My First Trimester

Hey friends! So as I'm writing this, I am a little over 19 weeks pregnant. Anthony and I were on our way to the movies last week and he turned to me and said "I feel like you still don't believe this is really happening".  And he was right! I've been dreaming about this chapter of life since I was a little girl and this baby was definitely planned, but still, expecting your first child is a pretty surreal experience. It's not lost on us how lucky we are to be having a healthy, normal pregnancy so far. We are so, so grateful and we're excited to really start to preparing for our little one's arrival this spring. 

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I promise, Chloe is more excited than she seems about becoming a big sister!

How we found out 

Historically speaking, I'm not a very patient person. Anthony and I have been together for 11 years and married for 4. And tbh, I've had baby fever since I was approximately 9 years old -- I'm just one of those people who loves babies. If you have a baby, I might be too shy to ask, but yes, I definitely want to hold it. All this to say that because impatient me felt like I had to wait a small lifetime to actually be "ready" for parenthood, once Anthony and I decided it was time I wasn't taking any chances. Right out of the gate, I did all the things you're supposed to do when you really want to make a baby and thankfully for us, it happened very, very quickly. 

In my typical impatient fashion, I woke up early one Monday morning and decided to take a test on a whim. According to my best research, it was still too soon to get a reliable result but I had ordered cheap test strips in bulk on Amazon so I really had nothing to lose. And besides, I had felt really off the day before and the wondering was starting to kill me. When I saw a faint second line appear on the test, I seriously thought my eyes were playing tricks on me. I gave it a few more minutes and then looked again and immediate burst into tears. There was no denying that second line was there and HOLY CRAP WE'RE GOING TO BE PARENTS! My next thought was "how am I going to wake Anthony up this early without him getting mad at me"? Man really likes his sleep. So I wipe my happy tears and walk back to our bedroom asking Anthony in the calmest, sweetest voice I can muster if he's awake and if he minds if I turn on the lights for a minute. He grumbles "yeah, ok" and rolls over, pulling the blankets up over his head. I went and sat next to him on the bed and said I needed him to look at something. Once he opened his eyes, he kept repeating "What is that? WHAT IS THAT. WHAT IS THAT!" even though I know he already knew. We hugged, we cried, we laughed, we looked up what my due date might be and what the baby looked like as a tiny blastocyst. I was really glad we had that extra time to enjoy the moment together before he had to get up and go to work. 

Symptoms & what helped

Spoiler alert, nothing! Just kidding but really. After finding out so early, I was blessed to have a good month with pretty mild symptoms before the nasties of the first trimester really kicked in. Which was good, because I had a crazy amount of travel scheduled in September & October! At 4 weeks pregnant I was at a Bachelorette party in Pittsburgh, where I really tried to play it cool but was outed by the owner of the vineyard to the entire wine tasting tour group, before we had even told our families! At 5 weeks, I visited my little sister in California and during that trip that it was cemented that crying in public was now going to be a big part of my life. At 6 weeks it was back to Pittsburgh for a wedding and at 8 weeks I was a bridesmaid at a wedding outside of Philadelphia! We had just had our first ultrasound and I had a few sporadic days of morning sickness before then but it didn't take long for things to take a turn.

Morning sickness. They aren't lying when they say it's should really be called all day sickness. At first, I tried to detect a pattern and plan my life accordingly but I quickly realized that was a pointless endeavor. There was no rhyme or reason and none of the myriad of remedies I tried really helped. Case in point, I once threw up in my neighbor's front garden while loading my car for a client install even though I was wearing sea bands and magnesium spray AND had taken prescription anti-nausea meds. I was really sick, often multiple times a day from about 8-9 weeks until about 15 weeks. Then it tapered off to 3-4 times a week and then finally stopped around 17 weeks. I still get nauseous sometimes, but I haven't thrown up since before Christmas and I am SUPER happy about that! In addition to throwing up so much, I had zero appetite and basically subsisted off of toast and saltines. In the first trimester I didn't have any cravings yet, just a general aversion to all food so it was a process of elimination to see what sounded the least terrible. Thank goodness for prenatal vitamins! That being said, I really do think the over-the-counter remedy my midwife recommended (Unisom + Vitamin B6) helped decrease the severity and frequency of my morning sickness and the prescription she wrote me because I was still losing weight did work, just not all the time. At 19 weeks, I'm just now back up to the weight I was when I got pregnant and I have an approximately six inch long, half pound baby and all the accompanying fluid and organs included in that. So if you are newly pregnant, definitely try all of the natural remedies if and when your morning sickness starts, but I would say to go ahead and buy the Unisom and Vitamin B6 so you have it in case you need it! 

Other than that, I had the usual things like fatigue, sore boobs, having to pee all the time and general moodiness. My theory is that being pregnant prepares you for parenthood by turning you into an actual baby. For a while there, I felt like all I did was sleep, pee, try to eat, throw up and cry. There was a week during the worst of it that I barely left the couch (except to run to the bathroom) and it was pretty tough physically and emotionally. Despite everything, I was still so happy and grateful to pregnant but now that I'm feeling better life is a lot easier.  

