The First Half

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

We decided to keep the news of our pregnancy to ourselves and wait a while before we shared the exciting news. We waited about ten minutes.

I understand now why some people (some people that are supernaturally gifted in the realm of self-control) wait until the end of the first trimester to announce the pregnancy. I am not that person, though. I am the one that gets so excited when I buy Bryan a great Christmas gift that I ask him if he wants to have it as soon as I get home from buying it.

Really, though -- it wasn't just compulsion that led us to announcing our pregnancy so early. We knew that we wanted people to pray with us. The thought of bearing the burden alone if something happened wasn't something either of us really wanted. So we told the people we loved, and then basically everyone else because why stop there.



Here's what I've learned so far.

+ Throwing up is scary. I have had up until this point in my life, a completely irrational fear of vomiting. The last time I threw up before pregnancy was my junior year of high school, and before that was fourth grade. I think I just have vivid memories of my mom being sick when I was little and it was just the two of us, and when she was sick it was like the entire universe was falling apart. When I am in the presence of vomit I kind of get like Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense when he closes his eyes and yells "stuttering stanley" over and over and kind of rocks back and forth. For a couple of days, I got a migraine and was only allowed to take tylenol, which basically does nothing. I threw up twice in the middle of the night, and woke Bryan up to tell him. I did that whisper yell thing and said, "I THREW UP DON'T YOU THINK I'M BRAVE?" and he kept sleeping because people throw up all the time and it's not a big deal.

Around Thanksgiving, the entire Dorsey family inherited an amazing stomach virus that wreaked havoc on all the land. I was pretty sure Bryan was going to turn inside out. I was so nervous about throwing up that I started to stress google "how to avoid stomach flu" and several websites mentioned drinking apple cider vinegar, because it helps alkalize the acids in your stomach. It sounded like a brilliant idea, what with my being pregnant and nauseous all the time anyway to just go ahead and drink vinegar? About twenty minutes later, I realized that my plan probably wasn't going to work, as I snatched Bryan's bucket and exorcist-vomited like I was getting rid of an evil spirit. Bryan was so delirious and distraught he said "OH NO I GOT YOU SICK -- WHY DOES IT SMELL LIKE VINEGAR?" Lesson learned, just take some vitamin C and pray a lot. Or else you will end up with a horrible rash all over your face and neck, and broken blood vessels in your eyeballs. Whatever, I made it count.



+ Pregnancy cravings are real, and make absolutely no sense whatsoever.
I was nauseated every day, all day. When people ask you how you are feeling, if you say "Oh, I am nauseous all day, every day" they usually say, "Have you thrown up?" and if you say no, pay close attention to their facial expressions. You will see them slowly revoking their sympathy with their eyes. I would like to say that nausea without the relief of vomit is still pretty miserable, so be nice to your nauseous friends. All food sounded repulsive. If someone even mentioned an avocado I might bash my face through a window because it sounded that gross. In the very brief moments when certain foods did sound good, I needed it immediately. I had no idea they would be foods that I was never interested in ever at any other point in my life save for elementary school. The prize winners for weirdest cravings were: chicken patties (of the school cafeteria variety), rainbow sherbet, and Skittles.

+ Sometimes it's hard to hear the heartbeat.

Bryan and our doctor shared the ceremonial moment when they heard the tiny fetal heartbeat. I kept hearing my own. Finally, I just was like, "Oh yeah I totally hear it!" but mostly I said that because I was like WHAT A LAME MOM and felt like Rachel in Friends when she can't actually see her baby in the sonogram. (I did hear it at the next appointment, and immediately started crying).

+ Pregnancy dreams really are that weird.

1.  I went to the hospital at eight weeks, by myself. I was not in labor, I just decided once I got to the hospital that I would like to go ahead and have the baby. Bryan was at work. I texted everyone I knew and said, "It's baby day!" thinking everyone would be really excited, but no one responded. I let my doctor know that I decided to have the baby that day because it was the size of an olive and I figured it wouldn't hurt my lady parts to deliver an olive. The doctor unfortunately did not comply with my plan and told me to please go home and let the baby grow. Dejected and pissed that no one cared that I was going to have a baby, I went home.

2.  I slept through the labor and delivery, and when I woke up, I asked Bryan how everything went and what we had. We had a boy. We called my mother-in-law to tell her, and she was so disappointed it was not a girl that she said we could try again next time. We said, "Don't you want to meet him?" And she said, "Nah, I'm good." This is particularly hilarious because my mother-in-law is a total baby-loving nana regardless of grandchild's gender.

3. My favorite. It was time to have the baby and I was having a c-section. At the last minute before they were going to make the incision, they realized there was something wrong with my heart -- so they decided to just open up my chest instead. When they opened up my chest, my heart was missing. In its place was a perfectly fried chicken tender.

