Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What I Ate My Last Week Of Pregnancy - WIAW #26


I'm not a huge believer in "old wives tales" so throughout most of my pregnancy when I was reading about foods that help kickstart labor I mostly just rolled my eyes and ignored it.

However, the rounder closer to my due date that I got.. the more I started to think it couldn't hurt to try..


Here are some of the (allegedly labor inducing) foods that I ate during this last week of pregnancy..


I've been all about the eggplant, basil, oregano, and spicy food. Sometimes all at once


Pretty darn delicious if I do say so myself. =p


I would be happy to eat grilled chicken just about every day. I used plenty of cajun seasoning for spicy reasons. 


Sunday night we had turkey burgers, which completely fell apart on the grill. (still good) I topped mine with grilled peppers and avocado; no mustard this time. 


Speaking of avocado.. There was that one amazing sandwich I had for lunch.


That cheese..
That EGG.. 



I have now heard that chocolate can bring on labor. Probably an excuse to eat chocolate? Yep. Did I still try it. Yep. I made double chocolate cocoa melts  (Thanks Brittany!!!!) So good! I used peanut butter because I had just bought a pricey jar of it and refused to go the next day and buy almond butter. I'm not sure how much this changed the flavor but I thought they tasted like no bake cookies, just with a different texture.

I'm not sure who grabs one more often; me or Steven. Sooo addicting, and I swear they get better every time I eat one.



Then there was that day I ate mac n cheese in my bed.. (with plenty of added hot sauce, of course)


There is a reason I don't make biscuits and gravy very often.. I cannot control myself around biscuits and gravy. Like at all. These don't put people into labor.. but they were too yummy to not share. 


Late night snacks...

Coconut Chobani with Kind Blueberry Vanilla Granola and shredded coconut. 


And of course, the fruit snacking continues. 


So pretty much, I've been eating these so called labor kick starters for a week and so far.. no go. I was sure if anything would work it would be this shockingly spicy chile relleno I had at lunch on Monday. Nope! I have had a few contractions but they are mostly weak and irregular. 

It doesn't matter since my Dr. is evicting her on Friday regardless, but I can't say I'd mind meeting this nugget a little bit sooner. 

What's the best thing you've eaten this week?

Do you believe in old wives' tales?

Tried any new recipes lately?






Monday, March 24, 2014

39 Weeks- Resting & Nesting

I first wrote this post days ago and forgot to publish it. Whoops!! Not surprising. 
My brain is not functioning well these past few days because......

I'm due in 3 days!!!


If we could not compare my face this week to last week.. that'd be great. 
I feel so pregnant. 

Stretch marks: Just that one on my belly button. Hoping it stays that way! 

Weight gain: Still 25lbs.

Belly button in or out: Out.. but not really OUT like how you picture it being... until I laugh, then BOOP! (so gross!!)

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Movement: Loads of wiggles and hiccups. 

Feeling: Anxious, forgetful, mood swings. 

Cravings: I still want grilled chicken and veggies constantly!! But also sweets. Just about anything everything sweet, which is unlike me. 

Symptoms: 
  • Heartburn, getting better as she "drops" but still can be bad at night. 
  • Swelling, usually only at the end of the day. My ankles & shins really hurt at night. 
  • Extremely frequent need to pee, whether or not much actually comes out. =/
  • Still waking up a lot to roll over. 
  • Anything and everything makes me out of breath. 
  • Puffy face! 
  • Hot flashes! Especially in my face. 
  • Sciatic nerve pain in my legs & butt.
  • Clumsiness, pregnancy brain.

Missing: Bending over. Soon I can again!

Sleep: Sleep quality still sucks and I've started falling asleep for around an hour most days. 

Looking forward to: Friday at 2 am.. because if I haven't had her by then, that's when I check into the hospital. 

Exercise: Not so much. At this point I'm just trying to keep the house work caught up, and even just doing that makes me have to take a break. 

Eating: I think I've felt more hungry than normal these past few days, and everything sounds good. Especially if it's something that I don't have to cook. 

