And so the Adventure Begins

When I was a little girl, I aspired to be just about everything under the sun. Which, in a way, is what happened. In 2012, I graduated with a duel degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice with the intentions to go to law school, but God had another plan. For the past 4 years, I’ve been a preschool teacher, waitress, lacrosse official, and nanny while raising a beautiful little girl. As crazy as it sounds, all at the same time.

In October of 2015, I decided I needed to do something about my health. I hired a personal trainer, and I haven’t looked back. I changed my horrible eating habits and made working out a priority. Even with four jobs, I didn’t lose sight of my fitness goals. Read more about why I got started here.

While in pursuit of my personal goals, I found my new love: fitness. My transformation gave me the inspiration to help others. Which is when I began playing with the idea of becoming a personal trainer. In June, I decided to chase my dreams. I began working with clients to test the waters, and then in August, I began studying to become a Certified Personal Trainer. As of Monday, it’s official: I’m certified!

Over the past 6 months, I have worked with 14 clients to gain experience in this field and begin inspiring others while studying. Now that I’m certified, I can’t wait to help many more. I hope to use my blog as a means of inspiration and motivation along the way.

I’ve had a lot of jobs, all of which have been rewarding in their own way. However, pursuing my dreams of a career in personal training will be my biggest adventure and greatest reward. My passion for fitness has lit a fire under me, and I can’t wait to see where God leads me.

Which brings me to SimplyFit: my take on personal training. I have big dreams for this company, and I look forward to sharing more information with you soon.

I want to thank my family for being my biggest support system. My poor husband had to talk me off the ledge a few times when studying had me overwhelmed. I also want to thank all of my clients for believing in me and trusting me enough to hire me as their personal trainer. A big thanks to my own personal trainer who has been a huge role model and an amazing friend. Each of you have played a huge role in my success, and for that I will always be thankful.

Check out the SimplyFit website here.

Live Like Laurie

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Friday made me realize how selfish I am. While I go about my day looking for things to complain about, there are people with greater struggles but are more thankful for their blessings.

On Friday, we celebrated the life of Laurie Pufpaff, a life lived to the fullest extent possible. For the past ten years, she battled with cancer, but she lived with grace. She didn’t let her diagnosis hold her back. It never kept her from living. If anything, it gave her more of a reason to do the things she loved.

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Her battle spoke volumes to so many people. She showed true faith in not questioning God in such trying times. She is an example of a true believer. She never gave up on God, and I believe he did the same for her. It’s easy to thank God in good times, but it takes strength to be thankful during the hard times.

Now don’t be mistaken, she didn’t lose her fight to cancer; she won by the way she lived her life. Cancer didn’t stand a chance against this fighter. She continued to be a wife, a mother, a friend, and an educator. Her presence could light up any room.

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I met Laurie in high school, and she became Mama Puf to me and eventually the whole lacrosse team. She was our team’s biggest fan. She was always positive and encouraging, even if we weren’t very good. I went to a game a few years back, and she was the first person I ran into. Years after her kids had graduated, she was still cheering the team on. That’s who she was.

I never heard her complain. Even when she was hurting, she continued to wear a smile, and that smile is how she will be remembered. The amount of love at her funeral on Friday illuminated her character, and it provided evidence that she touched every life she encountered.

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That’s how I want to be remembered. I want to be more like Laurie. I want to love unconditionally, live fully, and trust God always. I fall short in all of those areas, but Friday was a reminder of what a great role model Laurie was. She was everything I hope to be. I am already so far behind, but if I can be half the women she was, that’s something I can be proud of.

Now I challenge you. I challenge you to live more like Laurie. Be the light for others, even in the midst of your own battles. Show the world that no matter what comes your way, your God is greater and so is your strength!

Rest in peace to one of the greatest angels this world has ever known.

Fall In Love With You

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In 2009, Jonny Diaz released his song, “More Beautiful You”. From my first time hearing it to this very day, it touches my heart. It says what I’ve needed to hear more often than I’d like to admit. It reminds me that society tells me I need to look a certain way to fit in, but God says otherwise.

I’ve always been seen as a person full of confidence, but when I was growing up, it was all a show. Behind closed doors, I would look at myself in the mirror and wish I could be someone else. I never thought I was pretty enough when I compared myself to other girls. As hard as I would try, I couldn’t measure up, at least in my own eyes.

