37 Weeks = Full Term

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Holy cow! I am 37 weeks pregnant today and considered full term! Basically, Luna could arrive anytime between today and 3 weeks from now…4 weeks if I’m unlucky. I CANNOT wait! Every little twinge, pain, cramp or movement makes me freeze in my tracks and wonder “is it starting?” There’s no way of knowing, but we can check the stats and see how everything is progressing!

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How far along? 37 weeks

Weight Gain? 25 pounds

Belly Button? Umm, gross. My belly button was exactly in the middle before getting pregnant, ALL the way out at about 20 weeks, ridiculous at 30 weeks and now..well now it’s so stretched out that it’s almost flat again! It is so freaky and I’m scared it will never be normal again.

Stretch Marks? Sadly, a few have popped up around my belly button. I did all the tips and tricks: lots of moisturizer, slow and steady weight gain…but, I still got em’. Oh well, it’s all a part of the package and I’m cool with that.

Rings on or off? On, no swelling for me!

Looking forward to? Still looking forward to getting the nursery done! Carpet will be installed on Monday! Woohoo!

Missing Most? Fitting into clothes. We went to the mall yesterday just to walk around and play at Sephora and I was sooo envious of all the non-pregnant girls shopping for cute clothes.

Other Symptoms? Every pregnancy symptom I never had seems to have hit me this week: leg cramps, dry skin, weird spots, weird cramping, dizziness, etc. Also, my “pregnancy brain” is severe. I cannot focus on anything. I can barely hold a conversation. Just hanging out with friends feels challenging.

Emotions? All over the place. One minute I’m super excited to meet Luna, the next I’m terrified about going into labor. Or, one moment I feel beautiful and awesome, then 2 seconds later I feel disgusting and huge. Pregnancy is a crazy thing.

Exercise? Still going strong! I am still working out 6 days a week and feeling super proud of myself. It gets harder every single day, but I know it will be worth it.

Today, I had a little too much time on my hands and after seeing Gwen Stefani’s beautiful baby bump photo that’s gone viral, I decided I wanted to take one too. I happened to have a very similar outfit so I spent way too much time recreating the photo, but it was a lot of fun to do.

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Our little girl will be here any day now! Oh, and don’t forget about my PinkBlush Maternity gift card giveaway! If you haven’t entered to win just comment on my previous blog and I’ll announce the winner on Monday!

Cheers!

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SO Pregnant

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OMG, I am SO pregnant! I know I have repeatedly told you that pregnancy has been awesome….I have felt great, been super healthy and even had my anxiety under complete control. Well, ladies and gentlemen at 36 weeks and a few days pregnant I can now say I do NOT feel awesome. In fact, often I just feel like crap. *Now, excuse my while I clean the spilled and reheated coffee off my keyboard.

My lower back is killing me, I have crazy sharp pains downtown, sleep is near impossible, leg cramps are now a part of my daily life, I’m incredibly irritable (hard to tell, right?), heartburn is awful and I can rarely eat a full meal without getting sick. Everything just feels different. She has definitely dropped, so lots of trips to the bathroom are also inevitable. I know, truly I know, it is all worth it, but I think I’m ready for our baby girl’s arrival now.

This morning, I met with a pediatrician to determine if I like her and the practice. I waited for the doctor in a bright purple exam room decorated with trains and stared at myself in the mirror across from me. All I kept thinking was, “What is wrong with my eyes? Open your eyes, Hilaire!” I had remembered to put on mascara, so that wasn’t the problem. Then, I realized they were just big and puffy and surrounded by dark circles. I barely recognized myself.

Exercising and eating healthy still helps, but after working on my feet all day today I feel completely immobile, which just sucks. A hot bath seems to be the best remedy for my aches and pains. In fact, every night lately has consisted of a nice warm bath, a good TV show and a giant cup of red raspberry leaf tea. Did you know that this tea is like a magic drink for the female system? I drank it while trying to get pregnant and now I drink it because it’s supposed to boost my immune system, help circulation, strengthen my uterine muscles, tone my pelvic floor, make contractions work better and even increase breastmilk supply. It’s worth a try, right?

