pregnancy health

We're Expecting!

I didn’t leave much for the imagination with the title on the post, did I!? Well, it’s true! We are expecting another precious little human mid-November (a Christmas AND Thanksgiving baby!? Really!?)! I am 14 weeks along and feel so beyond blessed that this little one stuck!

Having experienced miscarriages (you can read and listen to more about our story here and here), the first trimester can be super tough. Emotionally and physically. Part of me almost tried not to believe I was actually pregnant...like I didn’t want to get used to the thought–it can and has been ripped away so quickly. But another, bigger, very hopeful part of me believed that this one was for real, that we were meant to meet this one...before we meet our other babies in Heaven.

Now, let me be clear–this little one was a surprise. Let me share a bit more about that with you...

The past few months have been rough, to say the least! For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that we had a major sewage leak in both of our bathrooms back in February and had to endure a 9 week double bathroom remodel, living in 6 different places, eating way more meals out of the house than I’d like to admit and feeling the stress that comes along with all of this as well as making a million design decisions (not my strong suite, but I’d say I knocked it out of the park!). Growing the family wasn’t really on our minds...like at all!

But God’s timing is perfect and I kind of feel this sense of peace knowing He must have had something to do with this! ;)

At about week 6 I started to feel the queasies and around week 7 or 8 the undeniable exhaustion of creating a human from scratch set in with a vengeance. If you’re thinking, “Yikes, that’d suck with all that remodel drama going on and being out of your home!”–you couldn’t be more right, my friend. In fact, looking back, I think I may have been a little depressed which made everything feel worse.

Not to be a Debbie Downer, but it has been a challenging few months. To pull myself out of my funk, honestly, I’d think about all the families dealing with children with cancer and I’d shape right up! It was tough, but it could have been so much worse!

So here we are, 14 weeks in and I am just beginning to feel some relief! We’ve heard our little one’s heartbeat, seen he/she on a quick ultrasound with our midwife and celebrated the excitement with Elle who is constantly asking to “hold the little baby!”

When we ask Elle if it’s a boy or girl she doesn’t skip a beat, “it’s a guwl.”

If I can be real with you, we are definitely nervous about having two, but know that by this time next year, we won’t be able to imagine life without our two rainbow babies. Sure, we may be half asleep for a year, but most people survive this stage, right!?

With this, I hope to share lots of fun pregnancy tips and information because let’s be real–pregnancy can be tough! I’ve been doing some research about different aspects of general pregnancy food and lifestyle recommendations and so many of them make me stop and say, “Are they serious with this!?” Pregnancy is so different for each women and learning to best nourish and love yourself throughout it is a very individual journey.

I know my job of growing a little human is so important and such a beautiful gift and I’m excited to bring you guys along on our journey...hopefully to encourage or inspire you in some way.

Who else is growing a little human out there!? Leave a comment below sharing your first trimester experience!

Here’s to growing humans (and placentas!)...from scratch!

xo

Justine

 

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Episode 64 | Finding Radical Healing in Creating a Non-toxic Environment

Today’s episode is something special. I think we both agree the story of transformation that our guest shares is nothing short of miraculous, but not because of some random happenstance, but because of a desire to live beyond her circumstances and cultivate an environment for her and her family to thrive.

We invited Marilee Nelson, co-founder of Branch Basics, to join us on the podcast and share her incredible story of healing. Marilee shares her journey from a very ill young adult told there was no hope for her unknown condition and she’d never conceive, to overcoming the odds using food as medicine and finding the healing power of a non-toxic environment. With a child damaged by illegal pesticides, Marilee shares how she learned first hand how chemicals and pesticides in the home and daily environment impact the growth and behavior of a child and how making proactive changes to decrease exposure changed their lives forever.

It’s really hard to put into words just how impactful this episode will be on those who listen. Her story embodies courage, bravery and what can be done when you challenge the status quo and dig deeper to find answers and understanding to the health problems (both known and unknown) that are plaguing families today.

Whether you are a college student, pregnant woman, new mom, career woman, empty nester or anyone living in today’s world, this episode is for you. As we uncover in today’s episode, ignorance is far from bliss, especially when it comes to your and your family’s health. We hope that Marilee’s story and passion will serve to inspire you to make simple, yet life changing actions that will positively impact your health and those of generations to come.

Read Marilee’s full story here and check out Branch Basics for a one stop shop non-toxic cleaning option for your home (and what we both use in our own homes everyday)!

Thank you to the Nutritional Therapy Association for partnering with us to sponsor today’s episode.  Nutritional Therapy Association: real education for people who believe in real food.

 

Highlight Reel:

06:00 | Marilee’s story–from Standard American Diet to food as medicine

19:30 | The environment piece and how Marilee learned the importance of a non-toxic environment first hand

32:04 | Is ignorance really that blissful?

35:50 | How to put yourself in a “take charge” place and create a safe haven

43:15 | THe easy, first step to dramatically improve your air quality at home

Download Episode 64 in iTunes!

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Marilee’s Full Story

Branch Basics Cleaning Concentrate

Healthy Home Cleanse

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Episode 56 | Giving Yourself Grace in Navigating the First Trimester

Today’s episode is quite exciting because one of us is sharing some very exciting news! Along with this, we thought we’d dive into a topic we’ve yet to touch on in our 55 episodes of the Colorful Eats podcast–pregnancy nutrition! We’re sharing our thoughts and feelings on first trimester wellness, dealing with morning sickness that lasts all day and how giving yourself grace through it all can create a positive change in perspective and improve your first trimester experience and most importantly, your baby’s health. We each share tips for surviving this draining trimester and how to best nourish yourself and that little miracle with love and grace.

We hope this episode encourages you! If you know anyone who could benefit from this open conversation episode, please pass it along! We’d be ever so grateful!

If you’re pregnant or planning to conceive in the near future and would like extra nutrition and lifestyle support to optimize your experience and outcomes, head over to alowellness.com for more info on the preconception and prenatal services I offer and to connect with me directly. please contact me for more information and wellness plan options. We’d be so blessed to work with you!

Thank you Primally Pure for sponsoring this episode.  Be sure to listen along to get your free lip balm!

Highlight Reel:

06:45 | A very big family announcement

12:45 | The pressure of first trimester nutrition and giving yourself grace

16:30 | Why preconception prep comes in handy

20:20 | Why removing the guilt is essential

24:25 | Caroline’s first trimester survival recs

32:40 | Justine’s first trimester survival recs

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