Monday, August 31, 2015

Life Changing

Last year I read this article. I knew my life was about to change in just a few short weeks as my due date approached. There are some parts that I had no idea would be changing so much. 

In the article it mentions how you feel you need space, but then you don't need space. There are days I feel I just want to go to the store alone. I would like just 30 minutes to an hour alone. Then another part of me doesn't want to leave G. I honestly love being a mom more than anything in the world. I have realized though in order to be a good mom I need some time for myself every so often. 

One of my friends asked me recently how I liked motherhood. My answer was I felt lost in some ways before motherhood. I just felt there was more to life, but I didn't know what it was. Then I had was complete. I knew what my purpose in life was all about me a mom. 

The only thing I struggle with is the sleep. I now can function on 5 hours of interrupted sleep each night. If I am able to get 6 hours of sleep in a night I feel AMAZING! I worried how I would function without sleep before G was born. People would say you eventually just function. I couldn't wrap my head around how you function on such little sleep. Well they were right. You just learn to function with little sleep. That doesn't mean you aren't cranky or a zombie some days. Life goes on. 

I am different person. I look at things differently now. It's crazy to me how much of a mama bear I am. I am a helicopter mom when it comes to who my child is around and who takes care of him. I am not a helicopter mom when it comes to letting my child roam the house. He needs to explore, learn what happens when things open and shut, play alone, and eat a little dirt. 

I can look back on my life and 2 dates pop out in my mind that changed me. The first was January 18, 2013 when I found out I have a cancer with no cure. That was a life changing event that rocked my world. The next date is September 6, 2014 when I had G. My world was rocked again, but mostly with emotions of protecting and loving this amazing little boy. I think the order in which things happened were fitting. I have soaked up every day of motherhood. I want to cherish every moment with him. 

I look back on the past year and I see how much we have all changed. Art and I have both changed a lot. Life is a lot different now, but it is different in a good way. I can't wait to share the world with G. I want him to know just how much I love him every single day. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Possible Peanut Allergy

We had quite the scare last week. I have been giving G peanut butter for a couple weeks. He has been eating peanut butter crackers, smoothies with peanut butter and peanut butter on bread. No reaction at all. Last week I gave him peanut butter bread for lunch. He had a reaction within 5 minutes. He broke out in a rash all over his face. 

The rash went completely away within an hour. He didn't have any swelling around his face or in his mouth. I kept checking on him. He was running around the house, screaming and playing with no problem. When he laid down for his nap I checked on him numerous times. It was just scary! The peditrician is going to do some allergy testing at this 1 year appointment. I am really this was a fluke or he outgrows it. In the mean time we will be keeping him away from peanut butter. 

There is always something to keep you on your toes with motherhood! Have any of you experienced a peanut allergy that later went away?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Bargain Shopping

Last year I bought got these pjs at Kohl's for free. I had a $10 off $10 purchase coupon. The pjs were on sale for $10, so I got them for FREE! I was so excited about them. I bought them in a 18 month size thinking G would wear them around December 2015. Ha! My child is a long boy. Footie pjs he always needs at least 1 size bigger than his current clothes. 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pregnancy Highs & Lows

It is hard to believe it has been almost a year since I was pregnant. Last year at this time I was anxiously waiting for little G to come. I remember last year people saying I would forget about most of the pregnancy issues after the baby came. I thought yeah right I won't ever forget this craziness. 

A friend mentioned heartburn recently on Facebook. I forgot all about the heartburn. The only way I could keep it under control was to take apple cider vinegar each day. When I took a tablespoon of that daily the heartburn stayed away. 

I struggled with trying to work out while I was pregnant. The round ligament pain was terrible. Prior to getting pregnant I would walk on my lunch breaks at work. I had a route I did daily and it took 30-35 minutes. When I was pregnant I could do about half that. I would have to stop along the way due to the round ligament pain. 

Oh and the wonderful morning sickness that stay around for 17 weeks. I kept reading how for most women it went away after 12 weeks. I was so so excited to get to the 12 week mark for numerous reasons. When the morning sickness stayed I was not happy. It wasn't morning sickness. It was all day sickness. It only went away when I ate. So when I was eating something it was gone. As soon as I was done eating back it came. It was hard to eat healthy foods when all that sounded good was french fries. 

I was really careful with any type of medications doctors suggested. They all will offer up drugs for morning sickness. I didn't want to take any chances. I had read women taking Zofran to help with their morning sickness. To me I needed to just suffer through it and not take a chance with my child. I am so glad I felt that while I was pregnant because now there are all type of warning commercials out about the side effects of Zofran

Now let's talk about some of the perks of being pregnant. This one still is strange to me. The head on my hair grew like crazy, was full, and never got dirty. The hair on my legs stopped growing. I only had to wash my hair about once a week and shave my legs every other week. Talk about major perks!

There was the perks with sleeping early on. I could sleep all the time and so deep. Then the sleeping got rough towards the end. I love sleeping on my stomach. 

I LOVED feeling the baby kicks! It was the BEST feeling and my favorite thing of being pregnant. G would kick like crazy after steak. If he had been quiet I would eat steak and he would play a soccer game inside me. Friends would tell me I would miss the kicks. I miss them just a little bit. Now I get hugs and kisses from the sweetest little boy!

We will be celebrating G's 1st birthday in about 3 weeks. Hard to believe it has been a year already.