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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Coffee Date

Let’s have a quick coffee date, shall we?? And yes, I’ve still been drinking my 1 (sometimes 2!) cups of coffee per day throughout my pregnancy. I have added back in creamer recently when I was drinking my coffee black for a long time. There is just something I absolutely love about that cup of coffee in the morning with delicious half-and-half cream in it turning it that beautiful rich caramel colour. Hmmmm.

If we were having coffee today I would definitely tell you about the insane snowfall we had yesterday. It broke records from 1918. We got over 20 cm of thick, wet, heavy snow. I was very happy that Eric was on day’s off as he spent over an hour shovelling our driveway, front porch and back deck!

You may recall that last year it snowed almost this much on October 1, so I will just be grateful for the extra 24 days of fall we had this year 🙂

If we were having coffee today I would tell you that I only have 4 working days left until I’m on maternity leave! I could actually probably go now, I’m really just cleaning up files and doing a few last little bits of passing stuff off. My replacement has been with me for 4 weeks now because I wanted to make sure we had enough time together in case I had to go off early and she’s handling most of the day-to-day stuff on her own now. However, it’s kind of nice to have a quieter and slower transition from work because the last two times I’ve moved on from jobs it’s been a bit frantic so I will just enjoy the next 4 days at a leisurely pace.

If we were having coffee today I might mention that I started reading the new Dan Brown book yesterday. Eric is a big Dan Brown fan so went and bought it and I thought I might as well pick it up. So far I’m really enjoying it and I think it will be one of those guilty pleasure type reads for me. I also just finished reading All the Ugly and Wonderful Things yesterday morning which was a very disturbing, but very well written, book.

If we were having coffee today I would tell you that this may be mine and Eric’s last weekend off together just the two of us. It seems so strange to say that! Because of Eric’s work schedule, his next weekend off is November 18/19, which is 5 days after our due date. So yes theoretically that could be our last weekend off together too, but we are going into this weekend kind of expecting this to be it. We don’t really have too many plans, we have our last prenatal class on Saturday morning and we are going to get pictures hung in the baby’s room and really just try to soak up our time together just the two of us. Probably will go out for breakfast or dinner or to a movie or something but I’m not entirely sure yet. With his crazy work schedule over the last year it’s honestly just so nice for us both to be at home at the same time even if we aren’t ‘hanging out’ so I will just enjoy that.

If we were having coffee today I might tell you I got a new iPhone last week. We were able to get a great deal through an employee purchase plan at our company and I wanted to take advantage of it before going on maternity leave so got an iPhone 8 Plus. It’s weird getting used to having such a big phone but it’s also so nice to have a new phone as my old one was getting very slow.

And to wrap up the post, here is a random photo of the sunset from last night, so pretty 🙂

If we were having coffee today, what would you tell me? 

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