Fast forward 10 years, I am in love with the way I look more than ever, even with my flaws. Not because I think I look like a super model, but because I’ve accepted myself for who I am and the way God made me. My makeup skills are still limited to eyeliner and mascara. I’m typically in workout clothes, and I don’t care if my hair is in a bun. I am proud of who I am, and even on my worst days, I can find beauty inside myself.

I used to value my self-worth according to what others thought about me until I truly gave my life to Christ. He showed me that the only opinion that matters is his, and as long as I’m living for him, the opinions of others have faded in my mind. The artificial confidence I used to carry has become a reality.

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As women of Christ, we have to stop judging others and start lifting each other up. Remember: God created us in his image, and he makes no mistakes. He loves us for who we are, imperfections included. I’m not saying we should throw our makeup away and start wearing rags; I believe we need to take a step back and remember our worth. It’s not found in others; it’s found in our Heavenly Father. It’s time to fall in love with ourselves and lift others up to do the same. At the end of the day, there can never be a more beautiful you.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce over Zoodles by Rebekka Hyman

In my previous blog posts, I’ve focused a lot on the exercise side of fitness, but as I’ve mentioned before, diet accounts for 80% of your progress. Today, I’ve partnered with Rebekka over at Clean Food Mom to share with you one of her favorite recipes that is not only delicious but healthy as well!

Meet the Author:

Hi! I’m Rebekka and am the author of Clean Food Mom. My passion is cooking and creating healthy meals for my family. I do work full time so it’s important that I prepare and plan our meals to make sure our busy week is easy at least when it comes to cooking and eating. I want to share my passion and journey with you. My blog is about meal planning, prepping, sharing my “slimmed down” recipes, a little bit of fitness, and adventures with my family. So please be sure to check me out at www.cleanfoodmom.com and join my tribe to get updates on all that’s happening. Hope you enjoy one of my favorite recipes (I’m an Italian food lover for sure).

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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce over Zoodles

This was probably one of my first “big” meals that I learned to cook after Alex and I got married. My mom always made spaghetti sauce from scratch (none of that jar stuff) however today’s jar spaghetti sauce has come a long ways and if you look hard enough at the grocery story, you will be able to find a jar of sauce that’s actually on the healthier side.

I call my sauce “semi-homemade” because I not only use the jar of sauce but I also add ingredients to make a more chunky and rich sauce. I am not a fan of watered down thin and soupy spaghetti sauce; just not very appealing. I love being able to see the meat, tomatoes, veggies that I put into the sauce.

You can serve this dish with regular noodles but this go round I decided to try it with zoodles (zucchini spiraled into noodles). It makes for a great low carb meal dinner if you are trying to watch your carb intake plus zucchini is high in fiber and nutrients that you just can get out of a box of noodles. So why waste those calories? And this comes from the girl that absolutely loves her pasta!

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Zucchini is made mostly of water so you need to make sure you get all the water out. I usually sprinkle the zoodles with salt, place them in a colander in the sink and let the water drain from them while I make the sauce.

Then all you do is add to a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil and stir fry for a couple of minute and they are ready to go!zucchinispaghetti2-e1467309541260

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The Power of Protein

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Protein is one of the most important things we can feed our bodies. It’s known for it’s ability to burn fat and build muscle. Behind the scenes, protein is the building block of every cell in the body, ranging from your bones to your skin, and it keeps your body in top shape. Not only is it essential to our body’s functionality, it also has several awesome side effects that will have you looking and feeling healthier.

Let’s discuss some of the great things protein can do for us:

1. Lean Muscle Gain – Exercising purposefully damages our muscle tissue, only to be repaired and grow back stronger. Our muscles are a powerhouse for calorie burning; therefore, the more protein we fuel our bodies with, the more calories we can burn. When we begin replacing fat with muscle, our bodies burn calories to maintain healthy, lean muscle.

2. Speeds up your Metabolism – That’s right! Did you know that eating enough protein each day can actually aid in speeding up your metabolism, which will help us burn fat quicker? It takes a greater amount of energy to process protein than it does carbohydrates, so our metabolism increases when consuming higher amounts of protein.

