Happy 37 weeks Baby C!
As baby moves around my stomach this morning, getting all comfy, I truly cannot believe that anywhere in the next 3 weeks this baby will make it debut into the world. Amazing. I just keep reminding her/him to be nice to me while making her/his entrance. Danny keeps doing the same.
(walking across the Brooklyn Bridge last weekend)
I thought this week I would talk about some things I couldn’t have lived without in my pregnancy. These obviously are pretty particular to me, but I’m so interested in other people’s pregnancies I figured some people may care.
Things I couldn’t have lived without over the past 37 weeks.
1. Belli Skin Care: I’ve used their belly oil and face wash everyday since about 10 weeks. I especially love the belly oil. Sometimes I mix it with Palmer’s cocoa butter. I have no clue if these have helped my belly expand…I’m pretty sure the stretch marks are all genetic…but it still feels nice!
2. Cuisinart Panini Press: Legit have used this everyday. I use it for wraps, sandwiches and even for tofu sometimes. I cannot eat a sandwich or wrap without putting it in here. I know it’s so random.
3. Old Navy, Gap and Asos maternity clothes. Thank goodness for these affordable clothes. I didn’t buy one thing from places like Motherhood.
4. Cheese, pasta and bread. Most days of the week this is all I want. Luckily I am able to mix in veggies and protein with those foods. I also switch up the type of pasta I make: whole wheat, brown rice, corn and quinoa are all good in my book.
5. Decaf coffee: I love this brand of organic decaf.
6. Body Pillow: I’ve had this for awhile from a previous surgery, but I never used it. I started using it when I couldn’t sleep on my stomach anymore and haven’t looked back. I toss and turn all night with this thing and it helps me sleep pretty comfortably.
7. Medula Belly Band: I bought this and started using it around 24 weeks I think. I love this and think it works best for weeks 24-31ish weeks. I’m still wearing mine and at this point it does an OK job. At this point I’ve love a larger more supportive one, but I’m not going to buy one with only a couple weeks left. Next time I’ll get a full belly one for later weeks.
8. Trash TV: I’ve tried to relax as much as possible and watching every version of Real Housewives has helped.
I’m sure there’s more, but this is what comes to mind as my top needs. I’d also say blogs of people who have new babies/are pregnant/young moms are great resources too. It’s helped me feel like I have a little community to rely on since I don’t know too many pregnant/new moms.
Thoughts as I come to the end:
I swear for the past 8.5 months I have not been overly emotional, but in the past 2 weeks, OMG. I was an absolute hysterical mess over Kourtney Kardashians birth to her little girl….as in could not catch my breath. And no, I’m not embarressed. I’ve cried more times than I care to admit in the past 2 weeks.
I have really enjoyed my pregnancy and feel SO lucky that it was as smooth as it was. I feel SO lucky that I can still exercise and move around. I really do feel like myself most of the time, just with an extra little companion. As much as I’ve enjoyed my pregnancy, I AM ready to get this show on the road in the next couple of weeks. I KNOW life is about to change FOREVER, but how could I not be excited about that?
Danny and I have been together 9 years in November. It’s been just him and I for 9 years! I just know he’s going to be the best dad….and I’m already crying just thinking about that. I can’t wait to do normal things with baby like hang out on Saturday mornings, go on walks and runs (eventually) or go to Trader Joe’s as a family (normal thing to look forward to right?)
I had NO warmer clothes, so I finally caved and went to Old Navy and bought 4 long sleeve items. I’m kind of hoping I go into labor and don’t wear all of them so I can return them, but I’ve already worn 2…so we’ll see. I CANNOT wait to wear my clothes. That may be the things I’m MOST excited for (NOT including baby!)
I’m getting excited about the labor process. I fully plan on getting an epidural. I’m being honest here, so please don’t judge. I obviously am nervous too, but I’m pretty ready, so for now the excitement is over powering the nervousness. I AM pretty nervous about breastfeeding and trying to not put a lot of pressure on myself.
My 37 weeks doctor apt went well. The baby dropped in the past week, but I’m still not dilated. (I know this really means nothing, but I was excited to hear that the baby has dropped!) My mom actually called it from one day to another she said I looked lower.
If you’re still reading…I give you credit! Thanks and I’ll keep you posted on the last 3 weeks!
And just to leave you off….a short little video of our baby gettin’ comfy!
If you’re pregnant or a new mom, what has been essential to you?