Pregnancy…it’s such a magical, beautiful, delicious time. With each pregnancy I’ve found myself completely fascinated and in awe of the whole process, and amazed at what a woman’s body can do. I’ve also found myself stretched thin, tired, and eagerly waiting it’s end. It fascinates me how each pregnancy can look different, from baby to baby and woman to woman. With Piper, I had no stretch marks (insert loud cheers!), but with this baby I’ve found a few. The spider veins in my legs are worse, and the acne has been terrible. I really haven’t struggled with acne since high school, but in the first trimester I started breaking out terribly with cystic acne, and now I have leftover acne scars. There’s also the peach fuzz that has been kindly growing on my face, and all the popped little capillaries on my chest, arms, and face (yes, face! ugh!). There’s probably a few more bags under my eyes and some extra gray hairs, too. Oh, and don’t forget the swollen feet and puffy face!
I am finally sharing our finished kitchen today! It’s been a long time coming. We moved into our fixer upper almost 4 years ago, and the first project we started was the kitchen. I’m going to share some before pictures, but go ahead and brace yourself…it was bad. Looking back, I honestly don’t know how I saw so much potential in it. But I did! This room was a labor of love, many long nights and countless hours to complete it. We did it all ourselves (and by we, I mean Scofield and his dad), and there were definitely a lot of learning curves as it was our first home renovation EVER. I’m not mad it took us 4 years (well, maybe a little), because my style has definitely shifted over the years and it is now hands down a space I love. If we ever do another project like this, I think it’ll definitely go smoother…and quicker!!
As far as health goes, I feel like I learned a lot during my first pregnancy, that I’ve been able to put into practice this round. There are so many reasons to really focus on your health while you’re pregnant. Number one, healthy mom equals healthy baby! Number two, you’ll feel better and I truly believe it’ll impact the labor and delivery, and postpartum period for the better. Whether it’s eating, exercise, or rest, I’ve already seen the benefits of some of the changes I’ve made.
It always amazes me what a little paint and artwork can do. We recently updated our kitchen door, and I love the drama it adds to the room and how much more sophisticated it feels. Keep reading to see the before and after!