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3. Weight loss and Weight Maintenance – Consuming higher amounts of protein will boost fat loss in your body while helping you maintain lean muscle. On the flip side, for those who just want to maintain their current weight, protein helps regulate our appetite. Unlike fat and carbohydrates, protein makes us feel more full for longer periods of time, resulting in reduced cravings.

4. Quick Recovery – Because of the breakdown our muscles experience when we exercise, we need to fuel our bodies with protein to help grow and repair our cells. Protein provides necessary energy to help speed up this process. Most people believe that protein will enhance athletic performance, but that isn’t the case. However, it can aid in increasing muscle recovery, which makes our muscles stronger, quicker.

5. Overall Health – Protein has been proven to help balance hormones and acts as a natural remedy for anxiety. Studies also show that it helps improve our response to stress. As I mentioned before, protein is a building block to our cells, including our skin, hair, and nails. Our hair and nails are actually made up of mostly protein.

A few things to consider when consuming large amounts of protein in your daily diet:

  • Be sure to eat protein throughout the day, not just at one meal. This helps your muscles rebuild throughout the day.
  • Having several sources of protein will make your goals much easier. Consuming protein shakes numerous times a day will get old, quick. So explore other options! There are many types of food that provide our bodies with important vitamins and nutrients.
  • Protein supplements are a great way to help us reach our protein goals. The key word being supplement. Drink protein powder as an addition to your diet as opposed to solely relying on it. Do not exceed more than 2-3 shakes a day. Drinking too many a day can lead to digestive issues and can cause bloating.
  • Women tend to skimp on food with large amounts of protein because of their caloric density, but eating a balanced diet with a significant amount of protein yields many great benefits, including weight loss.
  • The USDA recommends a daily intake of 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women at a minimum. This is just a starting point and is based on an average activity level and an average weight individual. For people that are doing more intense exercises or attempting to lose weight, a higher level of protein is recommended.

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Because protein is a macro-nutrient, our body needs a large amount of it. Our bodies don’t store protein like they do carbohydrates and fats; therefore, we need to consume large amounts of it daily. Now knowing the benefits of protein, it shouldn’t be hard for us to want to eat more of it. It’s just a matter of working it into our diets. There are tons of foods that you probably already eat that are packed full of protein. Start taking a closer look into labels and be sure you are getting enough protein to help aid in the achievement of your fitness goals!

If you liked today’s post, please take a second to share it on social media so others can learn about the great things protein has to offer our bodies!

 

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10 Tips To Help You Find The Time

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In previous posts, I’ve mentioned the importance of making time for fitness. It’s tough! We’re extremely busy – taking kids to school, working full time jobs, making time for our families, cooking dinner, etc. And not only does exercising require time, it requires energy. In this post, I’m sharing 10 tips for finding time to exercise.

How do I find time to exercise? I’m a mom, wife, teacher, trainer, nanny, and waitress, so working out is impossible, right? Wrong. Life will always be busy. If we tell ourselves we will pick it up when things slow down, you’ll never begin.

Here are 10 tips that I’ve personally used to help me make the time for my health and fitness. If you have any additional tips that you find helpful, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

