I always knew I wanted three kids.
But knowing that pregnancy for me, comes with a good four months of morning sickness, it was more about building up to survive that than it was about being ready for a third child. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and it would never feel like “the right time”.
As I write this, I am 13 weeks pregnant and suffering big time. My daughter, Harper, is three-and-a-half-years-old and my son, Paxton, is two-years-old. But here we are! Those early stages of pregnancy are hard when you’re feeling awful and trying to hide it from the world and from your kids.
I found out I was pregnant at four weeks and started feeling ridiculously nauseas from six weeks. Literally everything makes me gag; brushing my teeth, spraying my deodorant, my husband’s body wash, feeding the dog, getting out of bed, wiping the kids’ bums, making them food… the list goes on and on and on. Plus, trying to hide the vomiting from them isn’t easy either.
In saying all of this, I know the pain is totally worth it. I am absolutely blessed to have fallen pregnant a third time and so far, been able to carry two healthy babies to term. I just need to get through the next few weeks. My morning sickness lasted until about 17 to 18 weeks with both Harper and Paxton, so here’s hoping it stops then again or even sooner.
Luckily I have found some ways over the past couple of months to survive morning sickness when you have young kids.
1. Use what you can to change your mind-set (like music).
The first few weeks of feeling awful were really about survival. I’ve been here before, I know it will pass, I just need to get through it. I told my husband I feel like I’m swimming and trying to push through each day while trying not to drown. So yes, it is very much a head game. Sometimes my mind will be consumed with how awful it is so I’ve found MUSIC to be an awesome way to change that. I started listening to music on my dog walks and playing fun music in the car with the kids were we all sing along. I think I know every word to all of the Frozen songs now. It’s no joke, it helped my head forget about how sick I was feeling and have some fun.