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Friday, September 16, 2016

Overtime

Hello and Happy Friday. And it is most definitely a happy Friday. Today happens to be my very last day of work before my maternity leave begins. It's strange. Technically speaking, yesterday was my due date, though I've had the feeling for a while now that Baby wasn't going to be here on time. Everything inside of me has been telling me for months that I would have at least a few extra days and obviously, that instinct was accurate because here we are with no signs of labor yet. 

As far as how I am feeling about that - well, physically I am still going strong. I don't feel nine months pregnant. I don't feel like yesterday was my due date. And I definitely don't feel like labor could happen to me at any moment. I'm still comfortable and loving having this little one in my belly. Although now, I am ready to face the next part of all of this. I'm ready to face whatever labor brings and I'm ready for this little person to officially join our family. 

Mentally, I go back and forth between denial and anticipation. Like I said, it still doesn't feel real yet. Despite the kicks to the ribs, the trips to the bathroom every five minutes and the struggle to get out of bed or off of the couch, it still just feels like a dream. And yet I know that it's real and I am so excited to see this person that I've spent nine months growing inside of me. I'm beyond excited to watch my husband become a dad to this little one. Being pregnant has been my favorite thing that I have ever done in my life, but I am so excited to see what comes next!

Mostly though, I just feel so thankful and blessed. I have sailed through the last nine months with ease and am still sitting here content and loving pregnancy. I am one of the lucky ones and I don't take that for granted at all.

So now, it's just a waiting game. Labor could start any minute or I could still be pregnant and having to consider my options in two weeks. There is just no knowing. What I do know is that however many hours or days I have left, they will be filled with a whole lot of resting, napping and snuggling with Izzy - she needs lots of attention before becoming big sister to her new human sibling.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Slacker

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I admit it, I have been slacking lately. At blogging. At being productive. At basically everything. But I kind of think I have a good excuse - the whole being 24 days away from my due date thing. I have truly been taking every single opportunity to rest and relax lately. Part of that is forced because I have reached the point where my feet start puffing up as soon as I'm up and moving around. Another part of it is the tiredness - sleep is getting more and more difficult as the days go on. And since I can still take the time to relax and rest when I'm exhausted, I'm making sure to do just that. Soon enough, this tiredness will be caused by a little person who doesn't allow me to just put my feet up and zone out.

Aside from being the major slacker that I have become, we had our maternity photos taken this weekend and I am dying to see them! The photoshoot was a baby gift from my in-laws and I'm super grateful. It's not something that I would have ever thought to have done myself.

We also went shopping for some of the baby things that we still needed. I still have a few items that I want to get before Little One is born, but I think we're actually pretty set when it comes to the must-have items. What a strange thought, considering the fact that we barely had anything just a few weeks ago.

Did I mention that my due date is in 24 days? Just over three weeks. Although my instincts are telling me that I'm going to go later than that. I think I've decided that if I make it to the Friday of the week that I'm due (I'm due on a Thursday), that day will begin my leave from work regardless of whether I've gone into labor or not. That way if labor hasn't started yet, I can potentially squeeze in a few extra days of doing absolutely nothing.

If there is one thing I look forward to about not being pregnant anymore, it's my lowered immune system. During my first trimester, I think I caught every cold/flu/whatever that was going around at the school that I work at. After only one week back to work, I've already managed to catch a cold. I don't even know how it happened - I barely came into contact with the kids last week because I had so many things to do when they were in the library and I've been crazy obsessive about washing my hands. And yet here we are, Tuesday of the second week and I'm coughing and my throat is itchy and I'm fantasizing about taking NyQuil and sleeping for 10 hours.

And now I'm off to return to my laziness. Because I've been awake since 3am and I'm already planning on taking a nap after work, but I also plan on doing absolutely nothing requiring effort before work.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Soaking It Up & Giveaway Winner

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First of all, I want to congratulate Neeha, the winner of the $75 gift card to Pink Blush! You will be receiving your gift card via email soon, if you haven't already!
I can assure you, I absolutely had every intention of blogging last week. I had planned on talking about my baby shower and a few other things. It just never happened.
My entire week was spent getting things set up and organized in Baby's room (still a work in progress), relaxing, a doctor's appointment, a childbirth class and more relaxing. Given that it was my last week of Summer vacation from work and my last chance to spend a few days doing absolutely nothing before Little arrives, I think you can understand my absence.

Today was the first day of school for the kiddos. My first day back was technically on Friday, but it never really feels real until I'm back in there with the kids. I am so excited to see all of my little friends this week and for their reactions to my belly, which has grown a whole lot since the last time they saw me!

This year, I will be going back to only working half days, which is going to be strange. I was definitely disappointed when I found out that news (long story short, I had two positions that made up my days and due to changes with one of those positions, I had to choose between them). However, seeing as I am in the final stretch of my pregnancy, I'm choosing to view it as a blessing, giving me both the ability to still get plenty of rest and also the extra time to finish getting things ready around here for that baby of ours to be born.

As for my normal Monday Bumpdate post... that will have to wait until tomorrow. Simply because like the rest of my previous week, I was slacking just a little bit this weekend and forgot to take a new picture.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Happy Monday