  1. Scheduling workouts – Write your workouts in your schedule. If it’s on my calendar, I’ll actually follow through. I forget about meetings that aren’t on my calendar. The same is true for my workouts.DSC_0271
  2. Ditch the gym membership that has you driving to workout. You can exercise just as well in your house. (Get inspired here) When you eliminate the 30 minute round trip to and from the gym, you’ve added time to workout.
  3. Accountability has been my biggest game changer. I was hesitant to get a personal trainer, but the accountability alone was worth the money. Aside from providing expertise, my trainer keeps me on top of my diet and constantly checks in to make sure I’m on track.
  4. Invest in your fitness – This tip will fluctuate with your budget, but I’ve noticed I have more motivation to workout when I have new equipment or new athletic attire. Making small investments along the way will keep you excited for your workouts. You can use the money you’re saving on ditching your gym membership! Making these investments also keeps me dedicated since I feel like I’ve wasted money if I don’t actually use my purchases.
  5. Join a group – Meet friends to do your workouts or create a group text with like minded individuals with the same goals in mind. This can serve as another form of accountability outside of a personal trainer. The more pressure you have to workout, the better.
  6. Multitask  Can’t miss the latest episode of The Bachelorette or Suits? No problem. Workout while you watch the show! This will, of course, be easier if you are working out from home.
  7. Limit your screen time – Watching TV and social media can be huge time wasters. We are constantly on our phones or computers. Put away the devices and pick up the dumbbells. Also, I’ve found that checking emails or looking at Facebook while exercising takes away from my workout. I now tell myself to put the phone up until I’m finished. This motivates me to get through my workout quickly so I can get back to a text or email.
  8. Work out in the morning – Not only does it give me energy, but it also gives me back my lunch break or evening. As the day goes on, my to do list seems to pile up, and it makes it easier to skip out on a workout that night.
  9. Bring the family If I can’t workout early in the morning or at night after my daughter goes to bed, I come up with a fun, full body workout that my daughter can do with me. She loves it and knowing she is watching makes me push myself even harder. Take advantage of opportunities to get the family involved in your workouts. Going hiking or throwing a ball around in the backyard totally counts!DSC_0291
  10. Challenge a friend – There’s nothing wrong with a little friendly competition. When bragging rights are on the line, we tend to find motivation. After getting a Fitbit, I quickly became obsessed with the number of steps my friends were getting. It really kept me on my feet.

These are just a few tips you can try to help you find the time to exercise. Show me your calendar, and I’ll show you what’s important in your life. Shouldn’t your physical health be one of your top priorities? Stop making excuses and start making time for yourself and your body!

 

Forget It

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People that start hitting the gym or jump on a diet are often consumed with a number – their weight. Yes, losing weight might be a goal, but it doesn’t define us. Society tells us that based on our sex and height, we need to weigh a certain number. Well, I think that’s crazy!

You’ve probably heard it a million times, muscle weighs more than fat. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not true. A pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle. A pound is a pound. The good news is that muscle is more dense, meaning it takes up less space than fat. For that reason, it’s possible for someone to weigh the same, or more than, someone with the same height and frame yet appear slimmer because of the difference in your body composition.

Why are you getting technical, Faith? Well, if I was solely focused on my weight, I’d be pretty disappointed in what I’ve achieved. I have recently begun reverse dieting in hopes of gaining muscle. I’m almost back up to my original starting weight. Even though my weight is similar to when I started, I don’t look or feel the same. My body has undergone serious reconstruction, and I’m happy with my results thus far. Now instead of jumping on a scale, I look in the mirror and at how my clothes fit me.

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The photo on the left was my starting photo; I weighed in at 124.

The one on the right was yesterday – a 4 pound difference at 120!

Every girl wants to feel pretty, so don’t let a number determine how you feel about yourself. When we remember that everyone carries their weight differently, we can accept ourselves and be happy with the progress we’re making. So let’s burn fat and sculpt muscle. Put on that old dress and own it! You’ve worked too hard to let the scale hold you back.

 

5 Reasons Women Struggle With Fitness

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Before October of last year, I knew I needed to take control of my health and fitness, but something came up on a daily basis that prevented me from starting the process. Then, one day it hit me; those things weren’t holding me back from becoming fit, I was holding myself back.

Women tend to struggle with making lifestyle changes for many different reasons, but I feel these five points have crossed all of our minds. I am here to break down these excuses and encourage you to take the next step in rejuvenating your health.

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1. We don’t have time

This was my primary excuse. I have four part time jobs (crazy, I know) and a family on top of that. The weekends are as packed as my weekdays, and I can barely find the time to breathe, let alone workout. Women have a lot of responsibility. As mothers, our job doesn’t end when we come home. It’s easy to feel burnt-out between working and taking care of a family. After reading countless blogs that told me to take time for myself, I decided to listen. Working out has become my “me time”. I get to lock myself in my room for 45 minutes or go for a run around the block. That’s the beauty of creating an at-home gym (Get inspired here). Other perks of an at-home gym include no travel time to and from an actual gym and no hours to abide by. This allows me to save my workouts for the end of the day after my daughter has gone to bed or early in the morning before she gets up. That way, I don’t lose out on any family time, and I don’t have to worry about child care.

