WHY HELLO 3rd TRIMESTER

Literally can’t believe I’m in the 3rd trimester! Soon Baby C will be here. I can’t hardly wait. Mostly because I have so many questions for the little kiddo, like why they like watermelon and slushies so dang much and why in the world does every beverage I drink have to be freezing ice cold. Also, I’ve come to the sudden realization this weekend that my balance now officially sucks. Keep scrolling for a pic where I almost bust my butt trying to dance. Clearly, this is Baby C’s nice way of saying I should sit down somewhere, LOL.

So, today’s post I’ll be sharing some things I’ll be doing to make my 3rd trimester the best trimester of them all despite COVID-19 and the race wars happening all over the country right now. So, here we go…

LIGHT EXERCISE

I’ve unfortunately had to slow down on the exercise these day. The first trimester I was doing my regular cycle and HITT classes. Second trimester I did a lot of kickboxing and some light HITT classes catered to pregnant women, This third trimester, I’ve been walking 2-3 miles daily and I have been doing some light weight training. I’m dong significantly less and I’m not too happy about it, but this is all my body is capable of at this time and I’m not trying to push it and risks harming Baby C.

FOOD/DIET

I’ve been kind of eating what I want. If I want ice cream, I get it and I don’t feel guilty about it. For the most part, I eat fairly balanced meals, but I don’t calorie count, I don’t worry about my weight and I don’t stress about food. I’ve followed this even before pregnancy. I do terrible with restrictions and feel the best way for me to have a healthy relationship with food is to just simply be concious of my choices, don’t restrict and let it flow.

BABY SHOWER

So the baby shower is this weekend. I’ve enlisted the help of one of my amazing friends who has been able to help me pull off a virtual baby shower since you know, COVID, ugh. 😑. Charles and I have been really busy making thank you cards, creating a cool thank you video for our guest who attend our Zoom baby shower and we’ve been finalizing our baby registry so we get all the things we actually need. It’s been a fun, but very exhausting process to say the least.

HOUSE CLEANING

So we deep cleaned our house in March to get prepared for the baby. We have two cats, one is long haired so we try our best to keep it hair and cat dandruff free. We have scheduled a cut for our long haired cat at the end of July and will get the carpets deep cleaned again. Unfortunately, if the baby is allergic we’ll have to get rid of the cats. Fingers crossed baby is fine with the cats and they all live in peace and harmony. Stay tuned for more updates on this.

PACKING

We are planning to pack our hospital bags in a few weeks. Charles and I are trying to keep it simple because we already have so much clutter we’ve been spending the whole summer trying to clean out. We are planning to only bring the things we need. Here’s hoping things go according to plan.

FOOD PREP

One thing we’ll start doing closer to the due date is pre cooking meals and freezing them. We now know that it’ll more than likely be next to impossible to cook with a whole new born, so we’ve decided to meal prep and get our lives together as much as we can during this time before Baby C makes the grand entrance into this COVID world.

I think that’s all for now. I’m sure I’m missing things, but I’ve covered the main things I’m doing. Stay tuned for deets on how our baby shower went. Till then, stay blessed.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

MY 5 FAVORITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Okay, this is so weird but, I love/hate the outdoors. Which really just means if I’m outdoors, I have to be doing something to enjoy it; something that occupies my time and makes me forget that bugs, and snakes could be lurking around the corner. FYI, for those who don’t know, I’m deathly afraid of snakes, long story for another time or for a  long coffee date. Speaking of the outdoors, I’d love to share 5 of my favorite things to do outdoors when I am outdoors. So here goes nothing….

HIKING

I LOVE LOVE LOVE hiking. Mostly because I get my steps in on my Apple Watch and watching that exercise and move ring number go up is exciting and motivating. Hiking helps me clear my head, and focuses me and gets my creative juices flowing. My best ideas are literally a result of long hikes.

BIKING

Biking is one of the best leg workouts. Although I have to admit, these days it’s been a little too hot to bike outside, so I’ve taken up a cycling class at my local gym and go about 1-2 times a week. I’m always so surprised when I just instantly remember how to ride a bike since as a kid it was one of the hardest things for me to catch onto, LOL.

BEACH RUNS

Okay, confession, so haven’t done this in a ages, but a good run on the beach is amazeballs. I love running, but running on sand gives you so much more resistance and helps you strengthening your legs like no other. Also, in NC, it is THE BEST VIEW EVER. We have some pretty beautiful beaches if I do say so myself. #nobraggingjustspeakingfacts

TENNIS

Hubby works for Parks and Recreation and one of our favorite past times is using the park and recreation centers in our neighborhood to get in a few games of tennis. Although since I’ve amped up my workout sessions at the gym, I haven’t really played tennis with him much. His kid cousin is staying with us for the summer, so he’s adopted a new tennis partner. I’m good with it, it’s too hot outside for tennis, but I imagine once it cools off and fall comes rolling in and the kid cousin moves back on campus for school, he’ll come begging for me to be his tennis partner again, LOL.

YOUTUBE JUMP ROPE WORKOUTS

Okay, this is so random, but when I want a quick workout I YouTube high intensity jump rope workouts and do them in the middle of the street late at night. Don’t worry, I’m not crazy, the street we live off of has very little traffic so I’m good and doubt I’ll get hit by a car. I make Charles do it with me because he just simply has no excuse why he shouldn’t workout. I’ve learned some pretty cool techniques with a jump rope and I love that everything I need to know can be found on YouTube, LOL. Such a millennial thing to say, but it admit it, you know I’m right, LOL.

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So, what are your favorite outdoor activities? Do you even like the outdoors? Drop your comments below, would love to know.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie