I just love interviews and especially with soon-to-be Mom’s! Sarah, one of the awesome MAK writers caught up with Alex, age 22, who is due early September 2017. Seems like I know a whole bunch of ladies due around this time! : ) Must be something in the water!♥ Motherhood is truly a blessing from up above. Psalm 127.3 tells us “Behold, Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.” We wish you well Alex and thanks for sharing some of your experiences with us!
Do you know the sex of the baby yet?
We did an at home blood test that came back a girl! But we had an ultrasound that looks as though we are having a boy (keeping our fingers crossed). Brock, my partner, has other children who are all girls, so he is really hoping for a boy!
Have you picked out names?
Girl: Nayvee Rose Boy: Kemper Matthew
Brock had picked out the boy name over 15 years ago so there was no budging when it came to a boy name. Kemper means fighter, in Irish, and the middle name was his brothers’, who passed away. The girl name, Brock said to me one day and I loved it! I didn’t want to spend countless hours picking a name so we stuck with it. Rose is my Great Grandmother’s name and also my middle name.
Has anything surprised you about your pregnancy so far? Is being pregnant what you always expected? I’m 16 weeks now, and the main thing that has surprised me is how tired I’ve been. Pregnancy wasn’t exactly what I expected. It feels amazing and is a blessing to have a baby growing inside of me. I always thought I would know how it feels to be pregnant but it’s an indescribable feeling. I have not felt the baby kick yet but am looking forward to it!
What is the one thing about being a new mommy you are looking forward to the most? This is my first child, but I have been in a Step-mother roll for about 2 years now. I look forward to adding a little version of myself to our amazing family!
What is the most important thing you hope to teach your child? If it’s a boy the most important thing I want to teach him is to respect women. I want him to stand out from the typical kid in this generation and show a lady how they are supposed to be treated. If it’s a girl I would have to say self-respect; always loving yourself, and holding your standard high not letting anyone disrespect you.
What is the scariest thing about becoming a mommy? Having a little version of myself or Brock (lol)! It’s a little scary to think back to when I was a kid and how rotten I was with my little attitude.
Have you had any crazy cravings yet? I will crave something at times, but it’s usually a one-time craving; nothing specific. I mostly just always want to eat something.
What was your first reaction when you found out you were pregnant? Well, this baby was planned so my reaction was very excited and happy! I was worried it would take a while for me to get pregnant because I have a few medical issues with my bladder. We got pregnant the first month, and it was an amazing surprise!
Do you have any funny or favorite pregnancy moments yet? The main thing that is hilarious is that my belly is SO HAIRY! I don’t have much hair on my body, and my leg hair grows pretty slow, so it was pretty shocking to see black fuzzy hair all over my belly. Hopefully, it falls off after.
What advice would you give your best friend when it came to pregnancy? My main advice so far would be to eat every two hours, in the beginning, to help with nausea. I also ate crackers first thing in the morning to get something in my stomach to start the day.
What kind of future do you want for your child, and any worries about becoming a mom? I obviously hope for a successful future for my child. I hope they have a fun childhood and do good in school. I worry about the constant judgment moms get on every choice they make.
Are you planning on breastfeeding? Why do you feel it’s important to breastfeed or not? I plan on breastfeeding for the first couple of weeks, but after that, I will be returning to work and will have to bottle feed the baby. Some people are not going to agree with me on this decision but it’s my choice.
Any fear about giving birth? Are you preparing for the birth in any way? Planning on natural birth? I fear the pain of giving birth. I don’t have a high pain tolerance, so it scares me to hear that giving birth is the most painful thing in the world. I plan on going to some birthing classes and plan on an epidural.
Have you gotten any advice from other mommies? Any moms in particular you look up to? I do get advice from a few mommies. If I have questions or concerns I often ask my mother or Brock’s mother; they are the moms I look up to most.
Anything else you want to share with us about becoming a new mommy? I’m just so blessed to have this ability and am looking forward to meeting my baby!
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