Pregnancy Bootcamp Class

At the beginning of the year, I started bootcamp for preggos. It’s an hour class every week with Belly Bootcamp. I first tried out their Yoga Belly class, and decided to try this one too. This one stuck. I love it. The class is not a breeze, and that’s what I like about it. At the same time, however, Dara, the instructor makes sure you’re still exercising at a safe pace. Dara’s even expecting her third child!

Each week, there’s a good mix of routines – from wall squats, weighted side shuffles and band work to pushups, planks and jumping jacks.

Another perk of the class is that you not only meet other expecting mothers but also new mothers getting back into shape. It’s always nice to hear their experiences and make new friends!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This is my first Valentine’s Day as a stepmother and I received a very thoughtful gift from my “favourite child” :) It was a simple, handcrafted card from my stepdaughter but it was really touching. It gave me warm fuzziness.

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31 Week Update

Appointments are now every two weeks (starting at 30 weeks but I missed posting my last update). News from last week: no weight gain since week 28 and baby’s size is back on the “average” track.

Physically, I’m still feeling pretty good overall but I’m starting to feel like a big lump getting up from the couch or shifting sides in bed. Putting on socks is also getting to be a challenge. It’s a fun challenge though, as each morning I’ve been trying some creative ways to get those socks on.

With regards to sleep, it hasn’t been so great. Once again (like my first trimester), I’m up 2-3 times a night to empty that bladder! This must be mother nature’s way of getting me used to the little sleep I’ll get with the newborn.

When it comes to clothes, I’ve noticed my belly’s significant growth. I’ve made it this far without purchasing very many maternity clothes: 3 pairs of pants and 1 dress. I made 2 skirts and 1 top. However, I now have very little pre-pregnancy tops that will fit. I may need to make just a few more purchases to get through the last couple of months.

Selfie of me with my shrinking top…

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DIY Winter Coat Maternity Extension Panel

I have a ski jacket that fits my belly perfectly right now, but that won’t be true much longer, so I decided to transform my other winter coat with a removable panel. I thought it would be a waste to buy a maternity coat given I only have 2 months to go.

The only problem I had was finding a zipper that was compatible with the coat’s current zipper. Apparently, US-made clothing use left-handed zippers (the slider on the left). However, in Canada, we only have the right-handed zippers in stores. Luckily the brand of zipper I bought (YYZ Vislon) can be adjusted since the teeth are the same on both sides.

Here’s what I did:

  1. Zip the zipper closed.
  2. Cut off the top.
  3. Slip the slider back on the zipper facing backwards.

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And there you have it. The slider is now on the left-side, making it a left-handed zipper.

Here’s the panel made of micro-fleece and lined with a wind-resistant fabric.

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And here’s me wearing my new maternity coat :)

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