Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Ari's Excited to be a Big Brother!

After multiple, ongoing requests from Ari over the past year "to make a new baby", Paul and I followed through on his wishes :-) .  I am now 11 weeks into my second pregnancy, with baby expected to come join our family on the outside in early May.  It feels good that Ari is 3 years old now and can understand what is going on and express his feelings about it.  For the most part, he tells us "I'm so happy" or "When the new baby comes out I'm going to...(share my toys with her, hug her, cuddle her, sing her Twinkle, Twinkle, look at books with her, carry her, etc)" . The only challenge so far has been adjusting to a more tired than normal Momma going through first trimester with so much of my extra energy going to building a tiny human being.  And knowing how perceptive he is, I'm sure he can sense the extra spirit already creating a space within our family.  So I can tell that although he is mostly happy and excited about the whole thing, there is a part of him struggling a bit with adjusting to the changes.  That combined with a new-found want for independence and doing things "his" way since turning 3, has made for some challenging moments over the past few weeks for sure!

Everything has been going really well so far, besides being really tired for a few hours every afternoon.  Although now that I think about it, the fatigue has slowly been getting better over the past week or so.  It seems my body has started adjusting to all the changes associated with being pregnant and remembering that it can build a baby and keep functioning at the same time.  Yay!  Eating and exercise have been my 2 biggest challenges of course.  I've been tired enough that even the thought of walking somewhere in the stroller instead of jumping in the car sounds hard.  Then every time I've gotten up the motivation to do it, for some reason Ari hasn't wanted to get in the stroller and walk anymore.  At least not in time to make it to wherever we want to go.  "Not yet.  5 more minutes" is is standard answer these days when I tell him it's time to get dressed and go somewhere.  And then of course "5 more minutes" and "5 more minutes".  Normally, this tactic wouldn't go over so well, but running on less than 50% of my normal energy, and I just haven't been able to find it in me to do anything but say "okay, fine, 5 more minutes".  Until I finally just tell him we have to leave now, but we're going in the car because there's not enough time to walk anymore. And then we leave the house in the rain without shoes and without a coat on because he refuses to wear them.  I figure once he gets cold enough he'll change his mind, right??  So that's about it for exercise right now.  I haven't been getting any.  Even the walking that I usually make sure to do at least several days a week.  Now that I'm starting to feel better, time to start walking again, going to prenatal yoga, and just getting my body strong and able to support me through the changes to come over the next 7 months.  

Then there's the food.  I had totally forgotten how weird food cravings and aversions are in those first weeks.    I binged on dark chocolate every night for a week before I even knew for sure I was pregnant.  Then about a week later, I could hardly even eat any because the caffeine would make me all jittery and funny feeling.  I've been following a Primal/Paleo diet for over a year now, choosing to eliminate all grains, legumes, processed sugar, and most dairy.  And feeling so incredibly good because of it!  More energy, a significant decrease in environmental allergy symptoms, no belly bloating, weight loss, and more.  Best of all, I felt incredibly nourished nutritionally, and the food I was eating tasted so good.  There was no feeling deprived or "missing out" at all.  Thinking about food I ate before like bread, pasta and beans just didn't even sound appealing.  Then pregnancy hit.  Vegetables and meat?  They just really didn't sound all that appealing anymore.  But bread and cheese?  Mmmmmm.  At first it wasn't too bad.  I even told Paul I would "do my best" to join him in a 30 day challenge and follow the guidelines as closely as possible.  Come to find out, "as closely as possible" turned out to be eating chocolate, cheese and bread on day 1 :-).  It's hard because I know how much better my body functions eating a clean diet.  But at the same time, I am full of gratitude that I have been able to continue eating without too much of a problem and no "morning sickness" at all.  I get a bit nauseous if I let myself get too hungry, and I can't stomach the smell or taste of any of our freezer full of grass fed ground beef.  But other than that, I've been doing pretty good with food.  I think it's mostly because of the diet I ate for a full year before becoming pregnant this time and that my body had been so nourished with good food.  So I'm trying not to beat myself up too bad for eating pizza, grilled ham and cheese with tomato soup, or a huge burrito wrapped up inside a flour tortilla.  Although it really sucks about 30 minutes later when I'm so bloated from the wheat and dairy that my belly looks like I'm 5 months pregnant instead of 3!  At least I haven't listened to the little voice inside my head that tells me it would be a good idea to go to a fast food restaurant for a crispy chicken sandwich when I see those pictures all over town :-) .  So funny because normally the thought of it would turn my stomach, whereas no I literally start salivating!  And it's the good meat and veggies that is turning my stomach.  Pregnancy, just can't even begin to understand the why's of it all.  Have to instead just sit back and trust my body and do my best to listen to the true cravings for what it wants and needs.  

Thanks for listening and I hope to continue sharing my journey through this pregnancy with chiropractic, parenting and eating!!  Maybe even a bit of exercise along the way too...

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations Laelle!!!!!!! I loved reading this blog post. I know what you mean about pregnancy cravings... when I was pregnant I hadn't even been on a "clean" diet beforehand, and I still craved a bland, midwestern diet, and I too repulsed meat. I ate cereal and/or PB&J sandwiches every day. Thank goodness for prenatal vitamins! All the best to you, Paul, and Ari!!! xoxoxo