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Hello Bump Podcast Episodes 4 & 5

Hopefully, you have been joining us on this pregnancy journey via Hello Bump Podcast!  Last week we chatted about episodes 2 and 3.  I recapped the feelings I experienced in weeks 6, 7 and 8 of my first trimester.

This week we covered week 9 in episode 4 and week 10 in episode 5.  For those of you with iPhones, you can easily download and listen to our shows using the Podcasts app via iTunes.  If you have an Android, we are also available on the Stitcher app.  And if you don’t have either, you can listen to the episodes directly from my blog posts.

Episode 4: Week 9 “Vaginal Cannon and Tasting Breastmilk” has me exploring body image and my own sex drive during pregnancy.  I don’t think I can get much more personal with y’all at this point…  Oh but I will in the very near future, just you wait.  LOL!  In this episode, we also talk about Matt’s blood work results and his gene mutations.  After going through this process, it leaves me wondering if everyone does this Counsyl testing and if it just gives parents reason for unnecessary concern?  I know it’s great for recognizing true genetic issues, but when it’s not something potentially life threatening, is it worth the fear we experience waiting for the genetic counselor to determine our risks?

Another topic from week 9 that still plagues me to this very day is the illusive “Listeria” threat.  I’ve seen several women whose doctors have said that they’ve never in their career treated a patient for listeria.  It makes me also wonder if we’re overly cautious about the foods we eat?  Can you tell that this mama just REALLY wants a hot dog right now?!

Episode 5: Week 10 “The Name Game” has us chatting about all the different methods for guessing the gender.  I want to know…  Have any of you had luck or found one theory over the other to be more effective?  I’ve seen a lot of believers in the Ramzi Theory, the heart rate count and the forehead slope.  Wondering what y’all think about these!

The task of naming our baby has been the most daunting to date.  Here’s the problem: no matter what name you choose, there will always be someone in your life who doesn’t like it for one reason or another.  As of now, we don’t plan on releasing the baby’s name until after the birth.  We receive enough feedback from family and close friends, so we don’t need to invite additional feedback on the name into our lives, ya know?  I honestly think that keeping the name a secret until the birth is the smartest way to go, that way you don’t have any opinion’s weighting in.  I believe that your child is God’s very personal gift to you.  He only tasks the parents with the privilege of selecting a name, yet so many people feel that it is their right to give opinions about it.  Naming your baby is a very personal, very special thing, so I think you should keep it that way.

 

This past weekend, Matt felt like I really popped.  So now that I have a true bump, I’m struggling to dress myself.  NOTHING FITS ME, Y’ALL.  I know, I know…  This is normal and totally a part of it.  But again, I’m just being totally human and fessing up to how I’ve been feeling this week.  I did some new maternity pieces in today so I’m excited to have some new things to style the bump with!

Here’s a couple of looks I’ve put together this week:

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J. Crew Chambray Shirt  //  Striped Tee (similar)  //  Paige Ankle Skinny Jeans  //  Black Strappy Heels (similar)

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C&C California Tee Shirt Dress (similar)  //  BP. Plaid Cotton Shirt  //  Tory Burch Miller Sandals

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Hello Bump Podcast Episodes 2 & 3

One week ago today, we officially announced that our lives are changing forever.  Baby L is on the way and the excitement has only built for us with each passing day.  Our first official baby package arrived this morning from Little Me and I opened it this morning on my Insta-stories.  My heart basically exploded over all of the tiny, adorable pieces!

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Now that I’m fully into my second trimester, I’m feeling the baby move which is such a rewarding experience.  I shared on Monday’s episode of Hello Bump the guilt I felt at 6 weeks because I didn’t have this overwhelming sense of love for our baby yet.  Those feelings were obviously very human and I think many women don’t feel like they can verbalize them, if they also have those feelings.  At 6 weeks, I didn’t feel pregnant…  Instead, I felt like I had a bad case of the flu.  I was overall pretty miserable.  If I’m being 100% transparent with you, I was feeling a bit depressed for the first time I can really remember in my life.  I was down about feeling so sick and knowing that there were all these changes coming…  Changes with my body, with our lives and in our marriage.  Please don’t take my honesty as me saying that I wasn’t ecstatic about becoming a mom.  I’ve never for one second regretted this pregnancy.  It was as if my physical condition was taking a toll on my mental and emotional states, making me feel depressed.

