Category Archives: pregnancy

baby “it”

pnw sunset

Happy hump day! I don’t have much other than a bunch of random thoughts today. Work has been challenging and exciting but mostly so so exhausting. I wind up coming home drained with no energy for much other than couch time. I can’t wait to put the week behind me and spend some time catching up on sleep and relaxation. Also maybe I’ll get off my booty and exercise because that has been SERIOUSLY lacking this week month.

I just realized that I never shared the news that we’re having a little GIRL! I had a feeling that it was a girl from the beginning so I wasn’t surprised at all when the sonogram print-out confirmed it. That “mother’s intuition” thing is no joke! I would have been thrilled either way but this bit of info about our baby makes it all that much more real! 

In other baby related news, I read this sweet post the other day and was fighting tears. It’s mentally difficult to deal with and adjust to the physical changes that come along with pregnancy but this was a good reminder that a postpartum body is beautiful in so many ways. As a society we don’t celebrate that enough (or ever?).

Hypnobirthing classes are going really well. Sure, they get a little woo-woo at times but I can get down with woo-woo. 🙂 The “Rainbow Relaxation” audio (which is practice for getting into a relaxed state) has been knocking me out almost every night. So relaxing! With this method, there is a lot of work involved to be prepared for the big day so I need to stay on top of practicing some of the other relaxation techniques too. 

I’m almost done with the Desire Map and hope to do a recap of that once I’m finished. I think it’s really helping me to narrow down on some goals (or at least key desired feelings) that I can focus on this year! For a goal junkie like me, this is exciting and interesting stuff. I don’t want to get too crazy with goals this year with the new baby on the way so this will be a perfect way to do what matters most – you know, aside from keeping another person alive. 

desire map

At the beginning of the year I signed up for an awesome series of newsletters for creatives (or aspiring creatives, in my case!) through Braid Creative. One of the exercises has been to do a time audit for 4 days. A few things that I found out about my day…

  • Work accounts for much more than 8 hours a day – especially when you include commuting. I knew this already but it was kind of shocking to see it on paper.
  • I “multi-task” too often. Even watching TV often involves a little interneting on the side. I really need to get better at focusing on what’s directly in front of me.
  • A huge amount of my weekend time goes to other people. I love my family & friends but I need to get better at carving out time for things that I want to accomplish – even if that involves the couch and catching up on HIMYM. 
  • I was hoping to discover pockets of time that I could be utilizing better but instead realized that I am pretty booked these days. A regular weeknight allows about for about 3 1/2 – maybe 4 hours of time for the “other category” (not including making dinner).  
  • I sit a lot. To say it’s a majority of my day is an understatement. 😦 Exercise and movement is really important to me but I’m not practicing what I preach by a long shot.
  • I do however, make time for cooking quality meals which is a win in my book. Definitely something that I value.
  • Overall, I allocate a lot of my time to doing things that I don’t necessarily want to be doing. Some of that is required “adult” things but I think I could get better at incorporating working on things that I really want to accomplish – things that are on my “ideal day” list –  as well as saying NO more often (that’s a hard one for me).

finding focus

Big things have happened this year and as a result, I’ve felt kind of off balance and out of routine since about June / July. I’m truly grateful for everything this year has brought but even those wonderful things are change and change can be stressful.  I had a mini meltdown the other day – as you do while pregnant – over all the change recently and just general feeling of being unsettled, unbalanced and unfocused. So, instead of dwelling on how crazy things have been I want to try to start focusing on where I want to be and how I want to feel in my everyday life. I recently ordered the Desire Map which sounds kind of hippy-woo-woo but I’m really looking forward to working through it and am hoping it will help me focus on some goals that are most meaningful for me in the year to come (understanding that it’s about to be one CRAZY upside-down year). I really love the sentiment of setting goals that matter versus setting goals just to cross another thing off my list.

desire map

For the near term, I’ve narrowed down a few focus areas that I can work on here and now. My most immediate goal is to have a happy and healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby so my focus areas are a reflection of that.

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22 week bump!

1. Nourishment (food!) – Things have gotten out of hand around here with the holidays! I want to clean it up for me and for the baby. Time to reel it in on the late night ice cream and trips to the candy drawer at work. I’m also following along with Carrots n Cake and doing a food diary for this week to kick things off.

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2. Moving (slowly) – I miss my intense sweaty workouts and I’m not sure why but I’ve swung to the complete opposite end of the pendulum and haven’t been doing much of anything the last couple weeks. I want to stay committed to doing something at least 3x/week. My favorites lately include prenatal yoga, barre, walking/jogging or an at home dvd. Ideally, I’d be doing something 5 days a week but yeahhh…let’s start off slow.

3. Meditating – My 30 days of meditation focus was my favorite challenge earlier this year but I’ve only sat down to do it a handful of times since. Time to bring it back.  I think 1x/week would be a good place to start.

4. Journaling – I started a journal just after our wedding and it’s been really therapeutic to get my thoughts out on paper. I want to be doing this more….maybe 1x/week to start?

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5. Preparing for labor (eeeeek) – I’ve decided to take the plunge and take the hypnobirthing class offered by my hospital that starts in January. I want to feel as calm and prepared when the time comes and with all the meditation and yoga I’ve done in the past year, this method sounded right to me. It’s all about mentally preparing yourself and trusting your body to do it’s thang.  

6. Sleeeeeep – My pregnant body has been craving those quality ZZZs! I’ve been sleeping pretty comfortably through my pregnancy and am taking the opportunity to get in as much as I can because I know I’ll be kicking myself later if I don’t enjoy it now. This one doesn’t require too much extra effort on my part – sleep has always been a high priority item for me. 

That’s it for now and probably more than enough to keep me on track for the next few months.