notes along the way (of pregnancy)...

(last week's picture)

so, believe you me, it is nice to have finally shared our news with you.

now to backtrack since i've kept you guys in the dark for the last few months...
i found out i was pregnant a few days after my birthday (mid november).  
happy birthday indeed!

i discovered it after my third night of having to get up around 3 am to go to the bathroom.
as it turns out, when you're me, that symptom comes immediately.
annnnnd the sore boobs.

so, 3 am, i'm up going to the bathroom and i decide to take a test.
i wait... wait... wait...  
i wake steve to tell him.
with a cocky smirk on his face he says, "this is what i do."
(he thinks he's the man since that was his first line upon discovering he impregnated his wife)
and then we hugged and all that.
and couldn't go back to sleep, duh.  
so we watched a dvd of modern family that we happened to have until a normal waking hour.

so... 4 weeks... 5 weeks... 6 weeks....
first ultrasound at 9 weeks on december 23.
176 bpm and a moving baby.  so exciting and surreal.
merry christmas!
i was quite excited to get to the 12-week mark.

heard two more great heartbeats.
(167 and 158 bpm - go baby!)
including one that they couldn't find at first.
(that really sucked)
and 20 excrutiating minutes later, i was on the ultrasound machine
seeing a healthy baby once again.

haven't had any real morning sickness to speak of 
(don't hate me)
and extra tired for sure - i've always loved my sleep so now i have an excuse to do a lot of it!
mostly just feeling a little off at times and a more urgent need to eat.
haven't had any specific cravings... 
it's more when i get my mind on something, i've got to have it.
or i just have always been this way but have less willpower to say no?
a fuddruckers' burger being among the must-haves
(and mcdonalds' hashbrowns as you all already know).

told the kids two weeks ago when i finally began showing a little.
lindsey cried (seriously) and skipped around the kitchen.
it was adorable.
william... he's unsure.  
i think he thinks a baby will come out ready to destroy his legos.
i've assured him that won't happen for quite some time.
and nathaniel and jordan think it's pretty cool.

i've told very few people until now.
i was pretty anxious of something going wrong.
but i am praying (something i'm not very good at)
and trying my very best to give this sacred little life over for protection from above.

and here we are... 17 weeks and thrilled.
nervous, excited, thrilled.

and we are finding out what we're having.
don't try to stop me.

and thank you so much for all your well-wishes.
i'm glad you guys are now in the know so i can ask things like
"were you constipated when you were pregnant?"
"are aches in your belly normal?" and
"holy cow, how quickly did your boobs go up a size?"

and happy v-day.  baby is already taking over holiday posts.  geez.
(husband and i are celebrating this weekend, so i'll give it the appropriate attention then)
but, if you're not sick of our love story yet, it's here!


  1. yay! this is so exciting! i love that lindsey cried. sweet sister.

  2. love you and that baby, sister!

  3. OMG that is fantastic news, sweetie!!! Congrats to you all. Im so happy for you:) Wow...I got all teary reading this post. I cant wait for all the baby-updates. Have a lovely day and Happy Valentine's

  4. i cannot wait to read more and more about this! so exciting.

  5. Love this my friend... and... I think that if you need help giving that beautiful little life over for protection... we should listen to "pray" together. :) lots. Cause I need help too.

  6. Congrats!! And I love Steve's one liner in the early AM hours "that's what I do!" Couldn't be more fitting!

    SO excited for you both! Definitely waiting for more posts on the truths of pregnancy... :) Yeah Baby!!

  7. So happy for you, my friend!

  8. Oh somehow I've missed the big announcement post but HONEY!!! congratulations!!! I'm so so happy for you!!! :D Go baby go!!! :D


  9. congrats bridget! not sure how i missed the news. so exciting!!

  10. so happy for you. i love these little details. and i'm glad you are finding out what you are having. i really don't think i'd be able to wait for that.

  11. Congrats again on the baby. Sounds like I'm due about a week after you...good stuff!
    My boobs were sore immediately as well. And the constipation pretty much blows throughout the pregnancy. At least for me.
    According to your baby heartbeats, your having a girl (the old wive's tale is over 150 =girl and below = boy). we had a heartbeat of 124...so looks like boy #2 for us!
    Anyways...good luck with the pregnancy, can't wait to read more about it. We're hoping on our end that the hubby will get more than 2 weeks with this baby (dang deployments) or I'm making my mom move in!

  12. Oh Bridget... this made me cry. I'm not sure why! Maybe I want a baby after all, (despite our trying so hard not to like children...hehe jk [sort of])! But mainly, I'm just so happy and excited for you. I really cannot wait to read along with you as you experience all this for the first time! Please don't spare us any of the details! I need to know these things! ;)

    Heart ya girl!!!

  13. so sweet that lindsey cried. she must be so excited to be a big sister. i'm so excited that the news is out! :)

  14. PS - I'm having a little giveaway you might enjoy - the stuff I'm giving away seems like "you" :)

  15. HOLY CRAP MY BOOBS WERE SO SORE!!! with the first one. not the second. that's how i knew something was up. and then i took 80 tests cause i couldn't believe it. and told everybody immediately. i'm not as cool as you. so freaking excited for you.

  16. I have the same problem...not knowing how to pray. But this verse was one on my Bible reading plan last night, and it really was nice to read it:

    "Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans." Romans 8:26 The Message (MSG)

    Thought this might be inspiring for you today! :) Congrats, and praying for you and your baby (and the rest of your fam)!

