It's official, my clan of cavemen is growing- we found out that baby #4 is due in late Spring.
*gulp* Yes, number…four.
This is quite the surprise, I assure you…my head is still reeling from it all! We are very excited, of course, but my goodness, didn't life just turn us upside down on this one!
It's taken me a bit to adjust to the knowledge… when I first found out (seven long weeks ago!) I spent 3 days scouring the internet, trying to figure out how I should eat. I mean, I could pick up a billion different books on what to eat when you are expecting, but nearly every single one of them is written with grains being the foundation of the diet. I'm paleo…f*ck grains.
Well, duh, Elizabeth, plants and animals- that's what you eat.
But…but..what about my macros? How many carbs? How much fat? What does my body need? What does the baby need?
My grandmother, in her infinite wisdom, just waved that all away. "You know what to do," she said. ""Trust your body. It knows what you and the baby need."
Have I ever mentioned what a wise woman my grandmother is (thanks, Grandma!)?
She was right- I do know. I just let myself get so bogged down in the minutiae of trying to figure out how to let go of a lifetime of focusing on losing weight (even with my first three pregnancies) that I forgot that I'm already the healthiest I've ever been as an adult, and I've already given this baby a darn good start with my paleo/primal lifestyle. I just need to continue on, building on the foundation I've already established.
I was pretty worried that my hormones would go crazy on me and pop all sorts of weird cravings in my path. With my first baby it was vinegar. Not pickles, but vinegar, and bread in any form. With my second pregnancy it was candy (not even the good chocolate stuff..I was wanting Sprees and SweetTarts and Nerds and things I don't normally like), then pizza (though I could never find that one pizza I was craving- nothing seemed just right) then TacoBell Taco Salads and Dr. Pepper in the third trimester. With my third, it was egg sandwiches on wheat toast with American cheese. Every. Day. And all three? I was allllll about the Dairy Queen Peanut Butter Cup Blizzard.
I got lucky, though….at least in the first trimester. Before I knew I was pregnant, I wanted desserts. Any desserts. All desserts. NOW. At the time, I chalked it up to being hormones…I didn't realize how right I was, just not in the way I was expecting!
The first 8 weeks or so was all about the veggies, jalapenos and sirhacha and anything spicy. I did 'okay' for a couple weeks, and then the protein kick happened. I had to force myself to eat a salad or two in-between rounds of chicken, shrimp (but not too much), salmon, steak. Pretty much any meat I could get my hands on.
Weird, but true.
Thankfully most of my cravings have leveled off. It took time, but I'm learning to enjoy foods I'd avoided- like fruits and potatoes- without guilt. And yay me, in this last month, I've only gained a pound. Woohoo!
I've been asked a couple times if I'm going to turn my blog into a paleo pregnancy blog. Well, not intentionally….but i'm sure it's going to happen. After all, it was really, REALLY Hard not to post anything about being pregnant the last 7 weeks…it's the sort of thing that just ends up consuming your life- in both good and bad ways!
There are a lot of paleo pregnancy blogs out there, but most of them are by fit, trim, crossfittin' mamas….and I'm so not that. I'm just a former fat girl struggling to lose more weight and keep my family on a healthy path while trying to balance a busy lifestyle,
three four kids, and a love of food. It's my life, my struggles, my successes, and the stuff we love to eat.
I guess we'll see what happens along the way!