foto friday: staying active (and sane) at 40.5 weeks pregnant

40 weeks!

I was really hoping to not write this post today. But here we are and I’m still pregnant. My due date came and went (on Monday) and baby C. decided that she needed more time to get ready for the world, so we’re still just waiting and anticipating her arrival.

I have to admit, I had a mini bout of ‘poor me’ this morning when I woke up still pregnant. I’ve been having regular Braxton Hicks contractions for a while now and they were particularly strong yesterday, so I was sure that something was going to happen last night. But I woke up this morning feeling fine and definitely not in labor and so the pouting began.

But I feel better now, after a pep talk from my husband and some home-made cookies for breakfast, and I’m back to my mantra of ‘she’ll come when she’s ready’. In terms of staying active (and sane) this past week, I’ve been using slow and relaxing walks with my dog as a way to do that. I’ve practiced a bit of yoga at home on my own, but mostly I just sit on the yoga mat looking out at the trees in our front yard, thinking about my baby and picturing a safe and easy delivery. I’m too big and awkward to do many of the yoga poses these days so instead I work on my yoga breath and relaxation techniques and use yoga as a way to put myself in a good frame of mind.

It’s been a slow week. One of waiting. One of moving slowly as my body’s gotten large and cumbersome. But it’s also been a peaceful week and one that was perhaps needed before she arrives. A final breath of quiet before things get crazy and loud. Today I’m going to savor another quiet day with a walk on the trails by my house with Indie before joining my ‘mom friends’ for cupcakes at the local cupcake shop. And then T. and I will do our usual evening routine of dinner and Dexter re-runs. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll decide that life out here sounds fun and enticing enough that she’ll make her way into the world this weekend. Keeping my fingers crossed!


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33 Responses to foto friday: staying active (and sane) at 40.5 weeks pregnant

  1. I’m sure it must be hard to be waiting for baby, but it sounds like you’re really enjoying these last few hours of still and calm. Good luck with everything. My fingers are crossed for you, too!

  2. Chris says:

    Good luck! The calm, sanity, and focus you have manifested throughout this process can only help a healthy deliver and happy baby. I admire you!

  3. Frumptastic says:

    I’m delurking (from both her and your other blog) to say I’ve been wondering how you are! You look beautiful and hopefully Baby C will make her appearance this weekend! Take care!

  4. You look gorgeous and calm–I hope the baby comes soon and catches up on what she’s been missing! Fingers crossed you have an eventful weekend…

  5. morning c. says:

    I heard a story on NPR yesterday, calling pregnancy and early days with babies the “longest shortest time.”

    Best of luck to you all, staying patient and sane.

  6. Kara says:

    By the time C. comes, you will both be ready. So excited for you!

  7. A. says:

    I just got choked up reading this. As you know, I am thinking about you constantly, but I’m not sure I have told you yet how proud of you I am. And, how in awe of you I am. You have handled this pregnancy with such beauty, confidence, and love for baby C. and I know the labor and birth will be the same. It seems baby C. is like her mama and that she is doing things her own way. She will come when she is ready! I can’t wait to meet her!!


  8. Miss Sarah says:

    WAH! I share your pity! I’m not pregnant but I sure am already tired of my limited capacity to be independent. And it’s only been since Monday!

  9. Erin says:

    You have the right attitude! She’s get here when she’s good and ready. She’s baking to perfection. :D I was in your position right before I had my little guy — I was sooo sick of feeling physically awkward and wanted to meet my baby so badly. Enjoy this quiet time with your husband; the fourth trimester is a doozy.

  10. Kate says:

    Oh, wow, any day now! I’m so excited for you guys getting to meet your little girl soon. Sending happy & healthy thoughts your way.

  11. Lissa says:

    It sounds like you’re making the very best of this waiting game, which I’m sure your angel will appreciate when she finally arrives. All my best!

  12. m says:

    You have been on my mind often this week because my due date with my son was a Monday, and he came the following Friday. While I know the waiting is so discouraging, I am glad you’ve been able to have a relaxing week. Way to go, T., for supporting and encouraging you! And come on, baby C! You’ve got two eager parents and the entire blogosphere waiting to meet you :)

  13. LC says:

    Good luck S for these final few moments! I can’t wait to hear the news she’s here, amongst you and your little family will be complete! Big hugs from across the pond :D xoxo

  14. Deidra says:

    My due date for my daughter was also a Monday and she came early Saturday morning (12:09, just late enough to score us an extra day at the hospital, which I will forever love her for!). Hoping things go well for you and Baby C makes an appearance soon enough and that all goes well. Best wishes!

