Third Trimester Favorites

Out of the three trimesters, this one definitely flew by the fastest! Below are some of my favorite items that helped me through weeks 28 until the very end! If you missed my first trimester favorites, you may check them out here along with my second trimester favorites here.

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Peanut Butter
I’m not sure whether to call these “cravings” or if it was a weird case of “nothing sounds good except for like four foods.” Either way, Trader Joe’s natural salted peanut butter was on heavy rotation through the past few months — I love this one because it’s not so thick like most peanut butters.

Ovia Pregnancy App
I used to check this app constantly in the very early weeks of my pregnancy but then things got even more fun towards the end because baby started doing more, growing more, and the timeline got closer and closer. I used a few other pregnancy apps but this one was definitely my favorite, mainly because it would show how big your baby’s hands and feet were each week!

Lavender Essential Oil
This helped me to relax and sleep a little better during some rough weeks of insomnia.

Cereal
During my weird insomnia streaks of waking up in the middle of the night, I ate a bowl of cereal almost every time because it always helped me go back to sleep. Honey Bunches of Oats was my go-to for many weeks!

Grapefruit
Another food that I couldn’t get enough of — many days 2-3 of these were consumed. We buy them in bulk at Costco each week and they are SO perfectly in season right now. Oranges were another daily occurrence— so refreshing!

Sleep Mask
Okay, whoever says that you have more energy after the first trimester was definitely not the case for me! I have never taken so many naps in my life — this sleep mask definitely helped me fall asleep faster when I tried to lay down while it was still light outside.

Nursery Recliner
We added this comfy recliner to the nursery right around Thanksgiving and I have been enjoying sitting in it SO much! I like to take my coffee up there on weekend mornings, read a book, and just relax. It’s definitely my favorite cozy little spot in our house!

PS I’m linking up with Shay and Jenn today!

What’s the coziest spot in your house?
Favorite citrus fruit?

The In-Between Days

One of my friends that recently had a baby girl sent me this article last week that really helped so much during this small stretch of time that falls between pregnancy coming to an end and a new life waiting to emerge. To be honest, I’ve found myself realizing that it’s kind of a strange state to be in as you find yourself waiting, wondering, and worrying.

I keep wondering what birth will be like, what will he look like, and if will we be waiting around or if he will come fast and furious in the middle of the night. It’s exciting but also a little nerve-wracking as well! I’m really trying to savor this special week, knowing that it is such a pivotal one that lies between the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.

We went on a date last Friday night and whenever we do, we always wonder if this will be our “last date” before he arrives or if he’ll hang out in there for a few more days. On our way home from our evening out, we stopped to pick up one last baby item that we realized that we needed — some newborn pants for him to wear around the house with his little onesies. Andy found two packs of them and they are seriously the tiniest little pants ever! I washed them this weekend and started laughing out loud as I hung them up on the drying rack in our laundry room because they are so cute and little!

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All of his little clothes are washed, hospital bags are packed and by the door, and the car seat bases are installed in both vehicles. We are ready for him to arrive whenever he decides to make his entrance into the world. It makes me so happy to see his little baby carrier in the backseat of my vehicle while I’m out running errands.

Speaking of which, I ran to Costco last week and couldn’t help but smile when I realized pretty soon we’ll be having a little sidekick joining us on our everyday adventures — even if it’s something as simple as grabbing groceries.

My due date is tomorrow and on one hand, I keep finding myself longing to make plans, get out of the house, and really take advantage of these last few days before having a baby. On the other hand, I’ve also been trying to rest as much as possible, knowing that we won’t be getting much sleep these next few weeks / months, but it’s hard when you have this crazy urge to organize ALLTHETHINGS (literally every closet and cabinet is spotless right now).

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I’ve even gone as far as going and getting a car wash and cleaning out my vehicle just because I feel like I need to be doing something productive! It was almost 50 degrees and sunny one of the days last week and it seriously felt like spring outside! Usually we are either drowning in blizzards or powering through negative temps as highs this time of year so this weather has been so refreshing!