Woop, woop! Still working out! It's not easy, but it's worth it!
Woop, woop! Still working out! It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
So, so good with a little honey and even better if you're wrapped up in a blanket next to the fire...
So, so good with a little honey and even better if you’re wrapped up in a blanket next to the fire…

As far as emotions go, I’m still doing really well with my anxiety. Shockingly well. I am feeling nervous about delivery, but it’s a normal-person type of nervousness. I’m sure most moms-to-be get some anxiety about going into labor. I can’t help but worry about what it will be like, what will happen, how will it feel, how will my body respond and a myriad of other things. However, it’s not an obsessive worry and I’ve yet to have a panic attack. Thank God! Of course, I am having a little anxiety about what will happen after the baby comes. I’m afraid I may slip into my old high-anxiety ways again. For now, I’m just going with the flow and taking it one day at a time…which is not like me at all! It’s a miracle people.

Also, remember the whole nursery debacle? Well now, not only have the ladder, railings and closet been torn out, but drywall has been repaired, the walls have had to be re-painted, and this week the carpet is getting torn out. Our entire nursery is now stacked in the living room. Soooo, the fact that I have yet to kill my Husband is also a miracle.

Now, I know that babies come when they’re ready and there’s really no way to predict their arrival, but I am trying very hard to persuade this baby to come at 38 weeks. I think if I say it enough, she’ll be convinced. There are SO many things happening in our lives over the next 6 weeks, and it just works out best for everyone if she can manage to arrive around that time… you hear that Luna?

Husband thinks I’ve jinxed us and she’ll come late now, I guess only time will tell. And, I know, as long as she is fully cooked and a healthy baby that’s all that matters. What do you think? Any guesses on Luna’s arrival?

Cheers!

PinkBlush Review and Giveaway!

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I have tried a few different brands of Maternity clothes over the last few months (Target, Old Navy, Macy’s, Etsy, etc), but there is one company I have adored over the rest.. PinkBlush Maternity. If you are pregnant, or have been recently pregnant, than I’m certain you have heard of them. They are a very trendy, cute, affordable and comfortable maternity clothing company. They are often featured on Zulily and you can’t google “trendy maternity clothes” without immediately coming across this company. They know their stuff.

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Lucky for me, I get to review one of PinkBlush’s maternity/nursing dresses! They offer a whole line of maternity/nursing clothes, which is really really nice. No one wants to spend a lot of money on clothes they can only wear for a few months, but, if you can wear it after the baby has arrived than it’s totally acceptable! Today, I’m showing off the Mocha Bohemia Maternity/Nursing Maxi Dress.

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I wore my new dress for our date night out to see I Love Lucy: Live on StageIt fits just right, is very comfortable and easy to dress-up and add layers too. I paired it with heeled booths, a scarf and sweater to keep warm, but in the summer I’ll still be able to wear it with bare shoulders and some strappy wedges (and a much smaller belly!).

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Now, the great news for you is that PinkBlush Maternity is hosting a giveaway right here on my blog! They are giving away one $25 gift card to one of you! AND, it’s super easy to win! All I ask is that you do one or all of the following…BUT the more you do the more chances you have to win. For example, if you follow my blog, your name will be entered one time. If you do everything on the list than your name is entered 7 times. Easy.

1. Follow my blog. (just click that little “follow me” button on the right)

2. Follow me on Facebook. (I want to be friends!)

3. Follow me on Twitter. (I kind of suck at tweeting though…#imgettingold)

4. Follow me on Instagram. (I promise many cute animal photos)

5. Share the giveaway on either Facebook or Twitter.

6. (This is the one you must do!) Comment below…let me know where you followed or what you’d like to purchase with your $25 gift card.

7. Follow PinkBlush Maternity at either their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest accounts.

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Sooo, there you go, 5 chances to win a nice gift card from PinkBlush Maternity. Best of luck to ya! The winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th!

