We don’t get to talk about babies and pregnancy as much as we’d like, all our littlest boys are two and rounding three now, which is crazy! We’re all in different stages of building our families, but one thing we can all agree on: love it or leave it, pregnancy is one giant and crazy miracle that we feel really blessed to have experienced and hopefully to experience again! For those of you preparing or in the throes of pregnancy, we wanted to share some of our memories of those days and also toss in an awesome giveaway valued at $210 for you from vitaMedMD!
JENNA on MORNING (ALL DAY SICKNESS):
I remember when I had my first miscarriage and struggled to get pregnant and I would see Facebook statuses complaining about pregnancy and I swore I would NEVER complain. Then I got pregnant! And woah the illness hit me like a ton of bricks. We aren’t talking car sick, we are talking I wanna die sick! That was really shocking and unexpected for me. I had no idea how challenging and dark those days would be. And every day was a fight for me to keep my food down and my spirits up. I always say that pregnancy, miscarriage, infertility is all a very solitary experience. At least it feels that war for me. No one can do it for me, no one can endure it for me and no one can feel the loss like me. But in that same breath comes a special and private connection with these little people we fight for, cry for, go through pain for. It’s through that challenge that I’ve found my greatest joy.
Some of my very fondest memories of the new momma life lie in those quiet wee hours of the night, sleep deprived beyond imagination, staring down at a nursing baby. I remember feeling like nothing in the world could make me happier. In those moments I was the only one that baby needed, the only one that could pacify. These moments have been incredible with both my babies and have formed such a bond for us. I feel super lucky that my kids enjoyed it just as much as I did. They were devout nursers. I know this isn’t always the case with babies. And I’m sure at some point I’ll have one of those little independent types. But I hope I can find something for me and that precious new human to do that can create that connection that I feel so lucky to have with Dash and Sunny.
EMILY ON THE POST-PARTUM BODY & SOUL:
I’m a six months of puking type of pregnant girl. That quickly turns into three more months of crazy heart-burn and intense hip dysplasia. I have so many pity parties through my pregnancy that are usually accompanied by eating whatever the heck I want. I earned this whole sleeve of Oreos, dang it! Needless to say, I gain more weight than my doctors and nurses would like. Even going three weeks early with both boys! At first I stared down at my pool of post-partum stretchy soft belly and would get instantly overwhelmed. But then one day I studied my new baby and pictured all my body accomplished, creating those eyelashes, those fingernails, all the veins and arteries and heart-pumping. That came from me! What an incredible miracle. I made this perfect thing, and I am going to give myself a break as I find my way back.
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