My Friends

In the last couple months, I've developed some pretty good friendships.  I just want to take a moment to thank them for being there for me.
  • Peppermint Tums, thank you for always being by my side.  I take you everywhere because you always prove your worth.  You work hard and fast, and though you don't always get the job done in the nick of time, you always make things a little less painful.
  • Green and white tea, you are long time friends of mine, but I never would have guessed your stomach-soothing powers.  We will be life-long friends, but I just appreciate you a little more right now.
  • Soy nuts, although you are a recent addition to my inner circle of friends, I find that you are one the most effective friends at keeping my insides from coming out.  Perhaps it's your alkalizing powers or some other magical ingredient.  I don't know exactly what it is about you, soy nuts, but thank you for all you do.
  • Alkalizing fruits, you know who you are. You raucous bunch of pears, apples, pineapples, bananas, and more, have recently become my best friends and certainly the most beautiful and delicious of all my friends.  Your effects are long-lasting, your flavors are delightful. Thank you for keeping me fed and giving me nutrients.
I have tried so many remedies for morning sickness, I could hardly name them all.  For a long time, I was living off the stereotypical saltines and ginger ale, but it got to a point when that was just NOT cutting it, so I did a little research, and found that, while ginger is good, ginger ale is actually very acidic and so are the crackers.  More acid in my churning stomach was not what I needed.  

Upon the recommendation of formerly and currently pregnant friends, I tried everything from Preggy Pop Drops to Sea Bands.  The results were a bit inconsistent.  I am using the Sea Bands at this very moment, and they do seem to have a soothing effect.  

I've found it strange how food aversions work.  One day something can sound incredibly disgusting and I think I'll never want to eat it again, and the next it's all I want to eat.  It can change from hour to hour.  The only things that have consistently sounded good are frozen yogurt and fruit.  I was pretty consistently craving mac and cheese until a recent... unfortunate incident... after eating some.

Being sick can take it's toll.  At first it was easy to just be grateful for it, knowing what it meant.  Weeks of vomiting and constant nausea can break even the most optimistic and grateful girl down, though.  It sure makes me wonder at my strong and amazing stepmother who was so sick with cancer for months and nary whispered a complaint.  I have certainly had a few emotional days when I just felt exasperated of being so puny. 

I am ever more grateful for my incredible husband who has done everything in his power to help me be comfortable and happy.  This has included doing more than his fair share around the house, running to the store, or running out to get me some kind of food that actually sounded good, prepping and cooking food while I stand at the doorway to the kitchen because I can't stand to look at or smell it, sleeping curled up to one side of the bed because I have to be surrounded by pillows to get comfortable, and just generally dealing with my mood swings and emotions.  God gave me such a great man!  I love him so much and there is NO doubt just how much he loves me and baby.  What a precious gift.


sarah said...

i'm currently hearing good things about sea bands from a family member, but i didn't use them.

the aversions...oh my. i couldn't cook meat for a while. justin had to do all of that for me. i had an aversion to crescent rolls that i am still trying to get over at 26 weeks. disgusting.

~lady j said...

Bless your heart, darling girl. :) The aversions were probably the biggest shock of my whole pregnancy. That and the weird horrible taste in my mouth that lingered through the entire first trimester.

But I'm happy to report that from the other side, I seem to be back to eating whatever with no ill side effects! :) And I eat a lot more fruit and veggies now since it was all I could stand for awhile!

Hang in there. :)


The smell of meat cooking was my hardest part, since I am the primary cook in our house, and Matt won't cook anything that can't be done on a grill. It gets better, promise!

Just wait till the cravings start! With Cadeyn it was the large strawberry banana smoothies from Baskin Robins every day for lunch and with Marissa it was powdered doughnuts and green beans straight from the can. Don't let any food get the best of you though; I went from 105 to 170 with both kids, and I looked like I was rolling down the street rather than walking. You are taller and will not have that effect, haha! You are SO very beautiful pregnant, can't wait to see the pictures rolling in!