Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of October!

Happy November friends. It’s baby month for us! With a due date of November 13, we are guaranteed to have our baby in the month of November as the latest we would be induced would be between November 23 – 25. I am also now officially on maternity leave, which I will do a recap of my first few days next week 🙂

In the meantime, let’s take a moment to look back on October shall we?

Podcasts

Definitely my favourite podcast episode that I listened to in October was The Girl Next Door Fall Extravaganza episode. It was laugh-out-loud funny and I’m sure people were wondering why the crazy pregnant lady had such a big smile on her face and was laughing so hard while out walking her dog. I also listened to several episodes of The Birthful podcast in October and really enjoyed them, this is a great podcast to check out if you’re pregnant or have a newborn.

Workouts

October was the month I really slowed down with my pregnancy workouts. I continued to “teach” bootcamp 2 mornings per week, but really all I would do is demo the move. I only really participated if it was upper body strength stuff or squats / lunges. I also continued to go to prenatal yoga once per week and tried to fit in 1-2 other yoga classes each week, but I am modifying A LOT now. We were lucky to have a pretty gorgeous month weather wise so I was still able to get out for lots of walks with Chloe and I managed to go swimming once per week. Overall though, I really noticed and felt the intensity of my exercise decrease big time in October as I got bigger and more pregnant.

And now at almost 39 weeks it’s looking like walks, swimming and prenatal yoga will be what takes me through to the end of pregnancy.

Books

I managed to read five books in October. I technically finished Origin late on November 1, but since I read the majority of it in October I’m counting it!

My favourite read of the month was definitely Beartown. I cannot recommend this book enough. So well written and such an important and relevant topic. It was hard to read at times, but worth it. I was also excited to find out it’s the first book in a trilogy. The characters in this book are all so complex, the author did an amazing job giving each character depth and you could even find empathy for the “bad guys” in some situations. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was also an excellent book. I went into it not really knowing at all what to expect, and I have to admit the love story that is at the centre of this book is incredibly disturbing and made me squirm in my chair multiple times. That said, the writing is amazing and I could not put the book down and this is another one where the characters are very complex and have so much depth. Highly recommend both those books!

The other three books were meh. I found The Lying Game to be quite boring for being a thriller. Thirteen Ways of Looking had amazing and beautiful prose – the writing was gorgeous – but the stories were lacking for me and I found it too easy to put down and not pick back up again. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Origin was definitely not the best written book but it was a page turner. However, I found it to be about 100 – 150 pages too long and it really drug on at the end.

Looks

Lots of looks to share with you this month as I bought some new maternity clothes at the beginning of the month. Plus, this will be my last time showing off my pregnant looks 🙂

 

I get lots of compliments on this mustard/floral top every time I wear it! These burgundy maternity leggings are sooo comfy as well. The second photo shows how I dressed up the leggings and top for work with a blazer and scarf!

Still wearing my favourite jean jacket! Though obviously it’s nowhere NEAR doing up anymore. I never did it up anyways 😉 This is what I wore to a coworkers going away party. I am 37 weeks here.

Love this sweater and actually purchased it at Target almost 3 years ago. It’s a maternity sweater, but I would wear it as a sweater dress pre-pregnancy. It’s definitely just a sweater again now!!

Love this plaid top – also a maternity top but I think I’ll wear it post-pregnancy. It’s nice and long.

And of course love my Thanksgiving shirt, which is so perfect for how I was feeling on Thanksgiving this year 🙂

I know I shared this picture in my last post, but I can’t share my looks of October without also sharing my Halloween costume – the avocado! So fun.

Photos

We got our first big snowfall in October, and though I can’t really say getting this much snow on October 25 is my “favourite” thing, it is kind of pretty. Plus it resulted in the second photo – a gorgeous winter sunset!

After this it warmed right up and almost all that snow melted, and just this week the temperatures have dropped below zero again and we’ve gotten a few skiffs of snow.

What were your podcasts, workouts, books, looks and favourite photo from October?? 

6 Responses

  1. Your pregnancy looks are all so cute! I love that floral mustard shirt! You look so cute pregnant! I know you might not feel that way as you are uncomfortable and achy and tired but you look beautiful! I need to add to my maternity wardrobe as so much of what I own is pretty casual. I have a hard time finding tops, though, as I need long sleeved tops so I don’t freeze and so many of the tops are 3/4 sleeves or shorter. I think I am going to be one of those women who never gets to the phase where you feel hot all the time (I’m always always cold).

    I’ll be posting my October recap on Monday but Birthful was my favorite new podcast! My workouts are non-existent but I’m working on accepting that. I haven’t taken many looks photos as I wear the same stuff over and over and over again! The best books I read were Al Franken’s book (he used to write for SNL and he’s one of our Minnesota senators) and This is How It Always Is which is a book I think everyone should read (it’s about a transgendered child).

  2. Stephany says:

    I didn’t know Beartown is a trilogy! That book is on my TBR shortlist, so I’ll be getting around to it soon, I hope. Everyone in my book club has raved about it! The best book I read in October was most definitely The Hate U Give. Such an incredible, important read.

  3. Nora says:

    October was a crazy good reading month for me; I think I read 9 books? Taking a vacation for a week allows for reading that much, I guess 🙂

    I am, as usual, behind on my podcast listening. Like, so behind.

    Looks – gosh, I don’t know if I have any really. I’m so over my clothes and outfits and styles right now. Need to fix that!

  4. Leigh says:

    I tried listening to that fall podcast episode, but think I need to start from the beginning to get a feel for the two hosts. Do they have blogs? Love all of your looks and especially your costume! So good!

  5. TravelSpot says:

    I can’t wait to meet baby H! I can’t believe it’s already his/her birth month! It feels like (cue sappy music) just yesterday that we were at Lisa’s wedding and you had just barely gotten out of your first trimester. Awww…. I hope you can take these next few days and/or weeks and take some time to relax and enjoy yourself before the fun starts!

    Snow! I love snow…when I don’t have to drive in it or shovel it or… haha. We have had the most wacky weather here. It was really, really hot and then all of a sudden it got foggy and cold. I just turned my heat on for the first time yesterday, but it’s still not super cold here. However, we have had some snow in the mountains, so I think this is going to be another wet and snowy year for us!

  6. San says:

    OMG, that Halloween outfit is perfection! 🙂

    I love that you’re having snow. I wish we would get snow, but I won’t complain because it’s only a 2-hour drive away if I want it.

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