eating: Still apples, lots of apples. Pretty sure this boy is going to enter the world with an apple in hand. And, still loving anything sweet (peppermint + chocolate is a major winning combo for me right now).
drinking: Lots of water – I know I should be drinking way more than I am, especially because I’m usually thirsty pretty much all the time. But, I’m working on it! Also loving Silk brand eggnog in my morning coffee. I’ve also been switching it up to Trader Joe’s candy cane green tea with breakfast, which is super delicious and is a perfect match for these cold, snowy mornings.
avoiding: I can happily say nothing! Food-wise, that is. I haven’t been going for my daily walks, for two reasons – one is that our dogs have been away at training so I haven’t had my main motivator around to force me out of the house, but the main reason is I don’t think snow and ice-covered sidewalks plus a pregnant chick are a very good combo…so, I’m enjoying the snow from inside these days!
wearing: Oh man, it’s been a little bit of a struggle getting dressed as I’ve gotten further along in this pregnancy. I was doing pretty good when the weather was warmer and I could wear stretchy tank tops, but regular short and long-sleeved tees just don’t cut it anymore when it comes to covering my belly. I finally invested in a few maternity pieces to get me through this last stretch, so I’m hoping I’ll be good now. Thick, comfy leggings and long sleeved shirts with a scarf are very good friends of mine right now!
feeling: Still tired – I usually hit a wall around 3pm every day, but I’ve been finding that I have a little bit more energy this week. I think it helps if I’m moving around and actively doing something around that time, otherwise I crash if I’m just sitting down or hanging out. I’m starting to get a little anxious about getting everything done before the baby comes, so I think that is pushing me to keep moving a little more than usual. I do fall asleep most nights before 9pm, though!
reading: I still have yet to finish any of the pregnancy books I’ve started, but I’m still feeling hopeful (and if I don’t, I know I’ll still survive). Currently on my nightstand, if you’re looking for something to read: Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth (still), Bringing Up Bebe (still), The Happiest Baby on the Block, and Great with Child. Also reading up on what to pack in my hospital bag, which is my most recent “thing to be worrying about” (really loving Ann Marie’s post about this!).
buying: Like I mentioned above, I finally invested in some cool-weather maternity pieces. I’m kindofsortof trying out the capsule wardrobe idea for these next few months, since there are only a few things that I can really wear these days anyway – I got so sick of standing in front of my closet wondering what might still fit, that I just decided to take everything out, go through it all, box up what I still love and will (hopefully be able to) wear post-pregnancy, and leave only what I can/want to wear right now. It’s a pretty cool concept, if you haven’t heard of it – I’d definitely recommend at least reading about what it is. Since I’m home most days, I usually just end up in comfy clothes anyway. But, it’s been super helpful for the days when I need to actually get ready for the day! If you’re like me and are looking for some cold-weather clothes that will fit you in your last weeks of pregnancy, here are some suggestions: Gap and Old Navy long-sleeved tees, these Gap pants (SO comfy, and I’m hoping to get lots of use out of them once the baby is here), and these leggings (I got the skinny-leg version, but can’t find them on the website – they’re meant for working out, but I love that they’re a bit thicker for winter. I’ve been wearing them with everything!). We also closed out one of our registries this week and finally got our stroller, yay! I had my heart set on the Bugaboo Bee3 for so many reasons, but we ultimately decided to go with my (MUCH more reasonably priced) second choice, which I’ve heard great things about from both online reviews and moms that I know that use it. I know I probably won’t be using our stroller enough to justify spending, like, a mortgage payment on it, so I’m happy with our decision (and now this means I can go buy other baby things instead, which I won’t complain about!).
sleeping: I’ve been having little bouts of insomnia here and there, which looks a little something like this: wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, lay back down, toss around for a while, finally pick up my phone and spend an hour scrolling through Instagram, set my phone down and try to go back to sleep, start worrying about everything I need to be doing, pick up my phone again to make lists and read reviews about things I still need to buy, set my phone down again, do some more worrying, finally fall back asleep 2 hours later. Luckily this only happens once a week, if that, but it’s not great for feeling very well-rested the next day (especially when I’m already exhausted all the time as it is).
loving: Baby hiccups still continue to endlessly amuse me. I love feeling this boy move around – because of the way he’s positioned, I can always feel his butt (on the left) or his foot (on the right). Although, I’m NOT loving when he shoves his foot up into my ribs, little stinker. Both Josh and I have gotten pretty obsessed with standing in the nursery doorway as we walk past, just looking around and imagining a little human living there in just a few short weeks (!!!!). We’ve still got some work to do in there, but knowing that room is just for him and is full of his things is so crazy and surreal and exciting and wonderful.
getting used to: Still trying to adjust to my achey body, and being tired pretty much every minute. It’s also getting increasingly hard to move around – hoisting myself out of bed/a chair/the couch/off the floor is quite a challenge these days. I think I’m also getting Braxton Hicks contractions, which are pretty bizarre and not all that comfortable when they’re happening (not painful, just uncomfortable). I’m also SO HOT all the time. I would say I’m pretty average when it comes to how warm I feel (I’ve never really been a freeze baby, but I’m not a sweaty mess all the time, either) – but man, I’m like an oven these days (or, feel like I’m living in one, I should say). I’ll be working on stuff around the house in yoga pants, a tank top, a cardigan, and slippers – and within a few hours, you can usually find me sitting on the nursery floor working on some sort of project in my underwear. It’s gotten really interesting around here.
Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for baby-related photos – I’ll be tagging them with the hashtag #thebabymills.