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AHHHH! Pregnancy Post!

by Christa on May 5, 2013

in Baby Gins,Daily Digest,Pregnancy

First of all, thank you all so much for the sweet comments and wishes.  We are very excited that we’re going to be PARENTS later this year.  I get really emotional (hello, hormones) about how much our baby is loved already.  I was really worried and nervous about being the first in my close circle of friends to procreate….thoughts like, “I won’t fit in anymore” and “I’m going to be slower and they won’t want to run with me,” and “They won’t understand and will start to get mad at me if I don’t hang out as much.” First of all, there are worse problems to have. Secondly, what a weirdo I am, and how wrong I am!  I can’t help those crazy pregnant-lady worries.  My awesome friends have been more than supportive and very excited for us….hope you bitches like to babysit.  THANK YOU.  Ugh, I’m sounding so cliché already.  I promised myself I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom. *wink* ….so much for that.
We’ve had a LOT of questions about the baby, and I thought I’d use this space to answer some of them.

1.  How far along are you?

I will be 14 weeks this week. So that’s 3.5 months, roughly.  6.5 to go…damnit!  BUT I am SO IN the second trimester, so over 33.33% done (repeating 3s of course).  That’s a Leeroy Jenkins joke, yall.  The baby is the size of peach now, and it’s really weird for me to think of a peach living in there….I have gained just one pound but sometimes my stomach looks really round and sometimes it looks normal.  Shane thinks it is funny when he tells me to suck in and nothing happens when I do. #partytrick
13-week picture (got a lot of these fun posts coming up…get excited…psych).

2. Was it planned or a surprise?

Well, it wasn’t really a surprise – we know how babies are made!  But I was not expecting it to happen this soon, to be honest. For some reason I had myself convinced it was going to take a really long time.  In fact, about a week before I found out, I told Shane,”If I don’t get pregnant this month I’m going back on the pill!  I want to do another Ironman next year and need the training time!” Ahhh, priorities. Hahaha!  We would have been ok waiting longer, but are so ready now!  Well.  Yknow.  As ready as first-timers can be. We got really lucky, truth be told. I feel like it was meant to be!

3. When did you find out?

I found out the night before Woodlands Half Marathon, on my dad’s birthday (March 1st).  Happy birthday, Dad!  Technically I already had a strong suspicion because on February 28th I came home from a conference feeling really weird (just really OFF, can’t explain it) so decided to take a test.  I was due to get my period on Saturday, so I decided to take a First Response Early Result test just to see.  There was a second reallyyyyy faint line that popped up that I was NOT expecting to see.  So then I started freaking out and decided to take the Clear Blue test that says point blank either “Pregnant” or “Not Pregnant.”  Got a big fat Not Pregnant.  Hmph.
So I didn’t say anything to Shane and was going to wait and see over the weekend.  But I got home Friday and couldn’t resist.  I took another FRER (not recommended to take a bunch of these, they’re expensive!) and the second line was darker this time!
So now I was feeling pretty confident.  I always thought that I would find a really cutesy way to tell Shane, but I ended up just thrusting the test into his hands when he got home.  “Here!!”  He looked at it for awhile and said, “Well what does this mean?  One line is darker than the other.”  I told him it didn’t matter, there were definitely TWO lines now and I was for sure pregnant.  Only 4 weeks along, but still. PS – that’s why I didn’t run so hard at Woodlands Half the next morning (also why I was pointing at my “bib”). Oh and on Sunday got a PREGNANT from Clear Blue.  Thanks.**
**I considered posting the pictures of the tests, but decided against it.  You’re welcome.

4. Who else knew?

I’m not good at keeping secrets.  I told my sister, because she made me promise she could be the second to know.  Check out her reaction:
Awkward FaceTime.
And a couple of other close friends who know me well enough to know something’s up.  DAMN, a lot of my friends were watching me like a hawk to see if I was drinking or not in the next couple of months.  So going into Oceanside 70.3, only the Rulebreakers knew, and I told my coaches in T2!  My main goal was to keep the parents from finding out since we wanted to tell them all in person.

5. How did you tell the parents?

Um, see the video!  We all went home to Dallas and my mom hosted a family dinner.  I was shocked when we pulled into their driveway and saw a new car that she hadn’t told me about!  I said out loud to Shane, “Well we have a surprise for you too, bitch!” ;)
They are all VERY excited to be grandparents.

