It’s finally November! I’m typing this to you from somewhere over Virginia as I make my way to Chapel Hill for the Making Things Happen intensive. I can’t believe it’s been three years since I first attended this experience in Chicago with some gals I now call dear friends. It was actually in that hotel conference room three years ago that a fire was lit within me to become a mama and here I am just about 30 weeks into my first pregnancy with this #sweetbabybosse. Coming back here with a bundle on the way is truly so sweet, my friends. My heart cannot wait to see the women who have become my dearest and I look forward to meeting and hugging many new friends too. After this trip, I have one last work trip to Paris on my schedule and from there we will be about 7 to 8 weeks away from welcoming this little guy! Phew, time sure does fly right?
Alright so let’s get honest here for a second; finding joy and contentment when you’re 5 foot 1 and 30 weeks pregnant with a history of pretty awful back inquiries is admittedly hard. And I say this in only the most grateful and wonderful way because I’d do anything for this little blessing on the way but it has been hard. Each part of this pregnancy has had it’s own physical obstacles like exhaustion, morning sickness, food aversions and some crazy physical changes (you never think they will happen to you but they do!) and now at 30 weeks it’s safe to say I’m pretty uncomfortable and moving around is tricky by the end of my day. With that being said I realize how important it is to take care of myself and the babe so I’m trying to stay as proactive as possible with being physically cognizant of what we both need in a physical capacity (iron supplements anyone?) Onto my debrief!
Week Forty One & Forty Two
What has not been working: I’ve recently and slowly started to taper off my prenatal yoga classes because at the end of my work day all I want to do is take a hot bath and relax; driving to yoga just down the street feels physically taxing and it’s about 5 minutes away! With the time change last night, finishing my work day while it’s dark out, the cold temperatures (it’s been in the 30’s in Michigan these days!) it’s so easy to change into pajamas and hit the couch with Apb when he gets home. I’ve also been struggling really badly with insomnia again and nothing is quite working to help me fall and stay asleep unfortunately. Overall I find I’m just moseying around and not feeling quite like myself physically which has me googling other women at this stage in their pregnancy to see if this is normal or not. That’s certainly not working because my body and my experience with pregnancy is so very exclusive to me and the comparison game doesn’t fly here.
What has been working: Last week my back pain was so painful that the sweet owner of the mama’s resource center I go to reached out to her chiropractor to contact ME directly to help give me relief. I was so flattered that she took the initiative to check in on me and thankfully was able to see the doctor that very same day. After lots of filling her in on things with my body and what I’ve been struggling with, she readjusted my hips (or lack thereof) and popped in nearly all of my ribs (which this babe has slowly been pushing out with his feet). So that’s why my chest has felt so terrible lately! It was nice to have someone who is a professional tell me that the things I’m feeling physically make sense given my torso size, pregnancy stage and so forth. Validation! While I didn’t want to invest in another thing financially with this pregnancy, I’m realizing I need to feel my best to get through these next 8 to 10 weeks and these visits with the doctor might be the trick. Oh and last night I tried one Unisom pill. This mama slept for more than a couple hours FINALLY. There is hope, my friends!
Short term goal: Attend at least ONE yoga class a week until my due date.
Long term goal: To give myself grace through this transformation.
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Happy Weekend friends xoxo