Pregnancy for me was pretty amazing.
Yes, I did have morning (all-day) sickness in the beginning until about week 11, where it subsided for the most part and then subsided completely after week 14, but you know what…
I never felt more comfortable or beautiful in my own skin.
It was a whole new fabulous experience, granted I had been hoping and feeling ready to start a family for 5 years and so when we finally hit that point of being ready, I couldn't believe that it had finally happened!
I had some pretty typical symptoms and aversions…
I couldn't handle my beloved, coffee super early on until about week 14 or so when it started to taste normal again.
I could smell cleaner and other random things from distances far, far away.
I was tired and irritable and swore at inanimate objects.
I felt lonely, mostly because I wanted to wait to tell most people until we hit the second trimester, but keeping a secret like that is super hard because it's all that consumes your thoughts. This did not of course stop my husband from telling everyone when I was only about 6 weeks pregnant! I kind of think it's really sweet he was so excited to tell everyone, but still.
I felt pretty good, awesome actually, in the second trimester. I felt good until about 33 weeks when I started to swell and that kind of sucked. I couldn't wear my rings anymore, I know that's typical, but it just felt funny. The third trimester was harder, especially as it got closer and closer to my due date. The weekend that I was 37 or 38 weeks pregnant I went away for a night for a bachelorette party with friends and that is when I experienced the dreaded kankles. Oh MY! it was horrific and embarrassing, but what do you do? Obviously I had a baby cooking and that was why. Sleep was hard, as it should be carrying around a big belly and having to get up multiple times a night to pee. I also didn't get any stretch marks until way late in pregnancy, I feel pretty lucky that they're not super bad, but still they're quite obvious and I'm a little self-conscious of my postpartum body and having my hubs see them as everything is getting back to where it thinks it should go.
Pregnancy was an adventure and I do miss that belly. I am not sure if we will have more kids, I think we always planned on two and then we'll see. Obviously right now with a 3 and a half week old baby, that is not on my mind. But it is funny how you start to forget how hard things were in labor and that you would totally go through that again for another amazing little human being.