May 29: Start spreading the news

I had a huge debate with myself over when we should start to tell the fam the good news. I wanted to tell EVERYONE (like random people at the grocery store) but have been a little wary just in case this one wasn’t meant to be. I told my mom pretty soon after we found out since Tom was gone and I’d need her support/advice/momminess, but wasn’t sure how long we should wait to tell everyone else.

Until last weekend, we said eff it and decided to spread the word.

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We figured that even in the devastating event that it didn’t work out, the fam would find out anyway, so we might as well let me be excited with us 🙂

First, we told my nana and mom’s side of the family. My nana loves chickens, so we picked up this cute little chicken from World Market,

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And put it in a little takeout box.


The look on her face was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. She kept touching my belly and was so overjoyed, I knew we had made the right decision to tell.

After leaving the madre’s, we went over to my dad’s to spread the news. It was equally amazing.

Today, we told my other nana and her husband… she was just as surprised and is already ready to go baby shopping.


I feel very blessed to be surrounded with so much love and very thankful that this happened while we’re in Tucson! Whatever happens, I know it will be ok 🙂

What I’ve been craving lately:

-organic chicken spicy sausages (wrapped in romaine lettuce, with Veganaise and mustard)

-Fresh fruit

-Gluten-free saltines (more to help with the nausea than actual taste purposes)

-Dijon mustard on everything



What sounds absolutely horrible:

-almond butter (whyyyyyyy?!)

-chocolate (again, I just don’t understand)

-any type of cooked vegetable, unless it’s in soup


-meat- even seafood and chicken breast (unless it’s spicy chicken sausage)

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  1. Holly on June 8, 2011 at 10:16 am

    SO SO SO happy for you both 😀 Can’t wait to hear about the whole process- I’m SOOOOO excited!! 🙂
    & That sucks that almond butter doesn’t sound good :/ I don’t know what I would do! But I guess you have to go with whatever the little ‘grape’ says 😉 Congrats again!!

  2. Ashley on June 8, 2011 at 10:34 am

    This is so fun to read!

    My sister, who pretty much eats chicken every day of her life thinks its absolutely disgusting now that she is pregnant. the thought of it makes her want to hurl. She hasnt been able to touch it in the past seven months. its pretty interesting how things change.

  3. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh on June 8, 2011 at 10:59 am

    SO SO SO happy for you!
    It is so funny with food cravings, because I found the things that I used to love..didn’t taste good anymore!! Super weird huh? 🙂

  4. Chelsea on June 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    At least it seems like you’re having healthy cravings :))) I mean a prego woman that doesn’t want chocolate?! Who would’ve known lol!

  5. Maria on June 8, 2011 at 11:06 am

    I’m enjoying reading these blogs 🙂 I give you props for keeping it secret for as long as you did, but totally understand why. BTW, you wrote the Pilot’s name in this post. I’m not sure if you wanted to, but I thought I’d just let you know.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

      yep i let it sneak in sometimes 🙂

      • Maria on June 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        ha! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and it’s the first time I’ve noticed 🙂

        • Amary on June 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

          I was just going to say the same thing! I was like tom? who’s tom?!
          So happy for you Gina!

  6. Lauren on June 8, 2011 at 11:08 am

    This is so sweet! I’m so glad you wrote these posts!

    On another note, I didn’t want chocolate either at first. I read that your body actually knows it’s not good for you right now. But believe me,later on in my pregnancy I craved it bad! And ate it pretty much daily! Hehe! Your tastes will return (with new crazy things you’ll want to eat!)

  7. Kari on June 8, 2011 at 11:12 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for so long and I’ve never posted, but I just have to post a congrats to you and the Pilot!!! I just got through reading your “Family” posts and I’m reliving my moments of being pregnant and getting ready to be a mom. Even after the babies are born and get older (I have a 2 & 4 year old) the memories of finding out your pregnant, being pregnant, announcing the news, etc…….they live on!!!! Thanks for letting me live out those memories again through your journey!

  8. AJ on June 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Ha! Hormones are the craziest things ever! The mustard and veganaise cravings make me laugh : ) You are such a stereotypical pregnant lady… ice cream and pickles next?

  9. Allie on June 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    How exciting! My baby girl turned on this past Jan. I was due Jan 9th, 20010 and found out right around the same time as you except 2 years ago! It was the most exciting thing ever and as many have probably told you, get ready to feel a whole new sort of love! It’s so incredible. Seriously, nothing like it out there. And tell the Pilot to be ready to fall in love all over again (especially if it’s a girl). I’m always so excited for women having their first child. Like I get giddy for strangers and want to give them hugs. Anyway, you have a little bit of time but have you thought of birthing processes/methods yet? If you’re at all interested in an all-natural birth/labor I’d suggest looking into Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method. This is the ONLY way I will labor/birth my children! I LOVE IT! It’s all about if you teach yourself to relax you won’t feel pain. Of course I felt pain (worst pain ever!) but it was manageable b/c I practiced with yoga techniques. There are so many positive reasons to go natural and I can talk about Hypnobirthing for days! So if you’d like to talk more please feel free to e-mail me. OHHHHH I’m so excited!!! Enjoy every minute of it! You’ll find once you start to “pop” people are all of a sudden much nicer. They smile more at you, randoms talk to you (mostly to tell you their story and give you unsolicited advice…like I am doing right now ha!), and some will even try to touch your belly…awkward. It’s so amazing. You almost make me ready to be pregnant again!! 🙂
    Best of luck!

