I’ve had fun taking y’all along on this pregnancy journey! I know some of you aren’t in the pregnancy season of life, but I appreciate you sticking around for this season of my life<3
As of now, Raspberry is still cozy inside my uterus, but my body is giving me signs that it’s warming up for Raspberry’s birthday (i think…not really sure since I’ve never done this before lol).
Here’s what going on: Thursday night I had a bunch of Braxton Hicks. I haven’t had any contractions for the entire pregnancy, so Thursday night was exciting! Friday morning I lost my mucus plug (I know. Grossest name ever. I prefer to call it the, “baby cork” haha). For me, the contractions/Braxton Hicks start with a mild period pain. Then I notice I can’t breathe quite right. Then I touch my belly and realize everything is ROCK HARD and I guess my lungs are trying to expand against a contracted uterus and that isn’t very effective haha.
I have an OB appointment today and am excited to have my cervix checked. Last week it made zero sense for me to be checked because I had ZERO signs my body was getting ready to birth this baby. This week, since so much has been going on with my uterus, I’m excited to see if I’m dilated/effaced. Even if it doesn’t necessarily tell me when baby is coming, it still tells me my body is making moves to get baby out!
First up, here’s a look at the nursery…
I love how the nursery came out. Andrew calls the nursery style, “baby boho with a fluffy rug.”
Next to the dresser (aka old filing cabinet) Andrew painted we got IKEA’s RASKOG Storage Cart in beige for diaper and wipe storage. I’d seen this cart described as the everything cart in an Apartment Therapy blog post last year and thought of it when we were searching for a storage option. It’s only $25!!
The beautiful watercolor girl came from Kristine Brookshire’s Esty Shop.
On top of the dresser we got the Keekaroo Peanut Changer in vanilla. It was a pricier baby changing pad, but I liked how it looked and liked the idea of not having to clean a changing pad cover.
Andrew painted a bookcase that came from this childhood bedroom. And I adorned it with a narwhal stuffed animal that my mom got me and the COOLEST octopus stuffed animal. I wish you could all feel the octopus’s legs lol. They feel so cool! And my sister got us the yellow Felt Letter Board.
Besides the watercolor girl, my other favorite part of the nursery is the the sheepskin rug that we layered over a rug we had from Urban Outfitters. I couldn’t find our rug on their site anymore, but I love all of Urban Outfitter’s rugs. I really adore the layered rug look and am glad we got the fluffy rug. Maggie loves it too…
At my OB 3 weeks ago they gave me a pregnancy/postpartum depression screening. I answered the 8ish questions and for lack of a better word…I failed it. My OB’s nurse isn’t an empathetic nurse. I think she just needs a vacation from moody/emotional pregnant women. When I come in her question to me is always, “So, no problems?” It drives me insane that she asks the question in that leading way. So I appreciated the depression questionnaire and my OB taking the time to address it with me.
Andrew and I will see how I feel once we’re into postpartum and decide then if I need to take an antidepressant and/or talk with a therapist. For the last 2 weeks I’ve felt really good emotionally. I don’t feel like there’s a sense of dread and blah-ness following me around anymore, which is really nice. I’m sure some of that has to do with pregnancy hormones and some has to do with me being proactive in reaching out to friends / joining a small group at our church.
Since I’ve got a full grown baby inside me lol, many times my stomach gets full (bc it’s squished) before my tastebuds get bored of the food…and that is annoying.
Sometimes small meals work and other times there just seems to be more space in my belly and I can eat a full sized meal. Sometimes I wake up at 3am so hungry that I have to get up and go eat an entire meal worth of food. Sometimes I feel no hunger cues at all and choose to eat every 3-4 hours because I know my body still needs food coming in.
My goal with food is to just be well fed at all times. I don’t want to go into labor when my blood sugar is low. So that typically looks like me eating every 2-4 hours and having most meals & snacks having ~3 of the following components: protein, carb, fat, dairy, and/or fiber. For me, this is what the gentle nutrition concept from Intuitive Eating looks like in pregnancy.
For instance, with the below snack:
latte = dairy & protein
almond croissant = carb & fat
My intention for this entire pregnancy has been to let my body journey as it needs to. I’ve got stretch marks in places I wasn’t expecting to have stretch marks…on my boobs and lower back/upper butt area. So far zero stretch marks on my belly. And my belly button hasn’t popped…boo! I was hoping it would lol.
There have been plenty of times when the body changes have felt overwhelming, but every body change is a chance to choose to be kind to myself. I shared more pregnancy + (projected) postpartum body thoughts in this post.
One funny body thing is that I prefer to have NOTHING touching my belly. It already feels so tight and I don’t want anything else constricting it. Andrew will be the first to tell you that 99% of the time at home I’m walking/sitting around with my belly out like this… hehe
For the past month I’ve been taking it really easy. Mainly I’m just doing movement of daily life (i.e. grocery shopping, etc.). The rest of my movement is gentle & aimed at easing back pain. There have really been only 3 things I’ve been doing regularly: the seated figure 4 stretch, pelvic tilts on my hands and knees, and a lot of sitting in the butterfly stretch. The weather has been SO dreamy so I’ve been going on occasional short walks (like a mile max) if it’s extra autumn perfection outside.
I feel like my body has been liking me slowing down. And I’m still really liking my chiropractor. So many messages we get are, “STAY ACTIVE IN PREGNANCY! YOU MUST.” She’s a big fan of once you get to 37 weeks focus on stretching and letting your hips and everything loosen up. Lean into letting the body get as soft and fleshy as it needs to. In her opinion, this isn’t the time to focus on strength. My body is craving the slow down regardless of her advice, but it’s rare to hear a healthcare professional not push exercise at all costs and I really appreciate it.
Morgan took our maternity photos! Here are my 5 favorites. Andrew was a good sport for about 40 minutes of photos…then he was done lol. I’m sure you’ve had that experience with your significant other haha.
So there’s the final pregnancy update!
There is a part of me that is nervous I’m going to miss my water breaking. There is so much peeing yourself that happens in pregnancy already, so I’m curious to see if my water breaking is going to be obvious or if I’m gonna be like, “I guess that could be my water breaking?” And then I know some women’s water never breaks on it’s own and they break it for ya wherever you are giving birth.
There are so many parts of being pregnant I’m going to miss. But, understandably so, Andrew and I are ready to meet little Raz and hoping she makes her arrival this week. I realize because I’m a first time mom perhaps all the sensations I’m feeling are normal 3rd trimester sensations (just new-to-me) and Raz will end up sitting tight until after her due date. I feel like she’s ready to come out though haha. Does every mom feel like this at the end?
I’ll be blogging until she comes then taking a bit of time off (prob a week or two…but we’ll see how I’m feeling).
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