If you knew you could fly...
Would you try?
Would you spread your wings
And reach for the sky?
If you knew how it felt
To ride the wind
How it felt to let
the sunshine in...
Would you climb this cliff
To get to the top
To position yourself
For freedom unstopped?
Written by Sunshine Mama
I wrote this poem a week or so ago. I have been feeling so good since I've been counting my calories and going snack free that I simply...
can not believe it.
I have seven weeks to go before I'm due, and I really don't have much to complain about. I've had five children before this, and I feel better now than I've ever felt compared to my other pregnancies towards the end.
I'm not dreading the last few weeks. I'm looking forward to them. I feel happy to be pregnant.
But isn't that so true with all of us?
Until we finally actually succeed with this diet thing or perhaps another far away goal that we've wanted to do...we think to ourselves...
"Why didn't I do this before?"
"Why didn't I do this sooner?"
I'm thinking..."Why didn't I eat better like this in my other pregnancies so that I could look and feel so great?"
That's why I wrote this poem. Envision in your mind how much better it can be if you eat healthier...how much better you will feel.
I've been so happy with how AWESOME I feel that last Sunday I decided to go completely sugar-free and flour-free (white and whole wheat), and butter-free.
I've already given up snacks...so I've already reduced the amount of sugar in my diet. And quite honestly, it hasn't been that bad. I'm not really struggling with sugar cravings. Occasionally I will desire a slice of some home-made white bread toasted with butter on it.
Then, yesterday I decided to give up coffee. I decided that it made me too thirsty and also when I go to breast feed our son, I don't want caffeine-ated breast milk to be a reason he won't go to sleep at night.
Altogether, so far, I feel great. However, about ten days ago I started to get some "end-of-the-pregnancy" symptoms. For those who've never had a baby...yes, I still feel great despite all of these "little" symptons because they don't happen all the time.
But...here is a little list...you know for inquiring minds...
The first being...the baby will sometimes lay on my sciatica nerve and cause my right leg to have some pain. That happens with a lot of pregnancies. Very normal. That pain or what I like to call "deadening of my leg" happens maybe a several times a day usually when I'm walking which can be very annoying. That pain may last about 20 to 30 seconds.
I've been having some contractions. They are called false labor, Braxton Hicks. It's basically your uterus tightening in preparation for the real deal. That will usually put a little pressure on my bladder and some slight discomfort. That happens maybe several times a day and lasts for maybe thirty seconds a time.
Sometimes I will get a painful "stitch" in my side on my uterus and I will have to stand or stretch to get it to relax. That only happens maybe once every few days thank goodness but the pain may last up to several minutes depending on if I can stretch it out to get it to stop.
I will also get some general pain in my belly when I am standing which is alleviated when I sit or it helps if I use a maternity support belt. That's probably the most annoying pain, but that has been happening for four or five weeks.
The eating healthy...has kept my weight down these last three weeks which has made me have to carry less weight...which has made me feel lighter on my feet...
Which is wonderful.
The clean diet has dropped extra fat in my face and has released this wonderful vibrant look to my skin. It makes sense right? If we don't put the sugar and white flour poisons into our body, then, our skin will look healthier?
I've received several comments from people who say that I look too young to be having a sixth child. One person thought my 15-year-old daughter was my sister.
I continue to work out at the gym and aim for three days a week of weight lifting so that I can hit all my major muscle groups to retain my muscularity for when I return to more physical activities after the baby is born. I'm not doing any cardio, but would like to at least be walking.
I am loving my baby belly because it sticks out so prominently, but I feel like the rest of my body is lean.
I'm in the second week of home schooling our children which is big reason I haven't blogged in a week. I think that by the end of the day, I'm mentally drained. We also have two of our children in flag football two days a week.
So, bear with me as I try to find a balance where I can blog more. I really want to. Last weekend was filled with visiting more garage sales and more cleaning and organizing. The "nesting" syndrome simply won't go away with me. I want everything to be perfect. Ha, Ha!!
I'm even considering doing the Christmas shopping before the baby is born. I was trying to clean out some storage closet at 10:00 at night last Saturday night when my husband flees to another room to avoid getting roped into helping. I explained to him that the weekend is the only time I have to do this stuff because I'm too drained to organize at night during the week.
So, there you have it folks, I was cleaning out a closet instead of blogging last weekend.
Sorry, SunshineMeg, I wish I could say the computer was on the blink...nope...it was the baby's fault. Ha, Ha,
I blame everything on the baby.
What?!? You all are annoyed that I need the fan on and the air conditioner on still? ...blame the baby.
What you don't like me organizing and whipping everyone to work?
Blame the baby.
What? I forgot your name?
Blame the baby.
ok...I think you get the point.
Well, this post has gone on long enough. And, yes, I'm still waiting to get back to doing pictures. Hang in there folks.
Hope you all have a great day!!