I almost never reblog.
But this is truth.
“It’s a really sad thing that being feminine means staying weak, frail, and submissive.”
I PASSED MY 3HR GLUCOSE TEST!
All my blood work came back normal which means that I do not have gestational diabetes!
This is such a huge fear and weight that have both been removed! It means no high risk doctors, no 4Xs a day glucose testing, no insulin, no GD diet, and no guilt!
It also means that my risk of cesarean is drastically decreased and that other than my BP being monitored, I am that much closer to my natural birth!
I can finally not stress and enjoy the remainder of my pregnancy! Mason’s 3D and 4D ultrasound is this Thursday, my breast feeding class is the 26th, my birthing classes start on April 2nd, and April 19th is the adorable pirate themed baby shower being thrown by one of my best friends here in Michigan!
I only have 10 weeks left and I have a feeling they are going to start moving fast! The key is to relax, don’t stress, and enjoy this time!
In less than 3 months I am going to be a mommy! :D
Have you heard of Ban Bossy? It’s the new initiative from Lean In and the Girl Scouts that’s trying to ban “bossy” and similar words that are used to bring down girls that are ambitious, take risks, and speak up. By changing the way we treat girls who lead, hopefully our generation will soon see more women in leadership roles.
This is soooo important.
Recently, your mother and I were searching for an answer on Google. Halfway through entering the question, Google returned a list of the most popular searches in the world. Perched at the top of the list was “How to keep him interested.”
It startled me. I scanned several of the countless articles about how to be sexy and sexual, when to bring him a beer versus a sandwich, and the ways to make him feel smart and superior.
And I got angry.
Little One, it is not, has never been, and never will be your job to “keep him interested.”
Little One, your only task is to know deeply in your soul—in that unshakeable place that isn’t rattled by rejection and loss and ego—that you are worthy of interest. (If you can remember that everyone else is worthy of interest also, the battle of your life will be mostly won. But that is a letter for another day.)
If you can trust your worth in this way, you will be attractive in the most important sense of the word: you will attract a boy who is both capable of interest and who wants to spend his one life investing all of his interest in you.
Little One, I want to tell you about the boy who doesn’t need to be keptinterested, because he knows you are interesting:
I don’t care if he puts his elbows on the dinner table—as long as he puts his eyes on the way your nose scrunches when you smile. And then can’t stop looking.
I don’t care if he can’t play a bit of golf with me—as long as he can play with the children you give him and revel in all the glorious and frustrating ways they are just like you.
I don’t care if he doesn’t follow his wallet—as long as he follows his heart and it always leads him back to you.
I don’t care if he is strong—as long as he gives you the space to exercise the strength that is in your heart.
I couldn’t care less how he votes—as long as he wakes up every morning and daily elects you to a place of honor in your home and a place of reverence in his heart.
I don’t care about the color of his skin—as long as he paints the canvas of your lives with brushstrokes of patience, and sacrifice, and vulnerability, and tenderness.
I don’t care if he was raised in this religion or that religion or no religion—as long as he was raised to value the sacred and to know every moment of life, and every moment of life with you, is deeply sacred.
In the end, Little One, if you stumble across a man like that and he and I have nothing else in common, we will have the most important thing in common:
Because in the end, Little One, the only thing you should have to do to “keep him interested” is to be you.
Your eternally interested guy,
Happy International Women’s Day
This is so beautiful. I almost cried.
This just touched me so deeply I can’t even.
Okay, I’m old as hell and I still really needed to read this.
Zooey Deschanel (via fourteendrawings)
I cry so easily thinking about how soon, I will get to show my son all of the beauty and wonder that this world has to offer, and it makes me even more excited that he will be doing the same for me :D
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well, 28.5 weeks along! Since January I have been dealing with a few complications. It started with elevated blood pressure, then a 24 hr urine screen that came back positive for protein. Doctors have been monitoring my BP for the past month and it has gone done closer to normal, but they are still keeping a close eye to make sure I dont develop pre-eclampsia. Then, a week ago I failed my 1 hr glucose test and had to do the 3 hr test last Thursday. I find out results tomorrow and am really hoping I pass because the thought of having gestational diabetes scares me. With all of the issues, my doctors have decided to induce at 39 weeks instead of letting me progress. This again, adds to my fears because I want very badly to have a natural birth that does not involve pitocin or a cesarean, but the more risks that pop up, the more i feel like I will end up with a c-section and not getting to have that skin to skin bonding time at birth that I would get if it happened naturally.
