Monthly Archives: August 2013

To-Do List

Pre-Induction-DAY To-Do List

Prepping The Toddler’s Food
  • Cherrios
  • Chicken Patties
  • Grapes-Red & Green
  • Cucumber
  • Apples
  • Batch of White Chicken Chili
  • Salami
  • Cubes of Cheese
  • Pasta with Parm. Cheese
  • Mum Mums
  • Apple Pouches
*All of The Toddler’s Food is now in individual containers in the fridge.


  1. Prep the Toddler’s Food
  2. Paint Guest Bath Mint Green
  3. Make White Chicken Chili
  4. Rip Up Dead Flowers
  5. Finish Grocery Shopping
  6. Attach Diaper Sprayer to Toilet(cloth diapering)
  7. Load Car
  8. Giveaway Stools & Chairs- to the ‘neighborhood’
  9. Re-Do Emergency Car Kit
  10. Move Queen Bed to Nursery for Nana(Baby Girl will be rooming with us)
  11. Attach Breathable Bumper
  12. Write Sprinkle Thank Yous- Mail Them
  13. Purchase The Toddler New Clothes
  14. Clean Linen Closet
  15. Put Up Refinished Bathroom Cabinets
  16. Buy New Bathroom Rug
  17. Attach New Bathroom Towel Mounts
  18. Purchase Sand for Basketball Hoop
  19. Last Costco Trip for Necessities- Chicken, Cheese, Lasagna, Organic Applesauce
*Almost everything above has been completed in the last 24 hours!

Last night I finished the trim paint in the guest bathroom as the Toddler slept.  I was swollen, sweating and beat red- but all be darned our guest bathroom is finished! *Please note that as I was refinishing the cabinets-painting the bathroom and basically overhauling our entire guest bath that the Husband was completing yard work- garage clean outs, dusting, vacuuming and cleaning bathrooms.  I think know I have a keeper! 

Now the Husband just needs to come home so we can hit Target for a bath mat and towel mount hardware.  Then we are off to Costco to pick up some essentials that just went on sale.  Perhaps, just perhaps, I can convince him that our(my) last meal should be Olive Garden take-out.  Crossing my fingers & toes!

Tomorrow is D-Day! We are being induced at 10AM.  And guess who is flying in early??? 



If you would be so kind- please send positive thoughts our way tomorrow! I am getting more and more nervous but I can not wait until we hold our sweet baby girl in our arms!



39 Weeks Pregnant: Baby #2

  • How far along are you? 39 weeks…..
  • How I’m feeling: Large. Sweaty. Heavy. Hobbit feet. I have short energy bursts… Very short, and I can not wait until my mom gets here so the toddler can get some quality time with someone who has energy… Nana you can not get here fast enough.
  • Total weight gain: 20 pounds of water weight added on in the last two weeks… Happened last time with the Toddler, my OB is not concerned in the least because I lost all of that water weight in mere days when D was born.  I really, really hate when I step on the scale at the office and they only click over to the 100 lb mark- as if I was under 150 pounds….. I am not anywhere near 150…. But those stats are for a future post. They say I don’t look as much as I weigh…. And yet I am giving Kim K. A run for her money in the rear end race. Bring it Kim.
  • How big is baby?  The Little One is the size of a watermelon. A WATERMELON. Hence why I now speak whale fluently.
  • Maternity clothes:  SAME The black pants I bought when I was pregnant with the Toddler are way too darn tight on the belly. Yes, they are not maternity- but gosh darn it- they are my go-to pants for when my ankles swell like melons-because nobody needs to see that at Target- nobody.  Sports bras, snug black yoga pants are about it- unless I have to look “respectable” and then I try my darndest to fit into one of the two maternity dresses I bought. But at 120 degrees outside- there really is no comfortable clothes in the universe that would make me feel better.
  • Stretch marks? SAME-Heredity messed up on this one.  Even in college if any muscle got bigger I would get stretchmarks. No questions asked.  BAM there they would be.  With D- for some reason the Belly God’s thought they would mercifully let the belly be stretch-mark free.  I am not holding my breath for two-for-two.  But one can hope.
  • Sleep: SAME I wake up about six-seven times a night. Clocking in at about 3-4 hours of sleep. Zombie Mom over here.
  • Best moment this week:  We are four days away from holding our Baby Girl.
  • Movement: Other than the fact that I am sure I have some internal bleeding. SAME-Yes- especially at night- and whenever I hold the Toddler- sibling rivalry at its finest folks.  She kicks and punches at him with all her might. It would be precious if it wasn’t so painful.
  • Food cravings: None.
  • Food aversions: Anything too hot temperature wise, tuna, eggs…
  • Labor signs:  Contractions. Real ones…. They just never last longer than ten minutes. But I have scared the crap out of the toddler and husband- extremely painful contractions = screaming pregnant lady. Oh joy. Oh and I know pain. 26 hours of labor. 2 gel packs. 3 bags of Pitocin. Contractions off the charts for 12 hours. The epidural did NOT work. 2 inch tear. Yep. So when the contractions hit, and they hurt, and I whimper in pain- I know that I am not being a “wimp”. 
  • Belly button in or out:  SAME In- but looking like it might pop out- it just disappeared with D- so that would be interesting.
  • What I miss:  SAME-Not having a round face- le sigh- ah well comes with the territory for me. Not being a whale. Not being too hot.
  • What I’m looking forward to:  Holding our Baby Girl. Seeing Nana. Watching the toddler become a big brother. I CAN’T WAIT. 

