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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

Monday, August 8, 2016

BUMPDATE | 34 WEEKS + GIVEAWAY

Dress: c/o pink blush maternity
Wowza, Monday came way too quick. And this happens to be the last Monday that doesn't really count as a Monday for me - school is back in session one week from today and that means back to work for me. At least for a month. And then the real work begins - baby time!

Yesterday was exhausting and wonderful - it was our baby shower and it was amazing to be surrounded by so many people who already love our little one. I will be talking more about that later this week. Until then, let's get on with the bumpdate.
I think that for the first time, I can honestly say that I really feel pregnant. By that, I mean that I'm starting to have trouble doing normal tasks like getting up or finding a comfortable way to sit without having someone snuggled right up to my bladder. And sleep is still a struggle most nights. There are at least a few hours a night when I am awake and struggling to sleep - sometimes those hours are consecutive and sometimes they're sporadic, but they usually exist either way.

But that being said, I still feel amazing. Despite the tiredness and the constant bathroom trips, I'm still not uncomfortable and actually, still really in love with my body. I have loved showing off this bump in cute maternity clothes throughout this entire pregnancy. I have been much more drawn to clothes that show off my bump rather than trying to cover it up or disguise it. Why try to hide something that is as amazing as the little life growing inside of me? And this maternity dress that was sent to me from Pink Blush Maternity is quite possibly my favorite thing that I've worn so far. I wore it yesterday at my baby shower and I also plan on wearing it for our maternity photos on the 21st.
I love feeling confident and I'm honestly going to miss this bump and the feeling of growing Little One in my body. Of course, it will be worth the sacrifice when we get to have this baby here with us. But still, I will be a little sad to see it go.

Speaking of feeling beautiful and confident while showing off your bump (or just in general), I've teamed up with Pink Blush Maternity to give you the chance to win a $75 gift card to their online shop!
Enter below - enter with as few or as many of the options listed below as you want! To be eligible to win, you cannot have won a Pink Blush sponsored giveaway within the past three months. The entry form will be open until this Sunday, August 14, 2016 at midnight. Good luck!