26 Weeks


Okay, it’s not my imagination, I really am getting rounder every day now!

This week has been a great one, but I can’t deny that I’m feeling more and more pregnant with every passing day. In general, more (minor) aches and pains, a little more fatigued, definitely larger in general and more awkward moving around and slower overall. I really can’t complain – we only have 3 months to go now – truly in the home stretch!

Since my last update, I was off for 4 days for the Canada Day long weekend and O.M.G you guys, we got SO.MUCH.DONE. I am so wildly proud of Matt and I for the amount of stuff that we managed to get done this weekend – it was actually a little bit insane!

For starters, when I got home from work / class on Thursday night, Matt had been working his tail off all afternoon / evening on moving ALL of our office furniture out of Babe’s room and downstairs into our basement.

To this day I claim there must have been some black magic involved here, because I seriously have no idea how the hell my husband managed to move that gigantic futon and desk all by himself down two VERY twisty / windy sets of stairs.

Our basement (and really our whole upstairs with the exception of Babe’s room) was a total and complete gong show, but the important part was that the room was empty and ready for nursery furniture to arrive, which it did, the very next morning!

I guess I shouldn’t be so quick to accuse Matt of wizardry, because I watched the guy negotiate the gigantic dresser and crib boxes up our stairs all by himself with my own two eyes, and it made for an impressive combination of ingenuity, strength, and sheer stubborn will. I sat by offering my praise and encouragement from the sidelines.


Anyways, while Matt attached the furniture build with a vengeance, I set into the task of unpacking all of our baby shower gifts, organizing by size / stage of life / item, and discarding all of the wrapping (which saved a ton of space in the end). Seriously – little boy stuff is just to die for. I can’t handle it. We got a great mix of stuff for our baby shower, lots of cute clothes, but also lots of useful gizmos and gadgets that we will totally use once Babe arrives! I washed my first of (so, so, so) many loads of baby clothes and had them ready to fold up in the dresser once Matt was done!

We took a trip over to the dump to get rid of all of the cardboard and packaging from our shower gifts, plus some more stuff that we had purged from our closets / basement as well. We are unstoppable I tell you. Just make sure you stop us if you see us driving down the highway with our TV on top of our car in the direction of the dump.

Over the next two days, I just can’t believe how quickly the nursery came together. We’ve had bits and pieces sitting around our house for weeks now, but to see it all come together was nothing short of magical for us. We’ve gone with a blue, white and grey theme (not the most original – I know, but we like it!), and are incorporating elephants into the design for now (we decided against painting anything on the walls so that we can change this up pretty easily if we get tired of the elephants down the road). I hesitate to share pictures because we don’t have our curtains up yet, and the black curtains really throw off the colour palette of the room, but if you can imagine the pictures below with a white and grey chevron curtain instead of the black, then that will be pretty close to the finished product!


I just love our nursery already, it’s my favourite room in the house by far, and I’m guarding against clutter or anything ugly getting anywhere near it with a ferociousness I didn’t know that I possessed LOL I’ve already gone in there several times on my own and just sat rocking back and forth in the glider for a few minutes, lost deep in thought.

Ah serenity.

**As an aside – if you were wondering, our gigantic ruler was a wonderful gift from one of our close family friends at our baby shower, it came from a local garden centre!! We just love it!!

By Sunday, most of the hard work was done in the nursery. We took another trip over to the dump to get rid of some more stuff from our basement, but it was closed much to my dismay. I was kind of grumpy that the dump was closed even though it wasn’t a stat holiday and they hadn’t posted anything on their website about it being closed. Around this time, Matt started being weird, and insisted that we were going to go out for lunch to make me feel better. I was a bit confused about this because, as annoyed as I was, I didn’t think I was quite at the point where I deserved a meal out to make myself feel better (lol), and told him instead that I would just have some of our leftovers from the night before for lunch instead. I should have known better when he insisted that NO – we’re going out for lunch, that something was up…. 😉

Sure enough – when we got to the restaurant that Matt had said he wanted to try (another dead giveaway – Matt and I don’t “try new restaurants”, we’re the simplest, most easily pleased eaters you could ever imagine in your lives), A WHOLE GROUP OF MY FRIENDS FROM GOODLIFE WERE THERE TO SURPRISE ME?!!?


