Little sister is becoming a two year old aunt. She’s too excited for baby Mia to get here. All she does is kiss my belly, sleep on it, lay next to it (even if it’s uncomfortable - slide 2) rub it (slide 3, she was acting like an ultrasound tech with the fetal doppler styrofoam packaging 😂).
I tried the quick fixes in the past.
The wraps, the pills, the diets.
Sure it worked - for a moment.
It wasn’t sustainable.
Nothing is sustainable except for a lifestyle change. ✨
Hard work and real food is the only thing that has ever got me REAL RESULTS. 🙌🏼
Real self confidence, self love and happiness.
We don’t need to wait until the beginning of the year to make a change! Let’s do it NOW, together ♥️
Let’s make NOVEMBER, the month to the REMEMBER!
My next bootcamp begins November 1st! 🍁
I have 10 spots open for enrollment!
There will be a special gift with each enrollment - so fill out the link in my BIO to save your spot! 💌
I poured my heart and soul into my book that I began writing in December 2015: The Happy Stay at Home Mom. Yesterday, it reached the number one position on Amazon Kindle's Pregnancy and Childbirth New Releases category. I'm determined to celebrate each small milestone and enjoy every moment, because this was hard work! ⠀
• Thank you to all my family, friends and my lovely readers! I really hope you enjoy my book as much as I enjoyed writing it. All I want is to make moms—all moms!—feel more inspired, as well as prettier, healthier and happier!⠀
• If you don’t have a copy, please grab one! It’s available on Amazon Hard Copy and Kindle. Link in my bio @saragaviria☝ #femaleauthor#newmomlife#stayathomelife#pumpkintime
Guys I have to share a little thing that I actually noticed. I was like, I haven’t worn a crop top in a while. I actually felt uncomfortable wearing a crop top after I had Mia. Why? Because I’m my worst critic. I would change 20 times or wear big sweaters (my pregnancy ones), the body suits, or just regular shirts, nothing really just showing my mid session so much. Because my waist is not as small as it was before. 🤦🏽♀️ SMH! Instead of literally being my own cheerleader I would look at myself and critic myself. But today I said, nope! For a little while now, I’ve been putting clothes on that I wore before pregnant. I wore a super tight dress the first time in a longggg time. I won’t lie, I felt uncomfortable but everyone was being sooo supportive. I was like let me rock this dress, bebeeee!! 💃🏽💃🏽 So love yourself, while you work on becoming a better version of you. I know my body may not be like it was before I had the baby and I’m okay with that. I’m just going to work day in and day out on a way better me.
Body is currently under construction 🚧 and progress looks different on everyone. ❤️ Love yourself while you work on a better you ☺️😘🙌🏽
6 21814 hours ago
Jay and I went for an ultrasound on Friday and we got a closer look at our little girl! Our doctor's office referred us to @cherishedmemoriesultrasound and we loved it! For anyone curious about the experience, we got to hear her heartbeat, see her in 2D, 3D, and even 4D. The 2D images were similar to the ones we've gotten at previous ultrasounds at our doctor's office; the 3D was much more realistic and we could see what she actually looks like! We discovered that she has mommy's nose and lips. I'm hoping she has daddy's exotic eyes and dark, thick hair. She has such a sweet little face! I can’t even believe there’s a human inside of me growing every day. 💞The 4D was like watching a movie! We saw her sucking her thumb and at one point she was drinking amniotic fluid. It was wonderful! Today we are thankful for getting to 24 weeks of a healthy pregnancy. We continue to be amazed at this whole experience. To think that even at the start of this year we didn't quite feel ready to have a baby and now we are just SO thrilled and can't wait to have her in our arms. Oh how things change! P.S. How cute is this onesie that our bride @laurashmont added to our little collection? Love it!
9 10014 hours ago
MOOD. Last night while pumping in @target parking lot, in the car of course, I found a horribly huge pimple on my right breast. Today it’s annoying and painful. Not to mention RED 🔴 So at around 1am today I went on wedMD (of course) to see if I could pin point anything. What I found was not alarming but worrisome. It could be a clogged milk duct or pore OR an ingrown hair . Needless to say I’m going to contact my lactation consultant for an appointment. 😪😥 Le sigh! I JUST WANT MY OLD BOOBS BACK! #womantowoman#newmom#ftm#firsttimemom#firsttimemommy#nursing#breastfeeding#blackmama#mochamom#lalecheleague
8 10115 hours ago
Today marks 20 weeks and 1 day! What does one do to celebrate? Run a half marathon and cheer on your husband at the full marathon of course!! 🏃🏻♀️ .
