Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Be Back Later

I will post when I actually have some good news.  I have an induction scheduled for next Monday as I'm retaining water which is causing a numb arm and hand.  Talk to you then!

Friday, November 26, 2010

And He Did

Last night Chicken was up at 3:00am yelling for his soother (and I don't care what you think; I am NOT taking it away from him right before his brother comes, even if he is 2.5).  When I went in there and found it for him he asked for a 'nuggle.  So I sat on his bed and he crawled into my lap.

And then he turned around and held my face in his hands.  And he sweetly rubbed my face.  And then he said to me in the sweetest little voice ever "and maybe tomorrow I'll shovel the snow Mommy".

Oh God that kid makes me happy!

And, he did.  Around 4:30 he and M went outside and shoveled for me!  I'm a lucky woman indeed!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Baby News

No, I didn't have the baby yet.  I'm still exceptionally pregnant.



Oh man, that was mean of me wasn't it.  Do you totally hate me!  Oh well, a pregnant woman can have some fun can't she!

BUT, someone did have a baby!  Yep, Natasha my "pregnancy buddy" (we were due two days apart).  Had her baby two days ago.  And while I'm wicked jealous of her I'm also really happy for her!  Like really happy and I hope she has a really happy baby.

Her baby has a great name and she's wicked cute so go say congrats and take a look.

NEW BABY HERE!  

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's A Good Thing

I need to let go.  I need to stop trying to control when the baby is going to come.  He's got his own schedule and I'm not being very respectful of it.  Yes, I'm uncomfortable.  Yes, I'm often in pain due to the IUS and yes, *I'm* ready to have the baby.  But he's not ready to come out yet and there is NOTHING I can do about that.

In the last couple of days there have been many message to me from God/The Universe to allow my baby to come to full-term.  From commercials, to my chiro mentioning what she recently learned at a seminar, to a newspaper article, etc.  Lots of signs.  And so with that in mind I am trying to let go of control.  I'm trying to be okay with still being pregnant.  And seeing as how this will be my last pregnancy; it's good for me to remember to cherish this all.

So with that in mind I'm thinking about all the good things about being pregnant.  Here they are:

  1. The baby is safe and happy inside of me.  He moves lots and his heart rate is always healthy.
  2. I get lots of attention.  Seriously, people love a pregnant woman.  Lots of people ask me when I'm having the baby, how I'm feeling, how I look great, etc.  It's really sweet!
  3. It's a lot warmer when a baby is inside of you and since it's been minus a zillion outside it's been nice to not be freezing like all my skinny friends.
  4. I'm officially on maternity leave (although I don't get paid because I'm a contractor) and Chicken is at the dayhome full-time because of my IUS.  While it's kind of boring it's going to be one of the last times in my life where I have a couple of weeks to do nothing.  It's kind of nice actually.
  5. Even when I can't sleep at night I can nap during the day.  That too is nice.
  6. Although I feel massive, I'm really not that big.  I am measuring 2 weeks behind and at my last appointment I lost a pound, which brings my total weight gain to 30lbs.  That was my goal weight.  
  7. I still have no stretch marks, knock on wood!
  8. I don't have any serious complications; I am healthy.
  9. The baby will be healthier and better developed the longer he is in the womb.
  10. The baby will be bigger and that means he will be cuter.
  11. I am at less risk of intervention if my body goes into labor on it's own.  Hopefully this means I can do it drug free.
  12. The baby is less likely to need help or medical intervention after birth.  This means I should be able to nurse right away and bring him home with me, instead of staying in the NICU.
  13. My in-laws are home this weekend from their cruise.  They will be well rested and ready to help us.
  14. Everyday the baby stays in the womb is another day I have with Chicken.  Another day I can fully devote to him; another day where he does not have to share his parents.  
So yeah, that is my list.  It's pretty long.  If you all can remind me of this list when I'm still pregnant tomorrow, the next day, etc.  That would be great!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tell Me Tuesday

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Hey, it's TMT, woo.

