When you hit the third trimester, you’re both happy and restless.
You’ve made it through two thirds of your pregnancy and in a way, the last few months have flown by, but now you want to see your little one. You want to hold your baby in your arms, see what he/she looks like and smell that unmistakable baby smell. You are both ready and scared of this new chapter in your life, but overall you just want it to be here.
But you still have about 3 more months to go.
3 long months.
You wonder how you will be able to make it through this time with your ever-growing belly, your back pains, sleepless nights and this anticipation that just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
How do you make these three months more than just a time of waiting and – as my father lovingly calls it – breeding? How do you make them worthwile even if you don’t have a partner to share your excitement with?
Here are my favorite ways to make your single-mom trimester super fun and anything but boring.
Create a vision board
I love vision boards. I love being crafty and making my dreams become a tiny bit more real by putting photos, words, phrases and more into a collage. Dream of the future you want to have with your child and visualize it by letting your creativity roam freely.
Have your friends throw you a baby shower
OK, you can’t particularly force them to, but you can definitely drop some hints. For me, the whole baby shower situation is a bit more complicated as all of my friends live in different parts of the world. There’s no way we can all get together in one place to celebrate the upcoming birth of my child. But we’ve found the perfect solution and are going to have a Google Hangout just having fun.
How can you make your baby shower awesome? Be creative and think outside the box.
Plan a trip
You may not be allowed to go on a plane anymore, but there are still tons of other ways for you to take a break from life and nourish your soul. Take a weekend trip with your girlfriends or do a roadtrip on your own. Enjoy these last few weeks of unlimited freedom by cultivating solitude and seeing places you’ve always wanted to see.
Have lunch with the girls
You’ll be a whole lot busier once the baby is here, so use the looong waiting time for regular catch-up sessions with your girlfriends over a delicious lunch.
Get to know other mom-to-be’s
To be honest, this is something that I dread. I’m not a big socializer and don’t feel all too comfortable in the country I live in. I just don’t connect with people here. But I’m here for the long haul and so I better start getting to know other mom-to-be’s, right? After all, having people to confide in will be essential once the baby is here.
Have you gotten to know other mom-to-be’s yet? If not, why not get together with a few women from your pre-natal yoga or Pilates class? Or even join an online forum to get to know other moms in your area. It’ll be all the difference once the baby is there.
Read the books you’ve wanted to read for years NOW
If you’re anything like me, you have a whole shelf of books you’ve wanted to read for ages. Read them now before the baby craziness begins.
Book a photo shoot
I haven’t taken any pictures of my baby belly yet but I do want to have a few reminders of how I looked when I was pregnant. So, I booked a photo shoot with a professional photographer. I’m curious to see the results and I know that this will be a great keep-sake for the baby.
Pick a name
Do you have a name for the baby yet (I don’t!). If not, it’s time to get serious and make a list of the baby names you truly like and get comfortable saying them out loud over and over again. After all, you don’t want your baby to be nameless after it’s born.
De-clutter and get organized
Go through your home and make space for a new beginning by getting rid of all the clutter that automatically accumulates over time. Get organized and create some space. You’ll feel rejuvenated and ready for a new chapter in your life.
Do some healing work
What misconceptions are you holding on about yourself, being a mom and being single? Do you have limiting beliefs around motherhood and your new chapter in your life? Regrets? Try to clear all of that now, so that you can be truly in the present moment once the baby is born.
Sit with your anticipation
Sometimes, the most rewarding thing to do is to just be with your anticipation. Feel the awe washing over you that there’s a baby growing inside of you and that you’ll get to see him/her in only a few months. Notice the anticipation accumulating in your belly and just let your emotions take over for a while.
What do you do to make these last three months go by just a tiny bit faster? Share your thoughts with us and inspire us with your ideas.
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