|Our 38 week picture taken from Russian Hill, San Francisco with a Cable Car and Alcatraz in the background.|
That being said, I now find that I have a renewed sense of energy (nesting, possibly?!) as well as more time since my last day of work was Friday. I am now in official, 100% BABY MODE! It has been a blast this last week! I did some sewing (pictures to come), cleaned the house, did a little baby-shopping, reading and just plain enjoyed these last few moments before our lives really change... forever. We are both beyond excited to meet out little baby-love and cannot wait to snuggle and kiss this tiny little miracle.
So here is a little update on the past 9 months:
Sex (the baby's to be exact)- We still do not know the baby's sex, after a failed attempt at our 19 week ultrasound. We are both ok with it, though, and have actually enjoyed the mysteriousness of it all. I can't say the same for my sisters or mother :)
Cravings- None... I had actually forgot that that was a "pregnancy thing", otherwise I would have used it long ago to justify an ice cream run from the hubby... eh-hem...
Wellness- I feel so fortunate that up until now, this has been a very mild pregnancy. I did not have morning sickness, although I felt nauseous at times during the 1st trimester, but that was quickly followed by feelings of great hunger. As you can tell, I have had NO problem eating! The worst that I have to complain about is heartburn (which never actually deterred me from eating spicy food... I am to blame, really) and swollen ankles; more affectionately known as "cankles", or as my brother described them, "Nutty Professor feet". The swelling has been much better since I have not been at work; having to sit most of the day was cutting off circulation and fluids were simply settling low, low, low.
Exercise- I had hoped to be a yoga-mamma, but that did not happen. Again, life was so busy up until this week! Brian and I would, however, hike all around our side of San Francisco: down Nob Hill, up Telegraph Hill, down Telegraph Hill, up Russian Hill; I am thankful that I have not been hindered in any way from getting up and down these hills.
Diet- I have been able to eat everything minus the few pregnancy no-no's: tuna and high-mercury fish, unpasteurized cheeses (sorry my beloved blue and brie), uncooked eggs, raw meat and seafood, coffee/caffeine, and alcohol. This was a bit of a bummer since I was working for an incredible salumi company that makes amazing dry cured salami. I was still able to eat the delicious deli meats (smoked ham, mortadella, and salame rosa) just by zapping the meat in the microwave for a few seconds. The main concern with all unpasteurized cheese, meats, and eggs is listeria. I have missed alcohol, but I have really missed coffee, my morning treat. I can say that I went cold-turkey and have not cheated once.
The only thing that has remained a consistent update throughout our pregnancy (thanks to Mr. Griffith, of course) is our weekly pregnancy blog. Check it out to see how the baby-bump has progressed over time.
Again, it is my sincere intention to pick-up my dearly missed blog moving forward. Thanks for continuing to check in on me even though I have been MIA.