JoMarie’s Baby Book

Good Morning!! I hope you are having a great week so far. I have been excited to share something with you that I am really loving right now! I have previously mentioned that throughout my maternity leave that I started a journal for JoMarie. It was fun to document this special time in our lives for her and I have always loved to write. I want her to be able to look back someday and read what life was like for us when she became our first baby. There were many times throughout my pregnancy and first months with Jo where I wondered what those specific stages were like for my mom. So I wrote it all down for Jo and I…What Nick and I are like, who our friends are, how much love and support we had from our families during this time, what’s important to us, what some struggles have been, what we did with her in her first year with us, and just for her to see what a little miracle she was and is to us. And to be honest, my brain and memory has gone down the drain since having a baby so writing it all down for myself as well 😉

Writing in a journal for Jo to read someday has been fun, but it was time for a baby book!! As much as I wish I was creative and had unlimited time to sit and decorate the perfect baby book for my daughter, that just is NOT the case. I wanted a simple, cute, and special book to fill up! I received the perfect baby book from Polka Dot Print Shop and it is everything I wanted in a baby book and I have had such a fun time filling this up with so much goodness.

There are pages to fill in that I would have never thought of to add to her baby book and I am SO happy the book includes these pages. For example, there are pages for me to write our birth story and a also write a little note to JoMarie about our first moments together. There is also a page for Nick to do the same. Pages to tell her how Nick and I meant, our love story, how we reacted to finding out we were expecting this sweet little baby. They have literally thought of everything! There are also pages for each month where you can put the cute monthly photos and what stages your littles are at during that month. I fell in love with the style of these books and knew I had to share!

Polka Dot Print Shop also has toddler books and bump books that are so neat!! Welllll I know I have many mamas and expecting mamas who would love these books so for the next two weeks, you can use code MyGoodness to receive 15% off your book. You can find them in Instagram, Facebook, or right on their website. I know many of you will love these books as much as I do.

Have such a great rest of your week ladies!! We are taking a long weekend to soak up our last days of summer and I am really looking forward to some family time and relaxing! Thanks for stopping by today 🙂

Post-Baby Fitness

Good evening!! Late night post for you 🙂 I got little miss to sleep, Nick is in bed, and I brewed a cup of coffee for a late night of school work. Yep, school work. So here I sit, blogging and avoiding my school work 😉 I have recently started to workout again since giving birth and thought I would do a little post on that. Currently I am doing the Kayla Itsines 12 week BBG challenge (when I have time to do it) and I’m also getting back into my lifting program. It feels great, but I have learned some things along the way as well. Be nice to your body!! As much as I LOVE my workouts and the feeling I get after a good workout, right now my favorite workouts include morning stretch time with Jo, and planking over her cute little body and watching her smile at the ridiculous silly faces mommy makes at her.

Pregnancy changes your body in many ways, ways that I never even imagined. But I do not just mean changes to our outside appearance. Do you notice how we tend to only focus on the aesthetic side. It’s a bizarre focus really because in many ways, the biggest change is what happens internally. The feeling is indescribable and something I will not try to explain. You just change.  

It has long been suggested that pregnancy alters your internal chemistry in such a way that fitness is harder to achieve. Sure, there’s some biological basis to it as well. There’s also the fact that when you have a new baby – and despite what celebrity magazines proclaim – you’re not focused on “getting your body back”. I LOVE health and fitness and I received many questions asking if I was just going crazy not being able to workout, but honestly, no. It just hasn’t been my focus, but now that I have gotten the go ahead from my Doctor, I have started to workout again and I am learning to love my post-pregnancy body, one step at a time 🙂 It’s actually all pretty freaking beautiful! Your body just carried this little human, pushed the baby out of you, and now your body is healing so that you can live your life chasing that little human around for the next 18 years 😉 

So you’ve got your postpartum body and it is different; it’s inevitable. So is this the end? Are you doomed with a “mom body” as people call it, for the end of time? 

Of course not. Take, for example, athletes. Tennis star Kim Clijsters gave birth to daughter Jada and then came back to win the US Open. British athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill became World Champion after having her son. And these are the elites! So of course you can return to your previous fitness form – and surpass it if you so choose to. Sure, there are some things that regardless how many burpees you do or weights you lift, some things will always be different. But is that so bad? What’s important is to get to a point where you love your body and are proud of it and feel beautiful if your own mommy skin 🙂 

But how?

#1 – Reintroduce Yourself Slowly

So slowly. So very, very slowly. This is a marathon and it’s also a marathon you’re not prepared for – so be careful with it. I will be honest with you all and say I made this mistake. I was SO excited to get my first lift in after the Doctor gave me to go that I jumped right in and tried the weight I was lifting during pregnancy. Well…. I just took 6 weeks off and you lose muscle fast! I had some pretty sore core muscles (and not the good sore) and I felt pretty silly with myself. It’s not worth it!! Take it slow! 

The best way to begin is with something simple, like walking. Walking is good! This is made even easier in that you can team it with a stroller, so you get a little baby time as well. The key step is to support your body. If you have any previous injuries, tape them. Use support wherever you need to: thighs, bra, any areas you are concerned about. Make sure you have the right shoes for the job, I’m huge into reviews before I buy things, here are some reviews of the best walking shoes for women

A walk around the block a few times a week is a good way to begin. Or mall walking with your babes in the stroller during the winter months! 

