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Pampered Preggie Giveaway Hop: Prizes to keep the mama-to-be feeling fit and fab! {Ends 2/1}

Going Green with the Grizls

First, the business…

It’s time for the Pampered Preggie Giveaway Hop hosted by Going Green with the Grizls, My Sippy Runneth Over and SewFatty.

A fantastic group of bloggers has joined forces to offer you a ton of prizes fit for an expecting mama! We know you’ll find some amazing new blogs along the way and even run across some new brands to add to your wish list or registries. Also, each blog on the linky below will have prizes to offer, too, so be sure to visit them and enter!

Our hosts have put together 3 grand prizes, each valued at over $400! You’ll see brands you know and love including: Amalou Skin Care, Bundles and Buzz, Oylent Vitalah, Cake Lingerie, Pink Blush Maternity, Undercover Mama, Family Bedrock, Be Here Soon Maternity Bag, Novena Maternal Skincare, Balm! Baby, Proud body, Three Lollies, Sacred Pregnancy, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga, Premama Vitamins, Boppy, Intelligender, Unique Pregnancy Gifts, Koodle Kids, and Newborn Necessities! Phew. That’s a mouthful!

Click here to enter the grand prize!

And now, in local news…

Wondering what my prize package is? Well wonder no more! I’ve got 2 great prizes especially for the preggie mom-to-be!

Prize #1: Something to help you stay healthy and fit! It’s a set of Knocked-Up Fitness DVDs {value: $36.99.}

Knocked-Up Fitness, created by Master Pilate Instructor and Core specialist, Erica Ziel, targets the sassy, modern mom who wants to maintain her fitness routine while preparing her body for labor, delivery and recovery. The videos address warm-up, core, and total body conditioning needs gently and effectively. Perfect for the expectant mom who wants to feel good during every stage of pregnancy! To learn more, visit the Knocked-Up Fitness website, or see my full review here.

Prize #2: Something soft, pretty and comfy just for mama!

This prize, sponsored by A Mother’s Boutique (one of my very favorite online shops!), is an Annee Matthew nightgown in the Violet Dreams print, available in sizes XS-3X {Value: $69.00} This is a very special “sneak peek” for my readers, because these nightgowns haven’t even arrived yet at A Mother’s Boutique, but they are on their way! I’m super excited to provide a review, too, just as soon as our little lady is born (stay tuned for late February!) I think this nightie will be just perfect for the hospital!

As you can see from the photo, this gown can be worn during any stage of pregnancy, and beyond through the nursing period. It’s not too light, and not too heavy, so comfort is a guarantee. Be sure to stop by A Mother’s Boutique to see all the new Annee Matthew arrivals, coming soon, and check out their blog for current mommy news. And did you know that A Mother’s Boutique offers a virtual bra-fitting service? After the challenges I had with my first postpartum nursing bras, I’m really looking forward to a good fitting from the experts! I’m definitely going to try it out…and report back to you, of course! :)

So, are you excited? One mama is going to win both of these prizes, with a combined value of over $100.00! That sounds like some good pampering to me! Entry period will be open through 2/1, so get all your extra entries in, and visit the other blogs on the linky for more great preggie prizes. Good luck!

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Gender Reveal! We’re having a…

:D Surprise! :D

I really, really thought we were having another boy. Maybe I just didn’t want to admit that I would love to have one of each. Either way, doc says everything is looking good, measuring as it should, and baby looks healthy, which really is the most important part.

OMG! That’s my DAUGHTER!

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The not-so-cute and decidedly unfun side of pregnancy.

Wow. What a week. Mind if I cry on your shoulder for a minute?

We’re into the 14th week of this pregnancy now, and I was really hoping things would get a little easier in the 2nd trimester. It seems that may not be the case.

The week started out with a 24-hour urine catch (which required a huge jug that I had to store in my fridge!!) and my glucose test on Monday morning. The girls in the lab didn’t even know how to do the test, so my confidence level was not high. Plus, I had forgotten how completely awful that sludgy drink really was. Bleh!