Goal 1: finish
Goal 2: don’t pee during the race (I made it!!! Calling that a huge win!)🤰
Goal 3: prove to myself I can and will finish what I set my mind out to do!🙌
Baby girl 🎀 and I had to have a conversation early on in the race as she started running in my belly and of course it was right on my bladder! We came to and agreement and she let me finish the race before I burst!! .
So many emotions running this half! First, it was nowhere near my PR just 6 months ago, but now I am running for two…. literally, so slow is ok! I also signed up for this race prior to knowing I was pregnant but knew I may be, but plans don’t always work out. We were blessed enough that our plan worked out quickly and you bet I wasn’t going to back out! Friday we got amazing news that baby M is a girl 👨👩👧🎀, pure joy was our first reaction of course, but then fear set in for me. I fear I won’t be a good mom to her….. I want to show her how she can be strong, independent and accomplish anything she wants. I fear she will inherit my stubbornness, but maybe that’s a good thing! Because this mamma wasn’t giving up today! .
In 4.5 months I can tell her she had a PR half marathon at 20 weeks old and that her momma is so proud to be able to watch to grow into a beautiful woman…. and maybe even a runner like Mom and Dad!! .
And just for fun us 3 year ago running the half compared to today….. lots changed in 3 years! Kevin has become such a strong runner and any weight he has lost I gained!! Cheers to many more years running…. with a jogging stroller now to keep things interesting!! .
I was helping the birthing mama touch her baby's head inside as she was following her body's urge to push. Some mamas do not want to, others love it when encouraged and supported. It helps them feel their own progress and know they are so close holding the miracle in their arms. If you feel that I was able to help you and you'd like to support my passion and mission to spread ideas like improving maternity and newborn care, outcomes, and experiences; helping, supporting, inspiring, educating and empowering women and their families; preventing and guiding people to heal from emotional pain and trauma, live in inner calm and joy; promoting my values of courage, openness, kindness, sensitivity, high positive vibes, conscious living, compassion, unconditional love and community, consider make a #donation to sustain this page at homesweethomebirth.com/donate ... Or if you don't feel like donating right now, try sharing this post or the link to your friends. Every little bit helps! ❤️ ... 📷: @julieswyers
2 35318 hours ago
“My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” - Exodus 33:14
Breathe, just breathe!
Breathe (verb) - to pause, as for a breathe, to take a rest
Taking time this Sunday to step back, slow down, and breathe. Life gets so busy, to do lists pile up, and we forget to rest. Be intentional to take a day of REST. Whether it is taking sometime away for yourself or spending quality time with your families! Today, I am thanking Him for His peace and presence..breathing in..and RESTING.
💫I think to say I’m blessed would be an understatement 💫
Living in a baby shower hang over but truly feeling all the love!! Thank you to everyone that took the time to help celebrate Baby Elliott! 💕 and a special thank you to my mom and all the sweet amazing women that made the day so beautiful and perfect!!
We got Wyatt’s preschool pictures back😍♥️....10 minutes prior to seeing these, my husband sent me a picture I took of Wyatt when he was 6 months old that showed up in his FB memories....so I already had all the ‘feels’ like, how is he so big now?! AND omg my ovaries!!! 🤣😉🤷🏻♀️ Then I drop him off and get these....needless to say, time needs to slow down just a little bit.🙏🏻
I promised myself that I would embrace these changes — sometimes that’s through humor and saying things like “hungry hungry hippo” as I prance to the kitchen 🐘 (Couldn’t find a hippo emoji) but seriously speaking you guys... I have spent too much time in my past hating my body, comparing myself, pointing out my flaws... I then worked too hard to transform myself from the inside out through fitness/yoga and nutrition. I have poured so much into my mind to just forget what I have learned along the way and that this is a journey — it sounds cliche, I know... but it’s true. Our bodies will change just as the seasons do. THIS is what I worked so hard for and I didn’t even know it yet — preparing my body for THIS unplanned pregnancy. I was so afraid of it at first. SO AFRAID of what would happen to my body. But I reminded myself that I cherish my body too much to disrespect it while it does the most important work it will ever do. Grow and carry my baby. Seeing my body transform and go from my physical peak to 8 months pregnant has not been easy each day but I’ve really tried to embrace this season because it’s temporary and I know for certain I will be able to achieve my physical best again. I have all of the tools and I’ve done it before. No, some things may never look just as they once did and that’s okay because my physical best as a mama may be EVEN better than before. I have a good feeling that it WILL BE better. THAT is what I look forward to most.
