It’s Been Forever…and Here’s Why!

It’s been almost two months since I’ve published my last post, and I’m finally checking in today to share the biggest news ever!  In the past, whenever I would mention “having news”, people would always say, “Oh, I thought you were pregnant”…seriously, a girl in her 30’s can’t mention “news”, gain a few pounds, or skip a glass of wine without raising eyebrows. That used to bug me before, but now I really do have “that” news to share…there is officially a bun in the oven!
In truly one of the busiest years of my life, I figured, “hey, why not throw a new family member into the mix?” I have a knack for great timing, eh?  I know this news comes as absolutely no surprise to those that follow me on Instagram, but I’m finally taking the time to share the news here, along with a few details about how things are going so far…
How I’ve been feeling…

I owe huge thanks to some greater power out there in the world that bestowed zero morning sickness on me.  It’s like, they knew I had absolutely no room for sickness in my life, and I am eternally grateful for this hall pass.  I couldn’t imagine getting through these past few months of work and school, if I also had to deal with sickness and nausea. For anyone that’s ever witnessed me with a hangover, you can attest to my tolerance for nausea (pretty much nonexistent).
There have definitely been some very tired days, but now that I’m into my second trimester, I’ve gotten some of my energy back.  But naps are also my new best friend, and I give myself permission to take them every chance I get…like the good kind, where you get in pajamas and crawl into bed…not the crappy kind curled up on the couch.
There may be some moodiness happening from time to as well, but (ahem) you’ll just have to ask Kevin about that…
The body situation…

I’m just at 19 weeks now, and there is no denying that the belly has arrived. It is the strangest thing to see these early changes, and mind-boggling to imagine how much further there is to go.  It’s pretty much a nightly occurrance that I stand to the side, showing the roundness to Kevin, saying “isn’t is it weeeeeeeeird?” Because, I know it’s a beautiful thing and all…but it’s also super weird.
I’ve sort of always known I wouldn’t be one of those “I love being pregnant!” girls…and, while I can confirm that this is turning out to be true, I also don’t totally hate it.  Although, I could stand to pee about 10 times less a day (not joking).
Food & drinking…

One of the most common questions people ask me is whether I’ve had any weird cravings, and, to be honest, I’m not exactly sure. I’ve definitely been on a serious noodle kick (any kind of Asian noodles will do), but I’m not sure if it’s truly “cravings”, or if that’s just my excuse to eat noodles up the wazoo. I’m sticking with the cravings story.
The drinking situation has been a total surprise. I thought I would miss those precious glasses of wine after a long day at work, but I really don’t miss drinking at all.  Every now and then, if Kevin’s having a glass, I’m like “let me just smell it”, and then I’m like “meh”.
I will say though, those early days of pregnancy where you can’t share your news yet and you have to hide the “no drinking” thing…kind of my nightmare, and I pretty much went into hiding. Seriously, if you ever witness a female not drinking, just cut her a break, don’t call her out, and pretend like it’s the most normal thing in the world. We all know you know the truth, but just pretend for her sake.
The deal with culinary school…

The school situation is definitely about to get interesting (that’s code for “holy crap”). My last day in the classroom will be August 24th, but that’s not nearly the end. Immediatly following that, I start an externship, where I’ll put all my fancy new skills to use actually working in a restaurant…for 240 hours!! I’ll be about 5 months preggo at that point (and hopefully not too humongous), and the plan is to just start cranking out those hours as fast as I can. I really want to finish up before the baby comes, but I’m going to just do the best I can. If I need to finish next year, so be it. My mantra is to just “take it day by day”.  (Still waiting to hear where I’ll be placed, btw…should know by the end of the month).
How Kevin’s handling things…

Um, like a champ. Seriously, he has been a picture of calm. It’s almost eerie. We even went into one of those monstrous baby stores, and I was waiting for a spaz out moment…which never happened. I asked him, “how can you be so calm right now?” And he was like, “I don’t see how stressing out would help the situation”. Damn, he can be so rational sometimes.
He has also been COOKING!!!, which is one of the biggest surprises of my life. We started ordering the Blue Apron dinners, and one night he asked if he could take a stab at it. I was like, “this should be interesting”, but he kind of nailed it and hasn’t let me make a Blue Apron meal since. It’s actually really nice to get some help in the kitchen, and pretty cool to see how much he loves it.
On blogging…

I’ve had a few people ask me if the blog is donezo, and I promise it’s not! I’m sure this post sheds a little light as to why I’ve been so nonexistent of late, but I’m not ready to be done with Serving Seconds quite yet! I’m still thinking about what it all will eventually lead to, but those are decisions for another time. For now, I’ll just keep popping in whenever I can…which will hopefully be a bit more often than it has been.
PS…finding out the gender this Thursday, which I’ll be sharing on Instagram!


  1. Yay!!! So excited for you guys and to read this update. 🙂 You look amazing. Can’t wait to hear the gender!! You’re almost half way now!!

  2. So very exciting! Also great that you got the morning sickness hall pass!!!!!! I’m sure you will get those hours donezo before the baby!

    • Melissa says:

      Thanks Stacy…it’s going to be crazy, but I am determined to get it done! (fingers crossed!) Hope to see you again soon.

  3. Ginger Haave says:

    Loved seeing Serving Seconds show up in my inbox today!! What an exciting post! My favorite part was reading about how different areas of your life are adapting to pregnancy! Thumbs up to Kevin!

  4. Jenn told me.. COngrats !! xxx

  5. Congratulations! So happy for the two of you. Welcome to the parenthood club. =)
    Alex and I are coming to SF next week to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Any must try lunch spots?

    • Melissa says:

      Thank you so much, Amy! Hard to believe we’ll finally be a part of that club 🙂 Congrats on 10 years! So exciting. One of my favorite new restaurants is Coqueta on the Embarcadero…really amazing Spanish food from Michael Chiarello If it’s nice weather (which it has been), you can snag a seat outdoors. Another great new spot is The Commissary in The Presidio, but double check their hours b/c I think they only do lunch on weekdays and are closed on Sunday. If you’re looking for a good spot for drinks at night, Tosca was redone somewhat recently and has some great cocktails. In your old hood, a place called Causewells is getting some good press, but I haven’t had a chance to go yet. Have such a great trip…hi to Alex!!

  6. Bonnie Haave says:

    So excited for “Bun in the oven” to be here!!!
    Nice post and looking forward to more.

  7. Lauretta Haley says:

    Oh my!! What exciting news is that? Actually a little birdie told me
    before I read it here!! From our 3 year old flower girl to a mom herself!! You’ll
    be such a good momma!! I’m so proud of you!! Keep posting!! Xo

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