Confessions – The Big One

So I have something to confess.

I have been keeping a little secret for awhile now.

I’m pregnant!

*Blog land gasps”

Yup, it is true!!! Since the day the first test read positive (who am I kidding- the first three tests) I have been trying to think of a fun or clever way to announce our big news. But when it came down to it, I couldn’t think of a better way than a confessions post. So here are the answers to the questions you may be asking:

How Far Along: I will be 20 weeks on Friday. For those who can’t math, Baby Mathews will be debuting around December 2, 2016.

Holy shit I am going to have a baby before the year ends!!! 

Were we trying: Yes, we were trying. By trying I mean we got it on the first try. I wasn’t expecting that and couldn’t be happier.

Gender: Sure life has few surprises and blah blah blah. But you know what? I don’t like surprises! And I don’t want a bunch of gender neutral shit. We actually had our anatomy scan yesterday and we know whether or not we will be bringing home a son or daughter!!! Butttttt I want you to guess before I give it up. It’s just more fun that way.

Symptoms: I am feeling alright. There were a few weeks there in the first trimester where I came  home and felt like death every night, but I never physically got sick. Though there were days I wanted to. Oh, how I wanted to. I have really bad hip pain most days but such is life.

Sleep: I never knew what true exhaustion felt like until I started growing a human. The struggle is real. I slept fine until about week 10. That is when my hip pain started and let me tell you, it isn’t much fun. I got a Snoogle Pillow and while it does ease my hip pain, I still have a  hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. I wake up at least 5 or more times a night just to change positions. I can only imagine it getting worse as the bump grows. Oh, and the bathroom visits increase!

Workouts: Yup, still waking up at 4:30am Monday-Friday to get my workouts in. I have quit running and am walking on the treadmill. I do some pregnancy barre work outs, still do strength training with weights, but have moved down to 3 and 5 pound weights for the most part. I have also been doing random pregnancy workouts from Youtube, and staying away from jumping around like Jillian Michael type stuff. Trust me, I don’t miss her. Or running.

Cravings/Aversions: Starting around week 7 or 8, I started to not want meat. The only meat I could stand was in the form of a hamburger or tacos. Also, salads were not my friend there for awhile either. I have been craving a ton of fruit and carbs. So many carbs! Then there was that day I had to have mac n cheese, and the day I had to have ramen noodles, and the time Chris and his friend were heading to Walmart and I told them they had to get me hot tamales. Oh, and the visit to Taco Bell for a beef chalupa supreme. But that one was a huge let down. Never again. It just wasn’t good. Sorry, Taco Bell. My most recent obsession? Chocolate Cheerios with milk. I have had like six bowls in the last four days.

Missing: I am not going to lie, I miss sushi and my soft cheeses like blue and feta. I can live without alcohol, it doesn’t really bother me at all. Except for when Laura sent me a picture of a Strawberry Shortcake beer from Cigar City and I really wished I could have had just a sip to see if I liked it. And that occasional glass of wine after a long day.

To be honest, I am surprised no one has said anything about my lack of beer pictures in my weekend shenanigan posts. You guys aren’t very observant! Not to mention all of the natural products and shit that I have been obsessed with. Not sharing a whole lot of clothing options on my favorites post because well I can’t really buy fun clothes anymore! And have you noticed you have not seen a single picture of me in months?? Come on guys!

It has been so hard not to share in my favorite moments of the week that I had a positive pregnancy test, or getting to hear my sister squeal when I told her the news, or that we got to hear the heartbeat for the first time. Hearing that heartbeat? Probably the coolest moment of my life so far. No joke!

And of course yesterday was my most favorite doctor appointment yet. Chris and I sat staring at the monitor as they were taking all the baby’s measurements waiting to get to the goods. We were so excited to just know already!!!

Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn in to a mommy blog. There is nothing wrong with mommy blogs but that hasn’t been my style here. And let’s be honest…

I have toyed around with starting a separate blog to document my pregnancy journey because I know that those who don’t have kids and care nothing about them probably don’t want to read my bump dates and other baby related things. So I took the leap this past weekend and started Mommy Babbles! If you want to follow along with my pregnancy journey, you can follow me there as well. I will keep blogging a regular schedule on Life by Nadine Lynn and the Mommy Babbles blog will be sporadic as I feel like it for now.

