ETC: Week 40

Hello friends!

I hope all is well! This past week, we made it to 40 weeks! It’s very bittersweet because I am very happy baby girl is fully cooked, but I’m also very anxious to meet her already!

We had a rather busy week and even had some visitors, but still, no baby!

Our 40-week weekend was beautiful; warm and filled with sunshine! Saturday we ran our weekly errands and Sunday we didn’t move until about 1pm. After relaxing all morning, we decided to go on a long walk. We walked down to the lakefront path and took a stroll through Andersonville on the way home. It was nice to reminisce along my old running path. Once Naomi is here and old enough to be in the jogging stroller, she will quickly become well acquainted with that path as well!

I worked from home this week which was extremely stress relieving. Not having to commute on crowded public transportation or worry about my escape route from downtown to up north if labor were to start was a blessing. Also, not having to try and fit in to office maternity clothes was pretty nice. At this point, a few maternity items still fit because they are stretchy, but are they by no means comfortable.

My mom and sister also came to visit this week. Unfortunately for them, when they booked the trip, they had planned to spend time with the baby since it was technically 2 days passed my due date that they would arrive. Joke was on all of us because, Naomi never made her grand entrance into the world.

It was nice to see them both one last time without a baby though. We went to Homeslice pizza one night and Xoco another night. Two places we wouldn’t have been able to check out with a newborn. We also stopped and walked around Oz park. Did you know, the statues can talk to you?!?! You enter a website on your phone then Dorothy or Tin Man will call you and talk to you for a minute or two. It’s a neat idea and I can’t wait to take Naomi to see them, once she’s old enough to understand the hype.

My mom and sister left at the end of the week but booked another stay the first weekend in May. They will be guaranteed to meet Naomi this next time around!

It was also our precious Pumbaa’s birthday this week! He is 7 and I cannot believe where the time went. I adopted Pumbaa when I moved to Whitewater for college and since then, he’s become such an important part of our family. I hope he loves Naomi as much as he loves us. It may take some getting used to, but he’s a cuddly lover so I have faith in him.

We made it the entire week, everyday asking ourselves ‘is today the day?’ We’ve tried nearly every home remedy people suggest and have answered the “where is she” or “how are you feeling” question at least 55 million times (little to no exaggeration on that estimated number). I’m fully convinced that all of these “at home labor inducing tricks” only work if baby is ready and Naomi is just not ready yet.

It’s definitely bittersweet going past your due date. Yes, I am so happy she’s fully developed in my belly, but we are anxiously awaiting her arrival. There’s a sense of frustration that kicks in when you wake up in the morning and realize it’s time to get up for work but you haven’t had any contractions and today may not be the day. However, it’s a blessing to continue feeling her movements. Soon, she will only be able to kick me from the outside 🙂

Currently, I am 41 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Our next update WILL have a baby update because I will be induced at the end of the week if she doesn’t come out on her own. I personally think she just wanted to wait for the month of May because Te’s birthday is also in May; so we have a serious daddy’s girl on our hands! 🙂

We cannot wait to meet our little bundle and I cannot wait to be done with pregnancy! We’ve got quite an exciting week ahead – Stay tuned!!

Until next time..

Thank: Chicago

Hustle and bustle, flashing lights, horns honking, people walking [their dogs], there’s never a dull moment.

Nearly 3 years ago when I moved to Chicago, I hated it. It was big and scary and I knew no one. I was living with Te and a few friends at the time but I felt so lonely outside of our apartment.

3 years later, I’ve never felt more at home. I am so thankful that God called me to this city.

As 2015 winds down and I look ahead to another year in the Windy City, I can’t help but reflect on the many reasons I am now encouraged to stay in the city and really soak in this experience, because it truly is like no other.

One recent experience in particular has really given  me so much joy in calling Chicago my home.

In June, I began attending Nike Training Club classes. They are a variety of classes, provided by Nike trainers, held either in a Nike store or at the Nike studio on Michigan avenue. I didn’t know anyone before I started attending these classes, but I was comfortable going by myself because of my passion for working out and trying new routines.

( Lucky for me, I met a friend the first day 🙂 )

Throughout the summer, Nike has put on these amazing events to help get me in shape. The events were so over-the-top awesome, from #FindYourFast to #GetOutHere, and the trainers are so skilled and motivating, it’s ridiculous. The motivation the Nike Chicago team has given me is beyond words.

Their most recent event was completely out of this world. Nike created an experience on the Chicago river for all of the NRC (Nike Run Club) and NTC (Nike Training Club) attendees. They created a barge on the river, The Icebox, inspired by the #GetOutHere challenge and held classes on the barge all week long.

 So there I was, working out on a Friday night, on the river, staring at the skyline and I just thought to myself, ‘WOW. This is my life.’ I mean, have you ever worked out with Nike Master Trainers on a boat on the river? It’s really hard to explain the emotion and realization that came to me, but it’s an experience that’s given me so much comfort in calling Chicago my home. In addition, through the Nike classes I’ve met such an amazing fitness community. It gave me a renewed outlook and even more passion for fitness.

Now, dont’ get me wrong, there are a million and a half other reasons I’m thankful to be in Chicago. I know you don’t have time to read all million, but I’ll leave you with a few other things I particularly love about the city:

  • The L – easiest transportation ever
  • People are always outside – walking their dogs, meeting with friends, running errands, working out, there’s always people outside and it is surprisingly refreshing
  • Brunch & Thai Food – because, yum
  • Ipsento’s (Bucktown) Ipsento Latte with coconut milk and cayenne (seriously, go try it)
  • Destination Church – the community I found within Destination Church is unbelievable and I will forever be grateful for that
  • The hustle and bustle mentality- although it can get overwhelming at times, the work ethic of this city has continued to push me even harder than I ever imagined pushing myself
  • Opportunity – there’s so many things to do and see, all of which hold opportunity for a new experience, there’s so much hope in finding your true passion here because no one tells you no, they tell you “go get it”
  • The brick apartments and buildings in the neighborhoods – isn’t Chicago pretty? 🙂
  • The energy of the people – the energy is positive, adventurous, inspiring and contagious

So thank you Chicago, for making me a better person. Thank you for an amazing experience, which I’ll never forget. Thank you for your beauty and inspiration. Thank you for the fast-paced life that continuously leads me to work harder than ever while also allowing me to appreciate the simplicity of being back home.

Thank you God for leading me to this city.

Did you move to a new city? What was your initial reaction? After some time, did you begin to fall in love? What caused that love to spark?

I’d love to hear your experience in the comments below!

Until next time..