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Day 1 With 3 Kids…

Today was the first day of an exciting new chapter of my life. I woke up today with three children in my life. With no idea what to expect, and a lot of physical challenge with recovery from labor & delivery, I was excited to move into my first day as a mom of 3.

On December 3rd, I delivered my third child via cesarean at 7:52pm. My body was convulsing and I was having doubts (although it was a little late at the time) about having another baby. What kind of effort will this really take?

My 6 year old talked incessantly. My two year old cried just as much. The baby was constantly calling, and I quickly realized that this will take a lot of patience and love.

My daughters on their first day as a trio.

The day was challenging, but teamwork prevailed. My husband and mother in law took on the majority of the weight as I stayed with the baby for most of the day. Creating time for the older two to visit with their younger sister was important and it proved to be a great strategy for letting the girls get to know each other. It was so much fun seeing them smile and stare into those little eyes.

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I’m Pregnant… AGAIN!

Ooops! I did it again!

I’m 33 weeks pregnant with my third child. How scary is that?! I know, I know it’s supposed to be wonderful and a celebration. It’s all of that for me, but the honest truth is that it’s also pretty scary for me.

My girls on a nature trail landscaping

It’s a little scary because first of all this year has been CRAZY. LETS BE REAL. Everyone is angry about politics, fearful of Covid-19, or both! Not to mention we still have our own personal circumstances to deal with! How many people saw their finances change dramatically this year because of the economic shutdown that resulted from this “pandemic”? I’ll wait. How many divorces came from everyone being home constantly together? I don’t even mean to imply that spending more time with one’s significant other leads inevitably to divorce or breakup, but I do want to highlight that we went from being perpetually busy people to having NOTHING to do. It affected how people interacted.

I’m starting my blog late in my pregnancy as I am 33 weeks pregnant right now. This has been the pregnancy with the least level of activity. I’ve been in the house, sitting and sleeping a lot, and my body reflects those changes. The back pain is serious. I wouldnt worry much about it, but this is also the first pregnancy I’ve gone through where the majority of the pregnancy I didn’t have insurance and couldn’t see the OBGYN. Imagine my heartache when they sent me their certified letter telling me that they are dropping me as a patient because Im not following procedures they set for pregnancy. >:-(

Why This Pregnancy May Be The LAST

They say each pregnancy is different, and Im cool with that.

My first pregnancy was so easy myOB proclaimed me the “posterchild of pregnancy”. I mean I was working as a full time teacher, officiating high school basketball part time, and playing sand volleyball until I was about 8 and a half months pregnant! Any woman who has been pregnant full term knows that is some wild shit. I was going HARDT!

My second pregnancy was interesting because I actually lost a lot of strength and mobility in my right leg during the pregnancy. I don’t know the cause, but I have always suspected it has something to do with the epidural I got during my first delivery. It was a long journey restrengthening my leg, and I dont believe it ever truly reached 100% after that.

This pregnancy started the same way. My right leg went so weak I would fall often. It was quite discouraging for me for a long time. Finally I decided Im going to stay mobile and try healing my leg with my brain power. You may be chuckling to yourself right now, but it worked. My leg has regained so much strength at this point, and its constantly getting stronger. There was a time where it would just give out from under me when standing or walking, now I can actually jog as heavy and round as I am!

On my leg complications

I’m happy with the results, and I am enjoying my curvy pregnant body. If you check out my Facebook page’s “My Pregnancy Journey” story highlights, you can see my journey from when I found out I was pregnant. You’ll be able to see photos of me from about 8 weeks to how I look currently. I go look at it all the time and it always makes me emotional because it has been challenging to be pregnant in such a tumultuous world and society. Check it out and let me know what you think!

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