I am being induced on Friday. People have asked if I am scared about being induced again? Nope. I know what to expect, worst case scenario the epidural-if necessary won’t work again- and I know that the pain is worth it- BIG TIME.  

Summer Zoo Trips in 100+ Degree Weather

Big Brother Present

One of the things that may or may not help The Toddler’s transition into big brotherhood are presents from our little baby girl.  I am hoping to make sure that he feels just as loved and supported as we start out our life as a family of four together.  The Husband and I are going to make sure he has solo time with each of us and excursions to the Zoo, Splash Pad and other little just D trips.

Most of these items come from the dollar bin at Target-with exception to the puzzle which I am really excited about- hope The Toddler is too!

Munchkin Meals: Toddler Edition

Time for another Munchkin Meals thanks to Brittany over at A Healthy Slice of Life! On the first Thursday of every month she hosts a Munchkin Meals Link-Up Party- which enables me to look through tons of great meal ideas to change things up with my Toddler.

This past month has been challenging for both of us.  We are back to the heat- which consequently means being stuck inside-  Awful for a Toddler.  Awful for an exhausted pregnant lady.  Cabin Fever like WOAH.

Fortunately there are splash pads to attack in the early morning hours, air-conditioned malls to be walked and tons of fort-making to be had!  I am the only one under 50 walking the mall at 8AM- and I get lapped, sometimes.  I am going to go with the excuse of being full-term. Yep. Going with that.

The past month has consisted of anything that is easy to serve.  Seriously, I do not have any energy- am swollen all over- and it is always over 100 degrees outside(well until 3AM) but I’m not outside at that time.

The Toddler and I have settled into a routine of sorts.  We go to the store at 7AM- load up on fresh vegetables and fruit-get back-unload the car-and guess who helps put things away?  The Toddler.  I throw all of the goodies on the ground and he takes items out- one-by-one and hands them to me to be washed, cut up and placed in the fridge.  He feels like a “big boy” and I get a little extra help in the kitchen.  WIN-WIN.

The Toddler is a really great eater when it comes to veggies, fruit and chicken.  I am slowly working on more complex food combinations but I have to be careful because he is allergic to eggs and arrow root(wheat supplement).

For lack of energy our staples for meals are as follows:

Breakfast: Bowl of Cheerios with non-fat milk, chobani plain non-fat yogurt, and bananas

Lunch & Dinner: Salami, cheese cubes, cucumber, apples, pears, corn, blueberries, spinach, pasta with tomato sauce & parmesan cheese, cheese quesadilla, grilled chicken, steak tacos, pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, mac & cheese(homemade-due to allergies)

Snacks: Edamame, cup of non-fat milk, cup of half-apple-half-water juice, pickles, Gerber yogurt bites in peach, apple sauce

Working On: Broccoli- the texture throws him I think. 

Weekly:  I make a batch of White Chicken Chili that we all have for dinner one night and then we eat the leftovers for lunch.  I LOVE how healthy that recipe is- and it is extremely easy to make in a crock-pot.  

Pregnant? Crock-pot is your friend.

Weekly White Chicken Chili Pot
Dinner Time: White chicken chili, broccoli(working on it), blueberries

Snack Table: key when your ankles are swollen and getting up to go to the fridge is just not going to happen. Pictured: Cherrios, cucumber and grapes.

Grilled chicken, fresh Fuji apples(our favorite) and edamame. Yes, he will eat all of this.

Slowly introducing spicier variations into the mix.  Spicy chicken, white rice and edamame.

Sitting on the bench side-instead of his regular chair with Dad.  The Toddler has learned how to eat edameme just like Mom. : )

My Favorites.

Now that our Little Girl is going to be here soon- I can not even wrap my head around what our meals are going to look like next month.  Goodness gracious.  Exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time!  Scheduled for an induction on August 9th… but I am doing everything in my power to have this girl before then.  Walking(waddling) five miles a day(hello fellow mall-walkers), eating spicy food…. YEP.  Either way- as long as she is healthy I am A-OK with whatever happens.

Thank you Brittany for continuing this tradition! I LOVE the Munchkin Meals Link-up!  Can’t wait to pour over all of the other posts!
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