My silver lining

by Kim on August 14, 2014

One week and change left of this pregnancy, and I’ve finally hit the point where I can’t wait to see it end! I’m in the huge, uncomfortable, every-movement-kinda-hurts stage—which I somehow don’t even remember from my first pregnancy. Did I just get lucky that time, or did I block it all out??

It probably doesn’t help that I’m still spending a few hours a day frantically trying to squeeze in some last-minute photography for my prenatal program.

Here’s the visual: a super preggo lady setting her camera timer, running 10 feet to her yoga mat, and frantically trying to get into some crazy position in 10 seconds before the camera clicks.

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It’s hard to tell from this angle, but there’s definitely a GIANT bump there.

You should have seen me trying to get into tree pose in time…

People are super curious about what I’m doing out there. (I guess I can’t blame them…how many massively preggo chicks are out taking pictures of themselves doing yoga moves by a lake?) Yesterday, someone asked what magazine I was with. Everyone wants to know when I’m due, and when I tell them, they look shocked—or is it horrified?

Yes, I’m kind of insane.

Also, just to throw this out there: outdoor photography can be a huge pain in the butt. I have pictures taken literally split seconds apart, where one is fully lit and the other is covered in shadows.

Yesterday, I sat and waited out this huge mass of clouds for a good half an hour.

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On the other side: perfect sunlight! Weather is so dang moody.

And let’s just say I have a loooot of editing work to do.

But enough about all that.

I had a thought yesterday. I was thinking about Mason’s allergy situation.

For a long time after he was diagnosed with a dozen+ serious food allergies (like, on a scale of 0-100—100 being severely allergic—all we knew was that he tested ABOVE 100), I felt sorry for us. I’d watch other moms at the park, feeding their kids normal things like cheerios and yogurt, or casually ordering mac & cheese off a menu at a restaurant, and I’d think, “you don’t even know how simple your life is.”

Obviously, that’s not fair—their lives probably aren’t simple at all, and I have no idea what other things they could be dealing with.

But in certain situations, it really stung.

Like, when we were at the zoo and all the moms were ordering their kids ice cream cones, while I opened a little Tupperware of gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free crackers (thank goodness for companies like Annie’s) for my kid.

Or at birthday parties and family events and work functions, where I’d watch other moms throw together plates of food for their kids, picking from whatever’s available, rather than pulling out a bunch of little containers of cold food they prepared hours earlier.

So yes, it’s frustrating. And I know it will only get worse, once he’s in school and on his own more often. I worry about that All. The. Time.

But for now, there is a small silver lining on the whole situation.

Thanks to food allergies…

–Mason eats a pretty darn healthy diet, and doesn’t feel deprived in it because he doesn’t know any different. He’s never even had candy, chocolate, or ice cream, so we don’t have to fight those battles. (I’ve offered him allergy-safe alternatives before, but his interest is typically at about a zero. And why would I push back on that?)

–We’re forced to be prepared. Anytime we go out, we have allergy-safe food with us. We never end up in the McDonalds drive-through, because it’s just not an option for us.

–I’ve learned A LOT about food and nutrition. I can read a food label like nobody’s business.

–We’re eating healthier as a family. The most common food allergens happen to also be some of the least important things in a healthy diet, and learning how to cut them out has just forced us to make better food choices.

–Mason will grow up being cognizant of what he eats. This is kind of unfortunate, since kids shouldn’t have to worry about anything other than being kids, but it’s also a positive thing that will set him up for a lifetime of good health.

So while I still pout about the allergy thing now and then, and I definitely still worry about how it will play out in the future, it helps to recognize the good that has come out of it.

What’s going on in your life right now that you wish you weren’t dealing with? I bet you can find a silver lining…

If you want, tell me about it in the comments. Smile

P.S. Speaking of silver linings, am I the only person on the planet who didn’t really like the movie Silver Linings Playbook?? I don’t know why…just didn’t live up to all the hype for me I guess!

Hope you’re having a great day!

xoxo

Kim

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char eats greens August 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

I love your positive spin on his allergies. Do you have a specific post that talks about all his allergies (just curious, and would definitely be interested in reading it!)? I know this is NOT comparable on any levels to having allergies, but in a way, I feel the same way about Nia and being vegan. Like I said though, so not the same, if she ate something that we don’t include in our diet–assuming she doesn’t have any allergies to anything–it won’t affect her health outcome. But it does cause me to plan a lot and starting to educate her more, the older she gets. I think Mason is totally benefiting from having a mama that does all this prepping and taking on the worries for him. He’s one lucky little dude!

