Due Date Update

Baby Life Pregnancy

Happy October 1st! I’m so excited to see this day on the calendar, but probably like most first time moms, I thought maybe something would have happened by now!

How I’m feeling


My body feels decent. I’m still energized most days, which is not at all what I expected. I went through a couple of tough weeks when school started in August, but I think I’m used to the routine now. There’s definitely more pressure on my pelvic bones, and it’s not too comfortable to walk more than 15 minutes, but I think that’s to be expected. If I’m reclining on the conch, I feel pretty normal. I’ve gained about 36 or 37 pounds and I’m hoping that’s it! I stopped all exercise other than walking and yoga at 36 weeks, so I’m getting a little antsy knowing it will be another long 6 to 8 weeks before I can do much. Maybe I shouldn’t have stopped so early, but the chiropractor kept telling me to put down the weights to let my muscles relax for labor.

Now that I’m back in the swing of things at work and feel like I’m prepared to leave if I need to, I’m less anxious and just plain excited. I’m a bit nervous about labor and delivering a healthy baby, but haven’t thought much beyond that.



All done, except for a fun bunting I ordered on Etsy and maybe an ottoman (do I need one?)

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Prep for Baby

I’ve prepped probably two meals for the freezer, and some protein balls. And I’ve stocked up on a few things like frozen fruit for smoothies, my favorite gf pizza crust, and thai shrimp burgers from Whole Foods. I spend so much time on Sundays prepping food for breakfasts and lunches for the work week, that I haven’t had the energy to make additional freezer meals. Matt is a decent cook though, so I’m hoping he can take over for a little while. He gets 3 weeks off, and we’ll have some family coming in waves!! Baby name is finalized (we think) and I chose a newborn photographer. Did I mention I’m also encapsulating my placenta? My free pump arrived, but I haven’t felt like opening it because I think it might seem overwhelming. I also want to have someone clean our house at some point, but I may wait until we get home, as I’m assuming those first few weeks will be a mess. I think that’s it for prep?

Signs of Labor

I’m having lots of Braxton-Hicks – almost every time my bladder is full, but nothing else. I’m dilated 2cm, but not effaced at all and baby is still floating (although at 38 weeks she was engaged.) It looks like my doctor will let me go until the 12th or so, and then it will be induction time:( Fingers crossed something happens before then! I had an accupressure foot massage last week and spicy thai food too…


I’m off to enjoy this beautiful fall weekend with lots of relaxing, splurging on food, and time with Matt.

  • Kat
    October 2, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Get the ottoman. And don’t get discouraged about going past your due date. Critter waited until the evening before I was supposed to be induced to really kick-off labor. Little Miss will arrive!

    • Laura
      October 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      I sure hope so! In other news, I made your Mexican lasagna last night and enjoyed it very much.

      • Kat
        October 12, 2016 at 9:15 am

        Oh good! It is so not fancy but it is frighteningly easy to make. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂

  • Linda
    October 2, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Yes – I agree with getting an ottoman. You will be spending a lot of time in the chair and will enjoy being able to stretch out and put your feet up. I also like to have a full sized blanket on my chair so I could cover up during night feedings. My daughter was not a good sleeper and I spent many nights in the rocker all night long. My son was totally different and it was easy to do a quick feed in the chair and then back to the crib.

    Looks like you are ready. Good luck – You’ll do great!!

    • Laura
      October 4, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      You have me convinced!

  • Kath
    October 3, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Well you look great!!

    And definitely get the ottoman.

    • Laura
      October 4, 2016 at 5:34 pm


  • Bee
    October 3, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    How exciting, you are so close! I agree with getting the ottoman too. Also, this is random, but I’d keep a stability ball handy to bounce on — best way to soothe a fussy baby. Much more efficient than pacing around. Wishing you the very best!

    • Laura
      October 4, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Great idea! Thanks!

  • Mom
    October 6, 2016 at 2:21 am

    We’re all ready and waiting. Time for Baby Allen to appear!

  • Sr168
    October 6, 2016 at 4:05 am

    Another (late to the party) vote for an ottoman, particularly if you can find one that you like with some concealed storage.
    The nursery looks lovely – isn’t it crazy how much changes in lighting/angles make colours in photographs read so very differently – both for you and baby. Random question – what is hanging from the ceiling in the first photograph of the nursery? Crystals/mobile?
    You also look great – the last few days are a very strange blend of feelings, it’s amazing to think how utterly your lives are about to be changed forever!

    • Laura
      October 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks! Those are paper lanterns left over from our wedding.

  • Laura
    October 10, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Don’t resign yourself to not working out for 6-8 weeks. If you have a relatively smooth labor and delivery you may be able to work out sooner. I asked my Dr in advance if I really had to wait 6 weeks (I’m very active and ran up to 38 weeks) and she said she could tell I was the type to go crazy without exercise and said that as long as it was a smooth delivery and I felt up to it, I could start working out again at 2 weeks! I had a few tiny tears requiring 2-3 stitches after delivery and was out walking the day we came home from the hospital. I walked 1-2 miles at a time and never overdid it. I didn’t feel ready to run at 2 weeks but at 3 weeks I did a normal yoga class and at exactly a month after having my daughter, I went for my first run! Minus a little pee leak towards the end (!), it was amazing! But if you don’t feel ready yet, don’t feel pressured to start exercising right away! Just wanted to share it doesn’t have to be 6-8 weeks! 🙂 Good luck!

    • Laura
      October 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      That’s encouraging! As long as I can walk, I won’t go crazy – for some reason I was thinking even walking was off limits for a while…

  • Anne
    October 11, 2016 at 7:44 am

    Ottoman is pratical for bf. For the activity after delevery, I took one full week in the bed, just to be sure, the pelvic floor needs it, it was a good suggestion from my midwives. I only begin with 5-10 minutes walks, up until I was able to do big ones, but only after 3 weeks I was walking 1h30-2h. Walking was my best friend=baby was sleeping for long stretchs. I began power yoga after 2 months. I decided to be carefull with jumping after (like hiit), no jumping for 6 months is what a physio, who specializes in pelvic floor reeducation, recommands, it is not only for now, it is for our olds days…

    • Laura
      October 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      That’s good to know re pelvic floor. Thanks!

  • Sarah
    October 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Any baby news??