Okay, I'm done.  I'm ready to have a baby.  I cannot muster up excitement for anything today.  Last night I had contractions from 1am until about 6am.  They were mild and about ten minutes apart though so I wasn't really complaining about that.  But then my toddler was up three times at 2am because he hurt his pants, or he needed a big hug, or he wanted to sing me twinkle twinkle little star or (my favorite) because he wanted to show me that there was a little baby tree in his bed.  It was cute for about ten seconds.  But the worst part about last night is that my right arm (including my hand) was completely numb for the whole night.  Unless I laid on my left side and held my arm by my back.  Which then caused a huge ache in my back.  So yeah, I gave up at 4am and took a shower.  I've been reading ever since and I'm beyond exhausted.

So, after all that "woe is me" (sorry, even I'm sick of my complaining at this point) I've been thinking lots about induction lately but I've got a lot of mixed feelings.

So you tell me:
Induction because the mommy is uncomfortable.  Selfish or acceptable?

And be honest, I want your true opinion, not something you are going to say to make me feel better!

TMT of the past:  Last week I asked about winter activities because our cold weather had just hit.  Guess what?  It's still here :(  And today is the worst of it (I keep hearing rumors of -40ish with the wind-chill).  Some of you love winter and do all sorts of fun things like tobogging, cross country or downhill skiing, etc.  The rest of you are like me.  You HATE winter and try to hibernate when it's cold.  Thankfully my hubby is in the first category because Chicken LOVES the snow and wants to live outside.  I think the cold is stupid and I'm praying for another chinook!


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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tell Me Tuesday

Tell Me Tuesday with Canadian Mama

Sorry this is going up late.  Winter finally came last night and the cold slowed me down.  

Anyways, today's TMT is courtesy of the weather.  So you tell me:

What is your favorite winter activity?

TMT of the past:
Last week I asked what you would do if you read someone's blog and they threatened suicide.  I asked because it had recently happened to me.  I was reading a lady's blog who basically threatened suicide.  This is a woman who a couple of months ago spoke of being suicidal too and even had a plan.  This woman has children.  This woman lives in a different country than me.  When she did it a couple of months ago she also spoke of getting help, so I left it alone.  This time there was no talk of help.  

What did I do?  I called the police in her area (this is also a woman who posts her first and last name, the name of her husband, children, where she lives, etc.  A quick google search on her told me all I needed to know to tell the police).  I figured it was up to them to decide what to do with my call but that I needed to report it.  I honestly feel this woman is crying out for attention but truly didn't have enough information to make that call.  If she did follow through with her threat I would have felt awful.  I would not have been able to live with myself.  I hope she gets the help she needs!

Most of you said you would do something too and I think that's wonderful.  I have suicide intervention training myself.  As much as I used to joke about it it has come in handy a couple of times in my professional life.  This time it came in handy in my personal life.  It's really invaluable training and I recommend it to anyone.  If you are interested and live in Canada, here is the WEBSITE.



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Monday, November 15, 2010

Updates

Well, life continues on even though I am still pregnant.  I'm starting to lose my mind a bit and the Irritable Uterus is really wearing me down.  I know, I know, you hear it all the time.  I'm sick of saying it too!

Friday I had a playdate with a friend.  Chicken and her son did NOT play well and there were many fights.  It was exhausting and I was on the verge of tears a couple of times.  When they left he went down for a nap and I laid on the couch.  By the time M got home at 2:30 I had a massive muscle spasm in my tummy on my left side.  It was exceptionally painful.

M helped me to bed with strict orders I was not to come down until I napped.  When he got Chicken up at 3:30 he could hear me crying; I was in a lot of pain.  He took Chicken outside and they played until around 5:00.  At that point I was laying on the living room floor.  Contractions were sporadic but on average they were 4 minutes apart and lasting for a minute and a half.  They were also painful.

When Chicken came in I tried really hard not to freak him out.  He knew something was up though and was worried about me.  He rubbed my back and belly, he layed down beside me, he brought me grapes and cheese.  He was absolutely the sweetest boy in the whole world.  But at 6:00 we decided this was not good.  Contractions were getting worse and Chicken was acting out.  We called my mom.

Around 7 we went to the hospital.  Contractions were better in the car but the minute I started walking they picked up again.  They hooked me up to a monitor and my contractions showed up immediately.  The doctor came within 5 minutes and checked me.  I was 1cm dilated, cervix has not changed at all.  FUCK!

