I am just under eight months pregnant and feeling the weight of that. Feeling slow and tired, like my limbs are moving through heavy mud. The weather has not been helping, it is very humid and sticky here and I am having to get creative in finding ways to help me cope (this is compounded by having a three year old who wants to run and play all day). I will refrain here from listing all of my current complaints and discomforts, trust me it is rather long. But these little soul soothing things often make all the difference.
Things that help right now
-fruit sorbet (this is also really helping my daily heartburn!), I found a great company that uses Coconut water. My husband found me some “Blood orange” and “salted caramel”, both are healing in their own ways.
-I have been cooking a lot from Super Natural Everyday Cooking, right now craving the watermelon salad. The oatcakes are really incredible, (I made the mistake of using rock salt instead of regular grind and it was very much a happy accident. I recommend it highly.) The other winner was the “Potato and Broccoli Gribiche”, which conjured the sensation of sitting in a paris cafe for lunch.
-Malabrigo yarn, (just looking at the colors makes me feel good), they have a wonderful variegated hand dyed coloring.)
-all natural bedding. I mentioned a while ago that I was making the switch to wool, which regulates body temperature in all weather. This has been an ongoing process as wool is quite expensive, so I have been doing it bit by bit. But I have decided that it is something that makes my life better in so many ways and well worth the cost!
-drying my clothes outside. the smell helps me to sleep at night (I have also been having pregnancy insomnia, read: can’t get comfortable). I have a lovely wooden drying rack which is an object that I find beautiful as well as being highly functional.
-journal writing, (a good place to vent)
-listening to Pema at night, while I knit
-reading a great novel. This one is hard to put down.
-a constant flow of water into my body
-researching and writing about the concept of “mystery”
if you have any suggestions, please pass them along!