Who is “baby Hawk” you might be asking? Why it’s the fictional name given to our baby when it was just a tiny bundle of cells. While we were first trying to get pregnant a friend sent me an article on the weirdest baby names of 2014 and at the very bottom was “Hawk”. And I thought immediately, This is what my unborn child will be called on my blog. Badass Hawk Jones.
So now that we got that out of the way, I introduce you to my ever expanding belly via the magical world of weekly bump photos! In the first bunch of weeks I was taking the pictures myself and just uploading them to my Glow Nurture app, but by week 10 Adam intervened as a camera man and said I had to take full body shots like a normal person. Which was horrible because now I had to actually think about A. what I am wearing in these pictures, and B. what my hair and makeup situation is doing. As you’ll see below though, I tend to take these pictures on Sunday afternoons in a general state of yoga-homeless.
And with that, let’s look at my midsection from the secret world of the hidden first trimester, shall we?
4 weeks – I have known about this pregnancy for about 3 days and I’m convinced what I’m seeing in the mirror is a bump. Obviously it isn’t, it’s bloat. But we feel like we’re on our way. Zero symptoms.
5 weeks – Breast tenderness is starting to sink in in a big way and I can no longer lay on my stomach when I sleep. Food is starting to feel odd. I don’t feel downright ill, but I don’t feel normal at all. Things I normally enjoy eating seem downright horrible and I find myself skipping dinners because eating seems just, wrong. Adam is totally confused.
6 weeks – Yeah, feeling it now. The tiredness has set in and getting through the work day is DIFFICULT. Food has really lost its luster and I spend my first weekend completely couch bound. Not zesty.
7 weeks – All systems go. Snappy. Then crying. Breast tenderness is out of control. Nausea all day. So. Damn. Tired. Weird food aversion, check. Hyper sense of smell (I’m giving both dogs up for adoption, or shaving them, either will do). The feeling like crap for days on end is really starting to get to my head. I waver between utter fear we’ll lose the baby and a sense of depression from feeling like the happiness of life has been sucked out of the room. Gee week 7, aren’t you a doll.
8 weeks – Still feeling miserable across all fronts, but seeing the baby in our first ultrasound puts my head in a totally new place. We’re having a baby!
9 weeks – After most of the week feeling like my general crappy self, on the last day of week 9 the clouds parted and I had a glorious nausea free day. No sea bands, and I came home and made a real dinner and actually enjoyed it. Could this be the start of something magical? See also, we’re starting to look like there’s a real baby in there! Still not wearing any maternity clothing though. Let’s ride this wave.
10 weeks – FREEDOM! I’m feeling more like myself this week. I still have days where certain food seems weird, or I have to force myself to snack, but in general I’m feeling much better. Didn’t wear the sea bands once, and actually felt well enough to make dinner after work and take the dogs on a couple walks. Some days I feel like I lapse in the tiredness department, but hoping that second trimester boost can hit me here soon. Also, this marks my first full body shot. Note to self: Stop taking these pictures after getting out of the shower.
11 weeks – First things first, how do you take these photos without getting that weird side neck wrinkle thing? Not look at the camera? Uggg this is hard. In non vain news, week 11 feels like the week of the bump pop. A gloriously wonderful friend sent me a box overflowing with maternity clothes and I wore my first pair of full coverage maternity pants and I WILL NEVER WEAR NORMAL PANTS AGAIN. Is it ok to wear these even after the baby is born? Like, till she’s 12? I definitely need to invest in more maternity pants. This is the life my friends.
Also this week I’m feeling the most myself I’ve felt in a loooooooooooong time. I feel like my concentration has returned, a little energy is coming back, and most food thoughts and options feel ok. One or two backslide days these last two weeks, but gone seems to be the never-ending feelings of hell. More than anything though I’m just so excited to almost be free of the dreaded first trimester and be out and bump proud in the world with my little munchkin. I can’t believe we got this far. Feeling grateful.
12 weeks – WHAT A WEEK! Although we found out most of the good new on 11 weeks 6 days, I feel like week 12 gets all the credit. We found out firstly that Baby Hawk tested great on our Panorama blood test, AND the same day we had an ultrasound, AND came home with an envelope containing the gender of this little bundle. Finding out we were having a healthy little GIRL was shocking. From the moment the test showed two lines I thought boy, boy, boy. Clearly my gender predictions were wrong! Either way, getting news that we’re having a girl, who’s passed her first round of tests, and then to see her bouncing around and waving in the ultrasound has made this the most amazing week. I’ve finally told everyone at work, we got to announce on social media, and I feel like we’re on our way. I’ve been feeling great, I’m loving this cute little bump, and I can’t wait for the next six months.
So there you have it folks. A collection of pictures of my mid section while I grew my daughter in her first collection of weeks. Boy, wasn’t that a hoot! I’m still taking weekly photos, but instead of posting them here on the blog weekly I think I’ll do a monthly roundup post, or another large post at the end of the second trimester. Only time will tell!