April 19: Maybe this time

Today, I started talking to my stomach. I honestly have no idea if there’s anything in there, besides the giant food baby that was my lunch, but it’s more of a wishing and hoping than anything. Praying that this time might be real, and just in case it is, that the little monkey can start to feel how much I love and want him or her.

The Pilot was actually home the last time I ovulated, so for the first time in months, it’s actually a possibility. I *think* I ovulated during this time because my temp definitely increased, but even though I have been practicing the Fertility Awareness Method for a year and a half, I still don’t really get it. Lately, I’ve just been plugging my basal temp into an iPhone app and rolling from there.

Since it was his first month home, we didn’t really have to think about trying to make a baby. My homeopath told us to do the mattress mambo thang “every other day” during my cycle, so that the tails on his swimmers would be more Michael Phelps-like. Every other day? The Pilot just got back from deployment… needless to say, that didn’t work out very well. It was difficult enough for us to keep from going at it multiple times a day (TMI? Sorry, haha).

Bella’s been snuggling with me more than usual, so maybe she knows before I do? Or maybe she’s just lonely and missing the Pilot, too.


During the second part of my cycle, I always take it easier on the exercise just in case. You can find me walking instead of sprinting, yoga-ing instead of BodyRocking and drowning myself in all of the nutrients I *should* be having. I’ve eaten my weight in pineapple, which I’m not a huge fan of but it’s supposed to help with implantation, lots of selenium from sunflower seeds and cups of tea all the livelong day.


I’ve been Googling everything under the sun, just to see if there’s anything else I could be doing, while at the same time trying to “relax” like everyone says you should.

I won’t know for a couple of weeks, but for now I’m going to lay down for a while and say a little prayer… just in case 😀

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  1. Amanda (Eating Up) on June 8, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I’m so excited for you to have this blog to journal all the memories. It’s better than any baby book! 🙂 Congrats again!

  2. jenna on June 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

    lol you made me blush a little. but i love that you journaled the process and i hope you keep this style through out your pregnancy.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 10:21 am

      hahah! sorry about that 😉

  3. Holly @ The Runny Egg on June 8, 2011 at 10:02 am


  4. Dori on June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

    “Every other day? The Pilot just got back from deployment… needless to say, that didn’t work out very well. It was difficult enough for us to keep from going at it multiple times a day (TMI? Sorry, haha).”

    Not TMI at all — it is actually refreshing for a health & fitness blogger to be so open about this. Everyone would have done the exact same thing. Thank you for being so honest and so real.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

      <3 thank you!

  5. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on June 8, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Awww! Glad you posted these!

  6. Holly on June 8, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Gina, I love those posts. I am so glad that you decided to share them- thank you! I love your honesty & that you did not edit them- makes them so real. I can’t wait to read more!

  7. Bridget on June 8, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I am loving reading all about the events leading up to the announcement!! So exciting! I too love your honesty!

  8. Shaina on June 8, 2011 at 10:51 am

    This is adorable! I can so empathize with you since my pilot is gone quite a bit and we’ve been trying. Every other day?! HA. Tell her to marry a man that is gone 6 months out of the year. 😉

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

      hahah! right?

  9. April on June 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Ahhh, Gina i LOVE reading this, i SO relate to the TCC journey, love love love it…can’t wait to keep reading…won’t get much work done today:)

  10. AJ on June 8, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Haha! You two are adorable. Not TMI at all. Pretty romantic if you ask me that this baby was made “making up for lost time”. You two have the best love story and now the best family story! I am so looking forward to reading all these family posts!

  11. M on June 8, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I love this Gina! Thanks for being real and telling it how it is. And with a hubby who is away a lot for work, I totally know what ya mean 😉 Oh please tell me what iPhone app you were using to track your temp? Thanks! Xoxo

  12. jess on June 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    this is AWESOMEr thank you SO much for sharing! Im going thru the same thign! pineapple!? what else helps withj implantation> Maybe Ive been doing TOO much in the second part of my cycle. I always have had a race the day after ovulation- maybe that is the prob!?!?

  13. Sara on June 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Dear Gina,

    I am so happy for you and your husband! I have been reading your blog for a while, and I am excited to read these family posts — the raw emotion is very refreshing and insightful for me, especially since I will be an ob/gyn in less than one year. Seeing what you’re going through is definitely inspiring!

    I wish you, the Pilot, and your little one the best!


  14. Erinn on June 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Seriously, NOT TMI AT ALL! So amazing how this happened when the Pilot came home. So romantic. *Swoon* My husband found your story very sweet as well as we’re still trying to figure out when we we want to have a little one. So happy for you 🙂 Your baby story is my favorite of the 5000 bloggers that are preggerz right now, haha!

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm

      wow that’s a great compliment- thank you 🙂

  15. Geetha on June 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Gina,
    Thanks for not editing and keeping it real! 🙂

    When you say, ‘cycle’ what do you mean?…the days and weeks after your ‘those 5 days’?… I don’t get it. Could you explain pls.

  16. NICKI on June 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Just like everyone else I have to say I’m so happy for you and so happy you’re sharing all of this with us!!! I think everyone may be like me-scrolling back yesterday trying to figure out when you *knew* and what you were doing 10 weeks ago! Yes I feel like a stalker 🙂 So excited to read about your journey, let me know if you want to do a Phoenix blogger meetup 🙂

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      i would love to! i’ll put the word out next time we make a road trip!