Loving myself through all of the changes life will bring, through pregnancies and motherhood, my good days and bad.
I’m proud to stand in front of this mirror PREGNANT AF. I have worked so hard for so long to enjoy every second of this.
Your reflection in the mirror is one thing but...what is going on in your head when you see it? That’s what’s most important 💭💕 #35weekspregnant#firstpregnancy#girlmama#inspirepregnancy#babybump#maternity#thirdtrimester#fitpregnancy#fitpregnancyjourney#momtobe
12 29520 hours ago
Raise your hand if you didn’t know postpartum anxiety was a thing? 🙋🏼♀️
I can honestly say, before I became educated on this diagnosis, I had never heard of it before! .
Sure, you hear about postpartum depression in the media, and your doctor talks to you A LOT about it upon discharge. .
But guess what? .
Postpartum Anxiety sometimes gets thrown to the wayside. OR gets grouped together as a form of postpartum depression. It’s true, you CAN exhibit symptoms of both, but many women who have true postpartum anxiety pass their depression scales. .
This is a scary, lonely diagnosis, and I, for one, want to do something about screening these ladies much earlier!
If you’re interested in learning more about postpartum anxiety, I’ve left a link in my bio ❤️
Have any of you ladies dealt with PPA? Share your story, or a tip to help a mom below! 👇🏻
Megan from @meganslifewithlittles shared her story on my site, and also shared some valuable tools you can use if you currently suffer from PPA 🧡 (go follow her, she’s also got a great blog of her own too!)
🎶Jesus loves the little children, ALL the children of the world...🎶 Two years ago, amidst riding camels and speaking to women about keeping Jesus as their firm foundation, I was making funny faces with a whole bunch of super loveable kids.
Today, as I look through pictures of that incredible trip to Niger I took during our whirlwind engagement (at the time, I thought I was NUTSO!), I’m reminded that Tabby doesn’t need much.
She doesn’t need a fancy nursery or all the latest baby gadgets.
She needs food, water, Jesus and someone to tell her she is worthy of love.
God picked US as her parents and although parenting intimidates the heck out of me sometimes, I’ve felt peace that passes all understanding more often then not.
God HAS HER.
He picked the day she’d be conceived.
The day she’ll make her arrival earthside.
The day she heads home to heaven.
And every single day in between.
Being her parents is a HUGE job, one I don’t take lightly, but it’s one I’ll fight to carry as a light burden (Matthew 11:30) because ultimately HE has her.
The One who holds the hands of these precious Nigerian babes who have so much joy and hope in the midst of challenge and sorrow and the One who holds the WHOLE WORLD in His hands 🌍
And always remember that I created Tabby’s inmost being. I knit her together in your womb. She is fearfully and wonderfully made. My works are wonderful. I want you to know that full well.
We are so blessed 💗 THANK YOU to all our family and friends for showering us with so much LOVE today! Baby G, we can't wait to meet you. I think we are all set for your arrival 🎀🤰🏽💞👶🏽 #35weekspregnant#babygirlmom#babyshowergirl
A perfect Fall day for a walk with the little one! Even tho today is fairly mild I’ve already brought out the zippy blanket for Taylor since we’ve had some chilly days this past week! 🌬
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2nd week of work and it’s hitting me HARD. Took breaks multiple times today to cry and be all sorts of emotional. Is this normal? My first week went so smoothly. I just want to be home with my baby, I mean LOOK AT THIS FACE. 😭 why can’t I just have a work from home career!?
My Princess! You're already so loved and spoiled it's crazy! Just a few more weeks before I get to smoother you with kisses and hugs and so much love! We celebrated your upcoming arrival yesterday and I can't wait for you to see everything that you have received from everyone that is anxious to meet you! You're so blessed it's beyond recognition! I love you my little love bug 😍 these next few weeks will be torture in the waiting process
My last year teaching, I would walk my kiddos down to lunch, rush back up to heat up my lunch while I peed (a rare experience for teachers), and scurry to my classroom to work on this coaching biz instead of eating in the teacher’s lounge FOR moments like this...
I knew it was possible to pay off our student loan debt + out earn my teaching income, my two personal requirements for “retiring” from teaching, so that daily 23 minute grind while shoveling down my food was barely a sacrifice in my book!
When we want something badly enough, we don’t always have the time, we make the time for priorities! 💕