First Trimester of Pregnancy Symptoms

Monday, June 27, 2016


I have never understood how there are women who give birth and never even knew they were pregnant. If that was you I am sorry, but it just doesn't make any sense to me. There are so many symptoms that you experience throughout all of pregnancy that would just be abnormal otherwise.

Over the years I have come to be very in tune with my body.  I usually know right away when I am pregnant.  There are so many little tale tell signs that I just can't ignore. I have had a lot of pregnancies so I do know what to look for.

The first thing that always gives it away is a missed period. I am always right on schedule, so to be a few days or a week late is of course a sure sign. I know that there are many though with sporadic periods that would make it hard to know for sure.

Vivid Dreams

Before I took a test I had a feeling I was pregnant because I was having vivid dreams that  I remembered. I hardly ever remember my dreams normally so this did cause me to wonder if I was pregnant.

Fast growing/ healthy nails and hair

I have a bad habit of picking my nails. I don't bite them but it's just as bad. I don't give them that much time to grow. When I am pregnant I can literally feel them growing. I have been really good at leaving them alone lately. My hair has also been looking a lot more healthy and shiny. So that's a big perk for pregnancy.

Break outs

A not so great 1st trimester side effect is breaking out a lot. I have always been prone to breaking out but even more so in my first trimester and during periods. After the 1st trimester my skin always clears up.

Heightened sense of smell

Not only do I smell more strongly than usual but everyone else smells too. When I am in a crowded place all the smells seem to waft to my nose. Perfumes, B.O, stinky feet all smell even stronger. And don't get me started on food. I almost threw up when my husband was cooking fish the first few weeks of my pregnancy, and I love fish!

Bloated Tummy/ swollen breasts

Some women can hide that baby inside them for what seems like months, not me. My tummy pops out right away. I know of course it's not the baby filling me all up but I sure do get bloated. With every baby I seem to show a little earlier. When I start to lose the baby weight, wouldn't you know the first thing to go is my breasts; during pregnancy though they swell up right away.

Weight gain

Not only does my abdomen start to swell but so does everything else.(mainly my hips, thighs and my backside;) I gain a lot of weight in the first trimester. It's like my body starts storing fat in case of a famine. I also get very hangry if I don't eat when I start to feel hungry. I am very blessed to not get very sick during my pregnancies. As long as I eat throughout the day I am pretty much good to go. It's a price I am willing to pay for carrying a new life inside of me;)

Nausea/all times of day

The first trimester is when most women experience nausea. To many unfortunate women it's all of pregnancy. I am one of the lucky few who only get it slightly. In many of my pregnancies I would feel so sick that I wouldn't want to eat and then would throw up at any time of day. There is no such thing as morning sickness. It should be called all day sickness because it can really hit you at any time. Many times I would have to force myself to eat some cheerios or crackers to help stay the nausea.

Insomnia

I usually get insomnia really bad the last month of pregnancy but this pregnancy I got it right away. I would wake up at 3am and couldn't go back to sleep till around 5:( I would try so hard to stay up as late as I could so I wouldn't wake up in the middle of the night. It's so horrible to want to sleep and not be able to.

Tiredness

Insomnia of course leads to me being really tired during the day. On nights when I don't get much sleep I usually try to get a nap in if I can. When I am not pregnant I can't take a nap to save my life. The kids are too noisy, I have too much on my mind to do and I just can't fall asleep, but when I am pregnant all of that goes out the door. The kids will still be noisy and somehow I will just crash and sleep through it all. I love being able to take naps especially when Luke my 2 year old sleeps with me. It's so nice to sleep soundly and deeply! When I don't have insomnia it's hard for me to stay up past 9pm. Try as I might I pass out.

Foggy brain

I have been getting more forgetful over the years but this first trimester I have been really bad; totally forgetting appointments, get togethers and things I was supposed to do. I space out very easily and have to really pay more attention lately. Of course I have a really good excuse for not being all with it. I am growing a life inside of me!!!

Cravings

One of the first things that changes for me with pregnancy is my food cravings. I immediately start craving greasy burgers, french fries and coke, and pizza. I hardly ever drink coke or crave hamburgers but pregnancy changes everything. It seems like a lot of women try to start eating more healthy when they become pregnant; not me. I also just want anything salty like pickles or chips. I always have a sweet tooth but during pregnancy it abandons me, which is probably a good thing since I am eating more fatty foods.

I do crave healthy foods also. I have really been enjoying lots of salads and smoothies lately. In the mornings I usually want some carbs or proteins.

 I have only started drinking coffee regularly this year and really look forward to my morning indulgence but when pregnancy hit, coffee was dead to me. I had no desire whatsoever to drink it.