The first trimester was rough, I'm going to be honest, but hopefully I don't sound like too much of a downer because we are really REALLY excited for this baby! Babies are awesome in general but the idea that I'll get to meet a little guy or girl who is half me and half Anthony around the end of May is enough to make my heart swell and burst into a million tiny pieces. We can't wait to meet you, kid! 

Favorite Posts from 2017

Before this year passes, I wanted to take a look back at some of my favorite blog posts from 2017. It's funny because last year, I tried to narrow it down to 5 or 10 but came up with 11 and this year I counted the posts I wanted to highlight and it was exactly 11 too! I'm organizing them by the categories of Interior Design, Our Home, DIY Projects and My Life. 

INTERIOR DESIGN

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7 Tips for Decorating a Small Space - One question I get a lot is how to make the most of a room when square footage is limited. Whether it's an apartment, small home or just a room that isn't quite as big as you wish it was, there are a lot of ways to squeeze more function and style into a space while still keeping that perfect balance of elegant and collected. 

 

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The Three E's | My Design Philosophy - As a designer, I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes my point of view different. Why are my designs unique and what makes them worth sharing? Over the years, I've realized there are three overarching themes that tie all of the spaces I create together and describe the mindset of how I approach interior design as a whole. Those words are Elegant, Eclectic and Essential and in this post, I explain what those words mean to me. 

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24 Hour Apartment Makeover Project - Back in May, I was hired for quite an interesting project! My client wanted to restyle her downtown apartment to make it a stand out listing on Airbnb. The only catch was, her first guests were coming in just a couple of days so I had one full day to complete this project from start to finish and was limited to just the stores we have locally here in York. These before and after photos really show what a difference styling and accessories can make!

 

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Bridgeton Project Master Bedroom Design Process - I feel terrible that I still haven't shared the reveal photos for this space but trust me, it's beautiful! These clients live in a lovely ranch home in the country, surrounded by woods and cornfields. For their master bedroom, we went with a cozy, neutral and rustic design that I just L-O-V-E! They are the sweetest couple and the husband is a very talented carpenter! He made all of the dressers and nightstands by hand, plus he made real tongue and groove shiplap for the accent wall and completely brought my vision to life! 

 

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Idylwyld Project Guest Bedroom Introduction & Guest Bedroom Reveal - This project was another dream come true to complete! I designed this moody, industrial guest bedroom for a cool young couple here in York. They had a smaller, northwest facing bedroom that got limited natural light so we really amped up the cozy factor with a deep blue-gray wall color and eclectic, antique and vintage-inspired accents. I wish I could copy and paste this guest bedroom into our house!


OUR HOME

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Living Room Progress | Modern English Country Style - We've continued to chip away at many home improvement projects this year, but by far the room that feels the most complete is our living room. Earlier this year, I made some tweaks that I am really loving like adding this new leather arm chair, switching out the art and getting a few new pillow covers. The room feels really cozy and peaceful now, which is exactly what I wanted!

 

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Dining Room Progress | Antique Meets Midcentury - I also shared an update on our dining room, which is now being renovated to become my new home office! I'll be mostly recreating this look in the smaller room next door but I have a few new pieces I'm really excited about like this gorgeous print set from Laurie Anne Art & Design and a vintage hutch I'll be repainting. It makes me a little sad to see these photos now, because I really loved this room as our dining room but I'm excited to have a bigger office as the headquarters for Stevie Storck Design Co.!


DIY PROJECTS

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DIY Monogram Embroidery Hoop + Free Pattern!  - Right after Christmas last year I picked up a new hobby of embroidery! I made these little monogram hoops as "Galentine's Day" gifts for my best friends. They are so simple and fun to make! A great project if you are just trying embroidery for the first time! 


MY LIFE

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5 Little Habits for a Brighter, Happier Day - One of my big goals for 2017 was to slow down and take better care of myself. In March, I shared 5 things I added to my daily routine to help me feel my best. Many times throughout the year, when I was having a day where I felt off or just down for no reason many times I realized that it was because I had skipped doing all or some of these things. I shared my 5 little happiness boosters in hopes that it will inspire you to find your own ways to add more self-care into your days!

 

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26 - Every year on my birthday, I interview myself here on the blog. It's fun to see how my answers change from year to year! I'll be honest, the first few months of 2017 were particularly rough for me. Hence why my birthday post was written two months late and why I put such a big emphasis on self-care! One thing I'm learning about life is that the challenging times are just as important and worth remembering as the good times. It's a personal goal of mine to always find the beauty in the struggles. Sometimes the silver lining comes right away and other times it takes patience and healing to see the upside. Optimism is undervalued in our society, but I think optimists are the strongest, bravest, most resilient people out there. 

 

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Four Years + Some Big News! - Just last month, I shared our annual anniversary/family portraits and Baby Storck made their official blog debut! Now that I'm past the worst of it, I'm working on a first trimester update to share in the new year. If you're into that kind of stuff and have any pregnancy related questions for me, send them my way! It's hard to believe I'm already almost 18 weeks along. We'll be finding out if it's a boy or girl in early January and we are so excited to really start getting things ready for him or her. 


It's been quite the year here at Stevie Storck Design Co.! Now, I have a question for you?

What would you like to see more of in 2018?

More interior design tips? More before & afters? More personal posts? I'm writing a list of blog post ideas for the new year and I would love to have your input! Thank you for following along!