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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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Photography by Jon Volk.
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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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Thankful for You, Mom!

Thank you to Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry for sponsoring this blog post.  All opinions and text are my own.

As a kid, your world revolves around your mom.  She’s your first best friend.  She cares for you, she does everything for you.  Then you grow up.  You learn to do things on your own because of what she taught you.
I am the epitome of a mama’s girl.  Being an only child, my mom was not only my mother, but also my playmate, my teacher and my companion.

As Mother’s Day draws near, I find myself reflecting on the matriarchs in my family.  The women that have come before me were strong, beautiful and full of love for their families.  My mom has been no different.  She has been an amazing example to not only me but every girlfriend of mine who has encountered he

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Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

If you’re a mama, know that what you’re doing is so important.  Know that your love and hard work may feel like it’s unnoticed right now, but it will pay off.  Your babies are so blessed to have you in their lives.

Some of us weren’t raised in the traditional way and others filled the role of mom in your life.  This is also a great chance to recognize the impact they had on you.

 

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Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

 

Mother's Day Jared Jewelry Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

We always have a good reason to celebrate the moms in our lives, but life sometimes makes that easy to forget.  Mother’s Day is a great reminder to spoil our moms.  A chance to love on them.  To pay back a tiny fraction of the love and attention they’ve given us all these years.

When selecting a gift, I want to choose something that’s high quality and will last mom forever…  And Jared The Galleria of Jewelry will help you do that!  They have such great gift ideas to help celebrate your special bond with your mom this Mother’s Day.

I selected these gorgeous earrings from the Brilliant Moments Collection for their timeless style.  These diamonds were hand selected and set in 14K white gold.  The halo trim of smaller diamonds is my favorite earring design.  My mom picked out diamond stud earrings for my 21st birthday gift, so I knew these earrings were the perfect way to say “Thank You” to her.  I love the gift of jewelry because it often marks a special occasion and, in my family, we pass down our pieces to our loved ones.  Not only has jewelry been passed down in my family, but the love and appreciation for it from my Mawmaw to my Mom and now to me.

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How and who will you celebrate Mother’s Day this year?  Leave a comment below and let me know!

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