Saturday, October 5, 2013

37 weeks

It's update time again greenies! I've had one busy week at school as I prepare for maternity leave, but now that the dust has settled (don't worry, I'm still working) I can finally give you a Baby Mila update! Here I am at 37 weeks...

This week's photo background: The background for this week's photo is from the barn of a local family attraction, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. I knew a red barn was a must for this belly shot project of mine and since I don't know anyone with a red barn, this was the place to go.

Red barn time!

Now aside from the cool, red background wall it provided, Brandon, Avery and I had a great time seeing, feeding, and petting all the farm animals.  Here's some of the fun we had...

The cows were one of her favorites!

Until they got a little too close...

So much for a Mommy/Daughter photo, she had her eyes
on what animals were next!

Feeding the ducks.

Goats were her next favorite to feed!

We made sure to find some time
to jump in the puddles (her favorite
thing to do!)
She's changed quite a bit since we went to the "farmstead" (as she calls it) over a year ago...

So little and chunky! Apparently she was not a fan of shoes
or the sheep that were on the other side of the fence either!

Questions of the week:

1. How big is the baby (with Avery's help)?

This is one food size that kind of makes you laugh, I mean a bunch of swiss chard? But really, it's according to the length of the baby, which is close to 19 inches long. So I made sure to measure this swiss chard and it was pretty close to that. I thought Avery wouldn't be quite as interested in it because it wasn't in her usual favorite ball-shape, but she decided to use it for another a snack! As you can see from the photo above, she happily snacked away as I took her picture.

By the way, that volleyball shirt she is wearing is currently her all-time favorite shirt! She wears it almost every night to bed, except for when it has to take a little break to be washed. Personally Brandon and I don't play or watch volleyball, but it was given to her as a gift for her 2nd birthday from the paraprofessional in my class, who coaches volleyball, and Avery has loved it ever since. As you can see below, it even has her name on the back. Who knows, maybe someday she'll be a volleyball player? Until then, she will support the sport with pride with this shirt! ( :

But the swiss chard fun didn't end on the porch, she took it inside and kept eating it as she hung out (literally) with our dog Jilly. 

"So this is how big you are Mila..."

"Want to try a bite Jilly?"

"Okay guys, is there really going to be another one of these
girls coming soon? I'm not so sure about this..."

2. What I'm eating...
Since I'm getting so close the end of my pregnancy journey, my midwife suggested that I make an extra effort to up my protein and healthy fats in my diet to help Mila continue to gain weight and support her brain development. And one favorite afternoon snack that I've been turning to lately is pretzels dipped in peanut butter. Not only do I love the combo of creamy and crunchy (and dipping, a common trend in my pregnancy cravings) but I love that it fills me up so I'm not hungry an hour later.  In case you're wondering, I use Gratify Gluten-Free Pretzel Twists and Earth Balance Creamy Peanut Butter, both are gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.

3. Best moment of the week: 
Reconnecting with an old friend from Avery's pregnancy, my stability ball. Now don't get me wrong I use my stability ball from time to time during workouts, but I haven't used it quite as I do now (as a chair replacement) since Avery's pregnancy, which you can read about here.

As of now, I have one I keep at school and one I use at home, and they have really helped improve my comfort level in these last few weeks as Mila continues to grow and place even more strain on my back.  Now I know a lot of people recommend these for birth, but I find they are extremely helpful in those last few weeks of pregnancy. In fact, I'm sitting/bouncing on one right now as I type this post! I say "bouncing" because the beauty of the stability balls is that if my back starts to get tight or sore while I'm sitting on it, I stop for a minute or two and just bounce around on the ball. Then I slow down, go back to sitting still, and get back to work. I think Mila is a fan of the stability ball as well because it gives her more chances to move and be comfortable. Talk about a win-win! Anyone else use stability balls during pregnancy to help reduce back pain or just feel more comfortable when sitting? Share below!

Well, that wraps up my 37 week update, and since I'm about one week late with these posts, I'll be back again shortly when I reach week 39!

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