Real talk. as a first time mom things can be overwhelming, scary & downright confusing!
i was chatting with a friend of mine today who’s in her 2nd trimester of her first pregnancy & it’s such a relief to have support from someone who’s going through these things for the first time too & just learning together as we go — plus we share the same sense of humor and can laugh at things that are a little tmi for ig ;) there are so many opinions, ways of doing things & don’t forget what i like to call the mom hater club members who just wait for an opportunity to make new parents feel inadequate as if they they weren’t ever a beginner going through this for a first time too. there is no handbook, no manual, no perfect mom or dad & certainly not a one size fits all method. i share my pregnancy journey in hopes to help/support and relate to other women in their pregnancies as well as to learn and seek advice from those who’ve been around the block before me. but here’s the thing... we are all different. if you follow me you will know a few things for sure: i don’t believe in perfection, i say f**k a lot and prob always will, i am madly in love with max and my pets... and cardi b. i love to eat! like... all the time and i swear by my workouts from home. i keep it real and i find most everything i own at tj maxx 🤣 and soon will add mama to my list of things about me.
and sometimes i’ve felt unfit for that title because of what other people have said to me. but i stay focused on the good bc i have also connected with so many supportive & amazing women on here and i just wanted to say i freaking love y’all! we are meant to do this and while it feels foreign right now — it will become more natural to us. plus...no one has this s**t totally figured out get real. it’s easy for people to laugh or b**w off your concerns or make you feel unfit for the job bc we are learning. don’t let it phase you. trust your gut. go with your instinct. do your own research. lean on the positive support system you have. ask tons of questions. take time for you and know most of all, you are more than capable for this ❤️ my inbox is always open if you want to cut your husband in his sleep too! 😇
Cam cam hot air balloons are now all restocked ✨⭐️✨ love the new pressed leaves design // use these as pendant shades or simply as decor hanging from a 3m hook on the ceiling (you can use fishing wire to attach the frame that sits inside)
It's been a while instagram! ⏳ i've been enjoying my time away from ig while i adjust to being a mama to 3. it's been quite a crazy ride and i've healed a lot, cried a lot, yelled a lot, laughed a lot, been overwhelmed with all the new changes happening around me and also enjoying the feeling of being surrounded by the most challenging and most loving little people who have grown my heart and constantly push me to become a better mom everyday. i feel like myself again, finally getting back into a rhythm and excited to experience all the love and chaos from these three little humans that call me mama. .
23 weeks in 🍈 23 weeks out 👶🏼
lucy, you are the mango of my eye! wait - a mango?! i don’t get go every single pregnancy app can have a wildly different fruit comparison, but mine told me that at 23 weeks pregnant, lu was the size of a mango! now 23 weeks out, she is not only way bigger than one, but also way sweeter 😍.
at 23 weeks pregnant, your b**e is approx. 11.4” and just over a pound! not only are they getting bigger, but finally starting to look like the adorable baby you picture holding. i remember being at this point in my pregnancy, and almost obsessively swooning over lu’s ultrasound pics. her profile was really clear, but looked so different every couple weeks! it was a ton of fun trying to picture her as a real, live baby. this was about the time when we began going in every two weeks for fetal echocardiograms. i carry a specific lupus-related antibody which has the possibility of impacting my pregnancy and causing a heart defect in the baby. we began monitoring it, and though it was a pain in the 🍑 to have to go into the hospital so frequently, i felt incredibly lucky to be able to see lu on the ultrasound as often as i did!
now at 23 weeks old, lu is just over 12 lbs and her first tooth poked through this week! like what the h! already? i need to give my head a good shake sometimes, and remember that babies are supposed to grow, and get teeth, and start preparing for a time when she won’t need to nurse anymore 😢
how does your first 23 weeks compare to your second?
Almost through week 21 and starting to really feel and look pregnant. like i thought i had already popped, but then sunday hit and i was like..... dude. there’s a baby in there. i’ve had the best time feeling and counting kicks for the last five weeks. i didn’t get to feel kicks that soon with lewi or cece. i can’t wait for our reveal party, so i can finally put a name to this sweet little peanut. #21weeks#sizeofbanana#babybump ...
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I think it's safe to say this is my favorite transformation photo i've ever taken. 🙏🍁😍
1 year ago today was my due date and i remember walking and walking and walking some more, praying it would kickstart labor.
flash forward 1 year later, i was still walking tonight.. but this time, hand in hand with my boy, mostly just chasing after him. 😭❤️ #transformationtuesday
Entering into my 8th month of pregnancy and gone are the days of high energy and gym workouts. i now consider the 4,000 steps i take at work as my "cardio" and picking up fallen objects as my "squats". i also have a prenatal yoga dvd from the library sitting next to the tv thats at least a week overdue by now. oh well😆
in other news, baby is doing great💕, i've gained 18 lbs so far, and i'm loving every minute of pregnancy.🤗🤰🏽
.sports bra from @gymsharkwomen in size s
.borosillicate glass water bottle from @kablo_official
It’s been a while - but i’m still here - 33 weeks pregnant, taking some time for me and just trying to embrace every moment of this amazing journey with nothing but love in my heart and a huge smile on my face. 🌸
I originally packed my @mamastrut in my hospital bag to help me recover from a vaginal birth.... little did i know that i would rely on it so much with my cesarean delivery!
there’s so much going on either way you deliver:
-diaper sized pads
this is kind of an all-in-one! as soon as the swelling had gone down enough and i was able to move around a little better with the pain i had @balazssipocz help strap me in!
this binder made me feel somewhat complete again... and that’s amazing feeling after you feel like you’ve been ripped apart (quite literally). plus, i can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it felt to have a place to put an ice pack on my abdomen and incision (got the approval at 2 weeks).
honestly, i owe a lot of my postpartum recovery and my shrinking tummy to mama-strut. i don’t know what i would do without it.
i’m now 3 weeks postpartum and still wearing it religiously!
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@mrspatels tip tuesday | ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
ways to bond with your baby bump: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
* your baby can hear you! so sing and talk to your bump so baby can hear your voice⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
* gentle stretches can help you relax your body and mind to make you feel more in touch with your baby⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
* have a nice warm bath to to relax and really feel your baby's movements ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
* rub your bump when you feel baby move and you may find baby respond by kicking back!