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12-13-2008, 01:02 PM
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I just wanted to share my amazing afternoon/evening with everyone. Yesterday my partner was working (he's a nurse and works 11a-11p) and I dropped my daughter at her dad's in the afternoon. I went to prenatal yoga, which always feels wonderful but was particularly great both for stretching and relaxing but also getting a mild workout and feeling like I was doing my body good. Then I went for a nice long very casual xmas/window shopping walk (nyc) which also felt good for me and was very enjoyable. Stopped in at Barnes & Noble and re-read the chapter of Active Birth on birth itself and positioning etc while enjoying hot chocolate. Then went and treated myself to an amazing manicure and pedicure, which was an almost 2 hour total relaxation experience. Because I'm so clearly pregnant and due soon, they were super-nice to me and threw in a free shoulder,back,neck massage and gave me a little stuffed animal for the baby. The pedicure was amazing for my feet and legs and I nearly drifted off to sleep. Also, I have pretty sparkly nails that look festive and make me feel good. I was feeling sooo good after. Then I went to my favorite gourmet food store and got good cheeses, almonds, dried and fresh fruit, honey, bread, crackers, dark chocolate, etc and went home and made myself a wonderful cheese/appetizer plate for my meal. Then took a bath and went to bed. For the first night in a couple of weeks I slept through the night - 9 hours!!! Didn't get woken by contrax and slept peacefully.
After it all, I feel so relaxed and ready for the baby to come and just so much more peaceful. And partner's off today and will re-clean the house
I just had to share - and wanted to make a plug for taking a few hours (my evening of pure indulgence was only 6 hours in the end and not that pricey) to really pamper yourself. Get a friend or your partner to watch your other kid(s) and do something just for you. It makes such a difference when we're so stressed and focused on when this baby is going to come.
What are others doing to treat themselves/relax in these final weeks?