Ashley Mozingo

Hi everyone! My name is Ashley, and I am a stay at home mom to two girls, Paislee, 3 and Keely, 1. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and is currently stationed at a Coast Guard unit on Camp Lejune. We have been married for five years now and have spent two of those years in Alaska, where Paislee was born, and two in Maine, where we had Keely. We were lucky to get stationed here in 2012, and call North Carolina "home". We were both born and raised in different cities in eastern North Carolina, and we are super excited to get to spend some time here with our girls and introduce them to some of our favorite places that we had as children. Before I met my husband, I attended East Carolina University, where I earned my Bachelors Degree in Communications. I have a love for writing, and a huge passion for being a mom, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write about my experiences and exciting moments of this rocky ride that we all call 'Motherhood'.



I used to have pretty feet.  They were tan, petite, well-shaped, cute little feet.

A documented Bigfoot sighting in Hubert

A documented Bigfoot sighting in Hubert

Then somewhere around my 7-month mark of pregnancy my feet swelled up like big fat yeast rolls. These babies were no joke, they meant business!  I would have been the champion of a grape-stomping festival or the VIP of a barefooted water-skiing competition!

And not just my feet, but also my calves and ankles!  The term cankles applies here.  According to the web definition, a cankle is ” An obese or otherwise swollen ankle that blends into the calf without clear demarcation.”  Yup, I had some serious cankles, and they got so bad by the last month that the only shoes I could fit into were my husband’s flip flops.  To appease my poor feet I soaked those bad boys in epsom salt and kept them elevated as much as possible, but to no avail.

I also used to be very athletic — I enjoyed sports and exercising, and I worked outdoors.  I didn’t even start to show until the 5-month mark, and then all of a sudden I couldn’t sleep well, breathe deeply, or bend over to reach the aforementioned cankles.  I gained a whopping 41 pounds and looked like I had triplets on board.  Even my nose got bigger, which I didn’t know was even possible!  And I didn’t even realize how much my hips had widened until I tried to put on a pair of pre-pregnancy jeans a couple months after Isaac was born…not a good idea!

Weirdly enough, my feet and my hips have yet to return to their previous size.  The pregnancy weight is all gone, which is nice, but I am wondering about the rest.  Isaac is now 6 months so I was assuming I would be back to normal by now, but I guess I will have to buy some new wider shoes and maybe keep some of my maternity pants, the ones with the stretchy waist (:

Did any random body parts grow during pregnancy and stay that way?

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2 Comments on “FAT FEET, ETC.”

  • Emily Cooke February 18th, 2010 12:37 pm

    Dear blog readers,

    I have learned from a very reliable source that Sarah’s feet were NEVER cute or little! That being said, they most certainly blew up during the pregnancy and are still quite a sight…but you didn’t hear that from me.

    The reliable source

    p.s. Did you ever try letting the dogs give you a foot bath/licking?

  • Sarah Moore Sarah Moore February 18th, 2010 2:37 pm

    Dear blog readers,
    Just wait until my little sister here has her first baby, then we will discuss the finer things in life, such as swollen feet, etc. from a whole new perspective. I have wonderful feet, FYI.

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