Girls have spaghetti noodle brains and guys have waffle brains. For girls, everything's connected like a piece of spaghetti. For guys, each thing has its own separate compartment, much like a waffle. And never think for a guy that each box in the waffle is full of thoughts, because it's not!
I definitely have spaghetti noodle brain. This is related to that, which is related to this, which means I need to do this, which means...AHH!! I'm going crazy. I have an iPhone, which often helps me with spaghetti noodle brain (I can "quickly" look something up if I'm forgetful at the store), and I also have a pen & paper at home so I can jot something down real quick if I need to. I'm a visual-verbal-kinetic person, so to remember the sensation of writing something down and then reading it really helps me stay on track.
So, now that you've taken a quick walk inside how some of my brain works, I say all that to say, I'm finally doing my freezer meal planning. Probably about 2 weeks too late, but hey, better late then never, right?
The Freezer Meal Plan
Currently I have 3 "grains/legumes" soaking: black beans, quinoa and lentils. (In case you need a quick primer on how to soak said food items, check out Healing Naturally by Bee's cheat-sheet!) I loved everyone's suggestions from the freezer meal suggestion post and am incorporating the recipes I already know first, and in time I think I might try yours as well. So far a lot of my planned freezer meals are soups. With winter coming often comes depressed immunity, so maybe I'm just psychic and am hoping my soups made with homemade broth will keep us on the up & up. Because I'm pretty sure my sleeping won't :-\
Here's my plan, should the Lord will me to see that these recipes actually meet their fruition before bambino's born!
- Chicken Quinoa Stew
- Hamburger Barley Soup
- Black Bean Soup using "Sofrito"
- Lentil Soup
- Chicken Enchiladas (probably this recipe)
Last weekend, I already froze what we didn't eat of Wellness Mama's 5 ingredient Crockpot Chili - bean free, which was was super easy and tasty.
I'm also planning to soak great northern beans so I'll have beans ready for our White Chili recipe, and in my crockpot right now are chicken bones simmering so I'll have some more chicken stock to use in all these said recipes! (My freezer stash of chicken stock is quickly depleting).
If I can be so productive tomorrow, I'm hoping to knock out maybe 2-3 of these recipes or at least get them started. I accidentally picked up parsley instead of cilantro at the store so I won't be able to completely put together my sofrito just yet, but I can go ahead and chop the other veggies. We ate that black bean soup with the sofrito last winter and it was really yummy! Goes well with some kind of crunchy gluten free bread :D
And speaking of the bambino, here's what I didn't tell you a couple of weeks ago, because it clearly meant NOTHING.
The Crazy Doctor's Appointment which nearly sent me into hysterics
I had my 35 week appointment 3 weeks ago and I had the Group Beta Strep test. This is a pretty important test because you are cultured to see if you are a carrier of GBS. If you are positive, the hospital protocol is to administer IV antibiotics during labor so hopefully you won't pass it onto your baby. Being a carrier does not necessarily mean you will pass it on to your baby or that he/she will get GBS, but it can be pretty serious if the baby gets it. Fortunately, I passed my GBS test and was negative! I feel like I've had enough with antibiotics during my life so if I can avoid it one more time I'm quite happy. Well, while I was being tested for GBS, my doctor did an internal exam (um, hello! only 35 wks! -- was a little surprised to be honest) and told me I was already dilated about 2 cm, 50% effaced, and the baby was at the -1 station. Her reaction really freaked me out. She thought I would likely have the baby within the next 1-2 weeks. As I said, I was only 35 weeks. Which meant at most, in her mind, I'd make it to 37 weeks. She then added, "Of course you could make it to your due date and then you'd be frustrated with me."
Well here I am, sitting on my heiny in my home, blogging, at 38 weeks. And I'm not in labor. And I have no idea how dilated I am at this point, or when the baby is coming. But the doctor really sent us into freakout mode for a while, which was good because things needed to get done, but may have been a bit preemptive. With Mia I never thought I would go early (and I hardly did, she was born within her 40th week). I say it was preemptive because at 38 weeks, knowing I could totally go 2 more weeks and be just fine, I wake up every day and think, could this be it? Surely, I hope not, because I do not feel ready (must.stock.my.freezer)! And then again, other days I'm ready to get this show on the road!
The truth about labor ... and the bambino
I know, just as well as from hearing it with Mia, and from saying it to others, the baby will come when he is ready. My chiropractor once told me some hormone between mom and baby sync up when labor is ready to start and before then there's not much you can do about it. So, I need to let things lie and just get on with my business. The only reason I'd want him to come earlier is for health reasons, which is an entirely different subject---
This guy's growth is slowing down (he's still growing but no longer in the middle of his peer group with respect to weight), so we don't want him to fall too far down the percentile rankings. Yet, all his other signs look good, including the amniotic fluid and his movements and breathing, heart rate, etc. Maybe Greg & I just make small babies. What more can we do? I'm eating as much real food as I can stomach! ;)
And all of that to say, we had a great weekend and Halloween. Like another friend who is due any day (more so than I am), I'm glad we didn't have an October baby because it meant I got to experience one more fun weekend with Mia. We took her to a horse farm way out in Oldsmar on Saturday and had a blast. There was so much to do we literally couldn't do everything.
They had plenty of farm animals to pet & feed, a hayride, "train rides," a pumpkin patch, hay to climb, pony rides, face painting, craft making, swings/playground, snakes, a tire swing...you name it, it was there.
|A Zorse: offspring of a male zebra & female horse|
And Mia was once again, Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween. But she figured out her costume this year, actually kept on the cape, and liked the hood.
|getting ready for Kindermusik class|
|All prepped to "trick or treat!"|
|Cheesing with Braden in front of a totally decked out Halloween house|
To tie this awfully long post back together, I'm still making lists, and still crossing off items. If I were to go into labor tonight, would I have everything ready? Not in my ideal world. We'd make do, though. I'm 38 weeks, and this is Megan C., signing off.
Let's have a Nice November, shall we?