20 weeks today…*
James Perse tucked dress (size 2) | several years old
Golden Goose Hi-star sneakers | secondhand options at the Real Real
Transience camo swing bag | gift to review – full review coming next week + an exclusive discount!!
*I mention how far along I am only in case anyone is interested in how my clothes are fitting at different stages of my pregnancy.
I’m just wearing whatever fits and is comfortable right now. Not that I’ve left the house much since returning from Florida I’ve been so busy with slowre. I’m overwhelmed. But what else is new?? I have definitely gained weight, and I’m noticing that my hips are widening a bit. Oh, and I have BOOBS. WHOA.
I know this is temporary (20 more weeks at most), but it’s such a weird sensation, growing in this way.
I’ve been watching Shtisel on Netflix, and I’m SO into it. Ultra-Orthodox Judaism is a world I’m moderately familiar with (I used to be “modern” orthodox when I was married to my first husband) and spent time in Jerusalem, so the lifestyle, etc., isn’t as foreign to me as it would be to most others, yet it’s still quite jarring. I would classify it as a Haredi soap opera (LOL), with very little overt emotion, and definitely no sexual suggestion. But it’s an interesting look at the tug the main character feels against following his tradition and following his heart.
I finally finished Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James and am not sure I’d recommend it now. I actually almost quit towards the end because I was confused and I sort of felt like he was just being a little self-indulgent after so long. I guess I’m glad I read it because it was wildly different from anything I’d read before, so the experience was “good” overall, but I wish it had been better.
I wish I could do absolutely nothing this weekend, but I have new arrivals going up Saturday for slowre, and I need to process the more than 50 consignment items that came in yesterday!! AH!! It’s such a good thing, and I’m so grateful for this business, but I’m having trouble seeing the light at the end of this particular tunnel. And then I will have to think about what to do with slowre after the baby arrives.
Also, trying to figure out what’s happening with my body. Beyond the growth of my belly and hips (I’ve never really had a belly, but I have had hips…) there is weird stuff going on inside, mostly heartburn, which I have never had experience with. And bloating. Most of the time I feel like my bump is half food baby and half real baby LOL.
None of it is very bad, but I have always been the type of person who tries to immediately correct a situation with food – what did I eat that’s causing that, or what can I eat to make it better – that type of thing. I know some of the heartburn and/or reflux can be food related, but also, there’s a baby in there pushing on my stomach, etc., and I have no control over that.
And I’m also trying to work on lists of things we will need when the baby arrives. OY. I do have a stroller and car seat picked out at least. And we’re getting a secondhand SNOO bassinet from a colleague of Leo’s when her baby is finished with it. Other than that I’ve been going down the “natural baby” rabbit holes, etc., etc. I’ll write more about that and some items I’ve found I think I’m interested in later if anyone cares haha…
What’s going on with all of you? What do you have planned this weekend?
Ooh definitely interested in what you buy for baby. When I got pregnant a friend sent me a comprehensive registry/baby needs list, most of which I didn’t think she really needed so I didn’t buy it or bought it and returned it. It’s so easy to go overboard buying stuff for a new human but each baby is different too so they don’t need all the same stuff. If you make a registry on Amazon, you can get a 15% discount on all the items that people don’t purchase and that’s how I’m buying a crib. And lastly you’re so lucky to be able to get a SNOO! I wanted to try it out but couldn’t stomach the costs so we just rock our baby the old fashioned way in a chair lol.
Re: what to eat to fix heartburn – ice cream. I was having a milkshake almost daily towards the end of my pregnancy. Great for calories, great for calcium, great for calming down the burn. I have never struggled with hearburn until I got pregnant, and it happened with both pregnancies. Even drinking water was giving me heartburn…it’s just the fact that a baby is cramming up your stomach! So if you are into ice cream and/or milkshakes, I highly recommend them, using whatever “milk” you prefer. Smoothies were also helpful, but if I put too much fruit in they could get too acidic.
I also drank a lot of smoothies because I just wasn’t into the “act” of eating, if that makes sense. Like having to chew and swallow felt like this effort I didn’t want to go through. lol I just wanted something sweet to slurp down. So milkshakes and smoothies were great.
It is crazy the changes your body goes through! I was marvelling at this even during my second baby. It’s just a fascinating experience. Oftentimes frustrating and painful, but fascinating. 🙂
Angie Sheldon says
I loved Shtisel. Since I couldn’t get enough, I watched a show called Srugim. Different but just as enjoyable. My husband loved hearing the Yiddish in Shtisel. The subtitles make you have to watch very intently. We’re going to Israel in May so extra interesting to me, You look beautiful btw! Have a great weekend.
