Due Dates and Other Such Nonsense

Well, today’s my due date.

And all signs are pointing to my still being pregnant tomorrow.

Yay.

I have, however, decided to do some “research” on natural ways to induce labor.  Pretty much, I’m going to tell my husband that anything I like will help speed the process up.

Yep, mini french silk pie blizzards help women go into labor.  Barbecued hamburgers also have been known to help.  Back massages, too.  Watching partners vacuum and mop is great for inducing labor in the pregnant woman.  Rereading favorite books can also be beneficial when trying to speed up the laboring process.  Sleeping in and being served breakfast in bed is almost a surefire way to get labor going in a high percentage of women.

Am I missing anything?

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Randomness

39 weeks pregnant!

And as exhausted, uncomfortable, and ready as I may be for this peanut to pop out, this peanut is not very ready.

I’ve gained 27 pounds, and not that I’m particularly concerned about the number, mostly just intrigued, I am excited to see that number creep back down.

I’ve started incorporating prunes…err…dried plumes… in my diet.  Not because I necessarily need the help now, but I definitely remember the fear that comes post delivery.  For those of you that have given birth, you know what I’m talking about.  I figure some preemptive work on my part will come in very handy in the next few weeks.  That and I really like prunes, I mean, dried plums.  They’re just so tasty.  Much tastier than prune juice, which is what I had to utilize after SweetPea was born.

My husband’s first season as a soccer coach has officially kicked off (no pun intended…seriously, I wrote it and then realized it was punny).  His first game was against the cross town rivals.  We tied.  Which was pretty good for our team considering their record for the past several years.  Now he’s on an away game.  It just started 3 minutes ago and I really wish I could have gone, but we figured that driving 3 hours away from my doctor was a sure fire way to go into labor.  Hmm…maybe I should have gone.

I made a peach banana smoothie this morning.  So SweetPea had smoothie-mustache.  That was pretty cute.  Until it smeared with her snotty nose snot…awww the first fall cold…

I’m rereading Harry Potter.  It’s so good.

I also just finished The Night Circus.  Now that was a ridiculously good book.  And I recommend everybody read it.

It might only be 10 in the morning, but I’m already thinking about lunch…and how I want pizza.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Now I like banana bread.  And I especially like banana bread when it has chocolate chips in it.  How could you possibly beat a recipe that is chocolate chocolate banana bread?  That’s right, you can’t.

I found this recipe here and couldn’t resist making it.  Especially as fall approaches.  The days are still pretty warm around these parts, but the nights are cooling into those crisp fall nights that give the perfect goosebumps…just thinking about those nights makes me want to bake apples or make pumpkin cookies…I guess we know what’s going to pop up soon on this blog…but anyways.  Cool nights just beg for warm baked goods and hence this banana bread was baked.

I actually baked this early in the morning.  Why?  Because I’m pregnant and that makes sleep elusive.  So instead of laying in bed hoping to fall back asleep I got up and started baking.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup applesauce
3 mashed bananas
1 tsp vanilla extract
1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray bottom of 8×4 inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, and applesauce.  Beat in banana and vanilla.

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

Mix flour mixture into banana mixture until just combined.

Fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon batter into pan.  Bake about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack.

Enjoy.  Enjoy with vanilla ice cream.  Or on it’s own.  Or as a ridiculously decadent and chocolately french toast.  Or on it’s own.

Here it is ready to go

Ready to go in the oven...ignore the reflection of me still in my pajamas...

Ready to go in the oven…ignore the reflection of me still in my pajamas…

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Fresh out of the oven

Sliced…

All sliced up

All sliced up

and Served!

Served and ready to go!

Served and ready to go!

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Meals

As we approach fall I begin thinking about food.  Just kidding.  I think about food all the time.  But as fall approaches I start thinking about the crock pot.  Just kidding.  I think about crock pot meals most months of the year.

However, with my due date quickly approaching (we’re two weeks away people, two weeks!) I’ve been thinking a lot about food.  Let’s just say that as much as I love food, I love sleep even more.  That means that I’ve been known to come home from a long day and if there isn’t food put in my hands I’ll just go to bed without eating.  Maybe not the greatest thing, but I gotta do what I gotta do.  However, that skipping dinner plan seems like a very bad plan for a lady who has just given birth and is breastfeeding.  I mean, I’m going to need my calories.  So I’ve been trying to figure out what to so there are little/low effort and yet still healthy meals available.

Now freezer meals are always trendy for new moms.  But usually prepping them takes a lot of work (not something I was particularly interested in).  Or they’re expensive, prepackaged meals from the store (also not something I’m interested in…we’ve got a new baby…that means we need to watch where our pennies go  and a frozen lasagna isn’t where I want to spend my extra money).

So I went to Pinterest.  And found some freezer friendly crock pot meals.  I thought that sounded like something I could do.  Healthy, relatively inexpensive, some prep work up front, but almost no work on the day of.  Perfect.

So I came up with 14 different meals.  Made a shopping list.  Went shopping.  And for a mere $150 (which ended up making 16 frozen crock pot meals PLUS bought us groceries for the next few days) I was ready to prep my crock pot meals.

After a few hours (read: 6) of washing, chopping, measuring, combining, and cleaning I had 16 crock pot meals in the freezer!  That means 16 dinners plus left overs.  And all I have to do is throw it in a crock pot and make rice or cornbread and a salad and I’ll have dinner prepped.

Produce needed for all my crock pot meals.

Produce needed for all my crock pot meals.

Veggies (and fruits) all chopped up and ready to be frozen.

Veggies (and fruits) all chopped up and ready to be frozen.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.  Aren’t you married?  Can’t your husband cook dinner?  And yes, he can.  He’s a really good cook and he likes cooking.  And he frequently makes meals for us.  However, he’s coaching soccer this fall, which means that he doesn’t get home from the fields until sometime between 6:30 and and 8:30…and I just don’t want to wait that long for him to cook dinner.  So it’s good to have something that I can do even when I’m exhausted and my arms are full of baby and a toddler has her arms wrapped around my legs.

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Meals

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Meals

As I get some of these recipes on my blog I’ll put links to them here.

Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Filling

Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling

Crock Pot Lentil Quinoa Taco Filling

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Crock Pot Vegetable Lentil Stew

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Tortilla Soup

Crock Pot Bean Stew

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Bean Stew

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Bean Stew

Crock Pot Tamale Pie

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Tamale Pie

Freezer Friendly Crock Pot Tamale Pie

Enjoy all the good eats!

Morning Walk

We decided to go for a quick morning walk.  It was beautiful out and not too hot.  It just seemed the perfect way to start the day.

And not to brag or anything, but there’s a pretty nice state park mere miles (less than 5) from where we live.  And while the trails aren’t particularly strenuous or long, they are perfect for one very pregnant mama and one two-year-old SweetPea.  So off we headed.

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea's voice, it would really make the caption).

Running! (If only I could put that in SweetPea’s voice, it would really make the caption).

Getting some snacks in.  Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Getting some snacks in. Proper nutrition is important during these strenuous outings.

Rock climbing!  Don't worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

Rock climbing! Don’t worry, Dad is right there waiting to swoop in if need be!

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

The best way to travel, especially if the trail starts getting steeper.

Hanging with Dad

Hanging with Dad

Checking out the view...not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

Checking out the view…not the best view of the walk, but certainly a sweet spot to sit.

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

We got to see a rabbit up close and personal!

Hanging out on the bridge.

Hanging out on the bridge.