I recently posted about our Mother's Day gifts to the Grandmas. Their other surprise was that we told our families on Mother's Day that we are expecting baby #3 in January. Everyone was thrilled! We told Lucy and Julia the night before we shared the news with extended family; Lucy hugged my stomach and is excited that as the baby grows she can talk to him or her. She's already planning on helping me take care of the baby. Julia points to my stomach and says "baby" but she's not quite sure what is going on yet. I've been feeling nauseous off and on, but nothing too horrible. Here is how I'm surviving early pregnancy...
1) Food: When we started trying to get pregnant I made double batches of food as often as I could and put them in the freezer. I had muffins, cookies, zucchini bread, cooked ground meat, chopped onions, and half a dozen meals frozen. Its actually quite easy to make a double batch of something if you are already going to be cooking. I'll admit that the food in the freezer hasn't sounded good to me yet, but I'm sure it will come in handy once I get my appetite back a bit. We'll use this food up during the pregnancy and then stock the freezer again for after baby arrives.
2) Sleep. I've been sleeping with Julia when she naps. Lucy knows that she has to color or read books quietly and although she does end up waking me up some days, I do get some napping time in. My body is working hard creating this little baby so I don't feel bad about taking naps!
3) Housework. I have to say that my dear husband has been a wonderful help in this area. When I'm feeling nauseous and all I can do is get the girls their meals and get the food put away, he's great about washing dishes and cleaning the bathroom when he has spare time. I have a magnet on my fridge with a simple cleaning schedule that I try to follow when I get overwhelmed with a messy house -
4) Nausea remedies. In the beginning I was trying to eat protein as much as I could and it did seem to help. The food didn't sound good to me at the time, but once I ate it, I did feel relief from the nausea. (eggs, peanut butter toast, cheese toast, almonds, etc) At this point my stomach is very queasy and I just have to eat whatever sounds ok to me at the time. I'm going to try some of the remedies I've seen - B6 vitamins, calcium, and other things. I'll share anything I find that works.
Don't worry, I love blogging and although I've taken a bit of a break here, I have plenty of fun posts (including giveaways) lined up for the coming days!