#2 – Forget What You Knew Before

Ding ding ding! I need to take my own advice! If you used to be able to do X number of reps or run for X number of miles, then forget them. You can use them as goals if you really want to, but generally, it’s best to forget those numbers and create all new numbers for yourself! 

If you push to try and regain your previous stats, then you’re facing an uphill battle that you don’t need. Instead, set new records and teach yourself to find assurance in them as they improve. It doesn’t matter what you could do a year ago; look at how you compare to what you could do a week ago.

#3 – Swim

Swimming is great for your body in a variety of ways, but it’s particularly good for the new Mom. It’s also something you can share with your child as they get older. Nick and I were just chatting how we can’t wait to take JoMarie swimming for the first time! Not only is swimming a decent cardio workout, but it will also help toned and strong – all in the supportive environment of good old H20.

Just remember to take it easy on yourself and love your body! The changes can be so hard, but they are so beautiful as well. Loving your baby is your main focus right now, everything else will come when it’s supposed to 🙂

JoMarie’s Birth Story

One month. It has been one month since we brought the most beautiful little human into this world and I still can’t believe it! This last month has been incredibly exciting, emotional, exhausting, and beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Life has an entire new meaning for us and this little girl has fulfilled us with overwhelming happiness. JoMarie is sitting in her rock n play next to me right now and I could just look at her for hours, and I have 🙂 I appreciate your patience and understanding with MyGoodness blog as I have most definitely been taking this time, to enjoy this special time that I will never get back. Today I am sharing Jo’s birth story. I can’t tell you how many birth stories I read and loved when I was pregnant so here is one more to put out in the blogging world, not to mention I am documenting this for my own memories too, so please brace yourself, this will be a long one! Our little lady arrived in a timely manner, on her due date, December 4th, 2016 with deep blue eyes, a head full of dark beautiful hair, and weighing 8 lbs exactly, and 21.5 inches long. Healthy baby girl!

Four days before my due date, I went to my weekly appointment to leave a little discouraged when I was told I still was not dilated, my cervix was still posterior, and progress wasn’t happening. The following days were filled with emails and text from my husband throughout the day asking how I was doing (his way of asking, IS THIS BABY COMING YET?!) we would chat each night before bed telling each other that MAYBE tonight would be the night she would come. I will never forget that feeling of anticipation waiting for this little girl to come join our world.

On Sunday, December 4th, Nick and I woke up and decided we would have a low key morning and go to our late church service at 10:45. Around 9:30 I started having some different sensations but I wasn’t convinced they were contractions as I was not having the tightening in my belly that I had read and been told all about. I figured it was late pregnancy uncomfortableness so we went on with our morning. By the time we got to church, I realized the pains were increasing a little and seemed to be happening often. Nick suggested maybe using the app we downloaded to time these, JUST in case they were contractions. Whatever it was, they were 2-3 minutes apart but were only lasting between 15 & 40 seconds. It wasn’t until we stood up to take communion and I started walking that I thought “oh boy!” as we walked back to our seats I told Nick we should probably go. We did our Sunday Aldi trip for groceries for the week after church and the pains were starting to intensify. We got home around 12:15 and we were on the way to the hospital an hour later after calling the nurse line and being told to come on in just to get checked.

We got to the hospital a little after 1:30 and after explaining to the nurse what I was feeling, she didn’t give me much hope this was IT. To our surprise, she checked me and I was dilated to a 4! This was IT!! We got admitted to our room and the contractions were uncomfortable but tolerable. My family was on their way from Iowa and only family and a few close friends knew I was in labor.  Things were progressing on their own and rather quickly. Contractions were around 1 minute apart and lasting 2-3 minutes at a time. Nick was so great, coaching me through each contraction. My goal was to hold off as long as I could before getting an epidural, if I did end up getting one. I didn’t love the idea of being restricted to my bed so I knew I wanted to hold off as long as I could. Each contraction was coming on more intense than the last and it was getting hard to focus during them. I remember telling Nick “okay after this one I’m done!” “after this one lets order the epidural” “I don’t want to do this to myself anymore” and I just remember Nick telling me “okay, after this one babe!” THEN we would get through that contraction and he would tell me “you got one more!” He knew my goal and kept me going as long as I could. The last time they checked me, I was  dilated to a 6 and I got to the point where I just couldn’t imagine physically having the energy for these contractions that much longer and not to mention, possible hours of pushing. Bring on that epidural!

The amazing grace 😉 of the epidural was given to me and I was checked immediately after, to be told I was dilated to a 9! A NINE! In the movies and everything I read, you push when you’re at a ten and I was at a nine, holy cow! Wellll that is not exactly how it worked for me. Have you ever heard of the term “labor down” Well, we hadn’t either, but let me tell you, I’m so glad we were being made aware of it now. Long story short, since you have an epidural, you can see what your body does naturally to get the baby lower once you are dilated to a 10. We decided to do that. I “rested” for an hour after I was dilated to a 10 and when I was checked after that hour, my nurse decided we should labor down for 1 more hour to see how low my body will naturally take the baby and then it was time to push, so that is what we did. I couldn’t take my eyes off that clock. Five minutes before we knew our nurse, Doctor, and my Mom would be coming in the room to be with us as I started to push our baby into this world, Nick and I held hands and prayed and this brought so much peace to my heart. Let’s do this!! I was ready!!

