long time no talk. well, as you can probably imagine, a lot has happened since we checked in last. so, this post may be a bit lengthy. but, i’ll give you the abbreviated, bullet point version of what has been going on below:
- left Tuscaloosa and moved to nashville
- got a crazy, awesome job
- moved into a new house
- (finally) got married
- didn’t waste anytime and now a baby is on the way
did you follow??? I barely did. it’s been one heck of a busy year. I wish I had been blogging this whole time, but it was just too much. we have finally gotten to a “stable” point. we are just watching the baby grow and waiting for her arrival in the beginning of july.
anyone who knows me well knows that this was not on my 5 year plan. i guess i understand now why people make fun of 5-10 year plans, because nothing really ever goes according to it.
like i said, the news was pretty shocking. we got home from our honeymoon and two weeks later found out that we would be celebrating the birth of our child before we would celebrate our one year anniversary.
the first thought that went through my head was, “how am i going to tell my parents”. i have been lectured my whole life on being responsible and not getting pregnant – as most young girls are. so, seeing a positive pregnancy test was terrifying. obviously, our families were overjoyed with the news, but it was still uncomfortable!
once we let the cat out of the bag, things were so much better. paul and i were finally able to get excited and start thinking about our growing family without wanting to vomit from anxiety.
speaking of vomit….
morning sickness is real, y’all. i know I’ve seen Hollywood depictions of a mother with morning sickness and that shit ain’t real. not no way, not no how. when i tell you i saw my the light, I’m not kidding. i had to take multiple sick days from work, had vomit from one end of my bathroom to the other, and forgot the term bladder control. it is terrible, and i truly wouldn’t wish it upon my worst enemy. the worst part about it is that there was no relief without prescription medication.
Zofran. saved. my. life. for the past few years, you see the commercials on TV that say, “if you or a loved one suffered from a birth defect after taking Zofran during pregnancy, call us to receive compensation”. so naturally when my doctor recommended it, i was hesitant. but once i had relief from the vomiting, i got over it real quick and started to live a happy life again.
i’m feeling much better now. i can finally eat food that isn’t some bland combination of chicken and potatoes. the cravings haven’t been too crazy, other than the urge to smother anything i eat in buffalo sauce. i haven’t limited myself to just wings. buffalo sauce goes great with a wide variety of foods. my personal favorite is using it as salad dressing!
I’ve been working with the most awesome nutritionist to make sure we keep my weight gain healthy for me and the baby. so far, everything is right on track with my weight and the baby weighs right at about a pound! i can’t believe it!!! my stomach is just barely starting to show when i wear maternity clothes. i was (and still am) worried about stretch marks. I know it is totally natural, but i would like to prevent them as much as possible.
a friend of mine recommended i try maple holistics jojoba oil as my carrier oil, mixed with a little bit of lavender oil. it smells so good and so far, no stretch marks! but i will definitely keep you posted. click the links above to check them out! she is a fantastic resource on essential oils and the best practices with them.
I’ve been trying to learn more about essential oils for aromatherapy purposed. I’ve also been working with an Ayurvedic coach, whose information can be found by clicking here. we have been working together to help me prepare for a natural birth.
“DID SHE JUST SAY NATURAL BIRTH”
yeah, she did. listen. I’m not trying to be a hero. and honestly, i am a big weenie, so we will see how far this goes. but i just don’t really feel compelled to have a 6 inch needle stuck between my vertebra in order to have a relief from pain women have been experiencing for millions of years. but like i said, we will see. also, if you have had a natural, unmedicated birth, please either comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, i wanna pick your brain.
anyway, that pretty much sums things up about my pregnancy. i will post more photos, pregnancy products, food related topics, and other fun things under the new series Eating For Two.
until next time, cheers (with sparkling grape juice)!