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!
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