#2 is due one month from today!
We are so excited to meet this baby,
Ren laughs every day as his brother/sister fights for space while nursing
Neutral clothes are out and ready to be washed, folded and put away
The box of small baby diapers are pulled out, ready to be washed and stacked
Our new double jogger is here, just waiting to be unloaded from its box
We are at that “it’s almost here but not close enough to set up completely” stage
I am at that, I am NOT ready to have this baby yet stage
(because this time around I KNOW it is easier to take care of this baby while he/she is INSIDE!)
but I am almost ready to have this baby stage
My back aches
my feet are swollen and
my energy level is, well, what energy??
This last hump of pregnancy, as my own “hump” grows and grows and grows, can be one of the toughest points and there are certain things that can make life more pleasant, or at least tolerable!
Sneakers and Flip-flops
Basically the only shoes that will fit my feet at this point
Earth Mama Angel Baby Heartburn Tea & Tums
I can’t really complain about frequent heartburn but it does come and go in spurts and
this tea is amazing! I don’t know how they do it but nothing works better on pregnancy-induced heartburn!
And Tums, it doesn’t work “great” but is better then nothing when we are out!
Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Stretch Oil
Soothes my stretched out tummy
(can also use for perineal stretching during the last 4-6 weeks of pregnancy)
Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Belly Balm
I alternate using the stretch oil and this thicker balm to help soothe my belly!
Greenbrier Herbalist Varicose Ease
Varicose Veins rank right up there with stretch marks as one of the worst “marks” of pregnancy.
At least, however, they (usually) go away!
This salve is a great alternative to the heavy, hot compression tights usually recommended – it immediately soothes my sore, achy legs.
Love, love, love it (even if I hate, hate, hate the painful veins!)
Blossoming Bellies Organic Pregnancy Blend Tea
Drinking red raspberry leaf tea during pregnancy helps to strengthen and tone the uterine wall, relax smooth muscles, and make labor and delivery easier and speedier by helping the uterus contract more efficiently.
There are many sources out there for “Pregnancy Tea” but I love this blend from our doula, Brittany, which includes red raspberry leaf, nettles (for iron), oatstraw, alfalfa, spearmint and rosehips
I start drinking raspberry leaf tea by the start of my 2nd trimester but definitely up my intake during these last crucial weeks!
Big Leg Emma DVD
any concert DVD
For when I Can’t. Do. Any. More…
… Entertains Ren for a bit 🙂
I use a Pilates ball because
a. it forces correct posture and doesn’t hurt my back as much as sitting on the couch
b. by rocking back and forth and in circular motions this ball helps open your pelvis and tone your hips and butt, all beneficial to helping in labor!
We will use this ball both at home and in the hospital during labor as a comfortable way to squat and to help position the baby correctly
Here’s to surviving the next few weeks!