We Have Moved!

8.30.2015


Hello dear readers! Primarily Inspired has found a new home over at WordPress! It was such the process in switching from Blogger to our new hosted site, but it was well worth all the blood, sweat, and tears! 

All new posts can be located using the same domain: http://theprimarilyinspired.com
Can’t wait to see you there!

Bumpdate - Week 12

8.25.2015

Do you see that? I actually, and officially, am in bump status beginning this week. Well, in a way I have had a little bump for a while, but technically it was just bloat. However, now I can officially say that my little nugget in there has made his debut and there’s no denying I look pregnant now. I feel like the moment I had to make my very first maternity shirt purchase was a strong indicator of what was to come and the reality hit that we’re actually doing this. We’re actually having a baby.


It’s week 12 and this marks a special place in pregnancy time because finally the bouts with nausea have subsided, I’m capable of getting a decent night’s rest, and best of all I’m beginning to feel like a human again. Not quite pre-pregnancy, but human nonetheless and I’ll take it.

From about week 5 up until a couple weeks ago, nausea was at it’s worst and I didn’t feel like eating a thing. Sprite and ginger ale were my friends, breakfast, lunch and dinner consisted of Saltines, and all of a sudden I was dealing with insomnia and a headache every now and then. Not totally miserable, but miserable enough to make me question if this would be my one and only child.

But, alas I had survived and the whole time I kept in mind that there are millions of other women out there who are experiencing way worse symptoms than I or are dealing with the difficulty of even getting pregnant. So, it helped me keep a proper perspective even when I felt like crap. Every moment of this pregnancy is cherished and it’s a reminder of how blessed we truly are.

On to the good stuff that you came here for...

Feeling // Pretty good! We had our 12 week checkup today with the doctor and hearing my baby’s heart beat always puts a smile on my face. Sleep is coming easier and I’m now a side-sleeper with a body pillow to snuggle up next to. This helps me gain more energy during the day although walking tires me out pretty quickly.

Craving // a large Italian combo sandwich from Panera. Just loaded with all the meaty-goodness. I also miss raw foods such as oysters and sushi, pate, and charcuterie plates!

Food Favorites // I’m loving french toast, bagels with cream cheese, and french fries. Also, I’m staying within my caffeine allotment and allow myself to enjoy a tall iced caramel macchiato from time to time.

Pros of this week // We just returned from our trip to San Francisco and I loved getting to eat all kinds of fabulous foods (OMG deviled eggs anyone?!) and walk around seeing all the sights. I love that my appetite has made a quick return just in time for our trip.

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Oh, and another pro are the amazing invention that is the maternity legging! They are the most comfortable pants and I love that the band goes right up and over my little belly. Seriously living in these.

Cons of this week // Being in-between sizes. I know my body is only beginning to shift and change and the self-esteem is taking a little bit of a hit. Nothing quite fits right and I find myself wearing the same basics over and over again: jeans + basic maternity top.

Anticipating // The beginning of the school year and getting back to work. Now that I’m slowly gaining more energy I’m ready to get up and moving! I’m also anticipating fall and the return of the PSL!

An Exciting Announcement

8.19.2015

WE’RE PREGNANT!

11 weeks to be exact and it’s been quite the surprise to keep on the DL. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m pretty horrible at keeping secrets, especially when it comes to surprises or exciting announcements like this one.

Our road to pregnancy...
After we miscarried back in March the husband and I made a decision that we would officially be trying to conceive. At first, and to be totally honest, the first few months afterward were very stressful for both Philip and I. Once we green lit trying to conceive I went crazy. I began tracking my ovulation, pretty much scheduling intimacy with my husband, and going through hundreds of dollars worth of pregnancy tests. Just to feel disappointed when Aunt Sue came at the end of all that effort.

After a few tough conversations and realizing my relationship was being strained by this need to get pregnant, I finally snapped back to reality and reflected on what I was doing wrong in attempts to see so badly those positive lines across a pregnancy test. We wanted to know that if we got pregnant it would happen naturally and be out of love, like all babies should be.

We found out we were pregnant shortly after our 4th of July trip to Las Vegas with our friends. It just so happened that the very same weekend Aunt Sue was to arrive and I was eager to see if I would be late or not. Luckily she never showed up and it was then I knew somehow, deep down, that we brought home an unexpected souvenir from Hawaii.


To see that we were pregnant brought on all kinds of emotions. We were so excited but yet nervous too. Our miscarriage caused us to approach this pregnancy with caution as we didn’t want to get too excited too quickly in case something were to happen. However, I got to the point where I wasn’t going to censor my excitement because of fear. If we were to lose the pregnancy I was determined to love and cherish every moment I had. Luckily everything has been perfect and we made it to our first doctors appointment at 7 weeks, got to see our baby and hear its heartbeat at 8 weeks, and learned we were having a boy after our genetic screening test.

And not to mention, this was a huge reason behind why I’ve been so absent these past few months on the blog. The first trimester brought on nausea and extreme tiredness to the point where even the thought of putting my thoughts to words was exhausting. But, now that we’re marching right into our second trimester and I’m getting my energy back I'm looking forward to sharing our pregnancy journey with you all!

xoxo

Dusting off some cobwebs...

8.18.2015

Hello and look who is dusting off some cobwebs around here. I know, I know, it’s been long overdue to get on here and share with you all what the hell has been keeping me so busy and away from this here little blog of mine. I promise it’s not all that exciting, but yet very exciting all at the same time.


I know, that doesn’t really explain much does it? Well, there are multiple reasons I’ve been away from the blog.

One of which just happens to be an overall feeling of uninsipiration (insert made-up word) to write. I never knew this was something that was going to last longer than just a few days and yet it somehow turned into months. I’ve been uninspired before and I realize it comes with the territory of writing a blog. I mean, thousands of others are doing the exact same and it slowly becomes an inner monologue with myself about whether or not what I have to say is all that relevant. I mean, there are hundreds of thousands of blog posts daily, almost an over-saturation of sorts, and every now and then I debate whether or not to hit the publish button. For more on my feelings about such a topic, read my post about Blogging: How We've Lost Sight & 3 Ways to Regain It.

Two, I’m currently experiencing a season of life where I find it is more important to get out from behind the screen of my laptop and cell phone and truly be present. When you begin blogging, just like with anything new, you dive right in. You’re spending hours customizing, adding, or sprucing up your sidebar, scheduling in your blog planner posts and post ideas, and reading/commenting on other blogs. Once you finish making your blog just the way you want it (meaning hours of learning HTML codes on YouTube and tutorials and finally figuring out how to get that darn plug-in to work properly), you spend another few hours crafting your posts, pre-scheduling them out on all your social media outlets, and not forgetting that perfect Instagram shot. I mean, seriously. If you were to clock in all of those hours how much of your life are you missing by not being present in it? Needless to say, I was happy for a bit of a break and I’m not ashamed of it (even if that means I’ve lost page views).

And third, well this is one I can’t quite share just yet. Overall, my absence from the blog has been for a good reason and I cannot wait to share what I’ve been up to all these months! Just another week or so and it will be ready to reveal so stay tuned....you know, if you want ;)

I do plan to get back into the swing of things around here, but be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram as that’s where I’ve been most active lately. See you around soon!