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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Healthy Mama

When I found out I was pregnant with Jesse, I was scared. I had been diagnosed with type II diabetes a couple years earlier. I was very overweight at 250 pounds and new that I wasn't very healthy. Even though I had diabetes, I wasn't eating right or exercising. When I knew I was pregnant, I decided to start eating right and doing all I could to make sure my baby would be healthy.  I would have felt terrible if something happened to my precious baby because I wasn't taking care of myself properly.

While I was pregnant, I followed the Dr. and Nutritionist's advice and ate properly, watching my carbohydrates. I also tried to get some exercise most days, which mostly was just walking around our beautiful property.  Because of this, I actually lost weight while I was pregnant. I felt great and felt so healthy.

Jesse was 9 pounds 13 ounces when he was born and I had to have a cesarean section because he was so big and overdue.  The surgery went great though and I healed up really well.  He was born in October, and by that summer I was down to 200 pounds. Since having Jesse, I haven't had to be on diabetes medicine at all. I also am no longer on blood pressure medicine.

I am still overweight, but I can't believe how far I have come.  I have, in the past year been having a LOT of problems with my abdomen. We haven't found the problem yet, but I think it may be scar tissue from the c-section. Anyways, I try to not let that get me down. I still try to eat right and hope that if I can lose even more weight, I will feel better again. I just want to be healthy and live as long as I can, enjoying the wonderful life God has blessed me with!

Here are some photos of me, before I lost weight, while I was pregnant and afterwards. I am currently at  215 pounds (gained a little back), but hope to slowly lose more to be even more healthy.

These are the pants I was wearing before I was pregnant.

 On the left is at Disney, right before I found out I was pregnant. In the middle, I'm obviously very pregnant, and on the right is 2 months after having Jesse.


Wow! Once again, it has been a LONG while since I've updated this blog. I really don't think many read it anyway, but I like to post for my own sake. :)

That surprise baby that I mentioned in my last post turned out to be a baby boy. He was born in October and we named him Jesse.  He was 9 pounds 13 ounces and the only one of my 5 children that I had to have a c-section for.  He was so worth it though!  That little boy has been precious to our whole family from Day One!  We all adore him and he is very much loved and probably spoiled.

He's 2 years old now, but here are a couple photos from his first year.

Here he is shortly after being born with all 4 of his siblings and Gramma surrounding him.
Here is our first full family photo including our Jesse Bear.

 Here's our little cowboy in his hat and boots that Gramma made for him. Grampa found this tiny toy cap gun and it was just perfect for this photo.

My little Sweetie's hand in mine. <3 p="">

Jesse and Mommy <3 p="">

This little boy loves our apples!! That summer, he ate so many apples!!


He loved apples so much that I made an "apple" cake for his first birthday.

Our little guy when he turned 1 :)