I was very blessed with a quick labor. I started pushing, and I pushed through 4 contractions, 11 minutes, and JoMarie Evelyn Elioff was placed on my chest at 9:36pm and I locked eyes with my daughter and fell so deeply in love. She is a healthy little girl which is all we hoped and prayed for. I am doing well too! I think I cry at least once a day BUT happy tears 🙂 I just look at her or Nick holding her and it literally is too much for my heart to handle. I’m in a constant state of awe and shock that I get to be this little girl’s Mommy.  I get to show her the world and raise her, and love her forever! Now I get it. Now I get what that motherly love is and I have never been more in love with Nick. JoMarie has put so much grace on our hearts and so many things just do not matter anymore, while other things now matter more than ever! God is so very good to our little family and I’m so thankful!

There you have it! Please excuse the typo’s and ramble that I’m sure go on in this post 🙂 I wrote it over two days, during Jo’s mini nap sessions and I am not taking the time to go read it and edit my mistakes. Thanks for stopping by today and bless you if you made it this far in this post! Happy FRIDAY!!! Now I’m off to go cuddle this little sweet girl.

Third Trimester:: 39 Week Update

Good Morning!! I hope you all have had a great weekend with your loved ones and a wonderful Thanksgiving. We had a really nice weekend and a great Thanksgiving with family! We have a lot to be thankful for this year and with being SO excited for our little one to arrive, Nick and I did a little something fun for the two of us, we text each other each day this last week, something we were thankful for with each other. It was simple things like “I’m thankful you got up with the dogs last night” or “I’m thankful you take the garbage out every single week” or much more mushy gushy stuff, but it was a lot of fun and made the days even more special during this week of thankfulness. What fun Thanksgiving traditions do you do?

Today, I am sharing my third trimester experience with you all, it has been really fun hearing how many current and future mamas refer to these posts, and it makes them that much more exciting to put together and share the goodness! My due date is ONE week from today… WHAT?!? I really cannot believe how quickly this has gone. With that, I will say I am absolutely to the point where I am just ready to have her here and in our arms. I’m thankful not to feel really uncomfortable or miserable at this stage, but that doesn’t change the fact that I’m just READY! So here we go with the 3rd trimester recap 🙂 Thanks for stopping by this morning, have a blessed Sunday.

Congrats to Taylor Mazzara who was randomly selected for the Yeah BABY! giveaway on MyGoodnessblog. Watch your email Taylor 🙂 Thanks ladies for your support and entering the giveaway with myself, Rodale Books, and Jillian Michaels.

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WOWZA looking at those pictures is kind of funny 🙂 Look at that belly!! Give me another week or so and this shirt will be a legit belly shirt LOL! But in all seriousness, I know I have said it probably too much, but now that I’m to the end of my pregnancy, I can’t believe what our bodies are capable of. The third trimester has brought on some expected aches and pains but even through that, I feel really lucky to be able to experience this miracle. During 1 of our 2304823908 conversations about this Little Miss this weekend 😉 Nick told me the one thing he regrets about this pregnancy is that we didn’t take enough pictures to look back on. Well, I disagree! I’m so thankful for my blog and documenting these life changing times in our lives to look back on in the future and share with our children.

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Favorite Things This Trimester

My favorite things during my third trimester includes taking baths, cereal, orange juice, and my exercise ball. I have some other favorite things but these are what have been on repeat the most! Towards the end of this trimester, bath’s have been close to an every other evening occurrence. There is just something about the hot water that takes all the extra weight off my body for a little bit and let’s my muscles relax. Just like the 2nd trimester, I have continued eating cereal like it’s my job. I can’t get enough of it!! Orange juice has been really refreshing too! I am sick of drinking pretty much only water, so I have been having some OJ throughout the week and I love it. Lastly, my exercise ball that Nick got me. I have had some hip issues throughout this trimester and bouncing on my ball has helped to open my hips to help make room for baby and it seems to relieve some of the stress I carry in my hips.

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Weight Gained

The weight gain game has been real this trimester 🙂 I was 115 pounds when I found out I was pregnant and last week at my checkup I was 150 lbs. So I have gained 35 pounds so far! I guess that’s a healthy amount of weight to gain and I’m feeling good so I’m just listening to my Doctor that all is well.

Workouts

I have been able to continue working out 4-6 days a week at this point. Workouts did change a bit this trimester as my Doctor advised no more jumping, so I had to take out all jump lunges, squats, and some other exercises I like to add in but that’s okay! The beginning of this trimester I did my usual 10 min cardio, followed my lifting. Currently, being I’m a week away from my due date, I’m stepping up the cardio game and doing 20-30 minutes of cardio before I lift.

Symptoms

Oh gosh! Lots of changes since my second trimester recap! I had a few weeks of having troubles breathing because this growing girl was so high and was constantly pressing up against my ribcage. Luckily, she dropped and it was a feeling of relief, followed by a feeling of pressure as she has dropped prettttty low. After one of my workouts one day, I had a pretty intense feeling of pressure on my pelvis bone, almost like a really bad bruised tailbone, but in the front. Turns out, I developed Symphysis Pubic Diastasis (SPD).  It is nothing dangerous and is actually a good thing as it is helping prepare my body for labor, but my WORD, it is painful. This is where, usually in later pregnancy, the hormone relaxin causes the pelvis, particularly at the pubic bone, to loosen. Sometimes the separation is exaggerated and can become quite painful for the mother at the end of pregnancy or in the early postpartum period. As much as it does suck, it is tolerable and seems to be the worst when I first get up each day and gets better throughout the days. Thanks to my mommy friends, I was expecting some of the ache and pains throughout this trimester. Overall, I have felt really great and continue to feel pretty blessed for such a wonderful pregnancy both physically and mentally! OH, my waddle game is strong! It just is part of the experience right?! 😉

Food Aversions

Some meats are still not sitting well with me.