  17. This is so exciting, Bridget! I'm so happy for you :)

  18. Well congratulations! seems like you aren't too far behind miss E-Tells-Tales! I have no intentions on having babies soon, but I do enjoy hearing about the process. I think it mentally prepares me for when it's time for me to have a baby. that and I'm working for 77Kids now and I'm sorta obsessed. I'm waiting for the sample sales so I can start stocking up and stashing clothes for that day in the future!

    xo Kirby

  19. Goodness, so much sweet excitement for you & your family!

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  21. "were you constipated when you were pregnant?" - YES.

    "are aches in your belly normal?" - YES

    "holy cow, how quickly did your boobs go up a size?" QUICKLY! And this may be TMI, but you may be able to see your veins very very clearly through your boobs soon. Your blood supply is doubling and your veins are like HELLO! It's crazy!

    So happy for you! I'm sorry you had to feel that scary feeling when they couldn't find the heartbeat but so so happy that all is well.

    In will continue to be well in Jesus' name. :)

  22. Congratulations!!! Looking forward to more baby posts:) Oh the gender, the name, the nursery, so much fun!!

  23. ahhhhhhhh i am just so so so so so excited for you!! what a lovely, honest story :)

  24. I didn't get to say this on your original post, but I am so excited for you! Congratulations and thank you for letting us be a part of your journey.

  25. So exciting!!! Babies are so wonderful! Congrats to you and Steve!! It's so great to hear about your baby and your journey into motherhood!

  26. Holey moley, how on earth did I miss that last post? Bad follower!!

    You have such a cute little tummy right now! I'm super excited to read along through your baby adventures : ) Happy for all of you!

  27. This was so fun to read! I just love reading all the little interesting things. I've always thought pregnancy was the coolest thing.

  28. YOU ARE PREGNANT!!!! ohmygosh!! How amazing!! I'm so excited for you!! Your baby bump is just the most beautiful thing in the world!! OOOOOOOOHHHH!! Happy happy day!!

  29. I think my first symptom was boob pain. Holy boob pain.

    Have you felt the baby move yet? Should be coming soon if not! It's the best reassurance for all those worry moments.

  30. that little baby bumps suits you quite well! what a great birthday surprise..and christmas gift...to hear the heart beat! so excited to follow along with your journey! happy valentine's day! xo

  31. Very exciting! I can't wait unitl my husband and I can share the joy of having children! Well...I CAN wait because I'm not quite ready yet but you know what I mean! Congrats again! :)

  32. SERIOUSLY excited about reading all about your baby adventures. Once again, so very happy for y'all! :)

  33. if i haven't said 17 times already... so. freaking. EXCITED!!!! :):)

    lovelovelove to you, my dear friend. <3

  34. What cute reactions from the kids. Motherhood is one of the very best things ever even though you have to go through that whole pregnancy thing to get there. Yippee for you and Steve!

  35. Thanks for sharing the background story :).

    I hope when is my time the signs will be clear as water too. I believe all men are very proud to discover that they wives are pregnant - when they are both trying for it. I can't wait for the day I will find the big positive sign :).

    Auguri ancora :) - best wishes again!

  36. you have no idea how happy I am for you guys ...
    it's funny though, I don't even know you ... but I almost cried when I saw your tummy :)


  37. Congrats! That's so exciting! You sly dog.. you were saying "sooner than later" about our baby questions and you were ALREADY PREGNANT. Sneaky mamma.. literally!

  38. so excited for you....i've checked your blog daily like it's my job for updates! can't give any insight into constipation or growing boobs but souns like pregnancy is going to be an adventure of its own!

  39. so so happy you're having a good pregnancy!!

    I'll be praying for you and your little sweet pea.

    and i laughed out loud over Steve's response! "this is what i do" .. hahaha

  40. congrats! so exciting! i'm hoping to be there soon myself ;)

    your bump looks fab.

  41. Awwww...I just met you and I'm so happy for you. I feel like this is so sudden. I mean, since I just read your love story last week. It's like you and your hubby just met. But not really...

    Blessings to you and your little bundle in your tummy. Pregnancy totally rocks.


  42. AHHHH! CONGRATS!!! SO SO exciting! Can't wait to follow you along this wonderful journey!

  43. yay! congrats bridget. such exciting news. your tummy is adorable. ahh... i loved being preggars and i hope you do to! glad to hear you are just tired. i never had morning sickness with my first son. it was great. much luck and i look forward to hearing all about your pregnancy adventures on your blog.

  44. oh congratulations to you and your family bridget!!
    so so happy for you

  45. woohoo! I am so excited for you.

  46. Congratulations! So happy for you and your beautiful family. :D

  47. YAY! congratulations! i am so excited for you

  48. hoorayyyyyy!!! congratulations!! i'm always so excited to hear about a new pregnancy!!! and that baby belly is maybe the cutest thing EVER!!!

  49. Very cool pictures. I have 4 kids and not one 3D ultrasounds , technology rocks out by you! The little baby looks very sweet!

  50. CONGRATS!! It's been a while since i've checked out your blog, and aparantly i've missed quite a bit!! so exciting you are pregnant! AND almost due. Such an exciting time. Your weekly pregnancy pictures are the CUTEST!!!!! Can't wait to see what you name baby boy and how adorable he will be. :-)


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