Let’s be honest, the end of this pregnancy plus a three year old is running me completely ragged. I have been working on getting myself into a routine and system that I am crossing my fingers that can get me through the first few weeks of baby sister being here too even though that might be reaching for the stars right? All I can do is try my best though right!? I have found a few things that are really helping me through the end of this pregnancy and that I know I will keep implementing even after baby sister comes in just a couple weeks!
1 – Have King do a craft or activity after he eats breakfast. This is something that I started a couple months ago and it has been game changing. King has to have something to do or he gets into trouble, giving him a foam craft or something along those lines gives him something to do while I get breakfast cleaned up and start getting ready for the day.
2 – Eating healthier. We all know that I have always been obsessed with a certain “brown” soda…however I have realized with this pregnancy that it really drains me and actually makes me more tired. I have been drinking a ton more water which has really changed a lot of things, however I miss the bubbles of the carbonation. I started buying a few cans of Bai Bubbles once a week with my groceries from Smith’s for days that I need a little pick me up but still am drinking a healthier option and if you don’t keep these stocked in the fridge you need to. They give you that bubbly carbonation, but a yummy bold fruit flavor and they are such a healthier option with only 1g of sugar & no artificial sweeteners (but still only 5 calories!) compared to my old go-to choices that I have almost completely cut out of my diet. Click HERE to add to your Clicklist cart!
3 – Going to bed earlier. Sleep is something that is pretty much not there at all at this point in my pregnancy. I can’t get comfortable, I wake up to aches and pains, and have the lovely reflux that comes along with pregnancy. Having a bedtime routine for myself helps me to fall asleep faster though and to sleep better while I am asleep. I try every night to start my routine by 9:45-10:00 and be done and tucked into bed ready to fall asleep by 10:30. I am going to do my best to at least keep my routine after baby sister comes even though I know there still won’t be too much sleep and that is okay.
4 – Give myself at least 5 minutes alone. I generally grab one of my Bai Bubbles (my favorites are Bogota Blackberry Lime & Bolivia Black Cherry flavors), sit on the bed, and drink it in somewhat peace with having a toddler running around. I let myself just “be” for at least 5 minutes and enjoy a drink kind of alone. This lets me clear my mind, gives me a little boost/treat with the carbonation, and re-group. It is game changing. Try it I promise you will never go back!
5 – Give myself a realistic to-do list. Accomplishing something every day and crossing it off my list is something that really makes me feel good and like I got something done during the day. Making sure that my list is realistic even if it is just simple things on it like feed King breakfast, get ready, wipe off the counters, etc. crossing them off makes me feel so good. The list some days is just one thing and other days it is super full…but making sure that it is realistic is key to feeling like I accomplished something during the day and I go to bed feeling so good that I at least finished my list.
Being 36 weeks pregnant, having a crazy three year old, and trying to get ready for baby is no small feat, these are a few things that I have found help me to have more energy and to accomplish more all while keeping healthier options and my health at the top of the list. I would love to know what things are game changing in your life to give you more energy and have a day where you go to bed feeling accomplished in the comments!