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Big thanks to PinkBlush for sponsoring this post and for offering the gift card to my readers. Just one more reason that I think you’re awesome.

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Cheers!

35 Weeks!

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Today I am exactly 35 weeks pregnant! 5 weeks to go…about a month…or 35 days…OR even less! (Just no more than that, please.) I think I have begun nesting. Either that or I’m becoming incredibly more controlling and have developed OCD. I still get Braxton Hicks contractions all the time and they make life pretty uncomfortable. My goal over the next month is to finish the nursery, the office, the guest room (OK the entire house), make a couple more frozen meals, pack my hospital bag and try to keep the house clean because who wants to bring home their new baby to a dirty house? Not this incredibly controlling, OCD, very pregnant lady. Oh, and I’d like to have several posts saved up for the blog!

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Okay...I know I have a big pregnant belly...but I SWEAR it look so much bigger when I see it in a photo. It's shocking.
Okay…I know I have a big pregnant belly…but I SWEAR it look so much bigger when I see it in a photo. It’s shocking.

Here are the latest stats:

Weight: I think I’ve gained about 23 pounds…more than I hoped for at this point, but whatever…I’m pregnant AND just survived the holidays!

Stretch Marks: Only a couple on the ladies…glad they aren’t anywhere else.

Looking Forward to: finishing her nursery

Missing: I really miss moving around like a normal person. Every action; getting up, sitting down, working out, sweeping, cooking, whatever, takes me at least twice as long as it used to.

Challenges: (See above) Also, eating a full meal is difficult. I get full super first and almost always get heartburn. I’m also always hungry. I’m trying to eat smaller meals all throughout the day, but it’s hard to not eat more than I can handle.

Appetite/Cravings: I haven’t been craving anything in particular… although I did want ice cream at about midnight last night.

Sleep: I sleep best after 7am for some reason. I toss and turn and get up all night, but once the sun is up I feel ready to sleep.

Emotions: I can tell I am getting more emotional and more sentimental the closer we get to Luna’s arrival. I cried yesterday because Husband was just being so sweet and cute… an hour later I cried because I missed my Mom and my girlfriends in Texas. I’m also feeling more anxious about the big day!

Movement: Everyday I think she can’t possible be more active and everyday she proves me wrong. This girl can move!

Exercise: It is soooo not easy, but I’m still working out 5-6 days a weeks. Some days I feel awful and want to skip it, but I always feel better once I finish.

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Cheers!

10 Minute Prenatal Arm Workout

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*Update: Since having Luna, I’ve created more “10 Minute workouts with a toddler“. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you and your new little one can continue exercising and having fun together!

I am now almost 32 weeks pregnant (8 more weeks!) and I am still keeping up with my daily workouts. I’ve got be honest though…it is NOT easy. Everyday I discover a new move I can longer do full-out. I’m learning to modify most exercises and learning to except the fact that I just cannot do what I used to do.

At almost 8 months pregnant I am modifying, taking more breaks, drinking more water and need more rest time after my workouts. I went swimming for about an hour the other day and accidentally took a half-hour nap the second I got home. The energy that came during my second trimester is definitely leaving, and I found myself needing extra encouragement from Husband to keep it up.

The good news is I am still able to workout and it still helps me feel better every single time I do it. Some days the last thing I want to do is push play and hear Shaun T yell at me to “dig deeper”.  I want to stop half-way through and I get angry that it’s SO hard, but afterward I feel awesome! Not only do I feel like a bad-ass for completing the workout, but everything just feels better. I sleep better, eat better, have less back aches and my anxiety is always lessened after a good workout.

I want you to reap these benefits too! Today, I put together a 10-minute arm workout that uses no weights. I love using weights, bands, balls and a myriad of other tools, but I don’t always have these on hand, and I know you most likely don’t either. So, let’s keep it simple and just use our body for some much needed resistance training!

