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Pregnancy Brain is a real thing!

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Pregnancy brain is a real thing!! That's what I've learned this week. 

If you caught any of the newscast this morning you may have notice a few of those moments--like when Ira gave me an open to talk (a very obvious open) and I stared blankly back waiting for words to come to me. 

Pregnancy does a lot of weird things to the mind and body. The latest of which has been brain farts, cravings and  crying. This week I cried because I wanted a plain bagel and cream cheese and my husband came home with a blueberry bagel. Then, I thought I was brave enough to handle catching up on Grey's Anatomy...only to find out that I was very wrong- tears came flowin'. Are you starting to see a theme?

Sometimes the hormones just get the best of you. As for the cravings-- Sonic's strawberry fruit slushes and a can of refried beans. That's right I'm back on the refried beans train after taking  a good month off.  It's not the worst thing for you though, so I don't feel too guilty.

I have noticed that your body often tells you what it needs in pregnancy (one of which I'm sure is not slushes). Salt, red meat and any type of fruit you can think of have become my best friends lately. Normally I'm not much of a red meat eater, I hate salt and am a veggie lover over fruit. Baby knows what it needs though- that sodium, iron and vitamins are vital for this little guy. In fact I've been eating an extra banana right before bed to help with those horrid charlie horses in my legs. Apparently that's a thing in pregnancy that no one warned me of. My mother-in-law did give me some pretty good advice though. So for all of you other expectant ladies out there make sure when you're stretching your legs to point your toes toward you and not away. It sounds silly, but it really does keep you from some pretty excruciating, middle of the night pain. 

Advice like that is always welcome. I've been fortunate enough to have a lot of experienced mom's around me. My older sisters all have little ones and my mother seemed to do an alright job of raising us ;) In fact between Ryan and I,  we have 14 nieces and nephews giving us plenty of practice in parenting...and patience. It's going to be a quite different when we can't load our little dude up on sugar and send him home. I guess we should expect some paybacks. 

In this 25th week I've also noticed that my belly has a mind of it's own. One day it will be giant up top as I feel him kick right at my belly button. The next day I'm trying to get him off of my bladder. I love seeing his tiny body balls up against my stomach-- making the cutest (or freakiest, however you look at it) shape. But as he grows bigger and bigger so does my belly and my appetite for that matter. 

I stepped on the scale for the first time this pregnancy. SHOCKER. YIKES. It's always surprising to see a number that you're not quite used to, especially when you are like me and love healthy eating and a good workout. That's when you have to step back and look at the beauty of your changing body. Don't get me wrong- I still try to make it to the gym four times a week, but there's nothing wrong with indulging in a little frozen yogurt, or chocolate, or licorace... oh now I'm just getting hungry! All in moderation right?!?  

The workouts though...that's another story we'll save for next week. Let's just say it's not the same!
P.S.  our little guys is the size of a baseball glove today :)

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