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Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s day!

I have never felt more blessed to be a woman! Carrying life and being responsible for every facet of another human being has really changed my perspective on everything I thought I knew.

It has been a learning experience already, for sure and I know that I will embrace every part of this journey that I prayed for.

Every day is women’s day when you spend every waking minute thinking about helping women to take charge of their health and lives. I created Simplistic Chic 7 years ago as a place to document my journey with PCOS and it has turned into fueling my desire to see other women push for optimal health and mental wellness.  When these areas are thriving, you are much more capable of living the life God desires for you.  Let me tell you, there’s no better feeling than knowing you can and will live your best life!

My wish is that every woman knows their power and is not afraid to live their lives with intention.

“You are more than eye candy and male intentions.  You are a temple, a home, a sacred dwelling and you should carry yourself like that.” – unknown

happy international women's day

happy international women's day


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One and Done?

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Any moms on the “one and done” committee?  For those who don’t know what that is, it’s when you have had one baby or child and make the choice to close up shop for good.

I find myself tip-toeing in and out of it every few weeks. Growing up and throughout college, I always envisioned myself with the husband, great career, gorgeous home, and two kids.  I’m also the oldest of four kids and it was fun growing up with siblings so, I wanted the same thing for my future babies.

Fast forward to last year when I peed on a stick and found out I was pregnant two weeks before my wedding day!  We were beyond excited (and a teeny bit nervous).  My journey with PCOS had been long and trying on and off for over ten years.  While one of my prayers was to find healing and be in optimal health, I really, really wanted to have a healthy baby naturally.  For it to have actually happened, was very surreal!

About 7 weeks into the pregnancy, the slight stomach bug feeling I had initially turned into full-fledged all day sickness.  I’m talking about throwing up, gagging at different smells, unable to drink water, or even swallow my own spit.  I had to hold my breath when going into the kitchen because I could smell the metal in the sink and the toaster oven, and it would send me into the bathroom dry heaving…..the worst!! I tried every remedy you could think of.  Some worked for a short time while others seemed to make me feel ten times worse.

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This went on for the entire 8 months of my pregnancy on top of working full-time.  I tried to remain grateful because I really was but, it really was rough physically and emotionally.  I thank God for my beautiful little boy and when I look at him how could I not want another one! He really is a miracle and what I needed at this time.  When I think about getting pregnant again though and potentially experiencing the same thing, I don’t know if I have it in me.

Maybe if I do not have to work full-time and I could comfortably afford to stay home longer than the four months I had with Benjamin, I might entertain the idea. Other days, visions of a cute, little girl run around in my head. Ultimately, if it’s God’s will then it will happen.  Only time will tell.

Are you a part of the “one and done crew”? If it was a conscious decision, what made you decide to stop at one? 


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Believe It, See It, and Wait for It

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Sometimes I wonder if this is still a dream.  A little past five months have gone by since God blessed us with our sweet, little Benjamin. I cried and prayed for over ten years for a healthy baby.  I researched.  There were times when I gave up on the idea of being a mommy because I thought maybe it’s just not in the cards. Then, I went back to crying and praying again.

When I finally let go and learned how to be okay with God’s timing, everything happened! I got engaged, married, and found out I was pregnant all within the same year.  It was overwhelming yet surreal.  The baby that doctors told me I would probably never have naturally due to PCOS, was born on June 2, 2017.

I am asking God for some more major blessings in my life and whenever I get frustrated, I look at this little face and remember that God is hearing me and He will answer in His way, in His own time.

Thank you Benjamin for teaching me already how to be fully present and enjoy every minute of life.  You are truly our miracle and answered prayer, and a living testimony of the power of faith in God.

Ladies, if there is anything you have been wishing, praying, and crying for believe with your whole heart that God will give you just what you need at the right time.  I mean, really see yourself where you want to be and then wait on God to do His thing.  I waited over ten years but let me tell you– it is truly magical!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”- Jeremiah 29:11

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5 Things No One Told Me About Being a New Mom

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  1.  The night sweats. If menopause is anything like this….Lord help me.  Every night I wake up drenched in sweat and throughout the day I have random hot flashes that are so serious I want to strip all the way down.  Hopefully, my hormones will normalize soon and I will
  2. My neck, my back!  Maybe it’s my advanced maternal age (medical terms for ‘you’re old as heck having a baby’) but, my neck and back hurt terribly!  I’m propping my back with tons of pillows while feeding Benjamin and doing tons of exercises and stretches when I get a free minute but, it’s not a long-term solution at all. If you’ve had back pain you know how annoying it can be.  It literally affects everything I do.  I have to make an appointment at Massage Heights and with a chiropractor ASAP.
  3. Showers and meals are a luxury.  I never realized how much my time management skills would be challenged! Simple things like taking a long shower and sitting down to eat a meal have become a thing of the past.  As soon as Benjamin is quiet or sleeping, I’m running to scarf down something to eat or running into the shower for all of two minutes….if that.
  4. Breastfeeding is work.  Everything I thought about breastfeeding has gone out of the window over the past nine weeks.  I’ve been nursing a lot more than I thought I would, which is good but it has really taken a lot out of me.  I am constantly raiding the kitchen because of all of these calories I’m burning being Ben’s personal cow.  And between nursing, pumping, and bottle feeding I am exhausted!
  5.  Emotional wreck.  I was not expecting the daily crying sessions and inner mama bear emotions over my little man.  Pre-mommyhood, I was so not the emotional type but, this little boy (and these postpartum hormones) has changed all of that.

Being a mom is a lot more work than I could have ever imagined but, what I also did not know was that I could be so madly in love with another human being (other than my hubby).  This little boy is everything I prayed for and more!  When I look at his little angel face, I’m reminded of how faithful God is. Despite the things doctors told me for years, I had to have faith that could move mountains that God would give me a healthy baby one day. It was hard as hell and I had some low moments but, he was all worth it.

 

New mommies, what are some things you have learned while parenting that you did not expect?