Food Cravings

Just cereal…. and waffles!

Sleep

What is sleep?? 😉 I’m just kidding, I know I have not even started to understand what lack of sleep is being she is not even here yet. But, I am not getting much sleep right now. Between my mind constantly going, being a little anxious, and not being very comfortable when I lay down, I am up multiple times throughout each night. What I find odd is no matter how many times I am up throughout the night, I’m never exhausted the next day. Maybe my body is just trying to prepare me?? Who knows!

Looking Forward To…

Her arrival of course!! 🙂 Nick and I have been doing our best to not take this time for granted and enjoy these last weeks just the two of us, but who am I kidding! We spend a lot of time talking about her and what life will be like with her where we are just to the point of wanting her here. Any day now, she will come when she’s ready.

Boy/Girl Suspicions

Well we know she’s a girl 🙂

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?

Not so much pregnancy related purchases anymore.  We made a lot of baby related purchases throughout this trimester to prepare for her arrival and finish up the nursery. I will do a nursery post sometime as well as my favorite baby items!

As mentioned I’m 39 weeks now, and this post was all about Trimester 3 so here is quick update for my current stage. She will hopefully be coming any day now! At my last appointment I was 70% effaced and not dilated at all. We will see what this weeks appointment brings. As anxious as we are, I am content knowing it is healthy for her to continue to grow and get stronger inside of me. Our hospital bags are packed and we are ready to go whenever the time comes. I do really hope we do not get to the point where I will need to be induced, but if so, as long as she’s healthy, that is all I care about! Here are some big mama 39 week pictures 🙂 this body has seen some major changes!

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Thanks for stopping by today, enjoy your day!!

Yeah BABY! **giveaway**

Hi lovelies!! I hope you are all enjoying your week and are ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow if that is a Holiday you celebrate. We are excited to spend tomorrow with family and be one day closer to welcoming our little bundle of joy into this world. She seems to be pretty comfy as of now so we are doing our best to enjoy this time before she joins us. I am excited for today’s post ladies!! I am teaming up with Rodale Books and Jillian Michaels team, who is offering a fun giveaway for one of My Goodness readers. Expecting mama’s, or have a loved one expecting, you will want to enter this one 🙂

I have been lucky enough to be able to workout throughout my entire pregnancy. I really feel this is a huge reason as to why it has been such a great first pregnancy experience. With that, there have absolutely been days when the gym just wasn’t going to happen and working out was the last thing I was about to do. But being able to stay with my fitness routine 90% of the time and doing my best to keep a clean diet during these last 9 months, has helped me a ton! But there is so much more to know about being pregnant and becoming a mother for the first time, than just knowing you should stay as active as you can. As I’m sure many of you mom’s out there can relate, the amount of “research” I have done during this pregnancy has been insane. There is so much information out there that it can be so overwhelming but at the same time, addicting! I have always said knowledge is power but for the LOVE there is so much out there regarding pregnancy and becoming a first time parent.

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I was so excited when I was sent Jillian Michaels upcoming release, Yeah BABY! First of all, I LOVE Jillian!! For anyone who doesn’t know, Jillian is a celebrity fitness trainer who you may recognize from her appearances on The Biggest Loser. Her success is endless and her love for health and fitness is something I admire, so when I was asked to read this book and sponsor a giveaway on my blog to share some of this goodness, I jumped at the chance. Jillian has two seriously adorable children with her partner Heidi Rhoades and Jillian recently wrote this amazing YEAH BABY! book. This book is the modern mama’s guide to mastering pregnancy, having a healthy baby, and bouncing back better than ever. All things I have thought of hundreds of times throughout this amazing process of preparing for our first child.

In Yeah Baby!, Jillian, along with her team of top-notch experts, will change everything you think you know about pregnancy, arming you with the most cutting-edge information available, so you can make the right choices for you and your little one. They will help you navigate the hidden dangers in your immediate environment; understand the check-ups, tests, and treatments your doctor recommends; and provide powerful solutions for all your issues, from heartburn and swollen feet to more serious medical concerns. Also learn how to optimize every facet of your child’s development, from IQ and long-term earning potential to future level of physical fitness and even taste preferences! Yeah Baby! also features a complete meal plan with delicious, nutrition-packed recipes, and a one-of-a-kind, trimester-specific fitness program, to ensure you bounce back stronger and better than ever. You all, this book is amazing and this goodness needs to be shared! I learned so much just glancing through the book at first and then I knew I had to fully dig in.

Rodale Books is offering one lucky winner a copy of YEAH BABY!, and a really awesome HotMilk nursing yoga bra. This is such a great giveaway and I’m pumped for it as I think my mommy readers will love these items as much as I do! All you need to do, to enter is two things

1) Comment on this post and tell me if you would be using the book and bra as a gift or for yourself

2) Go follow Jillian Michaels on EITHER Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. 

The lucky winner will be randomly selected on Saturday and will be announced in my Saturday blog post 🙂 Good luck ladies!! I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of your weekend and weekend with your loved ones!

