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How I Feel About Motherhood + Mother’s Day Brunch Giveaway with Eddie V’s

*This is a conversation written by me sponsored by Eddie V’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own*

I’m exactly 28 weeks pregnant today and all I can think about is how my mom managed to do this four times! I have a new-found respect for my mom and all she must have endured while being pregnant with us because this has not been a walk in the park! Might I say, I never remember my mom having morning sickness or telling me she wasn’t going to get out of bed because she was tired. I’m the oldest of four and I saw her through every pregnancy and all I witnessed was a gracious growing belly, her heading off to work and coming back just in time for dinner. She now confesses to having the worst aches, pains and morning sickness and I can’t believe I never noticed it. That’s the thing about becoming a mom I guess, you become selfless and stop thinking about yourself so much. I’ve already started experiencing these feelings in my own pregnancy.

Mother's Day - Lipstick and Brunch-08With my mom. I was a month old in this pic!

When I discovered I was pregnant, a surge of emotions invaded me besides happiness and I started getting worried about how my Type I Diabetes would affect our baby. I discovered with every doctor’s visit that everything was in my control; if I wanted a healthy pregnancy and baby, I had to be super strict with my diet, exercise everyday and lead a very stress-free life during the course of this 9-month process. Some things that changed in my life 6 months ago were small and superficial like not being able to dye my hair in my first trimester and not feeling up to attending blogger events. Other changes, like keeping my blood glucose levels in a tight range and exercising every single day were bigger changes that have become part of my daily routine.

Along with some life changes, pregnancy is already causing me some unbearable aches and pains but I realized it doesn’t matter because the baby is healthy at every check-up and these growing pains are part of a bigger purpose: to bring my baby boy healthy and safe into this world! I complain so much (just ask my poor hubby) but what keeps me going is knowing that in a little less than two months we’ll meet him.

So how do I feel about becoming a mother? I’m scared and have been through this whole journey but I feel that I’ll be so relieved once I meet my baby. I’m anxious that we haven’t found a pediatrician and that I’ve barely chosen the colors of the nursery but we have no crib or rocking chair (yikes). I’m worried that we have a name picked out for him but that it might be too long (our baby will have 2 names and 2 last names just like my husband and I). I’m overwhelmed with worry and happiness because I’m about to experience the biggest and most exciting unknown in my life. I predict it will be the most fulfilling experience in my life to date and that all of these tiny challenges will become a blur once I focus on my baby’s face in my arms for the first time.

So, in honor of selfless moms everywhere I’ve partnered with Eddie V’s to bring one very lucky winner a very special prize so they can treat their mother to the ultimate: A Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch for 8 people! Enter the contest through the Rafflecopter widget below and tell me in a blog post comment why your mom deserves the best day ever!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Rules/Disclaimers for Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch Giveaway at Eddie V’s:

  1. The giveaway is exclusive to the Houston West Ave location (2800 Kirby Drive).
  2. Eddie V’s will work with the winner to provide a gift certificate should they not be able to make it to Mother’s Day Brunch.
  3. Prize value is an estimated $600.
  4. Prize is only valid for the Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch, which is a prix-fixe menu. However, as mentioned above, the restaurant will provide a gift certificate if the winner cannot make it.
  5. Eddie V’s will be holding a reservation for 8 people at noon to avoid running out of tables on Sunday, May 14th. Eddie V’s will do everything to accommodate the winner’s preferences, but cannot guarantee being able to adjust the time.
  6. Eddie V’s ( 2800 Kirby Drive) will know the winner is visiting and the full meal will be comped.
  7. Tip will be included in the meal.
  8. Eddie V’s and Lipstick and Brunch is not responsible for providing transportation to the restaurant.
  9. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, May 7th at 10PM and will be published on the Rafflecopter widget.

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  • Valerie | One Happy Housewife

    Oohhh!! This would be perfect for us! 5 kids plus the hubby and me makes 7! And we could take my mom with us! Great post about motherhood Nicole! You will do great!!

    May 4, 2017 at 7:05 PM Reply
    • Nicole

      Good luck Valerie!

