This week a lot is happening on the baby front so this “day in the life” is a bit of a hodgepodge update.
On Monday morning I had my 32 week prenatal doctor appointment and all is going well! I’m measuring exactly on track and my doctor predicts that I’ll deliver 39-41 weeks. I’m feeling healthy overall and am glad to still fall within the healthy weight gain recommendations, having gained 24 pounds so far. As far as symptoms, my biggest complaints are lower back pain, heart burn and awful nights of sleep. I seem to be in the pattern of two really bad nights, two decent nights of sleep and then the cycle begins again. As tired as I am, I feel this is training me for late night feedings.
On both the home and work front, things are super busy. On the baby front- we had our first baby shower this past weekend, built our crib over the weekend as well and attended a Breastfeeding class at the hospital last night. All of these things are starting to make things feel very real and we’re both kind of on an emotional roller-coaster of excitement, anticipation and fear. In addition to getting mentally prepare for our little one to arrive, we’re still waiting to hear the final verdict on our short sale, waiting to hear when it’s time to sell our condo and if/when we’ll move. It’s a bit overwhelming, but we seem to time our panicked moments well so that the other person is feeling able to console.
This is somewhat by design, but also unavoidable because we have a lot left on our Baby Prep list and my work busy season is officially in full swing. After a few more weeks, we should be all done with our baby list and I’m planning on focusing full on tying up loose ends at work, sleeping as much as possible, spending time with Rich and enjoying our last few weeks as a twosome. This is easier said than done though- lately both our work schedules have been intense and we’re like two ships passing in the night, with all of our time together devoted to baby prep.
As far as days go, I’m staying as organized as possible despite the exhaustion having arrived at full force. Most mornings are a bit of a struggle, so I’ve been keeping things simple this week and had yogurt for breakfast both Monday and Tuesday. I’m happy to crave yogurt again, as this is something that hasn’t sounded good throughout pregnancy. On the weekends we try to enjoy breakfast a bit more and treat ourselves by making egg sandwiches, pancakes or picking up bagels or donuts. As much as I can, I’m enjoying those leisurely weekend mornings while they still exist!
Normally I’m great about packing lunches but this is one of those things that I’ve let slide a bit lately. I’m ok with that, as I feel like things come in seasons and I’ll be able to focus on making meals at home once the baby is born. Lunch lately has been either leftovers, client meetings or Jimmy John’s since they deliver and I can pound through work at my desk. The joys of my busy season!
Same as last week- snacks are super important to help my energy levels stay somewhat stable throughout the day. My favorites are fruit and some type of protein- like grapes and string cheese. Also, I’ve been drinking an insane amount of water with a ton of ice. I have NEVER been a fan of ice in my water, but I’ve been loving it lately.
Also, my beloved dark chocolate almonds! These I usually save for the end of the day to get me through the last hour of work when I’m really dragging. Whatever works right?
Dinner is another area where we’ve been slacking, but I think we need to get used to crazy weeknights. Last night Rich and I met up for a Chick-Fil-A picnic outside of the hospital before our class, but on average we’ve been cooking 3-4 times per week. I’m ok with that for now, but I’m ready for homecooked meals when I’m at home with the baby. I know that I’ll have even less time then, but I’m planning for an epic freezer meal and weeknight meal stock-up in the upcoming weeks.
Every other night I have some type of treat- I’m fully accounting my extra calories to ice cream at the end of the day and I’m 100% cool with this. I know I’ll have to readjust my diet when I’m no longer pregnant, but for now I’m really enjoying listening to my body and eating exactly what I want!
Overall I’m feeling good but exhausted- both mentally and physically. As much as the physical changes of pregnancy are difficult, for me lately it’s the mental part that’s a struggle. It’s hard not to be able to plan and to feel completely overwhelmed yet excited and happy all at the same time. It’s a lot to take! I’m definitely in need of slowing down, which is what I plan to do this weekend.