Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pregnancy Reflections

I can't believe that I am nearing the end of pregnancy and will soon be welcoming our baby girl into this world! At the beginning of my pregnancy, I was good about journaling and taking pictures to document this special time, but unfortunately, with the move from Nashville to Denver and just trying to keep my head above water, I slacked off on doing that. So as I near the end, I thought it would be fun to share some reflections here, as well as some of our maternity pictures!

Overall, I've had a pretty amazing pregnancy. The toughest part for me was definitely the first trimester. There was about a four week stretch where I was pretty nauseated every day and had a few major headaches. I was also still taking daily progesterone shots from our IVF cycle - which added more hormones to my already hormonal changing pregnant body.... which was not fun, ha ha! Luckily, I had my essential oils to carry me through, and ever since that bad stretch ended, and I was able to stop taking the shots, I've been feeling great!! I've really focused on eating nutritional food, exercising, taking my LLV Supplements, and using my essential oils to help me to stay healthy and feeling good.

The second trimester was heavenly - just like all the mamas I know told me it would be! It's definitely the best time during pregnancy because you're feeling much better, have a little baby bump that you adore, but you're still comfortable and have energy to move and do things, ha ha! This is when we took our babymoon, and I felt amazing the whole time. Thankfully, this was when the bulk of our move was - from Nashville to Denver - and that couldn't have worked out more perfectly for the 18 hour drive to our new home state of Colorado.

I've continued to feel pretty good during the third trimester, other than tiring out more easily! I blame most of the tiredness on moving into a new house at 35 weeks pregnant. That was never our intention, but of course, we should have known that renovations would take longer than we expected. We were scheduled to have all projects done by end of March and move in at the beginning of April, giving us plenty of time to settle in before my due date. Well, the end of March turned into the end of April, and we moved in on April 30th - just about 5 weeks out from my due date - and whew, was it a whirlwind! Moving is not fun at any time, but especially not when you're so pregnant you can't bend down, you can't lift things, and you get out of breath after taking about 10 steps. Let's just say that I have the best husband in the world, who managed to do almost everything by himself, while still balancing work and taking care of me.

The past few weeks we've he's spent every free moment unpacking boxes, getting bedrooms and the nursery set up, finishing some last minute paint and house projects, and putting together all the baby things. Of course, I have helped out as much as my body would allow, but I have taken the time to rest and keep baby safe and sound! Everything isn't perfect yet, but I'm so happy with the home we've created so far and can't wait to bring our baby girl home here!!

Now, let's talk about these amazing pictures - isn't the scenery just beautiful?! They were taken at Mount Falcon, right outside of Denver. If there is one thing I've loved about living in Colorado so far, it's definitely been the beautiful scenery, and we haven't even touched the surface of all there is to see yet. We can't wait to get out and explore a little more once Lela is here and a little older to get out - I see a lot of family hikes in our future! I got lucky and found the most amazing photographer to capture our maternity pics, and she will also be taking Lela's newborn pics!

I will cherish these pictures forever - I think they truly reflect how much happiness Chris and I have to be celebrating pregnancy and what it means for us. We've dreamed of this for so long - almost 4 years to be exact, and honestly, there were times I thought it would never happen. I longed to carry our child so bad, but year after year, that dream seemed so far away. But God had other plans for us, and an even bigger plan for our one little embryo, Lela, and I am so thankful for that. I never want to forget the the smiles on our faces as we await the arrival of our baby, and the way it feels to be carrying her. Even on the hardest days of pregnancy, I never forget the blessing it is for all of moms to be able to grow and produce life - a life that God has so intently created. What a treasure!

"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; your works are wonderful. I know that full well."
- Psalm 139:13-14