Balanced Living – Balance in all things

We spent the whole weekend at the pool which means I ate all the things… all of ‘em!

Some healthy, some not as healthy… that’s balance.

But what I love about my attitude towards food is that I don’t punish or berate myself for enjoying things that might not be high on the “good for me” list, because I know I will bounce right back and actually crave/enjoy things that ARE good for me. By embracing this balance, I eliminate that awful feeling of guilt, which I’m sorry, is not a flavor I am fond of 😉

After eating all the things this weekend, my body craves fresh veggies and so, that’s what my body gets – spinach topped with veggies.

Balance.

Did you find the balance between nutrient-dense foods and treats during your pregnancy?

Adventures in Wellness – Pregnancy is not easy…

Today was a bit of a rough one… walking to appt in humidity, low blood sugars before lunch that had me super out of sorts, some general anxiety (mama’s, surely this is normal?!) and just feeling pretty drained… humidity is not my favorite and it definitely hits me a little harder when I’m this pregnant!

The good news is, tomorrow is a new day and so tonight is just being spent relaxing and snuggling with this little lovebug (because she’s the MASTER at relaxing and reminding me it’s IMPORTANT, even if there IS a trillion things to do!) and so between her friendly reminder and my husband handling dinner, I’m feeling a bit better and regrouping.

That humidity though… whewwwww. No joke!

 

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 – 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?!)