Maternity Leave so far!

Thanks for all of your comments on the photo tour of Baby H’s nursery! I am so happy with how it came together. I didn’t have a ‘vision’ in my head when we first started putting it together but I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

So as of today I have been on maternity leave for 1 week and have had 5 official days of maternity leave (again not counting the weekend). The past week has actually gone by super fast and I’ve been pretty busy. I seem to alternate super busy days with super relaxing days. I kicked off maternity leave last Wednesday, November 1 by going to the pool for a swim, cleaning the house, getting a pedicure and going to prenatal yoga. Then last Thursday I spent most of the day on the couch reading. It’s been pretty lovely to do it that way!

Here’s what I’ve been up to…

Sleeping in / Laying in bed

One of the hardest things about going to work the last couple of weeks was getting up and getting ready in the mornings. My sleep has been steadily going downhill since about 36 weeks of pregnancy due to being extremely uncomfortable and waking up several times in the night. Being able to just stay in bed as long as I want / need to in the mornings has been amazing over the last week.

Reading

I’ve spent a lot of time plopped right here on our couch reading my book and it’s been amazing!

Walking / Swimming / Yoga

I did do an upper body strength workout from Fitness Blender one day last week, but for the most part I am sticking to walking, swimming and yoga in these end of pregnancy days. Over the last week I’ve walked almost every day at the track with my mom, went swimming twice and went to yoga three times.

House Stuff

  

I have a list of things I’ve been wanting to get done around the house so I’ve been puttering away at those. The other day I took absolutely everything out of our pantry, wiped it out and organized it. Before and After photos above. Also on my list is to wipe down all blinds / windowsills and baseboards in the house. I will start picking away at that today or tomorrow. Later this week / weekend I plan to spend some serious time in the kitchen making some meals and easy snacks (like muffins!) to freeze.

Studying

I am working on converting my Group Fitness Instructor certificate through the YMCA/YWCA to a certificate through the BCRPA since we do not have a Y in my current city. This means I have to retake the Fitness Theory exam which has lots of complicated questions about the muscular and skeletal systems so I have been spending about 1 hour a day studying for that and plan to take the exam this Friday. Wish me luck! I hope my pregnancy brain doesn’t betray me.

Self Care

I booked a pedicure for my very first day of leave – and it was ah-ma-zing. I also am going to the chiropractor weekly and had a prenatal massage yesterday, which I wouldn’t say was insanely enjoyable at the time but felt good afterwards! So I am also filling my days/weeks with lots of appointments that I probably won’t have time for very soon plus the chiropractor and massage appointments feel more like necessities these days, especially the chiropractor!

Seasonal Decorating

Well, so far all I’ve done for that is exchanged some of the fall decor in our entry way for these two winter-y / Christmas-y signs. However, I’ve already decided that if Baby H hasn’t made his or her appearance when Eric goes on days off next week we are pulling out the decorations and doing full on Christmas decorating! The cold weather and snow has me in holiday mode.

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I think that about sums it up! All of the above and general puttering / tidying around the house has basically filled my days and I haven’t felt ‘bored’ yet, which I thought I would. I think the fact that I’m very large and uncomfortable helps – for example, that pantry clean out took me about 4 hours with a few breaks whereas I’m sure it would have taken me 2 hours max in my pre-pregnancy days or high energy second trimester days.

I’ve had staycations before – usually over the Christmas holidays – but never ones where you don’t know when the end will be. It could be in 2 days, in a week or (god forbid!) in 2 weeks from now. There is really no way of knowing when this babe will arrive and these early days of maternity leave / having a staycation will come to an end so I’m trying really hard to soak up each day as it comes and enjoy this time even though of course it’s only natural at this point to be starting to feel anxious for babe to arrive already. That said, I have a pretty busy rest of this week ahead of me so would be OK with Baby H staying cozy until this weekend at least 🙂

If you had a couple of weeks off work at home what would you get up to? 

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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?? 

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Last weekend just the two of us

Happy November! As of today I am officially on maternity leave, since yesterday was my last day of work. I’m currently 38 weeks + 3 days pregnant with a due date of November 13. I have lots of plans for the next almost 2 weeks, but also wouldn’t be disappointed if baby decided to make an early appearance. I guess time will tell 🙂

In the meantime, Eric is back to work for 14 days and goes on days off again on our due date. So it’s entirely possible last weekend was our LAST WEEKEND off together with no babe! Of course I have to recap it, even though we really didn’t do anything too interesting.

Thursday… I did have to work on Friday, however our weekend kind of started on Thursday night as at 6:10pm we made the last minute decision to head to the 6:45pm movie. We saw American Made and it was pretty good. Maybe our last movie in the theatre for awhile!

Friday… I worked most of the day but left early for a chiropractor appointment. Friday night we got vietnamese takeout and my mom and brother came over for a couple of games of Settlers of Catan. We also played some Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit at the end of the night. It was a lot of fun!!

 

Saturday… we slept in until about 8:30am and then made some breakfast and coffee before heading to our last prenatal class at 10am. Due to Eric’s work schedule we ended up doing private prenatal classes, which were two 2-hour sessions 3 weeks apart. I’m really glad we did them as we learned a lot about the different stages of labour, different kinds of pain medications and different kinds of induction. It’s all information we could have found online, however it was great to have it presented to us and have someone there to discuss it with. Our instructor was also able to check our carseat and make sure it was installed properly.

I can’t really remember what we did the rest of Saturday honestly… I think we just kind of relaxed around the house and watched Stranger Things. Saturday night we made delicious homemade pizza!

Sunday… was another sleep-in day and then lazing around the house all morning. Eric played his game and I read my book. Around 11 we finally got ourselves together and headed out for a walk. We were hoping to do a loop on the local trail system, but it was full of snow and ice from our big snow storm last week so our walk was cut short. It was still a beautiful morning though.

Sunday afternoon I went to my little cousins birthday party and then over to my mom’s house to make my Halloween costume…

It was a total hit at work yesterday, I even won best female costume 🙂

Sunday evening, Eric made us homemade pho for dinner which was delicious! We watched more Stranger Things and went to bed early. I managed to watch all of Season 1 (Eric had already watched it) and Season 2 of Stranger Things from last Wednesday to Monday, so clearly watching that show dominated a lot of our time recently!

And that sums up our potentially last weekend together just the two of us. Pretty laid back and low key, which was honestly perfect. We just hung around the house and relaxed lot and ate yummy food. It was really nice. I am super tired these days and Eric is also pretty tired on his days off from his intense work schedule, so we will take the lower key days!

How was your weekend? What did you get up to? 

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