September 2, 2021
I can’t believe I am writing this blog post right now. Today is the day that Zach and I share with you that we are HAVING A BABY due March 13, 2022!!!! I am currently sitting at the car dealership getting my car serviced… and tearing up. Even being able to type this up to share with you is making Baby Webber feel SO real!
Let’s start from the beginning! If you’re new here, HI! My name is Liz and my husband Zach and I have been together for 12 YEARS. We started dating when we were only 16 years old (see photo below for a throwback!), got married 4 years ago, and have experienced so much life change together.
Since May of 2021, more change than we ever anticipated has occurred. In May, my dad passed away from cancer, we helped my mom move out of the home her and dad built together, we decided to start trying for a baby, found out we were PREGNANT in July, had an amazing opportunity to sell our home, found our dream home and are now moving in 2 days! phew. It’s been a lot. So many highs intertwined with the biggest low of our lives thus far.
– FIRST TRIMESTER –
Today, I am 12 weeks and 4 days pregnant with our lil babe! Man, it sure has been tough to keep this a secret from you! It was such a hard secret to keep that we IMMEDIATELY told our families! We just couldn’t wait.
HOW WE FOUND OUT:
When we were in Hawaii, I was supposed to start my period. Welp, clearly I didn’t! I chalked it up to the 6-hour time difference and kinda brushed it off. I was randomly craving coconut and felt a little bloated, but definitely just thought it was all the eating and period cravings. The day after we got home, July 11, I decided I would just take a test for fun! I am never THAT late for my period.
I took the test when Zach was out of the house playing in a flag football game.
AH the test was positive and I quite literally paced around the house for the next hour before he got home! I was overwhelmed with excitement, disbelief, and honestly just could NOT wait to tell him.
Zach was SO excited!! I swear, I have always said he was born to BE a dad. He is the most incredible husband and I can’t wait for him to take on this new role and share all that love with our baby.
The night we found out, we had our weekly Sunday night dinner with Zach’s family and we knew we would NOT be able to keep it in! We told them that night, then told my mom the next night. Telling my mom was one of the most special moments. I cry every single time I watch her reaction. What she told me afterwards was that she was hoping for this new life in the midst of the loss of my dad. Man what I would do to be able to tell my dad this incredible news. But, I know he knows and is watching over his grandbaby.
For those who are or have been pregnant… maybe skip this part lol! My symptoms have been VERY mild.
I experience a little nausea when I need food or when I am in the car (not driving) and have taken naps about 3-4 times a week… this is VERY rare for me! I HATED naps! They always made me feel more tired and I have always been the energizer bunny, so this was definitely new for me. Other than that, my moods have been fine, my breasts are definitely growing and tender, and I’ve been a little more forgetful.
My BUMP is definitely growing but it changes so much throughout a day! In the morning it’s barely noticeable compared to how much bigger it is at night 🙂 I can’t wait for that lil bump to grow and start feelin lil babe kick.
Oooo ok my biggest craving is FRUIT! I always want something super refreshing or citrusy! I also love really hearty foods like egg and avocado sandwiches, and anything including bread or cheese haha but nothing new there lol!
My only aversion has been peanut butter. I never loved OR hated pb before, but now it sounds so nasty to me. I also did NOT want any coffee until this past week. I can have 200mg a day, but the sound of coffee just sounded so bad to me for awhile.
BOY OR GIRL PREDICTIONS?!
When I tell you I was 99% sure it was a boy at first… I mean it! I told Zach from day one that I just KNEW it was a boy. Just one of those feelings. There’s really no REAL reason for me to have thought this, but I just did!
Now… IDK! At our last appointment, baby’s heartbeat was 169… which is “said to be” a girl, but obviously that’s not necessarily always the case. I’m still leaning boy for my prediction, but some of our fam says it’s probably a girl just because I feel so “sure” haha! I don’t have a preference either way. Just a healthy baby and a safe pregnancy.
We MAY be finding out the gender here in the next week or so at our next appointment. So excited to share with you once we do.
Zach and I have 4 names that we absolutely love. 2 for boy, 2 for girl. We actually landed on these names about a year ago when we were just talking about trying for babe and I’m so glad we align so well on what we like! It’s weird, I LIKE a lot of other names, but nothing feels as right as these 4 names.
NOTE FROM ZACH:
It still hasn’t sunk in. Starting a family is something we have talked about for over a decade… Yet no amount of talking can prepare us for what’s next. Our lives have changed permanently, and words really can’t describe the feeling of overwhelming excitement Liz and I have right now.
Opening this new chapter in life can be so many things all at once – emotional, exciting, overwhelming, stressful. It’s easy to get caught up in a cycle of worrying about things out of your control. From my perspective, I just want to do everything I can to keep Liz and our baby healthy. Outside of that, I find great comfort in the fact that Liz and I have so much love to give to each other, and we can’t wait to grow that love and share it with our child.
Now that I am finally able to share with you, I cannot wait to share recipes I’ve been loving (AKA all the different smoothies Zach has been making me haha!), all the baby updates, nursery design, how we handle all the change, and of course product reviews… ones that are worth it and ones that are NOT!
THANK YOU for being here. For being the most incredible community and always supporting us through the good and bad times. Zach and I both feel so blessed for this opportunity to be parents and are scared, excited, anxious… feeling ALL the emotions and are lucky to have you to share it all with.
To our sweet baby – we are so grateful for you and love you so much already. Cannot wait to share all this love with you.
Xx, Liz + Zach