And Aimee and Steph are super stoked to be aunties!!  Well, I’m pretty sure they are.  :)   Check out the sweet sign they made us.


6. Will you find out the sex?

Yes.  We’ll probably do a small gender reveal with the families – with a cake, because hello, any excuse for cake. And we’ll be sure to tell everyone else what we’re having.

7. Have you picked out names?  Will you announce them?

We have the middle names for either sex pretty much set in stone, but have no idea for first names yet.  Shane shoots down all of my suggestions and now wants to do a bracket….oy.  We will likely not share the name with anyone else until the baby is born.

8. Are you going to keep working out? Is that safe?

This has been one of the most common questions.  Yes, I am going to keep swimming, biking, running.  When I get around 6 months I’ll stop riding my bike on the road (trainer time!) just because my balance will be off and I don’t want to take any chances.  My doctor has said I can do anything I want (that half ironman included) as long as I’m not pushing too hard.  I did my last triathlon of the season/year this Sunday.  I could do a few more but I don’t want to spend the money when I know I’m not really racing or pushing myself to the max.  I’d rather just train. I’ll do a few more road races (have a half marathon on Memorial Day) but just for fun.  My goal is to stay as active as possible so I can bounce back after giving birth (AHHHH!!!! panic time).  I WILL be doing another Ironman next year – baby weight’s gotta come off somehow.  Until then, just training and chilling.
I’ve been really lucky (knocks wood).  I haven’t had any morning sickness, I’m staying active, everything is progressing as it should.  And yeah, I’m just feeling really lucky.  It also makes you feel very vulnerable.  I think about things I wouldn’t ordinarily.  It made me realize how little regard I had for my own safety.  Hah – on a recent city bike ride I called Shane crying at mile 65 out of 70 to come get me because of all the cars on the road.  Very unlike me.  I also think about things like what I would do if Shane left me or if something happened to him (G-d forbid).  It just makes me feel like nothing is concrete….the ground is a little shaky underneath my feet right now, but I just do my best to keep walking a straight line. Hah.  Life is never a straight line.
I’m going to post updates here, since I am sure I will love to look back (um especially when I start thinking I want another one, hahah) so beware – lots of baby stuff ahead.  Don’t worry, more race and weekend recaps and the norm.  But yeah, babies.

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany May 6, 2013 at 5:28 am

Hi Christa – Congratulations! I recently found your blog and really enjoy reading another triathlet blog from Houston. I noticed that you have an SBS kit – I just joined! Excited to meet you and the other team members at some point.


Christa May 6, 2013 at 7:30 am

Thanks Brittany!! And thanks for stopping by to say hi. Welcome to SBS :) Hope to meet you in person soon!


Harriet Lieberman May 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

Mazel tov. What an exciting, wonderful experience….. enjoy every moment, every feeling, and sensation…..Life is about to turn upside down!


Christa May 6, 2013 at 1:16 pm

thank you harriet! we are very excited.


Brittany H May 6, 2013 at 11:03 am

LOVE this post! Your hormones are cracking me up. So normal though! But thanks for reassuring us women that these hormones we get are so normal and happen to normal people all the time. When I get prego, I’m sure I’ll be 10 times worse :) So happy for you Christa. I just KNOW you’re going to be such an awesome mommy!


Christa May 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

hahaha awww thanks britt!! yes, crazy pregnant lady over here. oh well!!


Holly Natale May 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

Oh I’m just so beyond excited for you!!! Seriously!! And if you ever need advice, help or just a sounding board, call me, text me, email me. Its such a FUN experience but you can feel a bit off at moments. :) Miss you sweet friend!


Christa May 6, 2013 at 1:21 pm

thank you holly!! I miss you too and love love love seeing the photos of your two little ones, just the cutest. I will definitely have some questions, I am sure. thanks so much for the kind words!


Kelly L May 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Awesome FAQ. Congrats again and I can’t wait to hear more about your little peanut. :)


Christa May 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

thanks Kelly!! I am sure this is going to turn into another snoozefest baby blog, but i’ll try not to let it, hahahha. I appreciate the encouragement!! :)


megan May 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm


That video of your family is amazing. I love their excitement. :)


Christa May 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

hahaha i know – that’s my favorite. cracks me up every time. thanks so much, megan!!


terra May 12, 2013 at 6:31 pm

So, so, so excited for you lady, and so glad you’ve had a mostly easy time of it so far! Congratulations, again!!


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