38 Weeks | Making A Nest



Let’s talk about nesting. It’s f’reals, y’all. Since day 1 of this pregnancy I’ve been feeling like quite the homebody. And with that, we’ve been transforming our home into a nest.

Over the past few months we’ve moved the Braid office out of my house and into it’s own space, put together a nursery, bought a king-size bed and overhauled our master bedroom, made a legit guest bedroom, cleaned out our basement, organized the kitchen pantry, had a custom dining table made, and made a trip to IKEA. Yet, with all of that our house hasn’t felt quite complete. We’re constantly waiting on curtain or furniture deliveries and have piles of baby things to be opened, washed, assembled, and organized.

But just in the past couple of days there has been a burst of energy and things are beginning to really fall in place. And not just around our house – which is truly starting to feel like a home I’d like to bring my baby into. I’ve been working like crazy too – everything from client projects to writing + coaching, to blogging here, and writing some more over here. That said, I’m looking forward to a solid 8 weeks of maternity leave to really energize our nest with the little family we’ve created.

Field Notes & Other Observations: 
• I’ve definitely gotten to the point where I’m actively keeping my eyes peeled for signs of labor. I’m definitely moving in that direction with more intense contractions accompanied with period-like cramps.
• My belly is consistently measuring 2 weeks small but the baby is growing like a champ.
• I have good days and I have bad days. I’ll admit. I cried a little after midnight on New Years because I was just feeling so done with the mental transition and physical obligation that is pregnancy. But the next morning I woke up a warrior.
• My workouts have slowed down significantly. I’m still walking, lifting light weights, and taking Barre3 classes but I’m not trying to be a hero. I take breaks when I need them.
• I wanted to mention that I have been taking a protein supplement while pregnant. The only one I feel comfortable with is Jarrow Whey Organic protein (100% whey – no other ingredients) – and I just take 17g a day. If you’re pregnant, be sure to ask your doctor or midwife if something like that is right for you – but more importantly, listen to your gut.
• Maternity leave: I’m asked about the specifics of my maternity leave a lot. So here it goes: I will be working up until I have the baby. I’m not sure what I would be doing otherwise. I am planning on taking 8 weeks off to learn how to be a mom. Jeremy will be taking 4 weeks off with us. Hopefully, I still be able to blog here once or twice a week but things may get a little quiet around here.
• Child care: We’ve looked into hiring a full time babysitter or maybe going the daycare route. I’m still figuring it out what’s best but know I will make the right decision for our family when the time comes. If I’m a work-at-home mom it will only be a temporary measure (day care wait lists are INSANE). I am confident I can be a great mom and a great business person but probably not at the same time. And both are important to the health of my household.
• I’m secretly hoping I don’t have to take a 39 week photo next week (I typically take it on Sunday or Monday).

  1. Glad to hear you’re getting everything ready to go, since you’re down to the wire now!

    If we don’t hear from you much in the next week, I’m sure we’ll all be sending our Super Badass Lady Energy your way for a quick and easy delivery!

  2. SO SOON!

    oh – and when you look into day care, make sure and check OK’s child care provider system to see how the facility’s past inspections went (you can find it here). That database is super helpful. (Really, really not being alarmist or anything – promise!)


    (hope that baby pops out soon!)

  3. uhh…it’s getting real! I’m so excited for you! Wish you and your little man all the best for the delivery! 😉

    • Thank you! We’re definitely anticipating his arrival.

  4. Rocio

    Looking forward to see what you have done in the nursery.

    • I’m sure I’ll share little snippets here and there once it’s done!

  5. Maya

    I’m so excited for you! I’ve been following your blog since I saw your invites on A Cup of Jo and I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and seeing you grow and succeed ever since! Can’t wait to read about this new life you are creating (literally and sorta figuratively) 🙂

  6. thenik

    38! (Well, I saw on the instas 39!) Thinking all the amazing thoughts for you guys during this really anticipatory time and wishing all the health for you, too!

    Can’t wait to see how your work-mama balance plays out. As I start to take on more projects this year, as my babe turns four next month, and as we plan on babe number 2…I’ll keep coming here for inspirational and helpful bits. Best to you, Kathleen! (& the boys!)

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