Surviving Pregnancy Number Two With a Toddler
Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve sat down and written a post. I’ve almost forgotten how to. The past 5 months have been a whirlwind but also a much needed (but not exactly intentional) break from everything social media, blog, and shop related. As many of you already know we are SO excited to be expecting our second child, a baby BOY the end of May.
Being pregnant while having a toddler running around is no joke. This is the main reason I’ve been MIA. I was super sick for the first trimester of my pregnancy and when I finally felt better I tried to devote my time to my family. I’ve been itching to get back into my creative outlets and thought I’d begin with sharing a few tips on how I’ve survived and am surviving this pregnancy with a 2 year old.
It Takes A Village
This statement has been SO true for me these past few months. We have been overwhelmed by the love and support we’ve received from our community. When I was literally sick in bed, we had friends drop off meals for us, pick up Ellie from school for us and just be available if I needed emotional support. Usually I hate asking for favors but I felt so awful, I accepted anyone’s offer to help with anything. My mom also flew down for a week and took care of everything which was a life saver. As a family in ministry, we’re used to being the ones to help others but it’s been such a huge blessing for our family to be the one’s on the recieving end of service.
Girly was not loving the pictures but it made for some sweet snuggles.
2. TV Time is OK.
I’ll be honest, I don’t think I would’ve survived the first trimester with my toddler if it wasn’t for Paw Patrol. There were a few weeks where she definitely watched more TV then the “experts” would recommend but honestly, it kept her happy, and I could nap on the couch with her. If I ever began to feel guilty about it my mom friends would remind me that it’s just a season and she won’t be watching this much TV all the time. Once I got through my first trimester and all the nausea we’ve gotten back into a much better routine and she’s no worse for wear.
This goes along with my first point about the village but I want to give a special shoutout to my daughters pre-school. During the mornings when I was laying flat on my back in bed, my daughter was being cared for, taught, fed, and loved on. She grew and learned so much in those months and I can honestly say I had nothing to do with it. Her teacher was so understanding of my sickness and offered to have Ellie stay late if ever I needed a longer rest time that day. I will forever be thankful for the amazing teachers and staff at our preschool.
4. Give Grace to Yourself. And Just Survive
I accomplished nothing in my first trimester except keeping my toddler alive. I didn’t create, rarely cooked, barely went anywhere. Most days when my husband got home at 6 I would get in bed and not get out until the next morning. This is the time for take out meals and asking your husband to do most of the house work/cooking. While this is not a fun way to live life, like I said earlier, it’s just a season. I can’t express enough how THANKFUL I am to be over the nausea part of this pregnancy. But I’m also eternally grateful for all the people who gathered around us and helped us out these past few months.
If you don’t have a village, go find you one.