July 26, 2019

Thankfully, the last few weeks have been fairly uneventful as far as the babies go. The best part is, they are OFFICIALLY moving and kicking! It is most noticeable when I’m lying or sitting, but man, is it fun!

I spent about 5 days in Indianapolis for our national annual conference for Beachbody

Many of you know I’m a Beachbody Coach, and it was AMAZING! And it was really in Indy the babies started moving! I was pretty tired by the time we got home (15,000–25,000 steps per day, plus workouts and amazing conference sessions), and little sleep with nightly celebrations and team events. Oh, man. 

And you know what one symptom that arose that I have not really experienced in pregnancy? The SWELLING. 

I think it was from being on my feet so much. Walking a ton. And then flying. Thankfully, after 2 nights home it resolved. But you better believe I bought some compression socks to wear at work. HAHA! 

I still cannot believe how lucky I am to be a part of this company, and to have the team that I do. About 30 of us in total were there! 

It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about my family. All of my kiddos, and my current twin pregnancy are the result of IVF. And this business has really helped us to pay for our last 2 IVF cycles and 2 frozen embryo transfers! Some roll their eyes when I say my Coaching business has changed my life — well, it really has. It’s helped us bring life to our family!

I continue to work 32 hours a week as a nurse practitioner.

And many ask… “Are you really going back?” Yep, that’s the plan! Another commonly asked question is how long I’ll work for. My response, “Until I can’t?!” Haha! My doc says as long as all is well, no reason I can’t continue to work!

This past week we celebrated my middle kiddos’ 3rd birthday. And I hit a HUGE milestone — 20 pounds!

Why is that so huge? Because statistically, proper weight gain decreases your chance of preterm labor, premature babies and low birth weight. Barbara Luke is kind of the guru of multiples, and said 20 pounds by 20 weeks will decrease your risk of the above. 

When I first found out I was pregnant with twins, I had a friend tell me how critical my weight gain would be. I researched and discovered she was absolutely right.

I was nervous. To be honest, I only gained about 20 lbs with my previous three pregnancies, so, I doubted whether it was possible to gain that in half the time.

But I got to work.

I cut my workouts back in time and intensity. I significantly increased my protein intake. I ensured I was getting enough calories healthy fats & healthy carbs.

It wasn't easy.

That first trimester when I was nauseated round the clock and not much sounded good. But I ate because I want to do all that I can to give these twins the best chance at a healthy pregnancy and healthy delivery.

I am so thrilled and happy to say. I DID IT. I am officially up 20 pounds from pre-pregnancy!

And I was asked to be on a podcast!

Lastly, A few weeks ago, I was asked if I would be willing to share my journey to motherhood on a podcast called The Momma Stories. After hearing the first two episodes, I immediately said yes. And so, if you want to hear my story, and my infertility journey to motherhood, I'd love for you to take a listen!

The premise behind this podcast is to help Moms connect with one another. To help Moms find hope and inspiration in others' stories.

I couldn't recommend this podcast more and am so impressed by Sarah Baker, the brains behind Momma Stories. At the end of the first episode, Sarah shares this: "The goal of Momma Stories is to make sure a mom knows she is not alone. She is loved. And she is ENOUGH. The goal is really to help you through motherhood, to give you different insights, and to give you a tribe." I hope you enjoy her podcast as much as I have!


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