Everyday Life, Parenting

There’s Ovaltine in My Pantry

There’s Ovaltine in my kitchen cabinet. That can only mean one thing. It means I’m waking up like this:

Ovaltine: Wake up PERKY in the Morning! ~ My husband definitely wants me to switch to Ovaltine if I can look and feel this great in the mornings!:

And this!

Sexy Ovaltine Original 1946 Vintage Print Ad w/ by VintageAdarama:

(That image actually scares me a little bit).

Or! It could mean one other thing. I’m pregnant.Β Twenty-four weeks pregnant, in fact, with our fourth child. We are thrilled! But you know what I’m discovering? When you’re pregnant with your second and especially your third or fourth (or beyond, I’m guessing), all those tips in the pregnancy books about how to take care of yourself just sound like mean jokes.

“Get plenty of sleep.”

“Exercise daily.”

“Eat lots of leafy vegetables that you have to wash and chop and then somehow keep down through nausea in the beginning and heartburn for the rest of the pregnancy, all while refereeing toddlers and preschoolers.”

Thanks for those tips, thanks a lot.

Image result for vivien leighYou want a really useful tip for your fourth pregnancy? Ovaltine. Okay, so yes, these ads probably aren’t founded on very scientific data and couldΒ be at fault for false advertising. I’m guessing “false advertisement” wasn’t a thing in 1950. But even though I still wake up looking like a druggy instead of Vivien Leigh, when I am pregnant, Ovaltine becomes a staple in our pantry. I drink it about every other night because, believe it or not, it cures my restless leg syndrome that only flares up when I’m pregnant. It really does. Maybe I’m actually treating myself with the proverbial sugar water, but if tastes like chocolate and has calcium in it? I don’t really mind that I’m psyching myself out.

So, while Ovaltine isn’t giving me one red cent for saying this, Ovaltine is my only true pregnancy tip for the world in a fourth pregnancy. Oh, and maybe some water with lemon. But Ovaltine tastes way better.

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5 thoughts on “There’s Ovaltine in My Pantry”

  1. Lauren Watson says:

    Love it! Makes me laugh and we all need that in a day like today.

  2. Dianna says:

    Thanks for making me laugh this morning! Old ads are the best. My best wishes to you on this pregnancy: congratulations! My friends tell me the third is the worst, and it’s all downhill from there. May it be true for you.

  3. Mary Wall says:

    Interesting that it helps your restless legs, Alana. I’m going to have Sam give it a try. (Maybe I’ll try it, too. I’d like to have some of that “buoyant vitality” they’re advertising. πŸ˜‰

    Ovaltine is going to see a bump in sales thanks to this tip, lol!

  4. Tricia says:

    Congratulations! Very exciting news! And I plan to pass along the Ovaltine suggestion for restless legs to a couple of people I know. (And that is SOME morning outfit that gal in the ad is wearing! LOL!)

  5. Tale @ FindingNorth says:

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! That’s great πŸ™‚

    Those pictures are truly priceless πŸ™‚ Amazing advertisements, I understand why you drink Ovaltine after looking at them. Although why she is sleeping in her bikini with the beach wrap aroound is beyond me πŸ˜‰

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