Constantly having to go potty

These days I have to go to the bathroom constantly. I will go and then have to go five minutes later. I am trying to drink a lot of water but my bladder just can not hold it for very long at all. I always try to be conscious of the nearest bathroom when I am out so I can make a quick escape. Night time is the worst. I get so thirsty so I keep water near my bed but I am up 2 to 3 times.

Emotionalness

All it takes is one sappy or sad scene on t.v. and I am a goner; the tears start flowing and it's hard to stop. I am already a very emotional person, but I am ten times worse during pregnancy.

Indecisiveness

I already have a super hard time making decisions normally but when I am with child it's 10 times worse.  I pretty much just have to pick something and stay with it or I will feel like a yo yo going back and forth between the options.

Feeling Blah/Unmotivated

All the motivation and ambition I usually have goes straight out the window the first trimester. I have to literally force myself off the couch to get anything done.

Excited and Anxious

It's so exciting to think that we are going to have a new little person as a part of our family soon! I often visualize holding that brand new little baby and dreaming about it's sweet newborn smell and all the wonderful things about babies but I also get a little anxious also. I know all too well that things can go wrong during pregnancy and don't want to take for granted that everything will go perfectly. I have really had to give it to God and just trust him with this little life and know that no matter what he is ultimately in control!

As you can see carrying a little life inside of you changes a lot of things but it's absolutely the best reason to go through all these changes and so so worth it!!

For those of you who have been through this I am sure you can relate to some of my symptoms and to those of you who are still waiting for that day to arrive...look how much you have to look forward to!;)

Every woman and pregnancy is different but it just boggles my mind that God created us to grow another human inside of us! It really is such a miracle.

I haven't always embraced all of my pregnancies.  I have often been selfish with my body and disliked all the changes going on, but this pregnancy especially God has given me so much grace and joy in carrying this new life. I have realized anew how it is such a blessing to be pregnant and have a healthy baby. I never want to take it for granted again. Life is the most precious thing on earth and I am so privileged not to have only carried one but now 9 ( 5 live births, 3 miscarriages) little babies inside of me!

Do enjoy being pregnant or struggle with it?

Are you in your first trimester? 

What are some symptoms you have experienced?

Can you relate to any of mine?

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No longer slaves to fear

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


Before I was married I traveled all around the U.S and world with my family and by myself. I never even hesitated once when getting on a car, train, bus or plane. (Well maybe sometimes) I was usually excited and couldn't wait to go on a new adventure. I even lived in Israel for a year and honestly felt so safe there.

After I was married I would ache to go travel somewhere. It was in my blood. I longed to go to new places and meet new people. Over the years I have found contentment in where God has placed me and have become more of a homebody. I would love to travel again someday God willing, but right now I love being with my family in our snug little home.

Recently I had the opportunity to go visit one of my best friends who lives in Georgia. Her sister contacted me and told me she wanted to surprise my friend with a girls weekend and wanted me to come also and surprise her! How fun!

I didn't think I would be able to go because of funds and my husband's work schedule but somehow it all worked out. I knew I needed to take advantage of this open door. Who knew when I would be able to get away like this again?

But once I bought my ticket fear surged through me.

What if something happened to me( or the baby) while traveling? I shouldn't leave my family. We can't afford this right now. I should cancel my flight. I can't do this. I need to stay home with my family where it's safe.

One bad scenario after another kept playing through my mind of what could go wrong. I imagined myself dying in a plane crash or terrorist bombing; leaving my husband with all the kids.

Here I was finally able to go have a relaxing weekend with one of my best friends; something I have always dreamed of doing...and I was scared to death.

I came very close to cancelling my flight, but I knew deep down that I could not give in to fear or else I would always be paralyzed by fear the rest of my life.

There are times when we need to use extreme caution and be aware that of the danger around us; making wise decisions and being sensitive and obedient to God's leading.

 I knew though that in this case I needed to trust the Lord. I needed to face my mortality and know that wherever I am...I am safe in his hands. 

As I got ready to board the plane the song "No longer slaves" by Bethel came to my mind. I quickly downloaded it on to my phone. As we started to take off I played it. As I listened to the powerful lyrics and music tears streamed down my face.

"I'm no longer a slave to fear                      
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear 
I am a child of God
I am surrounded by the arms of the Father
I am surrounded by songs of deliverance
We've been liberated from our bondage
We're the sons and the daughters
Let us sing our freedom" Bethel music

 I am a child of God.

 It doesn't matter if I am in the safety of my home or flying thousands of feet in the air...I am not going to die outside God's will and timing. 

