Motivation Monday #65

This is the last Monday of October and I’m pleased to say that the weather finally matches the month. After last week’s strange heat wave I am absolutely loving this gloomy 67 degree day.

Anyway, if I’m being honest I have no absolutely no motivation today. Somehow I actually got out of bed this morning and made it to my cleaning job regardless of the fact that I got a total of 4 hours of sleep last night.

For the last couple of weeks, my sleep schedule has been totally out of wack. First it was because I had to get Tilly spayed, it was seriously a nightmare for a couple weeks. I felt like I was potty training again as she was having multiple accidents in the house. The medication she was on was causing her to lose control of her bladder and I was doing heaps of laundry that smelled like pee every day. This week she’s still waking up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom but at least she is waking me up to go outside. I end up getting up to take her out and then I can’t fall back asleep because I am super uncomfortable. I naively didn’t think that my pregnancy would come to this point but it is finally starting to get to me.

My back has been really bothering me the past few days and although just one more month seems like no big deal compared to the other 8 that have already passed, it now seems like an eternity if I’m going to be feeling this miserable the whole time.

I’ll make it through though, especially since Blake will be home in a couple weeks and I’m sure he’ll be ecstatic to give me back massages. hehe.

So, I’m sorry I’m not more motivational today but I guess the message here is that if I can get up at 9 months pregnant after only 4 hours of sleep and go scrub toilets, you can do whatever it is you have to do too!

Have a good week and a Happy Halloween tomorrow!!

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Third and Final Trimester

I have finally made it to the 8th month of pregnancy which means we get to meet baby Logan next month! It has been quite a journey to say the least. I remember feeling like it was never going to come to and end during the first trimester, like the finish line was just way too far to see. Now I’m a little more than 6 weeks from my due date and although that’s still a good little chunk of time, it’s nothing compared to the past 7.5 months.

The third trimester comes with lot’s of new feelings, including an occasional kick to the ribs. If you’ve read my previous pregnancy-related posts, you know that it took me a long time to actually feel pregnant. Well, after about 25 weeks, my belly grew a lot each following week and baby’s movements grew much stronger. It’s pretty fascinating to watch her little body jerk my belly around and even though I’m more used to it now, it still freaks me out.

I’m starting to mentally prepare myself for labor and delivery and trying to get things ready to go. I have to pack a hospital bag, install a carseat and learn as much as I can about giving birth so that I am prepared when the time comes. I’ve learned a lot already and heard tons of wonderful birthing stories from other moms. It’s definitely scary but it helps to hear about other peoples experiences, because no matter how different their stories are they all have the same ending. They all end with a baby in their arms. Labor and pregnancy in general are different for everyone and even change depending on the child. Each of us has our own path to take but in the end, we reach the same destination- motherhood.

I will have spent 9 out of 12 months this year focusing on bringing new life into the world and now I’m only six sweet weeks away from indulging in some delicious raw fish. Seriously though, not being able to eat sushi has been so difficult but I’m pretty proud of myself for being able to change my lifestyle somewhat drastically so that my baby is healthy. It’s obviously a small price to pay but considering that this pregnancy was somewhat surprising, I never really got the chance to mentally prepare myself for the changes I had to make.

I can’t believe that I’m going to be a mom next month… it’s all very surreal. My life is about to change even more drastically and I know it will be really difficult at times. But from what I hear, it’s totally worth it. Wish me luck 🙂

Second Trimester

I’m currently 27 weeks pregnant and making my way into the third trimester. Now that the second trimester is over I figured I’d share my thoughts. The past three months have flown by compared to the first three months of this pregnancy. And just like that I’ve been pregnant for half a year! I started feeling little flutters around 19 weeks which quickly turned into the big shocking movements that I feel now. I didn’t really start looking pregnant until about two weeks ago but now the baby belly can no longer be confused for a beer belly.

Before I got big and started feeling her movements so distinctly, it was easy to forget that I was pregnant. It’s not like I forgot that I was pregnant and went to grab a drink with some friends, it was more like I just didn’t really feel pregnant. Having surpassed the days of naps and nausea and not yet entering into the days of sore feet and weight gain, I was in what people refer to as “the honeymoon phase” of pregnancy. That is not to say that I didn’t experience any weird pregnancy symptoms. I still had sore gums, some tooth pain and other random/weird symptoms that are pregnancy related. Oh and that whole thing about pregnant women having to pee a lot, yeah that’s true. There have been times when I literally just finish peeing and only minutes later I feel like I need to go again.

I also got to focus on setting up Logan’s nursery which was super fun for me. There were times when I just wanted to sit in there and hang out, is that weird? Probably. I also went on an airplane and was admittedly a little worried about how it would make me feel. But I felt normal, no nausea or weird pains of any kind. And I’ve finally gotten used to the sushi/alcohol deprivation.Being the designated driver is a good feeling and it’s pretty funny to watch everyone else get drunk ( although sometimes I feel like I’m hanging out with toddlers) and ordering only cooked items when we go out for sushi has become a lot easier.

I guess from here on out I get to look forward to three months of trouble sleeping and random aches and pains. Then I get to push a little human out of my body, and yes.. it is terrifying. But obviously doable since, well…. no one would exist if it wasn’t. I just hope it goes smoothly and that she’s healthy.  Since Blake is gone, I think the next three months will probably go by pretty slowly. Even though I know I should try to enjoy my last 12 weeks before the baby comes, I also hope they go by sorta fast because I can’t wait for the moment when I get to see my husband holding our baby in his arms. That’s probably what I’m looking forward to most, I obviously can’t wait to hold her in my own arms but something about seeing him with a baby girl in his arms would just make my heart so full.

