Monday, March 20, 2017

VIDEO!! Babies R Us Haul! | 36 Weeks Pregnant! | Home Birth

"36 Weeks Pregnant & Cooking Healthy For 6" Meal Plan!! | March 20-25



Okay, the keyword in my home when it comes to meal planning lately is "FLEXIBILITY", guys!!

I am just about 9 months pregnant (well, 36 weeks divided by 4 weeks per month = 9 months, right??), so getting out and about it getting trickier (not to mention getting the motivation to actually COOK!!) plus my husband and I own our own business and we're getting into our busy season, so that adds another few degrees of difficulty into the mix. The big kids are going to help me with some of the dinner cooking this week, if I need it.

So, yet again, I have another dinner left over from last week that I can make this week, if I want (and why wouldn't I, since I already have all of the ingredients, right??).

I'm actually probably going to wind up with a dinner or two that I don't end up making this week...but we'll see how it works out!

So now let's jump into it:

BREAKFAST OPTIONS:

Yogurt topped with fresh fruit
Fruit Smoothies

LUNCH/SNACK OPTIONS:

Sliced deli cheese
Dinner leftovers
Last week's lunch leftovers
hummus
pretzels
scoop of pb
celery
fruit cups
Cuties/Halos
Bananas
Carrot slices
Smoothies

DINNERS:

Spicy Thai Noodles with Salad
(recipe link in last week's meal plan)

Loaded Baked Potatoes w/Sauteed broccoli & garbanzos

"The Best" Vegetable Enchiladas & spring greens salad


Baked Spaghetti with spring greens salad

Plus a Date Night/Take Out Night or two mixed in there....

I'm gonna be honest with ya. My lunch/snack column looks a bit haphazard, in my opinion. I'm actually just winging it while I type this up, planning as I go. Not the best way to do things, but I'm trying, guys! I hope this was still a bit motivational and has given you some healthy (slightly healthy??) meal inspiration!!

xoxoxo

Monday, March 13, 2017

My "I'm 35 Weeks Pregnant & Want Easy Comfort Food" Meal Plan | 3/13-3/18


I will preface this weekly meal plan by explaining that I am still trying to maintain some semblance of healthy eating...but, seriously, at this late stage of pregnancy & having 4 kiddos at home all day, I am getting waaaay too tired to be spending much time in the kitchen chopping and prepping vegetables. The big kids do offer to help me with prepping and cooking but, honestly, I don't want to keep loading them down with extra work when they are all getting anxious about the baby and knowing these are our last days of a semi-calm household. Maybe this baby will be calm and mild...but it could also be a real demanding little stinker...so we're just hoping for the best but mentally preparing for the worst. hahaha Plus, I'm reallllly wanting more rich and carby meals this week, so watch for the potato and pasta dishes to add up. hahaha (ya'll know I try to keep pasta to a minimum...and have been cooking vegetarian for awhile now...this is a definite curve off of that path)

But I still tried to work healthier options in...

BREAKFAST OPTIONS

Honey Nut Cheerios
Wheaties
Smoothies

LUNCH/SNACK OPTIONS

Tuna salad
Yogurt
Dinner leftovers
Last week lunch leftovers
Mac & Cheese
(yeah, totally put a ton of boxes of mac and cheese into my cart this week without thinking about it! It sounded really good! lol)
Scoop of peanut butter
(the kids seem to want it every single week as an option)
Banana-based Smoothies
(we still have close to 15-20 lbs of bananas to get through from last week's case)
Cuties
Bananas

DINNERS

Cauliflower Chowder with roasted potatoes

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup & Spicy Black Bean Pattys
(I never made it last week. See? Laaaaazy mama)
(I'm making mine vegetarian, though)

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli with iceberg salad
(ravioli is from a bag, yo)

Veggie burgers (on buns!! oooh!!) w/slow cooker loaded potatoes

One Pot Spicy Thai Noodles with iceberg salad
(I'm not adding the peanuts...we think that's weird to put peanuts on pasta...hahaha)

And we'll have a Date Night or Take Out night in there...maybe 2...we'll see. ::wink::

I hope everyone has a great week this week!! I have another midwife appt this week. I know my last midwife post was titled "34 week Visit" which makes the 35 week visit seem unnecessary at this point...but, our visit was technically one day before I turned 34 weeks. We had rescheduled from earlier in the week due to my midwife being very sick, which pushed me closer to the 34 week mark. So really my 35 week visit is completely on track.