I still think you are SO amazing for doing all this photog stuff while ALMOST DUE!!!! I can’t wait to see the outcome of all your handwork! Also, I think I need to invest in a tripod soon…especially if I ever want to get into those amazing fitness selfies! haha
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Ashley Pitt @ A Lady Goes West August 14, 2014 at 9:28 pm

I hope you get your photography done. First of all, I didn’t like Silver Linings Playbook at all, I was very unimpressed with that movie, especially because the actors in it are normally very good. Yes, I know what you mean that everybody has tough situations, but they’re always different. There are many benefits to having to be super health conscious, although it’s hard to realize that when it takes so much trouble. The good news is that if your second baby has issues too, you already know how to deal. :)
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Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy August 14, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Have you read Lauren’s blog, epifamily.com? She has two young boys with life-threatening food allergies, and her blog is based around their struggles and her findings. I think you might like it!
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Kim August 15, 2014 at 8:47 am

Yes! I have heard of her blog. I’ll have to revisit it. :) Thanks for the suggestion!

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Katie August 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I’m with you on not liking silver linings playbook! If it had been a movie I just found on my own on netflix I might have liked it, but the hype it got was not worth it!! Also, the food allergy thing my brother was on a very strict diet for epilepsy as a kid so I remember us bringing his food to restaurants, and more people understand than you probably realize, but every now and then someone will stare, but they aren’t worth it, so don’t let them bother you!
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Kim August 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

I’m not really bothered by what other people think right now, but I do anticipate that being a bigger problem someday. At this point, it’s mostly me being jealous of what other moms can get away with. :)

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Heather @fitncookies August 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Was there a post where you wrote about Mason’s food allergies and all that happened before you found out? I didn’t find your blog until after and missed it. I am actually taking videos of exercises also to put together a page on my blog, and gosh it’s hard work!! My saving grace is a little remote I have. I’m not sure if you can perhaps Amazon Prime it, but it’s a HUGE life saver! I just stand in position and click the button so I don’t have to run, which is definitely easier for me anyway because I’m not pregnant :( I feel for you!! Also, the editing- whew! Hard work there…
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Kim August 14, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Hey Heather! Yep, I’ve written a bunch of posts about the allergy situation…this post includes quite a few links to the whole backstory: http://www.fittinpretty.com/5-things-i-learned-from-eliminating-certain-foods-from-my-diet/

I thought about getting a remote! Another blogger said it was kind of hard to hide, so I thought I’d try to get by without it…plus it seems like it would be tricky with holding weights? Anyway, I’m doing ok with the timer method but the pregnancy does make it about a bazillion times harder. :) Oh well, almost done!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine August 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Haha, I always have a “fun” time with my self-timer yoga photo shoots! Running through the grass and trying to fly back in to forearm wheel…it’s a good time. Being pregnant must add a whole other dimension! Haha!

I always see the silver lining in my food allergies! I always say I am grateful for my celiac disease and other allergies. It is true how much they taught me about health, food, and just the wonderful unique variety of foods and cooking techniques out there!
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Kim August 14, 2014 at 3:22 pm

The yoga poses are definitely the hardest to get into fast enough! And I’m not even doing any of the crazy ones–I can only imagine! Anything involving balance is especially tricky…luckily I only have to hold poses for a few seconds. :)

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Jade August 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Now, I know this isn’t something you wish upon anyone, but I wish I could say “allergies” to my MIL so that kiddo doesn’t get the crap that he gets at her house. She does have one grandson that does have milk & gluten allergies and although they are not anaphylactic, I have seen a lot of cross contamination in her kitchen so I”m not sure it would do any good.

Last time I was pregnant, I worked until 41 weeks, and it was kind of funny to see peoples’ expressions when they asked “Oh when are you due” and I’d say “Last week”.
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Kim August 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Ha! That is crazy. I really hope I don’t have to say that… :)

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Alysia @ Slim Sanity August 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

You’re pretty ambitious to be doing all those pics by yourself! haha. I’m not very good with a camera timer!

I actually didn’t like that movie either… I fell asleep somewhere near the end. Definitely didn’t live up to the hype.
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Kim August 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I’m completely crazy, I know!

YES! So glad someone agrees with me about that movie. :)

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