Random: I think I'm starting to have irregular contractions, but I'm trying not to overreact because I'm determined to not go to the hospital until it's really happening. (or my induction appointment, whichever comes first)

I cannot believe it's almost time. I think it hits me a little more every day, but earlier really put things into perspective. I was talking with Steven about what we want to do with the basement in the future (it's a long story, but basically we have a basement that can only be accessed through the crawl space under our house. Suuuuuuper weird.) He said he needed to get down there this weekend, and without thinking I said "well you probably won't have time this weekend since the baby will be here".......... then it hit me hard. She really will. Whether I go into labor these next couple of days or we go to the hospital Thursday night to be induced; by this weekend she will be in our house. WOW. How does one prepare for something like this??

I'm off to take a bubble bath. It could be my last one for a while. ; P 



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thinking Out Loud: Rants & Rambles

I love linkups. I have been a long time fan of What I Ate Wednesday, but I read a lot of others. I think they are great for blogging rookies like myself. (as well as more experienced bloggers) I feel like they provide a sort of consistency for people like me who sometimes just don't know where to begin.  Plus, it's such a fun way to find new people to stalk "follow" and read. The majority of the blogs that I read I found on WIAW.

I've been technically writing on this page for a couple of years now, but never anything consistent - as much as I'd like to be. A big part of the problem is that often my head is full of little tidbits that I'd like to share, yet nothing I feel warrants an entire post about it. I've been trying to come up with a way to throw all my random thoughts together and call it a post, but it's harder than it sounds! Finally today (while reading one of the favorite blogs - found on a linkup) I discovered Thinking Out Loud

A linkup where the whole point is to put those random thoughts out there, and see what random things everyone else is up to. Uhhhhh sign me up now. This is exactly what I needed! So without further ado....

Head over to Running With Spoons to join the party! :D

1. Pregnancy Brain is real, and it's in full effect lately. I lose everything. I forget what I'm talking about mid-sentence. I put refrigerated items in the pantry and vice versa. Someone can ask me a question and I'll find myself staring at them for a borderline uncomfortable amount of time before responding. It's bizarre. 



2. Speaking of pregnancy.. I'm over it. I'm so tired! My body is tired, my brain is tired, and I'm tired of being treated like a zoo animal. My Dr. said I would be induced in 9 days if I haven't had her yet. I know there are a lot of people who are against inducing labor, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I, personally am against the idea of pushing an overlarge human out of my lady bits because I waited two weeks past my due date on nature to take it's course. Or worse, having to have a c-section because she grows to big to fit. I'm just going to take my Dr.'s advice and if that bothers anyone I'm sorry. (Sorry that my life affects them that much =p)


about all the enthusiasm I can manage. 


3. Sometimes you just need a soda. I rarely drink them anymore, just the occasional sip of Steven's. The other day I was at Sprout's and found some Cola that was made with cane sugar and was getting it for him to try when I saw Cream Soda from the same brand.. I LOVE cream soda!! I grabbed one and now I'm a little sad that I didn't get more. We split it earlier and I liked it so much more than the one I used to drink (A&W, I think??) This almost tasted like whipped cream. It was more vanilla-y than what I'm used to.. in the best way E-V-A.


Obligatory belly photo bomb ;p


If you're looking for a soda fix, you should try it! I also got a grapefruit flavored one but haven't tried it yet. 

4. If I learned one lesson this week, it's to steer clear of the packages of blueberry scones at Sprouts. Apparently they are crack because now that they are all gone (in 2 days!) I can't stop thinking about them. Must NOT drive across Tulsa to get more.. 

5. I would give my left butt cheek for one night of the kind of sleep my puppy gets. 


Seriously??

6. I can spend an unbelievable amount of time on Tumblr, but can't make myself finish What To Expect When You're Expecting. Oops.. (it's boring! And the apps that you can follow along with tell you all the same things.)

This face.. I think I made it at a stranger in Kmart today. I should probably stay home until I can control my hormones. 

7. I just found out that I live just a few blocks away from a Farmers Market that goes on Saturdays during summer. Whaaattt? I can walk there!! It just doesn't open until June =/

8. No matter how poopy I feel, how irritating people can be sometimes, or what life decides to throw at me this week; I get to meet my baby by the end of the month. It's seriously happening! 