On Mommy Babbles I wrote a post on telling our family, first thoughts of being pregnant, gender wives tales and a bump post where you can see a few pictures of my bump on various weeks. Let’s just say if you saw me, it would be no secret that I am pregnant! My torso is super short and this baby is allllll kinds of out right now!

What do you think? Boy or Girl?!?!

Boy or Girl



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  • Reply texerinsydney July 13, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Because I’ve never experienced what you are experiencing now, I have no idea what that last graphic means – hahahaha! But, holy smoke balls – congratulations!!!!!!!! I have a feeling that your tales of parenthood are going to be humorous ones 🙂 I pick boy, for no special reason except that is what my fingers wanted to type when I thought I should include a guess.

  • Reply Myra July 13, 2016 at 6:36 am

    YAAAYYYYYY!! CONGRATS MAMA!! You are having a lot of the same symptoms I did, so I’m going to say girl! Barre workouts during pregnancy were my absolute favorite and I totally credit working out to being able to (for the most part) bounce back quickly after birth.

    Let me know if you need to pick brains or need help with anything! Get lots of rest, girlfriend. <3

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis July 13, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Congrats!!! That’s amazing news and such great luck to have it happen on the first try. I’m guessing you’re having a pink bundle of joy 😉

  • Reply Heather Hines July 13, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Congratulations!!!! I think it’s a girl! I’m going to check out Mommy Babbles later today because I love mommy blogs 🙂

  • Reply kristen July 13, 2016 at 8:31 am

    hahaha well I totally noticed all of those things 😉 but i wonder if i would have noticed if i wasn’t looking. ooh ooh i want to guess the sex of your baby. hahahaha jk. okay. are you registering anywhere? i want to buy baby something. i can’t believe you are going to have a baby THIS YEAR!

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  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston July 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHH huge congratulations to you guys!! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to follow along!! The fact that you kept it a secret for 20 weeks on here is seriously impressive!!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Laura July 13, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Yay! Secret’s out!!! I can’t wait to spoil that little baby rotten!! And there’s nothing wrong with having a baby in a bar — not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.

  • Reply Ashley July 13, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Ahhhh! Congrats, Nadine! How exciting for you guys! I’m totally going to follow along on Mommy Babbles 🙂 My guess is that it’s a boy!

  • Reply kathy @ more coffee, less talky July 13, 2016 at 9:47 am

    i feel smug as fuck because we ahole bros knew from the get go *insert smug face here*

    i am so happy for you too!!!

  • Reply July 13, 2016 at 9:52 am

    OMG CONGRATSSSSS!! I am so excited. If I could see your bump, I could guess! I’m gonna say girl. Yay!!!

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine July 13, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Can I be anymore excited and thrilled for you!!!!!! Oh my gosh, you are going to be the BEST mom!!! I mean come on, sweet, fun, smart, this baby hit the jackpot!! When I read the title that said big confession I knew that this was it even before I read down. Like this made me smile so big…I’m elated HAPPY for you and Chris!! My guess GIRL!! Take care of you and baby, Hey Chris, if you’re reading, treat mama to be like a queen, I know you already do but add a lil extra for us readers that adore your wife!!!!! So many hugs sweet pea!!

  • Reply carly July 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

    ahh congratulations!! so excited for you and to follow along with your pregnancy journey! I’m going to guess a boy??

  • Reply emelia July 13, 2016 at 10:38 am

    AHHHH! I just got chills. I love hearing great news. I couldn’t be happier for you! I think the world needs more baby girls, but I do love having a boy in the house! Either way….here’s to a healthy baby! Sending you big hugs today, Congratulations girlfriend!

  • Reply Amy @ The Crazy Wise Woman July 13, 2016 at 10:46 am

    OMG!!! I am so excited for you. My only prediction can be made based on heartbeat. Mine were true… girl fast, boy slow. I cannot wait to follow along! Congrats!!!

  • Reply Jackie July 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Congrats to you and your family! I’m going to guess a boy!

