Finally, the biggest news of our lives is no longer a secret: we’re expecting baby Torres!
It’s been quite the journey so far. We both know we’ve always wanted kids, but didn’t know now would be the time. God’s timing is perfect and His plans are way better than our own.
Eric and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary on July 9th, 2019. It’s ironic because before we were married we decided kids might be a good idea after three years of marriage. Around that time we would talk about it and reevaluate if that’s still what we wanted. I’m not sure how we came to that conclusion, but it felt like a “right” amount of time to travel, get settled in our careers, and enjoy each other.
God has a sense of humor and took us seriously because exactly three years in, I was taking a pregnancy test. We waited until midnight on July 9th to take the test. We were fairly confident we were pregnant and there was no need to wait the three minutes for that test. Maybe thirty seconds later we had two clear, pink lines.
Our pregnancy hunch was confirmed and I could barely sleep that night. Our lives would never be the same in the best way possible. I woke up the next day like normal – forgot I was even pregnant until I saw the positive pregnancy test sitting on the bathroom counter. Oh yeah, we just received life changing news last night…
I called my gynecologist in the morning because I had no idea how to get this prenatal care started. My office doesn’t deliver babies, so they said I could come in and take a test to confirm the pregnancy or wait and do everything with an OB. There was no doubt about the test I took at home, so we waited four more weeks to see an OB.
The day before the OB appointment, we had our first ultrasound at 8 weeks to confirm the pregnancy. It was so nice to hear the ultrasound tech confirm that there is in fact a baby in my belly and that baby was looking good. She explained where/what everything was, but I couldn’t tell what I was looking at on the screen. Regardless, that sonogram became my most prized possession. The OB appointment the following day went well and I felt good that the doctor was happy with how things were looking so far.
At 12 weeks I had a follow up appointment with the OB. I met with a different OB this time since my office rotates for deliveries. At this appointment we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat! Baby Torres was being difficult though and gave the doctor a hard time. I was getting worried when the doctor couldn’t find the heartbeat. She brought in a bedside ultrasound machine and found a wiggling 12 week old baby inside and we got to hear the heartbeat. Such a sweet sound.
At 13 weeks we did the first trimester screening for Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18/Trisomy 13. This consisted of an ultrasound and blood work. Both showed normal limits – Baby Torres is healthy. I almost fainted from the blood work – it was just a finger prick, but something about it made me dizzy. Luckily the lab tech had apple juice and I recovered back in the waiting room. Phew, I underestimated the amount of pricks and tests pregnancy would require.
I have hypothyroidism, so that means even more blood work. I’ve been working closely with my endocrinologist to monitor my levels and everything is looking good so far! I’ve been taking Levothyroxine daily for many years. My doctor determined that doubling up on my pills one day a week would do the trick and so far that’s been working well.
I was anxious about how hypothyroidism would affect my pregnancy, but so far it’s been fine. My lab work has all come back in normal limits, so we’ll continue to monitor it and pray for the same normal results. Let me tell ya, hypothyroidism + pregnancy is another level of tiredness that I didn’t even know existed.
Exhaustion has been just one of the pregnancy symptoms I’ve experienced so far. My missed period was a dead giveaway. We found out pretty early that we were expecting since we were paying attention to my cycle. I wouldn’t usually experience much discomfort from my periods, so tender breasts was a new, uncomfortable feeling. Luckily, that didn’t last too long. More usual pesky pregnancy symptoms of mine have included trouble sleeping, digestion issues and heartburn, and hormonal acne on my chin. I’m hoping for that pregnancy glow to show up in the second trimester.
I haven’t had too many specific cravings. Mostly just carbs. I’ve also been into fruit, although that’s nothing new. Movie style popcorn is also a snack of choice. I thought I’d be craving chocolate a lot, but if it’s sweets I usually want cookies or cake. Or an Oreo popsicle from Vida Dulce (but again, that’s nothing new).
More than cravings I’ve had food aversions. Definitely not doing vegetables right now. I’ll sneak spinach into my breakfast shake, but other than that I’m sticking to a variety of fruits + my prenatal vitamins right now. A lot of meats don’t really sound good either. I’ve had little to no desire/energy to make proper meals, so I’ve been sticking to easy foods and eating lots of little things throughout the day. I’m just doing the best I can.
I haven’t had any morning sickness. As long as I don’t try to push myself into foods that I’m averse to at the moment, I don’t usually feel nauseous either. At first this made me nervous. Aren’t I supposed to feel sick if I’m pregnant? I’m learning every woman and pregnancy is different and the absence of symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean anything is wrong. I know I’m very lucky, so I’m fully embracing and appreciating being sick free.
- Positive pregnancy test: July 9th, 2019 (only needed to take one)
- Expected due date: March 11, 2020 (Eric is hoping baby comes a little early so they can share a birthday on March 5th)
- First ultrasound: August 1, 2019
- First doctor visit: August 2, 2019
- First time we heard the heartbeat: August 30, 2019
- Gender prediction: Eric is sure that it’s a boy. I’m in the cliche camp where I really don’t care as long as we’re both healthy. We’ll find out soon!
First Trimester Feelings
We are genuinely so excited! We’ve been so overwhelmed by everyone’s excitement for us and our growing family. It’s been my favorite thing seeing people’s reactions to our news. I’ve never felt so much joy!
It’s absolutely incredible what our bodies can do as women. I love learning about baby’s development and I can’t believe how much he/she changes and grows week to week. It’s truly a miracle and I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to experience it. Every stage of this pregnancy has new thrills, but I think I’m most excited to be able to feel the baby kick.
I pray every day for my health and the health/growth of our baby. We thought the new house would be the biggest news of the year. I can’t wait for my baby bump to fully arrive and to start decorating the nursery, but I don’t want to fast forward it too much. I pray that I never take any of this for granted and soak up all the moments – even the uncomfortable ones.
- 16 week follow up appointment with OB: September 27, 2019
- Anatomy scan: October 10, 2019
- Gender reveal with our families: October 18, 2019
Thank you so much for your support on this journey. Your kind words mean so much to us and we look forward to sharing more with you. The best is yet to come ❤