I wanted to catch up on some pregnancy things quickly, but this post is mainly a celebration of the beautiful words sent in from readers to encourage and uplift new mom’s to be. I did something similar a couple of years back before my wedding (for brides to be!) and found it incredibly helpful. Words have always had a way of completely moving me and shifting my mindset on the spot, so I know I will be coming back to this post in times of need of precious reminders.
A little second trimester update
In my experience, it has been true what they say: second trimester is the honeymoon phase. It has been blissful! So nice going from a really hard first trimester, to being able to really soak up this time and enjoy every second of it.
I shared a few updates early on in the second trimester (will link them here!) and to be honest—there isn’t *a ton* to report since, but I do have a few bits of newness for you. First. It’s crazy how things begin to rapidly change/grow at (I’d say) around 20 weeks. From first noticeable kicks to waking up to a bigger belly every morning… it has been quite the big pivot. I feel her all day now, have experienced Braxton Hicks (practice contractions), can’t see my bikini bottoms while sitting in the sun (😂), and while I am sleeping through most of the night, things are definitely getting more uncomfortable. Experiencing the muscle and ligament aches as well, but nothing I can’t handle after my first trimester…
I am starting to not feel as starving (and less aggressive about cookie consumption haha!) and have been eating healthy, working out, and getting into relax mode around 3pm each day.
All in all, the last couple of months have been really enjoyable. I am hitting 26 weeks in a few days… just 2 more weeks until the third trimester… the home stretch!
Also! One more note. I keep getting requests to share our registry, favorite baby brands and finds, etc… and it’s so funny because I keep thinking to myself… well I am no expert and I still have lots to research! But then I realize we are about 100 days away from her due date and how quickly time has been flying. Planning to share baby updates next week 🙂 Nursery progress, organization stuff I am starting to work on, and our registry! Stay tuned.
A few pregnancy things I am loving lately…
I want to thank everyone again who shared the most thoughtful words of encouragement. There were hundreds sent in and I read every single one. I included top favorites below but mainly streamlined many of the same sentiments—all were so lovely! I know that many will appreciate these pieces of wisdom as much as I do. We all need this kind of support through this season of our life. It can feel so overwhelming with the amount of books, articles, classes, advice, to-do lists, and overall changes that come with the transition to motherhood… so I am very excited to help shed some light on what actually matters during those first few weeks after bringing your baby home.
Wise words for new mamas
You are about to find strength you didn’t know you had and love you didn’t think possible…
Trust your instinct for you and your baby—you already know what is best for the both of you.
Be kind to yourself and enjoy the early days—they are precious and fleeting!
Ask for help with the baby when you need it. It’s okay to take breaks—you are a human.