Pregnancy Update: Baby Beanie at 38 weeks

Maternity photoshoot Pregnancy

Time is just flying by! I can’t believe I’m 38 weeks today. There’s only 2 weeks left to go until our due date and Beanie could come at any time now.

We enjoyed spending a lot of time with family and friends over the holidays. We are trying to get out as much as possible while we still can. I hope we can still enjoy a few date nights together while it’s just the two of us. I’m dreaming of going to Burgoo for some delicious comfort food. Yum, I love their soup and salad combo! We recently visited Guilt and Co. with a few friends to see some live jazz, and I love the vibe there. If I wasn’t twice my usual size and off balance I might have tried to join in the swing dancing. I love the 1940’s feel.

Jordan took some photos of me just before Christmas when I was 35 weeks. Time is flying by so quick. I can’t believe I’m already 38 weeks. This baby will be here in no time! We have been doing a bunch of prep around the house now that the holidays have passed. I’ve been doing some sewing and organizing, and I’m working on putting together a binder of all the helpful information we will need to access come time for labour and parenting. We bought a carseat last week, and I’ve started packing our bags for the hospital. It’s getting close guys!

35 weeks pregnant maternity photoshoot

Everything is starting to feel real. I’m still having trouble getting my head around the fact that there is a little person inside of me. Soon this babe will make their appearance, and I’ll get to hold them and care for them.

I think the transition to motherhood will impact me more than I expect. Pregnancy seems easy in comparison. Yes, throughout pregnancy there have been physical struggles where I have felt less like myself, but I have generally felt very special and taken care of. I’ve been told to enjoy and take advantage of this time. I feel entitled to massages and special treatment. As a mother, I will need to give all of that up in order to care for someone else. It will be this little babe who is helpless and who receives all the attention.

I imagine I might be filled with joy and pride knowing that I was able to participate and create such a lovely, complex, and intricate human being. It’s really the most incredible thing I will ever make in my life.

But in the selfish place inside of me I realize that everything will no longer be about me. I will need to transition from entitlement and being loved and cared for to tiredness and loving and caring for someone else. I can imagine this will be quite difficult, and compiled with exhaustion and hormones I understand how many women struggle with depression postpartum. Luckily Jordan has always made me feel special and loved, and I have a great community of family and friends who I know will be there for me too.

How did you other mamas survive the transition? Was there anything you experienced that you didn’t anticipate?

maternity photoshoot pregnancy 35 weeks

Click here for my other pregnancy posts: Our announcement and 32 week update.

Pregnancy Update: Baby Beanie at 32 weeks

Baby shower bump

Time has been just flying by lately. Can you believe it’s already December?! I’m now in the last couple months of my pregnancy at 32 weeks. It seems to go by quicker and quicker each week. I still have plans to do a bunch of reorganizing around the house and many preparations for this baby. Luckily I am no longer working, but my energy levels have gone back down again, and I’m struggling to feel productive. Any tips?

Baby showerI had my first baby shower the other day and was generously blessed by my neighbours, family, and friends. It was such a lovely event with games, treats, and prezzies for little Beanie. I am so glad I have such a great support network nearby.

Baby shower group photo

Our prenatal classes started at the end of November, and we have now been to 4 of 7 classes. The classes are through a local organization called Childbearing Society. We are enjoying getting all the information, though it takes time to let it digest. We have been practicing different positions and techniques for labour and birth, which I really appreciate as I am such a hands on learner. It’s difficult to remember everything I read about and to put it into practice, but by doing things I feel like I will better remember them when they become useful.

Baby bump at 31 weeksHas anyone else felt as overwhelmed as I have doing research on carseats and baby equipment? There are so many options and safety regulations that make it intimidating. We are lucky to have friends who have given us some hand-me-downs, but the remaining items we need to purchase make my head spin a little bit. Any recommendations or tips for choosing a carseat?

Christmas Tunes: And Lo… by Forest Creatures

We have now entered December! I hope you are getting all sorts of Christmas vibes. It’s day 2 of my Steeped Tea advent Calendar; it was a treat to enjoy a mug of Maraschino Cherry Black Tea this morning. It’s getting me all warmed up for the holidays.

Next week I’ve planned a Christmas cookie baking day with my mom. I expect I’ll go home with many goodies – yum yum! Good thing you won’t be able to tell how much Christmas baking I’ve eaten this season by the size of my belly.

I’m wishing for snow, but I keep seeing wet, dreary rain out my window. Next week might bring a change in the weather; in the meanwhile I don’t mind enjoying hot tea and baking inside.

Forest Creatures And Lo... Christmas Album

For Jordan and I the Christmas music season started early this year. We’ve been hard at work recording a soon to be classic family Christmas album. Today is the day we are sharing it with all of you! It has been a long process, beginning with years of dreaming, writing, and recording, but I am so proud of Jordan and all the work he has put into this project along with his band Forest Creatures.

Listen closely and you can even hear me singing on a couple songs. I was Jordan’s assistant during the recording and producing phase, meaning I pushed some buttons and made some suggestions. This project is my little baby almost as much as it is his.

We just placed an order for printed CDs. If you are interested in a physical copy you can send me an email at jenniferdrinksteaATgmailDOTcom, otherwise please check out the album online here and consider purchasing the download to enjoy as a part of your own Christmas traditions.

This album will certainly make our family Christmas traditions special. It is really cool that our kids will grow up singing along to Daddy’s songs every December.

When we were first married, Jordan and I began a tradition of building a blanket fort in the living room on Christmas Eve, watching a Christmas movie, and then sleeping in it. I’m not sure if I’ll want to sleep in the fort this year with my extra big belly, but I look forward to carrying on this tradition (at least in part) with our kiddos. What Christmas traditions have you started or carried on in your family?

Craft Market this Weekend

Come visit me this Saturday, November 19th from 10am – 2pm at the Sunshine Ridge Craft Market. I’m whipping up some tea goodies to sell. I’ll share some recipes later on the blog for my chocolate matcha bark and bath teas. Stop by my table to taste some samples and purchase some great stocking stuffers your tea-loving (or even non-tea-loving) friends and family will love! I will also be selling some merch from my last creative venture J-art (oh the nostalgia!) and some handmade baby blankets crocheted by my great aunt Sylvia.

There will also be many other great tables to check out. Pick up some Christmas gifts, support local businesses, enjoy live music, and grab a coffee. Even better; the event supports Chain of Love homes for abandoned and abused children in Brazil.

Sunshine Ridge Craft Market

I’d love to see you there. You can find more details about the market on the Facebook event page.

Follow along on Instagram. Feel free to post your own photos of the event and products using #allmydelightshop. I’d love to see them!