Behind The Bump; Edition 2

I have made it to my second trimester and the half way point in my pregnancy, so I would like to share with you some things I learned and tips for the first trimester.

I must say that as far as first trimester pregnancies go, I was very fortunate.  The most severe symptoms I had were nausea, fatigue, and some mild cramping.  I was very happy that I did not throw up once, as that was the one symptom I was least looking forward to. I also did not have a lot in the way of hormonal problems. There was only the occasional time where I would be watching TV and a commercial with children came on, and I would get a little misty eyed.

The top two things that I learned are that water and sleep are your two best friends.  I always felt better on the days where I had plenty of both.  I know that when you feel nauseous water can be hard to keep down, but sipping it throughout the day helps. I got as much sleep as I could at night.  I really wish I would have been able to nap, but I work a full time job, so that wasn’t going to happen.  But I did often get at least 9 hours of sleep a night, and it helped me feel better the next day.

Tips for nausea

(please keep in mind that these are things that worked for me and may not work for you as each pregnancy is different).

  • Eat small and often.  I found that eating small meals several times a day really helped me to not feel as nauseous.  Normally about every two hours seemed to work for me.
  • Cold food/water.  For some reason, really cold things made me feel better when I felt nauseous.  One thing I did was to freeze those little cups of applesauce.  It was cold like ice cream, but a lot healthier.
  • Try to be healthy, but eat what you can keep down.  I know that it is very important to be healthy especially when you are pregnant, but in those first few weeks when the thought of food makes you sick, eat whatever taste best to you.  I have always had a sweet tooth, but for some reason in my first trimester I couldn’t eat anything sweet except some fruit.  I ate a lot of salty food because that is what didn’t make me want to throw up. Nuts are one thing that is healthy and pretty bland that I enjoyed. Also plain saltine crackers.
  • Be willing to try different things.  My sense of taste changed a lot during the first trimester.  If you suddenly can’t stomach a food that you were eating all week (for me it was carrots) don’t.  Try different things until you find what is best for you.

Tips for fatigue

  • Get enough sleep.  There isn’t a lot you can do other than make sure you give yourself enough hours of sleep.  Go to bed earlier if it takes you a while to get comfortable.
  • Napping.  I only got to do this a couple times, but it sure did help.  If you have a schedule that allows for it, don’t feel guilty, just sleep.
  • Pregnancy Pillow.  I got mine very early in my pregnancy.  It has helped me so much with sleeping through the night.  They say it is best to sleep on your side and since I am a tummy sleeper, this helped me to change my position.  I ordered one on Amazon and it is worth every penny. I like that mine has two sides, so it is easy to change sides throughout the night and the other side supports my back as well.
  • Turn off your mind.  This was and can still be very hard for me.  I never knew there would be so many things to worry and to think about the future of this little person, that I didn’t even know yet.  I would say the best thing to do is pray, ask God to help you not to worry and to trust him for all the things to come.

Tips for cramping

  • Drink water.  Be sure to stay hydrated, this will help your muscles not to cramp as much.
  • Stretch. I will admit that I have not done well with this one, but it really can help.  Just be sure your movements are slow and controlled and don’t overdo it.
  • Severe cramping.  If you have cramps that are worse than normal menstrual cramps and or you have bleeding be sure to see your doctor.

I hope that some of these tips work for you.  If you have any more advice please leave it in the comments.  I will try to post more now that I am past the first trimester.

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Behind the Bump: Edition 1

I have decided to start a new series that will follow my pregnancy.  It will include things I am learning, feeling, and my progress.

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As you already know from my B’s the word post, I am expecting a baby in April.  Brandon and I were not trying to conceive quiet yet, but it only happened a few months earlier than we were expecting.  Brandon and I are very happy and to be honest there are still days when it does not seem real.

I want to start off with how I took the news of being pregnant.  The day that I took the test I was shocked and didn’t totally believe it, but at the same time I was really happy.  As the weeks progressed, I was still happy, but nervous that it wasn’t real. I took several pregnancy tests just to be sure and for some reason I had it in my mind that it wasn’t going to happen.  That for some reason the tests were wrong or that I was going to miscarry.  I started feeling very nauseous on a daily basis, and I struggled with being joyful about being pregnant at all.  I will admit I complained to Brandon and others quite often that I was tired of feeling sick, and I just wanted to be myself again.  Finally about 3-4 weeks ago, Brandon took me aside and said he understood that I was sick, but that I really needed to find the joy in the fact that I was pregnant.  At first, I got very upset with him and told him that he didn’t understand what I was going through, but after his words sunk in and with some words from the Holy Spirit I realized that he was right. This pregnancy was a gift that many women are denied, and I was complaining about not feeling myself.

