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9 Things First Time Pregnant Moms Understand So Well

9 Things First Time Pregnant Moms Understand So Well
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Here are 9 things you’ll understand if you’re a first time mom.

1. If you are a stranger, no, we don’t want you touching our belly.

Seriously, just stop asking. First of all, when you touch my belly, no part of you is actually in contact with my baby. It’s all me. Second of all, I wouldn’t want your grubby fingers touching my baby even if you could! I promise you, the yuck factor it gives me is way, way bigger than whatever pleasure it gives you. Gross.

2. Pregnancy symptoms are magical.

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The first time I felt my baby’s sweet fluttering kicks inside, I felt like the world stood still. It was as if he was nudging me, reminding me just how real and alive he is. As I sat in waiting rooms, the DMV, church, at home watching TV, I was constantly reminded that my body was nurturing a brand new precious life, without me consciously even doing anything. Pregnancy is magical. Baby, your mama already knows you from the inside out.

3. …but some pregnancy symptoms are not so magical.

Any first time mom knows that sometimes the sweetest kicks from her baby are occasionally overshadowed by having to rush to the bathroom constantly, either to puke, or to keep from wetting herself. Smells are especially dangerous, from last night’s onion peels in the trash to the range of new smells your own body is producing, the slightest whiff of the wrong thing can tie your stomach in knots. Yeah, I’ll just say it. No one really tells you how disgusting some pregnancy symptoms are.

4. Yes, we’re excited.

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And even with all of nastiness, we keep envisioning meeting our little one for the first time face-to-face, and all of the unpleasantness just fades away. We lay out our baby’s freshly washed layettes and baby hats in his nursery and the “realness” of it all starts to set in. Before you know it, your new little bundle of joy will be in your arms.

5. But we’re also exhausted from answering that question
.

Just remember that you aren’t the first person to ask us, well, whatever you just asked us. Some questions are kind of exciting to answer, like giving us a chance to tell you our due date and, why, yes, I AM a first time mom! But if one more person asks us if we have a name picked out (because, even if I do, I’m not telling you), we might lose our minds.

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    6. And we’re also terrified.

    Trust us. We’re fully aware by what painful means we will get this baby out of us. And we know that babies come with gobs of spit up and poopy diapers and yes, we’re afraid. Very afraid. We’re also afraid because we aren’t sure that we were ready for a baby after all. We were ready for the idea of a baby. But the reality of a little mini-me toddling around our house, breaking things and breaking our hearts is sometimes a little overwhelming. We’ve never done this before!

    7. No, we haven’t thought about THAT.

    A short list I haven’t decided about while I’m pregnant: vaccinations, placenta encapsulation, nipple cream, making baby food, using organic cotton sheets, when I’ll have my second baby, how I intend to lose the baby weight, preschool, how I’ll sleep train my baby, or what sports I’ll put him in when he’s five years old. Please stop pressuring me to make complicated decisions when my baby hasn’t even been born yet!

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    8. As a first time mom, we totally don’t know what we’re doing, but neither did you!

    For the most part, first time moms approach impending motherhood with a certain amount of confidence. But for a lot of things, we’re chanting the old, fake-it-til-you-make-it mantra. And be honest, doesn’t everyone?

    9. We totally love the special treatment.

    And lastly, all that special treatment we get, offers to sit while everyone stands, an extra helping of ice cream, a nap every day, foot rubs… yeah, we dig it. Keep it coming. But not the chatty “advice” that comes with it. That, you can keep to yourself.

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    Published on July 22, 2021

    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week

    20 Healthy and Tasty Family Meals Ideas to Try This Week
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    It’s 5 p.m., and you’re exhausted. The kids are hungry, but no one knows what they want to eat for dinner. With very little energy, you force yourself into the kitchen and look through every cabinet, hoping for a spark of inspiration. Eventually, you toss a few ingredients together and hope for the best. It won’t win any prizes and falls short of what you consider “healthy,” but it fills everyone’s stomachs.

    Feeding a family can be stressful, even tiresome. It’s hard to find the energy and creativity needed to cook healthy but simple family meals. It’s easy to fall into the “anything goes” mentality. When you’ve got a busy lifestyle, meals become more about survival and less about nutrition.

    Here are 20 quick and healthy—but tasty—recipes followed by tips on making these family meals more nutritious. These recipes can help you have a healthy family meal on the table in an hour or less. Remember, swap ingredients out if someone in your family has dietary restrictions or if you avoid certain foods.

    1. Mini Meatloaves With Green Beans and Potatoes

      These miniature meatloaves come together quickly and cook faster, too. You can have a family favorite on the table, paired with seasoned potatoes and fresh green beans, in just 40 minutes.

      Get the recipe here.

      2. One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta

        This classic will taste like you spent hours cooking, but the preparation and clean-up couldn’t be quicker. One-pot cooking makes this dish practical, while fresh basil, parmesan, and garlic add a special touch.

        To try this recipe, go here.

        3. Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

          Skip the restaurant and make fajitas at home. The ingredients go on one sheet pan, meaning you won’t spend all night cleaning. Zesty chicken, bell peppers, and warm tortillas can be on the table in 40 minutes. Add sour cream, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, diced tomato, and any other favorite toppings.

          Check out the recipe here.

