put my jeans on and they were snug and uncomfortable. Anytime we were sitting down to eat, I had to unbutton my jeans get relief! Now that I am home, I am ordering some more comfortable jeans.
8. I feel like a fire breathing dragon on a daily basis, truth. So, when I was really little, I started getting heartburn and I’ve had it my whole life. You can probably imagine how bad it got with the pregnancy. It’s crazy!! It’s a whole new ballgame now. What makes it worse is that I prefer spicy foods so it is inevitable to feel like I am on fire every evening!
9. Unique Cravings: the first month I wanted a steak! I never got one, but it was a unique craving considering I don’t eat steak ever! Also, I have a new love for orange juice and lemonade. I limit myself because it causes heartburn for me but an ice cold, refreshing lemonade or orange juice is everything! Also, I don’t have quite the sweet tooth I used to have.. I guess the carb cravings replaced it. I prefer salty food over everything.. and if we are going to be totally honest - comfort food is my favorite. Mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, rolls, soup, etc. There’s a place in Missouri called Lambert’s Home of the Thrown Rolls and I keep asking John if we can make a road trip there, lol! The main aversion I have is to grilled chicken.. I have tried it a few times and sadly it didn’t stay down for too long. :(
10. Skincare & Hair: My skin is not bad - but I am getting really small blemishes. They aren’t huge or painful but I haven’t had acne in over a year. As for hair, my hair is not growing at all right now! Everyone says it grows quickly with all the vitamins, but that is not the case for my hair. It is the case for my nails though. Also, my hair is dry and not as shiny unfortunately. That’s kind of a buzzkill, but I will survive.
Alright! Hello.. longest blog post ever!!! I am so sorry but now that this is done, maybe my updates won’t be as lengthy... maybe!