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I was joking to Andy that it feels a bit like Groundhog’s Day over here to be on maternity leave without the baby. Each day I wake up, whiz through a list of tasks that I set for myself, workout, shower, take an epsom salt bath, go to bed, repeat. For someone who is so go-go-go, it feels really strange to not being going to work each day and doing things that matter more than organizing your basket of manicure supplies that sits on the shelf of your linen closet. It’s weird because all of these random organizing tasks honestly do something for your mind during this stage — it’s way more satisfying than usual — it’s hard to explain!

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I keep trying to remind myself that taking care of myself is taking care of my baby right now, so I’ve been focusing on really solid nutrition, staying active by working out every day, and getting as much sleep as I can even if that means taking two naps each day.

I know this sounds crazy, but it still blows my mind that we will have a baby in this house any day now! We’ll be sure to post his arrival over on my IG account, so be sure to follow along if you’re interested in joining the baby watch! :)

Any guesses on what we are naming him?
If you’re a mom, how close to your due date did you have your baby / babies?

Pregnancy Weeks 34 - 37

This is my second to last pregnancy update! The next one will cover weeks 38 up until when he is born which is hopefully very soon!

How far along: 
37 weeks! (This was pre-written, I’m currently 38 weeks!)


Size of Baby: 

A stalk of Swiss chard! (19 inches)

Gender: 
Boy! I had another ultrasound at 36 weeks and this was confirmed again ;) The more I think about welcoming a little boy into our family, the more excited that I am. It’s going to be such a fun experience to be a boy mom and everything that comes with it!


Movement: 

Ever since I’ve been going to the chiro, this little baby has been moving like crazy! I can also tell that he is gaining weight because if I lean forward, it literally feels like there’s a weight in the bottom of my abdomen, if that makes sense. Like...when I walk around, it feels heavy in the front which is so weird! He kicks and moves his arms a ton and whenever I touch whichever limb is moving, he touches back — it’s so cute to experience!


Sleep:
I’ve fallen into a horrible bout of insomnia. I typically fall asleep really quickly because I’m so exhausted from the day, but wake up starving around 2am, eat a bowl of cereal, then am awake until 4 or 5am. Naps are happening almost daily because of this botchy sleep schedule. I’ve heard this is pretty common towards the end of pregnancy as your body starts to adjust to your baby’s feeding schedule. He’s also super active around 3am so that makes sense!


Symptoms:

I’ve reached the point (starting at 36 weeks) where I’ve gotten really uncomfortable. My lower back aches, I’m exhausted, sitting for long periods of time isn’t fun, and I’m super hungry all the time. It’s all worth it though because we are so close to meeting our little guy!

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Bump / Body:

I can definitely tell that I’m carrying him lower than before because the top of my abdomen isn’t as round as it was before. I was also looking back at some photos around the start of my third trimester where I felt like the bump felt SO huge — it’s quite comical now since he is so much bigger these days.


Maternity Clothes: 

These are starting to get uncomfortable mainly due to my swollen legs. I usually just wear shorts around the house and then have like two pairs of pants that kind of work for when I need to go out. I’m really looking forward to wearing real clothes again!


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Cravings:

Cereal, citrus (grapefruits and oranges), peanut butter, and smoothies
. Andy picked up a bag of grapefruit from Costco the other week and I swear it was the best thing ever — I ate three of them in one day!

Supplements:

Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. I’ve also added in this magnesium supplement to help with calf cramping and a probiotic that my aunt recommended to me a few years ago when I had C. Dif because we are not taking any chances of getting that again! ;)

Fitness:

I am still running and walking at 9 months pregnant! I’m proud of myself for keeping up with this because it doesn’t sound enticing most of the time but I feel so much better afterwards.


