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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Here we are at nearly 39 weeks. The nursery is ready. The house is ready. We’ve read books, we’ve mentally prepared, we have bags partially packed, ingredients on hand to make homemade cookies for our labor team once it’s go-time, and I’ve got all my postpartum care supplies ready and waiting. Waiting. That is what we have left to do.

Since starting to practice yoga, I’ve been fairly in tune with my body and aware of any changes. This makes the waiting even more frustrating as I can feel all these subtle changes, but at the same time there is no precise sign that says “hey, this is happening today or tomorrow, or not until next week.” I’m noticing more of a pronounced waddle – which is my hips expanding and opening in preparation for birth, an observation which is corroborated by my fabulous chiropractor who has noticed increased movement in my pelvic region. I can feel Baby G has dropped. His feet, which used to jut out to the left when looking down at my stomach as he stretched out, now they stretch out farther up into my rib cage indicating he has more vertical room and his head has descended. I have to pee every. 30. minutes. At least!

What triggers labor is still a mystery, but apparently it is the precise combination of hormones from both mom and baby. I have to trust that when Baby G is ready, and even though I might feel ready maybe my body just isn’t quite there yet, that this incredible process will begin. So for now, I just need to keep busy and find a few new projects to keep myself distracted.

Luckily, I have my writing as an outlet. So, for the next few days I’ll talk about my experience with pregnancy, what we’ve found helpful, the birth we have in mind, the resources we’ve engaged, and anything else I can think to offer. That being said, pregnancy and birth is an incredibly personal experience. I’m sharing mine in the hopes others might find the information helpful, but not in any way from the view point that this is the “right” way. It is *a* way, and what has worked for me personally given my background, experiences, and values.

The most important thing to remember, and which I remind myself of constantly, is that I have to listen to my body and my intuition. Take what serves you, leave the rest. This is when it comes to advice from friends and family, from that expert in the book, and even when it comes to your care providers. Certain things are absolutely necessary, others can stand some questioning and may even be avoided if that is what you feel is right for you and your pregnancy.

If I were to impart only one nugget of advice, I recommend finding an experience that makes you feel involved, empowered and informed.

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Hey Brittany, how’d January go?

Well I am so glad  you asked! At the beginning of the month I made several resolutions. I know you’ve been held in suspense without daily updates, so here’s the rundown:

  1. No fried foods – With the exception of a single bite of spring roll on January 8th (I temporarily forgot that crispy dough had to be fried to get that way) and a weakness for condiments which top tortilla chips — I made it! My PIC (partner-in-crime) and I decided to re-classify tortilla chips as non-fried. The sneaky bastards just kept creeping in there. We didn’t really mean to eat them, but how else do you shovel salsa into your pie hole? 
  2. Weekly blog posts – This post marks numero cinco for January! Goal achieved 🙂
  3. Training for a half marathon – I can’t lie, I am particularly pleased with myself on this one. My first run was on January 6th. I made it about 5+ miles, but I walked a good 1.5-2 miles. More importantly, I was gasping through my first mile and sheer will pushed me through an effort to walk the last. This morning was my latest run. I only went 3.25 miles, but I ran the ENTIRE way. I’m averaging about a 10 min/mile pace. In a little over three weeks I’ve upped my endurance from running one mile shakily to running over three miles with relative ease. I’ll call that progress, and I’ll call myself pleased as punch!

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    Met my goal for the week by Tuesday morning!

  4. Call my Mother every Sunday – I’ve almost made this goal 4 out of 5 weeks. I say ‘almost’ because I tend to forget on Sunday — but I always remember on Monday. Except of course this week, when I forgot until Wednesday but didn’t get a chance to call before she called first. I’m a terrible daughter.
  5. Meditate once a week – On this one I pretty much completely failed. Although, I have been going to yoga once a week which some people consider to have similar benefits to meditation. So, I’ll call this only a partial failure for January. We shall see if I can finally get back to it next month!
  6. Increase my retirement contribution – Nailed it.
  7. I will set February’s resolutions on January 31st – In month one of 2013 I met about 85% of my resolution goals. One of the mistake I think I made was squeezing in too many. Here goes my slimmed down list for February, and the last of my January resolutions!

