My lifestyle is low-key these days. I'm still very active, and insanely busy, but I have slowed down in other ways. I have been working in the same full-time position since last May, and I have been making healthier food choices, special thanks to a few allergic reactions I had from food packaging plastics. Eek! I'm continuing to teach and coach dance teams, and I still find time at least twice a week--but usually more--to do strength training, practice yoga, and walk outside.
The biggest thing that has changed since my last post is that I'm expecting! Yep, that's right. I'm due this coming August, actually, with a baby girl (so we're told) who we're going to name Audrey. I wanted to put her name out there just in case Kim Kardashian or Kate Middleton choose that name. I had it first! Before finding out the news, I had been researching birth, parenting, pregnancy, and natural and simple living. After months of research and careful consideration, I was inspired to become a birth doula, so I interviewed and filled out my application with Mothering the Mother, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides doula services and educational courses to expecting mothers and mothers during the postpartum period. The day after I finished the application was Christmas Eve. I hadn't sent out the application, but I felt different. I decided to take a pregnancy test, and it came out positive. I was only four weeks along at that point, and I wasn't experiencing any symptoms that would make me think of pregnancy, but I had a hunch.
Here are some pictures of my growing belly!
The picture above is at 26 weeks.
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Writing this post has been on my mind for several months now. I wasn't sure if I wanted to publicly talk about how my pregnancy is progressing, how I am staying active, or any of that other information. Normally I would have been ecstatic to post about healthy pregnancy tips, but there is something very personal about this experience. I'm not sure if it was the fear of something going wrong, the fear of being a new and inexperienced mother, or all of it!
This life change has inspired me in a lot of positive ways. I'm glad that my passion for wellness and natural living has become even more prevalent in my life! Now, more than ever, I know that I'm meant to help people achieve balance in their lives, not only for themselves but for their family as well. I have escaped the writer's block I have been experiencing for the past year, and I'm looking forward to providing this blog and my readers with wellness tips, tricks, and general articles. I'm sure there will be more information on family living, cleaning, and eco-friendliness, in addition to other health and wellness posts!
Until next time,