6 Day Countdown

Monday, September 30, 2013

First of all, HOW is September ALREADY over tomorrow? That was the fastest month. Not that I'm complaining..the faster time goes, the sooner I get to meet my baby girl and the sooner I won't be pregnant anymore. I don't even remember what it's like to not be pregnant.
Speaking of which, my offical due date is this coming weekend on the 6th. 
Craziness all wrapped up.
But to be honest, I am neither nervous nor scared to give birth/be a mom. For a long while, giving birth terrified me. I was researching and reading stories/tips/advice like a mad woman, but I have since prayed that I would have peace and comfort about the whole thing and I know that my prayers have been answered. I'm actually excited to give birth. Kind of weird, but I'm anxious to see how it's going to play out and if I can handle it or not. I am beyond excited to meet my baby girl finally and I know that the end result will all be worth it. She's coming out whether I like it or not so I may as well have a positive attitude about it. 

I went in for my 39 week appointment this morning and my doctor said that everything looks great. I am dialated and effaced, but not nearly enough to where I need to be wheeled into labor and delivery. (although I really hoped that was going to be the case) But she did say that things are progressing beautifully and she is completely confident that this baby will make her way on her own. (She knows how much I don't want to be induced) She's predicting that she will come a few days or so after my DD, which is exactly what I think too. So, we have some progression and things going on with my body, but we are still playing the waiting game. 
WHAT do you do when you are waiting for a baby to come out of you!? I have honestly run out of ideas. Or my body just won't let me do it. 
I'm so over shopping and spending money. 
We watched season 1 of Prison Break in a matter of days.
I've gotten my craft on.
I'm reading a book.
Baby clothes are washed.
Everything is set up and ready to go.
I take some pretty good naps.
I swim all the time and walk as much as my body will let me.
I have tried tons of recipes pinned on my pinterest board.
We go to the beach all the time. (although im so over putting on a bathing suit)
All you mamas out there, honestly - WHAT did you do to make the time go by? 
Everyone tells me that the last few weeks are the worst and feel like forever. I agree.
BUT she will come and she will be here sooner than I know it, so I just need to be patient and enjoy our last few days together, just the two of us.

Maternity Pictures

Monday, September 9, 2013

It's a weird thing being pregnant. Taking pictures is just odd because you see yourself in a way you never have before. All oddness aside, I am SO glad we took these to remember these moments when we were expecting for the first time. 
My sister over at Jill Facer Photography is beyond talented and she took these for us. Go check her out.
As promised, here are a few of my favorites from our shoot.. 

Can you spot my belly button popping out in the black dress? 
Thanks sis for these! They are pictures I will forever treasure.



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Welcome to the best thing to ever happen to pregnancy.
Hands down the best money spent thus far has been my prenatal yoga classes. I started these when I was about 18 weeks pregnant and have been going to class twice a week, every week. What a difference it makes if I miss a class! I hate it! I feel like I am more tight and achy when I don't go. What I am saying is, if you are pregnant, do your body good and get yourself a yoga membership or go to classes at your gym or buy some dvds. OR if you're lucky and have a friend who teaches yoga, have them show you some good moves and do them in the comfort of your own home. I do have to say, half the fun of going to the class for me is chatting with all the other pregnant women who are experiencing the same pregnancy woes that you are. Everyone just gets each other and its like a little community of pregnant women. I seriously love it. There are a few moves though that you could definitely do on your own if your not up to spending the $$$. Here's a few:

Modified downward dog: Stand with feet under hips and arms stretched out in front of you, holding  on to the back of a sturdy chair (couch, counter, wall) Slowly bring your torso down until your upper body is in a line from your head to your hips, parallel to the floor. With feet firmly on floor, extend hips slightly away from the chair to increase stretch.
Hamstring relaxer: Turn to face chair, and put right heel on seat. Bend your body forward as far as you can comfortably go, reaching hands as far down your leg as you can. Be sure to keep your back flat. After 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.
Modified pigeon pose: Sit in chair, and place right foot over left knee so that your right shin is parallel to floor. With one hand on your knee and one hand on your ankle, lean forward as far as you can comfortably go while keeping your back flat. After 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.
Squats: Either sit in a squat with legs spread or (if you're feeling mobile) do reps of 10 squats with a break in between. This helps lower back pain and it is said to help with labor.
Child's pose: with knees spread apart and toes touching, bring yourself into child's pose leaving room for the belly and elevating your upper body with stacked blankets. This so relaxing and one of my favorites.

**Have at least 3 blankets available for you to use when you need some comfort or help holding up your leg, upper body, etc. Also, drink lotsssss of water. And stay close to a bathroom...you know how us pregnant women get;)

LABOR(less) Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

I was joking the whole day about how I might go into "labor" on Labor Day! It was cheesy, but we thought it was funny. But really...I technically could go into labor any day now because I am officially FULL TERM. This is weird. I never thought I'd get to this point...and it's still surreal to me that this is actually going to happen. ahhhh. I feel like I'm ready for this, but they always say you're never really ready. I guess I'm just ready to meet my sweet girl and excited to get this pregnancy over with:)

We spent the holiday at Emerald Bay in Laguna with our family and it was so nice. It was sunny and warm and perfect. The water was freezing. My favorite kind of days are waking up and packing the cooler with lunches and snacks and spending the day at the beach all day long until the sun sets. Those days are the best. And that's exactly what we did. 
ALSO on labor day was my dad's birthday! The big 5-6! I just love my dad so much and sometimes when I talk about him, I get a little emotional. He is a tender one and I was always his little buddy growing up. I loved being the "caboose" of the family and he was the "caboose" of his. We would always go to the pool and swim together, jacuzzi, piggy back rides, he always wrote me cute notes at back to school night and would leave them in my desk for me to read the next morning when I got to school, he was my soccer coach many of times, my baseball coach, and I appreciate all that he has taught me. He used to wake us kids up at the crack of dawn to start on our saturday chores. He would also wake us up to go do laps at the high school track where he'd time us and then we'd go to the lake and swim laps. I loved it. He taught me how to work hard for something I wanted and to appreciate the things that I earned. It was because of him that I started working at 14 years old and bought by first car when I was 16. (at the time I didn't love that, but looking back I want to do the same with my kids) I love this sweet dad of mine and I just wanted to wish him a very happy birthday! Love you dad!! xo

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