|November 29, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby, Family|
|November 26, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Holidays|
I am SO excited for Thanksgiving this year. It’s the first time in 5 years that I will get to celebrate with my mom and my step-dad flies in tomorrow. We have so much to be thankful for this year and I am determined to celebrate right What’s funny is that Thanksgiving was the ONE day I was hoping not to be in the hospital but I feel like Baby B will make her appearance then just for that reason haha. We decided that in the event I am having a baby or still admitted we will just move turkey day so I can still enjoy it. This is what we are planning:
Herb and shallot roasted turkey
Mashed potatoes and gravy
Sweet potato casserole
Homemade green bean casserole
Cheddar sage biscuits
Hopefully the little turkey in my belly comes out soon so I can enjoy a beer with the meal
Side note: Chris and I were talking yesterday about how crazy it is that “Black Friday” is now starting Thanksgiving night. What happened to being with your family?! And for those who don’t care about the holiday, what about the workers who want to be with their families? Shake my head.
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu? What do you think about shopping on Thursday??
|November 25, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Pregnancy|
As I sit here Sunday night writing this post I am officially 39 weeks pregnant and have been pregnant 2 days longer than I was with Em. I am not surprised since most women deliver sometime between 39-41 weeks but from here on out I am in uncharted (for me) pregnancy territory
What is baby up to at 39 weeks pregnant?
- Baby is the size of a small watermelon – or over 7 lbs and 20 inches long. I am guessing that Baby B is probably beating these averages if she is anything like her sister.
- She is continuing to build fat layers to help with her temperature regulation after birth. I love me some chunky babies
How is mama feeling?
Weight Gain: I am sitting at +23 pounds gained. I don’t think I am going to gain much more at this point but you never know!
Contractions: Boy or boy … where do I start. I have been contracting for weeks off/on now which is much different than with Emmalyne. This past weekend was particularly intense so I am hoping that things are moving in the right direction. I can handle the bowling ball in my stomach but the contractions are kind of getting old at this point.
Progress? I had an OB appointment on Thursday and am 2cm dilated and 60-70% effaced. While that doesn’t mean I will go into labor soon (obviously) my OB did say that once I DO go into labor things should move along nicely which is good to hear! I was less dilated when I went into labor with Em too and things moved fast.
Appetite: I haven’t had an appetite for much this last week. Food itself doesn’t sound great and I am definitely having some nausea to go with it. Soon enough though I will be dealing with the insatiable hunger that comes with nursing
How am I REALLY doing? I am mentally preparing myself to go overdue which isn’t something I think you really CAN do. However, I am also trying not to obsess about things too much at this point and stay as relaxed as possible.
Bringing on Labor: So far we have tried eggplant parmesan and a lot of walking. I’ve been drinking red raspberry leaf tea for weeks and also started evening primrose oil at 37 weeks. Operation baby eviction is in effect!
Honestly that’s about all I got. It was a long weekend and I am hopeful that Baby B will come in the next few days after all the “fun” she has put me through the last couple
|November 22, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Random|
1. My mom got here last night! Baby B did her job and stayed put until Mimi’s arrival and now she is welcome to join us any time. I have this feeling though that B is sitting quite comfy in there and it could be awhile yet.
2. With that, I had an OB appointment yesterday and am 2cm dilated and pretty effaced. Whether or not she comes soon is anyone’s guess but the OB did say that once labor starts it should progress nicely. Score!
3. I am LOVING this capris I received from Athleta. They are the first piece of Athleta clothing I have owned and they are awesome! The fabric is super soft and comfortable as well as super supportive. Thanks FitFluential and Athleta! I can’t wait to put them to the REAL test when this baby comes out
4. I can’t quite get over that Thanksgiving is next week! I can’t wait unit I am stuffing my face with turkey, stuffing, and sweet potato soufflé. MMMM. I think if for some reason we are in the hospital we will just delay our dinner until we get home.
5. Pumpkin muffins are rocking my world. I am hoping my mom will make me some more today since she plans on baking with Em
BONUS: Chris’ birthday is tomorrow. I am still betting that B decides to come tomorrow to spite him since he doesn’t want to share. His guess is Sunday. Either way I will be celebrating the awesome husband/daddy he is tomorrow
|November 21, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Family|
I met Chris when I was a 19-year old sophomore at the University of Arizona and was engaged to be his wife a short 13 months later. When we get married I was a few weeks shy of turning 22 and had just graduated college 2 weeks prior. Needless to say our lives were VERY different at the beginning of our marriage
It was easy to find time to spend together. We went to movies, on day trips, out to dinner, whenever we wanted. We had no commitments beyond our work schedules and our newlywed days flew by. 10 months into our marriage he deployed to Afghanistan and we learned the real art of communication over that year. Gone were the movie dates and hello to broken-up phone dates and fuzzy Skype screens. And then on his R&R we got pregnant with Emmalyne.
Everyone tells you how things change when you have kids and they’re right. Everything does … but in so many ways it changes for the better. However, finding time to ourselves is one of the things that has become increasingly difficult. As we head into welcoming our second child into this world and our time gets that much more divided I just wanted to share one thing I learned after having Em: You HAVE to make time to date your spouse.
On Tuesday Emmalyne was in school and Chris was on leave. Rather than conquer our never-ending to-do list we took the time to go to lunch without the kiddo. And it was glorious. We were able to have uninterrupted conversation and enjoy our food at a leisurely pace. Don’t get me wrong … life with Em is 1,000x better than life without her but it was nice to feel like we were dating again.
When you’re a brand new mom (or dad) it can be REALLY hard leaving your child with someone else in order to go on a date night. But in reality, doing that is so very important. I have come to realize that our marriage is the foundation on which our family is built. It takes time and effort to cultivate it and keep it strong. Kids pick up on it when there is stress in the house. They learn about love by watching their parents. I want our girls to grow up seeing how ridiculously in love their parents are and hope for a relationship like that one day.
Now, I HATE paying for babysitters. It’s too expensive sometimes to justify going to a movie etc. So Chris and I have had date nights at home. This was particularly important in the beginning when Em was small. It was easy to keep her downstairs with us until it was time for us to go to bed but then we realized by doing that we never have any time alone. So we started putting her down for the night upstairs and would order take-out and a movie for a date in the living room.
My point is is that for you first time moms out there don’t be afraid or feel guilty if you just want to go out with your husband. Your little ones will survive an evening without you and it’s seriously refreshing to get dressed up for a night on the town with your man.