All Your Questions About Nesting Answered! Impact on Health, What To Avoid and Enjoying It

Good evening loves!!! I have a post for you tonight on NESTING!!! I just had to 😉 it’s what is consuming my world and I thought a blog post would be fun as I’m recently learning of so many new pregnant mamas. So exciting!! I have a 3rd trimester post coming up for you all, as we have been told we are good to bring this little girl into the world whenever she is ready!! I figured I should get a post put together soonish. Okay so for those of you interested, lets talk nesting!

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While almost every aspect of pregnancy has been pretty fascinating to me, it’s also pretty bizarre. Our bodies change, and we were ready for that. You knew your stomach would expand to accommodate a growing baby; that your ankles might swell; that your lower back might hurt. You have probably even laughed at how real your “pregnancy brain” has been at times, in which your hormones turn your head to mush. So it’s not just the physical changes you can prepare for, but those definitely get the bulk of the focus.

One of the most interesting areas of pregnancy for me has been this nesting stage. The desire to get things right and get things done before your little peanut comes to join you. Clean! spotless in fact. For the world to be in order right before you bring a new life into it – or at least as in order  as you can manage! I pictured this stage coming with ample anxiety but instead I’m experiencing a sense of calm. As I’m walking around our house each night like a crazy person, looking for something else to organize or clean, there is a complete sense of contentment and calmness and I really love it. So what is all this nesting business about?….

Why Do We Nest?

Because we’re animals! HA! Okay hear me out on this one, it makes sense! 

That might seem like an odd answer, but it’s got its origins in pure biology. The whole reason we call it nesting is the way Mama birds prepare their nests prior to laying eggs. We humans are doing the same thing: preparation. This has been studied countless times; not every woman goes through a nesting period, but those that do describe it as an overwhelming impulse and I can completely relate to that impulse. My mind just doesn’t shut off and I often feel like I can conquer the world, so I go for it and I’m quickly reminded by my body that I am in fact pretty stinking pregnant and need to take it easy. 

Nesting really is a time when you get a boost of energy and start deciding to put things in the right place. Some of it can even be powered by very real concerns. The aftermath of labor and nursing a newborn might mean you can’t be as active in your household routine as you might normally be. So, knowing that’s coming up, you want to get things right so they can handle a little more neglect in the coming weeks.

Is It Just About Cleaning?

Not at all! Don’t get me wrong, I’m trying to take full advantage of this wanting to cleaning business as it’s not usually on my list of favorite things to do 😉 Nesting can also mean not wanting to spend time with strangers or people you don’t know well. Instead, you draw closer to the people you love and trust most in the world or may become a bit of a homebody. I have found myself becoming a little quieter the closer we get to the big day, but I think that is normal. 

Research tells us that the closer we get to the day of birth, the more we keep to ourselves. So if you find yourself not wanting to spend time with many people beyond your immediate inner circle, that’s okay too, do not be too hard on yourself! You just have a lot going on in preparation for your life taking a very big turn to parenthood. 

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Is It Always A Good Thing?

Nesting generally is a good thing; it’s a sign your body is doing all the right things in terms of preparation.

However, it can have its downsides. The biggest is in terms of stress. As you glance around your home and see a thousand and one things you want to fix, it can make you feel unstable. This can mean the desire to clean, fix and change can feel a bit overwhelming.

It’s great if you have all the time in the world to satisfy this nesting feeling, but what if you don’t? You still have a life, that does not just stop because you’re nesting. There is a chance you have a strong desire to nest and literally aren’t able to.

How Do You Cope?

The only way of managing this impulse is to try and control it and channel it into something useful. Rather than running around like a headless chicken trying to fix a million things you’re concerned about, sit and try and make a list.

This is a list of things you can conceivably do; that it’s safe for you in late-term pregnancy to do. What you ultimately put on your list is down to you and your priorities, but here’s a few starter ideas:

  • Prepare for a health emergency that isn’t related to the pregnancy itself. This can be things like bleeding gums, which is a problem for a huge amount of women in the later stages. I know this sounds silly, but I have read many stories on new mommies dealing with this. You’ve likely spent so much time and energy focusing on the baby, you’ve forgotten how you’ll cope if you go wrong. If you wake up one morning in pain, bleeding heavily and needing to seek a dentist, already have one picked out. The same applies for things like chiropractors and other issues you might stumble across. Knowing you have everything already mapped out will be soothing as your mobility becomes more compromised.
  • Clean as much as you want to, providing it is safe for you to do so. Anything that requires climbing on a ladder is best left alone, or at least delegated to your partner. So the tops of closets and high shelves in the kitchen are not things to tackle alone. If you find yourself wanting to desperately while home alone, distract yourself with something. It might seem imperative at that point in time, but the urge will pass, especially if you clean something else in the meantime.
  • Storage issues. One of the major aspects of nesting can be about organization as much as cleaning. Invest in some good storage options and ruthlessly create a manifest of everything that goes into them. This has two benefits in that it both helps the desire and is actually useful. In recovery from birth, you’re not going to want to go rifling through every drawer to find anything you need. A prepared list is going to go down a charm at this point.

It can help to focus a lot of your efforts on your labor bag. This is something directly connected to the desire to nest, so you’re going to feel you’ve got purpose. Don’t just copy things off a list either. Think the process through to yourself: what might help? What might you find soothing? I’ve really enjoyed putting our hospital bag together and I’ve taken my time to do so. 

And of course… Anticipate!

