Jones' Journey: What Lauren is thankful for during her pregnancy

Jones' Journey: What Lauren is thankful for during her pregnancy
Lauren, her husband and daughters reveal the news to their family. (Source: Lauren Jones)
Lauren, her husband and daughters reveal the news to their family. (Source: Lauren Jones)
Lauren's first ultrasound photo (Source: Lauren Jones)
Lauren's first ultrasound photo (Source: Lauren Jones)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's no secret: pregnancy is filled with many ups and downs. If you're a mom-to-be, you know this all too well, from mind-blowing firsts, like reading the double lines on a pregnancy test, to watching your belly grow and hearing the heartbeat of your little miracle for the first time. Even Dad sits front and center on this roller coaster ride of pregnancy.

I was planning to dive into 'the good, the bad, and the ugly' of the first trimester of pregnancy in this post, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving I thought it would be appropriate to focus on what I'm thankful for this year.

Tune in next week and we'll have some fun with crazy mood swing stories, undeniable food cravings, and the dreaded morning sickness. I encourage all of you to comment on this post, and let me know what you're most thankful for this holiday season.

The Bump

Oh, the bump! I couldn't be more thankful this year for this growing little belly. I'm starting my second trimester and I'm DEFINITELY starting to show. As my daughter told me yesterday, "You are huge-mongous!" She'll be in for a treat in about six months. This being my first pregnancy, my changing body certainly has a mind of it's own. I'm not used to being bloated, the constant heartburn, or my expanding waistline; however, the fact that a HUMAN BEING is inside me right now, growing with me, is so mind blowing I have to pinch myself daily. How big were you at 13 weeks?


In a world of ever-changing technology, it's hard to keep up. From revealing your big baby news, to seeing your new child, to even hearing that your baby is alive and well, technology is a blessing.

My husband and I spent weeks trying to find the best way to tell our family we're expecting another child. Our daughters were in on the big surprise, and it was perfect! My mother-in-law literally jumped off the ground and my mom was so stunned I thought she was going to faint. Then, of course, she started to cry uncontrollably. Here's a snapshot from the big reveal.

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Early on, everyone told me the first time you see your baby your life changes. I'll be honest, This being my first pregnancy, I thought the baby would look a little more like a baby in our first ultrasound picture. But hey, the little cluster of cells and a yolk sac was enough to bring tears to our eyes.

Finally, the best moment thus far happened on Wednesday. We heard the baby's heartbeat! There aren't enough words to describe the moment, so I'll keep that private. My point being, technology made some of my most priceless memories in life possible. So on this day after Thanksgiving, I am thankful for technology!

I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving break. Check back next week and I'll get back to the good, the bad, and the ugly side of the first trimester of pregnancy.

If you have any fun blog ideas or anything you'd like to talk about, comment below and let me know. Over the next few months I hope to shine a transparent light on my journey through pregnancy with the help of information from doctors and stories from you. And men out there, I want to hear your stories, too! My co-anchor John Boel will chime in from time to time, posting his observations from behind the scenes. Don't worry, I've already warned him to go easy on me.

Until next time...

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