Baby Blog: Heather's Expecting!

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - 11/1/2018 UPDATE:

It's been a busy few months for my husband Zach and me: cleaning and decluttering the house, going to doctor's appointments, and slowly starting to collect things for the baby. The focus this week is turning my office into a nursery.

Since hitting the second trimester, I'm getting sick less often, and I have much more energy! We've pulled up the carpet, now we just have to get a new rug, and of course some furniture.

Another motivator for us to get started on the nursery is that we're already starting to get things for the baby. We've gotten gifts from family members and friends, including blankets and toys. We started running out of room in what used to be my office, so we decided that now was a great time to finally convert to a nursery.

Also this week, I hit the 20-week mark! On Monday, we got a look at the baby with another ultrasound, and the doctor took measurements of everything, including his heart, eyes, and lungs. The doctor says he's growing right on schedule!

Another exciting development is that baby boy can now hear my voice. I’m trying to find more ways and opportunities to talk to him, read to him and get him used to my singing in the car!

I’m also starting to feel him move more, although with the placement of the placenta, it’ll be a few more weeks before I feel any big kicks or punches. But the biggest adjustment has been having to buy maternity clothes! Yoga pants and sweatpants have been my best friends at home, and stretchy skirts for work.
9/13/2018 UPDATE:

My husband and I finally received the results of our genetic tests!

The doctor's office called to let us know that everything looked good, and the baby tested negative for any chromosomal abnormalities.

We also found out the baby's gender! It's a BOY!

Since Zach and I work opposite hours, I had the doctor's office call us back and leave a message with the gender result so that he and I could listen to it and find out together. Hearing that message together was one of my favorite moments ever.

We were trying for more than a year. Now, all of a sudden, we're here!

My husband, Zach, and I have always wanted to be parents. We're both kids at heart, and we have a strong relationship and marriage that we're excited to raise a family in.

Officially, our due date is March 22, 2019. It still feels weird to talk about due dates and baby things. I'm 11 weeks along, but it feels like I just got pregnant yesterday. Of course, since I found out I was pregnant, I've been dealing with the usual morning sickness, exhaustion and increased appetite. It's been a long couple of months, and I'm looking forward to the start of my second trimester in a couple of weeks!

One of the biggest questions I'm always asked is, "is the morning sickness tough with your hours?" The answer: YES. Of course, I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to even have pregnancy symptoms, but staying hydrated and eating frequently really helps. Every pregnancy is different, but for me, the sickness comes in the mornings AND the evenings, probably because I wake up so early.

I'm so excited to share my pregnancy journey with all of you! If you have any questions, tips, or encouraging words, feel free to drop me an email. I'll update this thread as we reach each new, exciting milestones on our way to March!