Still Pregnant! 40+ Week Bumpdate

So, I am still pregnant! My due date was Tuesday (April 1st) and today I am 40 weeks and 4 days preggo:

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Stats:

  • Baby size: 8+ pounds
  • Mommy weight gain: ~26-27 pounds (I was up to 30 about 2-3 weeks ago, but have since stabilized around 26-27 – no gains or losses in the last 2 weeks).
  • Swelling: I had foot/ankle/calf swelling for most of weeks 38-39 but this symptom also disappeared around the end of week 39. I’m glad to have my feet back (this might also explain the slight weight loss). My midwife was speculating it might have something to do with the weather/barometric pressure because a few other pregnant ladies also reported less swelling this past week.
  • Gender: Still a BOY!
  • Cravings or aversions: nothing in particular.
  • Baby position: head down since ~32 weeks.
  • Name: picked. Think we settled on this around 38 weeks.
  • Symptoms: lots of Braxton Hicks (pretty standard for the last 2 weeks). Today they are actually more frequent. I’m also having a lot of sharp pains on the insides of my thighs (which has been happening off and on since about week 30). It’s the worst it’s been today though – I feel like he is really knocking his head around my nerves.
  • How I’m feeling: up and down physically. Some days I am great and others I feel like this orangutan:

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I took off from work as of Monday, but since baby didn’t come yet I’ve been working ~half-ish days this week. I’ve also been doing a ton of walking to get him to come down and out, though obviously that hasn’t happened yet. On Tuesday I went for an acupressure massage which was nice and relaxing.

The house is finally done (renovations, organizing), though I keep cleaning and re-organizing because I can’t help myself.

I realized I haven’t actually done a “bumpdate” since Week 31 so here is the progress of my bump from 31 weeks to now (you can see all these on my Instagram too):

32.5 Weeks – February 7th (maternity dress from Motherhood Maternity):

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34 Weeks – February 18th (bummy large non-maternity shirt):

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34 Weeks + 6 Days – February 24th (non-maternity dress from Anthro):

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36 Weeks – March 5th (non-maternity shirt, my fave from Athleta):

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37 Weeks – March 11th (hubby’s t-shirt):

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38 Weeks – March 18th (non-maternity sweater from Anthro and that fave Athleta shirt again; note the puffy feet!):

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39 Weeks 3 Days – March 28th (maternity dress, same one as above from Motherhood Maternity):

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39 Weeks + 6 Days – March 31st (look close for the belly, it’s blending into the curtain behind – this was me trying to shop for postpartum but failing misterably – I didn’t get anything!):

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I think that about catches me up.

Happy April! What have you been up to?

Link Love – Monday, March 24th 2014

Have been meaning to get this out for the last few weeks – but at 39 weeks pregnant (tomorrow) there has just been so much other stuff that had to come first.

A few weeks ago my sister sent me this interesting NYTimes article on antibiotics and how they may possibly be affecting growth in humans. Research is inconclusive. What we do know is that antibiotic use does have the potential to impact growth (to increase it) and that it’s important to only use antibiotics when they’re really needed.

I just ordered this post-partum compression girdle. (As seen on SkinnyMeg - hers was for a c-section though.) “Girdle” may not sound very appealing, but compression after birth actually has a longstanding history in many cultures. Here’s some more info on post-partum girdles. There is currently a $10 OFF code on the site or you can get it on Amazon.

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If you are moving, I just saw this cool service: Bin It (via Reading My Tea Leaves, a design/minimalist/NYC apt blog I started reading recently). I should mention that I love FlatRate and will probably use them again if we ever move, but Bin It seems to be a little cheaper.

Quick and easy tips for making guests feel at home.

This morning on my way into work I picked up a loaf of walnut bread at Le Pain Quotidien. I will have to try some of these 20 toast topping ideas to use it.

Mark always has good advice. Here are some tips to staying healthy later in life. I especially like: walking, having a pet, laughing, sleeping, drinking coffee/tea (!), and meditating.

I was reading a macrobiotic blog a few days ago and came across this recipe for Couscous Cake. I had forgotten all about Couscous Cake! I used to make it all the time. Here are my recipes:

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Asian Pear and Date Couscous Cake
Strawberry Coconut Couscous Cake
Strawberry Lychee Couscous Cake

I have not been very macrobiotic lately but I really miss it. A friend posted a picture of a Souen meal on Facebook last night and I thought “MUST GET SOUEN!!”.

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Macrobiotic Shopping Guide - just thought this was helpful for anyone interested in macrobiotics.

And I always love reading Jess’s MacroTreat Fridays.

B and I are in full on nesting mode. Here are a bunch of organization tips. Can’t say I’ve followed all of them but they certainly are inspirational!

Speaking of nesting, we got this cosleeper - I am excited to see how it works out. We also finally finished our renovations (!!!!!!) and are actually ready for this baby to come. It took firing our old contractor and getting a new one but it was so worth it. Now I’m just doing insane amounts of wash and putting things away. Trying to figure out where all this baby stuff is going to go is hard.

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That’s it for me, I will try to do a pregnancy update later this week (as long as I don’t go in to labor – fingers crossed I do, I’m sick of being pregnant).

*All links above are not affiliate links, just products that I thought were cool.*

2014 Plans & Goals

I already recapped my progress on 2013 goals {HERE}.

Here are my goals/hopes/intentions/plans for 2014…

1) Sleep.

I don’t get enough sleep. I don’t prioritize going to bed early (there’s always so much to do and I feel like I am missing out when I just go to bed). I realize that I will likely get even less sleep after the baby comes, but for now I’m going to try to hit this goal – in bed and dozing by 10:30pm, 3x per week.

If I need motivation, here are some articles on why sleep is so important:

2) Yoga.

Make time for me/yoga every week. Something that will definitely be hard come April, but it’s something that will keep me sane. I need to take time out each week for myself and do the things that keep me happy, like yoga. The goal – 1x yoga 60+ minutes and 2x yoga 20+ minutes per week. If I can’t make a 60+ minute class, I can sub 2 20-minute sessions.

3) Time management and prioritizing.

I am not as efficient with my time as I’d like to be. This ties in with #1 (sleep). I have a couple goals here – get in to work by 9:45 consistently (3-4x/week). (Don’t know what will happen with this after the baby – exact work schedule is TBD.) I also want to spend more time doing productive things and not fiddling around on the internet. Goal here is to spend 30 minutes/day (can be rolled over from other days) either reading or working on a side project that I am neglecting.

4) Food.

Eat less sugar. Maybe it’s due to pregnancy but I have been going back for dessert seconds way too often. And eating less sugar is good no matter what. Goal is to not have dessert 2-3x per week. (I usually have something sweet every night.)

5) Charity.

I want to donate things I am not using on a monthly basis rather than letting things collect in an unsightly pile. I also want to try volunteering more often, which I used to do but haven’t lately. Goal – volunteer 5x this year. That might sound like very little, but going from nothing I have no idea how it will turn out. I’m signed up with New York Cares which is a great organization and it makes signing up for individual volunteer events really easy.

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That’s it for now! Maybe I’ll update them after the baby comes and I get a better idea of how the rest of my year will go.

Do you have goals for 2014?

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