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So this year, I want to start by taking a trip to the past- a very recent past for me, February 2015 to be exact! That’s when I found out that there was a little Squally cooking inside of me. ? 

The first step is acceptance. Whether this baby was an accident or planned, that baby is a blessing, not a curse, and you’ve got some serious life decisions to make!! I choose to be pro-choice, although I like to remind my personal friends that they knew what they were doing could possibly have “consequences”. Either way, first and foremost, it’s YOUR life and YOUR body-sooooo, are you ready for the ride of your life?? ?

It is my assumption that if you’re still reading this you fall into one of 3 categories: you decided to take a trip down motherhood lane, you’re my friend or family and are just supporting my jibber jabber, or you just think I’m that dang hilarious so you wanna see what I have to say. ? (if you’re number 3,you’re definitely my fav ❣️)

So again I say, CONGRATS! You’re going to be a mommy or daddy- now it’s time to start making arrangements! As soon as that pee stick says positive, if you don’t already have one, you need to be researching somebody’s OBGYN and scheduling an appointment to get a confirmation of pregnancy and make sure everything is all fine and dandy in that little oven of yours. Due the modernness of society, you can do a quick google search to find reviews on OBGYNs in your area. Some insurance companies even offer databases on their websites for their constituents that list who is in their network and offers reviews from their patients! (Thank you BCBSIL ?) In the mean time, if you’re just too dang excited or terrified, whichever the case maybe, there are many clinic like places that you can go to to take a more legit test. For me here in Knoxville, I found this lovely little place called Hope Resource Center and they ended up being a God-send for me and my little family through their prenatal classes and emotional counseling program! Anyway, there are other places like this in most major cities. Planned parenthood does it too! 

Depending on your personality and relationship with baby daddy, at some point you gotta spill the beans.. or not, that’s your prerogative and I choose not to get too into that, BUT if you so choose, tell somebody! You don’t have to keep it to yourself! It’s exciting and scary and crazy and EXCITING: I’m not saying post it on Facebook (which you can if you want, that’s fine) but it’s less stressful on you to share that information. Speaking of stress, if you’re leading a wild and crazy lifestyle, it’s time to pump the breaks and lower that stressometer about a million notches. Putting that baby in there is one thing, but keeping it there happy and healthy requires lots of effort. Although I feel like this is heavily implied, I’ll just flat out say it, drinking, smoking, miscellaneous drugs, fighting, craziness, all of that nonsense has got to go. Just for a little while.. it amazed me how much more self control I found once I realized that somebody else’s life was at stake and I’m sure it’ll amaze you too! 

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