Well, it’s no secret I have been super MIA around here these last few weeks, but I promise I have a pretty good reason! I have tried to get back into the swing of things multiple times, but my body just kind of laughed at me for trying. I truly believe there is a season for everything and as much as I wanted to be working and sharing all the good sales with y’all, I have just had to listen to my body instead. So…we have been keeping a little secret, but I promise it is a good one!
Are you an expecting mom? First off, Congratulations! This is such an exciting time and can also be a little scary – especially for first-time expecting moms. I remember how scared I was throughout my pregnancy with my first son. All of the “what-if” questions. Not having a clue when it comes to having your own baby, being responsible for another person, not to mention all of the health concerns and issues that arise in some pregnancies and newborns. One little thing can turn an exciting time into a very scary moment. I have been so blessed to have three healthy babies, however, my third pregnancy was not easy. I had a “full placenta previa” throughout most of my pregnancy and was even on bedrest for 5 weeks. I also experienced a lot of pain that I did not experience in my first two pregnancies. It was very difficult and there were a lot of concerns about my sweet Weston coming early.
One thing that helped me during this time and really in most situations in my life is feeling prepared. There is only so much we can prepare for, but these little things really help put the mind at ease. I leave the rest up to God and pray – a lot. Packing my “go-bag” earlier on in my last pregnancy was something my doctor recommended just in case I went into labor early. Having that little bag with everything in it made me feel so much better because I knew I just had to grab it on my way out the door and I’d be good to go. Here is what was in my go-bag:
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I am not one of those women who gets pregnant, gains 20 to 25 pounds and looks amazing the second she gives birth. It has taken me a lot of strong will, determination, dieting and exercise to get back to my “normal” after each pregnancy and has also taken several months. Even now, I am almost 7 months postpartum and still have 5 lbs. to lose. It is a process for me, and not an easy one. Because of all the struggles I had during my third pregnancy (placenta previa, a vitamin D deficiency and gallbladder issues) and even some health issues postpartum, I decided it was time to get myself really healthy.
By some major miracle, I finally finished packing my hospital bag. Even though I will be having this baby literally any day now, I have been putting it off. I think part of me just really doesn’t feel as concerned as I have in the past about making sure I have anything and everything I MIGHT need. I am only taking the essentials this time because I tend to overpack and have taken way too much stuff the last two times. In all honesty, other than toiletries and clothes, the hospital provides so many of the essentials that you really don’t have to take much unless you just want to. However, I am all about feeling comfortable and as “at home” as possible, so I do like to include a couple of personal touches to keep me sane.
It is so hard to believe that my pregnancy is coming to an end! Baby boy will be here any day now. I’m trying to enjoy every last moment until he decides to make his appearance. I’m honestly not sure if this is my last pregnancy or not, but just in case, I want to remember and enjoy every little detail and movement even though the last few weeks have been anything but pleasant. I have been very sick throughout this pregnancy and have had a lot of pain and contractions the last 3 weeks. Here are some of my third trimester must haves that have gotten me through the tough moments!
I am 32 weeks pregnant and struggling. This past week has been a hard one. I have been sick every day, but it worsened when I went to one of our local consignment sales on Saturday. It’s held in a basement with no air conditioning and people were packed in there like sardines. What us mothers will do for a bargain. Sigh. I was relieved to see I wasn’t the only one – and not the only pregnant woman, either – struggling down there, I got way too overheated. I almost didn’t make it back to my car, but luckily I had my mom with me who was able to help me get there without falling out. I have naturally low blood pressure, so fainting has occurred in my past, but I have never fainted while pregnant and really don’t want to.
Happy Friday, loves! It is a new weekend and I am still on a high from scoring some great deals at our local consignment sale yesterday! I feel like it is going to be a great weekend of football and lots of catching up on laundry! We are also going to check on our house later today, so follow along on Snapchat (LoganCan) and I’ll share some photos/videos of the progress! For now, here are some of our current Friday favorites:
I welcomed my third trimester with open arms two weeks ago! I am 30 weeks along but feeling more like I’m 35. The aches and pains have been in full force this week and I am definitely starting to feel more uncomfortable. I’m actually measuring smaller than I was with both my other pregnancies which is great, but the ligament pain has been so bad this week that I haven’t been able to workout like I normally do. So I hope that I don’t gain 15 pounds these last 2 months. The third trimester. A time when leg cramps wake you up at ungodly hours, your heartburn is that of an 80 year old man, you gain a lot of weight in a very small amount of time, you have a baby kicking you in the ribs at all hours of the day (and night) and everyone is telling you to enjoy the sleep while you can when you are secretly thinking that you haven’t slept in months already since “pregnancy brain.”
I’m feeling all of these symptoms and more, but I know that it will soon be over and I will miss this growing bump that my little boy and I have shared for the past few months.
It’s hard to believe this is my third time around, but here we are! I’m not sure if this is my last or not and I am not wanting to make any decisions about that any time soon. I am trying to enjoy every second of this pregnancy in case it is my last, but it has been challenging as it has been my toughest pregnancy by far.
I gained so much excess weight during my first pregnancy. I did better during my second, but I have been determined to maintain a healthy weight this go-around. The biggest issue I have is my sweet cravings. I have wanted sugar non-stop and it has been really hard to say no. The other day I searched healthy snack ideas and I finally found a solution! I can snack healthy and still have my sweet-tooth satisfied! Finding good snack ideas and choices is so easy if you know where to look!