Nesting is a sign that you’re entering the final phases of being pregnant. There are undoubtedly things you will miss about this stage, but now it’s time to move on. So enjoy the phase of getting everything ready with happy anticipation, because soon it will all be worth it. This is just the beginning of the journey, and your mind and body is telling you to be ready for it. So keep a handle on the stress and make the most of every second.

I LOVED reading blog posts like this in the beginning of my pregnancy, so I hope some of you enjoy it as well!! Until next time 🙂

Showered With Love

Happy beautiful Friday everyone!!! How the heck are you?!? I feel like it’s been a bit since I have checked in with my wonderful blog family 🙂 These last couple of weeks have been very busy and so much fun spending some time preparing for the arrival of baby. Side note: do you all laugh when I talk about how busy I am all of the time when you know our daughter isn’t even here yet?!? I laugh at myself so feel free to laugh with me, I know!… I have no clue what busy is yet 😉 Anyways, back on track Jordyn!!  I just ended another graduate class and started a new one and that always takes some adjustment time. We are also now having more doctors appointments as my pregnancy is wrapping up, and I have been whipping out workout plans like no other. Through the busy schedules, we have been completely overwhelmed with so much love for us and our little miss.

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This little peanut has had three baby showers thrown for her and after every single one, Nick and I are just in awe of how kind and caring our loved ones are.  We have had so much fun putting the nursery together and filling it with all of the goodies we have received. Just when I think I have seen about the cutest thing in the world for her, something else arrives and I melt. I want to thank all of our friends, family, and co-workers again for the three perfect showers that have been thrown for us. To feel how loved our daughter is already, is really a neat feeling.

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No matter how great my pregnancy has been, this exciting time can be hard sometimes! Your body going through changes, the unknowns that come along with carrying a little human in you, the thoughts of the future, and preparing for this new life… it is so very exciting and something I will be forever grateful for but I’m completely transparent with the fact that it is not always rainbows and butterflies 😉 . We have been blessed to be surrounded by people who love us, support us, and have been so great through this exciting time. The random emails, comments, text, and cards just checking in and sharing our excitement has been so fun and appreciated! We absolutely feel the love and want to thank you!! We really do continue to be amazed by this entire process and the thought of being able to see and hold our little girl is becoming more real each day.

I hope you all have such a great weekend and can find some GOODNESS in your Friday!!

Pregnancy Health Tips: How To Look After Yourself And Your Baby

Happy Monday!!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I was on the go between class, having family in town and baby shower #2, it was a really great weekend!! I wanted to do a health related post today on what is currently consuming my world 🙂 PREGNANCY!  I have learned SOOO much from other blogger mommies about pregnancy and being a first time mom, and I wanted to share some of the tips that have helped me have a healthy pregnancy. Enjoy 🙂

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Pregnancy is an incredible feat of nature, I mean that, it seriously is!!  It’s amazing to think that the human body is capable of nurturing another little body inside, and even before becoming pregnant myself, I have always been in complete awe of the entire process, the good and the bad is all just pretty amazing to me. Most women experience many highs during pregnancy, but there may also be lows. Pregnancy can take its toll on your mental and physical health, so it’s really important to look after yourself. Here are some top pregnancy tips to help you and your baby stay fit and healthy throughout your unique journey. 

Rest

Having a baby growing inside you is hard work. Many mamas experience tiredness throughout pregnancy, so rest is essential. I’m still trying to grasp the concept of fitting REST into my life, but I’m getting better at it! Whether you’re working, or running errands all the time, it’s important to take time to relax and recover. Even the simplest tasks can become more demanding, especially in the latter stages. Ask for help when you need it, and take regular breaks. Your body will tell you when you need to slow down, so listen to it. It’s common to suffer from sleep problems during pregnancy. Try using pregnancy pillows to help you get more comfortable. Warm baths have come highly recommended from other moms, soothing music and a massage can also be beneficial. I’m thinking of scheduling my first prenatal massage soon and I’m already excited for it! 

Healthy eating

It’s more important than ever to eat well when you’re expecting. You’ll need plenty of energy and essential nutrients and vitamins. Start taking folic acid supplements as soon as you decide to try for a baby or you find out that you’re pregnant. Eat a balanced diet full of whole grains, fruit and vegetables, and protein-rich foods. Try to avoid fatty, sugary foods. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to eat a lot more when you’re pregnant. An extra 200 calories per day in the third trimester should suffice. I remember my girlfriend explaining to me when I told her she needs to be eating more when she was pregnant, that all of the nutrients and goodness goes to her baby first and then everything extra goes to the Mom, so the “eating for two” saying is a little over the top. 

Dental care

Hormonal changes during pregnancy increase your risk of certain health problems, including gum disease. Dentists like those at SF Dental recommend regular checks for pregnant women. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria. It is characterized by bleeding and swollen gums. Mild gum disease can be treated, but severe gum disease causes irreparable damage. Gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss. Studies show that it could also increase the risk of premature labor and complications during birth. If you are pregnant, make sure you see your dentist on a regular basis. If you spot warning signs, such as bleeding gums, call and make an appointment as soon as possible. This is not something I took super seriously until talking with some friends and I’m so glad I got into my dentist while pregnant to be sure all is well! 