Tell me something random about your week! =)
























Wednesday, March 19, 2014

WIAW #25 Sweet Balance

Thanks to Peas & Crayons for hosting! 

Warning: what I'm about to say may shock you.. 
I forgot to take pictures of an entire day of food. *hides in corner* I'm sorry; I'm usually so good about it. ;P totally not being sarcastic

I have, however eaten some really good food the past few days. Then there was that one night I went to one of those parties where they try and sell you things and I had cheese dip for dinner. OR all the sweets I suddenly started craving. It's all about the balance!! (psst.. I don't know how many 39 weeks pregnant people you've been around but FYI balance is not our thing. I can't even walk with balance)

But seriously we are so in love with grilling around here, and I am so in love with the fact that my husband is eating so many vegetables. We've consumed enough sweet mini peppers in the past month as in two bags a week to draw suspicion. (of what I'm not sure.. but it can't be normal) and he's even eaten squash twice, which he claims to only like when fried. 


I promise we don't always have chicken, we've just wanted it so much lately!! I've gone grocery shopping two of the last three days so we've got plenty of things to grill this week IF the wind will calm down. It's cramping my style! 


I always grab two of those little chicken "tenders" and end up giving the second one to Steven because I cram my face full of so many veggies. 

Is there anyone out there that cooks without doing this to their kitchen? If so, I applaud you. Also how?


We had turkey burgers last night.. preggo me needed a mustard fix. 


Oh and remember all those sweets I mentioned? I wasn't kidding.. 


s'more reasons I'm the "best wife ever" according to Steven.. 



Belly photo bombs are pretty standard at this point. 


and later I fully intend to make double chocolate cocoa melts Can. Not. Wait.
But first, I must fill out baby shower thank you cards. *sigh* it's a tough life sometimes. 
Oh, and there was also a macadamia cookie from Subway. Shhhhh

The D Day Countdown = 8 days. What. The. Fudge. (fudge?? where??)

Because I'd really like to meet my baby girl as close to her due date as possible, I've started consuming things that supposedly make that happen. Lots of basil, oregano, and spicy foods. So far, no contractions. Yesterday I looked at essential oils at the health food store.. and then bailed out of that aisle like a crazy person when I saw the prices. I bought "pregnancy tea" so we'll see how that goes. (From what I've heard, it usually flushes out.. things that aren't babies.) Ahem..

Speaking of basil.. 
I bought some yesterday and stuck it in the fancy candle holder I made a few months ago. Kind of cute, no?



What's the best thing you've eaten this week?

Know of any "natural labor starters?" 
Please don't say "nipple stimulation"awko taco. 

What's your favorite thing to grill? 














Sunday, March 16, 2014

38 Week Bumpdate



I can't believe I have already come this far! Sometimes the days seem to drag by, but when I look back at when I first found out I was pregnant it seems like it just happened. I've never been so excited in my life! 

  • Baby weighs up to 7.25 pounds this week. Watermelon Sized. 
  • 19-21 inches
  • Full term!
  • She has "dropped" and is facing the right direction. Ready to go!
  • Hospital bags are packed
  • I am only 11 days from my due date! 


Stretch marks: None on my sides or tummy.. but there is a suspicious red area around where my belly button piercing was. The skin there is stretched so tight I wouldn't be surprised. I don't know if I'm super lucky or if coconut oil is just a miracle in yet another way, because that's all I have used to prevent them. 

Weight gain: Still hanging out at 25 pounds. Some days it's a little more if I'm swollen. 

Belly button in or out: Partially out, but sometimes when she pushes up against the middle of my stomach it pops out all the way. Freakyyyy. 

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Movement: Not much kicking anymore, but still loads of wiggles and hiccups. Best. Feeling. Ever. 

Feeling: Like a planet. I get tired very easily. I waddle. Mostly just ready to meet my baby! 

