baby no. 4: my first trimester must-haves

baby no. 4: my first trimester must-haves

here we go again.

if you can hold off on finding out if you’re pregnant super early, i suggested you do. the earlier you find out the longer it feels like it takes! we found out so early.

week 4 i still wasn’t feeling that sick or tired. i had the occassional boob tenderness and I COULDN’T STOP EATING.

week 5 i still felt pretty good. i little more tired but overall, nothing too crazy.

fast forward to week 13 (because between 5 and 13 i have no clue what’s even going on) and i’ve literally been like how the heck did i do this 3 times already!? i know they say don’t remember, but i really really don’t remember. it’s been debilitating and i know that there are women out there who would dream of being in my shoes so i always try to tell myself to just be thankful and not complain. i would never take this for granted.

all i wanted to do was sleep all day long and unlike any of my other pregnancies, i’ve been getting nausea at night, around 5:00. which actually for me is a little better because then i can just go to sleep whereas if i’m nauseous in the morning, i have all day long to have to try and get the feeling to go away.

week 15 now and feeling great, other than the fact that i have a belly and since i don’t feel the baby move yet, i don’t feel pregnant at all. and since we’re all through the first trimester, i figured i have enough energy to share what has helped me get through it.

for someone who may be pregnant for the first time, the first trimester could hit you like an actual ton of bricks. how you feel may completely take you by surprise. so i figured i’d share what’s helped me get through it:

prenatal vitamins // these are the only brand that i’ve ever been able to eat that didn’t make me so sick and not want to take them.

Hawaiian ice shaver// i know weird, but if you’ve ever been pregnant before and have craved ice, you’ll understand. this is different than a regular ice maker because the ice is super thin and you won’t have to be chomping on ice all day.

coco butter oil // i used this with every pregnancy and have yet to get a stretch mark. i sware by it and i used it twice a day – once in the am and once in the pm before bed.

sea-band // i bought these because i was just so desperate to not feel nauseous. it comes with two in a pack and was like $6. and now i would 100% recommend them to anyone. they have good reviews on Amazon and they can also be used for when you’re going on a boat.

Pink Stork morning sickness sweets // these were the first things that i ordered when i started to feel sick. i’m not sure if they worked, but they taste good and were a distraction from feeling sick for a few minutes and that’s better then nothing, right?

 

Here we go.

Happy two months to our sweet, Daniel!

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I decided all of the feels and thoughts I’ve been going through these past few months as a mom of three would be better expressed written down, there is no way in hell I could be the only mom out there going through “this”. So why not share my experiences as they may help someone else going through the same thing.

Being home on maternity leave I’ve found myself addicted to looking up these lifestyle bloggers on Instagram who literally seem to have it altogether, which just makes me feel extremely insecure. I constantly look as these pages thinking how is this even possible. The fact that these women can do their hair and makeup with four kids running around blows my mind. And then, okay fine you’re able to do your hair and make up.. then have these photoshoots that I knowwww had to have taken a good amount of time! Each child is strategically placed in line to make the picture perfect.. how?? How on earth do they do it!? If anyone has the secret.. please feel free to let me in on it. Until then I’ll just keep stalking their Instagram’s believing they have the perfect life.

This week I was actually able to shower ..alone, for once. Normally on a daily basis there is a good chance that someone is either screaming at me, using the bathroom or actually in the shower with me. There are no words to describe how amazing it is to be able to actually shower alone!! HEAVEN. ON EARTH.

FOOD SHOPPING with three kids should be considered an Olympic Sport. Since I hadn’t left the house in a good three days, I decided to take a shot. BIG. MISTAKE. I put it out there on Facebook that I took all three food shopping and many people responded with their favorite food shopping delivery service. As much of a great idea as I think it is.. if I did that, I would literally never leave the house. I find myself looking forward to it, who am I??

The minivan. I am officially a minivan mom. 29 years old and driving a minivan has really taken its toll on me. Stupid right? I know. I hear these women all the time talk about how much they love their minivan and how it makes their life so much easier. No thank you. Every time I start the engine I think to myself, is this real life? I feel like people are silently judging me as I drive past them blasting Kendrik Lamar, Humble ..my car is clearly full of children.

Can we talk about how amazing my friends are for a second? How some women live without the support and help from their girlfriends is beyond me. Mine are amazing. This week I received an abundance of the most expensive formula ever that the baby has to have from two of my girlfriends, one offered to take the kids out for the day so I could relax (relax ..what does that even mean?) and another just lets me vent to her literally all, day, long.

I’ve received a ton of questions about Daniels onesie in this picture. It’s from https://www.swankyshank.com/. Not only are they the cutest thing ever, but the originality and positive messages make them that much better.