Life Lately {Fall 2016}

It’s been almost a year since I’ve shared a Life Lately post, but since I’m just sitting around waiting to go into labor, I figured why not??

What I’m Reading

I shared my book reviews last month, and will share a few more mid-month. But sneak peak: I recently finished Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and am currently working on Rising Strong by Brene Brown and The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care.

What I’m Watching

Other than football, nothing. I have either been too busy, or in bed too early.

What I’m Listening To

I started a Labor & Delivery playlist, but it’s basically just my “Oceans” Pandora Station, which is what I listen to every.single.day. In the car I’ve been rocking Adele, and I’m pretty sure Baby Lindszlo is going to be just like his cousin, who would only quiet down when Adele was playing.

Podcasts: I’ve been trying to catch up on podcasts while working on projects, and I wish I had new, good ones to recommend, but I pretty much just stick with my favorite: Relevant! Most episodes they make me laugh so hard that I cry.

What I’m Wearing

Other than my husband’s clothes when I’m at home? Leggings. And the few long tops and dresses that still fit over my giant belly. Also my Chacos or flats (if I’m feeling real fancy), because I can’t put socks on.

What I’m Writing

I’ve been working on a fund development plan and some grant writing for the Inland Northwest Food Network. I’ve also been finishing up the last of my Seasonal Kitchen articles for the year, because I am expecting to not have much time to dedicate to that after baby arrives. The idea of writing more about my health journey in memoir form has been resurfacing lately, and I just keep thinking “really? now? is this the best timing?” but I’ve learned that it’s never good timing…and hey, now that I’ve met all my deadlines and my to-do lists are finished, maybe it IS good timing! I’ve also been writing a lot of thank you notes, because people are INCREDIBLY generous and we have received so many great gifts for baby Lindszlo!

img_0990What I’m Eating

Lots of hearty fall meals! Fruit (I’m really bummed that the delicious, juicy fruits of summer are no longer in season), veggies from our garden, TONS of ice water, and of course all the birth prep foods–like red raspberry leaf tea, dates, and my special birth prep supplements.

How God’s Working

A friend/mentor suggested I start praying through the scriptures for Baby Laszlo, and it’s been awesome.

Also, our life group is growing…again! We’ve only actually been once so far this fall, because of conflicting schedules with our childbirth class, but I think it’s going to be a good year! (We’re very thankful for co-leaders who are willing to step in and pick up our slack) 🙂

img_0831What I’m Doing

Nesting! It’s basically come out in the form of decorating and organizing the nursery, making freezer meals, and finishing long put-off projects (like high school and college scrapbooks and random sewing projects). I’ve also been running lots of errands and trying to check things off the to-do list before baby arrives. Today was the first day I DIDN’T have a crazy to-do list, and it felt SO nice!

How I’m Relaxing

Lots of baths with lavender essential oils, massages, and the occasional nap.

How I’m Moving

I took a prenatal yoga class that was awesome! We had our final session last week, which was probably good because my big belly was starting to get in the way! I learned a lot though, and it was fun to practice with a small group of gals who got to know each other over the 8 weeks. Also, the teacher was awesome and really personalized things for what we needed each week. My husband is convinced that “aggressive” walking is the way to get the baby out, so we’ve also been trying to walk regularly–although the distances seem to be getting shorter due to back pain and general fatigue. I was pretty proud of myself for taking the walk inside Costco the other day when it was raining.

img_0847How I’m Connecting

I’ve been so busy that it’s easy to feel like I’m not doing a very good job of connecting with people… which is why I was a little surprised when I made this list. I’m actually doing better than I thought! I decided to join a MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group this year since apparently they allow mothers-to-be in the group as well. We’ve had two meetings so far, and I think it will be a really great group! Almost everyone moved to the area from somewhere else, which is quite different from the circle of people I am used to being around, so it adds some variety. I also joined a couple of groups at the library–once a month they have a Coffee and Coloring group, as well as a new knitting club. It is pretty much me and a bunch of retired women, but I love it! (Actually the coloring group is growing quite quickly–I almost didn’t get a seat last week). I’ve been continuing to volunteer with the Inland Northwest Food Network, and even though my specific duties don’t involve connecting with a lot of people, it’s still nice to be involved, and the executive director and I meet about every other week, so that is always fun. I’ve also been trying to spend time with friends who I haven’t seen in a while and who I may not see for a while once the baby comes. ALSO I seem to have a lot of friends who are also expecting babies and who have been asking for advice and resources, so it’s been fun to chat with them and share the knowledge I’ve gleaned over the past nine months. And finally, I’ve been able to spend time with former co-workers lately between attending events they put on, baby showers, and just stopping by to visit. Whew! Apparently I’ve been very busy!

How I’m Feeling

I’m actually feeling pretty great! Sure there are moments where I am rather uncomfortable lugging around the extra 55 pounds I’ve gained, but I haven’t yet reached the “get this baby out of me!!” point. I think it might have something to do with the fact that I have really enjoyed being pregnant and I have no idea how my health issues will change postpartum. Baby seems to be doing well, too–he’s right on track growth wise and still as active as he can be in an extremely tight space.

I still can’t believe that we are going to have a baby this month. What is your October looking like?

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