Please give a warm welcome to our newest celebrity blogger, Jana Kramer!
Before moving to Nashville, where she lives with her husband, former NFL tight end Michael Caussin, and their three dogs, Kramer was an actress, playing Alex on One Tree Hill and guest-starring on Friday Night Lights, Entourage and 90210.
Hi everyone and welcome to my very first pregnancy/baby blog!
I was super excited when PEOPLE.com asked me to write a blog about my journey because it’s one that my husband and I are so excited to be on. I have been on Google so much reading people’s stories, so I’m glad to have my outlet here.
It has been quite the journey so far, but one I’m so thankful for!
I am currently 15 weeks along and my husband and I were so anxious to find out the sex of our baby that we did the early blood work test at 10 weeks to find out that we are having a baby … GIRL!
I had my nurse call my best friend Kathryn to give her the news. We then invited our closest friends over and had them fill up water guns with paint of either pink or blue. Mike and I were so anxious to see what color it was going to be. Check out the gender reveal:
So a little about me before I start my rant … I’m from Michigan originally, and I have been singing since I was a little girl. I ended up going into the acting side of things first and got the opportunity to be on some amazing shows like Friday Night Lights, Entourage and One Tree Hill, just to name a few.
Music was always my passion though so I packed up and moved to Nashville and I’ve been living here for about five years now. I’m signed over at Warner Music and my second album is about to be out. It’s an exciting time!
But what I’ve always wanted to be was a mom — so this will be by far the best job.
My husband: His name is Michael Caussin. Born and raised in Virginia, and played in the NFL for five years. He has now retired and is currently in his transition phase and has a great new job with ETC Group, where he does sales work. I’ve never been more proud of my husband for his grace and strength departing and leaving a job he loved so much, but injuries plagued his future.
I do know one thing for sure though — I have never seen him happier knowing he has a baby girl on the way!
Our dogs: Sophie, Chance, and Biscuit are our gorgeous doggies that we cuddle and love so much! I think it’s safe to say their life is about to change soon since a baby is on the way, but they will always get spoiled!
Okay, so here goes.
My husband Michael and I just got married in May, but we have been so anxious to start a family for quite some time now. We started trying early on, and ultimately ran into some problems, which sadly I have been hearing about more and more from people these days.
We met with doctors and went through some not-so-fun stuff. Without getting into detail, it was a very stressful time for something that is supposed to be fun! My heart goes out to the women who struggle with conceiving.
Nonetheless, I truly do believe at the end of the day it was not on our time.
And … a month later, I was pregnant!
Mike and I were so happy!!! But then came the part that I wasn’t quite prepared for: the morning sickness. My mother always told me to never use the word hate, BUT I HATE the word morning sickness. It’s not just in the morning. And people who don’t understand or haven’t been pregnant only think it’s in the morning.
So that leads me to the Southern phrase, “Bless their hearts.” My “all day” sickness kicked in during week six. I really dislike throwing up — I mean, who actually likes to throw up? — but even when I ran to the bathroom to puke, I didn’t get the relief you usually get when you throw up.
My poor husband — he has the worst gag reflex. I have the best video of him cleaning my puke and he’s gagging while doing it. It was a small victory to see him feeling what I felt for just a moment in time.
So here I am, 15 weeks, my second trimester — still puking, still only able to eat bagels and cereal. The hardest part has been performing. I have a barf bag on stage and usually am able to get through the concert, but after every show, my sweet assistant Brittni holds my hair as I puke.
It has been so hard to not tell my fans what was really wrong. To them, I have had a stomach bug for more than three months now. I have seen pregnant women at my show and I’ve wanted to literally stop singing and just ask them when their sickness went away. The silver lining in all of this, though, is hearing that heartbeat. Knowing I have my baby inside of me.
In the end, it makes it all worth it knowing that in six months, I’ll be looking into her beautiful eyes. Until then, I just go back to praying that I’ll wake up one day soon and feel great. I want to be able to eat real food again!
Now my question is, should I post that video of my sweet handsome husband gagging? Hahahah. I laughed … oh boy, did I laugh.
Here’s to hoping that by the next blog, I’m able to scarf down lots of food!
I guess my question to all of you is, when did your morning sickness go away? And this worry in my stomach of, ‘Will everything be okay?’ — is that normal?
Random fact: I am CRAVING chocolate milk!!! Like LOTS of it. What are you craving?
— Jana Kramer