2. We don’t see quick results

Everyone would obviously love to see fast results, but the truth is, it doesn’t happen overnight. Real change takes time. Making these changes requires a lifestyle change, not a 21 day program and you’re done. You’re unfortunately not going to lose 20 pounds in a week. Keeping this in mind from the beginning helps ground our expectations and prevents us from becoming disappointed when the weight doesn’t just fall off.

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3. We get bored easily

It’s easy to get bored with the same old gym routine you’ve done a thousand times. Your muscles no longer hurt and you start to lose the drive to workout. Well, this is an easy fix! Mix it up, ladies. YouTube is a great place to get mini workouts or find new moves to add to your current workout. Our bodies like change, so be sure to add new things as you go. You can also increase your weights and reps to get that nice burn in your muscles back. Your workouts should always remain challenging if you want to continue to see results.

4. We compare ourselves

Both men and women are guilty of this. We compare ourselves to others. I think it’s great to have a role model or an image of how you want your body to look, but keep in mind that we are not all built the same. Set realistic goals, and once you reach them, make new ones. Your biggest competition should be yourself, not a three time, gold award winning weightlifter.

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5. We don’t want to get bulky

I am guilty of this. We use the excuse of not wanting to become bulky to skip certain workouts or the workout altogether. For example, when I first began training, I could rationalize skipping arm workouts because I didn’t want manly-looking arms. This isn’t an excuse because in the event you’re gaining too much muscle, you can always make adjustments to your workout. Remember, we workout to tone (assuming this is your goal), not gain large amounts of muscle. Plus, while many of us begin training to lose weight, after the weight is gone, don’t you want something to show for it?

 

As women, we can find a million reasons to not workout, but I challenge you to find at least one reason why you should. Take that and turn it into a reality. Use your reason to fuel your fire and get started today!

One Nation Under God

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After recent events in the news, I feel compelled to share my opinion. I try to stay out of controversial topics like this because the only people with the full story are the ones who were there. I don’t know who was right or wrong, and at this point, it doesn’t even matter. What matters is the fact that we’re letting Satan win. We are allowing violence to breed more violence. When do we decide as a people to take a stand and end the unjustified bloodshed?

My heart goes out to the families that have lost loved ones, of all races. Until we decide, collectively, that all lives matter, we will never be able to fix the problem.

A life should not have been lost at a routine traffic stop. The Dallas shooting was an act of Satan utilizing someone who is lost and full of hatred. But God has a plan. He will take this tragedy and transform it into something beautiful. It won’t happen overnight, and it’s going to take the unification of all races to see God’s plan unfold.

I continue to pray for this country. We are broken, and we must turn to God to repair the damage. I respect everyone’s opinion, but blaming each other is a not a solution. We have to be the change we want to see in this world. We have to raise our children in love, not fear. We must band together as one nation under God.

When My Life Became Meaningful by Kristen Wilson

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In November of 2015, I had a strong suspicion that I may be pregnant. So I did what every girl would do; I went to the pharmacy and bought as many pregnancy tests that I could carry to the register. Well, I went 6 for 6 that day; all of the tests were positive. My husband and I could not believe it! We were ecstatic. About 12 weeks later, we found out the gender. I was finally getting the little girl that I’ve always wanted. From then on, I rushed my pregnancy. Her nursery was finished a month later, and her closet was full of pink. We decided to name her Isabella Kate. Bella for short. Friends and family were all thrilled and patiently waiting for her due date: August 11th. I, on the other hand, was having a tough time with all of the not so wonderful pregnancy issues: elevated blood pressure, swelling, and clothes awkwardly fitting to name a few.

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On May 3rd, I decided to go to St. Francis Hospital for a few of the issues mentioned above, not the clothes awkwardly fitting part (although it felt like an emergency at times), but for swelling and high blood pressure. I was there for a few hours while hooked up to a baby monitor and blood pressure machine. After my lab work was returned with no indications of any potential issues, I was released and told to take it easy. On the following Saturday morning, I woke up with severe stomach cramps and blurred vision. I sat up in bed and began rubbing my eyes, trying to figure out why my vision was blurred. Why could I not see? I got up and grabbed my blood pressure machine. It was through the roof. I immediately called my doctor who told me to go straight to the ER. I stirred my husband while crying in pain and told him we needed to go.

