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?)
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.