First half of the second trimester.

I am ALIVE again! I woke up one day and was back. I had energy, an appetite and felt normal. Things just fit a little more snug. By the fifth month I have gained 5 pounds. The waist part of my jeans and underwear are tight. I’m only 5 “2, so I feel rather round. My waist was the only small part of my body. Now I feel like a perfectly round apple. Constantly scrolling through instagram and seeing all these perfect preggo bloggers is giving me a complex. They look so chic and thin. These tiny perfect bumps, sitting on top of long legs.

I’ve always been an extremely confident person. I owe that to my Dad. He always kept me in check. Mom always said, “be happy you have legs that work and be happy with what God gave you.” I love and appreciate my curves but I started to let it get to me. That I wasn’t this tiny preggo lady. It’s hard when things fit tight and every piece of clothing you try on feels uncomfortable. So I decided “Fuck it.” I’m going to embrace and love every change that my body is going through. These changes are the least of what’s to come. I’ve been staying active and eating right. No shame.

The biggest growth I’ve experienced is in my breasts. Holy moly I can’t go braless anymore. Everyone tells you to rub cocoa butter on your tummy to avoid stretch marks. At this point I’m lathering my boobs every day.

I went for my full anatomy ultra sound in October. They said all looked good. The baby was at 11 ounces. The only concern was that my placenta is low and over my cervix. It should be up by now. We’ll see how that has progressed when I go next week.

After the full anatomy we took the subway uptown to Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. That’s where Parker had his heart surgery. They still don’t know if TGA is hereditary. To be on the safe side they had us go for a heart echo. It was an hour long heart ultra sound. We got a “90% positive” that the heart is good.

We met with out Doctor after both appointments and so far so good. She asked what my birth plan was. Drugs or no drugs.

She said that Columbia has a low rate of C-Sections. Only 12 percent. In that case it would be a last case scenario. Which is totally fine by me. C-Section scares me.

I said I would go for the drugs if needed. Everyone tells you “use them, they’re available.”

When we were on the plane to Scotland I asked my Mom if she had natural birth. She went natural, with all three of us. OMG how had I never asked her that? She’s my hero.

Who knows what can happen. I can go early, I can be late, there can be complications or all can go great. There’s no control with childbirth. Everyone’s story is different. I asked if I needed to take a lamaze class. She said it wasn’t necessary. I’m going to do it anyway. I need to learn how to breath properly and calm my damn nerves. I also want to take a CPR class. It’s been over a decade since I took one.

One of the beautiful comforts I’ve received is from my dog Cooper! He can be a grumpy senior doggie. Lately though he’s been all over me. He makes everything ok.

Now that things seemed on the positive move, I felt it was time to let everyone know! We took time to tell our friends and family in person. Telling some of my friends was difficult. Knowing they were struggling to conceive made me feel really guilty sharing the news. Just never want to be insensitive.

One of my dearest friends has been trying for years. Many conversations over when it will happen? If it doesn’t will she be ok? One day I was on my way home and she called. My battery was on 2%. By the grace of God my phone stayed on for 45 minutes. She proceeded to tell me she was pregnant. OMG instant tears. This was a friend I had been worried about telling. Here she was telling me her greatest news. Tears, tears and more tears. I still didn’t know how to tell her. This was her moment to share the news. I didn’t want to throw mine out there. Once we got to about 45 minutes of talking I said “My phone’s miraculously still on but I wanted to tell you before it dies…” She goes, “OMG your pregnant.” We screamed, laughed and cried for the longest minute. Best feeling ever. We are going to do this together. We met in our early 20’s and now here we are in our mid 30’s having our first babies!!!

I hadn’t told anyone at work yet. Going public with something so personal, I wanted to make sure baby was ok. One day I decided to just come out with it. I was now about 4 months along. It was nerve wrecking and empowering. So much of my life on the radio comes from me, then through co-workers. I wanted to own this moment. Me, myself and I. No one introducing that I had big news. No one saying it for me. I wanted total control over the conversation. It couldn’t have gone better. It was such a relief to get it out. I got so many beautiful messages from people who listen to the station. So much love.

You really learn who is genuinely happy for you and who is not when you share happy life news. Always a nice refresher of who to keep close to your heart.

In mid-october I did the Avon39 walk to end breast cancer. That first day was over 20 miles. 39 in total. Hence my bruised toenails. Gross. When I got home that evening I had to ice my knees and lower back. When I was laying on my back I felt a flutter. Like a small vibration. My first official movement. I guess the baby had been asleep all day while I walked.

A few weeks later I felt a lot of movement when we went to a Billy Joel concert! Especially during the song, “It’s all about soul.”

The biggest movement I felt was one friday night. I was laying on the couch binge watching Stranger Things. Every time the intro music played the baby moved like crazy. The wildest, freakiest feeling I have ever felt. From that day on, it’s been non-stop. I felt a ton when we flew to Scotland. Sean’s reaction the first time he felt it was hilarious. Shock and intrigue.

On to Maternity clothes!!! I went to H&M, Old Navy and Macys. All there maternity is online now. While in Macys they told me to go to Pea  in the Pod. Holy expensive. I posted this picture to Instagram. The outpouring of suggestions was AMAZING. Thank you. I’m using them all. Mom just got me a ton of clothes from Burlington.

