I still can’t believe I’m saying those words. It’s been a long time coming! It was a long journey until we conceived our little one, and I must say that it makes us appreciate these little moments even more than I would have thought.
ANNOUNCEMENT AND UNCERTAINTY
First, I had to announce the good news to my husband, but I felt like I was walking on eggshells… It was not easy, I would even say rather difficult. Is this right? Is baby here to stay? My God. A fear that followed me every day until the second trimester, and while I thought it would go away… it’s definitely still here.
It was a happy announcement, but… It was as if I didn’t dare to enjoy the news until I held this little baby alive and well in my harms. The trauma you say, the one due to these more difficult periods of maternity. And I admit, after all, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. But it’s going to be fine, baby is healthy, he’s here, and as I write those lines, he’s 15 weeks old… It could also be a she, we don’t know yet! 😉
MY FIRST TRIMESTER
At first, it’s hard to believe that you’re sharing your body with a small human being. Personally, I had such a hard time believing it that I did 12 pregnancy tests extended over several weeks to reassure myself.
And then came all the symptoms that the internet and other moms tell you about. Yes, nausea is a real thing, and it’s very difficult to know when it will attack you. Some days, it’s totally predictable, and other days, it hits you when you least expect it. I say that, but I’m not complaining. I know how lucky I am to have this little baby growing inside of me and far from wanting to complain, I’m just telling you the facts. ?
A TRIP TO JAPAN
Now, remember, I also took a trip to Japan during my first trimester. This was one of the most challenging trips I’ve ever made in my life. It was partly because of the extreme fatigue caused by the 16-hour jet lag, the nausea of pregnancy, my bad reaction to all these unknown scents that also gave my nausea symptoms an extra spike. I didn’t feel well at the time, and it was really exhausting, but now I’m laughing when I think about it!
FOLLOW-UP WITH A MIDWIFE
For my first pregnancy, we opted for a midwife. For many reasons, one of them being that I’m a bit of a hippie (haha), but also because I really like their approach, which is more natural. I’ve already had several appointments with my midwife, and I’m in love with everything she says.
As I was saying to my sister, it’s such a beautiful approach that promotes the natural side of things. If I were to ask my midwife to give birth in a field, I am pretty sure she would accompany me in this process.
We’ve also had the chance to see baby. He or she was moving their arms, and their little heart was beating so fast. Needless to say, I shed a few tears. It was an unreal feeling to see our little love on the screen. Finally, this dream was coming true.
Our hearts are filled with love and joy at the thought of our little baby coming soon!
Let the adventure of maternity begin, we couldn’t be more ready. ❤️
This post was translated from French to English by:
Hello! I’m Cassandra, 23 years old and in my second year studying translation at Laval University in Quebec City. I’m learning to translate three languages: French, English and Chinese, which is both exhilarating and challenging! I love jogging, reading and travelling. I’ve just got back from a one-month-trip through Europe.