Simon is now just over two months old and it’s taken me about that long to bring all my thoughts together about my first time giving birth. It’s had a profound impact on my life and I feel very very lucky to have had the experience I did.[Read more…] about Simon’s Positive Birth Story: A First Time Mom’s Candid Perspective
65 Unexpected Things I Learned In My First Month of Motherhood
- You will use way more blankets, burp cloths, rags, etc. than you think. Spit up and drool laden items end up at every seat and feeding station.
- So. Many. Diapers.
- Get the blue bottle of Dermoplast, the red bottle will burn.
SECOND TRIMESTER RECAP
The second trimester was when I finally started to feel more like myself gain. Around week 18, almost all signs of nausea vanished. I still had and do have pretty extreme food aversions, but I will gladly embrace that over constant vomiting and extreme fatigue.
Really, I just felt so much gratitude flood in with the second trimester. I was more appreciative of my body and that it was growing a tiny soul. This may also have something to do with the fact that I started to see a more pronounced “bump”.
When Sh*t Hit the Fan
I’m definitely always trying to become a more positive person, since I’m naturally much more pessimistic. BUT, I would feel disingenuous if I didn’t address the struggles that came with being pregnant and the changes that occurred during Covid.
It was not and still is not all rainbows and butterflies, and that’s OK. There are millions of people in the world with bigger and much worse issues.
Being pregnant during the pandemic limited time with loved ones and threw lots of curve balls. For example, I was about to sign an offer letter for an awesome new job when the next day the state shut down, and the position was cancelled. James thankfully was able to keep his job and work from home. So far we have learned to adjust and have been hanging in there with the support of loved ones.
Skyping and more frequent calls with family have become much more regular and I hope they stick around. New recipes made their way into my repertoire and I found a I found a new appreciation for my flower and veggie garden. We ate radishes for days and enjoyed watching the poppies and ranunculus bloom.
Keeping a mindful grip on reality was key for my sanity and always started with taking a few slow minutes in the morning.
Occupying our minds was key for the second trimester of pregnancy. Since Simon will be our first child, we spent a lot of time learning all things baby. Here are some of the things we did to keep busy:
- Birthing Class- We took an online birthing class provided by our hospital since the in-person classes were cancelled. I hope one day we can look back and laugh at what a strange thing it is to practice labor breathing exercises with total strangers over a video chat.
- Bouquet and Veggie Garden- James built us two raised beds in our backyard where we grew our first cut flower and veggie patches. I do not have much of a green thumb, but I came to love visiting with the plants every morning and evening, and figuring out what they needed. We already have our fall planting season all planned out.
- Crafting- I’ve always been into crafting, so that’s naturally how I spent a little of our new free time. Between job hunting and worrying about whether I’d be a good mom, I snuck in a couple DIY’s for Simon’s nursery. I participated in the One Room Challenge for the design and build out process of the nursery.
The second trimester was a real treat and a curve ball at the same time. While our new babe isn’t here yet, I felt like I learned a ton about being a parent and I grew as a person. James and I navigated through circumstances that we never fathomed would happened, but we were in it with the rest of the world!
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18 THINGS YOU CAN DO WHILE ON HOLD
Being on hold on your phone is the ultimate time waster. Frankly, there are few things more frustrating to be hit with in the middle of your busy day than “your current wait time is…35 minutes.”
Here are a few things you can do while on hold:
+ Chop and prep your vegetables- I made homemade home fries this morning with this recipe
+ Catch up on deleting your spam inbox
+ Clean your makeup brushes
+ Give yourself an at-home facial- I like to keep some of my masks and oils in my mini fridge
+ Organize your closet
+ Organize your fridge and wash the shelves
+ Wash your face- I’m a big fan of the Michael Todd Beauty Soniclear
+ Make a grocery list
+ Unsubscribe from spam email lists
+ Clean out your camera roll on your phone
+ Give yourself an at-home manicure- The secret is cuticle oil
+ Trim all your candle wicks- candle tips from an expert on this post
+ Brush your dog/snuggle
+ Get rid of expired cosmetics and goopy nail polishes
+ Sanitize/ wipe down your electronics
+ Prune your plants
+ Browse Pinterest- I update my account regularly with home decor and cute DIYs
+ Paint a denim jacket- DIY here
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