Grechen Reiter says
the snoo would never have hit my radar honestly, if it wasn’t for my husband’s colleague. she’s selling it to us for a very good price, and i’m hoping we can pass it on (sell it!!!) for a good price when we’re finished so it seems like a no-brainer. i’m interested in trying it…see if it lives up to the hype lol. i would have been happy with a regular bassinet 😉
i just started working on a registry at amazon! i am not having a shower or anything like that (I don’t think so anyway – I don’t have a lot of friends/family around), so i’m not anticipating being gifted a lot of things, it’s just a good way to keep a list of things we “need” or want. so yeah, that 15% off remaining items will help a lot haha!!
Grechen Reiter says
oh good to know! i don’t handle dairy + sugar well, so i stick with coconut or almond milk usually , but have found this AMAZING cashew milk ice cream that I am obsessed with. maybe i’ll try that LOL –
so funny, i haven’t been into my smoothies at all since i’ve been pregnant. i used to have one every day, like clockwork, but lately, it’s more like once or twice a week. i had one today and it was meh….
Grechen Reiter says
oh! i hope you enjoy israel! are you doing tours? going with a group? i went a few times, a couple with my ex-husband but the first time i went i spent a lot of time on my own during the days in tel aviv. i have a very good friend who does tours there if you’re interested 😉
i’m excited for you!!!
Oh, how well I remember the heartburn/reflux! (And having BOOBS!) I’m sure you’ve googled suggestions, but eating smaller amounts more often and not drinking as much water while eating (allowing stomach acids to do their work) were 2 things that helped me. Also, we elevated the head of our bed. Just while I was pregnant. How about a couple of yoga positions? Anyone here a yogi with prenatal poses? Are you feeling movement yet? Talk about feeling like an alien is living in your body! But a pretty powerful feeling. 🙂
I’ve been eyeing the show “Shtisel” after watching the POV documentary “93Queen” which I found so interesting and yet, so foreign. (http://www.pbs.org/pov/93queen/video-93queen-change-in-conservative-communities/) My hubby and I are doing a MI5 marathon binge – it’s one of our favorite old shows. But they’ve kind of “jumped the shark.” I’m watching “Schitts Creek” finally, and love it. And I’m going to tackle my closet project…this time, I MEAN IT!
Damn! Maybe that explains why I craved ice cream sundaes for one pregnancy and milkshakes during another. But, you’re right – SO good and such a permission-giving time to do it!
Heres an idea: Try sleeping ON your left side. It is how the organs are stacked up in there, as well as the kid and his luggage (placenta, etc…) Left side sleeping helps alot with that, improves circulation and stomach emptying…….as well as not eating anything hours before you go to bed. Hang in there. This is the EASY part………..
Grechen Reiter says
i have been sleeping on my left side now for a long time as it’s the only way i’m comfortable. i don’t have a problem with reflux/heartburn sleeping, only sometimes during the day….it came on all of a sudden during pure barre, which was WHOA!!
Hmmmm, guess its the sloshing around that gets you. Try chewing a piece of ginger. Real ginger, not candied ginger, or ginger extract drops………Once the kid settles down a little lower in your body, as time goes on…..you will feel better. Has he kicked you yet?
One other thing that the yoga sites mentioned (I was researching for you…:-) ), don’t do exercises where your head goes below your heart. It’s a recipe for instant heartburn, which could explain what happened at Pure Barre.
We’ve been very minimalist with what we had/have for babies, and I haven’t regretted that one minute. Babies truly don’t need a lot, despite what some registry advice suggests. 🙂
The one suggestion I do have is to consider cloth diapers, if you haven’t already. I know you think a lot about plastic, and the environmental toll disposable diapers take truly is staggering. In my experience, cloth is easy to use and has been great for our family.
I developed acid reflux/heartburn from stressing when planning my daughters graduation party a couple of years ago (I’m not a party planner kind of person :). One thing that helped me and that I still use is drinking 1/2 tsp. baking soda in a glass of water. Also the Braggs Apple Cider drink was very helpful as well. I believe they’re both alkalizing and helped in ways OTC medications did not.
Nice to hear the status update and see the little bump.= 🙂
I’ve personally enjoyed reading all these comments for tips too as I have reflux disease. I never knew about the sleep on the left side theory. I concur with small meals and eating dinner very early (so your acids have done their work before you lie down). I’d also add drinking warm or hot water (vs. cold) following a meal. Cold water slows down the digestion while hot water aids digestion. The more efficiently you can digest food, the better. Likewise I stick with very easy and quick to digest food for most dinners. If you like to recline after dinner (sometimes I retreat to the bedroom to read), it is better to prop yourself up. It was a total lifestyle change for me. I became painfully aware of the disease back in the day when I used to routinely stay in the office until 9 pm every night and eat late dinners. I then took reflux meds for a few years until I realized it was messing me up in other ways as it decreased my acid when really I need to improve my digestion and let the acids do their job.
I am seconding this suggestion for Apple Cider Vinegar! It worked so well for my heartburn during pregnancy. There was an initial burning feeling when I took a swig (like a second of intense heartburn), but then everything settled down and the effects lasted FAR longer than tums.