Here’s my 10 Minute Prenatal (or not) Arm Workout:

  1. Push-ups (1 minute)– targets chest, core and upper arms

Let’s get everyone’s least favorite out of the way! Get into a plank pose (keep your tailbone, spine, neck and head in a straight line) and do as many push-ups possible for one minutes. Take breaks when needed or even break it up into 20 or 30 second intervals. Set a goal. Can you do 10 push-ups in one minute? 15 push-ups? 20? To modify, put your knees down OR elevate your upper body. Doing “girl push-ups” (ugh I hate that term) is still a very effective workout. I often have to elevate my upper body by putting my hands on the bottom step in our living room. My acid reflux is so bad during my pregnancy that if I don’t elevate myself everything just comes right back up. For a challenge, try moving push-ups. Open up your right arm and leg to the side and do a wide push-up. Do two to the right, two to the left and repeat!

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  1. Planks (2 minutes)– targets arms, triceps, biceps and shoulders

Okay, this is a long plank section, but no worries… you’re strong and tough and I know you can do it! So, get into plank position with straight arms and keep your head back and hips aligned. Now, hold for 30 seconds. Immediately, move down to your elbows, now hold a low-plank for 30 seconds. Right after, switch your weight to your right elbow, turn to your side and raise your left arm straight up towards the ceiling. Keep your hips off the floor and hold for 30 seconds. Switch; do the same on your left side for 30 seconds. To modify, take breaks between the planks or put your knees down. Even in the side-plank you can put one knee down. For a challenge, lift one leg and switch legs for each plank. This can get pretty challenging on the side planks!

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  1. Arm Circles (3 minutes)– targets shoulders, biceps, triceps and back

The key to this exercise is to keep your arms straight and keep the movements small. Stand with your legs shoulder-width apart and hold your arms out straight to each side. Do small arm circles to the back for 30 seconds, then to the front for thirty seconds. WITHOUT DROPPING ARMS, pump your arms up for 30 seconds, then down for 30…again these are small movements. Immediately pulse forward for 30 seconds, and then back for 30 seconds. Now, shake it out! To modify, Take a break after each minute, or cut it down to 20 seconds intervals. For a challenge, add small hand weights. Seriously, even holding some canned food will make a big difference with this exercise.

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  1. Tricep dips (1 minute)– triceps, shoulders

Find a chair or short table to support yourself. Sit at the edge of chair and place your hands on the very edge, fingers facing out. Now scoot your bottom off the chair and hold yourself up with straight arms. Do tricep dips by bending your elbows straight back to a 90 degree angle. Do full tricep dips for 30 seconds. Now stay down and pulse for 30 more seconds. To modify, move to the floor. For a challenge, lift one leg for the first half and switch for the second half.

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  1. Shoulder-tap push-ups (1 minute)- targets chest, core and upper arms

Get in your plank position and do two shoulder taps (one on each shoulder). Tap your left hand to your right shoulder, then your right hand to your left shoulder and then do one push up. Continue this pattern for one full minute. Hold your core tight and keep your back, tailbone and neck in line. To modify, put your knees down. For a challenge, you can do two push-ups after the shoulder taps, or lift one leg as you do the exercise.

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  1. Downward dog (1 minute)- targets shoulders, arms, wrists and core muscles

Start on your hands and knees. Place your hands and feet shoulder width apart. Press up, booty to the sky, keep your arms and legs straight and try to press your heels towards the ground. Hold for one minute. To modify, simply bend your knees or place your hands on a higher surface, like a chair. For a challenge, lift one leg for half the time, then switch.

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  1. Stretch (1 minute)

While sitting or standing cross your right arm across you chest and press your elbow. You should feel the stretch in you right shoulder and upper arm. Now lift the same arm over your head, reach you hand down your back, and press your elbow down, stretching your tricep. Repeat on the other side.

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Now breathe, you did it!

If you need to get your cardio in for the day try 30 minutes of dancing. Try Zumba, hip-hop class or just turn on some music and dance around your house for half an hour. Need more? Try my 10-minute Prenatal Booty Workout.

Don’t forget to stay safe and follow the 10 Tips for Prenatal Exercise.

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Alright, what workouts would you like to see next?

Cheers!