God uses so many different things in our lives to teach us new things and to have us turn toward him in obedience.  I have been praying about this issue and have had such a better attitude about this amazing and scary journey known as pregnancy.  I still have days when I struggle, but I keep reminding myself that everyday that this life is growing inside me is a gift from God and that I get the privilege to carry and give birth to him or her.

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One Year Anniversary

I just realized today that I have been a blogger for a whole year!  So, much has changed and I have enjoy recording my life as the Mrs. on Main.  When I started this blog, I was a newly wed with not much else to do but blog and clean.  I have now been married for almost a year and a half, I am expecting my first child, and my husband will be graduating in December.  This next year is going to be filled with so much change and yet I am excited to see where God will lead our family.

I know I don’t post as often as I used too, but so much is happening.  And to be honest, being pregnant has made me very forgetful and tired all the time.  But I am starting to get back some energy, so I am going to try to post more regularly again.

I have decided that this anniversary deserves a contest and prize!

So, here are the rules:

  1. Follow my blog,
  2. Like the post on Facebook or Twitter
  3. and share this post

I will draw a random name on November 7 and post the winner on my Facebook page!

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Happy Sharing!  May the odds be ever in your favor.

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B’s The Word

First off, Sorry it has been so long since my last post.  A lot has been happening, so I haven’t had a chance to write.  Please continue reading below to find out what has been occupying my time.

The Test

So, my period was about 4 days late, and I didn’t want to think anything was up, but I just felt a little different. Brandon told me to take a pregnancy test and sure enough two pink lines appeared.  I was in shock, I just didn’t believe that it was true, so I proceeded to take 3 more tests, all positive.

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I have had very minimal symptoms.  Mostly just some mild cramping and my breasts are sore.  I have had a few days where I feel queasy, but nothing bad.  It is so strange to me that in 9 months I will give birth and have a child. I always thought that as soon as I became pregnant I would just have this feeling of being pregnant, but besides the minimal symptoms, I don’t feel that different.

Brandon and I were not planning to start trying until September, but we are both very happy and actually feel like this is perfect timing even though there is going to be a lot of change in the next year. Brandon will graduate in December and hopefully  find a job shortly after and then we would like to purchase a house.  But I just feel like since we were not actually trying to conceive that God has a plan for us and this child.

The Ultrasound

I decided that I wanted my first ultrasound to be at the Pregnancy center that I used to work for, so we had an appointment on the 23rd of August and got to see our little bean of a baby and a strong little heartbeat flashing on the screen. I had seen so many babies on that screen, when I would assist in the ultrasound room, but to know that this was my baby was a surreal feeling. I will also never forget the look on Brandon’s face as he saw the little figure and the heart beat flashing on the screen.

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We found out from the ultrasound that the baby was 6 weeks and 1 day old and will be due on April 17, 2017.  Brandon found out that that is the day after Easter, so he is hoping that we will have an Easter baby.

Brandon and I have started to call the baby “Baby B” since we don’t know yet if it is a boy or girl, and I don’t want to call the baby “it”.

Telling the Family

The very first person that I told was my sister Beth.  I happened to get to ride up to help her move into college so it was a perfect time when we were alone.  She was planning to make a gallery wall in her dorm, so I made her a small sign that read Aunt Bethy.  I handed it to her, and it took her a few minutes to realize what it was, but then all she said was “oh Sara” and started bawling with happiness.

The second person we told was Brandon’s sister Autumn.  I told her I had something for her in my car and in the church parking lot I handed her a sign that read Auntie Autumn.  She also started bawling and hugged me and Brandon and said how happy she was.

This year was my parents 30th wedding anniversary and it just so happened that we found out about the pregnancy the week before.  So, to tell my parents I got them an anniversary card that read congratulations on 30 years of marriage and that you are going to to be grandparents.  I had my dad read the card out loud and as soon as he read the line grandparents he started to cry and gave me the best and longest hug I have ever received from him.  My mom was just in shock she didn’t say a whole lot except that she was happy.  She has since become one of the most excited people and buys anything and everything for the baby she can find.

For Brandon’s parents we decided to get them a little onesie with a sport team on it.  I wanted to get a Chicago Cubs one, but I decided on a NIU college football one instead.  We went out to visit them at their campground and gave it to them in a bag.  Brandon’s mom had the best reaction as soon as she figured out what it was she squealed and ran up and hugged me.  Brandon’s dad was also very excited and hugged us both.

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Labor Day at Brookfield Zoo

This past Monday was Labor day and my husband and I both had the day off of work.  We were both trying to figure out what we wanted to do, and my husband came up with the great idea of visiting the Brookfield Zoo near Chicago.  I was very excited about this idea because I have only been there once when I was 5, and I don’t really have any memory of what it was like.

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It was about 80 degrees and sunny with a nice breeze.  We got to the zoo about 11 and started our fun day of touring the animals.  I will just say that it is a very large zoo.  It took a lot of time simply to walk from habitat to habitat.  But it was definitely worth all the walking.

