It has finally arrived. The start of the last trimester… the home stretch, the “transition” from being pregnant to becoming a mother.
The countdown has begun.
And I couldn’t be more excited.
After a whirlwind weekend in Nashville (where we postponed our trip a day due to tornadoes), we flew in at the crack of dawn on Saturday, where my parents threw me a “non” baby shower, replete with Mimosas, coffee, scones, muffins, quiche, fritattas, some vegan fare, healthy salads and lots of raucous behavior (anytime my Mee-Maw is involved, it’s always raucous – I had to tell her to keep her hands at 10 and 2 when hugging my husband).
An eclectic mix of people poured in, and it was wonderful to see so many smiling faces; to see the support and love that Sophie already has, even before she has taken her first breath.
As we didn’t register for gifts, we requested gift cards and asked that people bring a children’s book to add to Sophie’s library. I am happy to report Sophie now has a huge stock of all my favorite classics, and I am dying to find a cheap bookshelf to display them.
On Sunday, my best friend (and amazing photographer) Nikki McFadden came over and took pregnancy photos (I literally cannot wait to get them!). Alex and I posed for a lifestyle shoot, brushing our teeth, lounging in bed, and then I did some nude profile shots in front of a window. It’s no secret I am quite shy about my body, but as I stood there, with life moving inside me, I somehow felt more beautiful than I ever have.
I cannot wait to frame a series and hang them in the nursery, so Sophie can see where she came from; so she can see how happy her parents were, even before she was born. I want her to look at them and to know how loved she was… how absolute our feelings were, are, and will always be.
That night, we went to a cool, divey place called The Pharmacy and feasted on falafel burgers and sweet potato fries. We celebrated my mother’s birthday and rose at 4:45a.m. to hop on a plane back to Chicago.
As I get back into the swing of things, I purchased our very first item for the little one: the Babyletto Modo 3-in-1 crib.
I unloaded her books and adorable yellow, black and white onesies that my parents got her; a natural wood comb and brush, and the cutest little shoes I’ve ever seen.
It dawned on me that we have a lot to do before her arrival, unless she is going to run around naked the majority of the time (which is a strong possibility with the cost of baby clothes these days).
I then looked at the hilarious composite constructed from The Bump with mine and Alex’s pictures (THIS is supposed to be what our child will look like?!) and laughed for about fifteen minutes straight.
I changed the sheets and did laundry and adjusted to yet another wacky day in the land of temperamental temperatures in Chicago.
And I thought about love. Something happened to me this weekend, as I protectively rubbed my belly and let others feel my daughter as she moved and rolled inside my body. I fell more madly and deeply in love with her than I ever thought possible.
I realized that when she comes, we will not own her. She will not even be extensions of us really, but a mere reflection of our genes and sensibilities. We will guide and shape her the best we can, but her decisions will become just that: hers and hers alone.
I am excited and privileged to get to know the little one inside of me. Whose sense of humor will she have? Will she be active? Will she be as loving as her father? Will she trample our puppy and have lungs the size of Texas? With every day that passes, I get closer to meeting the little girl I am so desperately in love with.
From a condo in a little segment of Chicago, it feels like the only thing consuming me. And for this moment, here and now, I am so grateful.
WORKOUT OF THE DAY: TABATA CONDITIONING
I get a lot of questions about how to “rev” up your fitness or shred certain body parts or just increase heart health. One of my favorites (and something I am dying to get back to) is TABATA. Tabata is performing an activity for 20 seconds at maximum intensity and backing off or resting for 10 seconds. Then repeating that cycle 8 times through (which is equivalent to 4 minutes).
You can do it with running, burpees, lifting weights, yoga… the sky is the limit. One of my favorite little circuits is below. I am counting down the months until I can do this again!
Perform each exercise for 4 minutes and then move on to the next exercise. Take a 1 minute break if necessary after each Tabata interval. Make sure you are thoroughly warmed up.
Rowing (or running if you don’t have a rower)
Plate push (Get on a carpeted area and grab a heavy plate. Drive the plate across the carpet for 20 seconds. Rest for 10. Repeat for 8 cycles. Don’t have a plate? Change it to bear crawls.)
This 20 minute workout will INCINERATE calories and exhaust you. Combine with any exercise you like for a quick, effective workout!
And follow it up with a green smoothie within an hour!