Well, hello! The new and evolved Audria here. Happy Sunday.

For all my local Phoenix readers, how AMAZING was that weather yesterday? Just a little bit of rain, lots of clouds, and cooler temps. It was divine!

I feel very accomplished, this is the 2nd post in a week after a long break from blogging. As promised in my previous post, Writer’s Unblock, I was going to talk about all the big changes going on around me and in my life. There are so many that I took time to jot everything down and there were three clear arenas: personal changes, changes at home, and work.

Although I personally slowed down the past four months, life certainly didn’t. I’ve realized it after the fact, but 4 months ago life was telling me to hold tightly to the horns, this bull was going to buck. It’s been a wild ride, but in the best way possible.

There have been some random changes like a new cell number. What!? This is the biggest smallest change a millennial can face. People were blown away that I would do such a thing but I was getting so many robocalls, I was totally ok keeping the temporary number that was given to me when I switched carriers.

There’s also been some big changes. Like huge.

Ultrasound
20 weeks and 3 days with our little guy.

Obviously, there’s an elephant in the room and it’s me! At least that’s what I feel like haha. I’m mostly joking, but really… holy baby bump! Tomorrow I will be 23 weeks pregnant with a baby boy and it is so true that your 2nd pregnancy hits you faster and harder than the magical 1st pregnancy.

With a first time baby, you are regarded as this life-giving sacred vessel of a goddess and shouldn’t dare lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk. If you are like me, you’ll gracefully glow through your first pregnancy and your cute little bump will barely poke out at 20 weeks.

Well, let me be here to burst your 2nd baby bubble. Guys, I’m falling apart. This time around I started wearing maternity clothes at the 8 week mark. I feel like I started showing right away, especially since I was heavier at the beginning of this pregnancy. My skin has been awful and I just feel blah. I was so tired during the first trimester, but I also suffered from insomnia which made me a sluggish and uninspired mama.

In addition to feeling less than stellar, I had a complete and total aversion to social media. I can’t explain it, but I wanted nothing to do with it. I could not have cared less. I forced myself to post very seldom basically so people didn’t think I was dead.

I took this photo to commemorate starting to feel like a human being again at the beginning of 2nd trimester.

Don’t get me wrong, I am so excited to meet our little guy. We’re only 4 months away but I am completely OK with time flying by. I’m not ready at all at home, but I’m already ready to get through this awful heat so we can get to the fall time, holidays, and baby snuggles with our new addition.

Another surprising and huge change in my personal life, is I’ve officially shed my maiden name. In less than 4 months, we’ll be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary. Oops! Funny how time can get away from you…right?

Some other big shifts that are occurring for my family is my husband is starting a job at a new company tomorrow. After almost 10 years at his last job, it was time for a change. I’m so excited for him, and hope this change brings him happiness at work. The biggest perk of all, the job is in our neighborhood!

Our daughter is starting at a different school in the fall that is right in our neighborhood as well. It’s less than a mile away from our house, which is a dream come true. She’s currently at a different school for a summer program and I’m hoping she is just as excited to start her 3’s program somewhere new. Our little trooper!

That about sums up the most significant changes in my personal life right now. There are some pretty big ones, but there’s even more to tell you guys about in our home and at work.

I hope everyone has a great week, thanks for stopping by!

Sending sunshine,

Audria

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