Cravings: Half good half bad.. I crave grilled chicken and veggies.. but I also want cookies or something else sweet almost every day. The good thing is that after I eat a little of something I am satisfied, so at least I'm not sitting around eating a whole pack of Oreos. :p 

Symptoms: 
  • Heartburn - less frequent, but more intense. 
  • Swelling! Thankfully nothing severe, but it does make walking around interesting. 
  • Peeing. Always.
  • I have to wake up and roll over about ever 1-2 hours all night long because my hips hurt.
  • The rolling over thing? It's hard work!! 
  • I get out of breath from the most basic activity. (such as rolling over in bed)
  • My face is looking puffy.
  • Sciatic nerve pain in my legs
  • Clumsiness. I can't hold on to anything!! 

Missing: Running. Now that the weather is getting nicer I get the urge to run a lot. Also.. my pre pregnancy body; which might be a bit selfish, but it's true! I miss my strength. I feel like my arms are made of jelly more than ever. I'm going to have a lot of work to do in a few months to get back to where I was; not just into my old regular clothes but my actual muscles. I feel like they have vanished completely.

Sleep: My sleep quality sucks because of all the times I wake up to pee or roll around, so I've been taking occasional naps again. It is what it is!

bare belly action
Looking forward to: Meeting my baby! Usually I'm a very anxious person. I obsess over details that don't matter. I've been prescribed medicine for it that I obviously haven't been able to take in months. Honestly I spent a lot of my earlier pregnancy stressed out over absolutely nothing, but somehow the closer it gets to "D-Day" the more relaxed I have gotten. Some sort of calm has come over me and I'm not nearly as nervous as I expected; not even about the delivery. I know that there is nothing I can do right now to control the circumstances. What will be will be, and the best thing I feel like I can do for her right now is to relax and be as calm and happy as possible; so that's what I am doing! 

Exercise: It's comical at this point. I've pretty much just taken to keeping the house picked up and following along to yoga videos I have found on youtube that are designed for this stage of pregnancy. At this point it's more about keeping my body as comfortable as possible. It really does do wonders for the hip discomfort and sciatic nerve issues. 

Eating: The baby has dropped down into my pelvis (and out of my ribcage) so I am able to breathe better and it has become easier to eat a regular sized meal. (most of the time) I haven't been as hungry for snacks in between meals, but I still eat lots of green apples. :) 

Random: My Grandpa has been so excited about the baby and my belly had grown a lot since the last time I saw him. The other day I went with my sister to pick of my nephew from school (he works there) and when he saw me his face lit up; it was so cute! He then proceeded to show me off, which was a teenie bit embarrassing.. but that's what Grandparents are for. I'm also supposed to be induced the day before his birthday if I don't go into labor on my own so he's pretty happy about that. (side note: I also went to school where he works and it's a little awkward walking by your elementary school teachers with a big ol' preggo belly.)


head bedazzlers.. we have our priorities straight.




Nursery: Ready to go! We still have little things to do, like paint the trim and find some decorations to hang on the walls but nothing I'm too concerned about right now. We have everything we need to bring our baby girl home. :D 







How you do keep from stressing out?







What are you looking forward to right now? 




Thursday, March 13, 2014

WIAW #24 - The One Where I Broke All The Rules

Don't you just love when you think you've got it all figured out, only to have your plans come crashing down? As a sometimes obsessive planner I feel like this happens to me a lot. What I Ate Wednesday this week was no exception. I planned on taking pictures of one full day of meals; thanks to contracting a brand new form of the plague, and being much more busy than normal that didn't happen. Then I tried to be good and get what I could scrounge up ready to go the night before, only to literally fall asleep while typing it up. Go me. 

Then I was so busy all day Wednesday that I never had time to return to my computer and finish what I started. So I'm breaking the (not so strict) rules, posting on a Thursday. Also, using the Love Your Veggies Month banner because frankly last month I didn't give veggies much thought, but this month I've gone back to loving them. I know. So if you can handle any more of my wild and crazy rebellion.. let's get on to What I Ate The Days Before Wednesday And Then Posted On Thursday Because I Kept Falling Asleep  um.. the food. ; p


As always, a big thank you to Peas & Crayons for hosting! :) 
First things first.. can we just talk about the weather here for a second? 