Despite the contractions, I was absolutely NOT in labor.

The doctor suggested morphine which I initially declined.  But both M and the doctor insisted.  They both felt it would take the edge off and help me sleep.  So I agreed.  And it was wonderful.  I was super high and M laughed at me the whole way home.

I had the worst sleep ever and jolted away all night.  The next morning my mom took Chicken to her house and I slept.  I napped all day long.  That night I went to bed at 9 and woke up at 9:30.  I slept all yesterday too and went to bed early last night.  Today is the first day I feel normal again.  I will never take morphine again!  It's horrible stuff.

M has decided that I am to do nothing until the baby arrives because it seems that doing anything brings on the contractions.  Useless contractions that mean nothing but pain.  I'm beyond frustrated.  I'm also wondering when I will ever know if it's real labor.  Apparently this is what every woman with IUS feels.  I'm glad I'm not alone, but still frustrated.

Hopefully my next post is about our new boy.  Wish me luck!

And if any of you actually made it through my super long "woe is me" post, I will leave you with a present.  Here is a headless picture of me at 36 weeks.  Aren't you lucky!

  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dear Baby 2

Dear Baby 2,
Please get out of me!  No, seriously though, you are a very confusing baby; I find you to be exceptionally indecisive.  You really can't decide if you want out or not and it's wearing your mommy down.  I've had contractions for over a month now.  They are getting more and more painful.  Last night I was in serious pain for two hours.  You had me doubled over the counter, toy box, couch, etc every time a contraction hit and then, just like that, it ended.

The thing is, I'm also ready to meet you.  What I want you to always know is that you are a loved and wanted baby.  Even though your father and I were in the process of building a house, and then scraping that to buy this house and reno it, plus have our old house for sale, we still tried for you.  We really wanted you in our lives.  And we were thrilled when you happened on the first try!

And while the beginning of your pregnancy was rough the rest had been wonderful, until the last month or so.  And now your dad and I, and your big brother, are so ready to meet you.  I honestly cannot think of anything else.  I imagine how wonderful it's going to be to hold you, and nurse you and kiss and snuggle with you.  I think about how cute you are going to be all the time and I am dying to know what you will look like.  I wonder if you will be a splitting image of your brother or if you will be totally different.  I think about you all day long and then I often dream about you as well.

So baby, you are full-term today.  And while it's totally up to you when you come I hope you come soon.  I cannot wait to meet you.  There are lots of people waiting for you too baby, so many people who already love you.  So don't take your time, come out soon and make our family complete!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Tell Me Tuesday

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Hey, it's TMT!  Today's question is not about a baby or being pregnant AT ALL!  And, like I promised I think it will be a bit controversial.  Here it is:


If you were reading someone's blog and they were threatening suicide would you feel compelled to do anything?  Would it matter if they had children?  Would their location matter to you?  What would you do?

Alright y'all that is today's question.  I can't wait to hear your answers!



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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

1 A Day Freezer Recipes - Day Seven - Jerk Chicken and Potato Ragout

Jerk chicken is a favorite around here and after many different recipes we decided this one was the best tasting.  It's not traditional though so if you care about authenticity, go away!

The potato ragout is our favorite way to eat potatoes...okay, that's not true but it's right at the top of the list.  Plus it sounds so fancy your friends will all be super impressed with you!

The potato ragout can be fully prepared and then frozen in smaller portions (if you have a smaller family) the chicken should be uncooked when frozen, then when it defrosts it also spends the day marinating and you get the most flavorful and moist chicken ever!  It's also great with pork tenderloin.


Caribbean Jerk Chicken Freezer Recipe
2 1/2 lbs chicken pieces (any will work but we prefer bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts)
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground red pepper flakes
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
Combine ingredients except chicken in a small bowl. Add chicken to a freezer bag, then add Caribbean Jerk mixture. Carefully move the chicken around so it is thoroughly coated, then freeze.
On cooking day, thaw in refrigerator and remove chicken pieces, disposing of the leftover marinade. Barbeque on a grill or bake in a 375 oven for approx 60 minutes (may vary depending on which chicken pieces are used.  