  • Reply Tracy July 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Congratulations, lady! I can’t believe you managed to keep that secret this long! Especially since you found out so early. For some reason I totally see you as a boy mom so that’s my guess!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth - Meet at the Barre July 13, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I am so freaking excited for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I actually squealed when I saw this. I cannot wait to follow you along and I think you are having a boy 😉

  • Reply Jessica @ Pleas(e) & Carrots July 13, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Ahhh congrats, how exciting!! You’re going to have so much fun dressing a baby up for Christmas! I think it’s a girl, idk why I just do lol

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista July 13, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Yayyyy I’m so glad you’re finally “blog official”!! I couldn’t be happier for you guys! I’m guessing team pink, since we are birthday twins and had similar first trimester symptoms. Can’t wait to hear the big news <3

  • Reply Kelli July 13, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Here’s my confession, I noticed your lack of beer and shenanigans figured out the deal but am wayyyy to polite to call anyone out on such a thing. You haven’t been to the World of Beer in months and you use to go every weekend, it’s hard not to notice such big changes. 🙂

    Also, I’m going to guess it’s a boy.

  • Reply Mattie @ Northwest Native July 13, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    CONGRATS!!!! My guess is girl, just because I feel like most people I know/bloggers I know of are already having boys and you have to balance it out. Hahaha. Okay I totally feel like an idiot! Now that you mention it, I realize there has been no beer/clothes/pictures of you! Oblivious over here!

  • Reply Lauren July 13, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Well I picked a good day to check back in on blogland after a ridiculous summer! Huge congrats to you! And let’s be honest, there’s some cute maternity stuff out there… I may have wandered there accidentally at Target more than once and wondered if I could pull some of the dresses off 😉 I’ll go boy since everyone I know is having one right now!

  • Reply alyssa July 13, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    So happy and excited for you and your little growing family. Congratulations!!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo July 13, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    I literally saw this & screamed SHUT UPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!! 🙂
    So excited for you!!!

  • Reply Cara July 13, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    First off-YAY!!! I’m sooo excited for you!! Second off- you are definitely right that we should all be ashamed of ourselves for not noticing sooner. You haven’t shared any drink photos in a long time or clothing photos either….so we should have known! Oh well, super happy for you all! My bet is on a boy..probably because that’s all I know lol. Either way it’ll be wonderful! 🙂

  • Reply Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! July 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Girl, if I weren’t sitting down, then I would have fallen over! AHHHH!!! I’m so excited for you! And I can’t wait to find out the gender!!!

  • Reply chelsea jacobs July 13, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations!! I vote girl!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders July 13, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you!!!! That’s seriously such exciting news, and I can’t wait to find out if you’re having a boy or a girl! I can tell you right now that I’m super unobservant, and probably never would have guessed that you were pregnant until you showed a picture of yourself with a pregnant belly! So incredibly excited for y’all! And funny story, but you’re actually due right around the same time as one of my childhood friends! Such a small world!

  • Reply Lindsay July 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Congratulations! This is wonderful news! I did notice some things… but I never want to be the person asking “are you pregnant?!” Ha! I can’t wait to follow along with your pregnancy because I know you’ll continue to be you and hilarious and real! Congratulations again!

  • Reply Kaitlyn July 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my gosh!!! I totally gasped as soon as I saw the picture! Congratulations!! I’m so excited to follow your journey. Girl, I was so focused on all your delicious food pictures, I never even stopped to think you may be preggo. I’m so excited for y’all. Congrats for getting it done on the first try 😉 Nailed it!

  • Reply Jenna July 13, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Oh, congratulations! Welcome to (almost) parenthood! Best advice… Take advantage of all the things you can still do but can’t do with a kid NOW, because you’ll miss them. Yeah, sure. You can get a babysitter, and kids are awesome, but it’s not the same as getting to do it on a whim. Oh, and order pizzas NOW before the heartburn kicks in and you start eating TUMS like candy. You’ll also miss ordering whatever pizza you want and not having to share it.

    I didn’t really get sick, either. Of course, I craved Japanese food more than anything, and ginger is a natural remedy for nausea, so that might have had something to do with it. Oh, and the Taco Bell thing… You’d be amazed how many pregnant women crave it at some point. I did, too.

  • Reply Bri @ North Star Girl Lone Star World July 13, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Congratulations!!! I’m so happy for you! I say girl.