We checked in at St. Francis Hospital, again, and waited for answers. The doctors determined that I had developed severe preeclampsia (high blood pressure and swelling). I was immediately hooked up to an IV while I was in nearly unbearable pain. We knew that my vision was blurred due to my high blood pressure, but we were unsure of the reason for my severe stomach pain. After reviewing my blood work results, the doctors informed me that I would need to be transferred to Greenville Memorial Hospital, where they would hopefully be able to postpone the delivery of Bella until 28 weeks. At this point, we knew Bella would ultimately be delivered prematurely.

When I arrived at Greenville Memorial, there were nurses and doctors everywhere. As the doctors were speaking with me about anesthesia, the risks of it, and how we were “going about it”, the emergency tone of my baby’s heart beat monitor pierced the noise in the room: Bella’s heartbeat was no longer detected by the medical equipment. After a few minutes that felt like hours of trying to relocate her heartbeat, the doctors decided to do an ultrasound. The doctor stared in confusion at the computer screen while taking pictures of it with his phone. I asked if everything was okay and was told yes, but he wanted to show the image on the screen to another doctor. He told me to plan on delivering via C-section within an hour or two. At 26 weeks, 14 weeks early, we were going to deliver Bella. Was this really happening? With the suddenness and uncertainty of the situation, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “will we survive this?”.

My husband, mother, in-laws, and husband’s grandpa joined me in the hospital room. My husband’s grandfather came to pray over Bella and I, and I couldn’t have been happier that he did. After he finished, the doctors returned to say I would be delivering within 30-45 minutes. The doctors began preparing my bed, and my husband received his blue scrubs. While looking around at a room full of worried faces, I told my family I loved them. At the time, I was experiencing fear. Not fear of the surgery or spinal tap, but fear for my unborn daughter’s life. After being moved to the prep room, the doctors prepared me for the spinal tap. After being pinched, pricked, and poked, they decided the spinal tap was not working fast enough, and I would have to be put to sleep. I asked for my husband and was told he could no longer be in the room with me. I cried as I felt the oxygen mask touch my face.

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Hours later, I woke up in the recovery room with my husband by my side. Isabella Kate Wilson was born that day at 2:54pm, weighing in at 1lb 14oz and 13.5” long. Although I wasn’t able to see her, I was assured that she was perfect and beautiful. That night was long; I was extremely sick from the medicine and sore from the delivery. It wasn’t until the next day, Mother’s Day, at 4pm that I was able to see and hold my precious, miracle baby.
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I was later updated with more details regarding my C-section. The severe stomach pain that I was feeling was coming from the placenta detaching. The rush to deliver was not only because of the placenta but my kidneys were releasing toxins into my body and starting to fail. Aside from occasional stomach soreness, I have since fully recovered.

Isabella Kate has been in NICU for 2 months and counting. She has been through two blood transfusions, three different oxygen machines, a ton of lab work, four different NICU rooms, two different NICU levels, and a lot of nurses. She has grown from 1lb 14oz to 4lbs 6.5oz and from 13.5” to nearly 16”. She has finally reached the weight requirement for clothes, and as of this week, she was moved to an open crib. Bella has not required surgery, and for that, we thank God. This little girl has been a true rock star since the day she was born!

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With her being in NICU, patience is of the upmost importance since we are unsure of when she will come home. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t regret rushing my pregnancy. Through this difficult time in our lives, we have witnessed a beautiful miracle. Bella is perfect, despite her sassy personality, and I could never thank God enough for blessing me with her.

May 7th was a life changing day for me, and it will forever play in my head like a movie. Something special was formed: a never ending bond between my husband, Bella, myself, and the Lord. On that day, my life became meaningful.

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From Faith: Kristen Wilson is a first time mommy to a beautiful little girl and an amazing wife to her husband, Austin. She is a believer in Christ, and through her story, I hope others in her situation will know they are not along. Premature births affect nearly 380,000 babies in the United States alone. March of Dimes has made one of the worst experiences for a mother more bearable. Not only did they help this family, but they continue to help fund research for other families who will undergo this same experience. Kristen has signed up to walk in the March for Babies in October 2016, and she is raising money for her walk. Here is a link if you feel led to donate for her cause or walk alongside Kristen. More than anything, please keep The Wilson family and sweet Isabella in your prayers as they look forward to bringing their baby girl home.