Want to know my first thought when looking at the date this morning? January 9 is a great date for a birthday (but so is January 11, so I’ll be alright if the baby holds out till Sunday). Things have been pretty low key around here as we spend most evenings wondering if they’ll be our last as a family of two. I’ve been in “pre-labor” for a about a week now – I’m dilated, effaced, and have contractions on what seems like the regular (just not regular enough!). There have been a few nights where I’ve woken up to them, timed them for about an hour (they were 7 minutes apart), and decided to get a little more sleep before I woke up Ben ….. only to wake up three hours later with nothing. I’ve been to the doctor a few times this week and their instructions are always “well, if you go into labor tonight you know what to do” and “if it hasn’t happened in the next 48 hours give us another call” (talk about a way to get a girl’s hopes up). In addition, I spend far too much time googling “how to tell if you’re going into labor” and yesterday I came across an article that had 10 signs labor is about to start…and I could check off all ten of them.
There is the constant debate between exercising to bring on labor, and taking naps to rest up for it (usually the naps win during the day and watching Ben work out is good enough motivation in the evenings). And I should clarify, by exercise I usually mean dance around to Taylor Swift with my three pound weights 😉 One thing I’m determined to be a bit better at next time around (too early to be thinking about child #2? probably), is regular exercise…and I’m already looking forward to real workouts post baby (me, excited for workouts? yeah, something is wrong).
I’ve also been trying to stay on a healthy eating kick around here. The healthy food cravings have kind of died off but I’m not willing to fully substitute my red peppers for Oreos just yet. It’s hard because real meals don’t work as well with a stomach so squished by a baby so for the most part I just snack regularly. We’ll eat a small dinner when Ben gets home from work …and then continue snacking all evening too (I’m ever so grateful for a low maintenance husband when it comes to food).
^We’ve been loving snacking on nashi (asian pears), cheddar rice cakes, and pistachios. I’ve also been drinking my weight in herbal tea (because they say be hydrated before you go into labor) and together it’s the perfect healthier combination.
^Did you know 30 pistachios is only 100 calories? Plus this “Nut of the Year” is one of the lowest fat nuts and the highest in protein.
^I grew up on asian pears in Japan and they’re my all time favorite fruit (I was spoiled in California where Ben’s parents kept them stocked for us for two weeks) — have you ever tried one?
P.S. If you’re interested, the Pistachio Health Institute is holding a “Year of the Skinny Nut” giveaway on their facebook page here. You can enter to win a year worth of pistachios (hello healthy snacking for all of 2015!).
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.