Currently: October Edition

I took NO photos this weekend (it was a very very laid back weekend!) so instead of doing a weekend recap I thought I’d do a Currently post.

Reading Beartown. I spent a huge part of my weekend reading this book. It is so so good! I’m about half way through and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a 5 star read for me.

Loving our new couch. See this post for a visual. I was totally skeptical about the recliner feature (thought it was too man cave-ish) but dang is it ever comfortable!

Feeling very sore. I am at that point in pregnancy (36 weeks today) where there is starting to be A LOT of pelvic pressure and pain. It’s the worst in the night when I get up to go to the washroom, I literally have to brace myself on my nightstand as I get out of bed. The only time it doesn’t hurt is when I’m sitting, however if I sit for too long it is SO PAINFUL once I get up, so keeping up regular movement is necessary.

Thinking about when this baby is going to come! We are getting to the ‘anytime now’ point even though it could easily be another 6 weeks. I am so curious to know when/how it’s going to happen and also starting to get quite curious about whether there is a boy or girl in there. I have had very strong boy feelings since the very beginning of my pregnancy, however recently I’ve started second guessing that and thinking girl!

Anticipating being done work! Same as my last Currently post. However now I only have 2 weeks of work left instead of 5!

Watching nothing really. There are a few shows I want to start watching but I’m saving them for maternity leave. I did binge watch several episodes of Jane the Virgin a couple of weekends ago but haven’t really watched it since.

Working on wrapping things up at work. My replacement has been there for 2 weeks now and is doing really great, which takes a lot of pressure off me and I feel good knowing that I’m leaving her in a good position. It also makes things a bit slower for me right now which is great as I have lots of different prenatal related personal appointments each week.

Grateful for a very healthy and overall easy pregnancy. I have had the typical ailments like sickness in the first trimester, back pain in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, and now this awful pelvic pain – but overall it’s been a very healthy and easy pregnancy and I feel very lucky and grateful for that. And yes, I will miss being pregnant in some ways (I will do a whole post on this later) but I think that’s mostly because it took me SO long to get pregnant and was something I wanted so much and now it’s almost over, so it is feeling very bittersweet.

Listening to podcasts. I never really listen to anything other than podcasts! The Lazy Genius Podcast and the Friendlier Podcast are two newer podcasts I’m enjoying.

Wishing that October 31 would come faster and slower all at once. I feel ready to be done work and ready for this baby to be here while not feeling ready for it all at the same time!

What are you working on, watching, reading and listening to these days? 

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A weekend recap full of SO much thankfulness <3

For the last three years I have done a recap of our Thanksgiving weekend with a special focus on all I have to be thankful for. This year my heart feels so full it could burst, so despite barely having any photos to go along with this post, here is my annual weekend recap of thanks.

Eric’s weekend off fell on the long weekend, which I was so so grateful for. We decided to take a small ‘babymoon’ and jet over to Grande Prairie (the “big city” – ha) for the night. We got a hotel room, went out for a nice dinner and then spent Friday doing some shopping.

I am thankful for every second spent with my husband these days. He works so much and our schedules almost never line up, so time together is so so important to me! 

Our main reason for the trip was to acquire a new couch for our living room. We bought a couch at IKEA when we did our one day trip last year but it really only had space for 3 people to sit and wasn’t the most comfortable couch. I loved the look of it, but it’s not the kind of couch you get all cozied up on. We wanted either a love seat + couch combo or a sectional.

Well we ended up with a microfibre sectional with recliners on either end – something Eric has wanted for a long time! I admit I was not sold on this couch at first and kept saying I was having buyers remorse when we first put it together. However, after having it for a few days it’s really grown on me. It’s SO comfy and the reclining feature is pretty nice. It’s also nice to have room to seat more than 3 people side-by-side.

I am thankful for those sweet pets of ours. 

