So, I’ll be 37 weeks this Tuesday and I’m freaking out. Just a little bit.
No, I’m actually okay. And I just had a feeling this post is going to turn into something of a roller-coaster ride. Which is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately!
It recently dawned on me that I’ll be having a baby within a month.
Sometimes that makes me feel very excited – both to meet this little person and not be pregnant anymore. In the next breathe, I am filled with panic and even a bit of sorrow. My life is going to change big time again. I’ll be adjusting to another “new normal.” One where Ella isn’t my sole daily partner in crime. One where we all sleep much less.
And the list goes on.
To alleviate tension and enjoy these last few weeks, I’ve done two things: made a big ass before baby to-do list and made an over the top effort to do as much fun stuff with Ella as possible.
Beating anxiety with productivity and play.
Having fun is a great stress reliever!
About a week ago, I was made aware and became a fan of Play at Home Mom. Checking out the awesome activities the three ladies who run the page do with their kiddos inspired me to take action. I followed their advice and began interacting/playing with Ella more rather than asking her to entertain herself.
Some of the things we’ve done together in the past week:
- made colored sand with food coloring in a big Tupperware bin.
- ordered waterbeads. So awesome!
- mixed ice and salt to hear the crackling effect and “cooked” it in several different bowls with food coloring.
- added together baking soda, vinegar and watercolors. The reaction was big colorful bubbles.
- took more trips to the museum than normal. They change up the play area every month or so and we hadn’t been there in a while. It was great watching Ella discover new things.
- today I built her a cardboard house. We had a lot of leftover boxes from moving and I had always wanted on when I was a little girl. It turned out so. freaking. awesome. (will post pics soon)
Crossing things off the to-do list is calming.
Today, we crossed off a good few big items from the to-do list. Man did that feel good! It puts my mind at ease knowing we have one less thing to worry about. Make that three or four. It was a productive day.
We purchased a new, bigger mattress in order to continue bedsharing. I’m planning on setting up our co-sleeper next to it as well, but overall just super excited that we can continue this lifestyle that we so value.
Ready to soak up positive birthing vibes.
Tomorrow evening, my doula, midwife and closest friends are throwing me a Mother Blessing. I couldn’t be more excited. There is nothing like surrounding myself with birthy talk and energy. I am simultaneously lit on fire (inspired) and soothed by their positive attitudes. Can’t wait!
Again, I must thank you for reading my blog and joining me on this journey.
I’ve gotten so much positive feedback, encouragement and even gifts in the mail from the wonderful supporters and fans of Bring Birth Home. I can’t thank you enough. Your love has helped me feel so supported through this pregnancy.
And now, photo time!
Photos of my Mother Blessing will be posted early this coming week. And also stay tuned for updates on my July maternity leave and the biggest, bestest BBH giveaway yet! Peace!