33 Weeks | Giving Thanks

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I woke up this morning with a lot to be thankful for. Earlier this week I wrote about being grateful for the little things that are easy to take for granted. But today I’m appropriately using the holiday to be thankful for the big, mind-blowingly amazing things. Obviously, this little baby I’m growing comes top of mind of things to be thankful for. It’s easy to be flippant about the funny side effects of pregnancy – from blaming immodest farts and burps on the baby, to the retro “down there” grooming situation (now I know why women in birthing videos are always rocking a full on ’70s crotch). The bodily changes are as hilarious and uncomfortable as puberty – but all of that aside…  I am so incredibly thankful for this pregnancy. For this baby. And that I get to be his mom.

Field Notes & Other Observations: 
• I went to the midwife yesterday. My belly is measuring at 32 weeks and the baby is positioned head down with his back curved against the left side of my body. I’m supposed to rock on an exercise ball (with my belly button pointing down) to coax his back towards my belly – which is the best position for birthing.
• We’re about halfway through our Hypnobirthing classes. One of my key takeaways this week is to practice “breathing the baby down” (vs. pushing) while going #2. Think about that the next time you go to the bathroom.
• I miss being able to lie on my stomach. Everyone tells you to go see movies and go out to fancy dinners before you have a baby but what I want to tell all my non-pregnant friends is to take a nap or read a book laying on your stomach.
• Jeremy knows I love watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show every holiday season, so earlier this week he sent me a calendar appointment so I wouldn’t forget. But for some reason I don’t think watching lingerie models stomp down a runway covered in glitter and bronzer will be very good for my self esteem at 8.5 months pregnant.
• My most recent pregnancy craving is oatmeal – Scottish oats loaded with cinnamon, apples, raisins, pecans, and a dash of maple syrup.
• In related news, my chiropractor noticed I had more inflammation in my joints than usual – which made me that much more convinced that eating paleo (grain free) is best for my body.

Anatomy of an Outfit:
• Sweater – (I cut out the tags and can’t remember / not maternity)
• Tee & Leggings – BCBG (not maternity)
• Boots – Uggs

  1. kristen

    hi kathleen, i always read, but rarely comment. i just wanted to say thank you for writing such a beautifully written and aesthetically pleasing blog. i have loved watching your transitions through pregnancy…you are so beautiful! and i love the anatomy of an outfit series, and you have definitely convinced me i need some frye boots asap.

    • Kathleen

      I think my true mission in life is to convince everyone they need a good pair of Frye boots. 😉

      Thank you for the sweet words. I’m so glad you took the time to comment – it made my day! Have a great weekend. XO

  2. Melanie

    “We’re about halfway through our Hypnobirthing classes. One of my key takeaways this week is to practice “breathing the baby down” (vs. pushing) while going #2. Think about that the next time you go to the bathroom.”

    Considering that I am going to be pushing out my second son in a week or so, I believe I will until then. Definitely helpful!

    “Jeremy knows I love watching the Victoria’s Secret fashion show every holiday season, so earlier this week he sent me a calendar appointment so I wouldn’t forget. But for some reason I don’t think watching lingerie models stomp down a runway covered in glitter and bronzer will be very good for my self esteem at 8.5 months pregnant.”

    OH come on girl, can’t miss a ritual just for being pregnant. I am about to explode and will still be there on December 3rd cheering the entire team on.

    • Oh, I still watch the VS fashion show. Haha! As long as there aren’t any 6 week post-partum models walking the runway. 😉

  3. Jacki

    Love your outfit! Big things and small things, so much to be thankful for. Right now I’m on day 3 of a 4-day weekend and that alone is a huge, huge thanks.

    Nice to know I’m not the only one who gets an oatmeal craving! Although mine is definitely not pregnancy-related 🙂

  4. Hi Kathleen, you are looking amazing. I wanted to say that 100-200 cat-cows a day kept my second child’s spine forward (in the anterior position) and I believe led to his successful 10 lb. VBAC delivery. I also NEVER sat back in a chair during the last semester, because I was damn serious about avoiding a posterior birth again. I think it’s great you are thinking about the baby’s position, it can really make a difference.

    p.s. My hypnobirthing practices went out the window with my first contraction, but was still worth it to keep me mellowed out and cared for before the birth. 🙂

    • I’ve heard that for most people Hypnobirthing practice goes out the window. It seems like every person I talk to uses about 10-25% of what they learned but that it was enough to help. It helps that my doula is also my certified Hypnobirthing teacher!

      I’ve been trying not to lounge back so much this trimester! But I’m going to be even more aware of it after your comment – thank you!

  5. Viv

    OMG I also craved for oatmeal at that time when pregnant! I have never liked or even tried before but once I hit 33 weeks that was All I wanted…I still have it for breakfast but now share my oatmeal with green apple pieces and cinnamon with my cute 14months baby girl…

    • That’s crazy! I used to eat oats every morning before going mostly Paleo and grain-free. I’m really trying to listen to my body (diet labels and restrictions aside) and my body is wanting some oats! I have to think there is some greater wisdom in my body at play here…

      Congrats on your baby girl! XO

  6. Ravyn

    I’m happy to see poop talk on here, haha … I, too, am going through the Hypnobirthing course, and pregnancy poops have been much better since practicing the ‘breathing down’.

    Thanks for the reminder about a yoga ball. Gotta get the baby lined up!

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