I was so shocked / confused that Matt literally had to push me in the direction of the table LOL – I couldn’t believe that my friends had gone to all of that trouble just to celebrate Babe and I (ESPECIALLY when they had all been at my baby shower the previous weekend!!). I’m still blown away – I have the greatest friends!!

We had a lovely lunch at Jackson’s Landing and then back to my friend Kathy’s house for some of the best damn cupcakes I’ve ever had (that one in the middle with the crumble on top??? Oh baby…..). My friend Marie-Sjaan had the great idea to cut them into quarters so that we got to try some of each one, and I’m pretty sure that I had about 10 quarters, making approximately 2.5 full-sized cupcakes, but seriously, whatevs. SO good.

My afternoon out with my friends was exactly what I needed, and I didn’t even realize it. I came home feeling so much lighter and more positive, and ready to tackle another day of purging / building…..mua ha ha ha

On Monday, we went over to Ikea and bought some shelving units for the inside of Babe’s closet to help keep his paraphernalia organized. I came up with this idea to put a shelving unit right inside part of our master bedroom closet about 5 years ago now when we first moved into our house, and I was struggling to find a solution for my gym clothes (you think they build a drawer big enough for all of ’em? Not in all the land my friends, not in all the land….).

The Ikea open-faced shelving unit in my closet is a GOD SEND – it has 6 square cubes for storage, and I separate my “Reebok tops”, “GOOD Reebok tops” (you know the ones), “non-Reebok tops”, shorts, capris & leggings, sports bras & socks into their own cube. Works like a charm. I knew that I wanted to do something similar in Babe’s closet because the system works so well for me. So off to crazy-town (I mean Ikea) we went!

Matt still won’t let me park in the pregnancy parking spots at stores (something about if I’m still teaching BodyPump, I can walk the 25 metres to the store *eye roll*) so we parked back in Timbuktu, and were in and out within 45 minutes. Impressive for a pregnant person – no?!

More building – and yes, one final trip to the dump to get rid of the cardboard / garbage, and lordy – we were toast. Exhausted, but feeling so, so happy and accomplished with ourselves, we took our “after pictures” (above) and talked about how awesome we were for probably about 10 minutes before we moved on to the next topic (LOL).

Aside from the CRAZED nesting that took place over the long weekend, I did get out to my BodyAttack class on Saturday (just to participate – and mostly low impact), and my friend Kellye’s BodyVive class on Monday morning as well. I really enjoyed BodyVive – it’s a low impact workout that incorporates strength training using the resistance tube as well, and it was absolutely perfect for what I was looking for! I got a great sweat, good burn, and still felt like I had lots of energy for the rest of my day. I’m going to try to make this a class that I get to for the rest of my pregnancy (and beyond!) for sure!

My appetite is still similar to that of a bear fresh out of hibernation, and it’s showing, I feel like I’m gaining weight faster then I can say “gaining weight”, but all I can say is that I’m doing my best, trying to balance my diet as best I can, and get lots of water, fruit and veggies into me each day. My stomach has been well-behaved this week, thank you God.

We have our 27 week midwife appointment tomorrow – and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to chat with her a bit about my last salmon episode, and a couple of other things on my mind as well. I can’t get my head around the fact that we are entering the third trimester next week…..it feels like 3 weeks ago that I announced to the world that we were 16 weeks along. How time flies.

To my teacher friends or those that are off for the Summer – I hope you’re having a wonderful start to your vacations! Have a great week all – Babe and I will chat with you soon!

-Sara & Babe xo

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