Other shopping that happened included some fun seasonal decor at Homesense (Oh how I love that store!), some more maternity clothes for me and a few baby things :). I was trying to resist buying any more maternity clothes but the bigger I get the more I need them so I got two more pairs of leggings and 3 tops. We also got two adorable little sleepers and a sweet Christmas sweater. I have to say though, baby clothing stores are SO gendered. One whole wall was BOYS (aka blue) and the other whole wall was GIRLS (aka pink) and there was one tiny sliver of wall for neutral stuff.

I am thankful for a house that I absolutely love. While there are a few things I would change about our house, for the most part it is perfect for us and I am obsessed with the layout of it as we really couldn’t ask for a better layout. 

Friday night I went to a get together with extended family, it was great to see so many second cousins and aunts and uncles.

I am thankful to live close to family again after so many years away. 

On Saturday morning Eric and I went to our first prenatal class together, we are doing private sessions due to Eric’s work schedule. It was a great chance to learn more about labour and afterwards we went out for lunch together and chatted about what our birth plan will look like based on some of the things we learned in the class.

Off to prenatal class at just shy of 35 weeks in my new maternity clothes 🙂

I am so thankful to be planning for the birth of our sweet babe. We waited a long time to get pregnant and truly wondered if it would ever happen for us. No matter how many downsides there are to being pregnant, it is something I feel blessed and grateful for every. single. day. 

Saturday afternoon Eric’s parents and his nephew came over and we made our first Thanksgiving dinner together. It was really fun to host them and after dinner they played a couple of rousing games of Settlers of Catan and then my in-laws spent the night. I unfortunately got quite sick, so did not participate in the board games.

Again, I am very thankful to be near family and also have a home where we can host people on a whim.  

My Thanksgiving weekend did take a small turn for the worst on Saturday evening as I spent the night puking my guts out!! Something definitely did not sit right with me from our dinner and my body wanted it OUT. Even in all my sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy I did not puke as much as I did that night. I’m not really thankful for anything here – puking just plain sucks 🙂

Sunday morning I woke up feeling much better and so I continued with my plan to go to yoga. I met my friend Robyn, who was in town for the weekend visiting family, at the studio. Yoga has been one consistent over all my Thanksgiving recaps over the years as I always try to fit it in this weekend.

I am thankful for my yoga practice. I am especially thankful that at 35 weeks pregnant I am still able to go to regular flow and vinyasa classes at my local studio. Don’t get me wrong, I modify a lot, but I’m very thankful for a body that has continued to do yoga throughout this pregnancy. I’m also thankful for how good yoga makes this pregnant body AND mind feel! 

After yoga Robyn came over to see our house and have a visit. I had been teasing nagging Eric about how messy the house was and he had it cleaned up so it was absolutely spotless!! I was so proud 🙂 It was more clean than when we’ve had a cleaner in.

I have known Robyn for over 10 years now and it was wonderful to catch up as we only see each other once or twice a year in person.

I am thankful for the friendships that pick up right where they left off even if you have not seen each other in awhile. 

On Sunday evening we had Thanksgiving dinner #2 at my aunts house. There were 13 of us and my grandpa flew up for the occasion. Of course I failed to take any pictures other than of the three pies my grandma made.

I’ve already said how thankful I am for family twice, and I felt that way again after our dinner on Sunday evening, but I am also thankful for delicious pie and super thankful to live so close to my grandma who I’m very close to and is an amazing whiz in the kitchen. These pies were ah-ma-zing! 

Sunday evening Eric and I both fell asleep on our new couch with full tummies 🙂

Monday was a very quiet day and I had no plans, which was perfect. I slept in until 8 and then laid in bed until 8:30 or so. When I finally got out of bed I made myself some breakfast and then curled up on the couch with my coffee and my book. Eric was also just puttering around the house that day.

I am thankful for quiet and relaxing days with no plans! 

The weather was too nice not to get outside, so I texted my mom to see if she wanted to go for a walk. Chloe and I joined her and her dog Murphy for a walk/hike in the local community forest.

I am thankful for beautiful weather on the Thanksgiving weekend this year, especially considering last year we had 1/2 a foot of snow! 

