See ya later, first trimester

Today, I’m 13 weeks 1 day into the whole pregnancy thing. The good news is that chance of the “m” word has dramatically reduced (which I’m so grateful for) and the sad news is that I’m a third of a way through. As much as there have been some not-so-fun parts (like the feeling like I could be sick at any second of the day), I’ve really enjoyed every second and even relished in the fact that it feels like things are happening in there.

Seeing my baby move and dance

Hearing the heartbeat

And being able to share it all with my husband

Are all things that I will never, ever forget. These are what I like to call life-makers.. the things you remember later and still give you chills because they’re so meaningful, and the memories so vivid.


It’s funny because growing up, I thought pregnancy was -not to sound weird, but- kinda gross. I used to tell my mom I would rather adopt and give another child a home who needed it than grow an alien in my stomach 🙂 That is, until last summer and baby fever hit me with a bang. When it hits, it hits hard, let me tell ya. Needless to say, I don’t feel at all like there’s an alien in there, haha. It’s not creepy or weird in the least and I’m already so head over heels in love with the baby, it’s amazing.

Here’s a breakdown of what happened in the trimester:

-Bags of salt and vinegar chips consumed: 4 (+ 2 snack-sized bags)

-Jars of sauerkraut consumed: 1, within a 24-hour period

-Blocks of gout gouda consumed: 3

-Eggs eaten: one thousand

-Vegetables eaten: far and few between – thank goodness for green smoothies and random salad cravings

-Most random food combination: sauerkraut, hummus and mustard, pinched up with romaine leaves

-Worst aversion: eggplant. Keep it far away from me!

-Trips taken: 1 glorious getaway to Vegas

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-Weight gained: 6 lbs (my pre-pregnancy clothes still fit… for now)

-Foot massages from the Pilot: almost daily. Swoon

-Snoogle love: Infinite

What I’m looking forward to in the second trimester:

-Feeling normal again. I’m already starting to feel a little lift in energy, but as soon as the nausea and all-day sickness goes away, I have to say I’ll be a fan

-Feeling kicks!!! I’m so excited for that, I can hardly stand it

-Finding out the gender. I still think it’s a boy, maybe people are guessing girl. It’s so much fun because it’s one of the very few things where you have NO IDEA, and no way to Google or find out. Also, as a Type A, it’s driving me crazy haha

-Having the legit baby belly. Also praying my “innie” doesn’t turn into an “outie” but no big deal 🙂

Things to do:

Figure out a birth plan, which most likely will not go according to plan (and that’s ok). I’m fortunate to have a birth team who believes in minimal medical intervention, which is the route I’d like to go.

-Start planning the nursery as soon as we find out the gender. The nursery most likely won’t have a “theme”, but I’m ready to start planning furniture and décor in the new house. We have a loft attached to the master bedroom with double doors, which will be the nursery.


-Research my little heart out on breastfeeding, cloth diapering and other post-partum things that I haven’t a clue about.

It’s all an exciting adventure, for sure <3

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  1. Tracy on July 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    I LOVED being pregnant all 3 times! When I was between pregnancies I would be seriously jealous of anyone who was prego. I was finally cured of my desire to be pregnant after the third trimester of my 3rd and final pregnancy which was twins. That was no day at the beach! Uncomfortable and scary, too.

    I do have to say as much as I loved the whole pregnancy thing, nothing (absolutely NOTHING!) compares to the days my 4 babies were born. My kids are 15, 13, 12 & 12 now and I could never forget the happiness we felt on those days. Definitely best days of my life by far.

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      that’s amazing!!! i’m so excited for all of it 🙂

  2. Debbie on July 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    The second trimester is the best, you are going to wake up soon with a ton of energy…it just all comes back to you and you feel great…of course then you hit the third trimester! 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      that’s what everyone keeps saying… and i keep waiting for that energy to happen… haha
      hopefully soon!

  3. Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run on July 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Does it sound super corny that I literally wanted to cry over your “life-makers” comment? You’ve hit the nail on the head, momma. (Yes, I called you momma. :)) I loved being pregnant both times, and I can’t wait for it to happen again. I’ve said it before…you’ve got so much to look forward to! You should be feeling kicks super soon, they’re like little bubbles. So fun! And I’m sure you’ve got many momma readers to help you out with the breastfeeding thing and all…there’s more advice out there than a lot of people want, but it’s there! So happy for you!!!

    And by the looks of your foods eaten…I’m calling boy. 🙂

  4. Erica on July 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

    I just found your site (again)! Congrats on the baby. I am due in December – about 15 weeks with my second. So I am excited to read your stories as I go through as well. Congrats again – it is the best ever!

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      thank you- congrats to you too!

  5. Susan on July 3, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Check out for great intro to cloth diapering posts and video reviews of lots and lots of diapers. You may also want to see if there is a store that carries cloth diapers in your area so you can see and touch some diapers to get a feel for what you might like. But, keep in mind that (like a lot of other things), you probably won’t really know what you like until you are actually using them on your baby!

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      perfect- can’t wait to check it out 🙂

  6. Alicia on July 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    My boyfriends sister just announced she and her husband are expecting!! only about a month along so far. I told her she has to check out your website, and she’s already ordered a Snoogle! lol.

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      congrats to them! she’ll love the snoogle 🙂

  7. shannonmarie (rawdorable) on July 4, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Congrats. The morning sickness should ease up a bit more. In my opinion, the second trimester is the best. Enjoy every minute of it, especially when you start feeling those little kicks (although my second child would ninja kick me every time I had veggie sushi rolls with too much wasabi; I guess I deserved it).

  8. April on July 4, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Ah, i am SO happy for you!!!! The kicks are amazing and made me cry; i had to wait until 21 weeks….and get this, the first time i felt him/her was during acupuncture – OMG, the minute my dr put the needles in, it was AMAZING, the lil’ bugger could not stop moving around. My dr laughed and said babies love acu:)

    I can’t wait to hear about your second tri, i bet you will be killin’ the workouts even more girl!

    • Fitnessista on July 4, 2011 at 11:14 pm

      that is so awesome!!!
      i can already feel like the baby loves acupuncture- whenever i go now, the energy flow feeling is out of control

  9. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Love this post Gina (finally catching up from the holiday weekend!). Pregnancy is fitting you so nicely and I love following you along on this journey…I actually just started a blog because I want to be sure to document every step of the way since we’re currently trying for a baby. Your family posts inspired me to do this…seeing what a fun documentation this is to have and it’s a nice tool for my family and my hubby’s family who live back east as a way to follow along and be a part of such a special time in our lives 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 7, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      thank you <3
      that's wonderful- you'll look back and be so glad you did!
      sending good vibes to you!

  10. Bruna @ slimming down for the dress on March 21, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I was actually waiting to read about the pregnancy. I know by the now you already had your baby, but congrats anyway.
    What a happy moment.

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