+ There's no way I could have waited until pushing the baby out to find out what we were having. For everyone that waits to be surprised, I admire you and am in complete awe and HOW DO YOU DO IT? (P.S. it's a GIRL).

It's a head! Just kidding, it's a foot, apparently!
+ Some people are really bad at reading sonograms.

Fran: Oh, is that her arm waving at us?
Sonographer: No, that's the umbilical cord.

Fran: That's her leg, right?

Bryan: No, that's her hand.








+ Sometimes it's hard to feel the flutters. I didn't feel her moving until 20/21 weeks. Every time I asked someone what it was supposed to feel like, they said "like butterflies," or, "a tiny flutter." And based on how well I heard the heartbeat the first time I thought, "Wow, sounds like I'm totally not going to feel that slash probably ignore it?" But thanks to our awesome sonographer she told me that I have a rude anterior placenta blocking me from feeling the little lady. I can feel her now, and for everyone that thinks they won't feel it, I promise you will and I promise no one will be able to accurately describe to you how it will feel.

+ I will praise the Lord all the days of my life for Tums. 

Pardon me, I have to go read about breastfeeding now and mourn the boobs of my youth.

30 comments:

  1. I get unspeakably excited when you blog, so thanks.

    Also, this is all very exciting.

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    1. That's because at this point I update it semi-annually. It's all about anticipation, right? WE CAN'T ALL BE ART IN LIFE YOURS IS THE BEST. AMEN.

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  2. Cry laughter at this post. Yes yes yes. We 4 Sharps are praying for you 3 Dorseys

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    1. hahah I so wish we lived closer, I feel like we would have some really great stories together ;)

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  3. Pregnancy dreams really ARE the weirdest. I recently dreamed that my baby just slipped right out of me and onto a hospital bed. No labor. No pushing. I just felt something coming, widened my legs a bit, and out he came. If only it were so easy.

    I had the anterior placenta thing with this pregnancy, too. It freaked me out because I had thought I'd started to feel movement, and then there was just nothing. Super scary. But then the placenta migrated away or whatever and now (at 34 weeks) I feel like a human punching bag. So, the feeling of movement comes and it comes strong sometimes. Placentas are weird.

    Oh, and Tums! Holy holy, Tums! Yes! I have to tell you, too, that another godsend for heartburn is called ranitidine, which you can ask your doctor to write a description for (totally safe to take while pregnant), or you can get it over the counter as Zantac. It works really well and keeps me from needing to overdose on Tums (which, according to my doctor, really does happen, and can cause kidney stones which probably wouldn't be fun to mess with while pregnant...or at anytime, really.)

    I love your blog and love reading baby updates. Hope the rest of your pregnancy is as comfortable and calm as possible!




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    2. You should read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. They mentioned a couple of stories in which women back in the day just gave birth when they were sleeping and had no idea they'd had a baby. Maybe that will happen to you and he will slip right out! hahaha wouldn't that be amazing?

      I was so relieved they said the placenta would move eventually. I think that is already happening since I can feel her, but Bryan still can't feel it as much yet.

      Good to know about Zantac! I've tried to chill out on the Tums when I can and try to drink more water. I think I am just enjoying the brief respite of second trimester before I turn into Jabba the Hutt.

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  4. I'm 20wks now, also having a girl... As is every pregnant lady I know. Strangely, when I was pregnant with my son in 2011, everyone also having a boy. 2014: Year of the Girl.

    You are so brave for throwing up. The first trimester is why I'm stopping at two kids. (And I'll have one of each variety! Jackpot!) I have a serious vomiting phobia... but only for myself. I can take care of someone else who is sick, no problemo. But me? Oh. Hell. No. I'd rather go through labor 18 times than ever feel motion sick for two straight months ever again. This pregnancy was terrible - felt like I was on a damn boat for weeks on end. We ended up "going public" early simply so I could get excited about the baby and stop feeling sorry for myself that I was constantly beached on a horizontal surface.

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    1. Yay for girrrrls! That's funny, because now that you say that I feel like a majority of my pregnant friends are having girls, too. Weird.

      See, I can't handle it when other people throw up. When I was a flight attendant, that was my biggest fear. I especially couldn't handle a stranger's vomit (I could never be a nurse!) I think with my practice during this pregnancy I am starting to feel a little better about the idea of it. Mostly because of the sweet relief from nausea you have afterward.

      Congratulations on your bee bee girl, by the way!

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  5. With June, I craved chicken flavored things. Like ramen noodles, which I hadn't had since high school. :)

    I also had weird dreams. With Caroline I dreamed that at my 20 week appointment, we would take her out to reveal the sex. In real life, we had decided to not find out. So, in my dream, the baby was in a hoodie and the hood was cinched around its face. That meant we wouldn't be able to tell the sex. Hahaha! So, we left. But forgot to put the baby back in! My mom did it in a parking lot. Hahaha! So weird!

    Love you! And love your blog!!