After our walk we did a bit of shopping and then she dropped me off at home. I did some more puttering around the house that afternoon before going over to my mom’s place for our family book club chat. My two aunts, my mom, my brother and I all have a book club and we get together once a month to discuss our most recent read. My one aunt doesn’t live here so we video chat her in. This month we discussed Behold the Dreamers by Imbolu Mbue, which was my pick.

I am thankful for my love of reading. It is my most treasured hobby and I would choose reading and books over TV any day of the week! 

And that pretty much wraps up my weekend. It was early to bed on Monday night before kicking off a short work week. As of yesterday I officially only have 3 weeks left at work before I go on maternity leave. Time is flying!

This shirt (also one of my new maternity clothes purchases) basically sums it up <3

For my Canadian readers, how was your Thanksgiving weekend? For all readers, what are you especially thankful for this week? 

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Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of September!

Happy October! Even though it was a very cold day yesterday, we did not wake up to a blanket of snow like we did last October 1, so for that I am very grateful 🙂

Podcasts

I was thinking the other day how much my podcast tastes have changed. Right now I’m really into listening to podcasts where two people chat about every day life. Also, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I am especially enjoying podcasts about motherhood/parenthood as I prepare to enter that stage of life myself. Here is a rundown of my favourite podcasts lately: The Girl Next Door | Chatty Sisters | The Simple Show | Matrimoney | Minimalist Moms Podcast | The Mom Hour.

If you have any other recommendations of podcasts that are two people chatting about every day life please let me know. Bonus points if it has a motherhood / parenthood angle! I also really like husband & wife podcasts but the only two I listen to are Matrimoney and Young House Love Has a Podcast.

Workouts

My workouts have definitely decreased as I move further into the third trimester. Unfortunately, due to our local pool being closed for maintenance in September I didn’t do ANY swimming. And after completing 10,000 steps every single day from June 1 – August 31 I really cut back on the walks in September as well. Also, I know walking feels amazing to most pregnant ladies but it’s actually felt the most uncomfortable for me. I get round ligament pain pretty bad in my lower belly if I go for too long of walks or walk too quickly.

The two things that feel amazing to me are strength training and yoga. I did several Fitness Blender workouts the first few weeks of September and on September 21 I started teaching a morning bootcamp class twice per week! So far my participants do not seem to mind that I modify a lot and they still do the full version! 🙂 I teach it on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 – 7am. Exercise also still feels best to me in the morning, by the end of the day I am very tired and get crampy if I’m on my feet too much. I went to 9 yoga classes in September, some of them prenatal and some regular classes. I modify A LOT in the regular classes, but still love how they make me feel, especially hip openers.

I’m looking forward to getting back to the pool one or two times per week in October!

Books

I read four books in September. I’ve read 40 books so far in 2017 so need to get moving on it if I want to finish 12 more to meet my goal of reading 52 books this year!

Behold the Dreamers was definitely my favourite book of September. It is such a well-written book that really shines a light on the difficult experiences immigrants to North America face and how much those of us born here take things for granted. I can see why it was an Oprah book club pick! The Little Paris Bookshop was not my favourite at all, I definitely would have given up on this book if it wasn’t a book club pick! I managed to get through it (barely) but don’t recommend it at all. The Hate U Give has had a lot of buzz and I did really enjoy it. It’s a page turner and very relevant right now. I did find it to be a bit on the long side, and some of the dialogue lacking, but overall enjoyed it. The Year of Living Danishly was interesting and well-written, though I did find the author spent more time making fun of Danes and their traditions than praising them! However, it did reiterate the impact living in a country where people feel safe, secure and taken care of by the government can have on one’s happiness.

Looks

I loved this dress and kimono I wore to my baby shower, both are from Pink Blush Maternity.

I also liked the outfit I wore for our maternity photos. The top is from Pink Blush Maternity as well!

I just wore this outfit last Friday. Both the dress and jean jacket are pre-pregnancy pieces. Obviously the jean jacket doesn’t do up whatsoever, however works as a layering piece. I’m 34 weeks today and basically at the point of pregnancy where I’m living in leggings and dresses!

What were your podcasts, workouts, books and looks from September? 

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