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Welcome To The Pizza Party: Baby Daniels #4

March 23rd, 2018
Posted in #LIFEINHD

In the beginning of the year, one of the things I said is that I plan to slay everything in 2018. Well, 2018 thus has completely slayed me. But, it forced me to take some much needed time for myself… to regroup, refuel and realign myself with Christ.

The day after Christmas, I found out that I was expecting baby number four. And I must say, it was quite a shock. It’s ironic that on Christmas day, one of the gifts that I received was a picture of a workout bike, captioned “enjoy your new body!” My bike was delivered later that week… Isn’t it funny how that works?? Here I was thinking my new body was going to be achieving the fitness goals I had set up for myself this year, but expecting a baby definitely means a growing belly, and a growing everything in my case. I happen to carry rather large, and have pretty big babies ( 7 lbs 14 oz, 8 lbs 8 oz and 9 13.4 oz)… And unfortunately my pelvis separated my second pregnancy, so working out is usually pretty limited. Again, it’s ironic that 1 out of 32 women experience pelvic symphysis pubis and I happen to be one of them. I’ll further explain it in a later post, but in a nutshell… It is one of the most excruciating things I have ever dealt with and by the end of my pregnancies I can barely climb in my car, roll out of bed, or put on my clothes without crying. Needless to say, I have really tough pregnancies.

I am definitely not that mom that has amazing stories of not experiencing morning sickness… Not being tired, barely sporting a baby bump, and breezing through Pregnancy. In fact, I am the complete opposite. I am just starting to get over the hump… I have been vomiting (violently), experiencing the worst episodes of morning sickness all day, beyond exhausted, and struggling with the onset of my separated pelvis for the last couple of months. It definitely made me sit down (well lay down), which isn’t exactly easy for me. I love to be on the go. I’m extremely active… Love being out and about with my kids, working out, running a tight ship around the house in terms of cleaning/being organized etc.… And all of that stuff has completely gone out the window.

The schedule I set for social media posts, blogging, make up tutorials/videos etc. has been completely nonexistent. I have literally not been able to accomplish anything I had planned. I’m sure some of you reading this are like, “why not!?” “I worked and did everything when I was pregnant.” “This makes no sense to me…” blah blah blah, and honestly that’s one of the most frustrating things. If we learn to stop comparing ourselves to other people, and realize everybody has a different experience… not only with Pregnancy, but other aspects of life… The world will be a much better place.

Simply put, I’m just not that girl.

Guess what, that’s OK. Because although I struggle through these pregnancies, it is such an amazing experience to be able to create, grow and bring life into this world… It’s such an honor and privilege that GOD has chosen me to be a mother… And not of one, but of four amazing children. I know that some women don’t get the opportunity to experience motherhood… Or at least not in its entirety, and so to complain and only focus on the negative isn’t right/fair at all.

With that being said… I’m human. I definitely complain LOL. Some days I find myself really getting in prayer to change the perspective I have one how I’m feeling… The things I’m dealing with, all the aches and pains my physical body is experiencing etc. For me, pregnancy is no joke. Not only am I extremely sick with separated pelvis… I always have extremely high blood pressure during my pregnancies, my thyroid completely goes out of whack, my low iron goes even lower, I experience a great deal of dizziness… You name it, the list goes on. Let’s factor in I have three young children… Six, four, and one years old… A husband who has a very demanding job, and of course my due dates have consistently been during the NFL preseason … basically go time for him, meaning he is gone… a lot (more on that later).

Yeah. It’s tough. But so I am I (even when I don’t feel it). GOD got me!

I am finally starting to get more excited, although I am a bit nervous how life is going to be with four little ones and balancing the crazy life we are already living. It’s also going to be pretty crazy not having a baby who is born on August 3. With my other Littles, I was due at the end of July, early August and mid August… but GOD saw fit to bless me with 3 kiddos born on the same birthday. I’m due September 7th, so things are surely changing … but GOD has a great plan for our little baby and I can’t wait to see what He has in store for he or she.

My hiatus hasn’t solely been because of my pregnancy, but again… GOD’s timing is perfect. Experiencing some rocky moments in life allowed me to really turn to GOD, which in turn is creating a healthier atmosphere for our baby to be in, creating a more whole & happier me and ultimately bringing peace into all areas of my life. Again, GOD’s timing is perfect. I am in a much better space with so many things and look forward to rest of what 2018 will bring for my family and I.

Before I head out, I just want to extend a thank you to everyone who has been helping me out. One of the families at the school our children attend has been so kind to bring my family over dinner every Thursday the first couple of months, I’ve had friends who have come and helped me clean/organize when I couldn’t, my in-loves have been more than amazing with helping out with my other kiddos… pick ups & drop offs to school etc, and of course my husband who has really been holding it down… early morning school drop offs, letting me sleep whenever I need or just happen to pass out on the couch or something, ordering me pizza (y’all know that’s my favorite) when I’ve craved it and so much more.

I’m just so excited to finally be getting over the hump… Being able to eat more (I ate so many bowls of mashed potatoes the first few months… I seriously was completely over it LOL, but I couldn’t stomach anything else ), getting back to working out, being able to do more around the house and having a little (not much haha) more energy to keep up with my kids. Bring on the next 5 months!

More pics & pregnancy posts to come! I’ll be sure to share what products helped me tremendously combat/”take the edge,” off my morning sickness.

Be blessed!



P.S. I’m still nursing my one year old. Help! Lol. She had no interest in stopping. Ugh.

One response to “Welcome To The Pizza Party: Baby Daniels #4”

  1. Patty Lasher says:

    So happy for you and Mike. I am sorry you have to go through such rough pregnancies. I pray for good health for you and your little one the rest of the way. Your an amazing woman Heaven. So glad I met you. Love to you and your family.

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