SURPRISE!!!! A new contributor will be joining Life Lutzurious this August…Ryan and I are EXPECTING a BABY!! I am BEYOND thrilled to finally share this news with all of you. I am literally in tears as I write this post. I hope you enjoy our fun, hip pregnancy announcement!
So, how did this happen (well, we know how it happened), but was it expected, how am I feeling, are we having a boy or girl? Well, to sum it up, no it wasn’t completely expected. It was the perfect late Christmas surprise! Remember the foodie/shopping extravaganza we took to Atlanta on Christmas (see post here)? Well, upon our return from Atlanta on Saturday, I did not feel well AT ALL. I assumed it was from the over the top eating and didn’t think anything of it. That night, I finally made it to Christmas dinner with Ryan’s parents a little late and continued to celebrate with his family. How funny is it now to go back and read my ATL post? I referenced gaining 10 lbs, eating like a horse, and sleeping in while Ryan shopped. LET ME REPEAT: sleeping in while Ryan shopped. It’s crazy that I actually blogged about all the early signs of pregnancy but had no idea.
Anyways, fast forward to Monday. All day, I felt WEIRD. By 4 o’clock, I thought I could die from exhaustion. I really didn’t know what to think. I was meeting Ryan at the gym at 5:30 and knew I had to take a nap to make it through the WOD. Now, that was REALLY uncharacteristic of me. I haven’t taken a weekday nap since well, ever. Then it dawned on me. Could I be pregnant? Oh what the hell. I’ll just take a test to rule that out. About 30 minutes and a conference call later, I walked by the test. Wait, WHAT? It clearly said PREGNANT. WHOA. I had so many thoughts running through my head. I was beyond thrilled, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up. How would I tell Ryan? Of course, I wanted to do something creative. Ok, calm down, first things first…buy a test. I picked up 6 tests and went back home. Within seconds of administering each of the tests, the word PREGNANT flashed across the screen. OH EM GEE!!!!! I was so happy!! I quickly threw on my gym clothes, grabbed some left over Christmas wrapping paper, and ran up to one of our cute little baby stores in town. I knew EXACTLY what I planned to do.
We had recently purchased the cutest little gown for our nephew. It was white with little tiger paws. Basically, it’s a very understated Auburn baby outfit. Ryan had always loved that little outfit. So, I wrapped it up with one of the tests and headed to the gym. How in the world was I going to hide my excitement/nervousness/joy for the next hour? Well, I made it through the workout (barely) and rushed home. Ryan started eating his usual post-workout snack, and I stopped him immediately. “Babe, I have ONE more gift to give you that just came in today.” I don’t know if y’all remember or not, but we had promised to only buy each other creative Christmas gifts that costed less than $100. He seemed a little annoyed that I had broken our rule, but he finally started opening it. I had the camera ready and a huge smile on my face. “What’s so funny?” Oh babe, you’ll seeee!! At first: he was confused. Then, there was an “OH SHIT”. Finally, a huge smile formed across his face. Look how sweet!!
[clearly this photo is not as good as our professional ones taken by Rachel and Noah Ray]
Sooooo fast forward a few weeks. Everything was very new and exciting. I wanted to shout our news from the rooftops, but I was also nervous. Was there REALLY a baby in there? I really didn’t feel THAT different, and it seemed like an eternity between the 1st and 2nd doctor’s appointments. SO, I started thinking. How DO we want to share the news? We did the bun in the oven trick for our parents and my brother and his wife. I sent a video to my friends (think confetti and a shirt that says PREGGERS). For my sales team, we were fortunate enough to be together during our national sales meeting. I gathered all of us together for a picture. As I counted down…I said 1, 2, 3… I’M PREGNANT!!! The picture was so cute of everyone’s reaction.
Prior to telling our close friends and family, I had reached out to Rachel and Noah Ray. I had been following their work for months and was obsessed with their editorial, fashion-forward style photography. Their pictures are not only breathtakingly beautiful, but they present a modern, edgy feel. Just. our. style. I had no doubt I wanted them to be a part of our announcement. We had an absolute blast taking the pictures. It was a rare, 70 degree, sunny day in February, so the backdrop was beautiful. We brought along the props, and Rachel and Noah scouted the perfect location. We let them lead the way, and oh did the pictures turn out perfectly!!! Make sure you scroll all the way to the end…funny story. I went to Party City to pick up the balloons…and um, they would NOT fit into my car. Or Ryan’s mom’s SUV…so I rented a U-Haul on the way to the photoshoot! Rachel and Noah got a kick out of seeing me pull up to the photoshoot driving this damn U-Haul (in true Lindsey fashion), so we HAD to get a picture!
I realize this has been the LONGEST post, but I hope you guys enjoyed reading it. Now…onto the good part. ENJOY the AMAZING pictures by Rachel and Noah Ray Photography. I CANNOT wait for y’all to take this journey with us. I am already getting excited to #dressthebump. I will try to update you guys weekly…my first update is at the end of the post. Oh, and PS…we are NOT finding out the sex! You will have to wait until August to see what Baby Lutzurious will be…I already have a feeling. What do you think? Boy or girl??
How far along am I: 14 weeks and 3 days (hello 2nd trimester!)
Cravings: GRAPES! I will literally do ANYTHING for grapes.
Aversions: Cooked greens. GROSS!!!! Everything else is fair game!
Diet: For the most part, I am sticking to Paleo. I have obviously increased my calories and indulge in dessert once a week. I look forward to that sweet treat every week!
Weight gain: 5-6lbs; still fitting into my skinny jeans, but BARELY.
Bump watch: In the morning-NO bump. At night: hey bump!
Mood: Normally, the hubs would say I am pretty Negative Nancy. Now, Positive Polly is in full effect. My mood is great!
How do I feel? Honestly, I feel awesome! Very limited nausea and energy levels are high. I think my busy work schedule keeps me going. On Friday nights, I crash.
Workout regimine: WOD me baby! I am still going strong with Irontribe, modifying where needed. Strong momma=strong baby, right?
Girl or Boy Prediction: Right now, I think BOY. Maybe the hubs is wearing off on me.