10 Minute Prenatal Booty Workout

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I am happy to say that at 30 weeks pregnant I am still working out 6 days a week and loving the effect it has had  on my changing body. I’m not exactly trying to lose weight, but I’m staying toned and preventing too much weight gain. I sleep better, feel better (emotionally and physically) and keep my anxiety in check by keeping up with my daily workouts. Now that I am getting slightly uncomfortable and less graceful in my pregnancy I’ve had to seriously adjust my workouts. My abilities and energy levels changed on a day-to-day basis now!

Lately I have combined my love for Shaun T’s workouts, Pilates, yoga and dance to create my own prenatal-friendly daily workouts! I typically workout from home and I have very little equipment, so I decided to create workouts that use little space and absolutely no workout tools! If you have weights, bands or balls at home then  feel free to add them in for an extra challenge. THAT’s the great thing about working out at home, you can adjust any workout to your own needs.

Today I will be focusing on glutes, and like one prenatal exercise DVD recently told me “your glutes are you booty muscles!”…just in case you didn’t know. WARNING: I live with very spoiled pets that demand attention at all times. So, they are pictured in almost every photo…little hams! Also, I had attempted something new with my hair in the morning and it ended up looking a little like Shirley Temple. Try not to let it distract you.

Here’s my “10 minute Prenatal Booty Workout”! (Although, I believe this can be used for non-preggo friends too!)

1. Squats (2 minutes) 

Squats are quite possibly my favorite move ever. There are so many different kinds of squats to keep your workout varied, they can be easily modified or enhanced AND it does wonders for that booty. Try 1 minute of regular squats and then one minute of tiny pulses at the bottom. To modify, you can put a resistance ball between your lower back and the wall. For a challenge, add some weights or bands and lift as you squat. Don’t forget to dig deep as you squat and try to get below 90 degrees! If you get bored you can squat with your feet closer together or extra wide.

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2. Lunges (2 minutes)

Another classic that’s simple to adjust… Try standing with feet together and alternating squats, right then left. Do these for one minute. After, hold a low lunge on the right side and pulse for 30 seconds. Switch, and try it on the left! To modify, you can hold onto a wall or chair for balance, elevate your front foot or use a smaller range of motion. Doing one leg at a time will be a bit easier too. For a challenge, add those weights or bands and lift as you lunge! You can also try stepping out to the diagonal to mix things up a bit. *Remember to keep your knee directly over your ankle as you lunge. Do NOT let your knee move over your toes.

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3. Pilates Leg Lifts (2 or 4 minutes)

Woohoo, now you get to lie on your side! Lie on your right side, keep you hips stacked on top of one another, rest your head in your right hand and keep your left hand in front of your belly. Do leg lifts for one minute. Be sure to squeeze your glutes and try to keep your hips from swaying, hold that core! Now, switch to your left side. To modify, you can add a ball or rolled up towel under your armpit for more stability. For a challenge, add on! Circle the leg to the front for 30 seconds AND the back for 30 seconds.

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4. Booty lifts (1 minute)

Lie on your back, bend your knees and let your arms lie flat by your sides. Squeeze your butt and press your belly up. Do full lifts for 30 seconds, then pulse it up for 30 seconds. Be sure to keep your shoulders, hips and knees in line as you lift. To modify, you can use a smaller range of motion or simply take a break. For a challenge, extend one leg and keep lifting, but don’t forget to switch legs half-way through!

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Get out of here Belle!

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5. Leg Extension with a Twist (2 minutes)

Get on all fours, knees directly under hips, and hands directly under shoulders. Bring your right knee in towards the left elbow, then extend back and to the diagonal. Repeat for one minute and of course, switch sides. To modify, skip the twist. Bring your knee straight in and straight back. For a challenge, add an arm lift. Bring your elbow towards you knee and extend your arm out as your leg extends back.

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Stretch: This stretch requires balancing, so if you are feeling unstable at this point find something to hold onto as you stretch. Stand on your left foot and cross your right foot over your left knee. Bend down, lean forward and feel the stretch in your glutes. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.

