Monday, January 28, 2013

10 reasons I love being preggy

we're having a baby!!!!!!!

Sooo the secret is finally out!  So happy about that.  I love preggy-talk and mama-to-be talk and I appreciate all of the encouragement and support from each of you.  It means more than you will know!  And now for your Monday, here are 10 reason why being pregnant is awesome... in my humble opinion at least.  

being pregnant is awesome because....

1.  Excitement.  All the time.  Like the kind of excitement you experience when you’re 6 years old on Christmas Eve and you lay awake all night imagining what Christmas day will bring.  The possibilities.  The surprises.  The joy.  Pure joy.  Being pregnant is a lot like Christmas Eve excitement – only you don’t wake up and it goes away.  Nope it stays and lingers for 9 whole months.  I lie in bed at night and still pinch myself, like “Is this really happening?”  Then I imagine what our babe will be like – will look like – will talk like.  Right now that imagination is pretty broad considering we don’t know the gender but I’m thinking I’ll narrow it down after the big gender reveal.  But the excitement?  It’s amazing.

     2.  Super helpful and handy hubby.  Before elaborating on this I should point out that Matt has always been extremely helpful around the house.  He is always cleaning our floors, wiping down counters and never flinches when unloading the dishwasher (which is one task I absolutely despise).  But since becoming pregnant, he has gone above and beyond what he usually does – and I wasn’t sure that was possible.  He stays up a little later than me to handle some house chores, makes my lunches when I can barely drag myself to the bed.  He is the best.  During my first trimester I was pretty useless.  I was nausea and extremely exhausted all the time.  Now I do have some energy back, but from what I hear your third trimester can hit you like a ton of bricks as well.  But somehow I know my husband will make it all OK.  Better than OK.  Perfect.  Thank you sweetie, for picking up the slack when I am not up for the job.

     3.  I don’t feel bad about not working out.  Need I say more?  Yes I do my Tracey Anderson Pregnancy workouts on the regular like a good pregnant “client.”  And I believe in exersize while pregnant and maintaining a healthy level of fitness.  But on the days where I am just plain beat?  I have no problem, or guilt, calling my walk from the bedroom to the kitchen my workout for the day.  It’s all about listening to your body friends, and sometimes my body and baby say “Nisey, let’s read or sleep, not workout.”  And to that request I simply reply, “Yes mam.”

     4. No pressure to button my jeans.  None.  In fact, I have really stopped that all together now.  What’s the use I cramping my belly and my baby?  That’s what they make long tank tops and belly bands for.  So if you see me on the streets and I’m not in yoga pants, you better believe that top button is flying free.

     5.  The little nursery that will come to life upstairs in our new home.  We just moved in to our new house and we love it.  But my favorite part?  Already the nursery.  No it doesn’t have a thing in it, but it’s still our nursery.  Where my little one will sleep and play and cry and laugh.  And that gives me butterflies inside. 

     6.  The name game.  You know, the game that you’ve played since you were 13?  The one where you talk about what you’re going to name your kid?  Only this time, I’m having serious talks with the love of my life about what we’re going to name our kid.  That reality still blows my mind.  How am I so lucky to get to name a child?  I still don’t know the answer to is, but boy am I excited.


hope our babe gets his looks....
     7.  Feeling healthy.  I’ve heard some women say that being pregnant is the best.  You can feel the healthiest you’ve ever felt.  Now at first it may not seem that way between the utter fatigue and need to barf all the time.  But as soon as those symptoms started to subside – I got it.  And it’s so true.  Sure I am growing and gaining weight which is odd for me because I’ve only ever associated those two things with being unhealthy – but this time it’s different.  I am so conscious of what I put in my mouth that I am eating so much healthier.  Don’t get my wrong, I still love a chocolate molten lava cake and juicy cheeseburger, and so does my baby.  But generally my lunches and snacks are chosen carefully for nutritional value.  And I feel better.  I feel healthier and I feel like I am doing something good for my baby.  And oh man do I eat!  Like all the time.  Any ounce of hunger I feel is quickly replaced with a yummy snack.  So yes it’s weird that while gaining weight, getting a belly and eating all the time and twice as much, I still feel healthier than ever before.

     8.  New reading material.  I’ve since traded in my Shape and Fitness reads for Pregnancy Journals and Parenting Books and I eat it up.  I will devour that information in no time and can’t seem to get enough.  Nice change of pace for me.

     9.  The planning of a babymoon!  Need I say more?  Another excuse to take a romantic getaway.  Even if only for a weekend.  
     Love love love.

     10.  Learning and loving to be still.  This was hard for me.  Especially last weekend when my friends and family helped us move everything we own in to our new home.  But being pregnancy you can’t really lift much, and as I mentioned before, sometimes you don’t feel like doing much of anything.  I mean, hello!  Your body is a little busy making a human – so cut it some slack, right?  Right!  So I have learned that I don’t always have to be on the go.  I don’t have to pop up bright and early every Saturday morning to knock out some chores, before heading to the gym, so I can be home and showered before 12 and ready to run errands with the hubby.  No, not now.  I’ve learned to rest.  And I’ve learned to be still.  And it has a calming effect on my whole mindset.  I hope after baby I remember what it’s like.  And I hope I make time for this.  Time to sit and reflect.  Time to be still and know that He is in control.  And time to take it all in – family, friends and life.


9 comments:

Marquis Clarke said...

Congrats Girl!!! Excited for you :)

Kelly Slater said...

Love this list. It will get even better as you go! :o)

Jessica said...

Love this whole list! Such an exciting time for you two! I look forward to all the bump updates and mama-to-be posts. Can't wait to experience all this one day too.

Kari said...

Those are 10 wonderful things! This post made me happy just reading it.

Pamela said...

So sweet! Congratulations!!

k8te said...

so excited for you! sounds like you are loving it. the name game is my favorite game...can't wait til we play it for real too!

Kendahl Lanai said...

I just found your blog and I love it! You're gonna be such a cute preggo!

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Nicole Shea said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! I'm due August 4th--yay for a pregnant blogging buddy!! :)
I can relate in so many ways--
My hubby has also gone above and beyond, taking over the chores and cooking when I couldn't get out of bed...and I love him so much for it!
I LOVE the belly band!!!
Also love planning our babymoon--we've decided beginning of May. :)
SO excited to follow your journey!

Kasey Lynne said...

I'm so behind on my blog reading, but I'm SOOOO happy for you! Congratulations!