Trees of Transition

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Baby Plants are Making Me More Happy then Usual While Being Pregnant

While being almost 36 weeks pregnant, nurturing my two garden pots of plants has become even more special than usual. Possibly because of the cuteness of the baby arugula or the baby basil leaves; however, it is mostly because of the joy of the baby boy who is kicking me from the inside every hour or two!

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Jewish Proverb with a Side Order of Summer Flowers 🌺 

I came across a Jewish Proverb that says, “A mother understands what a child does not say.” Now that I’m a mother with a baby boy bouncing around inside of me (he woke me up this morning with his tap-dancing), I’m understanding this saying in a deeper way. I can sense a little of what my boy is feeling from his motions, kicks, and hickups; I’m excited to see his face and be able to read what is going on with him through his eyes and actions when he is outside the womb.

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My First Time in Decades Without School on the Horizon: Transitioning Out of the School Calendar

The past two weeks I had more melt-downs than usual (Yes, I am 29-weeks pregnant and had to take two gestational diabetes tests to prove I’m NOT diabetic—and thank God, I am not); however, part of this has been from a grieving process of graduating from the school system without plans to return to it on the horizon. Ten years ago I graduated from undergraduate college, but I was planning on going to graduate school within the year. Today I realized that some of this sadness is coming from seeing many “Back to School” things here in the United States and not being part of it after either being a student or a teacher for the last 30 years.

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Maternity Photo Shoot

 

Celebrating the coming of a new baby is the point of a maternity photo shoot, so when my sister-in-law, Lindsey, of Triple Lux Photography, offered to work with us to take photos of my pregnancy, I delightedly agreed! On Friday, July 14th, we were racing against the sunset to find a location to shoot the photos in Napa Valley, and when we saw an open spot by a vineyard, we pulled over and Lindsey started working her magic:

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Free Prenatal Yoga Videos // Baby Books Recommendations //

With so many books and videos out there on the topic of pregnancy, which ones should a new Mom read and watch?

The book that I found at a thrift store after I found out I was pregnant that I have been reading every week is this:
You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

 

This book has a few photos, lots of diagrams, and a week-by-week update on how the baby is developing. I read it before bed, and sometimes I read ahead because I get so excited! I'm in week 27 now, feeling the baby kick a lot, and am feeling well.

There are many "Don't's" out there for pregnant mothers; for example, "Don't lie on your back after 20-weeks," "Don't eat cold cuts," and "Don't eat soft cheese." Emily Oster, in her book
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know

walks you through the nine months of pregnancy and shares all the research she did when she was pregnant about these "don't" and which ones are wise to pay attention to and which ones you have more of a choice than you thought. Stephen's cousin, Anni, gave me the book, and it is one of the first ones I have read. I enjoyed Emily's non-nonsense attitude and all the stories from her pregnancies. Check it out!

I've found several YouTube videos that have helped me start doing prenatal yoga; there are many free yoga routines to choose from, but I have three that I am enjoying using. The first one has peaceful music in the background and the narrator is encouraging (which is my favorite)! Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCSFobwvQTg

The next routine is more strenuous, it has no music, but it makes you work harder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utINxvh-h9Q

A new video I found recently is a bit shorter, it is a quicker sequence, has a little music in the background, but is a more no-nonsense, get-to-business video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWjwenVn2uQ

 

Mothers out there, what books and videos have you used that you enjoyed when pregnant? I would like to hear from you.

Have a peaceful day!

~Mary Hope

 

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Thank you again, and peace to you and your family!

~Mary Hope

 


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Our Gender Reveal 

 

Soon after discovering I was pregnant, Stephen and I agreed that we would like to find out the gender of our baby. Our reasoning was, “Why not?! We would like to know in order to get ready, call him or her by name before he or she is born, and we are curious!”

We waited until our 20-week ultrasound in the middle of June, which was the day we started our big road trip. Since we didn’t have time to throw a big party a day or two later, we wanted to find out if our baby was a boy or girl at the doctor’s office and then tell people ourselves through cakes and signs.

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Baby Bumps with Friends 

A few months back when my friend Betsy, who I have known since first grade, told me she was pregnant with her second baby, I whooped with joy! Then, a couple months later, I got to tell her that I was pregnant, and she gushed with happiness. Last summer she had moved to Tennessee, so I have seen her a lot less, but last week my husband and I visited her and her family. We got to celebrate being pregnant together! We snapped some “baby bump” pictures together on Wednesday night to celebrate her being 29 weeks and my 20 weeks along: Continue reading