When my mom first saw me on the day that the picture was taken she squealed and said “Awww….you had a Minnie Mouse costume when you were a baby that looked just like that!”.
Sigh…..just the look I was going for 😉
Minnie Mouse aside, I have two of these (non-maternity) dresses in different patterns, and I swear to you, they are the only comfortable items of clothing left in my arsenal these days! Pants are way out (have been for two weeks now – that hideously uncomfortable ship has sailed), and recently leggings have been getting on my last nerve too (I’m not loving how they sit UNDER my belly now, and tend to “roll” when I try to pull them up OVER my belly)…..grumble grumble. I only have 10 work days left (!!!!), so basically, 10 days that I have to wear real clothes, and the rest of the time while I’m off and waiting for Babe to arrive, I’ll just sit around in a bathrobe. 😀
Over this past weekend, Matt and I were out and about on the Niagara Peninsula on a bit of a “babymoon” to Niagara on the Lake, and a quick stop-in at our friends cottage on Long Beach as well. The weather was a bit crazy and cold, but truth be told, I love the cooler / rainy weather, and usually actually enjoy being at cottages when it’s not the “ideal” beach day, so I was happy as can be!
Niagara on the Lake was beautiful as it always is, and we got to stay at the super fancy Queen’s Landing hotel, which was actually a wedding gift from the same friends whose cottage we were visiting (thanks Bailey and Graeme!). We had a fireplace right in our room, and the most gigantic bed I think I’ve ever seen, which was nice for Babe and I.
That being said, I realized just how amazing our bed at home actually is, because after the night in the hotel, I woke up a bit sore and uncomfortable for pretty much the first time this entire pregnancy, and was up in the middle of the night a couple of times with twangs of pain from rolling around, that I normally don’t get at all in our bed at home. Sleeping in our own bed on Monday night confirmed that it was totally bed related, because everything was 100% again sleeping in our bed.
We had a pretty low-key weekend in Niagara on the Lake; we went to a super fancy (and very delicious) restaurant for dinner on Sunday and were sweating bullets that they wouldn’t let us in because we didn’t really bring any fancy clothes, but thank goodness they decided to slum it on that particular day 😉 this restaurant actually served me my first steak that I didn’t feel like I had to nuke because it was under-cooked in this entire pregnancy! Woot!
Once we got home from Niagara on the Lake, I turned my attention to starting to pack our hospital bags, which we have a good start on now. I’m still missing a few items for my bag, but Babe’s bag is in good shape. Matt’s we still need to dig out of the basement, but his will mostly be food and entertainment anyways (since he refuses to pack pyjamas – which he will come to regret, I’m sure). It’s a bit hard to know what we will actually need in these bags; every Google search seems to return a handful of new things that I had never even thought about / heard about before…..but here’s hoping that we’re at least close. I figure over the next few weeks I’ll probably add to all of the bags and they’ll each be 50 lbs by the time we actually take them to the hospital.
We had a great midwife appointment on Tuesday of this week, and she commented that Babe is actually feeling like a baby on the “smaller side” which threw us for a loop (because we’ve been picturing him as a total muncher this entire time, ever since they bumped up our due date by a week because of his size!). She reassured us that that wasn’t a bad thing at all, and probably would make for an easier labour. She (totally) guessed that he would be somewhere between 7 – 8 pounds at birth, but not heavier than 8. Time will tell!
Symptom wise, still not a lot to complain about, my back pain and pelvis pain is actually improving day to day, or at the very least, not INCREASING, which is nice. I’m not loving long walks at all (though let’s be honest – I never did anyways lol), and just feel a bit awkward / uncomfortable when I have to walk for long stretches these days, but I’ll do it if I have to! BodyPump is still feeling great however – and I ended up teaching one more Wednesday class solo tonight, so there you go! I’m going to try to really hold myself accountable to getting at least 2 solid workouts in per week for the next few weeks until our due date; I’m a bit worried that without a class on the schedule to force me into the gym that I’ll end up just phoning it in and lounging around for 4 straight weeks, which won’t do Babe or I any favours in the long run.
I have my first prenatal massage appointment on Friday which I’m looking forward to, and we are also doing our last maternity photo session on Sunday evening at Andrew’s Scenic Acres (the apple orchard / pumpkin patch where Matt proposed!). I’m trying to keep my mind off of the fact that our prenatal classes don’t start until NEXT Saturday…….*hyperventilates*……SO not smart of us……so not smart…….
Anyways, like I’ve written before on this blog, I’m caught in a bit of a cross-hair between wishing that time would go by faster, and trying to savour every last (increasingly STRONG) kick and push on my belly (seriously….boy has been doing his squats, it feels like he’s going to push his foot THROUGH my skin some days lol). It will be so surreal to have Babe on the outside and to have to share him with everyone, and I’m trying to enjoy these last few weeks of our special little bond as much as I can. I know that even with the ups and downs, I will miss these weeks when they’re gone.
Hope you’ve all had a wonderful week, and are settling back into routine with the arrival of September. September / October have always been my two favourite months of the year, and I just love the fresh new feeling that the crisp Fall air brings with it. I hope that this year it brings great things for all of you.
-Sara & Babe xo