This post is part of my series, A Real Picture of Pregnancy, where I document my pregnancy every 4 weeks. But rather than a perfectly-styled outfit, airbrushed makeup, chalkboard art and a clean house, I take the photo just as my life is. A beautiful mess. Unedited and not touched up.

8 Weeks

A Real Picture of Pregnancy, Month-by-Month

With kid #3, I’ve basically been showing since we conceived. I mean seriously. I’m 8 weeks pregnant, and I’m pretty sure I looked like this when I was 5 months along with our first child. If you want the honest truth, between potty-training and just keeping up with the 2 kids have, I feel overwhelmed at the thought of having another child so soon. But, I’m thankful that God gives me 10 months to prepare. I know I’ll get there.

There is nothing fun about being pregnant right now, and I’m not going to kid you with a fun chalkboard picture. Every morning when I wake up, I feel like I’m back in college the morning after 6 Natural Lights, lots of dancing in a sweaty, alcohol-stenched bar and 2 Long Island iced teas. (Ugh, I better stop writing that. I feel nauseous just typing it out.) When I’m lucky, the husband gets up first and makes me a blueberry velvet green smoothie, and I thank him profusely because it really helps curb the nausea. But, let’s be honest. He’s usually too busy hawking yogurt, bananas and cereal on trays for our 2 boys, so 80 percent of the time I have to trudge out and make it myself. While trying not to gag on the stench of last night’s dirty dishes in the sink, I fire up the Vitamix, then slowly retreat to the couch, turn on Octonauts and pray I won’t be noticed for at least 20 minutes.

This is my gang right now, and it’s all been helping.

A Real Picture of Pregnancy: 8 Weeks Pregnant

I’m usually an all-veggies type of gal, but right now, I’m living on green smoothies, bread with cheese, Pringles, honey-mustard Pretzel Crisps, refried bean and cheese burritos, roasted red potatoes that I reheat in the microwave, chicken noodle soup, nectarines and Lean Cuisines. Oh, and of course, Taco Bell. Duh.

I’ll be doing this through the remainder of my pregnancy, so be sure to subscribe to She Just Glows for monthly updates! If anything, my grossness will only make you feel better about yourself, LOL.

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