The First Trimester

Dear Readers,

First trimester, check.

(Thanks to Amanda Celis of Bumblebee Boots Photography for the cute bump shot! J.Crew Dress)

How Far Along: 16 weeks

Due Date: Mid-November

What I’m Wearing: Dresses, dresses, and more dresses. They require little effort and accommodate an expanding waistline. Which, by the way, happened much faster this time around. I’m pretty sure I started showing the day after I took a pregnancy test. I’m in this awkward stage where my normal clothes are too snug, but I’m not quite ready for maternity wear. Luckily, there are plenty of loose silhouettes to choose from this season that feel on trend and cover a growing belly.  Currently, I’m loving boxy off-the-shoulder dresses from J.Crew and pretty much everything from the Victoria Beckham x Target collection (currently on sale!). I also bought a pair of Loft’s maternity crop kick jeans for summer – SO cute!

How I’m Feeling: Much, much better, now that I’m through the first trimester. Similar to my pregnancy with Caroline, it felt like constant motion sickness all day long. But it was the exhaustion that really got to me. Throw in a big move, a new job, and one extremely active toddler, and let’s just say that I’m amazed I remembered to put on pants the entire month of March.

I’ve also struggled with bad anxiety this pregnancy. I had a scare very early on and mentally, it was hard to recover from. I didn’t know if things would be ok and even with confirmation that it was, I was constantly worried that something could go wrong at any minute. I had two ultrasounds – one at 8 weeks and one at 12 – and it wasn’t until after the second one that I could really allow myself to be happy and excited about this pregnancy. Thankfully, though, Baby Mac #2 is healthy and right on track, and I’m starting to relax (a little).

What’s On My Mind Lately: We have a lot on our plates these days, between Caroline, house hunting, working full-time, and the normal everyday life stuff that seems to consume weekends before you know it. So while I had Baby on the brain 24/7 during my first pregnancy, this kiddo is sharing mental space with about 1000 other things right now. But, not knowing if this will be my last pregnancy or not, I do want to take the time to enjoy it. I know how fast time goes, and I don’t want to rush through this experience or take it for granted.

What I’m Craving: This is probably the biggest difference between my first and current pregnancy. I’ve definitely been able to eat a lot healthier this time around and actually want salads and veggies. I could eat olives and pickles all day long, although this was also true pre-pregnancy. I don’t really crave anything sweet, but I’m loving watermelon and cantaloupe.

Favorite indulgences include pizza, tacos, and kettle chips. (Not all together, but that would be awesome.) And while I went crazy for anything spicy with Caroline, I can’t do it with this pregnancy. The heartburn is real, you guys.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Buying our first home! I can’t wait to decorate the nursery and create a “big girl room” for Caroline. And of course, meeting this new little one in November. We’re not finding out the sex before delivery, so we’re in for a big surprise on the day.

Coolest Moment So Far: We told Caroline she’s going to be a big sister, but we didn’t really think it sunk in. Like, we’d say, “You’re going to be a big sister!” and she’d smile and nod as if we had just told her she’s a good girl. But then a couple weeks ago, she walked up to me and said, “See baby!” and lifted up my shirt to plant a kiss on my stomach. That was pretty great.

Thank you so much for all your amazing thoughts, wishes, and prayers! We’re so grateful to experience this again and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family in a few short months.

  • Tara Power

    I love these posts! Such a great way to keep to date on how you’re doing despite the distance 🙂 and snap on the nautical stripes which I’m wearing as I write this!

    • Maria MacNamara

      Aw, thanks, lady! I miss you so much!