  17. Emma on June 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I recently discovered your blog, possibly through Danielle @ Sometimes Sweet. I’ve been enjoying all the health and fitness posts, but when i read your two become three post I was overjoyed, Big congratulations to you both!!!!!
    I love love love these entries leading up to your annoucement, my husband and I are ttc, we have been for the past year, and feb 2011 I became pregnant, unfortunately I miscarried in april at 10 weeks. This is my first cycle since, and have just ovulated so fingers crossed for implantation soon.

    I’am so enjoying pregnancy posts, and can’t wait to read workouts and diet through pregnancy posts.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      fingers crossed and sending love to you, friend!

  18. Jana on June 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I would love to hear more of your opinion about FAM since you said above that you “still don’t really get it.” I recently started charting my temp, etc. and it just seems a little subjective and hard to understand.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 7:53 pm

      i’m going to do an entire post with EVERYTHING in there 🙂

  19. Ali on June 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I wish you were pregnant when I was because I can tell you’re going to be the prodigal pregnant woman and I would have loved your info!!!
    Congrats again. Amazing news 🙂

  20. Felicia (Natural + Balanced) on June 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    all of these posts make me smile gina- i am so happy for you and i’m looking forward to reading about it all ! congrats again! my heart is smiling + happy for you guys 🙂

  21. mi-an on June 8, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    I love that you chronicled your pre-pregnancy to preggo days here!! i was thinking yesterday…she’s 10 weeks now, so she has known since end of april to beginning of may…and i was looking at your old blogs to see if you mentioned anything about it. and all i could think of was…when you had your US, you were positively glowing!!!:) i shoulda known! hahaha

  22. Kayla on June 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Lol at the TMI. Pretty sure we all knew what you were doing. lol

    I didn’t know about the sunflower seeds. I’ll have to add those to my list. What kind of tea did/do you drink? Green?

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      i’m going to do a post with everything i did 🙂

  23. Allison @ Happy Tales on June 8, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Ahhhh so I just heard the news via twitter so i had to pop on over. And now i see that you have a whole TAB dedicated to this new little bebe of yours?!! Um, hello… you have found yourself a new reader!!!! I love love loooove this idea, and one day (when i’m actually married… and trying..) i hope to detail my journey, as well! Yayyyy for you and your little family! BTW, is your pup a Bichon?! My mom has a Bichon… and her name is BELLA, too!

    • Fitnessista on June 9, 2011 at 12:12 am

      thank you! welcome to the little blog 🙂
      bella is a maltipoo, but she does look like a bichon!

  24. alicia on June 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Our third baby was made after a year-long deployment! I get it ; ) Now, we have a 9, 7, and 2 year old, and let me tell you, you are going to love having all these entries to look back on. If you’re anything like me, you will forget so much. And re-reading your entries will help you relive these great times. I’m so excited to hear your journey.

  25. Brittney on June 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Glad I’m not the only one that lives differently in the two-week wait. I am always cutting way back on exercise, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, and generally more paranoid in the two-week wait!

  26. Amelia on June 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Gina, I’m just catching up on your blog, so let me first say Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you and your pilot. You seem like wonderful people who will make amazing parents.

    Second, thank you for your openness and honesty in these posts! I’m a single gal so I have no idea about the struggles/frustrations of trying to start a family but I can imagine what a process it is. I laughed out loud at your “TMI” story. Thanks for being so real about it! Can’t wait to read more!!

  27. Ashley Smith on May 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I’ve been “Blog Lurking” instead of working pretty much all day… Personal Question: Did you have a hard time getting pregnant because you are so active? My husband and I are struggling with that. Well i should say I’m struggling withthat because it’s my body that just wont do what it’s supossed to… Any advice for getting pregnant while being so active? I’m trying accupuncture, cutting back on work outs, and putting on a few lbs.. to no avail! LOL

    Just thought I’d see if you had any similar struggles….?

    Ashley 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      haha i love it!
      i think the biggest obstacle to getting pregnant for me was that my husband was gone so much, so we couldn’t try consecutively. i did end up having to gain some weight (5 lbs or so) and cut back on the workout intensity. after i ovulated, i only did low impact workouts until aunt flow came to be sure i didn’t shake anything up.
      if you haven’t read it yet, check out the book “making babies”- SO many incredible tips in there. i used quite a few of their ideas.
      hope this helps! sending love and baby wishes to you

  28. Nicole on September 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Lovely lady! Not sure if you even still get notified about comments on your old posts, but these posts helped me SO much! I’ve been reading since before Liv, but just sort of skimmed these posts. Now that me and the husband are trying for babies, I’ve gone back and am reading them all! The most helpful part is that I’m a military wife as well, and when your biggest struggle is that they’re not even home to try it’s pretty hard when everyone else is able to try all the time!!! AF just turned up, but hubby is due to be away when I’m ovulating so there goes that month!

    Anyway, lots of love and hopefully I have babies as gorgeous as yours! xoxo

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2016 at 10:34 am

      ahhh i feel your pain. it was so tricky when we couldn’t try for months at a time because he was always gone.
      sending lots of baby wishes and prayers your way!!!

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