Friday, December 6th, 2013
I love being pregnant, but truthfully, I don’t like the immediate postpartum period that comes right after having a baby. I’ve been through it a handful of times already, but it doesn’t seem to prevent my surprise every time. I feel beautiful when I am pregnant, even at 9-month—when I am at my heaviest and roundest. All that love for my shape goes away when the baby is no longer gestating and is lovingly in my arms. I wish I wasn’t so hard on myself—a trait that I work hard to overcome, and I am hoping to this time around …
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
When my husband and I were writing our “pro/con” list, debating whether or not to add another child to our family, the age gap of our kids was a point of consideration. Before we had children, we planned on having two and, discussing any further kids as needed, we knew we wanted them close in age. My siblings and I don’t have a large age gap between us, and I’ve always seen that as a contributing factor for why we were best friends as kids and still are as adults.
My oldest two kids are only 14 months apart, and for us, it was the perfect gap.…
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
I’ve experienced a whole slew of symptoms in this pregnancy — more than my previous three full-time pregnancies. It’s funny because I always hear doctors and experts say that “each pregnancy is different,” but I never really “got it” until this time around because my others had all been so similar. I’ve experienced everything from hyperemesis gravidarum to varicose veins (in my feet!) and all the fun things in between like achy hips, cravings, aversions, and fatigue. These are all symptoms that we hear about a lot in terms of pregnancy, and so I wasn’t at all surprised when they came into play because I was aware of the possibility …
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
I love names, and I think a name can have a big impact on our lives—whether we hate our name, love it, or have others constantly comment on it. I don’t have a very common name, and while it’s becoming more common now for females to have a name that’s typically thought of as being a male name, my name was the topic for discussion quite a few times when I was younger.
When it came to naming my own children, I had a few criteria I wanted their names to meet. I didn’t want them to be common, but not too out there either. I wanted them to sound strong (like the name of a CEO of a large company) and make a good impression. I also wanted them to have some back-up middle names that have family meaning for them to choose from later in life. I don’t like names that can be shortened into nicknames, and I didn’t want their names to be a source of heartache for them.…
Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
Would you like to hear something that probably won’t surprise you? My feet hurt. Shocker, right? At nine months pregnant, my feet have taken on a lot of extra weight and have had to balance a whole new front-heavy shape, and believe me, they’re feeling it. I know that sore feet is kind of …
Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
There is no other time in life that I feel more beautiful then when I am in the third trimester of pregnancy. Yes, when I am nearing my biggest, when everything hurts, and I hit my belly when I try to walk through doors. Sounds backwards maybe, but for me, this shape helps me fall in love with my body — showing me she’s capable of amazing miracles. It’s hard not to see the beauty in that.
However, with all the hormones that come into play during pregnancy, I’ve had to switch some things up in my beauty routine to keep myself feeling beautiful and to take special care of some of the “problem areas”. I am not overly concerned with appearance — really.…
Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
If I could choose how I would labor and delivery this child — my current plan is far from what I would have chosen. My ideal would be to have chill midwife follow my care, who didn’t worry about weight gain or making sure I make every appointment on time. I would love to have an office where I could make the appointment times work for me and my family and feel no anxiety going. I would love to be setting up my house right now with all the supplies needed to have a midwife-attended home water birth. I want to see the pool set up in my bedroom, gathering all the essentials that would make the experience calm and perfect in my eyes. I want to have discussions with my children about how baby will come when he’s ready and answer all the questions they have about labor and birth as if they were going to be right there with me. That’s my ideal — but that’s not what I am going to get, nor have I ever been able to experience in my past labors and deliveries. …
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
I can’t believe my pregnancy is almost over — already! I am entering the final stretch of my last pregnancy, and it has been quite an interesting ride. This pregnancy has not only been different in how I feel, but the way my bump is growing, and how I am showing has been quite different this time around, as well. It wasn’t something I had expected since I had grown and dressed 3 full-term bellies before, and this change in shape has meant I have had to look at my maternity closet a little differently as well …
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
I feel most beautiful when I am pregnant. Weird, right? I love the new curves, the weekly changing shape, and there’s been no other time in my life where I feel so feminine — even through the nausea, weight gain, and aches and pains. I know many feel the same way when they’re pregnant, but I also know it can swing the other way where you feel totally un-sexy. Many side effects or symptoms of pregnancy are not exactly mood enhancers and neither is waking up and finding you don’t have anything that fits in your closet, but I truly believe it’s more mind over matter here …
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
I love being pregnant, and as I near the end of what is most likely my last pregnancy, I am trying to soak all of it in. I love feeling the baby move inside, I love the kicks, the twists, and yes, even the painful ones. I like watching my shape change and feeling wonderfully round and it helps that my husband loves the new curves as well.
Having a supportive partner through pregnancy is important to me — I am not sure what pregnancy would be like if I didn’t have my husband’s love and support. He helps me see the positives when the hormones get me down or the worry creeps up. He embraces my changing shape with love and always makes me feel beautiful.…