 

I think the thing that I enjoyed most about the zoo was how they had each section set up like a different part of the world and the animals that would be living there were all next to each other and even the entrances to the habitats were decorated appropriate to animals inside.  I thought the entrances were almost as fun as the actual habitats.

I saw a few animals that I have never seen before, the first one was some hippos.  They were very cute, but unfortunately not very active when we were viewing them.  Also, got to see a polar bear.  The cool thing about the polar bears habitat was that there was an underwater viewing area. Right as Brandon and I walked down there to look the polar bear dived into the water and swam around and up against the glass.  It was really cool.  Many of the habitats had underwater viewing areas, and they were very cool for getting to see many of the animals in action.

Brandon and I enjoyed lunch at the zoo also.  It was cool because the different sections had restaurants to match the animals in that area.  We went to a restaurant in the bear area were it was a lot of american animals like grizzlies, eagles and bison. Brandon and I both enjoyed a bison burger made with real bison meat.  It was very good and reminded me a lot of venison.

There were quite a few extra attractions at the zoo.  We decided to pay a little extra and see the dolphin show.  It was definitely worth the extra money.  It was so cool to see the dolphins spin and jump and do tricks, and Brandon really enjoyed it because he had never seen dolphins up close.

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We ended our day with a picture in front of the main sign and a little shopping.  I managed to spot a clearance tent and found a souvenir t-shirt for $10.  Brandon found a cool mug with a reflective tiger on it.

 

We were both very tired after all the walking, but it was a very enjoyable trip and a great way to spend a labor day relaxing together.

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P.S. All photo credit goes to my husband, Brandon 🙂  He got some really fun shots I think.  Click on any of them to view larger.

 

New Bathroom Decor

I have found that I really enjoy decorating.  I have decided to change the decor of our bathroom.  It’s not that the bathroom was bad, but I really didn’t decorate it.  I mostly just brought things that I used to have at my bathroom when I lived at home.

I decided that since Brandon is such a huge Chicago cubs fan that I would dedicate one room to his favorite team.  Since, we don’t have a basement or an office that could be designated for baseball, the bathroom will have to suffice.

I got everything for under $40.  The clock was just a plain red clock from Walmart and I took it apart and glued a cubs logo to the face.  The photo of Wrigley is one that I printed, and I already had the white frame.

I found the shower curtain on amazon for $20.  It’s not the highest quality, but it works well with a plain white liner from Walmart.

The soap dispenser, tooth brush holder, and the jewelry holder I found at dollar tree for $1 each.  I happened upon them by chance,  they are well made and for a buck I couldn’t pass them up.

As in most cases, I got a few things from my mother.  She got the white shelves at a garage sale a for a few dollars.  The little glove and ball also came from her and the antique child bat.

The picture frame was from Walmart for $1 and the  picture was from the last time Brandon and I went to a Cubs game together in May. The little grey sign was from Gordman’s for $2.

The glass baseball holder was an idea I saw on Pinterest. All of the supplies are from Dollar Tree; glass vase, white sand, and a bag of artificial grass.  The baseball was from the first game Brandon and I attended together, I got him the tickets as a birthday surprise.

The last thing I almost forgot about was the rug under the toilet, I got it from JCPenney on sale and then a $10 off coupon.  I think it was like $8.

I hope you enjoyed my little room tour.  I really enjoyed putting it together.

Comment below or email me with any questions.

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Photography with Friends

Photography with Friends

So, two weeks ago I had my sister and my best friend from childhood over to just hang out before they both go back to school.  My best friend’s name is Emma.  We have been best friends since we were 4 & 5.  She was also the friend that lived the closest to me, which meant we were at each other’s houses constantly.  I had been missing her a lot because I now live about an hour or so away from her and she has been busy with school, so I hadn’t seen her in like 9 months. So it was great to reconnect.

About a month ago, I got an old DSLR camera from my mom, and I had been wanting to try it out.  The megapixels aren’t that high because it is an older model, but in manual, it takes pretty nice pictures.  So, I decided that while my sister and Emma were visiting, it would be fun to take some pictures together.

We really enjoyed taking the photos, and it ended up being cloudy that day, so it was perfect for lighting. (click on any of the pictures to view them larger)

This is not all of them, I took over 70 pictures, so there just wasn’t room.  I edited all of the photos with Windows 10 new photo editing system that is build into the photo viewer.  I really like it.  The “enhance” button is mostly what I used, and it does a fairly decent job for basic lighting touch up. I also used the filters to turn the photos to black and white and to dark the darkened edges.

After this photo shoot, I have really become interested in photography. I think I am going to take more photos as a hobby, so look forward to more posts about what I am learning about DSLR camera’s and shooting in manual. Also if you notice my new header image and the photo of me on the about page were both taken that same day by my wonderful sister.

I hope you enjoyed and let me know if you have any tips on photography.

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