Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks

We're just 4 weeks away from our due date, and while I've tried to keep this blog mostly about style and not talk too much about pregnancy here I thought I should at least give some sort of update.  So here's some Saturday reading for ya if you're bored.

Baby status: 36 weeks today!  Baby is head down, and I'm 2 cm dilated, haha!  (Dr. says it's normal and okay to be a little dilated at this point.)

Craving: Sugar and carbs...but hey, what's new?  And ice water with straws...? *shrug*

Eating: Just because I'm craving it doesn't mean I let myself go crazy eating it, pregnant or not.  People say, "You're craving it because the baby needs it!"  I personally try not to give into that--I'm pretty sure this baby doesn't need ice cream and donuts, and definitely not more than I'm already eating.  But of course I indulge a little too for sanity's sake.  I try to balance healthy eating with moderate indulging.  Lately I've been eating lots of salads, zucchini pasta with either pesto or marinara, eggplant, lots of protein, soy milk, yogurt, grapes grapes grapes...and, oh.  Trader Joe's chocolate peanut butter cups, Twix, and donuts from a delicious local donut shop (Saturday routine).  It's pretty much what I ate pre-pregnancy, but just higher amounts of protein and calcium-rich foods.

The baby room--finally!

Quick, low-maintenance meals to freeze for later as well as to make quickly once the freezer stash runs out.

A list of toiletries we need to restock in the house before the baby comes.  It seems like a little thing, but I know my future self will thank me later when I don't have to run out with a newborn to get shampoo, makeup, or re-order my contact lenses if I don't want to.

Sleeping:  Kind of crappily.  I'm up multiple times a night to go to the bathroom, which isn't too bad.  The bad part is that I'm very awake at 4am most days and a few days a week I can't fall back to sleep.  But I know sleep only gets worse from here once the baby is actually born (hello late night feedings!), so as much as my sleep sucks right now, I'm trying to savor it and be grateful for it!

Living Off Of: Quick naps and Starbucks Cool Lime Refreshers.  Or boba.

Feeling: Pretty darn good overall.  As expected I'm more tired during this 3rd trimester, plus because I wake up at 4am.  But my naps are usually only around 20 minutes, and no more than 45 min, so it's not too bad.  

Laughing At: How it's awkward to try to tie my shoes.  (Sneakers for working out...otherwise I'm in sandals or slip-on flats, duh.)  And how I often find random food stains on my clothes now, usually on my belly.

Grateful For: Lots.  Lots and lots and lots.  It's been a really smooth pregnancy so far and I've felt relatively normal physically and emotionally all things considered.  And I'm constantly grateful for the everyday things, like that we can amply provide for this baby, that we have a safe home, that we can afford childcare if we need it, and a lot of other things like that that I never want to take for granted.  And the last thing I'll mention...I'm really grateful for a phenomenal husband like Benson.

Dreaming Of: The first day home with our baby and how our lives are going to be forever changed.  

Loving: Whenever Benson talks to our baby.

Looking Forward To: Benson becoming a dad.  He's gonna be amazing.

Not Looking Forward To:  Um...labor?

Exercising: I walk for 20-30 min every morning since it helps my body loosen up after feeling uncomfortable from sleeping.  I also usually pray during that time to focus my mind and heart for the day.  And every night Benson and I walk for about 1.5 miles around our neighborhood.

Savoring: Sleep.  Hanging out with friends whenever we want to and not having to worry about children's sleeping schedules.  Those quiet, uninterrupted mornings I just mentioned.

Hope you're having a great weekend!


  1. That early dilation may make your labor quicker and easier...as a mom of five children (all natural labors!), I was always dilated early and my labors were super quick and not too painful. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way for a happy and healthy mom and baby!

  2. Your daughter is gonna love this! Definitely archive this page, girl, and my thoughts and prayers are winging your way. You're gonna be brilliant!

  3. These last weeks before baby are such a special time. Enjoy! There's lots more good stuff to come, but life will never be the same...

  4. This is really beautiful, for some reason I got a little teary reading your words,...maybe because it brought back memories of the journey to motherhood for me? I dunno. One thing I do know is that I love your gentle yet bold witness through your blog, such a blessing. Prayers for the next few weeks and for a wonderful delivery and settling in period.

  5. You're such a gorgeous pregnant gal! I'm glad you've had an easy pregnancy, it definitely allows you to enjoy it more. If it is your kind of thing, try to get your baby on a feeding/sleeping routine. I had London sleeping through the night and eating every three hours at a month and a half old and it was wonderful. I really got to enjoy those special, tender moments when she was tiny that I'd have missed from sleep deprivation! Some Moms like to do the organic thing and let baby set the pace, and that works too, though I have no idea how they function on such little sleep. I think no matter how you do it you'll be great. Parenting is awe-inspiring, frustrating, hilarious, scary, exhilarating, wonderful, and (imho) way easier than it seems like it will be.

  6. I absolutely love your pregnancy style, it is great to have an update. Good luck for the next 4 weeks!

  7. Shannon McCoy KornisSunday, July 20, 2014

    You look adorable. I can't believe you are almost ready to deliver. The months went by fast! Best wishes for a speedy and safe delivery. Cheers to you and your baby. XXXOOOO

  8. I enjoyed your reading your update. Thank you for sharing. It' a blessing!

  9. You look GREAT and I can't believe you're almost near the end! I remember reading here when I realized you were pregnant! :)

  10. I'm sure you have off moments, but you are one of the most radiant and genuinely happy-looking pregnant mamas I've ever seen! I can't wait until you little baby girl is here :)

  11. i love this! please give us more details! I don't care if you're a "fashion" blog, I really enjoyed this. You look fantastic and I love that you pray while you walk, I need to try that.

  12. Maile EtheringtonSunday, July 20, 2014

    Have your purchased anything for the baby yet? I am curious to see what type of stroller you are going to pick out, and the crib/bassinet. I feel there are so many things out there and choices. I hope you don't mind updating about that!

  13. I love seeing the progression of your bump :)

    Super impressed with your continued ability to mix in "regular" clothes - looking good (soon to be) mama!


  14. Yeah, we have most things we'll need for the baby in the immediate future. I'm not going to post about any of that here because like I said, I plan to keep this mostly a style blog for the foreseeable future. Some sites we used for reviews are: http://thenightlight.com/ and http://www.marco.org/2013/01/06/baby-stuff-review

    And then we asked friends what they preferred and kind of looked for common themes or common ones among people. And I weighed more heavily what people said who have more than one kid because they've had more test cases for what works than brand new parents.

  15. You got great pregnancy style Audrey! I am so glad I found this blog, I have learned lots from your posts, even if I am still a mess sometimes. Thank you and big congratulations for the (almost here!) little baby girl :)


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