I'll let you know how it goes!!

As for my weekly meal plan, I hope I was able to inspire you a little and give you some new recipes to try out! Let me know if you end up making any!!

Until next time...xoxoxo

Monday, March 6, 2017

34 Week Midwife Appointment

Christine and I at our last visit...I didn't get any pics this visit

The night before our visit, I was up all night with bad stomach pains and nausea. We were afraid it was contagious and we'd have to reschedule..but I had no fever, so she said we were good to go with our visit!


I was just 33 weeks in these two above pics, but close enough to 34, right? haha

This was the night before our visit...Antonio and I had gone out on our Date Night and I this was right after we got home. I was soooo tired. Can you tell? hahaha

I'm not going to waste your time by saying that I cannot believe we are at the 34-week mark already.

(see what I did there? haha)

But it's true!! Baby will be considered "full term" in just 3 weeks! That means that I will be clear to birth at home and baby will not be considered premature. However, this will be my fifth baby and I have never gone early with any of them, so I'm assuming I'll make it to the 40 week mark with this little bunny, too.

Christine came to visit me this past Friday. It was technically the day before my 34 week mark, but we're counting it as 34 weeks.

For those of you who are new to the Naptime party, Christine is my private duty midwife. She is a CNM which means she is a Certified Nurse Midwife. She will be assisting me in bringing this baby earthside in my very first home birth & she comes to my house for ALL of my prenatal and postnatal/postpartum visits, including the ones that involve lab work (blood draws, for instance). And, not for nothin', she is AMAZING! Like, seriously. I've heard women rave about how much they love their midwives but never really got it. But now that our family considers Christine to be an honorary family member, I totally get the bond that occurs between a mother and her midwife. And I'm already dreading our last postpartum visit.

We discussed where the birthing tub is going to go and realized that we're going to have to scoot our bed over against the far wall, in order to make room for the tub. Which means that we won't be able to have the crib (which we are safely sidecarring to our bed) set up before the baby is born.

She also explained that because her home birth midwifery practice is growing, she has had another CNM (who happens to be a good friend of hers) join the team and this new midwife (who has been delivering babies in Chicago for many years and is moving down here to Atlanta to join Christine) may be at my birth instead of a typical midwife assistant. I trust Christine implicitly, so I'm excited either way.

She explained how the labor is really just mainly going to be us hanging out. The action doesn't really start until the end. I told her that I had heard that home birth labors are generally pretty boring and she just laughed and said that we're going to have fun. Because this will be my fifth labor and we're not sure how quickly it will go, she said that as soon as my labor starts, she is coming over and camping out, just in case it progresses fast.

The kids had a lot of questions for her during this visit. Christine was thrilled when she saw how excited everyone was to learn about the placenta. She showed them a picture of a placenta she had recently delivered where the baby was over 10 lbs! The boys (ages 4 & 6) were eager to show her how fast they could spot the "Tree of Life" running through the placenta. They asked if she would be willing to show them our baby's placenta once it is delivered (and after cord is cut...we are doing Delayed Cord Clamping again) and go over the parts/functions of it with them. She said Of Course! Homeschooled kids are awesome and love learning!

Baby's heartbeat was up in the 150s and strong.

My blood pressure was healthy and low....I want to say 110/60 but don't quote me on that!

My urinalysis was great, too. No signs of infection or anything bad in my urine. No protein, leukocytes...or whatever else she's looking for. No instructions to drink more water like I was told to last time because it was so concentrated.

Baby is still head down and REALLY low!! Christine was laughing and said that Baby Bunny is getting into perfect position.

My weight was once again shocking: I've lost another pound since our last visit!

(My last visit almost a month ago revealed that I had lost 2 pounds)

She isn't concerned because she knows that I am eating a mostly low-fat, plant-based diet. (I'm not a total vegetarian...but I'd say that 80-90% of my diet is plant-based...maybe more, depending on the week) I also don't eat a lot of bread products or white rice...not on the daily, anyways.

And that about sums up our visit!! She's going to be back in just 2 weeks!!

Is there anything I left out that you're wondering about, guys?? Let me know in the comments! I'm also thinking of filming part of our next prenatal visit, if she's down for it. Let you guys see what prenatal visits are like when they're done at your home and not in an office.

For those of you who are following along with this pregnancy...thank you!!! I can feel your love and support, truly. I am so excited to introduce our new baby to you all here soon!!

xoxo