Adventures in Pregnancy – Gone Phishin’

Some get it, some don’t.

Everyone is different.

For me, live music, and especially Phish, have been some of my happiest, most soul-replenishing experiences.

I mean they’d have to be if I’m willing to do two nights in a row in the dead of summer at 8 months pregnant, right?!

Every live show I’m reminded how blessed I am that I still have enough hearing to enjoy them. It sounds silly, but live music is just my happy place and I’m just always grateful to experience it.

Most probably know the Curveball debacle – how excited I was for it, how much I NEEDED it after a rough year of family hurt, and how sad I was when it was cancelled without a note being played.

And I wanted a couple of shows before I dive into motherhood (for the record I will still see Phish as a mother, it just may not be quite as easy) – I needed a phix and I just wanted to go phishin’ with my friends!

And it was awesome! It was exhausting, but exhilarating. I walked over 8 miles in two days and danced a lot too. Yes, I also sat waaaay more than I ever have at any show (you usually can’t get me to stop bogeying – but I’m also not usually 8 months pregnant 😉) but I could still hear the music, see the lights, feel the vibe… I made it work for me!

And people were AWESOME! I got so many high fives, people asking me when I’m due and if I know what it is, countless people offered me waters, this sweet soul kept misting me with her water fan and actually let me borrow her little fishman donut hand fan… people showed me time and time again why I LOVE this community so much!

It was also pretty cool to feel the baby groove to his or her favorite songs – baby most definitely had some choice picks!

For the record, I went extremely prepared with snacks, water, a cooling cloth to be able to place on my neck, Gatorade, my insulin, a note from my doctor declaring I’m both diabetic and pregnant and should be allowed to keep my snacks and medical supplies with me – the gate attendants didn’t even need to see the letter but it never hurts to have it. I wore my shoes, not flip flops, to help all the walking, my husband and I never separated, I knew exactly where every bathroom was, and I was very attuned to my body and it’s limits and took breaks when I needed to, which is important.

It was hot, and it was a lot of work, and I definitely welcomed some downtime today with which to recover, but I don’t regret that experience at all, and I’m proud as eff of how my super pregnant little body held up (which was also helped by how active I’ve remained during my pregnancy!) and every day I become more and more awestruck at what my body is capable of!

So, everyone is different, but don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do things that are meaningful to you just because you are pregnant. Yes, there are things you shouldn’t do, and it really does vary by person/pregnancy, but provided you play smart, listen to your body, and vow to put the safety of yourself and your unborn baby first, you can totally go Phishin’ 8 months pregnant!

What a weekend for the books, and I’m so grateful 💕

Adventures in Pregnancy – Phishin’ night 1!

Baby definitely had his or her favorites last night, but the most movement came during The Squirming Coil!

I’ll chat more later about experiencing Phish 8 months pregnant, but night 1 went well and we had a blast and it was so. freakin. nice. to phinally get a phix after waaaay too long between shows (no thanks to you, Curveball! 😜)

Excited to see what night 2 brings! 🐠🎶💕

 

Adventures in Pregnancy – Bout of Sickness

What a night.

It started with me losing my dinner, which is unfortunate in and of itself, but the real issue there is that because I had already taken insulin, the insulin stays in my system despite the food having since left stage right, so that of course sent me into a tailspin of shaky lows and lethargy… since I, like most people, am not eager to stuff my face just after I’ve gotten sick, there was a bit of waiting game there before I could have a snack to temper the lows.

All of this while fireworks were being lit off all damn night, seemingly next door to my house, absolutely terrifying my dog and sending her into her own shaky tailspin, which always hurts my heart so bad.

I don’t normally take two days off of working out in a row, but I’m just not feeling it today, I’m super low energy and kinda feel like I got hit by a truck so the plan for right now is just relax and regroup a bit, since I have a really active, busy weekend to store my energy for.

I give crazy kudos to you mamas who got sick a lot during pregnancy and just kept on trucking – that shit is hard and you are rockstars!

Happy 4th of July, everyone 🇺🇸💕

8 months pregnant… what!?

8 months today.

Still trying to wrap my head around that, honestly.

Pregnancy is the only thing I’ve experienced where time speeds up while slowing down, simultaneously.

What 8 months means for me includes a much, much foggier brain, which means I don’t remember much so if you wanna tell me something important, make sure I write it down… it means a much slower lifestyle (when I’m running errands I’m moving slowly but I feel like I’m not even moving!), it means much more emotional sensitivity, a little more anxiety, MANY more pee breaks (we’ve blurred the line between breaks now so life feels like one giant pee break), more heat sensitivity, oh and so much excitement to meet this little nugget that has graduated from punching and kicking my insides to head butting me…

All in all, still feeling pretty good, still grateful for this whole experience, still in disbelief at how fast (and yet, slo-o-o-ow) my pregnancy has gone and yet, still wanna keep this baby safe and protected inside of me forever (figuratively, NOT literally!)

(Yes, I have totally popped recently! Don’t adjust your screens, you aren’t imagining things!)

Sunday Well Spent – Prep That Food!

When it’s not even 0930 and your food prep is already done 👌🏼

I actually have had a lot of people who have been so sweet and complimented me on how well I’m doing in pregnancy nutrition so far, and while I have my struggles like anyone else, there are a few key things that help me…

• Making the time to set myself up for success and ease of access. It doesn’t take long, but it makes a huge difference!
• Having a supportive husband who handles the bulk of the meal cooking (I don’t mind prep but I don’t love cooking, haha) and ensures we get nourishing, nutritious foods.
• Allowing myself treats when the urge strikes and not feeling guilty about it. Life IS about balance, and as long as treats are your exception not your rule, they won’t override all your other nutrition efforts. Have the mindset that it’s okay to enjoy them and then ACTUALLY do just that.

In the end, no one is perfect and no one should be striving for that… but I’m here to tell you that actually taking a little time to set yourself up is a fantastic way to love and honor yourself (and in my case, also love and honor the life growing inside of me!)

Adventures in Pregnancy – All The Water…

Being 31+ weeks pregnant during this time of year (and thus, during this weather…) is this really interesting little game of needing to hydrate, yet barely having finished one bathroom break before the urge for another strikes up, all the while feeling like you haven’t had anything hydrating yet you’ve been chugging that water (despite not much room in your belly) like it’s life or death (isn’t it?!)