I’ve certainly been going crazy with my “nesting” lately, but I think what I’ve been really doing is turning into a Momzilla. I don’t know exactly how it happened. It started with wanting the perfect nursery and then moved on to wanting to organize every square inch of our house. Last night we came home from small group and insisted that Dan help me take everything out of the pantry to check for expired food, then I proceeded to use my p-touch labeler to organize and label every single shelf and strategically place everything in the pantry in it’s new “home”. What is wrong with me? I know that pregnancy hormones have weird effects on women, but geez! What happened to my Sunday nights consisting of relaxing on the sofa with a good dose of Desperate Housewives on the tube?
Then I have an Aunt that has graciously decided to throw me a shower and I obsess about the details of whether or not she got the invites out in enough time, if they will look ok, and if she needs help etc. It’s so ridiculous. I’m driving her crazy and I don’t blame her. I wouldn’t want to throw me a shower. The weekends which are meant to at least have one Sabbath day has turned into seeing how much I can check off of my laundry list baby preparation antics. I think the perfectionist in me has really gotten out of control and I need to tame it. I have read everything from my pregnancy magazines to breastfeeding to childbirth preparation. The more I read the more anxiety I get that I will not get it all right. I have to remember that it’s okay if I don’t get breastfeeding right the first time, it’s okay if I don’t know everything about babies when Parker comes. Many women have done this before…some of which I might add, with far worse circumstances. So why am I so worried??!! I just need to give it to God. I have prayed about my anxieties and I have thanked him for my many blessings. I know he is taking care of me and won’t let me fail. I just have to trust in him and take deep breaths…. deep breaths….Prenatal yoga every week should help with this too!
So, speaking of laundry list of baby preparation… I believe we are done with the baby’s room! I’ll let you be the judge:
During my pregnancy I have tried to be extra conscience of my food intake by eating plenty of fruits and veggies, proteins, whole wheat breads and pasta and limiting my sugary cravings and fattening meals. I would love to report that I have been doing an excellent job at this but every day I seem to fall short. I have a confession to make: I have a serious addiction to chocolate. I try to combine my chocolate obsession with a healthy choice such as a nutrition bar that also has chocolate, but all too often I just can’t resist the urge to pick up some peanut M&M’s or have a slice of chocolate cake. So, what can I do to curve this chocolate addiction?
The pressure to eat right and exercise is much more intense when you’re pregnant. Prior to my pregnancy I was so focused on getting to my goal weight and eating right came much easier to me. Now I seem to be a magnet for all food that is unhealthy. It’s a shame that I have to use food as a coping mechanism to my bad week or stressful day. Hopefully I will learn to cope in a healthier way.
The only thing that I’ve been really good at is exercising. Almost every night, Dan and I wait until about 7:30 when it’s cooler out and we walk the two mile loop around our neighborhood with our dog. I’ve also been going to Aqua Fit during the week where I engage in different cardio activities in the water. The water feels SO good when you’re pregnant. It took me a while to get use to the bouncing around in the water. At first it really gave me pain in my lower abdomen, but now it feels wonderful. This has helped me feel like I’ve gotten my heart rate up and helps me sleep better at night.
I was recently tested for gestational diabeties and found out that everything tested normal. That was really comforting because I thought FOR SURE that I was going to have it. Thank God I somehow avoided that one.
I continue to pray and leave my health in God’s hands. It’s crazy how much weight I keep gaining every week, but I know it’ll be so worth it all in the end. The extra weight along with pregnancy hormones has caused a lot of pain in my hips too. I’m going to keep plugging through until the end and hopefully I’ll stay healthy in the process.
As the weeks grow closer to baby Parker’s arrival, we can’t help but wonder what our sweet child will look like. Will he have his Dad’s eyes? Mom’s nose? What about his hair color? Will he have blond hair like his Dad’s or possibly red since there’s a red genes in the family. It’s fun to think about these things, but I know no matter what physical traits he’ll have, we’ll love him all the same.
As you know, this weekend Dan and I finished painting Parker’s room. Now we’re looking at how we’d like to decorate the walls. We wanted something original and different, but also sticking to the theme of owls, birds and bunnies as a focus.
Dan and I found this wonderful shop on Etsy called Maple Shade Kids and we fell in love with their creative pieces! She creates amazing artwork, bookends, shelves and peg racks using sustainably harvested wood, rescued wood, colorful papers, non-toxic glues and sealers. Not only are they incredibly cute, but they’re eco-friendly too! Right up my ally. She will have some new creations by mid-week, so we may have to indulge some more! Below are some of the items that we have decided on. Feel free to click on them for more views/info.
We got two things crossed off our before baby “To Do” list! It was a team effort with help from our friends Kristin, Scott, Jason, Leslie and Michelle. Lizzie (our dog) tried to help too, but we all agreed that that probably would not be a good idea. Everyone did such a great job and we had a great time painting, eating a delicious pizza lunch and enjoying frozen push up icy pops!
The second thing we got to crossed off our task list was power washing our back patio. Scott brought over his power washer and the back patio and front driveway looks as good as new! It was so gross too, especially the back.
The baby’s room looks great. We are so thankful for great friends. The bedroom was painted with love and everyone added their own special touch! Dan and I moved the furniture back and added our wall decal above Parker’s Crib. It looks really cute. We’re going to wait to snap pictures when the room is done completely.
Last week I started on the window treatments for Parker’s room. It was pretty challenging in the beginning, but I finally finished one panel and I’m hoping to finish the second one before the end of next week. It’s a cute pattern with a white background and little blue owls.
More updates to come!
This weekend I reached a milestone. I’m now at 25 weeks, which officially makes me 6 months pregnant! I feel so blessed that I’ve made it this far. I am so glad that God is continuing to protect our child and watch over his health as he grows in the womb. Our planning for the baby continues slowly. We have set up all of our prenatal classes which consist of Baby Essentials, Childbirth Preparation, Infant CPR, Carseat Safty, Breastfeeding Class for Couples, Daddy Boot Camp, Hospital Orientation, and Pediatrician meeting.
Whew…, we’ll be busy for the next two months on the weekends with those clasees. I’m really looking forward to them. I remember some things from when my little brother was born (I was 12 at the time), but it’s been a long time since then.
We also have to setup our baby registry. I have completed the one online from The Natural Mothering Shop where they have a wonderful selection of diaper covers and cloth diaper service options for purchase as well as other organic baby items. We plan to register at Babies R Us too. I’m definately going to take advantage of a friend of mine’s offer to help me since I have no clue what to get let alone the quantity of what to get.
We’ve revamped the “task” list to include many many more seemingly impossible tasks prior to when baby Parker comes. Some are worse than others, but poor Dan, I think he’s worn out thinking about it. That mixed with all the prenatal classes is a lot to think about when you travel as much as he does. He’s such a great husband and I’m thankful that I have his support through all of this. I certainly wouldn’t be the person that I am today without him. I love you P- Bear! (ok, I’ve thoroughly embarrased him now for sure)We’re planning to paint the baby’s room in the next couple of weeks or so. We decided on a soft blue No-VOC paint that I think will work great. We’re also still waiting for our glider to come in that we ordered. Other than that and the painting, I think we’re pretty squared away with the major room items. There are a few pieces of artwork that I’d like to get, but we’re going to wait to see if we can swing it or not.
For now, I’m just going to try to enjoy my last month in my second trimester before all the FUN begins in my last trimester! (can you sense my sarcasim!!)