Yesterday morning I took the time to write a letter to our baby. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for awhile now, but knowing me, I’d be a crying mess, so I’d been putting it off. Yesterday morning it felt right, so I sat down to do it. I know some people share the letters they write to their children on their blogs, but I just felt it was too personal. I share a lot, but that is WAY a lot. I basically just told our baby what I wanted him/her to know about the past 9 months and how happy Danny and I are to welcome her/him to the world.
I can already picture my future child rolling her/his eyes when I give it to them with their baby book because of how much I’ll be crying then too. I know how much I treasure all the things my mom wrote down for me, so I wanted to do the same. Danny is also writing one and is almost done.
I’ve already been a (mostly) go with the flow person and I think pregnancy has just brought that out even more (minus a couple of meltdowns in past 2 weeks). In the past couple of weeks I’ve had a lot of business challenges and I’m trying to take them in stride and deal with them in the best way I can. I just see the bigger picture and that is so much more important. I know everything will work out the way it’s supposed to…and the biggest part of that is as a family of 3!
Even more so pregnancy has allowed me to be so proud of my body. I have never been a huge fan of my legs, yet now I love them because they have not only carried through this pregnancy but they kept me running the whole time…even if it was at 13-14 minute per mile!
So often we strive for perfection in our bodies and now, carrying a baby in my belly it just seems so silly. As long as we can be healthy, exercise and move around, why do we always need to be better? Although I am looking forward to getting back into shape and stronger, I hope I keep my perspective of being happy in my body and not always ridiculing my arms/abs/legs. I feel sad for those who are struggling to find inner peace because they feel like they need to eat less, workout more and not live life the way it’s meant to be lived.
I’ve also enjoyed giving into my cravings of bread, pasta and cheese these past months. My cravings may not be like anyone else’s, but it has taught me to loosen up and let go. I’ve eaten what my body has craved and maintained a healthy weight gain. I realized that I can still incorporate these foods that would have been considered “cheat” foods into my life without gaining a million pounds.
Being a part of the healthy living community it’s so easy to get swooped up in striving for perfection…when really it’s right in front of you. Be happy with who you are. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be better, learn more or live a healthier life but it’s the extremes that are no good.
I am pretty psyched to meet this baby. In these next couple of weeks I know life is really about slowing down, relaxing and preparing for baby. I’ll be eating well, going on many walks and getting mentally prepared (hah are you ever really mentally prepared?!)
What are you most excited about in the next couple of weeks?