Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Baby

I posted the above picture on Instagram and Facebook yesterday. Z and I are pretty excited about this.

Ok. Let's just get this all out of the way. This isn't turning into a mommyblog so don't get used to it. Or maybe it will. You never can tell.  

A list of the most frequently asked questions we've received as we've shared this news:

Q: How do you feel?
A: Right now? Tired. ALL THE TIME. But good. Weeks 6 to 11 were not so good. But they are over. I thought they would never end. But they did. 

Q: Was this planned?
A: We knew we wanted kids. 
(That's about as much information as I want to give you, mere acquaintance.)

Q: Are you going to find out the sex?
A: Absolutely. However, we've already settled on a gender-neutral family name: Zatie. It's a combination of Zach and Katie. (Just kidding, parents. Everyone calm down). 

Q: Have you chosen a name?
A: Please see above.
But seriously, no. We have names we like, but I change my mind almost weekly. Good thing we have 6 months to go...

Q: What's it like being pregnant in Germany?
A: Well I don't have anything to compare it to...but from what I've heard, the German approach to pregnancy/birth is quite different than the US approach. I've experienced this already with my prenatal care. Not bad. Just very different and not what I am "used to" or what I would have expected. But Z and I both feel like we are in good hands despite the differences. We use the word "adventure" a lot. The good news is, I'm not the first American to have a baby in Germany. The pressure is off. 
P.S. the worst part so far is not having access to things I have cravings Chickfila. Or a Wendy's Frosty. Ooooh a Wendy's Frosty... But when I think about it, this isn't so much a "pregnancy" thing as an "every day" 

Q: Can I tell you my horrifying labor and delivery nightmare of a story?
A: Please don't. I'm prone to anxiety. 

Ok that last one isn't something people really ask me, but inevitably the only stories women want to share with me right now involve failed epidurals and broken tailbones. WHY?!

What I'm loving right now:

- Sara Bareilles newest album, "The Blessed Unrest". Usually on repeat while I'm working or driving. It's both soothing and upbeat. I mean, just check out her song "Brave". I get goosebumps... (non US residents use this link)

- Pickles. I eat about 12 per day. I am loving the sourness. 

- Lemonade. Sour again.

- Pinterest. What better place to find inspiration for a nursery?

- Sleep. Anytime. Anywhere. Any length of time.

What I'm not loving right now:

- Most food. While my morning sickness has passed, I still find food largely uninspiring.

- Smells. Every smell. We bought an air filter/purifier because I cannot even handle the smells of my own house right now. I have the nose of a bloodhound. 

- The Internet. Why is so much information so readily available? It takes a lot of will power to not Google any and everything related to pregnancy. No. Just don't do it. 

So there you have it. We're thrilled. We're excited. We're feeling so blessed by the love and support we're receiving from our friends and family. Thank you all.