I had another appointment on Thursday and the doc told me that all my numbers came back bad. My sugar is high, which points to gestational diabetes again. So now that I’m not feeling so sick and can finally eat, there’s nothing for me to eat. Or at least it feels that way. I can’t help but feel like a failure. I know GD can happen to anyone, but I just feel like if I had been in better shape or lost more weight before this pregnancy I might have been able to avoid it. But I know that once I get my head in the right place and put my game face on, I’ll be able to tackle the restricted diet just like I did last time. Only last time, I delivered in November. Just in time to enjoy the holidays. This time? I’m due in late February. This time’s going to be a challenge.

Which brings me to my blood pressure. It’s chronically high, but this doc thought it would be a good idea to switch my meds. So now, instead of 120 over 60, it’s running consistently around 140 over 90. So, off I go, to another appointment, to discuss treatment options.

Oh, and I’m hypothyroid, too. Did I mention that?

Ugh. What am I doing wrong!?

I hate to sound like a whiner, but there’s just so much going on, and so much to keep track of. Take your meds, don’t eat sugar, limit salt, get some sleep, keep stress under control, but continue working at a fast-paced job 65 miles from home, with a schedule that you have to constantly rearrange to accommodate multiple doctor appointments (they want me in every two weeks now.) And, my husband is starting night school. Who wouldn’t be a little overwhelmed?

But, and there IS a big “but” ( probably around month 8 :lol: ), I WILL be OK. You know how I know? Because I also had an appointment this week with a high-risk ultrasound specialist, and despite hearing the term “advanced maternal age” about 15 times, I got to spend about 30 minutes getting up close and personal with this new little one. I guess, after our losses, I had a little trouble believing any of this was even real. I spent every day prepared myself for the possibility of no baby, but I think this one has other plans. Everything measured just as it should, baby is growing well, and the heartbeat is nice and strong. I saw little feet, and a little profile with an even littler nose…it was just breathtaking. And when the tech said “Time to measure hands”, baby obliged by holding both hands high above its head for an amazingly clear shot at ten tiny fingers.

So, I’m back to apples and almond butter as my go-to snack of choice, and I will be odd-man-out in the office a lot once the holidays roll around and I can’t eat much, but that’s OK. Because after seeing that little face, and after feeling the beginning of flutters in my belly, it’s all worth it.

And for the ultimate prize of getting to be a mommy again, it’s a small price to pay.

Thanks for listening.

 

 

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On Loss…and Feeling Thankful

I apologize. I’ve been avoiding you.

Or, sort of, anyway.

I just didn’t have the words this week. I had a few, enough for a tweet here or there, but not enough to put together a coherent post. I had to get them sorted out for myself first, and I think I’ve finally had enough time to do that.

You see, this was a week of loss for us. On Wednesday, we were told to say goodbye to what would have been the newest little member of our family. The little one we didn’t even know yet, but had come to care so much about.

And so I revisit the reluctant sisterhood of mothers who have experienced pregnancy loss. Mothers who wonder “Why me?” and “Why this baby? This baby who is so badly wanted, so incredibly loved?” Mothers who get so invested so quickly, even though we all know the deal we sign when we get pregnant has fine print stating:

No Guarantees.

 

I join the timeless lineage of mothers who then remember that there is no real answer to the question “Why?” other than the knowledge that this is all part of the journey.

This baby simply wasn’t strong enough to come join us. I know that, and I’m OK. My heart is broken, and my spirit is trying to heal, but I know deep down inside that I am carried in the hearts of so many generations of women before me–women from every time and every place, joined by a common thread–and my experience will, undoubtedly, help me in guiding the important young women in my life through their losses someday.

It may sound a little odd to some, but for me, embracing my loss is really the only way through it.

So, this Thanksgiving, I am thankful. I’m thankful for the joy I felt when I found out we were expecting. I’m thankful I got to carry our little bean for 8 weeks, and I’m thankful for the support I received while adjusting to the news that the new future we were envisioning wasn’t meant to be…yet.

But most of all, I’m thankful that for one brief, fleeting moment, as my husband, my son and I peered at that little screen watching the flicker of a heartbeat, we were a family of 4.

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