Hi everyone! It's been ages since I've been able to post or even read much here. I'm finally officially on maternity leave as of this past weekend. I'm SO relieved to be done with all of that teaching. It was getting harder and harder because I haven't been able to sit down for the past 6 weeks or so. Every time I do, my mid-back spasms, and I end up in so much discomfort. So I had to do all of my private teaching standing up, which was hard on my feet and back. Yeah for getting through the busiest time of teaching I've ever had to do, never mind being 8 months pregnant!
Now I'm cooking up a storm, trying to get a bunch of veggies from the farmer's market into the freezer, as well as a bunch of meals that we can just pull out and pop in the oven. It's amazing how much work it is! I also prepped all of my diapers yesterday — boiled them on the stove in a slew of 15 minute batches. Of course, my back was screaming at me by the end of the day, even though I took two rests with the heating pad. Hopefully this will all just magically disappear after the baby is born. One can hope, right?
I just got my hair cut and highlighted today. When my hairdresser was done, I looked in the mirror and felt so pretty, for the first time in a long time! The other day my dentist said to me, "So when did you go from looking like you were putting on a few pounds to actually looking pregnant?" ?!!!!!! It's comments like these that make you wish to just hide until you have the baby and you've got your body back. But then again, a woman I passed as I was leaving the grocery store the other day called out, "Oh, you look so good!" I'd never seen her before, but she definitely made my day. :)
Household stuff: I'm cooking like crazy, so we're eating very well right now. I can't really reach the sink without my back spasming, so my husband has been taking over the dishes, which I so appreciate! We're really lucky to have cleaners, so I don't have to do the big stuff. I just focus on keeping things organized and neat. And I'm starting to really get into the baby's room, which was still the office until last Wednesday. It's so much fun!
Oh, I should tell you about the nursery art my husband and I found on Etsy. We bought 5 prints to frame and are so in love with every one of the images this woman paints. And since she's making copies of her originals, it's so affordable! I was even thinking of getting two of the prints for our midwives since they both have daughters around a year old. I think I might just end up giving them copies of my favorite children's books instead, though.
Anyway, have to go rest this back again, but so nice to be back and to see how everyone's doing. 3 weeks from tomorrow for me! Wow!