There is a special place in my Heart for Justin Timberlake and The 20/20 Experience. <3
When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.
—Diane Von Furstenberg
She’s so Eclectic!
My first trimester kicked my a$$ and I was expecting nothing but bliss in my 2nd trimester. Still vomiting, still experiencing morning sickness, still waiting for it all to go away.
Then one morning something spectacular happens…I woke up…a BELLY appeared and the sickness went away!! I’m back to eating my favorite foods and loving that I can feel the baby move.
But NOT so fast!! New problems have arisen…leg cramps in the middle of the night that make me scream out in pain (I’m dramatic but they hurt like hell so I scream), your lungs feel like they are slowly filling up with water and you’re drowning from laying on your back, laying on your side has even become a task.
What’s a growing pregnant woman to do??
An extra pillow became my best friend, place it between your knees as you lay on your side and MAGIC…an instant relief from the discomfort.
Back pain?? Extra hot, long showers became my best friend.
Oh and your stomach is now higher, so eating later at night is out of the question. Food takes longer to digest during this trimester than EVER before, so I ate before 7pm every night.
But the most amazing moments….watching my skin move beneath my shirt…poking my belly only to have the baby kick back…or the constant rolls and flips that he performs that sometimes keeps me up at night! The pressure that the baby has now begun to place on my bladder is a feeling I cannot fully describe. But when you feel the urge to urinate…RUN RUN as FAST as YOU CAN!!
So far I’ve gained 25 pounds! And no matter how small or big you are pre-pregnancy, carrying around an extra 25 pounds is not exactly an easy task!! I began to waddle like a duck…when I walked up stairs I was breathing like I just ran a marathon…I mean the list goes on and on. And I had to stop several times to tell myself, “I’m doing this all out of the love for my child”. This is what keeps me going on days when I can’t fathom rolling…LITERALLY ROLLING out of bed to go to work or to do homework.
But I have a small list of things that have made me feel better and maintain my “pretty” throughout my 2nd trimester:
* SHOP!!! - That’s right I said it, SHOP!! My clothes, favorite jeans, shirts everything became impossible to continue to wear after awhile. Investing in a great pair of maternity jeans, a sweater, shirts…saved me from having a meltdown. I didn’t stop with me, I even bought my baby’s winter coat!
*TREAT YOURSELF!!! - I gave up on washing my own hair. Being “natural” went out the window and the Dominican salons became my new hang out spot!! Getting my hair blown out and feeling like Beyonce’ did it for me every time!! Pedicures are a must because those feet will start to swell and deserve some care! Maintaining healthy skin through hydration, fruits and veggies, and a good tinted moisturizer and a little concealer REALLY goes a long way!
*SLEEP!!! - Sleep as often as your schedule allows. Naps are great, recharging your battery is necessary! Besides, even when I didn’t want to take a nap, my body took over and I fell asleep in some very odd places.
*COMMUNICATE!!! - I don’t care how much people said I whined or complained. It’s not that at all. I believe in communicating how you’re feeling both emotionally and physically because you will need to bounce your thoughts off of LESS hormonal individuals. I found that speaking with friends, family, and my partner about anything at all concerning birth, delivery, parenting, anxiety helped me to just get on with my day. Bottling emotions and thoughts is no way to live life.
*ENJOY!!! - I don’t know if I’ll ever have another baby (that’s in God’s hands) so I want to cherish and enjoy each moment!! I sing to my baby…I dance with my baby…I read to my baby….I pray with and for my baby! I really feel that life is a miracle…and it’s precious and it’s pure and its innocent…so I don’t take for granted that I’ve been blessed to carry out this task of bringing my child into this world. All the discomfort I’ve been feeling..I know it won’t last…ONLY 3 more months to go! Now all that’s left to do…is push this baby out!!
A Dream Deferred
by Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore—
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over—
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
Vote for who you want…that’s ur right. But at least be informed. (Taken with Instagram)
There will NEVER be another like her!! The best first lady I’ve ever seen! The true definition of ride or die! Her speech was impeccable!! Filled with emotion! Filled with gusto!! Grace and beauty and brains…rolled into One Woman! A true role model!! (Taken with Instagram)