Taking Stock/ 40 Weeks

40 weeksThe adorable Abby, from Little City Adventures (who is also a mum-to-be) did a post called, Taking Stock – reflecting on the present through a list of short questions. She invited her readers to play along and answer the same questions. I thought this would be a fun way to do my last (hopefully) pregnancy update.

Making: the most of now. We’ve gone out for nice dinners and movie dates, savoring these fleeting moments of it being just us two.
Cooking: freezer meals. I’ve been stocking up our freezer with pre-cooked dinners for when baby arrives. I know we’ll be thankful I did this in the first month of becoming new parents, or should I say sleep deprived zombies?
Drinking: water. All day. Even though it seems like I’m constantly guzzling it down, I’ve never felt so thirsty in my life!
Reading: ‘What to Expect the First Year’, a month-by-month handbook on everything you need to know about the first year with a baby. Sometimes I get really overwhelmed with all the information, but I know every baby is different and we’ll  see what works for us.
Wanting: a pair of Frye boots.
Looking: at the calender, counting down the days!
Playing: the special ukulele my husband gave to me on my 21st birthday. I’ve been learning songs to sing to our little one.
Wasting: time on Facebook. I desperately need better ways to kill time these days.
Sewing: a bow. I hand-sewed a little felt bow for our baby, incase we’re having a girl.
Wishing: I could move around nimbly. I seriously feel like a beached whale right now.
Enjoying: these rare sunny winter days.
Waiting: for the arrival of our baby. It’s all I can think about! I even have dreams about being in labor!
Liking: yoga. I feel totally rejuvenated after all the meditative breathing and stretching.
Wondering: if we’ll have a son or daughter.
Loving: hot showers in the evening.
Hoping: I get the smooth natural birth I’ve been preparing and planning for.
Marveling: at the blessings God has given me!
Smelling: lavender. I love how my lavender face mist instantly mellows me out.
Needing: a back rub.
Wearing: see picture above.
Following: instructions from my midwife to spend time each day on my hands and knees to encourage the baby to stay in the optimal birthing position. This is where doing yoga comes in handy.
Noticing: how chubby my face has gotten. I usually don’t take pictures showing my face on the blog but I thought that since this is my last pregnancy update, why not get my mug out there, even if it just ended up being half of it!
Knowing: I will be a mother soon. Wow.
Thinking: of my family in New Zealand. I wish my mum and sister could be with me at this time.
Bookmarking: things I should remember in ‘What to Expect in the First Year’.
Opening: tubes of Pringles Tortillas Original and dipping them in homemade hummus.
Giggling: at old Seinfeld episodes.
Feeling: ready to get this show on the road! Come on baby! Your mum and dad are waiting to meet you!

Pregnancy Update – 38 Weeks

Pregnancy Update - 38 Weeks

How far along?
38 weeks. Only 2 weeks to go! Whaaat!?
Total weight gain?
26 pounds.
Maternity clothes?
Living in leggings. So tired of the same boring clothes that have been in rotation during the last 9 months. Hopefully by spring/ summer I will be back or close to my regular size and can get some new non-maternity clothes!
Stretch marks?
Still stretch mark free.
Sleep?
Waking up in the middle of the night has become routine. Good practice for when baby arrives! The fatigue I felt in my first trimester has come back so I’ll need to nap once or TWICE a day because I just get so tired!
Best moment this week?
Reaching full term! I guess I’d heard a lot of negative things about pregnancy so I’ve been surprised at how easy it has been. Apart from the early first trimester nausea, second trimester mood swings and third trimester insomnia, it’s been great!
Worst moment this week?
I can’t think of anything negative that happened this week. It was a good week.
Movement?
The little one has been stretching ALOT! It’s pretty uncomfortable but also sooo cool!
Food cravings?
Pineapple! Nothing better than fresh juicy fruit.
Anything making you feel sick or queezy?
Nothing different from the usual strong perfume/cologne scents, melted cheese on Mexican food, and second hand cigarette smoke. 
Belly button in or out?
Well and truly an outie.
Happy or moody?
Happy, oh so happy.
Looking forward to?
The rest of the month. We have our 2 year wedding anniversary, my husbands birthday (on  Valentines day), and of course the long awaited due date! Eeeeee!

Fur Babies

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How far along?
34 weeks. We only have 6 weeks left, yet time feels like it’s moving too slowly! I just want to meet our baby already!
Total weight gain?
I’ll be having another weigh-in this week at my midwife appointment. Last time I checked I had gained a total of 20 pounds. I feel like I’ve gained a lot this week. Baby feels so heavy now, and I know he or she is just going to get bigger!
Maternity clothes?
None this week. With such a short time left, I don’t think I’ll be buying anything new for myself. Shopping for baby stuff is much more necessary and fun days!
Stretch marks?
Still none. Thanks for giving me super elastic skin, mum! 🙂
Sleep?
Waking up at least twice to pee and feeling like I desperately need a glass of water at the same time. I don’t know if it’s the winter dryness that’s dehydrating me or if it’s my pregnant body telling me to drink more water. Whatever it is, I’m drinking more water than I ever  have in my life!
Best moment this week?
We found our at my last appointment that the baby is no longer breech and has turned to the optimal fetal position! I was trying all kinds of exercises to encourage baby to turn and I guess they worked. Let’s just hope that at my appointment this week that baby has stayed in place.
Worst moment this week?
A little emotional this week. We moved into our new house 6 months ago and it’s been a long process of buying everything we need for a fully functioning home on a budget. It’s really hard starting from scratch! There are still bits and pieces we need (or I feel like we need) to make the house feel right and ready before baby arrives. It basically feels like there’s a giant ticking clock above my head, reminding me that I don’t have much time left! I’ve been writing up our home birth plan, and just in case, I’ve been working on our emergency hospital birth plan too, which has been a rather stressful exercise, imagining what I’d do in worse case scenarios.  With a lot on my mind these days, even the silliest things like a dirty yoga ball can turn the tears on. I was ugly crying last night because my husband got drywall mud on my yoga ball! It came right off with warm water though 🙂
Movement?
The movements are so strong now. They don’t hurt or anything, which makes me think there might actually be a girl in there, not a boy? Who’s to know though!
Food cravings?
Big bowls of cereal!
Anything making you feel sick or queezy?
There’s this local independent newspaper that we get and half the content is probably ads for local restaurants, Mexican restaurants to be precise. I can’t even get through the first few pages without being put off by photos of smothered burritos and melted processed cheese abominations. Super-sized mexican food, I just can’t.
Belly button in or out?
It’s an outie now.
Happy or moody?
Feeling happy and excited apart from worrying too much about everything that we need to get done.
Looking forward to?
Introducing our fur babies to our little one. The clip below is from that adorable documentary called, Babies. I must watch it again soon!