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We’re growing! Now let’s get real, Part 5

In Funny, Non-Fiction, Opinion/Personal, Personal on December 30, 2018 at 11:00 am

Part 1: Morning Sickness

Part 2: Cravings & Aversions

Part 3: Digestion

Part 4: Body Talk

Noxema pads, Lip Smackers, Teen Spirit, and Cucumber Melon Body Mist. The essentials for the late 90’s / early 2000’s teen girl. A “grown up” haircut, hours in front of a mirror before leaving your room, and that lifted weight of teen dreams come true when you wake up to find the Noxema worked and that pesky puberty breakout is healed. Thank god puberty comes early in the life span and only once, right?

Wrong. Welcome to your Second Puberty.

I assumed that the rush of hormones in early first trimester, serving the purpose of sustaining the embryo until the placenta takes over, would pass. My first 3 months of pregnancy was a nightmare. My face erupted into massive breakouts without fail or remedy. It’ll pass, I naively kept repeating in my head. Truth is, is hasn’t passed yet and I’ve just rounded the halfway mark.

The mood swings have subsided – slightly. I’m a quick trigger with feeling annoyed but no more random bursts of tears for a while. I’m a sweaty, hot flashy mess almost constantly. This chilly, rainy Kentucky “winter” weather is prime for my body right now and feels a-maz-ing. But this skin… It’s dry, it’s patchy, it’s itchy, it’s inflamed, and it’s still erupting (albeit on a smaller scale). Thank god my husband loves me because my bed head, no make up mornings are less “naturally adorable” and more “ogre-troll with flesh eating bacteria disease” these days…

Silver Lining: Unfortunately, the hormones are necessary for pregnancy to sustain and baby to grow. I had always heard of the beauty and glow of pregnancy, and felt 100% like a hideous creature. However, I learned the “glow” is actually just the increase in blood flow (check – daily nosebleeds from weeks 14-17) and the hormonal hot flashes (double check check!) and hormonal breakouts are very common during pregnancy. While not enjoyable, it isn’t a major concern to be honest. I changed up my skin care routine a little to address the changes to my skin texture and habits, and this has helped to reduce the issues I’m experiencing. And the further I get in this pregnancy process, the less and less it occurs. Just find a routine that fits your new skin and stick to it, and all will be well.

Some suggestions for pregnancy and nursing safe skin care:

If it ain’t this, it ain’t love.

In Random on November 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm


Appreciate when someone takes the time to really know you and offer this piece of themselves. Return the favor. I have found that something unconditional like this is such a rare occurrence. Be aware enough to recognize when you receive something this special from someone you care about. The only thing worse than never knowing how this feels, from the giving or the receiving end, is to have it right there in front of you and take it for granted. I’m so glad I’ve found my person to feel this way about and to feel this way about me, and I will do everything in my power to never let those feelings go away or lessen in the slightest.

Naysayers Be Gone!

In Opinion/Personal, Personal, Random on April 22, 2013 at 10:35 pm

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had someone staring over my shoulder.  Breathing down my neck.  Criticizing every decision I made and every action I performed.

“Don’t get that piercing.  It won’t look good and you’ll regret it.”  I got it anyways.  Around 6 years later, I’m still rocking a hoop in my nose and love it just as much today as I did the day I got it done.

“Why would you want to do that to your hair?  It looks fine the way it is.  Aren’t you getting too old for that kind of stuff?” NO! At 26 years old, I’ve had long hair, short hair, been a blonde, a brunette, and a ginger, and had pink, red, black, and purple chunks, streaks, and patterns.  And I’d do it again.  And I intend to.  And that’s the point of this post.

While I’ve always generally gone through with things I wanted to do despite what others have told me, I’ve always second guessed myself about everything.  It was always delayed because I started having doubts about my opinions or desires because of what someone else had told me.  I’ve come to the realization that there will always be a person in life that will present you with those criticisms and doubts, but it is your decision on whether you let that person affect you or not.  And I’m choosing not to anymore.  I already have a list of things I want to do or have done, a mini-bucket list for this summer, I guess.   Maybe its because I’m finally growing into the person I was supposed to be, maybe its because I have this sensational feeling that 2013 is going to be one of the best years of my life, but I feel that it’s time I just went for it, with faith in myself and my decisions, no looking back, and no second guessing.

My summer bucket list is essentially pointless to another person.  It’s not any grand plan to travel abroad or some potentially life changing journey.  Well, it wouldn’t be to another person reading it, but it is to me.  It’s simple things, like becoming a blonde again and adding in something funky like purple just because.  It’s getting the 2 tattoos I’ve wanted for years.  It’s being honest with myself and with those around me, because I know I will never grow further unless I force myself to do this.  It’s focusing on my writing and putting myself out there.  I will not let opinions of others make me doubt myself anymore.   Hell, if I’d listened to other people, I wouldn’t even have this blog.

“Writing?  Why would you want to do that?  It’s not like you could make money with it.  What’s the point?”  It’s refreshing, it’s relaxing, it’s therapeutic for starters.   And I’m quite proud of the guts I had to stir up to do it and the amount of followers and feedback that has  granted me.   THAT’S the point, Debbie Downer.  Deal with it!

A Simple Thought For The Day

In Opinion/Personal, Random on April 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm


I’ve posted on eating/body image issues before. Stress always messes with my appetite and my own image issues, and I recently had a close friend confide their own similar issues with me that they have been struggling with for quite a while.

I have an app on my phone called IFunny, which is mostly ridiculous pictures and rage comics, but today this is what popped up. Sometimes I feel that the universe works in ways to provide little bits of inspiration and encouragement in the least expected ways. I feel I was meant to come across this picture that some random stranger created at precisely this time, and that is a very comforting belief for me. I hope everyone pays attention to the little things that can connect with them, the tiny, almost irrelevant things that could be easily overlooked. That’s where hope and strength come from…

Nugget #23: Buttered Fingers, Paula Dean Approves

In Cleverness, Funny, Personal, Quotes on December 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm


“No, mother fucker!  I buttered my hands for nothing!”

Proven Fact: Butter cooking spray does not help nail polish dry faster.  This is backed by the scientific findings of a mid-day drunkie.

Dinner with the Dead

In Opinion, Opinion/Personal, Random on October 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Everyone has heard discussions or references to the old dinner question:  “If you could have dinner with any person in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?”  My answer doesn’t take much thought for me.  Hands down, without a doubt, no question about it: Marilyn Monroe.  I know, I know, it sounds so cliché.  However, I feel that my reasoning is anything but.
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