A few weeks ago I asked my Instagram community if they had any Baby Robertson or pregnancy-related questions. This is my first pregnancy Q&A so there were several great questions and topics brought up. Everything from gender, due date, nanny to symptoms.
See my full Q&A below! xx Ashley
HOW ARE YOU FEELING?
Surprisingly, this pregnancy has gone pretty smooth. Despite the normal anxiety that comes with it, I’ve felt pretty great. I had some pre-term labor symptoms at 28 weeks which was scary. I had to go to the hospital and get monitored, but we were able to get everything under control and I’ve been doing much better. I’m not on bedrest, but I am “taking it easy”.
WHEN IS YOUR DUE DATE?
May 15th (we are getting close!)
TIPS FOR GETTING THROUGH THE FIRST TRIMESTER?
This too shall pass! My first trimester I was very tired and had pretty bad headaches. It wasn’t the best, but I know it could have been worse. And my doctor kept reminding me that those symptoms were just signs that the baby was growing, so it helped me get through those tough days.
ANY CRAVINGS? OTHER THAN ORANGES?
Just loving anything citrus. Literally ate a lemon the other day.
We did not have a party or anything, but wrote a little poem and read it to our family at Thanksgiving. We will be sharing publicly this week!
HOW DID YOU TELL AUSTIN?
So I was actually on a press trip in California and was about to fly to NYC to meet Austin and our team for a couple of NYFW projects. I took a nap for 2 hours that day (which was very unusual for me – I never nap) and that sparked my curiosity. I saw a positive test, which honestly shocked me because seeing “negative” so many times, that was starting to become the new normal. I took two tests to confirm and then I FaceTimed him. Thankfully, I saw him the next day and we were able to celebrate in person together.
It was such an exciting and scary moment all at once. After miscarrying in Feb 2018 and then trying to get pregnant for several months, I had a lot of fears. I talk more about that back in this post. This leads to the next question…
WHY DID YOU WAIT SO LONG TO ANNOUNCE?
I get asked this all the time. People have been very confused or think that I am trying to hide my pregnancy. That is absolutely not the case and I am writing a whole post about this. Hoping to have it finished next week.
Neutral with tan and cream linens and black finishes. There will be some gold, but the overall feel will be comfortable with a European touch.
WHAT ARE YOU REGISTERING FOR?
This was a tough one for us. Thankfully I have several mama friends who were able to help me out. Ultimately, I feel like it’s trial and error since every baby is different, but they did give me some good advice that I am hoping to use on our baby. I am saving this post for when I am on maternity leave and I’ve been able to try some of the things I got as gifts.
ARE YOU NERVOUS FOR DELIVERY?
If you were to ask me this before I was pregnant, my answer would have been yes. But since I’ve become pregnant, I have felt very calm about delivery. I have no idea what’s come over me. However, since learning that Baby Robertson is transverse (laying sideways) that has definitely sparked some anxiety and fear. We have a little over a month to get baby to flip or will have to do a c-section. My doctor is great and trying to do everything to avoid that. She has been a great resource for us in terms of things we can do naturally to help baby flip. I’m doing yoga, walking, chiro, possibly acupuncture and will schedule an ECV if those do not work.
FAVORITE MATERNITY BRANDS?
I’ve shared all my pregnancy outfits here.
WILL YOU HAVE A NANNY?
Man, this has been a tough one for us to navigate. And apologies if I ramble, this is just on my mind a lot because we’ve yet to find a solution.
Austin and I both office out of the house, which sounds nice and flexible right? It can be, yes. However, his job is incredibly demanding at times (he works in cyber security for a large financial institution…he loves his job) and often on video conferences for several hours a day. My job does come with more wiggle room. But like any job, there are days where things are very fast paced or I’m out on location and it leaves me with little flexibility. I also have another team member who offices out of our home and at times we are all on conference calls or meeting to discuss storyboards for upcoming projects…you get the picture.
Ideally, we’d have a nanny part-time. Maybe we are crazy to think we can do both, but in a perfect setting, I’d be in the office Mon, Wed, Thurs and “stay home” Tuesday and Friday. We haven’t really had any luck though because most nannies want a full-time position. So if you know anyone in Dallas that would be qualified, give us a ring.
BABY NAMES – TRADITIONAL OR TRENDY?
Traditional and classic all the way.
WILL YOU TAKE A MATERNITY LEAVE?
Yes! Still navigating how that will look, but I have already started writing content that will be published on the site once baby is here. I am thinking I will take 4 weeks.
FAVORITE PART OF BEING PREGNANT?
I would have to say feeling the baby move and knowing that at the end of this we will be a family of 3. It’s been such a learning curve for me, emotionally and physically. I’ve started to accept that it’s ok to ask for help and ask lots of questions. There is a lot going on with your body and emotions and it’s nice to have a support system. Whether that’s your partner, doctor, family or friends. I feel incredibly thankful to have had a pretty smooth pregnancy. And though things aren’t ideal right now with baby being transverse, I consider myself the luckiest woman in the world to be carrying this little one.
Images by Mary Hafner