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Thursday, March 17, 2016

How to Survive Pregnancy with a 2 Year Old

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I'm not saying I'm an expert or anything, but I am over here surviving pregnancy with a 2 year old and let me just say.... it ain't pretty.  There are lots of things I wish I'd known before.  It wouldn't have changed my mind and I don't know that it would have prepared me more or less, but might have been nice to know ahead of time.  Maybe?

Anyway, I've found myself saying things like, "Man I need a drink."  And when I realize it's still 4-5 months before I can have one I start chugging my La Croix like it'll do the job.  When it doesn't I just curl up in a ball by the washer and dryer and cry for a bit.  (That last part is a joke...no really.)

If you thought pregnancy was tough on your body the first go 'round, just wait until you have a small human who really does not care if you rest, eat, sleep, or get to use the bathroom 99x a day by yourself.  It's fun!

So - my unsolicited advice on how to survive pregnancy while also keeping a toddler alive:

  1. Do something just for you every day.  Maybe it's just turning up Missy Elliott on the radio for the 10 minutes it takes to get you from work to daycare and totally jamming out.  Or waking up 15 minutes earlier than the rest of the house to drink your coffee in the peace and quiet.  But, you must do something for you each day.
  2. Delegate duties. I love bath time and bed time routines with my son, but I'm starting to realize it takes a toll on my body to do both by myself.  My husband helps a lot with one or the other (or both on tough days) so that 1. my son gets use to Daddy doing it since Mommy will be a little busy in a few months and 2. I'm not killing myself trying to do it all.
  3. Soak up the precious moments.  Your baby will not be your baby for much longer so soak in the moments you can.  Give him the extra time to do things on his own like putting his socks on and when he asks you to read to him, stop what you are doing and read.
  4. Don't sweat the Terrible Twos.  For a while I thought we might be skipping this stage, but I didn't realize CT was really just gearing up for a good bout of the Terrible Twos.  From what I Hear they only get worse as you get closer to 3.  I'm hoping that's inaccurate.  What I've realized is don't get upset about it - if you have to leave the cart of groceries in the store and carry your child kicking and screaming out of the store like a football under your arm...you're not alone.  (Seriously, you aren't alone - I've done this once or twice already.)  Those parents who haven't reached this stage yet, they may look at you pitifully, but they will see one day and those that have experienced it, totally sympathize with you.  It's a phase.  It, too, shall pass.
  5. Don't try to accomplish much during waking hours.  In fact, don't expect to accomplish much period in your first trimester especially.  Two year olds want and need attention and it's crazy to try to clean the house or get groceries when they want it.  During that first trimester, allow yourself to sleep while your child naps.  You will thank yourself later.
Pregnancy is totally unpredictable and if anything is more unpredictable, I'd say it's a 2 year old.  I mean, my son will tell me, "No, I don't want milk." and then sob uncontrollably when I put the milk back in the fridge because no really means yes some days.  

It's life. 
And it's blissful. 
And it's short and we need to soak it in while we can.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mickey or Minnie?

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you probably already know our special news, but I wanted to share it here as well.

We are having a GIRL!

I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little nervous about pink and bows and braids, but I'm also super excited for CT to have a sister because my brother and I are really close.  I'm excited to see him take care of her and be a big brother to her.  And I'm excited to see my hubby be a daddy to a little girl.  

We had a little gathering of close friends and family on Saturday to share our exciting news.  CT, Justin, and I had been keeping it hush hush for about a month now so we are overjoyed in sharing the secret.  It was a beautiful day so all the kids played outside and we ate lots of yummy snacks and celebrated with a delicious cake to top it all off.  Couldn't have asked for more - although I would have loved to have Mom, Dad, and Mimi there in real time rather than FaceTime, but thank God for technology because they all got to see it as it was happening.

It was a special day and weekend with some of our best friends in town to help us celebrate.  Unfortunately the week started with a lot of us getting pink eye.  Hopefully we won't share quite so much joy with one another next time we get to see each other.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Why I do what I said I would never do...

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I'll admit it.  I'm a bit of a hypocrite.  I was like most people on Facebook last year or the year before when network/social marketing became a thing.  You know, you scroll through Facebook and see product + product + product + before/after.

I was the person who was so annoyed by those posts.  Like: "WHY are you using social media to post about selling stuff when it's supposed to be about life?!"  Am I right?

And then I needed to lose the baby weight and decided to take the plunge and purchase a program from my girlfriend who had recently signed up as a health+fitness coach.  She didn't need to do much convincing to get me excited about it.

Once I started following the program, doing the workouts, and eating right, it was amazing how wonderful I felt and how quickly my body responded in more ways than one.  And in that moment, I wanted to share it with other people.  So I decided to become a health+fitness coach.

And if you follow me on my Facebook page or Instagram, it's not hard to tell that I'm uber passionate about it and it's become a huge part of my life.  Which brings me back to that question I was asking before scrolling by the "selling posts."

"WHY are you using social media to post about selling stuff when it's supposed to be about life?!" 

I share this stuff on social media because it's no longer separate from me.  It is me; it is part of me.  And it is positively affecting everything that has to do with me.  So, yes, I share it - I share it with anyone willing to listen because I want to help them feel as happy, energetic, confident, independent, and empowered as I do.

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And - honestly - very rarely do I feel like I'm pushing a sale.  I am sharing my story.  And yes, I'm sure you've heard that before, but if you follow me on any form of social media, you will clearly se that that is exactly what I am doing.  I am sharing my experience and happiness with a product and business that is truly blessing my family and me.

So, I get it now.  I get the whole social media thing because if you love something, you naturally want to share it with your friends and family.  If it makes you feel good, blesses you financially, or helps you accomplish your goals, you want to share it with the world!  Which is what I'm doing here with you.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

17 & 18 Weeks

How Far Along: 18 weeks yesterday - I know these aren't the highest quality pictures, but real life is this.  There is no time to set up a tripod and try to be official about it with a toddler running around, but I do work out each day so why not snap a pic then?!  Also - yes, I missed last week - life.

Size of Baby: Sweet Potato

Weight Gain: 6 pounds

Stretch Marks: Not yet - hopefully not ever

Maternity Clothes:  I am pretty much just wearing maternity - some of my stretchy pants are still super comfy so I wear those, too.  

Gender:  CT, Hubby, and I went to a 4D ultrasound and found out the gender as a family.  We are keeping it a secret until March 12th when we will announce it to our close family and friends at a little party at our house.

Movement:  Feeling little flutters- like butterfly wings - sometimes some tossing/turning

Sleep:  This past weekend we got CT's big boy bed set up and it made sleep soooo much better for all of us.  He slept all night in his bed and I slept through the night, too!

Missing:  Wine.  Last week I was in Chicago for work and I really missed out on trying some of the local brews and craft beers, but it's worth it!

Loving:  The fact that we have a little special secret between the 4 of us right now.

Craving:  Lemon in my water.  Fruit.  

Feeling: Finally back to myself! I am excited about meal prep and cooking and all the things I love and that just makes my heart happy.  Also loving getting outside for some runs with CT.  Now that I feel good, I've been running with the stroller again.

Looking Forward: Spending as much one on one time with CT as possible.  Date nights with my husband.  A family vacation to the beach over spring break.   And our Gender Reveal on 3/12.

Best Moment(s): I was out of town most of last week for work so I missed CT, but it was really nice to come home and slip into bed beside him Saturday night.  When he woke up Sunday morning it was a nice surprise that I was home.