That's Oklahoma for you. It was so nice last week we broke in the grill; only to be shut down by old man winter through the weekend. The temps are looking up again, but now it's so windy I can hardly stand to go outside. Sigh.. 

Also my sister came over on Saturday and we spent the day painting the nursery, and then repainting it because the gray I bought wasn't working. Since Steven was so nice and went after new paint for us we ordered Pizza Hut. Literally, NEVER AGAIN. 

I'm convinced that it actually tried to kill me. I ate two death slices of pizza; though I have to admit I thought they were delicious, I paid dearly for them for nearly 48 hours. Soon after dinner my exhaustion from working all day set in; and at first that's all I thought it was because this far along in pregnancy I can be very miserable at the end of the day. Soon, though I knew something else was wrong. Basically my entire body was in pain, but nothing like what my stomach and back were feeling. Sharp waves of pain all night long and most of the next day. I kept checking to see if my belly was hard at all, afraid I might be having contractions and not even notice. Overshare alert: I tried all night to fart.. hoping it was just a dramatic case of gas. I couldn't even do that. :( 

Slowly throughout the day on Sunday I got better, but I couldn't do much at all but lay around. Monday I woke up and could tell it was gone. I don't know if I could have taken any more!! (it made Steven feel miserable as well but somehow didn't affect my sister)

But now, the poison has passed, the weather is better, the nursery is ready(ish) and things are looking up. Oh, and grilling is amazing!! It's a way for Steven to cook dinner, which will be an amazing help when the baby gets here!! 


 I didn't have enough avocado to make guacamole so I bulked it up with Greek yogurt. It ended up being so good, and I didn't feel guilty for eating kind of a lot of it. 


We've had a little bit of a pepper overload this week.. in the best way ever. I bought two bags of them and we are eating them like crazy. 


Grilling too much = uhh mazing leftovers for lunch.


I've been trying to get back on my smoothie kick. I made one Tuesday with strawberry, pineapple, frozen mango and coconut almond milk. I felt like I was on a beach. If that beach had a couch and was cool enough to hang out in my yoga pants.. 


You can't see them in there, but those enchiladas are stuffed full of peppers as well. I had to suck it up and cook dinner myself on a night that Steven was at class, so I roasted peppers and chicken in the oven and made homemade enchilada sauce. Too bad there aren't any of these left :( 


My favorite before bed snack lately has been coconut Chobani with Kind granola and (usually) frozen blueberries. 


Maybe next week I can get it together. ; P


What's the best thing you've eaten this week?

Is it warm enough to grill where you are?

Have you ever fell asleep at the computer? 
I think this was my first time. 







Saturday, March 1, 2014

Friday Favorites & 36 Week "Bumpdate"

My life pretty much revolves around being pregnant these days, so when I couldn't decide whether to talk about things I have been loving this week or give a preggo update I figured I'd just combine the two. (and then I ended up forgetting to publish the post until it was technically Saturday... so there you go)

Friday Favorites #3
Some Things That Tickled My Pickle This Week:

Grilling: Oh. My. Gosh. My parents got Steven a grill for Christmas and we have somehow managed to put off getting "gas" for it until just a few days ago.. we've been grilling up a storm ever since and I never want it to end!! Everything seems to taste better grilled. It's also made me realize that perhaps I was getting a bit sick of eating the same things over and over and this is just what we needed to liven up our dinner routine a bit. It's also great because he seems to really enjoy grilling and it will be a huge help when the baby is here because he can take care of dinner. Unfortunately it's supposed to be cold this weekend so I'll be back to cooking inside for now. Pfffft. 




Nesting: I've been vacuuming the edges of the carpet, rearranging everything in the kitchen, sanitizing bottles, and my personal favorite, baby laundry. So Much. Cute. 


Not gonna lie.. a part of me wishes my 24 year old self could pull off horizontal striped pants with a giant cupcake on the butt. 

Using my belly as a table: I've been waiting for this one forever. I'm not saying I'd prop a steamy bowl of soup up there, but my Chobani seemed pretty stable. ;P



This: 
Need I say more?