      May 5, 2017 at 7:44 PM Reply
  • Lauren

    She was a single mother growing up and did everything for me when needed. She went above and beyond even the time when she lost her job around my prom time, but still made it happen to make me look like a princess that day
    Now that I’m older and with a child of my own she is a wonderful grandma to my son.

    May 4, 2017 at 7:07 PM Reply
    • Nicole

      Good luck Lauren!

      May 5, 2017 at 7:44 PM Reply
  • Laura Gomez

    I always asked mysel how my mother does everything! Lol I am not a mother yet,but I do get nervous thinking about everything my mami did. What if I can’t do it? Then my mom tells me you are my daughter, you will do even more than what I did.

    May 4, 2017 at 9:09 PM Reply
  • Lourdes

    My mom worked all day and then she went to college during the night and graduated and he still had to manage three children, had 3 miscarriages, had to go to school meetings and take us to our out of school activities . He also went to buy food for us and took us to the movies. So many things she did for me. I love her. Life separated us but she is always in my heart .

    May 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM Reply
  • Alba Garza (@independentmami)

    I think mom are taken for granted. We don’t thank them enough. They do so much. I don’t understand how they did it all. I only have 2 kids and am so pulling my hair. Mom’s never let you know how tough it is. They always have it.together and under control.

    May 5, 2017 at 2:22 AM Reply
    • Nicole

      Your are so right Alba! I have no clue how moms keep it together! Guess I’ll find out when I have my own baby!

      May 5, 2017 at 8:05 PM Reply
  • Gina

    A mother is not necessarily someone who gives birth to you, but someone who raises you. My aunt was 17 years old when I came to live with her. She became a mother overnight raising her brother’s illegitimate child after her birth mother abdandoned her at 6 months old and her brother was in the army. After her brother passed away, she continued raising his daughter, taking care of her mother, and her disabled sister. Although she never gave birth to children of her own, I truly feel God didn’t send me to her, but sent her to me. 35 years later and I still count on her, and we are closer than ever. She not only deserves this brunch but all the good things the world has to offer. I wish her a happy Mother’s Day and want to thank her for shaping me into the person I am today. Through her endless support and loving care, I am able to live the life I was destined to live.

    May 6, 2017 at 1:16 PM Reply
  • Bonita Green

    In the spirit of The day I would love to take my SisterFriends mom’s. You see my mom and daughter are in Heaven. The day takes on a whole new meaning for me

    May 6, 2017 at 3:32 PM Reply
  • Anjelica Cazares

    I seriously believe all mothers deserve this treat. But as for my mom, she’s been passionate here entire life. Lately she’s taken very good care of my sister and has been my rock. Putting up with my crazy ideas, watching me fell at things and making sure I get right back up.

    May 7, 2017 at 6:55 PM Reply
  • Arta

    I feel that my mother is a very special woman. I often think of writing an entire book about her sacrifices, dedication and love for her children, five of us, 1 son and four daughters.

    Growing up in the Republic of Kosovo during the 90’s, I remember the social, economical and political challenges she faced while raising us.

    The social pressure to “produce” sons, the economical isolation of communism which resulted in both my parents being unemployed, the political unscertiy and fear of the future all were part of my mother’s life.

    However, she never gave up encouraging us to read, work hard, be good to people and one another.

    In absence of Christmas tree decorations, she saved any pretty loly- pop paper she would find throughout the year to make tree decorations at the end of the year. For our birthdays, in absence of gifts, she wrote a poem for us and cut the paper in a heart shape and hanged it in the wall until the next birthday.

    We wore one of the few dresses we had, the ones she sewed for us which made us feel like princess. ..

    She always put her children in front of herself, she does this to this day.

    At 56, she left her husband and her life back home in Kosovo, to join all her four daughters in Houston, Texas.

    She is currently supporting me to raise my 9 month old daughter, while I continue to work towards my career and education.

    She truly deserves the best. She is an inspiration, she is kind she is love.

    Thank you, Nicole. I enjoyed reading your Mom story.

    You’ll be an outstanding Mom!

    May 7, 2017 at 10:52 PM Reply
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