February Resolutions

Limit fried foods to once per week
No alcohol for the month
Make blogging & running habits, not just resolutions (they say it takes 6 weeks & I’m over halfway there)
Meditate once a week
Call your mother weekly (day no longer relevant)

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January Resolutions

I absolutely refuse to make a New Year’s resolution. I never keep them, and for that reason they tend to be the same each year. You’ve probably already read a self-help advice column (or two) during your own resolution setting that has cautioned against setting unrealistic goals. I’ve read those too. And that’s why this year I’m setting monthly resolutions. I figure I can do just about anything for thirty days. If I like it well enough, maybe it will stick a bit longer.

So for January, I commit to the following resolutions:

  1. I will abstain from eating all fried foods (day 3 and still going strong!)
  2. I will vow to add at least one new blog post each week (this baby makes numero uno, only 3 more weeks to go!)
  3. I will increase my retirement contribution (knocked this one out today!)
  4. I will meditate at least once a week (running out of time on this one, but I’ll get it in!)
  5. I will start training for a half marathon (training begins Sunday!)
  6. I will call my mother every Sunday to make sure she’s still alive (it’s important to stay connected!)
  7. I will set February’s resolutions on January 31st

Looking back on 2012, my resolutions weren’t a complete and total failure. I wanted to become healthy, happy and successful. I may not have those chiseled biceps and flat stomach I was after, but I managed a 28-mile hike, took up yoga, reignited my passion for writing, and reached important milestones in my career. And despite all my moaning about being a single cat lady forever… well let’s just say I may have been wrong on that one.

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2012 in review – Gracias WordPress.com helper monkeys!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog. Wasn’t that nice of them? Last year saw 54 posts, which is not too shabby considering all the craziness that was my life this year. I promise loyal followers, I will double that number in 2013. This is the year I stop procrastinating, and really start writing. Enjoy the recap!

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 3,100 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Technology

This one is a quickie and mostly a gush over my new Microsoft surface. For my friends who are Apple fans, you may want to skip this one. Whether you’re a Mac or a PC, I hope you’ll at least appreciate that the addition of the Surface to my cache of Microsoft products will likely increase my blog activity exponentially. So please, bear with me through this brief commercial plug. (I was in no way compensated for this post, I’m just a huge fan.)

I’ve spent the last two hours customizing my Christmas present. Not building, not playing with, and not setting up. Nope, I’ve been customizing. I’ve been downloading tons of apps and placing their colorful little icons in nice, neat groupings with descriptive labels like “Media” and “Web Favorites.” My new Microsoft Surface is perfect for someone with an odd affection for organization (some may call it OCD.) I’ve always cringed from the iPad’s pages and pages of unorganized apps, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the layout and flexibility of Windows 8 which offers a vibrant and aesthetically pleasing array of active live tiles.

I have visions of myself sitting in coffee shops, streaming radio and writing away. I now have the power and function of a laptop in a slim, lightweight device. Perhaps finally in addition to my public rants I can begin penning down something with more substance, and an actual storyline.

 

I think I am finally ready to get to work. 2013 — the year I write.

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Excuses

Five (plus one) excuses for why I haven’t blogged in nearly a month —

  1. Although my desk at home is Ikea chic, the tiny little stepstool that serves as a perch for my bum is not the most comfortable of seats.
  2. The funhouse nature of my historic apartment is charming, but also makes the floors uneven. This makes the Ikea stepstool wobble. Discomfort is exponentially increased — and I’m not that dedicated.
  3. I tried to start blogging at work, but then realized they don’t pay me to be witty and entertaining. Their loss.
  4. Thanks to daylight savings ending, it’s dark when I get home at 7 PM. This makes me instantly want to crawl into bed and watch Netflix. Or Hulu. Especially if there is a new Once Upon a Time, New Girl, Revenge, Modern Family…. I just realized I watch entirely too much TV for someone who doesn’t have cable.
  5. I’m holding out so I can start blogging on my new Microsoft Surface. I’m pretty sure it’s going to improve the quality of content by at least 17%. Mainly because I can start blogging from my couch while watching Netflix, or from the bakery down the street while scarfing down Glorious Morning muffins and drinking pumpkin chai lattes. Pumpkin gets the blood flowing and increases creativity. That’s a fact I’m sure.
  6. My talent and success are working against me. I want to blog about people that now follow my blog and find it kinder to keep it all inside. Stop finding me so entertaining so I can mock you in the public space. Please? Just kidding, I actually have an anonymous blog where I can do that. Now you want to go find it, don’t you? Hehehe (evil laugh.)

Thought I’d throw you a bone loyal followers. The next one will be epic. I semi-promise.

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