I know that I will always remember that moment in my life when I chose to trust the Lord and not give in to fear. I had to admit that I was not in control of everything, but that he was. God revealed himself to me in such a powerful and personal way. I am so thankful how he is gentle with us in our fears and weaknesses.

Though I am a christian it doesn't mean that I don't fear death. I am confident and secure in the hope that I have after death but that doesn't mean that I am not afraid of dying.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt when my heart stops beating and my soul leaves my body that I will immediately be with the Lord and I will never know fear, death, sickness, pain, sin and tears anymore.  I know it will be glorious beyond what I can hope or imagine. But until then I have to live in my flawed, sinful, mortal body. I have to face the knowledge that I or my loved ones could die any day.

I know my life won't be without fear, but I don't have to live in fear. I can trust that my Savior will not only take me safely to my heavenly home but I can trust that he will keep me safe here on earth until his preordained time for me to leave it.



Are you bound by fear? 

Do you imagine terrible things happening to you and your family?

Do you make decisions based on fear?

 Know that you are not alone, and that you don't have to live in fear. You can trust the perfect one who made you. No matter what situation or circumstances you face; God is ultimately in control.

Whatever the outcome; whether good or bad we can trust his sovereign will. His ways are far above our ways. He sees far beyond what we can and knows what is best for us. Even if it does mean death or sickness.

Of course while I was gone there were the horrific shootings in Orlando at the gay nightclub and of the beautiful and talented Christian singer Christina Grimmie.( Who was killed by someone from my hometown:( SO SAD AND POINTLESS!!!

Despite these terrible and fearful times, I ended up having a great time with my friend. I was so blessed to go to my friend's church and guess what? They played "No longer slaves"!! I just love when God confirms his truth to me! And you know what? I made it safely back to my family. I still was looking around the airport for suspicious characters and tried to avoid crowds but I put one foot in front of the other and didn't let fear overcome me.

We live in an evil and sinful world. There is no way that we are going to be able to hide from it. But we can trust the one who is making all things new.

Whatever fear you are facing I pray that you will not give into those but rather give them to the one who holds our lives in his hands!

I want to leave you with this beautiful and powerful song. I pray it ministers to you as it did to me.





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Exciting News!!!

Monday, June 20, 2016


Yes!

You guessed it...I am pregnant!!

With #6!





We are beyond excited. Though I have to admit I had been very fearful and also afraid to get excited since I miscarried last year.

God is so good and has taught me so much about not living in fear and trusting him with my life, my loves and my tomorrows. More to come about that soon but I just wanted to let you know our news.

Though I haven't met most of you I want you to know that I am so blessed to call you my friends. I love being able to share my heart with you here in this little space.

Get ready to be bombarded with bump updates, pregnancy posts and of course random posts on homeschooling, DIY's and everything in between;)

For those of you still hoping and praying for life in your womb...keep praying, keep hoping and keep trusting the one who opens and closes wombs and brings life out of nothing and beauty out of ashes.

xoxo,
Rebekah


Free and Cheap things to do during the summer with your family

Saturday, June 11, 2016


Summer is almost upon us; which means for many that school is out and schedules and routines will be changing.

There is so much to do with your family in the summer that you might not normally do during the school year. Whether your kids are in public or private school, you homeschool, or homeschool year round, you are going to probably have totally different activities planned because of the weather and resources available.

My family and I live in Florida and it can feel like a perpetual summer sometimes. There usually isn't a day that the sun doesn't make an appearance. My family and I love being outdoors and taking advantage of the beautiful weather.

Because of the heat and humidity here in Florida during the summer, we like to take more time off of school during the cooler months and fit in a little school during the summer. We mostly will be focusing on the three R's. Though we will be still doing some school, there are plenty of summer activities that we are looking forward to taking part of, especially those that include cool water and air conditioning!

Looking for some great ways to spend time with your family this summer, stay cool and not break the bank? 

Check out my post at Creative Home Keeper and dive into summer fun!

15 Great books that both boys and girls will love- ages 9+

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

As summer approaches I have been gathering up as many good books as I can find for my boys(ages 9 and 11) and I to read this summer. I read many of these books when I was their age and even though I really enjoyed them as a girl, I know they will too.

I have been so excited that they have finally taken up a love for reading. My heart skips a beat when I find them reading all on their own.

We do a lot of reading together but I really want them to be able to go off and read on their own also.

I have compiled a list of books that I am sure both boys and girls will not want to put down. I hope you will find some great books here to add to your children's reading list this summer! Go to my post over at  --->My Joy Filled Life to find out what they are!
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