Baby Soon Makes 3


Lauren Frick

Here we are during those first few weeks with our mini-goldendoodle, Sundae.

July 31, 2017


Note from the Baby Makes 3 Team:  We’d like to welcome expectant parents Lauren and Chris Frick from Wilmington, NC.  These parents-to-be have offered to share their journey to parenthood with us, including the decorating of their nursery.  We hope you enjoy!

My husband Chris and I found out we are expecting our first baby back in March. Our due date is November 18th! We have been married for 5 years, we live in Wilmington, NC, and I just turned 30 years old. The past few months have been filled with a whirlwind of emotions, including excitement, worry, tiredness, and joy. I first found out I was pregnant at my best friend’s bridal shower. I woke up that Saturday morning, and I just felt different. I was nauseous, I kept having hot flashes, and “different” is the only word I can use to describe it. A couple of days later I took a test and sure enough it was positive.

We had planned for this, but I still became overwhelmed with the idea that life will never really be the same. I felt guilty for feeling anything other than overjoyed and blessed, but eventually I was able to process and embrace this next chapter. I thought being pregnant during the Summer would be easier as I could hide my growing belly under sundresses, enjoy a relaxing swim, and have plenty of time to get back in shape and settle into a routine over the winter months. But I soon came to realize being pregnant during any time of the year brings challenges.

I struggled with morning sickness and a lack of energy during the first trimester. Resting on the couch and not feeling up to my normal activities while it was sunny and warm outside was a bit depressing for me. I did become a junky for pregnancy information. I read some books that kept me entertained and provided a bit of comfort. My favorites have been Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy and Expecting Better by Emily Oster.

My husband was sweet enough to run to the store many times for that *one* food that sounded good. Whether it was cereal, a bagel, spaghettios, tater tots (basically any carbohydrate). These are not foods I would normally eat pre-pregnancy, but the first trimester came down to whatever sounded palatable. How did you feel during the first trimester?