Whew! Things have been a little crazy over here, Will and I got a bad cold which Jim avoided, but then he got hit with some tough achy bug. So unfortunately I’ve been in in survival mode and not blog mode. However, all is not lost! Today in honor of #tbt I’m posting some photos from my mini-maternity shoot. Done by the very talented Amy Lynne Horn, I love these beautiful reminders of this sweet time.
How far along are you: 37 weeks, 2 days
Movement: He is a HUGE mover, this baby bun is all over the place. He especially likes to dig his little heel into my ribs, so that’s been fun.
Maternity clothes?: I’ve pretty much outgrown all my maternity clothes except the jeans with the huge full panel which still somehow slip down. These days I mostly live in sweat pants and oversized T-shirts. Sexy, I know.
Belly button in or out?: Always been an innie…so now being an outtie is a whole new experience!
Stretch marks: I’ve avoided any on my belly, but my thighs have taken a bit of a beating in the stretch marks department. Just hoping they fade a bit once baby makes his appearance.
Sleep: Oh sleep, my old friend. Most nights I sleep ok still, with a lot of tossing and turning. I will say I miss sleeping on my stomach!
Favorite moment of the week: I’ve been having the best time getting everything set up for baby. His clothes are washed, dresser is set, car seat and stroller are set up. The last thing to do is get the crib/co-sleeper station all set up.
Living in a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco, setting up a separate nursery isn’t an option – so baby’s things are just being integrated into all of our pre-existing furniture! Because of this restriction, I’ve spent a ton of time reading, researching, and talking to mamas about what pieces are essential, and what we can skip. This week I’m working on setting up our space, so I’ll have more pics then! But for now, here are the main items I ended up registering for:
1. Stroller – I spent time pining over the gorgeous $800+ Nuna and Orbit styles, but then I found this gem that has many of the same features but runs way cheaper. Having the handle be tall was important for me as I’m 5’10” and this one is perfect. I also opted for a jogger, since I know I want to get back to running once baby is here, and we just don’t have space for both a stroller and a jogger. Plus, the city has some pretty bumpy sidewalks, so the larger wheels should cushion the ride for baby.
2. Carseat – this is the same brand carseat as the stroller. It’s a snap gear, so it pops into place with one simple click. Safety wise it ranked well, so I felt great about this cheaper option for a quality product.
3. Crib – I plan to co-sleep with our little babe, so having something attached to the bed was my goal. I found this awesome Ikea hack, which uses this crib style since one of the sides come off. You can then tether it securely to the bed, and voila! Baby has his own space, but can easily be slid over to nurse during the night. Win win.
4. Graco Little Lounger – In place of a full size swing, I opted for this smaller piece which still rocks and has a vibrate feature. Since our place is small, this its nicely in our living room where baby can sleep while we’re on the couch.
And that’s pretty much it! Well, as far as large pieces go. I have a bunch of plastic bins under the bed full of swaddling blankets, clothes, a boppy, floor play gym, and all of those smaller things. But thankfully our space isn’t feeling too overwhelmed with baby things, but I think we still have our bases covered!
What’s been your lifesaver when it comes to your babe?
Man, time is flying! And all of a sudden this little buddy has popped. He moves around so much every day – it’s so crazy and amazing to get to feel him stretching those little limbs and getting tiny baby hiccups. I’m so in love with this boy already.
I have to say, compared to the first trimester, the second was a breeze. No morning sickness, I felt great, kept exercising, and basically ate a horse every day. Oh, I guess THAT’S where this belly came from…
Hello 20 weeks! I have to say now that the nausea is passed, I’m feeling pretty good. Hungry as a horse most days, but that’s not exactly new. I’m also reading like my life depends on it – do you know how many books on childbirth there are?? Roughly a million. A million books.
If you’re like me, you want to narrow this ever-widening field to the bare essentials. So, here’s my list of must read pregnancy books so far:
1. Ina Mae’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina Mae Gaskin
2. The Baby Book by Dr William Sears
3. Attachment Parenting by Dr. William Sears
4. The Pregnancy Countdown Book by Susan Magee
5. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon
If you can’t tell, I’m an all natural girl. Our plan, God willing, is an all natural home birth, breastfeeding, and attachment parenting. If you’re not sure that this “crunchy mom” style is for you – totally no judgy. I think we all have high hopes and then figure out what really works as we go. But I still encourage you to check out these books. Informed decision making requires all the information!
Until next time lovelies,