The Waiting Game

Oooh…my back is beginning to hurt. Baby is getting heavy! I am one week and two days away from having a full-term baby (39 weeks of pregnancy)! It is wild to me that I am about to somehow get this baby out of my belly? My mind cannot seem to wrap itself around the reality of my body being moments away from going through labor. There really is no way to fully prepare yourself for this, I think.

Claude has been bringing me to the swimming pool a lot these past few days. It is funny because I’m pretty much just using a noodle to swim laps. The benefits are uncertain but at least I’m moving, which is good. Florida has also been having beautiful weather of late, which lets me enjoy the sun and get tan. Sometimes I do get a little self-conscious of my huge belly when I lay out in the sun! Pregnancy has caused me to get a really dark linea nigra (pregnancy line) which extends from my slight above my belly button to way below. I do wonder if people find it weird that I’m just lying around, presenting my glorious pregnant self to the universe. I think I just might miss being pregnant. I have gotten so used to being pregnant!

Isn’t that belly so weird? I am going to miss it!

Now I find myself in an odd in-between phase of “oh yay I am pregnant” and “oh my I have to give birth soon”. I am waiting in quiet anticipation but it is the weirdest feeling to have no idea when my baby boy wants to enter this world! Preparing for his arrival has been fun though. Claude and I have honestly remained quite minimal, choosing to buy more baby clothes, toys, shoes and random silently manipulative cute baby stuff when he actually needs it. Plus, I have no idea what my baby boy’s style is going to be? It does not seem fair to dictate his fashion sense before he’s born! We did get a ton of baby clothes from lovely friends and family at our baby shower and I am infinitely grateful for that! It is nice to know that our baby boy is going to be dressed in clothes that were gifted with love. I think it’s a good way to start his first few months in this world 🙂

Baby boy gifts from our baby shower! ❤

I have washed all of the baby clothes, crib sheets, cloth diapers and towels (yes Sheena, even the cute Lion towel you got for him!). There seems to be nothing to wash anymore….which makes me feel a little empty haha. I think this is because I have done all that I can do in preparation for my baby boy? One thing I have not done is pack my hospital bag. Which is bad. I will do it in the next few days and hopefully I do not go into labor before getting it done! It is interesting how my apartment has a different vibe to it now that Claude and I have been preparing for baby’s arrival. When you put it into perspective, it is basically a new person coming to live with us indefinitely! Claude and I have been so used to it just being the two of us. Having a baby is definitely going to change things. However, we’re trying to make sure that our relationship always comes first! Things are going to change though. I mean look, our baby boy already has two different areas to sleep in.

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How funny! I really cannot wait for the day my baby boy arrives ❤
On a completely different note, Claude and I have somehow been watching golf tournaments lately. We’ve bought $1.99 putting golf clubs for ourselves and are going to the putting green to see if we have any skills. This is a pretty random thing to decide to do. I like it though, it gives us a reason to be outdoors and I might discover that I missed my calling to be a pro golfer! Maybe I can “drive for show and putt for dough” one day. You never know! That’s what makes life so grand ❤

The Journey Begins

How cool is it that the first post on this blog instantly gave me such an apt blog title! Indeed, the journey begins for me (and Claude). I still cannot believe that we are about to have a baby boy. I wish I had started this blog sooner but it was kind of weird how my pregnancy started without much to talk about.

I had no morning sickness, no aches whatsoever and my food cravings were confined to the occasional sudden desire for french fries or citrus-y fruit. This is my first pregnancy so my baby belly did not show until the very end of my second trimester. I continued teaching yoga and even took on a part-time retail position (earn extra buckeroos while preggo) throughout most of my pregnancy. It was a very quiet pregnancy and I think my baby appreciated the peace of my womb.

Staying active has really helped me through my pregnancy. This is not conclusive but I truly believe that being active has prevented me from having painful back aches and soreness. More importantly, I have yet to experience swelling of any sort. I say this because there was a time when I did not go to the gym for a week and the consequence of that was swollen feet and a general feeling of fatigue. Once I popped back onto the trusty elliptical machine at the gym, I gradually felt better both physically and mentally.

I sometimes stare at my belly in wonder. It seems inconceivable that there is a living and breathing baby in my belly! I know that seems weird to say but it is really how I feel. Throughout my whole pregnancy, I’ve only had three ultrasounds and never had the fancy shmancy 3-d or 4-d ultrasounds. So aside from the fact that my belly is increasing in size, I have no other indication of carrying a baby in me. Okay, my boobs are increasing in size too but hey, it could just be my boobs finally arriving hehe.

In all seriousness though, it is interesting how my body seems to know what it’s doing. Granted, I am supplementing it with prenatal vitamins and a good diet (hopefully) but it truly is magical how my body is able to grow a baby.

I love my body. Always have.

Two days before I reached 37 weeks of pregnancy!

Now that I am at my 37th week of pregnancy, sleeping has become slightly difficult. I have always been a side sleeper so that makes me lucky because I do not have the habit of sleeping on my back. Expecting mommies are discouraged from spending a prolonged amount of time on their backs as it compresses a certain vein that can then decrease their blood pressure (I think). My humongous belly is heavy when I lay on my side and I now use 5-6 pillows to gain some semblance of comfort. Honestly though, I still do not feel much discomfort and pain. This makes me grateful and thankful for my body.

The nesting instinct has awoken in me. Somehow along my pregnancy journey, I made the decision to dabble in cloth diapers. I did a lot of research, considered how much time I would have on my hands and my mind went, “yes, yes, we should try cloth diapers”.  That is why today found me washing and prepping a bunch of different styles of cloth diapers. It’s funny because I remember feeling happy and satisfied when the laundry was done. Everything was just clean and in order, I liked it. I enjoy doing laundry in general but washing stuff for the baby makes me extra happy. So, now I have washed everything for my baby boy and I am feeling a sense of accomplishment.

Green Mountain Diapers (a variety of styles) and Thirsties Duo Wraps!
Such cute prints!

Appointments at my Ob/Gyn are now a weekly occurrence and so far everything seems good. My Group B strep test was negative, iron levels look good and I passed my glucose test too. I am always trying to stay positive for my baby boy and honestly for Claude too! It is surprising because I have not had any awful pregnancy breakdowns (maybe the occasional cry) and I truly believed I would have a bunch of those. Lucky Claude hehe 🙂

Yesterday, we settled who our pediatrician was going to be and verified our insurance at the hospital we will be delivering at. I also managed to get an estimation of how much everything would cost ($$$$) and so far, we are doing well. All that I can control is going smoothly so far! Makes me feel calm and organized!

Now if someone could just ensure that I have a natural, pain-free pregnancy…
Hehe I kid. That is the part of pregnancy I can’t control, so I am letting go and hoping for what is best for baby boy and me ❤