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I feel like the closer I get to my due date, the days seem to be longer, but the weeks are flying by. I’m sure a big reason for this is that as my belly grows, every task I do seems to take me just a bit longer than normal. And with a little extra pregnancy fatigue on top of that, I feel like my days are always packed full, and I’m drained by the end of the day with a few items still left on my to-do list.
The third trimester has been a whirlwind of activities to get ready for the arrival of our baby. With the coronavirus, we are taking online birth classes (I will definitely update you on what we think of them after we are done) and trying to check off everything we need for the nursery. To stay on top of all of this, there have been moments where I seriously wonder where the week has gone and why I still have so much left on my to-do list.
There have been a few things that have helped me stay organized this week, and helped keep me comfortable as my belly continues to grow bigger. I’ve also come across a few things that are helping keep me organized during this time. Here are some of my Friday Faves for this week!
Duluth Trading Co. Undershirts
This probably seems to be a very random favorite for the week, but for this pregnant mama, they were a game-changer. This is my husband’s favorite brand of undershirt, so he has quite a few in his closet. And lucky for me, he wears a size larger than I usually wear in my clothes.
I’ve started running out of clothes to wear over my ever-growing bump this week and decided to throw on one of his undershirts. This was seriously one of the best ideas. The shirts are so incredibly soft, and the fit is not that bad. They aren’t too tight around the bump but don’t look like I’m wearing a potato sack either.
With spending almost all of my time at home due to the coronavirus, I haven’t felt like buying a lot of maternity clothes. This has been just fine for the most part, but now my belly is too big for any of my t-shirts or tank tops. Looks like a couple more weeks wearing my husband’s undershirts. Which I am seriously okay with since they are so so comfortable.
For whatever reason, I was always pumped when our CrossFit workouts involved kettlebells. They were always intense workouts, but the kettlebell moves somehow made them more fun. I guess we all have some weird quirks when it comes to what we enjoy during a workout.
One thing that’s been great about working out with a kettlebell is that I’ve been able to maintain most of the moves throughout my pregnancy. It has been a great way to maintain a fit and healthy pregnancy, but also never feel like I’m overdoing it. I’ve found that the more intense CrossFit WODs balanced with prenatal yoga sessions has been a great way to help me feel better throughout my pregnancy.
My Workout/birth Ball
Even though I was used to working from home for my job before the coronavirus, I still spent a lot of my time either traveling or out in the field. Now with working fully remote during the coronavirus (which I feel very lucky to be able to do), I found that spending that much time at my desk was making my lower back really sore. Most of the soreness was due to my growing belly and how it shifted my weight while sitting in my desk chair.
I decided to trade out my desk chair for an exercise ball, and it has completely relieved the soreness that I was starting to get in my lower back. It has helped while working at my desk, and it’s great to be able to take some breaks during the day to perform a few exercises with the ball. Definitely helps manage how much time I am spending in front of my screen. As I’ve progressed further in my pregnancy, I bring the ball with me most places in the house because I am finding how much it helps my body while sitting on it.
Paton’s bamboo yarn
When I was younger, my grandma taught me how to crochet. I’m sure this was partly to keep me out of trouble when she would babysit my sister and me, but I’m really grateful to be able to do this now. One of my favorite patterns that my grandma used to do was a baby blanket with little puff balls. Even though my grandma is no longer with us, she left me the directions for the pattern to this blanket.
With expecting our first baby this July, I decided to break out my old crochet hooks and see if I can complete the blanket for our little bundle of joy. 🙂 It’s been a great project to not only keep my busy while we are staying at home, but it has also made me feel closer to my grandma again. With how sensitive a baby’s skin is, I looked for a yarn that would be extremely gentle. I found Paton’s silk bamboo yarn and it is crazy soft. I love the color options and cannot wait to see how the finished product turns out.
What’s been some of the things that have put a smile on your face this week. Let me know in the comments below.