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    1. Ooh, I ate ramen for a while, too! They used to make creamy chicken and I think they discontinued it. RUDE. (I guess looking back it was a little gross, but still).

      Hahahah I love that dream and my favorite part is that your mom put the baby back in!

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  6. Did you have your chicken tender dream during the time you were craving a chicken patty? That dream is absolutely hilarious! I think I will be one of those who just blurts it out as soon as I know. I don't do well with keeping things inside. Which means I probably won't do any of those adorable "pregnancy announcements" because I won't have the patience to wait.

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    1. I never associated the patty and tender because they were so separate in my mind. The chicken patty was very early on, and the dream happened a few weeks ago. I was completely dumbfounded. My mom said it's because I have a tender heart…ahahahaha. I was worried it might mean I had high cholesterol ;) It sounds like you and I are pretty similar then -- I had great plans of how we'd announce the gender to everyone and as soon as we left our appointment I was like FORGET IT I'M CALLING EVERYONE I KNOW AND POSTING IT TO INSTAGRAM.

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  7. i never got cravings, really, or weird(er than normal) dreams. i feel like a big fat fake!
    oh well. i've got eight pounds sitting on my bladder that say this is all as real as it gets.
    i'm pumped that you posted again. keep it up, please. i'll be your fan.

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    1. Maybe you had weird dreams and you don't remember them! I really feel like the cravings aren't as frequent. I have them every once in a while but for the most part I feel like I am back to normal with my appetite. Oh man, I can't wait for my bladder to be crushed even more!

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  8. I can't even wait to find out the end of a book or movie. I turn to the last page immediately and google the movie plot. I have to know. It was torture waiting the 20 weeks or so to find out my daughter was, in fact, a girl. I just don't get 'Team Green.' Now I'm 9 weeks into the second pregnancy, and I'm already on edge. With my first, I puked for 6+ months. This one, I'm nauseous all the time. Constant nausea is way worse.

    Congrats on your little girl! Pregnancy ruins your boobs worse than breastfeeding does, btw. :)

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    1. You're just like Harry in When Harry Met Sally with reading the end of the book first! Except he did it in case he was going to die ;) I totally do that with movies sometimes. I am especially guilty when I binge watch a tv show on Netflix. Eventually I just have to read the summaries of every episode. I have no idea why. Everyone that waited to find out has told me that they love the idea of there being so few genuine surprises in life that they want to enjoy that. Which I totally get but am not strong enough to commit to. I feel like the baby is surprise enough for us…ahahah. I hope you start feeling better soon! I hope you eat a cheeseburger soon from heaven.

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  9. I silent laughed at this post. Several times. Especially when you were brave throwing up and had a heart of fried chicken.

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    1. I have a tender heart…aahhhh hahahaaaaa

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  10. I swear I pee my pants a little every time I see your name pop up in my reader. That is just how excited I get...Even more so, now that I know she's a SHE. Woohoo! Congratulations!

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    1. Girrrrrl that is so nice. I am so honored! Make my day why don't you :)

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  11. DANIELLE!!! (This is Christy formerly Brown btw) I was thinking of you the other day and saw you pinning baby stuff today, and lo and behold you are pregnant!!! I am so excited for you, you will be a fantastic mother. Your little girl is so so lucky! Trust me your pregnancy will fly by and soon you will be head over heels in love with your little blessing! (And don't fret about breastfeeding, it's tricky in the beginning BUT it is literally the most amazing thing I have ever done.) I miss you and will keep you in my thoughts. Much love!

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  12. I just found your blog via Camp Patton and am so glad I did! Love it and especially this post. I'm right there with you on the vomit - cannot handle, and I have yet to get to the "oh, you'll be able to handle it with your own kids" phase. Yikes. And, the announcing early - that's me too!

    Hope this pregnancy goes well! Thanks for writing!

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  13. We waited a little longer than ninety seconds to share the news. Our first I'm pretty sure we made it over five minutes <-- bad memory, babies do that. We were also for real going to let the gender be a surprise. Then we walked into the ultrasound at 18 weeks and I told the tech that if my husband says it's a surprise to cut him. Alls well, he didn't say it, and it's a girl!

    Congratulations!!

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  14. First off, I am now following your daily life thanks to Danielle sharing your love story on her blog today. So stinking adorable you two are!!

    I don't think I'm going to have very much self-control with telling people about me being pregnan either. That's BIG news to keep to yourself for 12 weeks! No way! And those cravings?? So random, yet so hilarious. But Skittles for a craving? That's not too bad!

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  15. loved your love story and thank you for this hilarious post. it was just what i needed while i was up in the middle of the night with my newborn. newborn life is tough stuff but you made my night with that fried chicken tender dream.

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  16. I love that tiny girl so much already. You are funny and charming.

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  17. I just laughed my head off, so thanks for the fun. Those dreams. Soooo funny! The chicken tender ��

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