Keeping fit

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You may not feel like exercising when you’re tired and struggling to feel comfortable. But working out can make a world of difference. When you’re pregnant, you may not be able to exercise like you used to. But there are plenty of activities you can do. Swimming, yoga, and walking are all great choices for pregnant women. Each Doctor has their own belief on this so just communicate with YOUR Doctor when deciding what you can and cannot do throughout your 9 months of pregnancy. Getting out clears your head, and exercise also helps to keep you fit and strong. Many women lack confidence and feel unattractive when they’re pregnant, I think we all experience this sometime throughout being pregnant. Working out can help to boost your self-esteem, and prevent you from gaining a substantial amount of weight. For me, working out helps my energy levels. When I’m feeling sluggish, a trip to the gym over my lunch hour always helps me have that hop back in my step for the rest of the day. 

When you’re pregnant, you don’t just have your health and well-being to consider. We also always have our baby in mind. Take these tips on board to boost your health and well-being and protect your little one. Thanks for coming by today!! 🙂 Until next time…

Second Trimester:: & 27 Week Update

Happy Friday loves!! I hope you all have had a good week and have a fun weekend ahead. I am so excited about today’s post and to share some of my goodness with you all in hopes to make someone smile, help other expected or future mamas with sharing my pregnancy experience, or just to spread some love around on this Friday! I will be 28 weeks pregnant in a few days and now that I am in my third trimester (that is crazy to say!!), it is time for my second trimester recap! I have tried to stay up on my emails but I will try to answer all of your questions throughout this post as well. Thank you all again for your kind words and support during this exciting time, it means a lot! As much as I really am loving my first pregnancy and know how very blessed I am to be able to carry my child and experience this miracle, it is inevitable that the changes that come along are tough at times.

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I know I have said it before but seriously you guys, I CANNOT get over how crazy and amazing our bodies are.  It is no secret this belly has grown so much and to think every growing pain or stronger kick I feel is due to this little girl, this tiny little human, growing inside of me will never stop amazing me. It is just all such a huge miracle and to be able to experience this is something I will never take for granted.

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Favorite Things This Trimester

I keep this growing body as moisturized as possible and the Zoe Organic Belly Oil and Mama Bee Belly Butter have been my two favorites! These were both gifts from girlfriends of mine and I LOVE them.  My donut cravings have thankfully subsided and thank The Lord for that one because that craving got carried about in my first trimester 😉 My only craving now has been cereal. I eat a bowl almost every day and usually as a “bed time snack” as we call it. My taste for coffee is finally returning and THAT is something to celebrate, oh how I missed my comfort cup of coffee. I’m sticking to decaf for now but have tried the half caff a couple of times and oh boy! It gets me a little wired after not having caffeine for so long, so I only will have that when I’m really exhausted and need to keep going. Throw pillows!! Each Doctor of course has their own little rules and one I was told is to try my best to not sleep on my back in the 2nd and 3rd trimester. Wellll I am a back sleeper so this has been tough. We bought one of those HUGE worm like pregnancy pillows to try to help me but lets be honest, with two dogs and two people in our bed, it was like adding a third grown adult to the bed and that just didn’t fly for any of us. Now when I go to bed I lay on my side and just stick one of our throw pills behind my back, that way when I try to roll over on my back in my sleep it keeps me up at an angle and not completely flat on my back… perfect! Lastly, this trimester I have really been working on stretching more. 1) because with continuing to workout 5-6 times a week I think it’s important to be careful with my ever changing body and keep everything all stretched and not tight and stiff and 2) I have had a few aches and pains along the way and stretching seems to help so much! I have been stretching before and after every workout and I am noticing differences in my workout recovery and flexibility.

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Weight Gained

Oh gosh I’m not sure now! I have an appointment next week and will update this answer 🙂 I do not weigh myself at all so my appointments are my only check point with weight gain but I know I am on track for where I need to be!

Workouts

Workouts have been good. I had a set back when I decided to break my toe 😉 and that cut out running unfortunately so I have been elliptical and stair climber lady and I have continued my lifting routine and challenge workouts throughout the 2nd tri. If I don’t feel like workout out, I don’t. But thankfully it is something I look forward to and seems to make me feel refreshed and ready to keep going.

Symptoms

My Doctor told us to expect the biggest changes with my body between weeks 20-28 and she was right! I have not had many symptoms like sickness or extreme exhaustion or anything, more just watching the changes happening with my body and the changes in the little kicks and movements from little miss. I notice now that she is awake for longer periods of time and her kicks and jabs are very strong at times but they do not hurt, they have just grown from little flutters to full on “hellloooo mommy, I am awake!!” I have had some ligament stretching and thats just a blast 😉 OH and I have for sure had some emotions that I’m not used to having but that is hit or miss. For the most part, no complaints and I feel really blessed with how great this pregnancy has gone so far.

Food Aversions

Some meats are still not sitting well with me.

Food Cravings

Just cereal

Sleep

This has been a big change during the end of my 2nd trimester and I have a feeling will only continue. I can’t tell you the last time I slept through the night.  I just randomly wake up and feel like I’m ready to be up for the day, to look over and find out I’ve only been sleeping for a couple of hours. I’ve had some uncomfortable nights when I just have to walk downstairs and walk around the house for awhile but thankfully I have four little puppy paws that come walk around with me 😉 I haven’t been a hard sleeper for a few years now so this isn’t bothering me all that much… YET. We will see how this continues

Looking Forward To…

Our 28 week appointment next week so we can hear her little heartbeat and hangout with her for awhile as it’s a longer appointment. I’m also excited for some baby showers that are on the calendar, she is a loved little girl already and we are very lucky to have such sweet friends and family want to help us celebrate her future arrival!

