What have you been up to lately? Here are a few things I’ve been up to at 17 weeks pregnant. I feel awesome and the spring is being so good to us, I’m taking pleasure in simple joys and relaxing as much as possible, since Parker (and a couple of neighbors) scolded me for working too hard in the garden the last couple of weeks. Worth it! I’ll share pictures soon, it looks so much better.
Currently, I am…
Reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth on a blanket under my favorite shade tree. I had heard so many wonderful things about this book and I have to agree with what I heard. I wish it was required reading for all pregnant women.
Craving grilled cheese sandwiches. I hadn’t made a grilled cheese in years, and then one day last week I was reminded of them and haven’t stopped thinking about them since. Even though it’s warmed up a bit, I made a big pot of tomato soup and have had a bowl of it and a grilled cheese sandwich several days in a row for lunch. Ezekiel bread makes it not quite so unhealthy, right??! haha :)
Still watching Mad Men. Can’t get enough. Last night Parker had to work late into the night so I stayed up and watched three episodes back to back.
Drinking so much of this pregnancy tea blend. I had heard about red raspberry leaf tea being good for pregnant women and then my midwife mentioned it during our last visit, so I’ve been drinking up. I make it as iced tea and keep a big pitcher in the fridge, with a squeeze of lemon, a bunch of mint, and just enough agave to take the edge off. So refreshing and since I‘ve been having trouble drinking a ton of water like I should, it helps keep me hydrated. I’ve been drinking a half gallon of this tea every day! These are a few of the supposed benefits of drinking the tea:
- Tones the muscles used during labor and delivery and eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery.
- Reduces pain during labor and after birth.
- Assists in the production of plentiful breast milk.
- Helps make labor faster by encouraging the uterus to let go and function without tension.
- Studies show that women that consume Red Raspberry Leaf have a reduced incidence of artificial rupture of membranes, forceps delivery or cesarean.
I don’t know how much truth there is in any of this, but I figure it can’t hurt to try and it’s really yummy, so why not? And anything that is supposed to help with pain during delivery besides drugs – sign me up!
Listening to Bob Marley a lot lately. I think it’s the warmer weather.
Practicing prenatal yoga. Trying to make it a daily-ish habit.
Renovating our half-bath. Well, I’m not doing any of it, but our tile guys are. They came yesterday and ripped out all the old tile and they say since the job is so small, that it should be all done by the middle of next week. Yay! The last big renovation on our house! For now at least. Next year we’ll add a big back deck and at some point a front porch.
Enjoying how quiet our neighborhood is now that the trees all have leaves on them. Sitting outside, it’s hard to believe we’re in a big city.
Holding out on buying maternity clothes. But I’m not sure how long I can keep it up. I’ve been wearing the same sun dress several days in a row (that’s the one above in the picture) because it’s the most comfortable thing I own. It’s not that nothing else fits exactly, my bump isn’t that big yet, but nothing feels right. I see lots of sun dresses in my future this summer. And, maybe this is TMI, but we’re all friends here…this dress is supportive enough that I don’t have to wear a bra which is good because I also have not invested in any new ones to accommodate my growing figure and thus are my #1 enemy as of late.
Seeing sprouts pop up from the flower seeds I planted just last weekend. I planted zinnias, delphinium, poppies, cone flowers, black eyed susans, and variety mixtures that promise to attract butterflies and bees. My fingers are crossed for a bountiful season of blooms!
Feeling the baby! Well, just once. I turned over on my stomach in bed one night and definitely felt our baby in there. It was unlike any other feeling I’ve ever felt. It wasn’t like gas bubbles as I’ve heard other women describe. It was little fluttering, and I could picture the babe getting squished and trying to make room or tell me to flip back over. I did. :)
Loving watching my husband’s face when I show him my belly growing. He’s so sweet. And every morning he wakes up and rolls over to me and rubs my belly and says, “Good morning, baby.” MELT MY HEART why don’t you?!
That’s what I’m up to currently! Anyone else enjoying the spring or is it still cold where you are? Any other pregnant mamas out there?