Potato Ragout

4 TBSP olive oil
2 medium baking potatoes, diced into 1/4 inch pieces
salt
4 sprigs of thyme...leaves removed and chopped
1 sprig of rosemary...leaves removed and chopped
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup dry white wine...eyeball it
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup fresh flat leaf parsley leaves chopped...a couple handfuls
2 TBSP cold UNSALTED butter

Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat with about 2 TBSP of the EVOO...approx twice around the pan.
Add the diced potatoes and spread them out in a single thin layer. Season with salt and pepper and let them brown for 2 minutes...do NOT shake or stir the pan...just let it hang out.
Once browned on one side, go ahead and stir or shake the pan then leave it for another 2 minutes.
Add the thyme, rosemary, onion, garlic, and cook, stirring frequently until the onion is translucent...about 3 minutes.
Add the white wine and chicken stock, bring the mixture to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are tender...about 5-6 minutes (or longer depending on how you like your potatoes).
Add the cherry tomatoes and parsley to the potatoes.
Toss and stir to incorporate.
Heat the tomatoes for about a minute or so.
Turn the heat off and add the cold butter, stirring constantly until the butter is melted.

·         I leave out the tomoatoes because they don’t taste right to me.  I often substitute with asparagus adding it with the wine and stock

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tell Me Tuesday

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So, it's the middle of the day here.  SORRY!  I had a rough night last night and so M took Chicken to dayhome this morning so I could go back to sleep.  Than I ate a brunch of left-over pizza and watched 90210.  I'm not sure why I'm sharing any of this but I felt you all needed to know my excuse!

But enough about me, let's get on to TMT... which is actually about me.  Ahem.

So, today's question:
When do you think I'm going to have the baby?

Here is the information I have which could help you make your decision:
  1. My due date is December 01
  2. I had Chicken at 39 weeks, I had false labor with him three times and he was head down and fully engaged at 32 weeks
  3. This baby has been head down and fully engaged since 28 weeks
  4. I've had countless false labors, plus my diagnosis of Irritable Uterus Syndrome (I swear that's not made up, it's a real thing)
  5. I've been 1cm dilated for three weeks now although they said that is common in second pregnancies
So there ya go, you tell me when he's coming!  

TMT of the past:
Last Week I asked about packing my labor bag and you all gave me lots of great advice.  I've got it and the baby's stuff all packed up (wow, is newborn stuff ever small; I totally forgot how tiny it all is).  I only need slippers, lanolin and bum cream.  Then I quickly need to finish up the LONGEST file ever for work and I'm all ready to have a baby!  
ps. I promise next week won't be about babies anymore, I'll have a real bitchy question for everyone - I swear!



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Monday, November 1, 2010

1 A Day Freezer Recipes - Day Six - Cheeseburger Soup

Right, I know, sorry!  Thing is I've been kind of busy with contractions and a toddler and work and all that.  Plus, my dad raised some free-range, organic, grass fed beef this year and we are supposed to pick-up our half soon.  So I'm trying to not put things in the freezer anymore so we have room.  It's really hard to do!  It's like fighting instinct!

I think this recipe came from Krystyn originally but I've got no brain anymore so I could be wrong.  Either way - it's so good!  I usually double it and freeze a bunch (it makes a lot).  The picture doesn't do it justice (you honestly cannot make this soup look good) but try it anyways and you will be so happy!


Cheeseburger Soup
• 1 ½ cup water
• 2 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
• 2 carrots, peeled , chopped
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 2 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled
• 1 pound ground beef (any ground meat would work here - we usually use buffalo)
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 ½ cup milk, divided
• 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• ½ pound processed American Cheese, cubed (this is Velveeta cheese if you're Canadian)  
• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine water, potatoes, carrots, onion, jalapeno and garlic. Sprinkle salt and bouillon over the mixture. Bring to boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 15 to 20 mins, until potatoes are tender.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef until brown, drain.
3. Stir cooked beef and 2 cups milk into the soup and heat through. Combine remaining ½ cup
milk with flour, stirring until smooth; stir into the soup. Bring to a low boil and cook, stirring, until thickened, 3 mins
4. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese until melted. Season with cayenne and serve!