We are going to have a baby!!!
We had been keeping this secret for a long time, and we were so excited to finally share this news with you all! I found out I was pregnant on Wednesday, October 3rd (insert ‘Mean Girls’ reference here). Ryan had actually flown out that morning for a one-day trip to Memphis, TN, to go visit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I dropped him off at the airport that morning, and I just felt off. That afternoon, my sister in law Meghan came over to our house with our niece and nephew to have a playdate, and I was telling her some of the things I was feeling. She insisted I take a pregnancy test, but I was certain that wasn’t it. She did get in my head though, so as soon as she left, I ran upstairs to take a test. Before I could even go to wash my hands, there were the two pink lines, which meant it was POSITIVE!
I was home alone, completely shocked, and had no idea what to do next. First, I called Meghan to turn around right away and come back to take me to buy another pregnancy test. I needed to see the word “pregnant” and not just lines, although there was certainly no denying that second line. Next, I called my doctor to see if I could get in that afternoon so they could confirm the pregnancy for me with a blood test (like I needed any more proof after taking 3 positive tests at home) and also to see if they could let me know how far along I was based on the HCG levels in my blood. They were able to fit me in and told me I was roughly 4 weeks along. I couldn’t believe it! Every ounce of me wanted to call Ryan that instant and tell him, but I knew it would be more special if I waited to do it in person. I went out that afternoon and picked up a baby onesie, wrote him a note, and put the positive pregnancy tests in a box. When he landed the next evening, I told him I had found him a little gift for him while he was gone (he was so sure it was a Yeti coffee mug since he had just gotten one for me). I secretly set up my phone to record him opening his gift, and I’m so happy I did because his reaction was priceless. I think he was as shocked as I initially was, and when he had a second to process it all, there were tears of excitement. It’s a moment I’ll never forget.
My first trimester went by fast, mostly because we were so busy! That coming weekend, just 2 days after taking the positive test, we flew out to Michigan to watch the Motocross of Nations. We landed back home Sunday evening, and then flew out the next day to California for two weeks, so Ryan could prep for Red Bull Straight Rhythm. You can imagine my nerves at that event after not watching him race for over a year, and being newly pregnant on top of that! We can officially say Baby Dungey got to attend one of dad’s races, and his podium finish will go to the diaper fund :)
Shortly after returning home from California, we were scheduled for an internal ultrasound to set an accurate due date for Baby based on his/her size. They had dated me around 6 1/2 weeks at that time, with a due date of June 15th, 2019. This was our first time actually seeing our baby, which looked like a tiny pea! It was such a reassuring moment to get to lay eyes on the baby, and see the tiny flicker of a heartbeat at that point. After that appointment, we felt comfortable sharing the news with our families, all of whom were extremely excited. Baby Dungey will be Ryan’s parents fourth grandchild, and it will be my parents very first grandchild. I have a feeling this baby is going to be very spoiled!
In the next few weeks of the first trimester we also celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary, Thanksgiving, the launch of my new website and ebooks, Ryan’s 29th birthday, and I had an appearance on Twin Cities Live, so with all the busyness and excitement, the weeks flew by! Before we knew it, we were at the end of our first trimester and at our 12 week appointment, where we got to hear Baby’s heartbeat for the first time (such an unreal moment!)
I feel so thankful and fortunate that the first trimester went incredibly smoothly for me. I know there are a lot of moms who are really sick during those first weeks, but I was never sick once during the entire first trimester. I had food aversions (couldn’t even think about chicken, and the smell of eggs drove me out of a room) and also had some serious cravings (bagels and cream cheese, cereal, bread, pasta, all the carbs), my skin was breaking out quite a bit, and I would get tired easily and need naps almost every afternoon. Ryan would also tell you I was moody…I blame that on the lack of coffee, since I had completely cut it from my diet for the first 12 weeks. But all things considered, my symptoms were minimal, I was able to keep up on my normal workout routine, and it was fairly easy to hide the fact that I was pregnant since I was feeling so good.
I’m really trying to embrace pregnancy and the changes that come along with it, and have been loving being pregnant so far. I can’t wait to see this baby continue to grow, to find out if it’s a he or a she, to pick a name, and to start working on the baby’s room! I also wanted to say thank you all so very much, for all the kind texts, comments, messages, phone calls, etc. it really means the world to Ryan and I to have so much love and support, and we feel so blessed to be on this journey!