The word “unreal” is an understatement. Time is flying by so unbelievably fast. Definitely bittersweet because I know I will miss being pregnant, but I also cannot wait to meet our baby girl. Every day that passes comes with a new kick, a new stretch mark, a new baby development notification from the Ovia Pregnancy app. We haven’t seen our girl in eight weeks, which makes a first time momma really nervous, but feeling her strong kicks, punches and movements keeps me reassured that she’s in there happy and healthy as can be!
I can’t help but look into the future and see us shopping together in Target, getting to put her delicate baby hair in a pony tail for the first time, running around giggling while her Daddy chases her and helping me make cookies to bring to a holiday party. Having this one on one internal bond with her before she’s born is truly such a gift. At about ten inches and ten oz, our girl is about the size of a large banana! That word again, unreal.
Speaking of food, my cravings haven’t been too crazy, just pickles, hot chocolate, buttered rolls and orange juice……not all together of course. My husband is a saint for always keeping the fridge stocked with dill pickles.
Despite the cravings, I’ve only gained two pounds in the past five months, although still down about eight pounds from the first month due to nausea and not being able to even look at food at times. But, there’s definitely no more confusion on whether I’m pregnant or just consumed an enormous amount of food. My belly is large and in charge and here to stay! Some days larger than others due to bloating but it’s nice to finally see some real belly growth.
With belly growth comes those dreaded stretch marks that every mother, and their mother, wants to get rid of as soon as possible. Although I don’t blame you, I’ve been at peace with my new body and every stretch mark that’s come with it because it’s helping me grow a healthy baby girl. I have been using Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter just to help with the itchiness that comes with stretching skin. My best friend also picked up Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for me, so I switch back and forth between the two, mostly using Palmer’s only because it’s rich cocoa smell is AMAZING. Another product I’m loving is Carmex Lip Balm, my lips have been SO chapped lately. If you’re reading this and you’re pregnant with a girl or have been, you know the struggle of acne and bad skin! I’ve been using Aztec Secret Healing Indian Clay weekly, mixed with apple cider vinegar and it’s been working wonders, the apple cider vinegar instead of plain water gives it an extra kick and your face feels so baby butt smooth afterwards. Another essential has been a face moisturizer, I use InstaNatural Retinol Moisturizer before bed every night to keep my skin hydrated.
“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:13-14
The only troubles I’ve had so far is I’ve come down with a cold for about two months now that has me sneezing and blowing my nose seventy five times a day…downfall of being pregnant in the winter months maybe? But also how does anyone survive pregnancy in the dead of summer, ugh – summer moms, I applaud you. Overall my journey into motherhood has been absolutely life changing so far, as it is for all mothers. All these little ups and down, mostly ups (thank God), are shaping me into the woman that she needs me to be when she makes her arrival. I fall deeper in love with every kick and squirm.
P.S. For those asking me, yes – we have her name picked out. We’ve had it picked out for quite a while now. Something me and my husband agreed on right away. Although we’re not sharing because we’d like to still keep something to ourselves until she’s born.