Friday, November 20, 2015

Finally a real blog!

The second I found out I was pregnant I became super intrigued (borderline obsessed) with all things pregnancy. I wanted to know everything and do everything perfectly for this little human I was cooking up. As soon as I saw the slightest bump forming, I started recording my growing belly through photos. All you preggers and mamas know the ones I'm talking about; we stand in front of a mirror, turn to the side, one hand on belly and the other snapping then picture. We preggers love to document our buddha-licious bodies! The changes that take place are incredible! I knew that I wanted to nourish this baby with the healthiest foods and nutrients possible. I thought about the sayings, "you are what you eat" and " it's what's on the inside that counts" a lot when I was pregnant. What vitamins do I take? What should I eat? What should I not eat? Do I give into all the cravings? How much should I exercise? What exercise is healthy for baby? How do I prepare for childbirth? What products are safe for me to use? What will my birth plan say? What books should I read? I had so many questions and Google was my new best friend. I also have a friend who is an OBGYN who I may have bombarded with a few questions.  More on her later.bI needed to figure it all out but I only had 9 months to do it. So in the midst of constant googling and texting my doctor, nurse, and mommy friends, I started recording  what I ate, how I felt, my workouts, things I was reading, and products I was using on Instagram. I thought it would be a good idea to have a little online journal of pregnancy memories and thought maybe other preggers might find it interesting. I also thought it could be a great way try to meet and learn from other like-minded mamas. Thus, The Preggers Pantry Instagram came to fruition. It's only taken me 14 months to turn it into a blog, just in time to convince my husband to let me become a pregger again!

I have a few goals for writing this blog. I want to create a way for my child (and hopefully future children) to see how I felt, thought, ate, and looked during this sacred time of my life. I was one of those weirdos who was uber healthy and happy during pregnancy, and I loved every minute of it. I want to create a place where preggers and mamas can find healthy living tips and ideas and a space where first time preggers can find some guidance. I would like to use this blog as a creative outlet and a space to record my recipes, activities, and favorite things. I also want to meet and bring together like-minded mamas and create a community where everyone feels supported. I would also love to have a philanthropic aspect to this blog, in hopes for helping families, mamas, and babies in need. 

Spring 2014, pregnant with my son, Rio.

The beginning...

I started my pregnancy journey 22 months ago. I can't believe it's been almost 2 years since I found out I was pregnant with baby Rio. I will never forget the moment. My period was only a couple days late, but that was rare for me.  I woke up on the morning of January 5, 2014 and just decided at that moment to take a test. I was at our home in Del Mar. I think subconsciously I knew that I was pregnant and that's why I was prompted to take a test.  The act of taking the test wasn't at all what I had expected. I peed on the stick thinking the next couple minutes would be torture, like in the movies. Nope! That little blue line showed up immediately! I didn't even have any time to prepare myself. I just looked in the mirror and stared. I couldn't believe there was a baby inside me! I always hoped I would be a mom one day, but I was in disbelief. The next several minutes I stayed in the bathroom, thinking about how I should tell my husband. Run and jump on the bed? Be romantic? Just show him the test? It didn't matter, he would be so happy regardless.  When I walked into our bedroom Adam was on the phone and I could tell by his face something was wrong. He hung up and told me his Grandpa had just passed away. My heart sunk, my stomach a knot. He looked so sad, and I was heartbroken by the news as well. I just hugged him and tried to comfort him. He said he needed to go to the hospital to take care of things. This was not how I imagined this moment. So many emotions. I didn't know what to do, so I just waited. Kept it to myself for 4 whole days. Adam and I had a trip planned a few days later to our friends' wedding in Maui, so I would tell him when we got there. When we got to our hotel, I asked him to bring the the plastic baggie that was inside my purse. He didn't even notice what it was at first, but as he was handing it to me he asked, "Are you taking a pregnancy test?" I told him to look at it. He looked so confused and I told him the whole story. We knew with the timing of everything that we wanted to honor Adam's Grandpa Mario. My mom came up with the name Rio, from Mario.  When we found out we were having a boy, we knew his name would be Rio. We chose Jack as his middle name after my late Grandpa. Our 14 month old, Rio Jack Zuffinetti is bright, loud, funny, happy, curious, stubborn, and full of life. I know our Grandpas would be so proud. 
Shortly after I finally told Adam I was pregnant! 1/9/2014