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, €œMy 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