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BONUS: Plie Squats! If this ten minute workout simply wasn’t enough then add on the plie bonus. Open your legs wide, turn your toes out and bend down to a 90 degree squat. Keep your back up right and arms out straight to the side. Plie squat for 30 seconds. NOW, for a serious challenge, add some pulses. Pulse low for 30 seconds. Lift your left heel and pulse for 30 and lift your right heel and pulse for 30. Finally, lift both heels and pulse for 30 seconds!

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You did it!

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This ten minute workout is great for your pregnant butt, but don’t forget to get in some cardio today. Walking on the hills around my neighborhood with my little dog is one my favorite ways to get in some cardio and extra gluteal work.

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If you are working out and pregnant PLEASE be sure to stay safe and follow my Ten Tips for Prenatal Exercising. Keep it up Mama’s!

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Let me know what you think of this workout and what future workouts you would like to see.

*Update: Since having Luna, I’ve created more “10 Minute workouts with a toddler“. Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you and your new little one can continue exercising and having fun together!

Cheers!

Get Me Off This Emotional Roller Coaster!

During my first trimester I was a little emotional… Husband began to irritate me with things that never bothered me before being pregnant. I mean, seriously, do you have to constantly tap on me and hum while you eat??? I also cried a lot easier, which is really ridiculous considering that I already cry at 50% of TV commercials. However, once the second trimester arrived, I seemed to even out and feel like my more normal emotional self again.

Enter the third trimester.

My emotions have been all over the place the last week! I’m up, I’m down, I’m all around. Within minutes I can go from laughing to crying to fuming. I stayed up one night crying over sad things that happened in life two years ago. Sometimes I feel so elated with being pregnant, being with Husband and loving our life that I can hardly contain myself. Then, I find myself wanting to strangle Husband for putting a coffee cup in the wrong cabinet. The biggest emotional change has been my newfound fear of becoming a Mother.

If you want to scare yourself from having children, take a flight to anywhere. While flying back and forth between Nashville and Dallas I found myself thinking, what the hell did I get myself into??? There were SO many screaming temper-tantrum throwing kids. Normally, I find it easy to put on my headphones and ignore these naughty little ones, but this time I couldn’t help but notice the Moms. They looked exhausted, frustrated and a lot like zombies. I’ve never seen such dark circles under someone’s eyes. They were carrying vinyl diaper bags, princess accessories and wearing sweatpants. One family was eating hotdogs on the floor while their son threw chunks of bread and weenie out of his stroller. Is this what my life is going to morph into in a few months? Is it too late to back out? I was horrified.

Ten minutes later I noticed a toddler sitting with her Mother and eating fries and nuggets. She was adorable, singing to herself  and politely asking her Mom to blow on her chicken nugget even though it was obviously at room temperature by this point. Her Mom laughed with her silly little girl and snapped photos of her with a big cheesy smile to send to “Daddy”. It was so cute and sweet that I almost cried. It made me yearn for Luna’s arrival and our future Mommy/Daughter dates.

The whole trip went back and forth like this, and shopping was exactly the same. One minute I was on the verge of panicking as I watched siblings throw down in the middle of a store as “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” blared in the background. The next minute I was sappy and hopeful as I watched a little boy whisper his wish list sweetly into Santa’s ear.

I’m sure all of these scenarios are bits and pieces of what parenthood will be like and I’m certain Husband and I are both ready for this next step in life, but my God is it scary! I can definitely imagine us toting around princess toys and eating hotdogs on the floor at the airport, but sweatpants and vinyl bags is where I draw the line. Honestly, I found it hard to believe that this was the last trip I’ll be taking alone for a while. I became fully aware of my alone adult kid-less time and tried to savor every sip of Starbuck’s and every bite of Five Guy’s fries and felt thankful that I didn’t have to share my iPad with anyone.

Hopefully, this emotional roller coaster comes to an end soon. I’m ready to only feel excited again…does that even happen? Only 73 days to go! (Hopefully a little less than that!)

Cheers!