Pregnancy Update: 6-8 Weeks

It was so weird for me to type out that title, you guys. Like actually so weird. As I write this, no one knows that I’m pregnant yet – except for Tyler, of course – which makes it even weirder. This post will be going live after we share our news publicly, in case you thought you had missed something. You didn’t. 😉 Let’s jump in!

How far along are you? I was 6 weeks on March 13 and 8 weeks on March 27. Estimated due date is November 6.

How big is baby? At 8 weeks… a raspberry! The food references to baby sizes has always cracked me up, but it’s nice having something concrete to compare it to. My body hasn’t really changed much visually.

The two biggest symptoms I’ve had are fatigue and nausea, which are both standard but still no fun. I’m not exhausted all the time per se, but I feel like anytime I sit down or close my eyes for a minute I’m knocked out for an hour or two. For a week straight I was taking a nap every day after work, but lately it’s been better. I get tired around 9pm though and sleep like a rock all through the night until my alarm goes off at 6:30am. I’m savoring it while I can!

Nausea has definitely been the worst part of pregnancy so far. For the most part, it’s just a dull, barfy feeling all the time that comes and goes in waves. There have been a couple days that I felt “normal,” but not many. I’ve thrown up several times and usually have a dry heaving spell once every morning brought on by something like a bad smell or brushing my teeth. I had to call in sick one day because I felt so bad, but I toughed it out the rest of the time!

Pretty much the only foods that sound good to me right now is Subway, fruit, and salad. A brief list of things that have made me want to barf: meat, soda, cheese, anything deep-fried, egg rolls, mayo-based foods, avocados, and more.

A sweet gift from Tyler to celebrate!

What I miss: Sushi. I miss sushi so much. I can guarantee that’ll be on this list the whole pregnancy. It’ll be the first thing I eat once baby is here! I never really drank alcohol much to begin with, so I don’t miss that at all. I miss having motivation. Our house is a mess most of the time. I wait forever to do my laundry. I’ve written one whole blog post. I barely post on social media.

What I’m looking forward to: Not feeling sick all the time. It’s getting old reeeeeal fast. I can’t wait to want to eat real food again. I can’t wait to start planning the nursery.

One thing that I’m actually dreading is announcing all of this to the world. I get really self-conscience when I’m the center of attention and that’s just the nature of the beast in this situation. I’m excited to tell everyone so that it isn’t a huge secret anymore, but I’m still so nervous. I was the same way when Tyler and I got engaged, so this is totally normal for me, but that doesn’t make it any better. 😉 By the time you read this, the cat will be out of the bag, so there’s no turning back now!

I’ll be sharing a pregnancy update every 2 weeks or so, so stayed tuned for that. Can’t wait to go on this journey with all of you! Before I go, here’s a picture of me at 8 weeks. Which could basically be any picture of me ever. 😉

About Leah Van Ert

Leah is newly wed to her high school sweetheart and is a church secretary by day and blogger by night. She firmly believes in spending a little extra on high-quality cuisine, sleeping in, and the healing power of a good cup of tea. She currently lives in central Wisconsin where she was born and raised (and, yes, the stereotype is true - we really do love cheese).