Luna: We can probably all just assume that she's my favorite every week, but this little dog brings so much happiness into my world every single day. It's hard to imagine life without her. The first thing I do in the morning is play with her, I fall asleep next to her. It's an amazing feeling to have a little fur-ball shadow following your every move; that thinks you are the most awesome thing since Puppy Chow. Plus, she's pretty cuddley. 


That face though.. 


pitiful.


It's.. practice? 

'
It's the only way to travel


Bump-date

I have no official photo this week. I've been meaning to take one, but I keep forgetting until the week is halfway over, or times like now when it's simply too late and I'm too tired.

Here's about what I look like on a typical day:


And here's what I look like on a day when everyone is expecting me to look pregnant. Like as in.. the day of my baby shower. (cropped because the ladies I'm with in the photo don't know about my blog and I'm not sure how they would feel about their faces being shown on it)


Where the eff is the bump? You know how they tell girls with small boobies to wear something with ruffles to make them look bigger? Apparently the effect is not the same on baby bumps. I was 35 weeks and 2 days pregnant in that picture. the picture above it was the next day. 

Only 27 days left until baby is due!
She is approximately 6.3 lbs. and around 19 in. long now
Her little lungs are fully developed so she could breathe on her own if she were born now, and she's got enough chunkiness to keep herself warm. (Trust me.. I just saw the cheeks in today's ultrasound) 
I have to go to the Dr. every week now. :o 

Weight gain: 25 lbs. 

Stretch marks: Still none. I'm in absolute shock. 

Belly button in or out: In, but it pops out when I laugh or sneeze.. very strange looking! I like to take these opportunities to chase my Mom around belly button first because it freaks her out. 

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Movement: Still a lot, though it's less about the "kicking" now and more about the stretches and hiccups. When the kicks do happen they are beginning to be a little bit painful in my ribs. 

Feeling: Kind of terrible :/ But it's not so much pregnancy as this sinus "situation" I have going on. I've gotten a bit better though, so I'm only taking medicine at night now. 

Cravings: I've been wanting sweets way more often than usual. Particularly all things coconut. And anything grilled of course. :) 

Symptoms: 

  • Discomfort. No other way to describe it.
  • Bending over is nearly impossible.
  • Heartburn.. it's less frequent but incredibly strong. Sometimes for hours. 
  • Swelling! It snuck up on me and it creeps up almost every evening now. I'm trying to keep it under control by drinking an even more ridiculous amount of water (and plopping my feet up on my husbands lap every chance I get) 
  • I'm still convinced I could set a frequent peeing record. 
  • If you look at me funny I might cry. Or hiss at you.. 

Watching the belly move while getting my toesies rubbed. (excuse the cat hair pants)

Missing: I miss sleep more than anything. It's not even about the amount of hours; I miss the quality of sleep I used to get.

Sleep: ^^^^^ I know I will get even less sleep when the baby arrives, but I'm hoping that what I do get is more comfortable than what I get now. 

Looking forward to: Meeting this nugget of mine. I can't believe it's getting so close! Pregnancy is hard in a lot of ways but I'm happy knowing why I feel this way. 

Exercise: The only thing I've gotten less of than sleep. Pretty much my exercise these days consists of keeping the house clean or walking around while running errands. I really wish I had forced myself to be more active early on in pregnancy because it truly is very difficult now. 

Eating: I still think I eat fairly normal.. but I'm giving into cravings a bit more frequently now. I can't eat very much at once so I don't typically do too much damage ;p except I did graze on Oreos a bit today.. Whoopsie!

Random: I got my first bit of that pushy parenting advice you always read about. It came at me so fast that I couldn't really even react. All I have to say is this: It's my vagina and I'll numb it if I want to. Thank youuuu. 

Nursery: Thank goodness for baby showers! And hand me down furniture! A lot has changed the past couple of weeks and we went shopping earlier and got almost everything else we needed. I have plans to paint with my sister next weekend but here's a little sneak peek at what we have so far. 


I've been eyeballing that dresser since the day my Mom got it, so I was sooo excited when she offered to let us use it for the baby room. 



What are you loving this week?

What's your favorite thing to grill?

How do you deal with unwanted/pushy advice?