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My Pregnancy Journal from My First Pregnancy--Chapter One

Updated on July 21, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

Documenting My First Pregnancy:

A great way to document a pregnancy is to keep a journal. I was actually lucky enough to have a good friend of mine that I worked with at the time buy me a pregnancy journal to fill in all my thoughts over the course of 9 months of my first pregnancy.

I am going to begin this chapter with writing down my friend's note at the beginning of the journal and document my answers to the 'about this pregnancy' section of my journal. Each subsequent article will chronicle my pregnancy month by month.

Letter Written to Me, Kevin and Our Unborn Child:

(First and foremost, here is the letter that was written by my friend to me, my husband, and my unborn baby to be that she enclosed in the front cover of my journal):

I am so excited for you and your growing family. So many wonderful adventures are in store for you. Enjoy them all! I loved this book when I was waiting for my little man to arrive. I hope you too find the same enjoyment as I did as you wait for your own little one. Best wishes and lots of love!!!

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My Pregnancy Journal (November 2008)--Chapter One:

About My Pregnancy:

1. Was your pregnancy planned or a surprise?

This pregnancy was totally planned and wanted right from the beginning.

2. When did you think about having this baby?

Spring/Early Summer 2008, your father and I decided we were ready to have you.

3. When did you first suspect that you were pregnant?

Beginning of November. I actually craved the cherry tomatoes as I was preparing a tomato and fresh mozzarella salad for your father and I. I usually want the mozzarella, because I love cheese period and can take or leave the tomato, but for some reason I couldn't stop picking at the tomatoes and the rest is now history!

4. When your pregnancy was confirmed, how did you react?

I was so very happy and over the moon excited. I was also a bit in shock that we were finally really going to have a baby.

5. How long did it take to become pregnant? Did it seem quick or slow?

Seemed slow, but really was only a few short months. I actually wrote a whole hub article on my conception story.


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6. What is the best thing about being pregnant?

Knowing that there is another living, human being inside of me that is depending on me for everything.

7. Who was the first to know that you were pregnant and what was their reaction?

Kevin (your father) was the first to know. I took the pregnancy test first thing on Veteran's Day morning (we both had off) and as soon as the double line appeared I shared the results and we were both so ecstatic.


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8. What was the first thing you specifically bought for this baby?

The very first thing I bought was package of pink onsies once I knew we were having a girl. I just couldn't resist the color pink once it was indeed confirmed. Your father actually said and I quote, "Well I guess now I am going to have to love the color pink!"

9. Have you picked any names? What would you consider? (These were what we discussed before we knew whether it was a boy or girl).

Emma Grace

Kailey Ann

Aiden John

Colin Thomas


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10. Are there any names to which you would say, "Absolutely not!"?

I'm sure there are, but we already know the names which we do indeed like so this really is a non-issue.

11. Do you want to know as soon as you can if it's a girl or a boy? Why or why not?

Yes I do and cannot wait!! Seriously, the day I was to find out we had a huge snow storm in NY and of course my appointment got cancelled and rescheduled for later that week. True story and only this would happen to me, the person who was dying to know whether I was carrying a boy or a girl from pretty much the moment I found out I was pregnant!

12. What facial and physical characteristics do you want your baby to inherit?

Kevin's red hair and his amazing blue eyes. At my bridal shower Kevin's aunt gave me a framed picture of Kevin sweeping as a little boy, he was absolutely adorable with red hair, freckles and the most beautiful blue eyes. It was this picture that I carried around in my head hoping that my unborn child would resemble and take after.

13. Whose emotional and personality characteristics do you want your baby to inherit?

I am hopeful that he/she will be just as kind, generous and thoughtful as their father, Kevin has always been.


Concluding Chapter One:

I do hope you enjoyed the first chapter in the pregnancy journal that had wrote and kept during my very, first pregnancy and hope you will come back to read the next installment, which is coming soon.

To be continued....

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you for reading and reminded me I do need to add to this as I have a few chapters to go still.

