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Baby on the Run: Week 31
I can’t remember much from Week 31. Life is all a bit of a blur right now. So much to do, so little time! Best TV show ever.
But a few baby-specific things that dominated my week…
“Nesting!” That’s how I spent most of the week. I never really understood this concept, but it hit me hard this week. I couldn’t focus on anything except the baby’s room and getting things organized immediately and basically just lighting money on fire with every click of my computer mouse. (I don’t have a mouse. I have a laptop. Every click of my…touchpad?) At this point, I can probably name every item (and categorize it, and tell you how much it costs and when it’s expected to ship) on the Pottery Barn Kids website. I also spent a good amount of time Googling things like “smart ways to organize baby dresser” and “how to fold bassinet sheets.” And then remembered I need to buy bassinet sheets.
On Saturday, Brian and I hung the wallpaper in the baby’s room, which makes me so happy every time I walk by. (“Brian and I” is a term I should use loosely, I guess. I helped for like 10 minutes and then gave up and went out with my friends. When I came home, it was done. I LOVE YOU, BRIAN. THANK YOU.)
And I toured another daycare! And it’s the one I want to go with! We need to figure out logistics and what will make the most sense for our family once we venture into the world of childcare, but everyone at this place — the kids, the staff, the guinea pigs — seemed really, genuinely happy, and there was lots of music playing in the classrooms.
And then, we took maternity photos on Sunday, which was so fun! I basically wanted to have good photos of Ellie, and if Brian and I were in them, too, then cool. Shout-out to Courtney, our photographer, who was also one of our wedding photographers and is just the greatest. I’ve known her since my Dance Spirit days, and we just had a fun afternoon giggling and smiling and realizing that my stomach is suddenly massive.
BABY IS THE SIZE OF…
a coconut or a bunch of asparagus, and is apparently, according to the fruit-loving apps, “heading into a growth spurt.” I am confident the spurt has begun. My stomach grew in a major way this week. It’s a totally different shape now, and it’s not a cute lil’ pointy bump anymore — it’s a basketball glued to my stomach. (Or a volleyball. WILSON!!!) I’m feeling large and not totally in charge, and I have a feeling this is only the beginning!
HOW I’M FEELING
This was a much better week for me emotionally. Hooray! But I am so, so, so sick of the Crohnsing. This flare has gotten to the point where it’s holding me back quite a bit. I get panicky whenever I leave the apartment, and I hate being in transit or anywhere that I’m not comfortable with the bathroom situation. It’s a bummer that Crohn’s has come out to play during this time, but I would so much rather be flaring during pregnancy than with a newborn, infant, toddler, whatever. So hopefully we can get this under control ASAP, dang it!
WHAT I’M EATING
I can’t even tell you what I had for breakfast this morning. I don’t know. I don’t remember. Clearly not a food-focused week.
ON THE WORKOUT FRONT
I was all over the place with my workouts this week. I made it to Orangetheory daily, and some workouts were a total wash while others were awesome. On Tuesday, I spent the majority of the entire treadmill block (half the class) going back and forth to the bathroom and cursing Crohn’s disease. Then, on Wednesday, with high hopes and low expectations, I felt amazing. No bathroom stops. Nothing makes sense, and I’m just doing my best to roll with it.
And while I’m so super grateful for my OTF crew — the people, the place, the plethora of available bathrooms — I found myself really missing outdoor running this week. It’s been two months since my last outdoor run. I stopped because my Crohn’s-induced bathroom stops were constant and frustrating, and it wasn’t fun. But I definitely miss early-morning runs and getting that time outside. Hopefully soon! Slightly swollen fingers crossed!
WHAT I’M WEARING
This yellow dress! I texted my BFF Michael last week saying, “We are taking maternity photos this week. Please help.” She responded with a link to this dress, and I was like, “Eh, I don’t know, it’s not really my style…” But I ordered it anyway, and naturally it was my favorite thing I wore that day. I felt like Belle from Beauty and the Beast, but without all the books or the beast or the talking teacups.
WHAT I’M READING
I’m still working my way through Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn. We’ve also been having story time in the baby’s room — I read to Brian, Ellie, and, should she choose to tune in, the baby — and it makes me so happy.
Also this story, for Runner’s World, by Caitlin Giddings. It’s lovely.
HOW I’M SLEEPING
Whenever and wherever I can. On Saturday, I took an 8:15 AM Orangetheory class. Ellie wasn’t feeling well that morning, so I came home and crawled back into bed with her, expecting to just cuddle a bit. But turns out, I passed out hard, and for a while. “See? You obviously needed that,” Brian told me. He says I need to “learn to relax.”
WHAT I’M WONDERING
No time for wondering right now — I’m on a to-do list tear, and am just powering through things as best I can. We’re still not fully unpacked or settled at our new apartment, but I am so excited to be heading out of town this weekend! Brian planned a last-minute escape for us, which we all desperately need. (A LABOR Day babymoon, we’ll call it. But hopefully minus any actual laboring. Too soon!)
QUESTION FOR YOU: What was the single best thing you bought, owned, or did during the first three months of your first baby’s life? I love hearing about this stuff. I know everyone — adult humans and baby ones — are so different, and like hearing what worked and made a big positive difference for different people!
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