Missing Most:

Feeling like myself, ha ha. It is so hard for me to slow down so this last month or so has honestly been a good reminder of how important it is to let go and not feel like you have to do EVERYTHING.


Nursery:

We made so much progress this month! Everything except hanging his bookshelves is pretty much done! 


Favorite Products:

That pregnancy pillow is saving my life right now — it is literally like sleeping on a cloud.

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Favorite Moments:
Checking my pregnancy app each week — the countdown to his due date is officially less than two weeks now!


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Can't Wait For:

Finally having him home with us! I’m also super excited to see who he looks like — Andy, me, or a mix of both of us. I’ve been working on packing our hospital bag so that we are ready to go at a moment’s notice but it’s kind of like packing for an early morning flight — you can’t really pack the items that you still need to use to get ready!

Any guesses on what we will name him?
When do you think he will be born?

A Different Kind of Christmas

Due to a couple of things that have recently popped up, our Christmas celebrations looked a bit different this year. Andy and I had good intentions of celebrating our “last Christmas” with just the two of us, but after the craziness of the last few weeks, we were both exhausted yesterday and ended up taking three hour naps. We’re hoping to celebrate together this coming weekend instead.

Andy’s dad has been having some serious health issues and we’ve also had a few other things pop up that have been a lot to deal with. We are both feeling a little worn out and it was so strange to find myself not looking forward to Christmas and instead craving the fresh start of a new year.

My new planner is on its way to our house and I’m really looking forward to re-evaluating my routines and schedule for 2019 as we adjust to our new life with baby. Lately I’ve been chatting with my friend Gina about this past year and it has been so helpful to talk it out with her since she and I are very similar in terms of our mindsets towards life / home / etc. There were so many great things about 2018 (work + baby + house) but also some habits and events that need to get ditched for the new year. I’ll write more about this later as we transition into 2019 because I have a lot to say on this topic. :)

After that talk about the new year, let’s take a look at the last few days. I took Wednesday off of work due to scheduling a whole string of appointments back to back. First up was the allergist — I wanted to meet with one to chat about why this allergic reaction was so severe and how to prevent it from ever happening again. It was SO helpful to meet with him and the answers that he provided were not at all what I was expecting. I’ll be sure to share more once my blood work comes back and things are clearer, but I’m SO glad that I took the time to meet with him!

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From the allergy appointment, I headed straight to the chiropractor for a quick adjustment before heading to my 37 week OB check. My doctor was running behind due to a birth, so I ended up waiting in an empty exam room for quite awhile. I was able to get a good chunk of this book read, which has been helpful as I start writing my birth plan this week (way late in the game, but life happens).

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I worked from home Thurs and Fri due to more chiro appointments and then on Saturday morning I headed out to a prenatal massage that my aunt had set up for me (seriously, I have the best aunt ever). It felt SO good to relax with an hour-long massage!

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On Sunday morning, I baked some of our favorite pumpkin bread, had our groceries delivered, and took a long nap before Andy and I headed out to look at Christmas lights.

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We drove through a few neighborhoods and also wandered through the arboretum for a quick visit since they were having a holiday light show.

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Andy also finished up the baby’s dresser (new paint and new knobs) and brought it up to the nursery, so I spent some time putting away all of his little clothes all organized by size. This felt SO good to get this checked off our list because now his room is basically done except for hanging his bookshelves and adding a few decor items.

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On Christmas Eve, Andy’s sister called to let us know that their dad wasn’t doing too well so we made the decision that Andy would drive up to visit for the day and I would stay home. I’ll share more on this later, but I was / am under travel restrictions per my doctor due to baby so we opted for me to stay home. Later that evening, my sister and her little family came over for a super casual Christmas Eve. Our plans have been so up in the air with so many things going on, so we literally pooled our fridges and pantries to see what we had and ended up with an awesome spread. Veggie tray, fruit, turkey, mashed potatoes, pumpkin bread, chips and guac, and homemade muddy buddies. We ate, hung out, and then opened gifts before they headed home to put the girls to bed for the night.

