Almost 28 weeks pregnant, and I feel UNBELIEVABLE.

Okay, so I must have blinked too many times, because I cannot believe that I am almost 28 weeks pregnant. This pregnancy is flying by, and without jynxing anything, it has been pretty without incident. He is moving around all the time, but is still considerate enough to let me sleep throughout the night.
Earlier in the pregnancy, my skin was atrocious. I have dealt with cystic, hormonal acne since I was 16 years old. I had heard that pregnancy could alleviate that, but that wasn't really the case here. I was also exhausted. The first trimester was the worst. I was exhausted and always found myself ready for bed by 7:30 P.M., at the latest. No matter how much sleep I got, I always woke up ready for a nap. Overall, it could have been worse, but I knew I could be feeling better.

My husband and I recently made some lifestyle changes, so that we could set the best example for our son. Within a week, we feel like completely new people. My skin is the clearest it has ever been and I am shocked to see that I am not even remotely tired by 10:00 P.M. I am so energized throughout the day, and I am so happy to report that I passed my glucose test with flying colors. 

At 28 weeks pregnant, I feel better than I did before even becoming pregnant. It was as easy as flooding my body with 22 fruits and vegetables every single day, by consuming eight gummies. That's it. Nutrition really is key and I could not feel better. 

It is no secret that what we put into our bodies, plays a huge impact in our daily lives. The less nutritious food we eat, the worse we feel. We feel lethargic, we get sick more often, and our overall wellness just suffers. 

If I could scream it from the rooftops, I would. My desire to share this with others is overwhelming. Mamas-to-be can feel better; families with young children don't have to worry about how they will incorporate nutrition into their kids' diets, and people can just be healthier overall. Children as young as 6 months can take the gummies. These nutritional supplements also come in a capsule form, where you can open the capsules and put that into your child's food. This is a whole, plant-based food. 

It has not only changed my life, but it has allowed my unborn child to already have a great start, nutritionally. 

Do you feel like you incorporate enough nutrition into your diet? Do you and your kids get their daily dosage of fruits and veggies every single day? If so, what are some ways that you bring nutrition into your daily routine?

 

What’s Gun Violence?

I lived in South Florida for 17 years of my life, so hearing about the latest school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School CERTAINLY hit home. I suppose that could be because that was my  high school’s rival school. I knew people that attended that school. I have driven by it countless times and even had my Sweet Sixteen party at the hotel that housed the students after the tragedy. Not that the severity of any of the other school shootings that have occurred this year is diminished, just because they did not have a close tie to me, but this one in particular was even more surreal.

Students released from a lockdown embrace following following a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The emotion is raw. These children are sent to school, a place that they believe they are safe in. When I was in school, I never felt unsafe. So how do we, as parents and future parents, handle these situations. Situations like when our children come and say that they don’t want to go to school anymore? Or, they want to be homeschooled, since they are too fearful to return to school? 

I truly feel that it is extremely difficult to discuss an issue like this, without it being politicized. Let me be clear that I do not write this post, taking a stance, one way or another, regarding the issue of gun control. This is a much larger issue, dealing with mental health, social media, rejection, etc. This is truly me, confiding in all of you, expressing my fear of raising children in today’s society. 

I feel like children deal with so much more today, than they did when I was growing up. They live under constant pressure to fit in, “be cool,” and well, just survive. This idea of inclusiveness is constantly shoved down kids’ throats, just as is exemplified in this story from Elle, about a school that requires girls to not say no when boys ask them to dance at a school function. I understand the message, trying to incorporate inclusiveness, but is the message really helping? Teaching girls that they HAVE to say yes? Teaching boys that it is perfectly acceptable to never be rejected? Teaching that girls’ thoughts and feelings should be dismissed? 

Perhaps I am going off on a tangent. My point is simple. There is a significant problem in this country. Our children are not safe, and there doesn’t seem to be any action being taken. When will we admit that there is a correlation between gun violence and mental health?

If schools are no longer safe spaces, then what is?

Weighing In: Mom Takes a Goal-Winning Nap

Photo: Glennon Doyle’s Facebook 

I truly cannot say that I find myself weighing in very often on things that go viral. Depending on what it is, I may share it with my husband, if it is a cute, viral video, but more often than not, I just scroll through it on Facebook and don’t take a second glance.

That is, until I read —

This Mom Fully Napping at a Kid’s Soccer Game Is the Real MVP, Deserves All the Trophies 

as the headline of this article from Popsugar Moms. Yes, it certainly grabbed my attention, to say the least.

I should probably start this by saying, that this is an absolute judge-free zone, but let me give a brief synopsis of the article. A woman, we will call her Susie, is at her kid’s last soccer game of the season. In the midst of all the commotion, she succumbs to her exhaustion, and decides to lay down for  a nap on the sidelines. Glennon Doyle, who snapped a photo of the mom, and posted it to her Instagram, is touting her as a hero; a spirit animal, of sorts. 

This really got my wheels turning. Now, I do not know the sleeping woman’s situation, by any means. She may be a single mother, working several jobs to make ends meet, and just could not stay awake any longer. 

Truthfully, it was this part of the Instagram post’s caption, that had such an element of sadness to me:

…”Please understand that periodically- when the sideline yelled and woke her from her warrior sleep- she would raise that little thumb of hers and say: yay. And then she’d go back to sleep.”

I know that when I was a kid, it meant the WORLD to me to have my parents present at any one of the events I participated in. I wasn’t much of an athlete, but it meant just as much to have my parents show up to a silly, little award ceremony. There’s a part of me, that for a fraction of a second, feels sad for this woman’s child. Can you imagine scoring a winning goal and looking for your mom’s reaction, and you find her, laying on the sideline, taking a nap? It is moments like that that can have a serious impact on a kid for the rest of their lives. Yes, I acknowledge that the mother is physically present at the game, but does showing up and napping really count? 

Again, like I said, I pass no judgment. Truthfully, I am very torn on how I feel about this. 

On the one end, even though I may not be a parent yet, I can understand how utterly exhausting being a parent is. However, on the flip side of the coin, little moments matter to a child, and as hard as it is growing up in today’s society, I cannot imagine how that child would feel if his classmates saw the mom napping, and continuously tortured and bullied him about it when they returned to school. 

What are your thoughts on this? Is this woman really a hero and just showing the real, sometimes ugly, truth of being a parent? Or, should she have just been honest and asked a friend to step in for her, so she could get some much needed R&R at home? 

…And the Journey Begins!

Hello, world! Happy Saturday!

After my last appointment with the Gynecologist, I was given a clean bill of health and told to, “Call us when you’re pregnant!”

The only advice she left me with was to start taking pre-natal vitamins now. Okay, that’s cool and all, but with the plethora of options there are for pre-natal vitamins, where does one start???

She only said to choose one with DHA and Folic Acid–Okay, easy enough. I began my research.

Exhibit A: 796 results found for prenatal vitamins. Is this real life?

It was almost as if Amazon was speaking to me, like God spoke to Moses as the Burning Bush.

Exhibit B: Amazon Best-Seller

It was a no-brainer to choose Nature Made Prenatal Multi+DHA vitamins. Being an Amazon Best-Seller, I mean come on! I would love to know what all of you chose as your vitamin of choice, or if you also selected Nature Made?

So far, so good. No weird taste in my mouth when I burp..? (Which is oddly something I was told would happen with prenatal vitamins, so not sure if any of you experienced this). Anyway, I feel great and I’m ready to experience all the fun that comes with this journey!

I hope you all enjoy your day!

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