  • Reply Amy @ Getz Girl on Fire July 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    GIRL! I’m totally calling it . . . and I’m feeling super confident! Ha!

    Nadine – this is so exciting! Congratulations to you and Chris! And you guys are like state champs for getting pregnant so easy . . . what a blessing! I can’t wait to hear how things are going!!!

  • Reply Katy July 13, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is awesome! I’m going to go withhhh….. girl! My sister AND my sister in law to be are due in December too!!!!

  • Reply Laura July 14, 2016 at 5:41 am

    So exciting!! Congrats!

  • Reply Erin LFF July 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

    WAHOOOO!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Seriously SO happy for you girl!

  • Reply Nadine July 14, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Congrats!!!! That’s just so exciting! And no joke, just yesterday I was thinking gosh, Nadine has not done an outfit post of pic in awhile. But I’ve learned never to speculate that someone is pregnant! But the lack of beer pictures totally snuck by me! And I think you are having a girl!

  • Reply Rach @ This Italian Family July 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Aww, congratulations!! How exciting! And how awesome that it happened the very first month! I totally vote girl! 🙂

  • Reply Dani July 14, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Well hot damn. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! On your first try too- that’s awesome! I actually did notice the lack of pics (esp of beer because you always had cool craft ones), but wasn’t going to say anything because I did that to one of my close friends (I noticed she wasn’t drinking at a wedding) and she got PISSED at me for a really long time. Sooo I’m going to guess boy because another friend of mine is currently pregnant with kiddo #2 and she’s currently got the hip pains too! So excited for you guys!

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  • Reply Katie MacDonald July 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

    OMG congrats!!!!! I’m so excited for you and will be following along with your pregnancy blog. What wonderful news!

  • Reply Emma @Ever Emma July 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Congratulations!! I swear the only time I really, really crave sushi is when I’m pregnant and can’t really have it! Jillian Michaels and I broke up years ago and I do not miss her.

  • Reply Teh Megan July 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm

    20 weeks is a long time to keep a secret. Especially as a blogger. Dayyyyuuummm. #yougogirl

    Congrats 🙂

  • Reply HEATHER July 15, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    OMG I am so happy for you guys!! Cannot wait to check out your other blog and see all the goodies you’ve shared!

  • Reply Darby Hawely July 16, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Omg omg omg omg this is so awesome congratulations!

  • Reply Kristen July 18, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I meant to comment on this when I read it, but I got distracted and never did. Whomp whomp.

    Congratulations! I’m sure it was awful trying to keep it a secret for so long (especially as a blogger because, well, come on … We all share a lot of shit about our lives)! So exciting! 🙂

  • Reply Kay R. July 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    So being the horrible blogger that I am, I totally missed this. When I saw on your Instagram today I had to RUN to your blog and congratulate you. Congratulations love! May you have a smooth and wonderful pregnancy!

  • Reply Jess July 19, 2016 at 9:52 am

    How did I miss this post?? Maybe by not keeping up with blogs at all lately. I have been keeping an eyeball out for it for so long!! You know I am super excited for you!! I’m with you on the trying one time part haha. We decided we should probably start trying and were rather shocked when we found out a month or two later. Congrats!!

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says July 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    As the mother of a baby girl (well, she’s not a baby anymore…she’s almost 10!) born in December, I am extra excited for you!! So many congratulations!!!

  • Reply Duckie July 28, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Congratulations again! The first half of pregnancy is the toughest physically, while the second half is usually tough emotionally. With my first pregnancy (Chloe) I knew right away that something was wrong. I was barely two weeks along and I knew because my body changed so drastically. I became extremely sensitive to certain smells, foods, products, etc. I got sick a LOT. And then halfway through, I started getting really panicky, short-tempered and very irritable. That’s about the time when I almost ran Joey over with a car. The last few weeks are the longest because usually you’re just waiting and waiting and waiting for that baby to gtfo already. But then once you give birth, it’s quite a shock to see your stomach flat again. Seriously, I woke up the next day after having Chloe and I was freaking out, grabbing at my stomach wondering wtf happened to me. Obviously this comment has gotten a little longer than I had originally planned so I guess I’ll just start following your Mommy Babbles blog to post other long ass pregnancy/mom-related comments from now on.

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