What’s Been Saving My Life in the 4th Trimester

This post is a bit late (story of my life these days) because I somehow have a six month old now, but I’ve been thinking about what was super duper helpful in those first few months.  You know, besides having an incredible partner and supportive friends and people bringing me food.

Also, besides hitting the pool as much as possible.  Just like when I was pregnant, I started going to the pool as soon as I was cleared.  Even though I wasn’t thrilled about being in a swimsuit, I did love just being in my body and moving in the water.  It felt good.  Continues to feel good.  Oh, you don’t have year round, convenient pool access?  I know.  This is something we are very fortunate with here.

BUT I promise the rest of these are things you can use for your own fourth trimester or to support the new mamas in your life.  In no particular order . . .

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4 Months In

So we are now four months in to this whole having three kids thing.  How’s it going?  Things are constantly in flux and still a little crazy, but I feel like we’re starting to get our sea legs.  I’ve been wanting to share more here, but I haven’t for reasons I’ll get into here.  So here’s what we’re up to and how a typical day looks for us right now.

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My word for 2019

It’s that time of year.  Resolutions and planning.  If you are into that sort of thing.  (I am into that sort of thing.)  If you don’t think January is an arbitrary start time.  If you find planning and goal setting helpful.

I initially thought that this would not be a big goal year for me.  We’re having a baby any day now.  My main goal is enjoying the baby and figuring out how three kids works.  Seeing if we can move from surviving to thriving in this new scenario.

BUT, after some discussion with a fellow resolution loving friend, I started to think that this could be EXACTLY the time to have some clear goals.  Things are going to get a little crazy.  If there is anything I can be doing to clarify mission, that is probably good.

I put together some priorities for the year and noticed a theme.  Are you ready for the word?  It’s . . .

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How this pregnancy has been different

I forgot how hard this is.  How every last day of pregnancy lasts a year.  (I’m 39 weeks tomorrow.)  At this point, it just seems like a cruel joke.  There is no baby.  I’m just pregnant now and will be forever and this is my life now.

OK, enough wallowing.  I know we’ll get to meet our little guy AT SOME POINT.  Before we get into the newborn haze and I block all of this out, I’ve been reflecting on how this pregnancy has been different than the first two.  Both on what I’ve done differently and how I’ve felt.

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#BreaktheStigma

Back this spring, I mentioned that I’d been diagnosed with anxiety, and I was trying to decide how to proceed on that.  You’ll recall that I was REALLY torn on whether I should take medication.

Fast forward to now.  I didn’t end up taking any medication.  I did do some sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Do I have a ways to go?  Sure.  Do I feel better?  Absolutely.

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Catching up

Hi friends.  I know it’s been quiet around here lately.  I’d like to say that will get better, but with the kids out of school in a few days, all bets are off.

This is what we’ve been up to lately.

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What to do when it all goes wrong

Cruising on Ha Long Bay before it took an unexpected turn . . .

It’s 10:00 pm.  Instead of being tucked up on my swanky ship for another night of cruising around Ha Long Bay, I’m sitting in a van by the side of the highway to Hanoi.  We’ve been pulled over at a police stop.  Our driver is now nowhere to be seen.

We love to travel.  We really do.  Have we had bumps in the road?  Absolutely.  It’s a part of the game.  This is what we do when things don’t go according to plan.

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