My belly is now officially huge. I suppose it’s all relative, but I’m reminded of my size when I try to do things like get up off the floor or squeeze between two cars in a parking lot. I’m glad this is temporary because I’m feeling a bit “stared at” in public–not in a bad way, it’s just that I prefer not to be noticed. People are nice usually, and a couple women have given me their seats on the bus (the men just seem to pretend they don’t see me—or maybe they really don’t see me. Am I invisible?).
I have been feeling really good, normal (energy-wise) almost. There is usually a random day or a two a week that I am so tired I have no choice but to nap. It’s a strange feeling, but I’ve learned not to fight it. I don’t know what I weigh, but I know my weight is increasing because my belly is definitely getting bigger day by day. I’ve been walking 5-6 miles a day at the beach for the last few weeks (usually I take one to two days off per week–but last weekend was my cousin’s wedding and I took extra days off for that). My goal is 35 miles per week, and I’m hitting around 32-33 so far (except last week). It’s a flat walk–Marina del Rey towards Santa Monica via the Venice boardwalk (I walk on the bike path to avoid the crowds and crazy people). I track my walks with my Pear Sports app because I love it when the guy tells me how long I’ve been walking and how far I’ve gone (he lets me know every 5 minutes). I don’t use the heart rate monitor because it’s not comfortable right now, so I don’t get the calorie-burn estimation which I’m not really concerned with at the moment. I don’t walk fast—my feet hurt sometimes, like an aching feeling in my arches or other areas. It comes and goes, and I’m kind of wondering if my feet grew a bit and my shoes just aren’t really working anymore. I generally am addicted to a version of these shoes for walking/running/stairs because my feet never hurt in them–so I won’t blame the shoes now, I’ll just blame the extra weight I’m carrying around!
For other exercise, I’m focusing mostly on squats, squatting (yes, it’s two different things), sitting cross legged, and posture. I’m going to give more information about all that later.
We hired a doula. I can’t remember if I mentioned that already, but I’m pretty excited about it. She’s our birthing class teacher, and she’s amazing. Even though we’re going to the midwife group, I’ll still be having the baby within the medical system where they have lots of boxes to check in regards to process and procedures. I consider myself pretty educated in the area of childbirth, but this system is new to me, and our doula knows both the hospital and the midwives. I’m also coming away from a pretty negative experience with the midwife I saw a couple weeks ago, but I haven’t decided how much of it I want to share. I think I’ll talk about it contextually in a different post (it was in regards to the glucose test, which I want to discuss more anyway).
I’m at the point where I have to see the midwives every two weeks, and they’re recommending the TDAP vaccine soon. All I have to say about vaccines is that it is such a highly charged topic and it’s really overwhelming to read through all the literature to find what is most credible and least biased. I’m not planning on talking about it here, just like I’m not planning on talking about circumcision–Baby E hasn’t given me permission to publicly discuss our medical decisions for him!
I went to a huge warehouse consignment sale a couple weeks ago–50,000 baby and kid items. It was mostly junk. I did buy a jogging stroller that had never been used (judging by the new tread on the tires and spiffy clean appearance) and a new infant tub. I think I’m going to have to buy most of the rest of the baby stuff new (amazon prime!)—unless I get lucky at the next sale. People’s used stuff is really grungy, and I love the idea of getting used stuff but I have to draw the line somewhere. I am not giving up though!
Here’s the stroller/carseat that is on its way to me right now (thanks Mom!). I realize that people around here spend double or triple this amount on a stroller… but I just don’t feel the need to do that. I guess I’m just becoming more and more practical in my old age! I’m not having a baby shower and I’m not registering for stuff. I did make an Amazon wish list to send to Dave’s mom and she has been bought us several things already. It has been fun getting the packages! I’m starting to realize I need to get more organized about what we need! We’ve gotten a few amazing and thoughtful gifts from friends and family, and my cousin brought me tons of hand-me-down clothes from his son. My mom sent me money to go baby shopping—I predict that within a couple weeks from now (1) we will have more than we need and (2) our apartment will be full of baby stuff (Dave doesn’t quite grasp the extent of it yet!).
That’s it. It feels real for sure now. I still don’t love being pregnant–and I look forward to it being over! I’m looking at the last 8-9 weeks as my childbirth bootcamp—not in an aggressive way, just in the way that I am going to be focusing specifically on preparing for it. I am teaching only part time right now, and am working on a couple projects on the side, so I can make birth/baby prep a part time job too!
Do you have any recommendations for things I MUST buy?!