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How do I say this…

By March 6, 2014March 19th, 20141st Trimester, Jessica, Neil, Pregnancy

I have been toiling over this post for a few weeks now. I’m not clever. I’m not cute. I don’t have anecdotes and although life hasn’t really been that different, it has been in one major way…


Yes, true to the sense of humor of these of two IT professionals, I felt this was the most appropriate way to tell you. My mind is still blown every time I look at this picture. Even 14 weeks in, sometimes it still doesn’t feel real yet.

I was fortunate that first trimester was extremely kind to me. I felt great 85% of the time, and when I didn’t feel great, I just felt mildly nauseous and tired. Thankfully this usually happened at night, so it was easy to just head to bed early and reset my body for the next day. I’ve been able to continue CrossFit, and although it’s definitely been a mental adjustment to scale intensity and not feel as strong, it makes me feel so good, often the best I’ve felt.

As if he weren’t already, Neil is completely my hero. Even if I wasn’t feeling bad, he was always offering to do things, or encouraging me to rest. He was also the comic relief for the really stressful times, or just when all the change felt really overwhelming (BOOBS). He also went after a nurse who was particularly nasty to me at one of my appointments. He really has made everything that much easier.

Ahh! It’s exciting to be out of first trimester and finally able to share the news. I definitely have so much more to share, but I’ll save that for another post. I just have to say thank you to my amazing friends and family for being so supportive and encouraging. We’ve been paid so many amazing compliments, you just never realize how many people you have in your corner, and for that we’re so grateful.


  • Mary Furness says:

    Lol–John also ran interference for me in the matter of a particularly nasty nurse! May your little one be healthy and happy, and bring the wonder, joy, and continued learning to you that Zach has to us.

  • Laura says:

    Yay! Congrats to both of you!

  • Rachel says:

    Auntie Rae is so excited and honored to be a part of this baby’s life. So happy for you bestie-can’t wait to meet the parasite!

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  • Chrissy says:

    WHAT!? Congratulations! I think this is the best and most clever annoucement I’ve ever seen, and perfectly fitting. I can’t wait to hear more about the little one. Here’s to a happy, healthy pregnancy and an amazing new chapter in your lives!

  • Kathleen says:

    Aw, congrats you guys! XOXO!

  • Leah says:

    Congrats! If you haven’t been by for awhile, we’re also expecting a little one — in late June. I’m 24 weeks along now.

    The whole thing does feel surreal. I still have times when I don’t particularly feel pregnant. First trimester was mostly good for me — I also had just some nausea and tiredness, so I had some nights where I took a nap that lasted all night. Now, though, the occasional baby kicks do help alleviate my worries.

    Super exciting! I can’t wait to hear what changes you all are making. We haven’t changed much yet, but we’re doing TONS of research to help with our decisions.

    • Jessica says:

      Oh my gosh! Congratulations!! As you can see, I’ve been a TERRIBLE blogger lately, and that extends to reading as well. So excited for you and happy to be sharing this with another like-minded person!

      • Leah says:

        I’ve been a terrible blogger too — no apologies needed 🙂 That’s what happens when we’re all involved with living life.

        Congrats again. I am so excited for you both! I’ll definitely share what we’ve figured out. We want to be eco-friendly and thoughtful without being too crazy overboard, since we’ll both still be working full time.

        • Jessica says:

          I feel like I always had these ideals of what this would all look like, and it’s already been a give and take. Can’t do cloth diapers, but will do own baby food. Will try to buy eco-friendly items, still have to commute 2 miles to work every day…

  • Misti says:

    Congratulations! We may be due somewhere near the same time. I’ll be 15 weeks tomorrow! I’m definitely interested to see how you are incorporating fitness into the pregnancy, I felt like a complete blob through Jan and Feb.

  • Vieve says:


  • super cute announcement idea! congrats–parenthood really is the best ever!

  • Hyedi says:

    I just read your comment on my post! Congratulations to you as well! I saw your Instagram post but didn’t realize how close our due dates were 🙂 Excited to follow your pregnancy and pregnancy workouts!