This week’s update will be short. I hope you’ll understand.
39 Week Pregnancy Update
I’m less than a week from my due date now, and I’m feeling a little bit unlike myself. I’m extremely tired, pretty achy, and my acid reflux is nearly uncontrollable. I won’t bore you with the details, but my nights are restless, and I’m a bit zombie-like during the day. I’m definitely not the fit, energetic “me” that I was earlier this pregnancy, but I guess that’s probably not unusual at this stage in the game.
If you’ve read recent #FittaMammaFriday posts, you’ve noticed me talking about our upcoming move to the U.S. We’re currently stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, and while we knew that we were probably moving to Washington, D.C. this summer, we were still waiting on one final (important) piece of information to come through that would confirm that news. That information arrived several days ago, so our move is official.
Over the last six(ish) weeks, we’ve…
- Booked rental cars
- Scheduled our vehicle’s shipping date
- Scheduled our household goods to be moved
- Scheduled our unaccompanied baggage (a much smaller shipment of things like clothes, toys, and linens that will make life a little more comfortable after our big items have been picked up, but while we still live in Germany) shipment
- Taken both dogs to the vet’s office for vaccinations
- Scheduled Nick’s travel to the U.S. to search for a home for us
- Vetted, selected, and started working with a realtor
- Vetted, narrowed down, and started talking in more details with lendors
- Detailed what we’re looking for in a home (we’re planning to buy this time)
- Scheduled my mom’s travel to Germany while Nick is away
- Penciled in the date we’ll start trying to sell our second vehicle (in June)
- Purged unneeded things from our house, making multiple trips to the thrift store and the recycling center, and selling several items on our local buy/sell/trade FB group
- Made weekly OB visits
- Registered for baby boy’s birth at our hospital of choice
- Prepared a makeshift nursery for him in a small, unfinished “bedroom” in our current home (he’ll only use that room for about 4 weeks before our furniture is picked up
- Scheduled borrowed furniture from the Army for us to use between the time our household goods are picked up and the date we move into a hotel at the very end of our time in Germany.
- Scheduled hotel rooms here at our duty station for our last 3 nights in town, and another hotel room near our airport for the night before our flight to the U.S.
- Scheduled hotels and home stays with friends for Nick’s trip to the U.S.
- Scheduled a rental car for Nick’s trip to the U.S.
- Coordinated with friends and neighbors to be sure our dogs and Small Shaw are well cared for when I go into labor (we’re so blessed – and thankful for! — our community here)
- I’ve also prepared and submitted my materials to speak at the Americans Working Around the Globe (AWAG) Conference in Garmisch, Germany, the first week in May
- And I’m sure more things that I’ve not forgotten…
It’s been a very busy spring, which probably contributes to my fatigue. I’m absolutely zonked, and although I’m not sure I’m ready for my pregnancy to be over, I’m definitely ready for an end to the heartburn and a (hopefully) a return to normal iron levels after I recover from delivery.
Fitness & Active Living in Pregnancy
Over the last several weeks, I’ve become less and less active. The iron deficiency really hit me hard, and everything else I’ve mentioned here (plus work, a two-year-old, and two dogs) have made it harder to work out daily than it was earlier in the pregnancy.
I’m so glad I stayed as active as I did through as much of this pregnancy as I did. I really believe that eating healthy and exercising has helped me to maintain a healthy pregnancy weight and an empowered mindset going into labor and delivery.
I’ve really enjoyed working as a blogger-partner for FittaMamma during this pregnancy. Early on, FittaMamma provided me with enough maternity fitness apparel to allow me to have comfortable, supportive, and stylish workout clothes for my entire pregnancy.
Writing about my pregnancy here on MilliGFunk.com’s #FittaMammaFriday series has held me accountable for healthy eating and active living, both, and I sincerely hope that my nine-month journey has inspired others to get or stay active in their own pregnancies.
Adios Until After Baby!
Thank you to FittaMamma for this sponsorship! You’ll read more #FittaMammaFriday here on MilliGFunk.com after Bavarian Baby Boy is born and I can share my postpartum recovery and activity updates with you.
Until then, wish me luck in labor and delivery! It might be a week or two before I write again, but when I do, I’ll get to tell you all about our precious little Bavarian Baby Boy.