[Velvet-Rose.net] – “10 Fears I Had Before Having a Baby” plus 1 more

Velvet-Rose.net /////////////////////////////////////////// 10 Fears I Had Before Having a Baby Posted: 13 Oct 2015 08:39 AM PDT feedproxy.google.com/~r/velvet-rose/TtIq/~3/92Z2u41X6DU/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email Today is Face Your Fears Day so we are talking all about things that scare us, or have scared us in the past. I thought I would talk about my fears about having children, since it was something I was scared about for so long (before I finally agreed to try it on for size). Image by DerekA via Flickr 10 Fears I Had Before Having a Baby I was scared about pregnancy in general. Would my body be able to handle all those changes? Was I healthy enough? As it turned out, yes, my body did just fine for the most part. Gestational Diabetes was the only issue, and that was toward the end and wasnt as bad as it seemed. Though now I wonder if Ill have it again in a future pregnancy. I was worried about the sickness. Would I be constantly throwing up? I hate throwing up. I didnt once break my no puking rule, but I did feel sick most days, especially in the evenings for a while. I was absolutely terrified about labor and delivery. There are just so many wildcards that can come at you and you really cant predict or control your birth. Will I be able to handle the pain, even with all the drugs?  As it turns out, I had to get induced because of the diabetes so nothing went like I expected. Also, they turned off my epidural when it came time to push, and that was just awful. Ill be carrying this fear with me to a future pregnancy.  I worried whether Id be able to really love a little stranger or if I would resent his or her presence in my life. I know, totally didnt need to worry about that. Though now I worry how will I be able to love another baby like I love this one. I was scared of the newborn phase. The tiny delicate little baby that could be so easy to accidentally hurt I never really held babies before.  Instinct took over and the little tiny babies are actually tougher than they look. The sleepless nights terrified me too. Would I be able to handle the sleep deprivation and still be able to care for the child? The sleepless nights were quite awful. Ill carry that one with me to the next one. But somehow I survived that with my sanity intact. I worried about breastfeeding, whether Id be able to do it and how much of a commitment that would be. As it turns out, my body is kind of failing in this one, though Im still trying to give him at least the few ounces I do produce. Ill be worried about this next time too, pretty much expecting my body to fail again. I worried about parenting in general. Will I be able to make the right decisions? Will I raise the child well? This fear will just continue for the rest of forever, wont it? I was worried about loss of my control. I like to plan and feel like Im in control of  the direction my life is taking, but children bring so many variables to the equation of life, that all that planning can go out the window. Yep, but Ive gotten better about letting go of the control needs. I feared my loss of identity the most. Would I still be able to be me, have my own interests and hobbies, or would I only be ___s Mom? Im working on not making this the case. It is very hard to have your own time with a baby, but I try to take time to myself occasionally when I can.  Related posts: 30 Day Blogging Challenge: Day 2: 3 Fears #SocialChallenge Falling in love with the baby 10 Reasons I Love (and Hate) My New Mom Body /////////////////////////////////////////// Believe in the Power of Vacations Posted: 12 Oct 2015 08:13 PM PDT feedproxy.google.com/~r/velvet-rose/TtIq/~3/6Ql-hBUmX5A/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email Disclosure: This is a contributed post. There’s nothing like a vacation to rejuvenate the mind and heart, and visiting the outdoors is at the top of the list for both exciting and relaxing vacations. Outdoor enthusiasts can use vacation clubs such as Outdoor-Traveler to make it easier and cheaper to visit a wide variety of natural wonders in the United States. Whether you are looking for a skiing vacation or to spend a week at the beach, you won’t be disappointed. Here are a few places where Mother Nature is the main attraction. Image courtesy of J Frasse at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Ozark Mountains, MO Like a natural wonderland with verdant mountains and awesome waterfalls, the Ozark Mountains offer some of nature’s best. There are trails through the hills and valleys, past streams and lakes for hikers, bikers and horseback riders. Visitors float 25 miles down the North Fork of the White River to Table Rock Lake where there is water skiing, tubing, kayaking, wakeboarding, scuba diving and plenty of fishing and swimming. You can also take a float trip on a raft or tube on the beautiful Black River. For those who prefer to enjoy the outdoors on a golf course, there is also plenty of action with several championship courses in the region. There’s no dearth of evening entertainment in the nearby town of Branson, called the Live Music Show Capital of the World. Considered one of the top antiquing spots in the state, you’re only 80 miles from the night-life of the big city, St. Louis. Myrtle Beach, SC This is the place that will satisfy the whole family’s vacation wishes. With pristine beaches on turquoise shores there’s a world of water sports for the little ones and the intrepid. Considered the Seaside Golf Capital of the World, Myrtle Beach has several courses designed by the greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Francis Duane. Among the attractions is the Myrtle Waves Water Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, NASCAR Speed Park and thrilling dinner shows at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. The two-tier viewing deck of the 985 foot-long Cherry Grove Fishing pier as well as jeep tours through the rice plantations and salt marshes give you an up-close-and-personal look at the natural beauty and some of the wildlife of the area. The Great Smoky Mountains, TN The Great Smoky Mountains cover more than a half-million acres between North Carolina and Tennessee. Considered one of the top outdoor destinations in the country, it has a huge diversity of wildlife and plant life making it a fascinating outdoor vacation destination. Some visitors enjoy the spectacular views along the Newfound Gap Road scenic drive, and the more adventurous people like to hike the Appalachian Trail. The Great Smoky Mountain National Park has a huge selection of activities from wildlife viewing to historic buildings. With wildflowers, waterfalls and brilliant colors in the fall, a visit to the park in Tennessee is enchanting. Gatlinburg is nearby as is Pigeon Forge where there are amusement parks, live shows, Dollywood and much more. These are just a few of the places in the U.S. where you can enjoy an adventurous vacation in the great outdoors. Whether you like to stroll through the forest, white-water raft down steep ravines, laze on the beach or play golf, there’s a wide selection of activities to please everyone, no matter what your age. Related posts: Blogger Intro, Sort Of Lets take a virtual vacation to Puerto Rico (and plan a real one) Summer Coupons for Family Attractions and Theme Parks

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