  10. Laura on June 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

    No almond butter cravings? Girl, talk about a sure sign your appetite is all over the place! 🙂

    I’m so happy for you! And I love these new Family posts!

  11. brandalyn on June 8, 2011 at 11:47 am

    When I was pregnant i craved seafood all the time! Crazy!

  12. Amber L on June 8, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    my sister in law had a big sweet tooth and now while she is PG she has NO desire for sweets. Amazing what the body can do!

  13. Michelle P. on June 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! P.S. I had MAJOR chicken aversions when preggo and still do… 2 and a half years later!

  14. Laura @ prettylittlewords on June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    These family posts are so much fun 🙂

  15. Geetha on June 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    cute chicken!!!! 🙂

  16. Theorist on June 8, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    cute way to spread the news. loving this!!!

  17. Kate on June 8, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I love these posts! I’m nowhere near marriage/children/etc, but they’ve made me bust out laughing (“it’s your hips spreading” LOL) and tear up like nobody’s business!

    I just had to chime in with the fact that I heard a show on the radio about some of the wackiest cravings pregnant women have had. The few that I remember were gross, things like dirt, laundry detergent and toilet paper! Yuck! At least your cravings sound pretty normal 😀

  18. ellalinea on June 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    you got me all teared up with this one! I love that you made a family page but you could have posted this on the normal bloggy.. We all love reading about you en lil grapie! 🙂

  19. Krista on June 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    One thing that totally grossed me out when I was preggers with Sarah? Soup. Just looked like barf to me. Ugh….still have trouble with it 12yrs later! 🙂

  20. AmyG on June 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    hi Gina! I am actually due around the same time as you (A week earlier) and reading this is TOTALLY AWESOME. you are making me feel a lot better. its funny that you said you can’t stand chocolate, because that happened to me! I was depressed hahaa.. but, it went away and now its all about the chocolate!

    Great posts… .keep them coming… i want to follow along with you 😉

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

      i’m starting to like chocolate again.. a LOT haha
      so exciting to be almost preggers twins with you!

  21. Chantal on June 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Aaaw, love the take-out chicken idea 🙂 I also love that you were writing these posts the whole time and waiting for the right moment to put them all up! Congrats to the two of you! I know you’re going to raise a beautiful, happy, healthy baby because they’ll be an awesome combo of you and the Pilot’s awesomeness.

  22. Mandy on June 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Hahaha, that’s funny! I couldn’t stand meat and any kind of nut butter and veggies either! Fruit were a life saver though 😀 And probably the only saving grace in my diet. Small tip (although I’m sure you get bombarded with those anyway): make sure to absolutely get enough protein in your diet, especially when your nausea gets better! I neglected this since straight up carbs were the only thing I could stomach for a long while & now I have to follow a high-protein diet with shakes twice a day ’cause my little boy measures really small (5th percentile).

  23. Laury@TheFitnessDish on June 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    How fantastic is the reaction of your family??!!!!! Love it so sweet!!!!

    Oh and that’s a lovely photo of The Pilot I must say hehe

    I wanted nothing but fried egg sandwiches on Ezekial toasted English muffins in the beginning and veggies made me naus unless I sneaked them in a smoothie. Oh, and don’t read Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven til later. It’s hilarious but made me want to hurl for some reason and now I associate the book with baby nausea.

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

      wow, good to know! i LOVE eggs on bread right now 🙂

  24. mi-an on June 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    haha so funny that you hate AB!!! that’s like your fave!!! hormones are def cray cray!!! dude so happy for you guys!!

  25. Jennifer on June 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Gina, thanks for sharing your baby journey with us like this. 🙂 I think your blog is so much more than just a food/workout *info* driven blog. There are a million of those but there’s something casual/inviting about yours that feels more like checking in with a ‘friend’ to see what’s going on in their world on any given day. If that makes sense.

    The first thing I thought when I started seeing all the saltines on your plates was ‘I wonder if she’s pregnant?’ (but then I also have to admit to adding to that thought ‘if she is she must have gotten pregnant the second he stepped off that plane’ 🙂 )

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

      that’s pretty much what happened, haha
      and thank you for the lovely compliment 🙂

  26. CAROL on June 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Wow! I just posted a comment on your previous post explaining how I couldn’t even think of eating grilled chicken and BOOM…that is one your list on what sounds horrible to you now! I totally understand what you are going through! The only salad I could eat was a fattening Caesar salad and PASTA!!! Couldn’t get enough of those delicious carbs!

    • Fitnessista on June 8, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      i ate a caesar salad yesterday (from pizza hut! haha) and it was the best thing ever

  27. shannonmarie on June 9, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Congrats! I’m so excited for you and the Pilot (love how you refer to him like that; it makes it seem like I’m reading a romance novel or something).

    Get use to those crazy cravings. My sister wanted to chew on ice all the time. Weird. And, although I’ve been vegan for years, I craved meat (I’ve met a ton of vegetarians who experienced the same thing) in my first trimesters (I have two kids, and it happened with both of them). My usual favorite foods made my stomach turn, too, especially greens and bananas. I would gag on raw fruits and veggies, and was sometimes forced to cook them just to get them down. At least I couldn’t get enough of fresh cherries; I once bought $40 worth of them and ate them all in one sitting. Ha ha.

    Thanks for sharing your pregnancy journey with us. It’s so special. Enjoy the whole process 🙂

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