Shoes: Tory Burch (old! Similar style here) • Dress: Aritzia • Vest: Cupcakes & Cashmere (old! Similar style here) • Watch: Michele • Bracelet: Stella and Dot • Cuff: David Yurman • Necklace: Gjenmi • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: Nars • Handbag: Celine (Celine dupe)
Hi everyone! I’m back. I took a sabbatical for a few months to orient myself around being pregnant and also figure out how I want to evolve Fiercely Charming with all the changes in my life. As I mentioned in my Insta Stories over the weekend, I am going to start FC back up again – woop woop! There are a few topics that I will start to cover in addition to fashion, including how working moms balance work, new baby, and life, work situations that women have to deal with that men will never have to manage, and the emotions around all of this. So get ready ladies!
But today, I wanted to give ya’ll a little peek into my pregnancy journey up until now – 22 weeks! Dang, how time flies.
If you’re interested in learning how we found out we were pregnant – you can read here. I’m going to start after our first trimester – once we got through our 12 week ultrasound, I was feeling so relieved and simply grateful. Like, I have a baby growing inside me – thats crazy and such a miracle at the same time. On top of that, I started to feel more like myself, which felt fantastic. I was like, ‘Gosh, I’ve got my energy back – now I can go at my same fast pace.’ Welp – I was doing that for awhile. But what no one told me was that your stomach/bowels are going to get all messed up – and that’s what happened to me (sorry for the TMI!). So if I ate too much cheese or sweets – I was in the bathroom for an hour. So I started to eat healthier, which I wasn’t used to as much because in my first trimester, all I wanted was carbs. It definitely felt good to eat my normal diet and I learned how to manage that minor side effect 🙂
Fast forward to my 20 week appointment – baby was moving around and everything went really well which was another milestone of relief and gratefulness. However, the day after I had some pain (like legit PAIN!) in my stomach that ended up being due to dehydration, growing pains and a fibroid that baby was kicking. So that was a bit of a scare – but just a blip in the process. It took about a week for me to feel back to ‘normal’ aka no pain. And I also learned that you’re going to have pains that no one tells you about – especially since I’m only 5’0 and have a short torso.
All in all, I am almost at 23 weeks and I’m feeling good. I smile about 50 times a day when I feel baby kick 🙂 But most importantly, I’m learning that:
- Every pregnancy is different. I’ve had 2 of my best girlfriends have 3 babies between the two of them and their pregnancies were great. They looked great and they felt great (from what I knew!), so I had this expectation that my pregnancy would be the same. But my experience has been a reminder that every single pregnancy is different. Mine has been great (I realize it could be WAY worse, aka puking the entire pregnancy) but I have experienced some wake up call moments where I realize ‘don’t compare’ – yours is your own journey – no one else’s.
- Take it easy. I’m a go-go-go kind of a gal. I’ve got lots of energy but I’ve realized that I have to take it down a notch or two. I can’t wake up on a Saturday and clean the whole house, get ready and go enjoy the plans I’ve made in the afternoon/evening – gosh, I’d be dead. I need to rest. Take time to myself, take a nap on a Saturday afternoon, and be more cognizant of the plans I do make so I don’t overbook.
- Pause and be thankful. At the end of the day, I’m growing a human. It truly is something I cannot comprehend and I don’t really think any human being can really comprehend. It’s beyond us. But it’s something so very special. I believe that the Lord has called me to be a mom to this little baby and take care of His child on this earth. Talk about a big job to be called to do – but boy am I so thankful. It’s so easy to say – I wish December would get here ASAP so I can meet my babe. But I also balance that thought with, being in that moment and being so at peace and grateful for this opportunity.
That’s my 22 weeks bump date for you all. If you have any questions, send me a message, write a comment or find me on Instagram. Thanks for reading! Enjoy your week.