I hope you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving and are prepping for a very Merry Christmas!
If you've been half as busy as I have, then you may not read this blog post until May...whoa. Where has time gone?
I wanted to share a few things with you about life and pregnancy #2 since I have been out of touch here on the blog, in my business, and on my social media pages. It has been MUCH needed considering everything that has been going on:
Daycare with Adie
AJ and I began going over to Adie's every weekday since school started to watch lots of little cuties. I can't tell you how amazing it has been to be able to see AJ grow socially and learn to play with others as he approaches 2 years old. Not to mention, seeing mommy play and interact with other kids and give attention to little babies has been a good preview for him to see for when his little sibling arrives! He actually loves seeing me play with other kids and babies, and joins right in. What a relief and surprise for his STRONG personality :)
Physically, we struggled with this change the first two months. AJ STRUGGLES to sleep in other places besides home. Something he's had an issue with since about 6+ months old. He always been a very alert and aware baby and kiddo, and having new surroundings paired with mommy walking out of the room (separation anxiety) it makes for a VERY difficult time and lots of crying. He's stubborn. He's one of those kids who get's overtired and sleeps WORSE through the night. So the new routine was very hard to adapt to for him and he still has a hard time now and then. The cherry on top for the first 2 months at Adie's was that I was in my first trimester and felt like death. Nauseous, tired, sleep deprived, achy, moody, and dealing with a new norm was ROUGH! By the time I got home, I crashed while AJ tore up the house. I didn't even care.
The past month has been much better since feeling better in the second trimester and fitting into a little bit more of a schedule (just to be thrown off for break again). I can't even explain how fun it is to be able to work with my sister in a home setting and watch our own littles grow up together while raising them at the same time. It is SUCH a blessing. Adie and I have grown close in our inside jokes and find humor in things that only adults around kids all day would find funny...thank God we have each other. I would go batshit crazy, if I didn't.
|AJ and Cooper (Adie's middle) are best buds at daycare :)|
For those who don't know or don't remember, with my last pregnancy, I experienced cervical shortening and preterm labor around 23 weeks. I was put on bedrest shortly after that and remained on bedrest for about 15 weeks. It was hard on me. More mentally than physically, but I know that my lack of recovery time after my Celiac diagnosis had a lot to do with my pregnancy issues. I was malnourished before getting pregnant and never really got the chance to strengthen my body or feel better before become knocked up :)
So, with my history, my doctor wanted to keep a close eye on me to catch any signs of preterm issues as early as possible.
At 15 weeks, just as I was starting to feel better, I had my first ultrasound to measure the length of my cervix. It was a great measurement, and the baseline for my future measurements. I went back in at 17 weeks and found out the gender of the baby (see below!) and had another measurement...it shortened from a 49 down to a 30 : | It was a big jump that set off some alarms for my doc. The good thing was, I was still in the "normal" range so nothing needed to be done at that time.
After teaming up with a specialist, I have been going in EVERY WEEK since for measurements. It gets old, but my doctors don't want to miss the window for a surgical cerclage if needed (which, if given too late, can actually put you into labor) or a pessary. That window closes around 23 weeks.
I prayed hard, practiced some affirmations, and did some exercises to help keep my cervix as long as possible. I'm proud to say that my measurements have been consistant and even GREW longer on every measurement since.
But, I'm not out of the woods yet. I am 22 weeks right now and will be seeing my doctors 2 more times before Christmas, and one yesterday.
Overall, I feel great! I feel so much better than I did when I was pregnant with AJ and I truly to attribute it to my nutrition and health prior to getting pregnant. The fact that my cervix has been stable for 6 weeks makes me confident that my body is strong enough to do this on it's own :)
If you didn't get to catch the video. Here is the Periscope below:
We had a BLAST sharing this experience with everyone! It's so much fun!
I can't believe it!!!
AJ and I have been taking weekly bump photos :)
I am hosting a few fun things for the future. Check out all of the details to see if you'd like to sign up for anything to get you back on track with your health.
Happy Healthy Mama
This FREE group is for pregnant moms who want accountability and support to feel their best while pregnant. We will be sharing experiences with one another and I will be posting daily on tips and tricks to feel your best and most healthy while growing another human :)
If you or someone you know is expecting, and would like to join, please click on the link to request your free entry: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1645984808990209/
Act fast, it begins MONDAY (12/14)!!!
This 2 week intense detox eliminates inflammatory foods to help you lose bloat, pounds, inches, and inflammation while helping you look and feel better than ever. I provide meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with providing information from research and personal experiences.
I've been hosting this DETOX for 2 years and have learned so much. My inspiration for this group came from severe personal illness that I NEVER want others to go through or experience. Had I not ignored the small signs and symptoms, I could have avoided a big blow up! That's what I want to help you with!
For more details or to join, please email me: email@example.com
This group usually fills up fast!!! Claim your spot before it's full. We begin on January 4th!
New Year New YOU: fitness challenge
Who doesn't want 30 days of personal coaching to help reach their goals?!
This challenge is the full package!
First, I will work with you to choose the best workout for your lifestyle needs and fitness goals, whether time is an issue or you are wanting something with high cardio or high muscle pumping. We will have a conversations to pick your best options.
The workouts come with a 30 day supply of Shakeology. These superfood-packed shakes are great for suppressing a sweet tooth or providing an on-the-go breakfast and they taste GREAT! After you choose your workout, you choose your flavor.
Lastly, I will provide nutritional guidance along with tips for preparing meals for you and your family. And of course the hardest part can be actually DOING all of these things at the same time, long enough to see results. The group is there to keep you accountable, on track, and motivated to create healthy habits for you to continue on. It takes 21 days to create a habit. Let me guide you down the right path for 30 days to help you become a fitter you!
This challenge group begins on January 18th. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started on this New Year New YOU journey :)
Thanks for stopping by!