1 October 2017
31 weeks, 5 days
It’s the first day of October. Next month is due date month. It’s getting real, folks.
And I’m looking reallly pregnant these days. Like the kind of pregnant that people don’t even hesitate to ask questions or make comments. While I do get a little irked by the “Oh, must be soon!” comments, I do agree a little. Like, how on earth can I get any bigger? And how do I have 8 weeks to go?
I keep reminding myself that this still might be the easiest time of my life for the next year or so. I want to enjoy these last days of just having one child the best that I can.
baby is the size of a…
3 chocolate croissants (love me some pain au chocolat! yum!)
how i’m feeling/symptoms
My lower back, hip area is just in so much pain these days. It’s making it very difficult to get up or have the motivation to do anything. I schedule some OMT appointments finally and am hoping that helps. I didn’t realize it, but it’s actually my new OB, who I will see for the first time next week. My OB up until this point is due 3 weeks before me and all of the other women attendings are also due around the same time or deployed. (This probably doesn’t make sense, but I can try, my husband is a resident in the airforce, so I can only be seen at the af clinic, but don’t necessarily want to see a fellow resident)
Also, I am starting to feel really tired. I can handle the pain for the most part even if it’s getting worse, but the fatigue is hard to fight through. and the heartburn, it’s awful.
I’ve been trying to stay positive the best I can in this time and am still thankful that overall I feel well. I’m going to try to feed myself good foods and work on building up my energy.
Sugary cereals and chocolate. We went to the grocery store and I resisted sooo many things, but Aldi did have some Horizon chocolate milk, so I’m happy.
I’ve now made it to only being able to wear maternity clothing. I keep trying to wear my regular shirts, but even if they fit at first they always ride up to show some belly. haha. I’m grateful that this is in time for fall and I can still pull out all of my favorite cardigans, like this old one from Anthropologie.
I also picked up some new fall maternity basic from Pinkblush, the softest, white, long-sleeve top made of bamboo and a pair of jeans. I have trouble finding maternity jeans, but I think these are the secret. As well as sizing down! They have more sizes than just the typical, so they actually stay up on me! And so soft and stretchy.
how i’m nesting
working, working, working! i had so many posts due this last week and it was a blast. I love working with companies and brands and have taken on more sponsored posts than usual to help cover some of the things we need to pick up for the new baby. I’d like to write a post someday on why I do sponsored posts, but the short bit is really, that I enjoy being creative and stretching myself. It feels really good to be able to provide a bit for my family, even if it is small. And there are deadlines. Many of the sponsored posts you read are typically from a draft or an idea in my head, so I’ll take on ones that align with what I already want to share on the blog. And I’ll actually do it because there’s a date that it needs to be done by.
Sorry about that ramble, but don’t hesitate to ask questions about those kind of things. I’d love to explain more of the behind the scenes if you’re interested!
Oh nesting, I also started going through hand-me-downs and take inventory of what we actually need to get for the baby. I’m lacking motivation though to finish her nursery.
weight gain & self-image
Guys, I’ve gained quite a bit lately and was a little shocked when I stepped on the scale. I am now weighing in 25 pounds more than my starting weight. This was my big goal for the end, so it was a little defeating to see that number on the scale. I haven’t been paying attention, have been eating terribly, and not exercising as much this last month. It’s a hard cycle to get out of, but I think this is the motivation I needed to get back into really caring for myself and this baby.
I also looked back with my weight gain from Ruby and noticed that I didn’t gain any more weight at the very end. It’s been interesting and comforting to see my jumps in weight happen at similar times and am trusting that my body is doing what it has to to take care of this little one. I just know I need to do my part as well and that means cooling it with the cereal and poptarts for breakfast. hah.
I have lots of bumpdate posts for you that just need appropriate photos, so you will be seeing much more this week! I will eventually change the dates so they flow more chronologically and hope to start updating weekly if I can on how things are going.