          4. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

            Lose the carbs but keep the cheesesteak flavors with this quick family meal. Kids will love the pepper “bowls,” and you’ll love giving them a meal full of veggies and protein to keep them healthy.

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            Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

            5. Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

              This veggie-packed meal adds an extra boost by using the superfood quinoa instead of rice. Flavorful yet simple, this meal makes an excellent packable lunch or dinner for your whole family.

              Find the recipe here.

              6. Spinach and Chicken Skillet With Lemon and Parmesan

                The complex flavors of lemon and parmesan come together nicely in this gourmet-like dish, but you don’t have to exert the effort or spend as much as a gourmet meal.

                Get the recipe for this dish here.

                7. Oven-Fried Fish and Chips

                  Fish and chips can also sometimes be healthy as evident in this oven-fried version. You won’t miss the calories with this favorite family meal.

                  You can find the recipe here.

                  8. Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

                    Tangy pineapple and sweet teriyaki will have everyone coming back for seconds. Frozen vegetables make this simple family dish even easier to make and enjoy.

                    Find the recipe here.

                    9. Mozzarella, Basil, and Zucchini Frittata

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                      This egg dish is usually served for breakfast, but a frittata can make a fantastic dinner, too. High in protein, packed with zucchini, and delicious, there’s no reason to wait until morning.

                      Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                      10. Chicken and Sweet Potato Grill Packets

                        Skip the pans and throw everything into foil with this fun family recipe. Kids will love loading ingredients into their pack, and you’ll love its versatility and simplicity.

                        The recipe for this meal can be found here.

                        11. Chicken and Spanish “Rice”

                          Cauliflower takes the place of rice in this low-carb family meal, but it’s so flavorful and filling, no one will miss it.

                          Find the recipe here.

                          12. Honey Chicken Stir Fry

                            This honey chicken stir fry is the healthier version of a restaurant favorite that can be served up quicker than you can order it.

                            Find the recipe here.

                            13. Chicken Skewers With Tzatziki

                              Greek chicken and tzatziki sauce will have you yearning for the Mediterranean, but you can make this recipe at home for your family to enjoy.

                              This easy recipe can be found here.

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                              14. Healthy Walking Tacos

                                Traditional walking tacos are a party favorite, but they’re not usually healthy. However, this recipe keeps it fun while making it more nutritious.

                                Find out how to make it here.

                                15. Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

                                  This classic comfort meal can be ready when you walk in the door. All you have to do is add noodles, and it’s ready to serve.

                                  The recipe can be found here.

                                  16. Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

                                    This usually takes a little over an hour, but the preparation time is only 30 minutes. You’ll love how easy it is, and the cheesy rice is sure to please.

                                    Find the recipe here.

                                    17. Crockpot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

                                      Skip the checkout line and have a rotisserie-style chicken ready at home. A staple in many quick meals, you might find this family meal recipe among your most-used.

                                      Get the recipe for this flavorful chicken here.

                                      18. Santa Monica Street Tacos

                                        Named after a simple taco found on the streets of California, you’ll be surprised that something with only a few ingredients can be so flavorful. Your kids will surely enjoy them.

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                                        Find the recipe here.

                                        19. Pizza Pasta Salad

                                          Enjoy the flavor of pizza without the hassle of making a crust. Use a fun pasta shape to make this even more appealing to your family, especially kids.

                                          Try it tonight. Get the recipe here.

                                          20. Slow-Cooker Lasagna Soup

                                            Everyone loves lasagna, but it can be time-consuming and messy to make. However, this soup version has the taste you want but with the ease of a crockpot.

                                            Get the recipe here.

                                            Bonus: 3 Simple Ways to Make Meals Healthier

                                            Eating healthy doesn’t have to take a lot of money, time, or thought. Any improvements are a big step in the right direction.

                                            Here are three easy ways you can make meals healthier for your family.

                                            1. Lose the Sugar

                                            Are you looking to improve your health? Cut processed sugars from your diet—the more, the better, and that includes artificial sweeteners.[1] Why? Studies show that sugar increases the risks for weight gain, heart disease, acne, type-2 diabetes, depression, cancer, fatty liver disease, cellular aging, and low energy levels.[2]

                                            2. Avoid Highly Processed Foods

                                            Many processed foods are fine to eat. Even fresh fruit and vegetables go through some processing to stay fresh longer. However, highly processed foods have added salt, sweeteners, saturated fats, preservatives, and artificial colors. These types of food have been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.[3]

                                            3. Replace Simple Carbs for Complex Carbs

                                            Lowering daily carbs can do wonders for your health. Studies show that low-carb diets lead to lower insulin levels, lower bad cholesterol levels, visceral fat loss, weight loss, reduced appetite, and can be therapeutic for many brain disorders.[4]

                                            When eating carbs, choose complex carbs over simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white flour, rice, and degermed cornmeal, lack nutrients and spike blood sugar levels. Complex carbs, such as sweet potato, brown rice, and oats, are usually more nutritious and aren’t digested as quickly, giving more sustained energy and less of an insulin spike.[5]

                                            Enjoy Family Meals With Less Stress!

                                            Dinner can be enjoyable again now that you’re armed with simple and nutritious recipes for your family. These healthy and tasty family meal recipes can help you feel even better about what you serve. Best of all, you’ll have the extra time and energy you saved from cooking and spend more time with your family.

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