At this point I look as though I ate a massive meal. Kind of looking forward to the pop. It’s coming. From what I hear this is the best trimester. I’m trying to take it all in. Sean is still in the shock phase. He doesn’t say much. I’m sure it doesn’t seem real to him yet. Men don’t feel the physical changes like we do. I’ve been pretty good doing everything on my own. Haven’t needed him to make a food run or help carry things yet. I’m holding on to my independence as long as I can. I’m sure that will change soon. I haven’t bought anything for the baby yet. Partly because we don’t know boy or girl. Also because I don’t want to jinx anything.

So that’s it. Just strolling along waiting for the next set of changes. Thank you for all the kind words of encouragement. It’s been great reading your experiences. I feel like I have an army of strong women to go through this with.


Oh quick question. I’m curious what pre-Natals you took?

The gummies are good but seem sugary. The vegetarian ones made me nauseous.




  1. Maryellen 10 December, 2017 at 00:31 Reply

    The pre natal vitamins in the 90s were Dr. Prescribed…I could only take them the first 2 trimesters… I got so constipated! My baby boys were 9.6 full term and,a 8.6 premie….I was due in April with #2 but he liked a Feb snowstorm better!…Matt, #1 I had the eperdural(?)….and,Dan couldn’t wait so no drugs for #2. Actually, my Dr. Was trying to finish his salad for lunch and asked my husband to “stand by ”
    And yell if he,saw the head! BOOM! Dan was screaming to get out….He is now 6ft tall 185 lb. College freshman!.. and,a very mushy, funny kid!.

    • admin 11 December, 2017 at 01:18 Reply

      OMG what a story!!!! LOL.Thank you for sharing. I thought they would be Dr.prescribed. Glad to hear you had two healthy boys. xo

  2. Francesca 10 December, 2017 at 01:11 Reply

    LOVE reading your pregnancy blog and following your Instagram! You are so tough and good for you for only gaining 5lbs the first trimester!!! Hahaha But seriously, I loved reading it. How you’re feeling is how 99.9% of women feel being pregnant for the first time, then there is the .1% who are “the small belly on stick legs.” Those people don’t exist to me! (Hehe) Feel good and keep the articles coming!
    -francesca (cesca_lee on instagram)

    Ps. In response to your question, I use “solgar” prenatal vitamins because they Are gluten free. I have celiac disease and have to eat gluten free. They seemed to have done the job with my first baby, while I breast fed him for 14 months, and I’m continuing to use them now for Baby #2.

  3. amanda 10 December, 2017 at 02:03 Reply

    5 pounds?!?! girllll im jealous. u look great!! im 20 weeks now, i think i still just look bloated. i feel ya on the boobs thing, they hurt too!!!

    • admin 10 December, 2017 at 02:08 Reply

      Hey!!So things took a turn. I’m in week 24 now. I gained 10 pounds since my October visit. Have to post my most updated. I was 150 to start, so I think I had lots of room for the baby. lol. Congrats to you!! So exciting. Lets keep in touch. I’d love to keep updated on how you’re doing. xo

  4. Lori 10 December, 2017 at 04:43 Reply

    I love how much our stories sort of mimic one another. I have a senior Yorkie too that laid on the bathroom floor shaking while I puked my guts up when I was prego and cuddled me when I took 10 naps a day.

    I also had the same birth plan. Drugs if needed! I made it to 6cm before they suggested it since my labor was progressing, but slowly. Life. Changing. But I know that for me to be like yeah let’s put a needle in my spine I had to have endured what I did. They also gave me some type of narcotic early on- which gave me a panic attack LOL. Say no to narcotics unless you can handle drugs. LOL!

    Good luck! I really enjoy following your story.

    • admin 11 December, 2017 at 01:21 Reply

      Awwwww love that!!! They are the sweetest. Our fur babies. Honestly I can’t, that’s why I’m going to try to avoid it. Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m gonna give it my best. xoxoxo

  5. Jessie 10 December, 2017 at 11:38 Reply

    Hey Annie, I didn’t know you had a blog! It’s beautiful reading about your experience. You look gorgeous as always and I’m so happy for you, the journey is insane so take in every second. I’m glad the heart is looking good as well. As far as prenatals I takenone with a DHA added so I recommend that. I had a really hard time with a lot of brands and nausea. I settled on Nature Made and take them at night before bed with a big glass of milk or water and it helps break it down and you feel less of the nausea wave when sleeping. Also, I still use them because I’m still breastfeesing my daughter so it’s good to continue after if you plan on breastfeeding. Hope this helped and I pray for your continued health.


    • admin 11 December, 2017 at 01:23 Reply

      Hi Jess, so great to hear from you! Thank you for the suggestions. Going to check that brand out. I’m also going to give breast feeding my best shot. My sister didn’t produce any. Hoping I do. Congrats on your beautiful family. I love seeing the pics.xoxoxoxo

  6. Liz 28 January, 2018 at 04:33 Reply

    I love your blog, and I am so happy that you have the time and energy to share your life with us! I also liked Nature Made Prenatal vitamins. The prescription was very expensive and more chemicals than I wanted, so my Dr. suggested Nature Made and they were great. Take a look at the website: They have short little informative videos as well.

    Any name ideas yet? Sean and maybe your Dad’s name for the middle name so he’s not a Jr. for a boy and Angel (for Dad) Marie for a girl. Whatever you pick, you have to call them for life, so pick something you like, and as a teacher, my one suggestion is to keep the spelling as close to traditional as possible 😉 but it is your baby. 😀

    • admin 27 February, 2018 at 19:08 Reply

      Hi Liz!! Thanks so much. Nature made vitamins are great. No names yet. It’s been tough no knowing the sex of the baby. Sean is a teacher so I totally agree keeping the spelling traditional. 🙂

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