Hello from the third trimester! It's hard to believe that I'm this far along in my pregnancy. It's been a steady journey to get here and yet there are many moments that it still feels surreal. We'll be welcoming a baby in a few (very) short months and I'm trying lo let that sink in.
I've chosen not to share frequent health or pregnancy status updates along the way, either on this blog or on social media. Pregnancy is personal and individual and there's so much about it that is out of our control. My decision not to share more partly comes from recognizing that my experience is inherently different from how other women may experience pregnancy. I'm happy to talk about the challenges I've encountered and the decisions I've made along the way but I'm not convinced that giving stage-by-stage updates would be helpful to other women reading my story. Pregnancy isn't always glamorous but I feel overwhelming fortunate that I still have felt like myself throughout this journey, albeit with a growing belly.
The last two months have been a blur. Other than our baby moon getaway, we spent most of March preparing to move and we've now been in our new home for just less than a month. Doug was on the West Coast the weekend after the move, we headed to New England for a friend's wedding the weekend after that, and we had both of our families in town this past weekend to celebrate the baby's impending arrival. Meanwhile, we've been spending what little free time we have (mainly latish nights after work) trying to settle into the new apartment and simultaneously prepare for Baby Brown. So like I said, a blur.
People keep asking me if the nursery is ready and then look shocked, and unsure of how to respond, when I confidently and cheerfully respond "No!" Until this past weekend, when my parents and sister spent an entire day helping us tackle various projects, the nursery was stacked with boxes that were largely unrelated to our child. We've made lots of progress, but it's not nearly done. I'm relying on the advice I've received that early on, newborns don't actually need very much. We'll make sure that we have the basics on hand, but I'm completely comfortable that this kid may arrive before there is paint on the walls or a beautiful photograph hung above the crib. Or, for that matter, before we even have a crib. (Not to worry - the baby will sleep in a bassinet initially.)
Looking ahead, I'm trying to make the most of the time we have before Baby Brown arrives to get organized in ways that will support Doug and I once our lives our blissfully upended by a newborn. I'm daydreaming about stocking the freezer, getting our pantry basics locked down, and setting up recurring orders for household basics. Whatever I can do to streamline our lives in preparation for inevitable chaos. If you have any advice on what you do to make life run more smoothly, whether or not you have kids, I’d love to hear it!
I'm also hopeful that I'll make time to bake something satisfying. It's been a minute since I've posted a recipe! Amidst all of this, it's finally, hopefully, tentatively spring in New York City. And I'm looking ahead to everything that is coming our way.