So there I was, laying on the acupuncture table, halfway through a treatment; calm, relaxed… almost asleep!
And then this crazy chill came over me. AND THEN… for the very. first. time… I felt the baby move! And then again… and again… 6 times total, and yes it’s subtle compared to those crazy kick/punch videos people show, but there was no mistaking that!
How far along were you when you felt your baby move for the first time? I just hit 21 weeks today!
Stop whining about XYZ, and DO something about XYZ😉
You get a LOT more accomplished when you put your feet to the ground and make moves instead of sitting on your ass bemoaning all the stuff that is wrong with the world (and to be fair, there is a lot wrong in this current landscape, at least where I am from – the USA – but that just means we need MORE action and less griping!
I have a confession to make, and it’s not one of those silly cutesy confessions, sadly.
Sara snapped this pic of me in Arizona while I was shell hunting with the kids, and while my first thought should have been “oh so fun, a pic of awesome memories with her kiddos!”, my thoughts instead jumped right to holy. fucking. shit… my thighs are NOT carrying pregnancy well AT ALL.
And they aren’t, that much is true. But it bothers me that instead of focusing on the beauty of pregnancy and ALL the parts that come with it – the good, the bad, and the seemingly ugly – I zeroed in on a massive flaw.
Pregnancy has changed my body a LOT, and I have struggled with this change a little more than I’d like to admit, because for 36+ years my weight has never fluctuated much if at all; I’ve always been proportionate and petite.
That’s just what I know.
But I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason to gain weight.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for body changes.
I’m here experiencing the. very. best. reason for growth, and fatigue, and perhaps even some discomfort.
And so I checked myself and I thanked her for this picture. And I hope someday I’ll look back on this and remember all the adventures I took my baby on in utero, and smile instead of focusing on any flaws.
Because again, while I have fleeting moments that challenge me, I am SO VERY grateful to be able to experience pregnancy, and I will do better with giving my body a break as it continues with the hardest, yet most rewarding thing it has ever experienced.
Were you critical of your body during pregnancy?
Check out this absolute rockstar!
We did it! We survived 11 hours (round trip total thanks to traffic and stops), and while it wasn’t without a couple of slightly stressful moments, my girl pulled through like a champ! 😍
Now, you can find us all • s t r e t c h e d o u t •, relaxing while watching the Bruins do better than the other night… me on the heating pad because 11 hours in a car has my shoulders and back feeling shredded!
Do you know how much easier life can be when you get into the healthier habits that help you be your best self?
Like, for example, I’ve been a great hydrater for about 10 years now, which is of course a habit that will greatly help my pregnancy.
No, I did not always drink as much water as I do now, and to be honest, I didn’t always love plain water. But I started, and I built up to where I needed to be.
I let myself FEEL how staying hydrated was helping me in so many ways.
So now, in my pregnancy, where my water intake is crucial because it not only helps ME but my growing baby, it is much easier to be able to reach the target amount.
Being proactive in a calm manner is a lot easier than feeling the need to react in a panicky manner!
If you show up once in a while, you might enjoy feeling good once in a while.
If you show up consistently, you might enjoy feeling good a bit more consistently.
You are more in control of it than you think 😉
So peaceful and pretty here 💕
My soul has really enjoyed the various scenic views out this way!
Have you been out West?
It is an entirely different climate than I am used to, being from New England… but the weather at this current period of time is intoxicatingly refreshing!
The sun feels sooooo good.