That’s right!! Today I am 13 weeks and 4 days pregnant and I could not be more excited!!  We got a positive test on October 25th and it has been so hard to keep this secret from all of you for this long.   It has been an emotional and taxing few months but we feel so incredibly lucky to have a healthy baby growing so far.  As you might know from my story I shared about my year with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea, infertility was a big fear of mine.  The doctor had said if my hormones balanced out then we should have no problems getting pregnant but after dealing with all of it there was still a big unknown there.  I also knew that on top of my hormone issues, that it is hard for MOST women to get pregnant these days.  The more people I talked to and stories I heard, I just thought that this would be the case for me too.  I had no idea I would get so lucky as to get pregnant only a few months into trying!

So now that I have prefaced with how LUCKY I know I am, I gotta talk about the not so fun parts of the last 3 months!  It would be fun to do a super short post today just talking about how excited we are, but you guys know I keep it real right? So why not share my bad days too?

I had thought that because I lived a healthy lifestyle I might get away with avoiding that dreaded morning sickness you hear about.  But not only did it come full force at week 6, but I really had no idea how terrible I would feel.  Anyone reading this who has been pregnant before is probably laughing at this… but really I thought it was just puking a couple of times!  For 2-3 weeks I laid on the couch in pain, not working and not being able to eat anything besides saltines, toast and the occasional sandwich.  Totally paleo right?

As much as my dietary health went down the drain and my posts on Instagram became a lot less frequent, I knew I had to listen to my body and do anything that was going to keep me sane in the head!  Feeling terrible 24/7 made me appreciate my usual health so much more.  It was getting pretty sad – I would cry pretty much every day for a bit just being so sad I felt so terrible and feeling like it was never going to end.  I just kept saying to myself, being sick means a healthy kiddo!! And that thought always made me feel a bit better.   Everyone I talk to just says, don’t worry, you’ll wake up one day in the second trimester and have energy again and feel great!  I am still waiting for that day but overall I have a lot more good days than bad ones lately.

It was quite a time of year for all of this to be going on too! Between Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, Christmas dinner and hosting most of them… I was beat.  Oh and let’s not forget to mention Matt getting surgery at some point in there too!  But as world shaking as all of a sudden hating vegetables was… I have made it through to the other side- food wise any ways. I can finally stomach some veggies but still not as many as I used to eat.  I know I will get my tastes back, but for now I am just trying to get back on track with eating healthier than I have the last few months.  And I can’t wait to go on the journey with you!  I decided to hold off on doing a January Whole30 because I just don’t think putting those restrictions on myself would be best for me right now.  But fear not!! I will be bringing TONS of new Whole30 recipes to my site this month, including a new series called Meatloaf Mondays!  I know you guys love easy meatloaf recipes that the whole family will love so we have 4 new ones coming your way.

I just wanted to wrap this up with saying THANK YOU!! I already know I will learn most of what I will know about pregnancy and motherhood from you guys and I can’t wait to soak it all in.  I’ll probably share about my experience on Instagram stories more than on this blog so be sure to follow me over there for a day by day look at things over at LBO HQ!


43 replies
  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! So excited for you! I am 21wks pregnant and luckily avoided all morning sickness. Hoping you find some relief soon. Can’t wait to hear about your journey 🙂

  2. Kathy says:

    Congratulations to you and Matt!! Sorry you were feeling lousy. I went through the exact same thing about a year ago… the nausea was debilitating and I wasted a whole season of beautiful local CSA veggies that I honestly couldn’t even think about… it was devastating but thankfully it passed (and thank god for saltine crackers!!). I actually found your blog in July when my daughter was born and I was spending hours around the clock feeding her and clicking around on Instagram to pass the time. So happy to hear your news and follow your journey!

  3. Brittany says:

    Congrats!!!! I’m so happy for you guys!! Been addicted to your posts and Instagram stories and blogs and everything! This brings me so much hope….my husband and I have been trying for six months and no such luck. I’m starting to get depressed, but hoping for two lines in 2018!!
    Best wishes to you both and a happy and healthy pregnancy!!

  4. Kristen says:

    Even though we don’t know each other, you are one of my favorite bloggers and I may have freaked my fiancé out by getting so excited over your announcement!! I’m so excited for you guys! I too worry about the difficulties of getting pregnant in the near future and am glad I have a blogger like you to help keep me on the healthy eating train. Yay!

  5. Kelsey McMunn says:

    Yay congrats Kelsey! I had a feeling this was coming! SO excited for you. We just had our first on September 9th, so I’m here to give you any wisdom I can! I hope you’re feeling better. ♥️

  6. Victoria says:

    Hi Kelsey! Congrats on your news!! It’s so exciting! I remember 2 years ago I found out I was expecting and it was amamzing! So many different emotions, and a wave of intense ones! I am sorry you have been so sick. I know how you feel. I was extremely sick thand first 20 weeks, and then it got to the point where i could function but I was also put on anti nausea pills. But fear not, even feeling sick and blah there is going to be so many new things to experience while growing a human!! And trust me it goes by fast so enjoy it all!!
    Lots of love ❤️

  7. Stefuhnii says:

    Wooohooo so excited for you and Matt!! Becoming parents has been amazing for my husband and I this year! You will know what to and it really goes fast! Our baby just turned 10 months on Christmas and is walking.. slow down!!! Cheers to you three!!

  8. La_jits says:

    Congratulations!!! I love your vibe and I know you and Matt are going to be AMAZING parents! Praying for a healthy and wonderful pregnancy for you and an awesomely fulfilling 2018!

  9. Kim Kramer says:

    Congratulations!!! I’m 8 weeks and in the middle of the worst morning(all day) sickness and this was comforting to hear. So excited for you!! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Margaret says:

    Meatloaf Mondays… Love it!! I’m very excited for that and even more excited to tag along on your new journey via Insta. Congrats to you and Matt & happy 2018!

  11. Erin Lorello says:

    I have been following you for almost a year now and have been hoping this for a long time for you! I am due in March with my 1st, so I hear you on the morning sickness. Mine went away at 15 weeks, I hope yours does too!

    Congrats and I’ll be following along on your journey!

  12. Nicole Quattrociocchi says:

    Congratulations to you and Matt! Thank you for including those of us who don’t really know you in this personal journey. You keep it real and it is refreshing to find, especially when we are surrounded by so much “fake.” Enjoy this amazing journey and try not to listen to everybody’s advice because you will get plenty of it, mostly unsolicited. Do what’s best for all three of you, for no-one else knows you as well or is as vested. Congratulations again!

  13. Michelle says:

    Congratulations! I watched your Instagram stories and had the thought that you could be pregnant in the back of my mind but I brushed it off and was like she just had a cold. I hope you get to feeling better soon but know this is the most wonderful thing you body can do! Grow a tiny human. You and Matt will be awesome parents! That is hardly a resolution lol!

  14. Tanis Marshall says:

    Oh, my goodness, you made me cry this morning! Happy tears of course. Which isn’t weird at all considering we have never met, right? Congratulations to you and Matt! Thank you for sharing your life with your readers. All the best to you both. Prayers for a safe pregnancy and that you start feeling better soon.

  15. Charlot says:

    Congratulations! What wonderful news! Thank you so much for sharing it with us! Such a wonderful blessing. So very happy for you. 🙂


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