Prayers for a healthy baby and a safe husband are always appreciated. Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Motivation Monday #57

Good morning and happy Monday!

Monday’s are the beginning of each new week, we get to start something new or focus on getting closer to a goal that we have already begun.

Lately my Mondays are the beginning of each new week of pregnancy. Today marks the 18 week point. My friend pointed out that I’m almost halfway through and that is pretty crazy. My belly is definitely growing but at this point it just looks like I’ve given up on my health, basically it looks more like a beer belly than a baby belly. It’s so frustrating getting dressed and not fitting into my clothes the same way anymore. Everyone will try to comfort me and say “You’re not fat, you’re pregnant!” and to that I say, “I know! But right now I don’t look pregnant, I just look fat!”. So there’s that.

According to my pregnancy app, our baby is currently the size of a bell pepper, about 5 1/2 inches long and weights about 7 ounces. We get to find out whether we’re having  boy or a girl in a couple of weeks and that’s definitely something to look forward to.

Speaking of things to look forward to, I’ll get back to the point of this post and remind you that there is always something to look forward to. If you need a little extra motivation this Monday, just remember it’s not forever. You’ll get through today and the weekend will be back before you know it. You may have a birthday to look forward to or some other event that will get you out of the house and bring you closer to friends and family. Work hard today so that you can enjoy those days off even more.

Have a lovely week!

Motivation Monday #55

Happy Monday!

This month is almost over and June is on it’s way which means summer is just around the corner. A lot of people will be graduating in June and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. How exciting!

That’s pretty much what life is right? We accomplish things so that we can move on to our next goal in life. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the journey.

So today I’ll share this quote to remind you to do exactly that:

“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.”

Life wont ever be perfect 100% of the time. It’s important to enjoy every moment you can because you’re sure to have more difficult times regardless of how hard you try to stay away form them. Enjoy life, enjoy this Monday and keep moving along 🙂

Motivation Monday #49

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m really having to force myself to do anything today. Our new puppy wakes up a couple times a night and I definitely don’t feel motivated when I haven’t gotten enough sleep, on top of that I’m not feeling so great but I will prevail! Luckily I knew ahead of time what I wanted to post for this week’s Motivation Monday, it’s a quote I heard at church the other day.

Speaking of church, we have admittedly not been attending as much as we would like to, and it’s been a long while since we’ve had a church that we really loved. It’s kinda funny how back when we were attending church “religiously”, I would hear the pastor talk about people veering away and think- nope not me. But life just has a strange way of changing things. After moving a couple of times and dealing with Blake’s insane schedule we had been lacking the motivation to start looking for new churches to attend. After trying a couple that didn’t feel like a great fit, we finally found one that was pretty good. It felt so nice to be back in that atmosphere. The pastor recited the following quote which we loved and I’d like to share it with all of you.

“You cannot judge success on what position you have,

You can only judge success by what you have had to overcome to get there.”

-Booker T. Washington

My interpretation is that everyone experiences things differently and certain things may come more easily to some than they do to others. Have faith in yourself and continue to focus on your goals, even if it seems like it’s taking longer than it should- everyone is different and the harder you work, the more rewarded you will feel when it’s accomplished. We aren’t all handed the same deck of cards in life, but we shouldn’t let that stop us from dreaming. Have a fantastic week!

Motivation Monday #47

Happy Monday!

Today I plan on setting goals for myself. I’ve realized that I feel the most in control of my life when I come up with a plan to reach my goals.

Time goes by and things change which makes it harder for us to stick to certain commitments we make for ourselves.

For a while I was working out at least 4 days a week and eating fairly healthy food. My body looked healthier and more importantly, I felt great!

I’ve slowly let go of my good habits because a lot of changes have taken place in my life over the last year. I no longer live in an apartment where the gym is a few steps away, when I started woking I didn’t have the time to plan meals like I used to so I started eating whatever was quick and easy. This is just one example of something that I want to become more diligent about again.

I also want to focus on my school work and start to complete my assignments before they’re due as I did when I first started instead of waiting till the last minute as I have been doing lately. I want to keep an organized and clean household because in my opinion, the cleaner my house is, the clearer my mind is. For example, I like to get the dishes done right away rather than having them sit out for days, then I can focus on doing everything else I need to do. And last but not least, I want to get back on track with my blogging. Writing is so important to me and it’s such a great outlet with which I can express myself in a positive way.

There are so many things in life that just take a little self-discipline. We can fall out of good habits and that’s okay, sometimes we need a little break. But it’s important that we always get back on track and make sure that were living our lives in a way that makes us happy.

I hope I’m not the only one who will use this Monday as a fresh start. You can do anything you set your mind to!

Have a beautiful week 🙂

Take it from Tori #1

I have decided to start a blog segment called Take it from Tori to share my personal opinion about things. Whether it’s a good thing, a bad thing or just some random thing, I’ll be explaining how that thing makes me feel. And there you have it, I have just used the word “thing” 4 times in one sentence.

So for my first topic, I have chosen:

People who don’t use their blinker while driving.

It should be a habit, like putting your seatbelt on. When you know you need to switch lanes or make a turn, your left hand should automatically want to flip that little signal switcher rod up or down. I use my blinker even if I’m turning on a random side street in the middle of the night and I’m the only driver in sight.

The worst is when someone cuts you off without any warning (aka blinker usage). I mean, go ahead and cut me off if you absolutely must but PLEASE at least give me a little heads up before you do so.

Here’s a tip: when people cut you off and you feel like flipping them the bird, go ahead and give them a sarcastic thumbs up (and maybe even a smile) instead. It feels better when people think you’re being nice but you’re really saying, “go ahead, cut me off you big turd”. That way you won’t get into any road rage fist fights.

Be careful out there people, and don’t forget to use your blinker.