“I get to have a voice. It is safe for me to verbalize my feelings and desires. I am willing to allow others to give me what I want. I can say "no" and still be respected. I take full ownership of my pregnancy and the birth of my baby.”
“Other people's negative feelings belong only to them and I keep them away from me at all times. I easily stop negativity and protect myself and my baby. It's good for me to take care of myself.”
"My changing body is radiantly beautiful. I accept all of the changes that pregnancy brings to me. I am able and willing to give my unborn child everything that he or she needs to grow and be perfect..."
"All decisions about my pregnancy and babies birth are mine to make...I feel very comfortable making these decisions...and I make informed decisions for my babies birth..."
"With every day that goes by I feel more and more confident about my pregnancy...more and more comfortable with my body..."
"Pregnancy is natural, normal and safe for me and my baby!"
As my pregnancy progresses I find myself coming up on 7 months. I have been lucky in that I have had a relatively easy pregnancy and I hope to have as easy a birth as I did with Chico. Something I am doing to ensure this is delving into my Hypnobabies curriculum. I used Hypnobabies with Chico and It was incredibly helpful and empowering. I know without question that it helped me give birth quickly (active labor was only a few hours - pushed for 20 min) and med-free. Hypnobabies is a very successful, complete childbirth education course that was adapted with permission from Gerald Kein’s “Painless Childbirth Program” techniques rather than using simple relaxation, breathing or guided imagery.
I am in a few online pregnancy groups and hear so many women sharing how scared they are to labor and give birth. I feel badly for anyone who feels this way because the worry and fear is so unnecessary! I listen to positive pregnancy affirmations every day and thought I would start sharing a positive affirmation daily in hopes that it might help someone who is scared and feeling unsure about their pregnancy and impending birth.
Nothing crazy, nothing fancy - just words that reassure me every single day that my body is made to do this! I hope it helps you in your beautiful pregnancy journey! 📷: AlightArt
Top: Liz Lange Maternity
Jeans: ASOS Maternity
Often times when I reflect back on choices I've made in my life, I've made them out of fear. I don't like "what's ifs" and I don't like the idea of failure. So I worked my butt off in school and had a job I loved. It was rewarding and I loved my clients. But in my 20's I had already hit a ceiling in terms of salary and certainly didn't feel valued or appreciated by my employer. I was tired of struggling and "just getting by." Meanwhile I was always tired, grouchy and saw the world through a "glass half empty" perspective. Never in my life did I think I would have my own business where I still get to help people but I'm my own boss and someday we can pass off our legacy to our sons. I can't believe what is possible when you take a risk, stop letting fear guide you and just get busy. Here's to the risk takers!
Between Chico and Mona (cat) it was a hellish night. Grandma took Chico for Saturday adventures so my old man is taking me to breakfast. Bless him.
Dress: H&M Basics
Shoes: Birkenstocks by Papilion
This recipe is all over Pinterest so I lay no claim to it - but it was too delicious not to share with you guys. Great for adults and kids too!
2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup of fresh mint
1-2 tablespoons of semi-sweet chocolate chips (to your liking)
Freeze bananas then cut them into pieces before you toss them into a food processor. Pulse 10-15x then toss in the mint and chips and mix!
That's it! Enjoy the heck out of it. Chico didn't feel like any when I made it so I ate it myself...ya snooze you loose buddy!
No sugar calorie bread inspired by Jorge Cruz's YouTube! It's also gluten free! I can't tell you how easy and how delicious this is.
- 3.5 cups almond meal flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Mix! Spray your pan with non-stick spray. Bake for 45 min at 350 degrees!
My new favorite dinner! I am a huge fan of making things that keep in the fridge well so that I can grab something healthy and delicious. If I don't have healthy options available I will make bad choices - this is a fact. I hope you all enjoy this as much as we did!
- Two Cans of Tuna
- 3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked (6 Greens)
- 1 tablespoon light butter, melted (1 Healthy Fat)
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste (2 Condiments)
- 1/8 tsp black pepper, to taste (1/4 Condiment)
- 1 tbsp grated Kraft Parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)
- 3/4 cup 2% Fage Total Greek yogurt (1/2 Lean)
- 3 oz. reduced fat cheddar, shredded and divided (3/4 Lean)
- 1/4 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)
Poke holes on all sides of the spaghetti squash with a metal skewer or a fork.
Place a paper towel in microwave and place squash on top of paper towel. Microwave in increments of 3 minutes until flesh starts to get soft. I had a medium sized squash and microwaved for about 10 minutes. Let cool. Cut squash in half, lengthwise. Scoop the seeds and the middle strands out with a spoon and discard. Next, scrape the inside of the squash with a fork all the way to the skin. You should get strands that resemble spaghetti. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine melted butter, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese with the yogurt and 2 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese. Stir in spaghetti squash until combined. Pour spaghetti squash mixture into an 8 inch casserole dish. Top with tuna. Sprinkle the remaining ounce of cheese and dried basil over the top. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. The casserole is ready when the top is a light golden brown, which makes for a crunchy crust! Serve immediately.