Through everything, I’ve been really struggling with the guilt of being pregnant at my weight. I’ve gained so much more than I’ve wanted to during the pregnancy thanks to the activity restriction and then being placed on modified bed rest. I keep blaming myself for all the issues I’m having because I know my weight only increases the odds of me having them.
I am so thankful to finally be pregnant after so many years of trying but I am ready for Mason to get here and to get back into a healthy routine and being active again. I miss Zumba, I miss weight lifting, I even miss just being able to walk without constant pain from my symphysis pubis dysfunction.
Dont get me wrong, the last thing I want is for my little guy to come early, I just really want the next 10 weeks to fly by so that I can stop being in constant pain and stress over these pregnancy complications.
Fingers crossed that tomorrow brings good news in regards to my glucose test results, and that I can check off one less worry from my list!
My image has been stolen and being used on Facebook diet ads for a company called Venus Factor. These ads are running throughout Facebook from more sources that I can report and have removed. My coworkers, friends and family are seeing these ads pop up. The company won’t help me on Facebook and told me to email them more, I already emailed them twice. So let’s send them some email!
Tell them why we won’t stand to have our image stolen for the profit of diet companies.
Fatties roll out!
This is so disgusting. Please email this company.
This is disgusting and beyond wrong. Send some emails, make sure they hear that we WILL NOT tolerate this kind of behavior!
Companies ARE NOT allowed to use images of fat people without their consent FOR ANY REASON. THIS IS WRONG, AND THEY MUST BE TOLD SO.
I have just warned these assholes that the fatties of Tumblr are about to descend like a pack of rabid, fatassed wolves. DO NOT PROVE ME WRONG.
These people already profit from the pain and insecurity of people who should not be ashamed. They do not get to use other people’s photos and bodies to do this without explicit permission.
For those who have a hard time figuring out what to say, here’s what I sent; feel free to borrow bits, pieces, or the whole damn thing to help you craft your email to this gross-ass company.
Your cowardly refusal to take responsibility for your affiliates’ use of stolen photos to hawk your product is utterly inexcusable. The fact that it happened, is bad enough, but your repeated attempts to weasel out of taking action and giving Rachel the runaround (http://rachelecateyes.tumblr.com/post/78983486349/my-image-has-been-stolen-and-being-used-on) is even worse. You shouldn’t need to hear the specific words of “These are affecting my personal and professional life etc.” before you’ll (finally, grudgingly, slowly) take action. The words “Your product is being marketed using my images, without my consent or foreknowledge” should be enough - and WOULD be enough, for any ethical company. Your behavior in this matter has been incredibly unprofessional and inappropriate.And, of course, the fact that it’s become this much of an issue, and your ridiculous mishandling of the situation, makes me wonder how many other people are out there being used by your product and your affiliates in this degrading, shameful way without their consent?How DARE you - and your affiliates, since you seem inclined to try to shove responsibility off onto them for all of this - use the lives and bodies of people without their consent, to market a product whose message is in essence “See this person? Buy our product to avoid looking like them!” It is demeaning, it is disgusting, and no human being deserves to be maliciously held up as a scare tactic to shame other people into buying a product, without even being consulted on the use of their images in such a fashion.Remove Rachel’s image from your marketing, and/or remove any affiliate from your marketing scheme who continues to use her photos, and make it entirely clear to your affiliates and all marketing associates that you will not tolerate image theft and abuse of people’s personal images in any marketing capacity. This is unacceptable, and I look forward to seeing you take public, concrete steps to rectify the situation.Thank you,Jadelyn
I took a few pieces of Jadelyn’s response (thanks!) and posted it right on their FB page.
Hmm, already got two likes.SIGNAL BOOST
Baby update: I’m now officially 25 weeks along! Mason is growing so big and is nearly 2 pounds now! We are doing a pirate theme for the nursery and I am having so much fun crafting letters and making little decorations!
And we got our crib and bedding now so we can finally start working on getting the nursery decluttered and ready for our little man! My dad is even handcrafting an epic treasure “toy” chest for Mason and will be shipping it here upon completion!
I can’t believe that in a few months my little guy will be here!