The Day I Learned I Was Going To Be A Mom

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It was a year ago today, August 10, 2015, when I found out I was going to be a mom. I remember it so clearly. My husband and I just moved all of our belongings into a storage unit minus the basics. We were living at my sister-in-laws house for a week before we made the big move to Indiana. I was feeling some nausea a few weeks prior, but assumed I was dehydrated.

I decided to finally take a test to make sure. After I took the test, I had to wait two minutes before I could find out the results. Surprisingly, I was in the kitchen eating chips instead of hovering over the pregnancy test. I still didn’t think I was pregnant. Although, my cravings for chips and crunchy food should have been a clue.

My husband on the other hand couldn’t wait a whole minute.  He snuck into the bathroom to see if the test was showing any signs. That’s when he came back into the kitchen with a BIG smile and said, “you’re pregnant.” I was in shock. I began to eat my chips even faster while letting those words sink in. Then I started laughing because I was probably one of the few women in the world that her husband told her she was pregnant.

Why was I so shocked? I didn’t always live my life right for God. I had a past filled with destruction that gave me doubts that I could ever have children. Without going into major details, I knew I always wanted children, but didn’t think it would happen. But God’s timing was essential. By His grace and mercy I was expecting my first child with my amazing husband.

I was mostly shocked, but really excited. I had no clue what the next few months would bring. Next, we had to tell our family. Finding out we were pregnant a week before we moved was scary. However, I’m so thankful we got to tell our families in person. I called my sister on the phone first with the news. Then, we told Steven’s sister, Jamie, later that night. She was so shocked she spit cereal out of her mouth. We knew she would be excited because she loves kids. The next day, we told Steven’s mom and other sister Leigh while enjoying one of our last visits with them. As we were saying our goodbyes that we week, we were sharing some big news. I think it made it even harder to  leave because we would be so far away.

I look back at that day remembering of how unsure I was about the future. I had so many emotions with all the changes we were experiencing. I had just accepted a new job, we were moving to a different state and expecting our first child all at once. Blessings overload. The ironic thing is, I wanted to wait several years before Steven and I had kids. However, God wanted to bless us earlier than I had planned. I wasn’t upset at all. Everyday I look at Aurora and think how glad I am God changed my plans. She brings Steven and I so much joy each day. Her smiles melt our hearts in more ways than I could ever have imagined.

IMG_7567I will always remember August 10, 2015 as the day I knew I was becoming a mom. One of the most exciting, scariest and uncertain times of my life. I’m truly thankful for God’s grace and blessings over our lives.

Do you remember the day when you found out you were becoming a mom for the first time? Any funny ways you revealed it to your husband or family? I would love to hear about it. Just add your story in the comment section below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Meal Prep

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If you’re a mother, you’ve probably had a few days where you stay so busy that you forget to eat. This is true whether you are a working or stay at home mom. As a working mom myself, I barely have time each day to pack my lunch box and get out of the door on time. Many times, my husband is doing it for me while I finish getting ready.

My husband works 6:00am to 1:30pm Monday through Friday. I work 2:30pm to 11:30pm Monday through Friday. We both are our daughter’s care giver throughout the week. Even though my daughter takes multiple naps while I’m home, I use that time to start getting ready for work or enjoy a cup of coffee. When I started back to work, I was scrambling to find food for lunch and dinner. I would grab anything close to being healthy, throw it in my lunch box and head out the door. Before I got off work, I would be starving. Then, I would be tempted to go pick up something from a restaurant or gas station.  Of course never feeling fully satisfied. I finally got tired of the stress so I decided to plan my meals weekly.

Sunday is when we take a few hours to prep our meals for the week. We usually pick a meat like chicken, beef or fish along with a veggie and carb.  It only takes a couple of hours to get a WHOLE weeks worth of food. As a mother that breast feeds and works full-time, it’s important for me to eat a healthy meal. It helps with milk production since my daughter is strictly breast milk fed. Also, planning my meals keeps me from buying food that is unhealthy. The best part is it saves money.

Many people argue buying healthy food is expensive. It can be depending on where you shop and what you buy. I would love to say I can afford everything at Whole Foods, but I can’t. My husband and I are lucky enough to have Aldi and Costco. Aldi has improved a lot over the last few years. They carry organic food half the price of many other places. In the last year, Costco has worked hard to put healthier choices in their stores. There you can find organic food in bulk. The same stuff you will pay more for in Whole Foods. The best part about Costco is you can buy in bulk which helps when you’re prepping a week’s worth of meals.

I also like the divided containers. I can put my entire dinner in one container; which makes it easier to carry to work. I bought several two-section containers at Wal-Mart for a couple of bucks but you can also find some on Amazon that are reusable. It’s an easy way to not over fill a regular container. You place the carb of your choice in the smallest compartment and fill the large section with veggies and protein.

For stay at home moms you may not benefit from dinner meal preps, but breakfast and lunch could help insure you’re getting something to eat . Especially for the days the kids keep you busy. I know as moms we tend to put everyone else’s needs above our own but eating a good meal is something you need to do for yourself. Any easy way to prep ahead for lunch could be making a large salad with your favorite toppings and meat. Then at lunch all you have to do is put some in a bowl and eat. You can also prep your lunches to be similar to what I make for dinner. You may even want to prep breakfast, lunch and a couple of snacks for each day. Some snacks could include carrots and hummus, almonds, fruit or a protein shake.  I try to eat six times a day. Three meals and two snacks. What about breakfast?

An easy breakfast to prep days in advance are overnight oats. If you’ve never tried them I suggest giving it a shot. I have a whole board on my Pinterest dedicated to different flavors of overnight oats. Basically, you put dried oats with yogurt, milk, fruit, chia seeds or other things all in a mason jar. You stick in the fridge over night. When you wake up in the morning, you take the oats out of the fridge and eat straight from the jar. Depending on the age of your kids, it could also be a good breakfast for them as well. Especially when you’re needing to get them to an activity, school, or the gym. Overnight oats saved me while I was on maternity leave. I struggled finding the time to eat at all, but they made it so much easier. Oats also help increase breast milk, so if you’re not a fan of regular oatmeal, this could be a better option.

Here are a few recipes I found on Pinterest of Overnight Oats. Each recipe will tell you how many servings it will make. I buy the smaller mason jars, but you can put a couple of servings in a larger jar. Overnight Oats last in the fridge for about three days. Once again, it’s quick and easy to make for those busy mornings.