Boy/Girl Suspicions

Boy. Since the day we found out, I have thought boy. I also had a super real dream that it was a boy SO if we end up having a little girl this will be the first of many times I’m sure that she will surprise her mama!

So I kept my answer from my First Trimester post as it made me laugh 😉 We are obviously having a girl. I had ZERO idea I had a preference at all until I noticed how emotional and connected I felt the second we found out she was a girl and that made me realize, maybe I really was secretly hoping for a girl but just didn’t know it.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?

I live in leggings so I have bought a couple pairs of my favorite workout leggings from Target but other than that, really no pregnancy purchases. We have bought a few things for the nursery and have partnered up with a couple awesome companies for her nursery.  Many of you asked about her fun wood wall and I promise I will do a nursery post with all of the details at some point!

There you have it If you have any questions for me or requests that you want to see through this pregnancy feel free to comment or email me at mygoodnessblog@gmail.com

As mentioned I’m almost 28 weeks now, and this post was all about Trimester 2 so here is quick update for my current stage. I’m feeling great and baby is growing! In this last week she has been sitting pretty low which can be uncomfortable at times but nothing too bad. The sleepless nights continue and don’t get me wrong, they suck! But if that ends up being my biggest complaint throughout this pregnancy, I feel pretty lucky. I talk and sing to her a lot and it almost always wakes her up and she starts kicking away, it is pretty neat!! Here are some pictures I snapped this week at 27 weeks.

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Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

September Full Body Workout Challenge

Good Morning to YOU!!! How is everyone on this Tuesday morning? I hope your week is off to a great start, and if not… let’s turn it around right now 🙂 Grab a coffee, list your top 3 blessings off, and give someone a compliment, all ways that turn a day around real quick! I am officially 6.5 months pregnant today (WOAH that is crazy) and FEELING it 😉 This little peanut is getting big and strong and is jabbing me like no other.  Thanks girlfriend, there is no ignoring you with those powerful reminders that you in fact have taken over my body 😉 and I’m truly loving every minute of it. I have my second trimester recap started for you all and can’t wait to share with you as I have learned SO much from other blogger mommies and have always loved following along others journey!

On to different NEWS over here on My Goodness, Septembers Full Body Challenge! Alright ladies AND gents, I really like this challenge. It consists of 8 different exercises, no equipment needed, targets all body parts, and can be done in your home or at the gym. The challenge is structured as 4 days with workouts, 1 day off, for the entire month. As a reminder, my challenges can always be pushed further by adding weights or more reps, or you can bring it down by taking away reps or modifying some of the moves. For instance, if you have knee issues, I recommend substituting the jump squats to regular squats and the jump jack squats to a regular sumo squat. For more of a challenge at in different versions of planks during plank time, add a weight to your lap for tricep dips, and incorporate weighted crunches.

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I will be doing this challenge with you all again and I can’t wait! The last two weeks I will need to substitute the jumping moves for different types of exercises as my Doctor has instructed “no more jumping when you enter your 3rd trimester”.  Grab a partner do this with you or take it on by yourself! Nick and I will be doing this challenge at home together in the evenings but it works for many people to whip these out before their morning shower or at the gym too, whatever works for YOU! Also, LIFE happens and I’m completely aware of that, if you miss a couple days, do not use that as an excuse to quit, just be ready for a killer workout the next time, as you can combine multiple days together if need be. I have described each specific exercise below for your reference.

We start on Thursday so plan out when you can fit these workouts in as planning helps you feel prepared and will help you succeed. If you have ANY questions as always, just comment or email me at mygoodnessblog@gmail.com

JUMP SQUAT (JS): These are a constant motion. Squat down and explode up into a jumping motion, landing back down in a deep squat (repeat for total reps) These can be killers and will burn but I promise they are SO worth it!

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PLANK (PL): You know the name of the plank game 🙂 Get yourself in plank position, lock that core in tight, keep your booty down and hold on!! 🙂

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SIDE LEG CIRCLES (SLC): These are new to my challenges and something we all need! And by “all” I mean me, so you get to do them with me 😉 We gain so much quad and booty strength from cardio, squats, and lunges, but it is hard to build strength on the side of our legs and side of our bottom. It is one of the weakest spots for women. These side leg circles will probably not feel natural and will be hard but they are completely necessary!

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TRICEP DIPS (TD): Grab a step or chair and dip away! The picture explains this one.

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CRUNCH (CR): I think majority of you have done crunches before so just some general comments. Be sure to come up far enough each crunch where your shoulder blades come off the ground. Keep your core tight and engaged the entire time.

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JUMP JACK SQUAT (JJS): They are baaaaack 😉 I know you all just LOVE these little babies, I had to add them in to this challenge. This is a constant motion as if you are doing jumping jacks, but when you would normally bring your arms down to your side, squat down into a sumo squat and jump jack up. These work our inner thighs! Be sure to keep your core tight throughout the entire set.

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PUSH UP (PU): Try to do at least 1-2 push ups on your toes and the rest on your knees if need be. Challenge yourself!

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MOUNTAIN CLIMBER (MC): Place yourself in a high plank position and start running 🙂 Bring your knees to your chest.

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I can’t wait to take on this challenge with you all and hear what you think of it 🙂 We are jumping into Fall and what better time to dedicate yourself to something, stick with it, and make yourself proud!