THANK YOU so much for all your kind words about our newest little peanut. Now you know why I’ve been in and out here on the blog the last few months. :) We told our families right after we found out, but it’s so fun letting everyone else in on our little secret. It’s starting to feel so much more real! We waited a long time to finally see those two pink lines, and to be honest, I was in shock for awhile. I just couldn’t believe it finally had happened! We couldn’t be more thrilled (despite Ellie’s unsure face in those photos, haha! :) I had a few people asking for an update, so here’s a quick one:

-I am 14 weeks along and feeling oh so much better! We found out we were pregnant right before Thanksgiving, which made the holidays really interesting. ;) Food aversions, morning (well afternoon/evening) sickness, pure exhaustion, and the flu on top of that? Whew, I’m just glad that’s over with now. It was rough going there for awhile. Thank goodness for Brian the superman, lots of help from family, and a whole lot of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Seriously, so much Mickey. :)

-I haven’t had too many food aversions as of late (yay!), but the first trimester I could not get near chicken, ham, chocolate, and a lot of those holiday treats that I usually like so much. Just like when I was pregnant with Ellie, I prefer really plain foods – plain bagels, simple cereals, and yogurt, well more specifically gogurts. Man I have a thing for gogurts! I’m still a little hesitant around chicken but, I’m finally starting to like chocolate again, thank heavens!

-This time around, I’ve been trying to be a much, much healthier! With Ellie I hardly exercised except for the occasional walk and ate whatever I wanted, haha. Minus a few weeks in that first trimester when I had the flu, I’ve been pretty good about exercising most days (cardio or muscle group exercises with bands) and I’ve really been trying to eat much healthier. I took “eating for two” pretty literally with Ellie and I’m trying not to overindulge too much this time around. Plus, it helps with the heartburn. I try to eat well portioned meals, so when a craving hits for sugar cookies, ice cream, or skittles, I go right ahead and indulge!

-No weight gain quite yet, but I expect that to change now that I’m in the second trimester! I haven’t made the switch to maternity clothes quite yet either. Most of my maternity clothes I had with E work better in the spring/summer, so I may have to do a little shopping if I can’t stretch my jeans and sweaters to last through winter. :)

-I was convinced we were having a girl for the first month or so, and now I’m thinking boy! Ha. In about two weeks we’ll find out the gender and then LET THE SHOPPING BEGIN! Really, that’s what I’ve been waiting for. :)