For starters, I cooked my own breakfast several days last week. I had been asking my son to make up my breakfast for me because getting out of bed first thing in the morning was proving difficult (and he’s a super good cook!). I’m still not back to cooking regularly for everyone (thank you, Lord, for big kids!), but I can tell I’m getting closer.
I found some maternity clothes at a thrift store, but purchased them without trying them on because I was in a hurry. Did you know maternity clothes these days are snug and thin. Not my style, so they were all a no-go. HOWEVER, I did get a maternity skirt from Deborah & Co that is PERFECT! So, a little story…
For quite some time, the Rainbow Denim Skirt Deborah & Co used to carry has been my favorite skirt (you’ll often see me wearing it at homeschool conventions ). I even had a complete stranger come up to me in a store and say, “If I could find a denim skirt like that one, I’d wear it all the time!” It is so flattering and beautiful! But, the company Deborah & Co bought from quit manufacturing it. However, after a lot of hard work, Deborah & Co is manufacturing it themselves! AND I now own the maternity version!
OK, so that was a really long story to tell you that while I didn’t score so well at the thrift store, I do have a maternity skirt I love!
One last thing about this week. I had a major lapse in sickness after not taking any form of magnesium on a trip Ty and I took (remember last week where I said I was in a 1st trimester fog?). I worked really hard to get back on top of it, but mentally I still felt awful. I was in a major funk that I couldn’t seem to get out of. I talked to a friend who told me in addition to the magnesium, she had to take B vitamins too. B vitamins are important for a lot of reasons, and I remembered that B deficiencies contribute to my pregnancy anemia. All of these things easily lead to mental fogginess.
So, my new daily regimen includes 2 Sour Gummy Flintstone Vitamins (cheesy, but perfectly acceptable), 1 Super B Complex (these are tiny enough to not make me gag), magnesium lotion from RealTraditions.com, and a 20 minute soak in Epsom Salts (I prefer plain salts so I don’t have to worry about certain smells bothering me).
The results are enough to keep me going. I feel much better. But, I’m going to be completely honest. The first trimester for me is NEVER a breeze, nor do I expect it to be. I keep praying for more and more of these “better” days. I know for many people 12 weeks is the mark where that happens, but for me there are usually a few more weeks of iffiness. A few more weeks of me just not feeling like a human being.
Logically, I know I’ll get there. Sometimes I’m not real logical. But this is where faith meets real life. Do I trust the Lord? Do I believe He’s on the other side of this with plan and purpose already laid out? Am I letting Him be my strength? I’m pretty helpless, but perhaps that’s exactly where I’m supposed to be.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9