We had quite the interesting Christmas morning over here — I was having a lot of upper abdominal pain on Christmas Eve — making it hard to get comfortable while Andy and I tried watching a movie. I eventually gave up on laying on the couch and headed to bed. I woke up around 3am with the pain increasing so I called the birthing center to talk to the nurse; she wanted us to come in so she could check on the little dude to make sure everything was okay especially since I had been having Braxton-Hicks contractions for the past three days and noticed an increase in swelling.

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Note, this is why they tell you to pack your hospital bags a month before your due date. Mine were about 70% packed but when I say “packed” what I really mean is that everything was in a pile in the corner of our master bedroom. So, here we were at 3:30am throwing things into my Nike bag as fast as possible so that we could head to the hospital. We arrived at the hospital around 4am and were immediately taken to a triage room. They hooked me up to a machine to monitor baby’s heartbeat and then did an ultrasound to take a peek at him. Thankfully, all was well and she said the abdominal pain is just my body getting ready for him to be born but that it was good we came in to have him checked. She said I need to start taking it easier — focusing on more rest and taking some baths to relax. I feel like that’s always easier said than done, but now that work is winding down, I think it will be a little easier. We thanked her, headed out to the car, and arrived home around 5:30am.

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Christmas Day was super low-key around here after our random middle of the night hospital run. Andy gave me this devotional for Christmas and it was the perfect gift to crack open yesterday morning while sipping a hot cup of coffee. The rest of the day was spent doing a quick treadmill workout, reading, taking a long nap, and watching The Grinch on tv.

My goals for today involve getting that hospital bag 100% packed and finishing our birth plan — wish me luck! ;)

What was your favorite part about Christmas?
Do you enjoy driving around looking at Christmas lights?

Pregnancy Weeks 30-33

How far along:
33 weeks! (This was pre-written awhile ago, I’m currently 37 weeks!)

Size of Baby:
Pineapple! (17 inches)

Gender:
Boy!

Movement: 



His punches and kicks are definitely getting stronger and there’s a lot less tumbling around since he is starting to run out of room in there.

Sleep:
This has been SO botchy due to the allergy situation — I almost feel like I’ll sleep better with a newborn schedule if the rash goes away because at least the sleep I will be getting won’t be painful.

Symptoms:

SO much swelling! My legs feel really puffy and swollen most days even while wearing compression socks. I have lines on my wrist from water retention and the rings have been off for the past month or so. Also, lack of appetite / things sounding good despite being increasingly more hungry than usual.

Bump / Body:

Bump continues to get bigger every week!

Maternity Clothes: 



A lot of jeans, tees, and cardigans are in heavy rotation right now as it gets colder outside and there’s a select number of items in my closet that I still feel comfortable in.

Cravings:



Cereal, fruit, PB — same as the last 4 week update!

Supplements:



Still on my prenatal, folic acid, prenatal fish oil, and vitamin D. I’ll continue on these after baby as wel!

Fitness:


My new treadmill arrived, so I’ve been using that multiple days per week — it has been SO nice to have this option at home.

Missing Most:

Sleeping on my stomach, non-maternity clothes!

Nursery:



Andy has started painting his dresser white so it matches his crib and nightstand. We also ordered a TON of baby gear around Black Friday time so we just need to sort through that and get organized before he arrives.

Favorite Products:


Loving his new recliner — often times I will sit in it and sip coffee while reading on Saturday mornings.

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Favorite Moments:



Loving all of the kicks and seeing glimpses into his personality. Not sure if it’s a coincidence or not, but if we talk about him, sometimes he moves immediately afterwards! ha ha. Also, washing a bunch of his little clothes, toys, and blankies has been such a fun experience — everything is SO cute and SO tiny!

Can't Wait For:



I’m counting down the days until he arrives! I’m SO looking forward to January and just staying home to cuddle and take care of a sweet little baby all day.