Adventures in Pregnancy – 22 Weeks!

Oh sunshine, I have missed you so much… please never go so long without showing your face again! We had only had 1 day of sunshine in almost 3 weeks, and it was grating on me! I need my Vitamin D!

Since today is nice and not rainy, and I managed to get myself out of bed and do my stuff timely, I had a few extra minutes to go breathe in some fresh air and soak in some much needed vitamin D and goodness did they both feel so good!

Like most humans, I dig sunshine and fresh air (and good views don’t hurt!) 😉

So, my 22 week BUMPIE and I enjoyed it all ❤

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Kara Keepin’ it Real – SO GLAD THE HOLIDAYS ARE OVER!

You know why I’m RELIEVED today is Monday, the day after Easter?!

I’ll tell you!

I’m relieved because finally, today means a rough 6 month stretch of holidays full of sweets and treats (and coworkers who bring those treats into the office…) is OVER.

It starts with Halloween and segues quickly into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. We get a verrrry brief reprieve before we are bombarded with Valentine’s Day stuff, and then Easter is close on the tail of Cupid’s day.

And I swear, each year these holidays get more and more centered around junk; that or I’m just getting more sensitive to/aware of how many treats we consume during these times.

And I never seek the stuff out, but when it’s made available/in front of me, I definitely have my weaknesses, and I definitely give in sometimes.

Which there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat… but I’m not gonna sit here and act like I’m not relieved this holiday stretch is over, BECAUSE I AM 😉

It is a rough stretch for most people, and I am no different!

 

Hoppy Easter!

This would be a little cuter if I was a little further along (or actually ready to pop 😉), but I still love it!

Hoppy Easter everyone! So hard to believe next Easter we will have our own little “bunny” 💕

I am so excited to begin new traditions, and to experience holidays through a child’s eyes… this always adds several layers of magic to them, I feel.

Do you have little ones?

 

Adventures in Pregnancy – SLEEP

When your shirt basically calls out the reason you didn’t get up and get an official workout in…

Part of pregnancy, for me, is striking the balance between the movement I need and love, but also being gentle and getting sleep while it’s a little easier.

And today was one of those days with no work and nowhere to be very early, I could sleep in a bit. And then I did do a few reps of some movement, and since we’re also gonna be gettin’ our groove on at the Oblivious Fools show today, I’ll call it a good balance.

Because sleep is freakin’ awesome, mannnn 💕

Adventures in Pregnancy – First Movement!

MAGICAL💕

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!

Simply magical!

How far along were you when you felt your baby move for the first time? I just hit 21 weeks today!

Wednesday Wisdom – BE the CHANGE

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!

Adventures in Pregnancy – Confession

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?

Saturday Adventures – Road Trip to Jersey WITH Roxy!

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!

Factbomb Friday – The world does not revolve around you…

(Not my post, but…)

I’m curious what my service industry friends (and anyone else) thinks of this…

How would YOU have responded?

Even though I’m not in the service industry per se, I’ve had clients message me, and when I didn’t answer swiftly enough for them, they’ve sent question mark messages or gotten upset, and I’ll be honest, those are the people I back off of. Sorry, but I am at no ones beck and call 24/7, and people need to understand that.

I’m a full time worker, a wife, a dog mama, soon to be a human mama, and I have responsibilities just like everyone else.

And also, I agree with this person – I am no good to anyone else unless I’m good to myself. I will offer you the absolute best I can, but EFF someone thinking I am out of line for taking care of myself and my wellness.

Seems like someone never learned what happens when you assume…

What say you?