First Trimester {third pregnancy}


After our ultrasound at baby bumps my nerves were calmed a little bit, but I was still anxious to hear that little heart beat and praying for morning sickness. I’d heard if you have morning sickness, it’s a sign of a strong pregnancy. Even though it’s probably just an old wives tale, I wanted to be sick…

And just like that, at a little past six weeks, I got my wish. The first time I noticed it, I was changing one of Teagan’s dirty diapers and I couldn’t even get a new one on her before I was running with her naked butt to the bathroom; Teagan stood at the door and laughed at me getting sick! The sickness continued but wasn’t horrible…most often I would get sick and be fine after it was over. We went on vacation and I got sick multiple times that week, but driving on the way there and on the way home was definitely the worst.


Then my back starting hurting. This happened with Teagan, too,but it didn’t start with her till I was about 14 weeks along. I’m not sure if it was because I was carrying her a lot or just chasing a toddler in general, but it was really painful, and I’m honestlynot one to complain about pain. I told SO many people that I hoped the baby was a boy, because I’m not doing this again.


I craved Mexican food just like when I was pregnant with Teagan. I couldn’t get enough of the bean and cheese burrito from our local restaurant. Even the thought of eating it now turns my stomach, after everything that’s happened. I also had a super strong aversion to sweets.

8 weeks:

At my 8 week appointment we had an ultrasound first, and everything was fine.  Baby’s heart rate was a strong 176. After that, we saw my nurse practitioner, and I’ll never forget her words, especially now. She told us that based on statistics, how far along I was, and how strong the baby’s heart rate was, the chances of something happening were 1%. She said “this is a go,this IS happening.” After that I had no thoughts that something would go wrong…


This was one of my only bump pictures. I was 13 weeks here and I could tell my stomach was starting to get hard and I could feel that “full” feeling.



This was our pregnancy announcement we used for social media. I was so happy with the way they turned out. It could not have been more perfect.

Rachael Houser Photography


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