Can’t Wait For Fall… + Week 37 Pregnancy Update
Hi my lovelies, it’s a public holiday today in rainy, typhoon-swept Tokyo. I’m just chilling out at home shopping online for home and baby stuff (it’s amazing that I’m still finding things that I’ve missed out in my initial baby shopping frenzy) and so I thought a spot of blogging is in order.
Summer was disappearing into cool air for a while there but came back with a vengeance late last week so it made me pine for fall. Gosh I’m so sick of the heat! I can’t wait to whip out heavier scents and beauty products. Out with fresh, fruity, and floral – I want rich and gourmandy fragrances to fill my nose.
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The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter is something I am dying to break out once the weather demands you to wear socks in the evening. The chocolatey, nutty aroma of this moisturizer is simply like dessert after a hot shower in the evening. I’m so happy this range in back at The Body Shop. I also have the shower cream and body mist which are just waiting in the wings as well.
L’Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate was a treat bought by the husband when he did a haul at the L’Occitane store in Ebisu. He loves their shower products, especially the Mint Verbana Exfoliating Shower Gel. I love almond-scented products and I can’t wait to slather this stuff over my dry legs in the fall. It’s ridiculously expensive at 5,000JPY (USD50) but I figured that I would need extra pampering from Oct-Dec when I’ll be house-bound and caring for a newborn.
Missha M Perfect Cover BB Cream gives the best coverage among all my base makeup. It is long lasting and I often get compliments on my skin whenever I wear this, but this is way too heavy for summer especially for my skin type, so I can’t wait to go back to this when the air gets drier. I’ve been using light coverage base makeup for months now and it would be nice to return to that flawless heavier finish that autumn allows.
Nivea Lip Butter Vanilla & Macadamia Kiss is a lip balm I cannot wait to try. I heard so much about these and wished that Japan would get them too but Nivea here has a completely different collection of lip products. It smelled so amazing when I opened the tester when I picked this up at a random Sydney drugstore in July. It was winter in Australia then so it was just perfect but I haven’t opened it yet as I was favouring my fruity lip balms in the Tokyo summer heat.
Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream had to be put on the back burner in the summer because it was way too rich even at night. My skin always drinks this rose hip oil infused moisturizer up in drier weather and keeps it nicely moisturized without being greasy. The scent is so lovely as well.
“The last time…”
I thought I would also include a bit of a personal update here and the on-going theme last week that was running through my mind was “Oh, this is the last time I could be doing [this or that] for a long time because when the baby comes I can’t…”
I wrapped up teaching English part-time (I’d been doing this for five years in Japan) and socialized a lot more than usual. And I also tagged along on an informal tour of the National Diet Building – or the “centre of power” in Japan – last Friday.
It was a thrill poking around the opulent hushed corridors of where politicians work. Last week was a lull period so a friend of a friend who works there said it was the most convenient time to take a tour. We even took pictures in the budget committee meeting room and the Chamber of the House of Representatives – rooms that are often seen in the news. We giggled and snapped away.
Me with the lil bun in the oven at 37 Weeks
I was so exhausted (sounds wimpy but when you are heavily pregnant, everything makes you tired at a drop of a hat) from so much activity last week that I spent the day in my futon all day on Sunday – it was pure bliss napping, reading, and watching TV. No walking, yoga, talking, shopping, thinking…Just lots of rest was what the doctor ordered.
Symptoms & Cravings
It’s the home stretch now and my bump is seriously huge and unwieldy. The baby has not much room to move so when it does, it can get very uncomfortable as all my lower body organs are given a good press and poke. I’m getting more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions and nausea does return in short spells as hormones are flooding my system again. I’ve begun to feel the contractions in my lower back and upper thighs too which are all to be expected as I get closer to D-Day.
I had this unshakeable craving for avocado and ginger so I have been making green smoothies with both ingredients daily – seriously so good and keeps my insides in shippy shape. I’ve to admit that since I got the all-clear on my gestational diabetes test, I have been indulging in desserts and ice-cream a bit more often than before.
I’ve been preoccupied with weight gain through my whole pregnancy but my will power has been eroded somewhat – I just eat whatever I feel like and I’m hoping for the best. I just can’t watch the scales anymore and am trusting my instincts. I can’t gorge on food either because my stomach is squashed by the baby so I just eat till I’m full and forget about it. The baby will be whatever size it needs to be.
Sleep has been a bit patchy as I’ve been getting up more often during the night to go to the bathroom. I’m trying not to drink too much fluids at night which helps but I do get woken up by baby kicking me or aches and pains that come with harbouring a huge belly. Oh and the stretch marks are multiplying like crazy. Perhaps surrendering to what will be will be is all part and parcel of training for motherhood – you simply cannot control everything.
I feel more drawn to staying at home although I have this niggling fear of being bored but so far I’ve always found stuff to do. I feel like I need to focus on making time for doing squats, stretches, and the dreaded perineal massage that would help tone my body for birth, to drink raspberry leaf tea, or be alert to how the contractions develop or subside – just in case it’s the real thing happening!
It’s certainly a time of transition for me – one foot in my old life and one foot about to step into a new one – it’s a strange existence indeed….
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