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Lately...

Lately...

Well, it’s been a while and a lot has happened in the last few months. We moved across the country to Portland, OR from Durham, NC. Honestly, it’s been a hard adjustment! I’m admittedly not really a West Coast person and just being so far away from any friends or family has been hard on me, especially because…

We are having a baby boy!

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I literally took a pregnancy test the day we got to Portland, but I already KNEW. I felt different immediately even before a missed period. It was the wildest thing. This is my first pregnancy and everything has been so smooth and I’ve felt mostly great and am just so lucky. I’m 5 months along now (20 weeks) and I’m due Feb 5 which after the longest first trimester ever has been flying by recently. I can’t believe I’m already halfway through! Everything has been looking really good and it’s been so surreal to start preparing and picturing our life with an additional person after 10 years of it just being the two of us. I think this revelation has put added pressure on making Portland feel like home so that we can bring our baby home to a happy, settled environment and also have some sort of community around us. I’ve been working on that and it has gotten a lot better and I’ve formed friendships with the other significant others of the UP coaches and everyone has been so nice. I was making a plan: I had a great doctor, a nice apartment, an upcoming maternity leave, a scheduled daycare. Everything was falling into place… and then…

I lost my job.

Being laid off is brutal. There’s just no sugar coating it, especially 5 months pregnant. I did not see it coming as I’m so so busy at work and our show has been going so well and we were starting a new season. Well, long story short and probably one I can’t get into, there were layoffs and my position was eliminated. I’m still working for another month to wrap things up but it’s been hard to wrap my head around such a big change and punch to the gut. I know everything happens for a reason and so I’m trying to keep calm and optimistic about the next few months. I’ve wasted no time applying for jobs, but honestly, nothing has been standing out to me as exciting to me. As someone who has never pictured being a stay at home mom for one second, I’m working up to that maybe my reality for a little longer than I anticipated.

So anyway, that’s what’s going on with me! Lots of chaos, lots of feelings, lots of good- so much good. I’m really counting my blessings for this little babe fluttering inside my belly. I really do have so much to be thankful for, but it’s also ok and normal to be upset about losing a job I really loved and also was counting on for financial stability as we are welcoming a child into the world for the first time. I’m trying to straddle these emotions in a way that is healthy for me and bebe and I think I’ve been doing a lot better than expected, but it’s still fresh too. Hope to get back to posting regularly and documenting my pregnancy and baby for my personal memory bank to look back on. Happy days are ahead!

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