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      Lesleysherwood 2 years ago

      What an excellent idea. I loved this. I am yet to read your next chapters. I notice that this hub was written 2 years ago so I need to search your site for answers. Awesome!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Pete, I love that your wife is using this same journal and so glad you could relate. Stay tuned as I will be posting more chapters in the near future :) :)

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Not sure how I missed this, my wife is using the same journal, thanks for sharing!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you so much for your kind words and for also sharing these with medical ob/gyn students too. I truly am so happy to share pregnancy at all stages on a more personal level. I know when I was pregnant I read everything that I could about each stage and would have also loved to read a more personalized version if it were out there. But thank you again so very much Docmo :) :)

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      An amazing and wonderful enterprise to undertake and share, Janine. You write with so much genuine warmth and wonder, it is so endearing to read, . I have already recommended your articles to the medical students who are placed in my practice as they are currently rotating through ob/gyn. they loved the articles.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you Sasha. I am still in the middle of re-writing my journal on here and will be publishing my 5th chapter probably in the next few days. I am so happy to share this with you and others, as well as so glad that it is well received and enjoyed. Totally appreciate the votes too!!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Beautiful, These are wonderful memories to cherish ^_^ I have a similar book, though not quite as detailed. I'll have to read your next chapter soon! Voted up and beautiful

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Maria, thank you for reading and I can tell that your mom was also indeed a true mom. I totally agree that it is such a nice thing to have to look back on not only for me, but for my girls too. Thank you seriously for response, compliments and votes too. So appreciated and hugs right back you :)

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Janine,

      You have a wise friend and you have created a gift that your child will cherish into, well, for life.

      I gave my Mom several Mother- Daughter journals that she completed. Now they mean the world... To know her feelings at the time she was pregnant with me through my adult years...

      Your beautiful answers show you are all-Mom. I look forward to moving on in the series. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Eddy and do hope it does help some moms to be out there. Hope you too are enjoying your day :)

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      This is wonderful Janine and I am sure will benefit many would be Mums .

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words on my pregnancy journal article. I do hope all that do read this one will get another piece of the puzzle that is me and understand me just that much more. Thanks again!,

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such a beautiful experience from your personal life, Janine. I know it will help to strengthen relationships of those who read it.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh thank you as usual Bill. I am glad you found my pregnancy journal and totally appreciate your kind comments and support on HB as usual. Thank you again so much!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great idea and what a wonderful hub! Not sure how this one slipped by me but here I am now. Beautiful story; I love stories like this one.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Terrye, thank you for your lovely comment and for stopping by. It is totally appreciated!!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What a sweet story, Janine! :) Thank you for sharing such a delightful part of your life. :)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you Cybershelley for very kind and thoughtful words on my pregnancy journal hub, as well as the votes and share too. It is very much appreciated and glad you could relate by being reminded of the letters you received from both your son's grannies.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Janine, this is such a beautiful share of an important part of your life. It brings back my memories, and the letters I received from both my son's grannies. Thank you for sharing. Up, beautiful and interesting.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you again Gabby. I truly do appreciate your thoughtful comments on here.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Josh, seriously I so do appreciate your everlasting support on here. I am truly glad to share with the hub community. Thank you as always!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Janine,

      Yay! You know how I love these personal stories of your life! :) Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the questions and the letter written to you by your friend. Awesome hub Janine!

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      Gabby McMahon 5 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Ireland

      this is so inspiring for all those women out there trying to conceive month after month. Thank you for sharing

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much Joseph. I have to be honest after finishing with my Trollbeads Tour, i sat down and tried to think of the next direction here and then it hit me. I wrote during my whole pregnancy with Emma and I love being able to share a bit more personal information about myself with all of you, so I thought this would be the ticket.

      Thank you so much though for all your continued support and for your beautiful comments here. As always it is much appreciated.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Amazing story Janine! Love this journal of yours. Kevin and you were blessed for finding each other at the right moment. Interesting facts and tribulations along the a bumpy road. God bless your two babies and your family. What a way to put your heart into a hub!