Halfway through the 38th week and eek!! The real scary thing isn’t Halloween this October, rather it’s the unfinished things on our list. Despite having some things to do yet, we are excited to meet you! I’m hoping to share some photos from your room very soon.
I’ve been thinking about how raising a daughter will be different from raising a son. Teaching middle school has given me quite the insight into how big gender differences are in the teen years. Dealing with all those emotions and challenges could be interesting. I also think about the important things I hope to teach you and realize that they are not so different from your brother.
I want to teach you to be kind to yourself and others. To be confident, but not arrogant. To be happy, but always grateful. To achieve your hopes and dreams, but be willing to tackle a challenge to get there. To love yourself and others, but be humble. To make the world a better place than when you arrived. To be a friend to those in need even if they might be different from you. To embrace people’s differences while acknowledging your own. And of course so much more.
I look forward to seeing your sweet baby face and watching you grow into the person you are meant to be my little love.
Feeling: Completely overwhelmed by our last minute tasks, but so excited to meet you, too. This past month involved a husband gone for a weekend, a child who visited the doctor 4 times and has been sick on and off with two ear infections and an allergic reaction to antibiotic with full body hives, water in our basement resulting in the complete removal of our finished basement flooring, our washing machine basically quitting and my teaching partner colleague leaving the teaching profession so my long-term sub plans went from an outline and resources to 60 days of day-by-day lesson plans for two long term subs to follow. Now I know why I’ve been stressed. Soon you will be here and this will all be forgotten.
Relieved to cross items off our list like gifts for labor and delivery staff (Angie’s Kettle Corn, Kind bar, Chips Ahoy, Ghirardelli Chocolate and Tic Tacs), big brother gift (shirt-got for his bday, puzzle, flash cards, train set and snacks) and daddy’s hospital survival kit (soduko, beef jerky, chips, Mike and Ike’s, Snickers, mints, gum and one dollar bills for the vending machine. A card, too). I love making stuff like this, but it totally stresses me out, too.
Cravings: Some days nothing. Other days sweet stuff. Pumpkin spice lattes.
Weight Gain: At my 38 week appointment I had gained 25 pounds.
Symptoms: Nothing new other than feeling like you have moved downward. Not dropped completely, but on your way.
36 Weeks & 37 Weeks-Walking, Prenatal Sculpt and Yoga as often as possible. I haven’t been tracking my walks as I just have been so rushed for time. I’m fitting in a prenatal sculpt workout and/or yoga at home whenever possible. I’m definitely not rocking the workouts like I’d hoped to be at the end of this pregnancy.
Freezer Meals-(Both are from Diary of a Fit Mommy’s Blog)
Southwest Chicken & Rice
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- 15 ounces drain and rinse Black Beans, Canned
- 1 cup drain Whole Kernel Corn, Canned
- ½ cups Salsa
- 1 teaspoon Cumin
- ½ cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
- 2 cups chicken, shredded
- In a large mixing bowl, combine rice, beans, corn, salsa, and cumin.
- Divide among indicated number of baking pans and top with cheese.
- Cover tightly with foil. Label and freeze.
- Bake from frozen at 350 for 1 hour or until cheese is melted and rice is warmed through.
Pepperjack Chicken Taquitos-SO AMAZING. A must make!
- 8oz. cream cheese
- 3 c. chicken, cooked & shredded
- 1.5 c. shredded pepperjack cheese
- 1 6oz. can green chilies or 1/2 cup salsa verde
- 20 small tortillas
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 2 tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Melt cream cheese in a bowl. Mix in the spices, lime juice, chilies (or salsa), chicken, and cheese.
- Add 2 tbsp. of mixture to each tortillas and roll.
- To freeze, place on wax paper on a cookie cheet and stick in the freezer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from cookie sheet and place in a ziplocked gallon bag.
- When ready to cook, bake at 425 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Looking Forward To: Your arrival and holding you for the first time, AND you and your brother meeting for the first time.