  15. Ruth says:

    What a fantastic belly though! I hope that’s an okay comment to make – I think you look beautiful. I hope she comes soon!

  16. Daria says:

    I have been there and I know exactly how you feel! While many women are afraid of the delivery moment, I was anxiously waiting for any sign of pain. My delivery day came and went, same like yours, and after 10 days of waiting my doctor decided to induce me. After my daughter was born, the doctor was surprised that she didn’t look like an “overdue” baby (her skin was not dry, etc.) and he suggested that maybe the original due date was wrong, and she actually came out in time. If you have the patience, I would suggest to just wait and be optimistic. Good luck!

  17. Laura says:

    They’re right, S. You look stunning. It’s been a busy week for the storks in my life. And yes, you’re only tangentially in my life, but after blog-stalking you for so long, I want All The Good Things for you and yours, so when I think of babies greeting the world, you fall right up there with my cousin and his brand new beautiful baby girl, and my friend and her bright eyed little boy. My Facebook wall is so full of itty bitty pink sleeping faces and I love it. I can’t wait for C to join you and T so you can walk around with the exhausted unstoppable smiles I see on other faces.

    I can’t even begin to imagine the love a parent feels for a child, but I know the flood of emotion I felt holding my ten minute old godson when he looked up at me with clear blue eyes. I knew that second I would literally do anything for him. Anything. I’m so excited for you and T to get to hold and kiss and cuddle your own little munchkin.

    But I’m also incredibly pleased to see how mellow you are about waiting. I vote that you should be allowed cookies for every meal until she arrives. :)

  18. Patty says:

    I’m in the same boat! Due date of 7/23 came and went and here we are still waiting. I’ve found the time to be really special – everything is taken care of, so we can use this time for reflection, bonding with our partners, and preparing mentally/emotionally to be new moms. Here’s a recap of my last few days if you’re interested:

  19. Debbie says:

    I hope your little one comes soon! It’s hard to wait I’m sure. My little Maia was born last week and we are so thrilled to have her in our arms! It was worth the wait! ;-) Best of luck for an easy & safe delivery.

  20. Zweiradler says:

    You are so cool, I’m really impressed. :) Good luck!


  21. Erin says:

    Ugh! I know how you are feeling! Except it was really hard for me to be as mellow as you…lol. My own little C ended up being 9 (!!!!) days late! All I can say is that she WILL come out and it will be the most amazing, incredible, indescribably fantastic thing in the world! I am so excited for you to experience that moment when she arrives…best wishes and good luck on your delivery!

  22. simplybike says:

    Thank you for all the well wishes and the encouraging comments, everyone!


  23. Jennifer says:

    Oh- the Englisher Garten. Makes me homesick for Munchen. When all roads lead to a leafy beer garden everyone wants to ride.( I love to ride along the Isar endlessly especially along the bridges near the Alpen Museum) Hope you are well. My yoga teacher had a wonderful saying about labor that we found to be right for us. It’s either a long lunch or a short weekend.

  24. paige says:

    hello! i’m new here. :)
    baby and i turned 36 weeks on saturday. i am so anxious to get her out – every BH, every little backache, every little everything (!) has me hoping that “today is the day.”
    here i am, wishing for my baby to come now and you…you poor thing…are past your due date!
    like i mentioned, i’m new to your world. if i’m reading between the lines correctly, this is your second pregnancy? i thought the 2nd child was supposed to come earlier?! i was hoping this little “wives tale” was true, as i’m expecting my second, as well. :)
    anyway, best of luck to you! i’ll be checking in…
    stay calm and cool!

  25. Ceri says:

    Hope your little one comes soon. Hang in there and spoil yourself with as much sleep as possible.

  26. Cristy says:

    I too agree that you have license to eat homemade cookies at every meal until little C. arrives (incidentally, I too love homemade sugar cookies for breakfast).

    As I’m sure you know, we are all waiting with anticipation, wishing you and T. and C. the very best!

    By the way, I thought of you today, as I am in Munich! Any specific recommendations on where to go, what to do? Lots of walking around today and just seeing the city (and gardens!).

    • simplybike says:

      Thanks for the well wishes, Cristy! I’m so jealous that you’re in Munich! Make sure to go up in the St. Peters Church (in the tower) right off Marienplatz for an amazing view of the city. Visit the English garden and the largest beer garden in Germany that is located right by the Chinese tower. When you grab a bite to eat, make sure to try the Kaiserschmarm dessert, it’s a Bavarian/Austrian specialty and it’s delicious! There is so much more and I’m sure you’re slowly figuring it all out (esp. if you have a guide book with you). Have a great time!!

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