The Vanderhorst Family

The Vanderhorst Family

Saturday, October 6, 2012

12 Weeks!

Hello everyone!

I haven't written on my blog for a few months because I have been scared about spilling the beans to early! I figured it was best to stay away from temptation all together :)
I want to tell the story of how we found out! I was having some early symptoms (like my face breaking out like I'm going through puberty again) and took a pregnancy test. It came back faintly positive! I told Grant and his response was "WHAT?! WE'RE PREGNANT!" I then told him that I wasn't sure, so I wanted to take another one. He said to take another test, or 3, or 10, however many I needed to take to be sure. I ended up taking 5 over the course of a few days :) They all came back positive. After the 5th one, it really began to sink in that we were going to be parents!
I am 12 weeks into my pregnancy right now and things are going so well! I really could not be luckier with how easy my first trimester was. One of my friends answered the following questions on her blog every month or so, and I plan on doing the same.

How Far Along: 12 weeks exactly. 
Size of Baby: According to my baby is 2 inches long and is about the size of a small lime.
Total Weight Gain/Loss: No change yet, but I'm sure it'll come very soon!
Maternity Clothes: Not quite yet. I don't really like anything tight around my waist, so I'm not wearing certain skirts or jeans, but other than that things are still normal. I know that's about to change very soon!
Gender: No clue--I really could go either way with this. I could see us having either a boy or a girl, but we don't find out till the beginning of December.
Movement: According to my baby is moving around like crazy, but it's still obviously very early for me to feel any movement.
Sleep: A lot. Lots and lots of sleep. I take a nap at least 3-4 times a week, and try to get to bed at a reasonable hour. I get up maybe once or twice during the night to go to the restroom, and sometimes I can't really get comfortable, but it hasn't been too bad.
What I miss: My energy. But I don't know if this is lost from the first trimester or from being a first-year high school teacher.  Or both!
Cravings: I don't really have cravings. Once in a blue moon I'll "crave" something, but I think it's more the fact that it's the only thing that sounds good.
Aversions: Honestly, it has not been all that bad. I will say there are a few times during the week where I go to eat something and it just does not sound good at all, but nothing in-particular that I can't eat anymore. It comes and goes. My first aversion was when we were at PF-Changs when I was about 7 weeks along. I ordered this amazing Orange Chicken dish, and got about half-way through this feast that I really was enjoying, and then all of a sudden it tasted disgusting to me. I remember thinking "Why did I just order this? This is disgusting!" So we took it home as left-overs and the next day it tasted great! Haha sometimes you just have to laugh :)
Symptoms:  I knew I was pregnant really early on because my face has been breaking out like I'm going through puberty again! From about weeks 6-9 my morning sickness was in full-swing. I was throwing up maybe 2-3 times a week, so nothing too bad, but I felt sick most of the time. After the 9th week it pretty much went away. I still have random days here and there where I throw up, but I have been very lucky! 
Best Moment: Honestly, the day we found out! Realizing that our dream of becoming parents was finally coming true! We really couldn't be happier. Here are picture of the month-markers.

4 Weeks (Moments after we found out!)

8 Weeks

12 Weeks (we just barely took today)


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you wrote a blog about this. We should get together sometime :) You are going to be such a great mom. I totally can relate to your experience at PF Changs...When I was only about 8 weeks along, we went to Olive Garden because I was craving raviolli so bad...but we ended up leaving as soon as we got our food because all the smells in the restaurant made me gag. Hope it continues to go well for you!

  2. Congrats! We are so excited for you guys-there really is no better feeling than turning your family of 2 to a family of THREE!!!

  3. freak you look exactly the same in all the pictures haha you're a rock star. I still can't believe it's happening. I'm so happy for you Bek!


  5. So excited for you. Being a parent is super fun. I had to comment about movement--I felt Isaac at 16 weeks and Neil at 14 weeks. The doctor said this wasn't possible but I know what I know. Take some time around that time to be very, very still and quiet and calm and maybe you'll feel the little one very early too--feels like soda fizz or butterfly wings. So great!
    Post lots. We're excited!!