I feel like it’s been some time since I’ve done an actual “real life” post. Sure, I share my baby updates each week, but I haven’t been very good about documenting (or photographing) my every day happenings. I know from experience that these types of posts are some of the most popular, so I am going to make a better effort at writing them.
With that, allow me to share with you my weekend in its entirety.
I left you on Friday complaining about my uninvited illness. Fortunately, I woke up Saturday feeling much better thanks to the help of antibiotics and a good day of rest. After spending two days on the couch, I was more than ready to shower and get out of the house.
First, I filled up with breakfast.
One egg, two egg whites, plus toast and fruit.
Ever since I got pregnant, I’ve been meaning to take a prenatal yoga class. I’ve done some prenatal yoga and Pilates at home, but nothing seriously. There is a yoga studio close by and I saw them advertising their Saturday morning prenatal yoga classes last week. This was perfect!
The hour and a half class was just what I needed. It was so great to be surrounded by other pregnant women who were all going through the same aches and pains as I was. I swear, as I near the end of this pregnancy, I feel more and more like a big spectacle when I leave the house, so finally being able to find a group where I fit right in was the best part of this class. The instructor was great! Even though she wasn’t pregnant, she was a mom of two and was very knowledgeable on practicing safe yoga with a bun in the oven. We did all kinds of stretches, breathing techniques, and some meditation. It was glorious!
After class, I headed right to a place I haven’t been to in a very long time….
Well this pedicure was a little piece of heaven! Since I can’t reach my toes anymore, I figured it was time to pay someone else to do it for me. I also splurged for a manicure reluctantly. You see, manicures are kind of addicting for me. Once I get one, I can’t stop.
I left the nail salon and then found myself rather hungry for lunch. I still had a few errands to run but made a stop at Panera for a lunch break.
The chicken Cobb salad was calling my name! Panera was packed and after I ordered and picked up my food, I realized there was not a single seat open in the restaurant. I looked around for a little and then 3 people volunteered to give up their seats for me. I guess when you are incredibly pregnant and walking around looking starved and distressed, people take pity on you. I kind of feel bad having special treatment but then I realize, I can only take advantage of this stage for a little while longer.
After I got home from a long day out, I had a random urge to bake. John was getting off work early and I decided it would be a nice surprise to have warm cookies waiting for him.
Okay, so that was really my excuse to eat a warm chocolate chip oatmeal cookie but he did appreciate the gesture.
We kept things low key for dinner with a homemade pizza.
The picture doesn’t do this one justice. It was a combination of spinach, artichoke, feta, and sun died tomatoes and it was delicious!
Once we finished dinner, one of us mentioned ice cream (probably me) and then started talking about blizzards. John brought up Dairy Queen on his phone, said the words “pumpkin pie blizzard” and it was a done deal.
This was my first time trying the Pumpkin Pie Blizzard and although I did like it, I don’t know if I would get it again. It didn’t blow me away but it did hit the spot.
After a good night’s sleep, I was up and eagerly in the kitchen to get started on a big craving before church.
Tis’ the season for pumpkin pancakes!
We were off to church shortly after breakfast and then headed to the grocery store. Shopping worked up an appetite for the both of us so we grabbed lunch before heading back home.
I was so happy to find a Sweet Green! One, I’ve never been and have heard only great things, and two, I’ve really been enjoying salads lately. This one contained beets, sweet potatoes, goat cheese, avocados and walnuts. I also had to try their Watermelon Lemonade because I mean, who doesn’t love the sounds of that?
We came home, I cleaned up the apartment and John planted himself in front of the TV to commence the start of football season. I did some organizing of the nursery (aka nesting) and then crashed for an hour on the couch. John woke up me around 6pm asking about dinner.
This dinner took little effort, which was definitely a good thing seeing as I was still half asleep. It was a simple sauce from tomatoes, basil, garlic, balsamic and olive oil sautéed with broccolini, shrimp, linguini, and spinach and topped with feta cheese.
We ended the night with an evening walk as we normally do. John and I have been walking almost every night for the past few weeks and I’m hoping it’s going to push me along with this whole labor thing. I heard from a friend if I wanted to have this baby before his due date to walk, walk and then walk some more. We’ll see. I’m certainly ready for him but I know he’ll come when he is ready.
I haven’t shared much on the fitness front lately and this probably isn’t the best week to share, considering I was sick for half of it, but just to give you an idea of how I’m moving (or attempting to move) these days.
M- an hour walk with John
T- 30 min elliptical, 15 min weights
W- Off (sick)
TH – Off (sick)
F- 30 min walk + 10 min weights
S – 90 min prenatal yoga
S- an hour walk with John
As you can see, lots of walking. I still feel okay most mornings to get into the gym for a little cardio but very light cardio. The elliptical has been a good choice for me and I’ve been trying to focus on doing more lower body weight exercises (like squats and lunges) to help strengthen those muscles in preparation for labor. It really all depends on the day. Some days I feel like I can do a lot more and other days, my body just isn’t having it. I just listen to my body and do what I can.
Well, that concludes the weekend. I’m looking forward to a week of being healthy and just waiting for the little one to arrive.
Hope you enjoyed your weekend!