Podcasts, workouts, books and looks of November!

November is a bit of a blur honestly. My maternity leave started on November 1 at 38 weeks + 3 days pregnant and then 24 longgggg days later we finally welcomed our beautiful baby into the world. Time since then has absolutely flown by.

But I will attempt to recap November as best as I can!

Podcasts

I basically listened to podcasts non stop the first couple weeks of November because I was on maternity leave and doing a bunch of organizing, cleaning and cooking around the house. I really enjoyed the ‘It’s a Real Mother’ series on the Longest Shortest Time. Man did it ever make me feel extremely grateful for my 12-month paid maternity leave! Though a disclaimer to that is that it is not fully paid, for me it works out to about 1/3 of my normal salary.

Workouts

Walking, walking and more walking. I walked at the track with my mom for 30 – 60 minutes almost every day in November. I went to 3 prenatal yoga classes in November and 1 or 2 beginner yoga classes. I also swam 2 or 3 times. But, for the most part, walking was my go to in those last few weeks of pregnancy.

Books

I read 3 books before going into labour and then it took me like 14 days to finish a book post baby being born. I am hoping that once we get more established with breastfeeding I will be able to read books on my kindle while feeding Olivia. Right now I need both hands to adjust her / help her latch etc. but I have recently started listening to podcasts while feeding her because otherwise I was just mindlessly scrolling my phone (when I could use my hand) or watching whatever Eric had on TV, which has been Smallville as of late 🙂

Anyways… in November I only read 3 books but 2 of the 3 were 5 star books for me!

  

Two by Two was our family book club pick for the month. It was a typical Nicholas Sparks book. Kind of mindless and not terrible, but way way too long. Also it was written in the first person and the main character really annoyed me. 3 stars.

The Heart’s Invisible Furies is probably going to be my favourite book of 2017. I loved this book so much. It follows the life of Cyril, a gay man in Ireland in the 50’s and 60’s. The dialogue between the characters is amazing and Cyril’s wry sense of humour is fantastic. I can’t recommend this book enough. These are the exact kind of books I love – it’s long, it follows a character for their entire life so you really get to know them well and it covers some incredibly deep and complex topics while also having some lighter and more humorous parts. I would recommend this for fans of A Little Life, though it’s not nearly as depressing as A Little Life.

This is How it Always Is was also an excellent book that got 5 stars from me. It’s very well written and includes some quirky, interesting and lovable characters. It also tackles some very relevant and current societal issues around raising a transgender child and what it even means to be transgender as a child.

Looks

I did get my hair cut in November – one last pre-baby do. Other than the day I got it cut I’m pretty sure it was in a ponytail for the majority of the month.

I basically lived in stretchy workout clothes in November. Here is a picture taken at 41 weeks – still 4 days before Miss Olivia would make her appearance. Remember when I had a 10 lb baby in my belly?? Yikes. I do NOT miss being pregnant.

November 2017 is one for the books for sure since we welcomed our sweet daughter on November 24th! And life will never be the same again, but in the best way 🙂

What were your podcasts, books, workouts and looks for November? 

4 Responses

  1. I got “The Heart’s Invisible Furies” for my MIL for Christmas so hopefully she likes it as much as you did! I’ll definitely borrow it from her after she reads it. I also love This is How it Always Is. That was our October book club read and it was one of the few books that everyone liked and it made for a great discussion!

    I also enjoyed the ‘it’s a real mother’ podcast series. It made me thankful for the company I work for as our leave policy is really progressive for a US company. I read 10 books, which is crazy! But I had so many flares that forced me to take it easy so I read more than usual as a result. No workouts for me, besides walking, and my looks were so not notable. I just don’t enjoy any of my pregnant looks so will be taking a break from sharing looks for awhile unless there is an outfit worth sharing! I just wear the same things over and over and over again!

  2. You will definitely have more time to read! I was able to start concentrating on books again around three to four months. Now I am trying to start a new blog and only recently have I found the time….I just need the energy!

  3. Kara says:

    I read SO much when the girls were babies! It’s the only way I survived those late night nursing sessions without falling asleep! In November I finished Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan, which made me excited for the movie that’s coming out based on the first book in the series.

    I think I did one actual workout – Barre! I wish I had more time to go to more classes because I love how much it kicks my ass!

  4. Stephany says:

    I’m so glad you loved This is How It Always Is – it’s going to be one of my top reads for 2017 and I’m recommending it to EVERYONE. So good and such an important topic. My favorite book from November was Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere. Damn, but does she know how to write a compelling fiction book.

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