Those sad feelings only lasted a few short days, but I wanted to take a moment and be very real and very raw with you here in case there were any other women who are experiencing sad moments in the beginning of their pregnancy.  If that is or was you, girlfriend you are not alone!  To me, these feelings are totally normal.  We’re going through so many changes in our bodies and seeing how different our lives are going to look in just less than a year.  Again, in my opinion, these feelings and thoughts are totally normal, especially for us first timers.

Click below to listen to Episode #2 – “Not My Uterus” of Hello Bump Podcast.  Or click here to listen via iTunes.

 



Today, we released Episode #3 of Hello Bump which covers weeks 7 and 8 of my pregnancy.  In this episode we get to hear the baby’s heartbeat and see an ultrasound for the first time.  We share our feelings about that doctor’s appointment as well as a clip of Baby L’s galloping little pulse (so sweet I could cry all over again!)  We talk more about my symptoms, give you WAY too much info about my bodily functions and talk about my OBGYN putting me on anti-nausea medication, Diclegis.  Personally, I’m having so much fun going back and listening to our experiences and thoughts again.  It’s such a fun way for Matt and I to relive this experience with each other with every new episode we publish!

We also talk about the genetics blood test I went through and the mutations that were found in my genes.  This was a bit of a freak out moment for me at first until I dug in and found out what my mutations were and what they meant.

While we’re talking about this episode, do any of you have this crazy fear of vomiting like I do?  It’s a very real fear that gives me serious anxiety when I start to feel nauseous.  Let me know in the comments section below!  Also, let me know if your husband had pregnancy symptoms along with you.

Click below to listen to Episode #3 – “Don’t Come Home without Donuts” of Hello Bump Podcast.  Or click here to listen via iTunes.

 



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We’re Pregnant… Baby Lanter on the Way!

I’ve never known if I would actually get to say the words, “we’re pregnant.”  As you all know, I’ve battled with Endometriosis now for +10 years, so I never thought that getting pregnant would be a breeze for us.  When that pregnancy test showed up positive, shocked doesn’t begin to explain my feelings.  After a trip to my surgeon back in March, I was planning to have another laparoscopy this summer…  That’s when God laughed and said He has other plans for us.  The very next month I was pregnant!

Matt and I are overjoyed to be entering into parenthood.  We’ve always dreamed of having our own family.  This secret has been the hardest we’ve ever had to keep.  I’ve been bursting at the seems with joy, wanting to tell my Gorgeous Family for so long, but we wanted to wait until the time was right.  Now that we’re safely into the second trimester, I am thrilled to be able to share the news!

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

 

Matt and Angela Lanter Pregnancy Announcement Baby Lanter on the way we're pregnant hello gorgeous hello bump podcast

My first trimester was a little rough.  I was sick before I even found out that I was pregnant!  Every single symptom I’ve had has served as a reminder of the miracle God has given us.  I’m now four months along and started feeling the baby move for the first time just a couple days ago.  Hearing the heartbeat for the first time, seeing our first ultrasound and feeling the first movements have all been moments that we’ll never forget!

Now for the second big announcement…  From the very beginning, we knew we wanted to share our journey with you, so we decided to document our thoughts, feelings and all (and I do mean ALL) of my symptoms with you through a podcast.  Matt and I have been secretly working behind the scenes for over a year putting together a different podcast, but once we found out we were pregnant, we completely shifted gears and decided to share THIS journey instead.  I’m being more open, honest and vulnerable in this podcast about my pregnancy than I ever have been before.  If you want to know all the details (good, bad, and ugly!) and hear us tell it like it is, then click below and please subscribe.  I think you’ll have a laugh or two with us as we dive into uncharted waters (for us).

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If you want to hear the whole story about how it all went down…  From me finding out, to telling Matt, to my first doctor’s appointment…  Then subscribe to our new podcast and follow along on this journey with us.  We’ve recorded an episode every week of our pregnancy, and will be sharing a new episode weekly.  This way you can come along on this journey and learn right along with us.

 

Photography by Jon Volk.

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