16 Week Prenatal Update and Food 3/28- 4/3

Yesterday I headed to Chattanooga with my mother-in-law for my sixteen week prenatal appointment. Baby Winningham and I are both healthy and growing. My midwife was a little surprised that I have already been feeling movement. I also measured closer to seventeen weeks, but that’s ok with me. A big, strong baby is a blessing. My blood work and blood pressure were perfect. Advice for the coming month: eat (even) more protein, don’t worry about getting down the pregnancy tea if it’s too gross to handle, drink lots and lots of water while camping on the equator in a few weeks. It is hard to believe that this pregnancy will be half of the way over at my next appointment.  next Saturday we’ll be having our first and hopefully only ultrasound and will know if we’re expecting a son or daughter!

Here’s this week’s menu:

Thursday

Supper: Hawaiian chicken with rice and brocolli

Friday

Breakfast: bacon and eggs

Lunch: leftovers

Supper: sandwiches, veggies with ranch

Saturday

Breakfast: bacon and fruit

Lunch: cheesy omlettes with peppers and ham

Supper: Tuna Tapanade (adapted) with toast, baked potatoes

Sunday

Breakfast: scones with fruit

Lunch: Easter lunches with family (make Hawaiian dip with pretzels)

Supper: leftovers

Monday

Breakfast: bacon, egg, and cheese scramble

Lunch: tuna or egg salad with snacks

Supper: hamsteak with beans and cornbread

Tuesday

Breakfast: scones with fruit

Lunch: leftovers

Supper: honey mustard pork chops with mashed potatoes and English peas

Wednesday

Breakfast: bacon and eggs

Lunch: leftover pork chop with salad (frozen veggie soup for Meagan)

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Food 3/23- 3/27

Monday brought a quick, wild storm that toppled tall skinny pines as I watched through our bedroom window. Luckily, we nor any of our neighbors sustained major damage. Still, fallen trees lined our road and power lines draped a little too loosely from house to poll and created a web to maneuver our cars through. We were without power from around 4:30 p.m on Monday until Friday around lunch. We’re still without cable and internet services. In fact, the line is still wrapped around our mail box. We stayed at home without power the first night, but the next two were a little too chilly. Cody’s parents welcomed us for supper each night and my parents allowed us to use their hot water and extra bedroom. What a blessing family is.  

Four days without power meant a sparkling clean, Pinterest-inspired (but empty) fridge. I’ll have to post a before and after picture later. The transformation was amazing, if a little embarrassing that we’re that gross.

Anyways, I didn’t get around to grocery shopping until yesterday. We’ve got another big trip coming up, so I’m trying to skimp and stretch as much as possible.  Here’s the menu:

Saturday

Breakfast- bacon and eggs

Lunch- birthday party

Supper- leftover vegetable soup with cornbread

Sunday

Breakfast- bacon and eggs

Lunch- egg salad with pickles

Supper- salmon patties with cocktail, rice, and English peas

Monday

Breakfast- sausage links with fruit

Lunch- leftover salmon patties with small salad and fruit

Supper- baked chicken breasts with mashed potatoes and brocolli

Tuesday

Breakfast- bacon and strawberries

Lunch- leftover chicken with salad

Supper- honey mustard country-style ribs with onions, baked potato, green beans

Wednesday

Breakfast- sausage links and cheesy eggs

Lunch- tuna salad

Supper- eat with Tricia or out

To-Dos

update 5

 

Winter and spring are in a battle here in Alabama. Chilly rain one day, seventies the next. While I’m waiting for the official change of season, I’m satisfied with a little sun and a few stray daffodils. I’ve got lots to do anyways.

There’s what most call a flutter but I simply cannot explain in my belly sometimes, especially when I’m very still. Fourteen weeks down. Around twenty-six to go. If they fly by as quick as this first trimester has, September will be here before we know it.

So far, I’ve been surprised by just how little we have done and plan to do to prepare for Baby. It’s not nearly as complicated as some of my momma-friends and Pamper’s commercials make it out to be. My primary concern is to keep things simple. Hopefully, this won’t be the only baby we ever have, so I don’t want to use all of our resources (not just monetary ones) at the beginning of our parenthood. This is what’s on my to-do list between now and September.

Baby’s Room

No polka-dot painting, furniture-financing, remodeling projects for us. My mother has generously offered to buy the baby bed. One of her co-workers has a very nice white bed and changing table that she has offered to sell for $50.00 sans mattress. This high-quality bed should last us years and I’m glad my mother isn’t spending hundreds of dollars on a gender-specific investment we might never use again. The blinds in our extra bedroom have been chewed on by a mischevious cat, so they’re going to get replaced with cheap paper blinds and panels (probably sewn by me). We’re keeping all bedding gender-neutral also and what few decorations will be in the Beatrix Potter/ Peter Rabbit theme, appropriate for both sons and daughters. The closet in this bedroom is lacking shelving, so we’ll likely make or purchase some type of organizational system.

Here in the South, we do baby showers, which are a tremendous blessing. I’m confident that I’ll be given enough clothing, accessories, blankets, etc. to last for at least the first six months of Baby’s life. Still, there are a few things I either want to or need to buy:

  • 3 sets of Econobums cloth diapers (I’ve gotten virtually NO positive comments about this parenting decision, so I doubt I’ll be given any)
  • wet bags
  • a couple of cheap Beatrix Potter prints to frame and hang (eBay)
  • baby books
  • a Moby Wrap (again, not much on natural/ attachment parenting around these parts)
  • wooden toys as I find them

Carseat and stroller will undoubtedly be purchased by family members. Since we have such limited storage space and prefer to keep baby-contraptions to a minimum, we won’t be purchasing a high-chair, walker, play-pen, etc. until the need arises.

Birth

We still owe about $1000.00 to our midwife for her fee (still a drastic savings as compared to a hospital birth, even if my insurance covered it). Additionally, we must pay for a Bradley Method course ($350.00) and hire a doula ($300.00). I have a list of supplies and items to purchase for the birth and will be planning and preparing snacks and a homecooked, frozen meal for everyone per my midwife’s request (I’m thinking meatloaf, mashed potatoes with gravy, and homegrown green beans sounds like the perfect post-pushing meal).  There’s a chance we might have to stay a night or two at a hotel before/ during labor since we’re birthing about an hour and a half from home. I’ll have money put aside just in case.

Food

I’ve been spending a good deal of time lately thinking about what I want to feed myself, my child, and my husband. I know that groceries are an area in which the effort I exert equals immediate savings. Self-sufficiency is always a good thing, too.

update 4

The McNuggets are growing well. We’re down to 34 from 41 after Geoffrey led a pack of neighbor-dogs to the buffet one afternoon. By the way, chickens are disgusting and mean and quite cannibalistic. I doubt I’ll be too sad on butchering day.

update 3

Our garden spot is tilled and limed and waiting on Good Friday for planting. We increased its size by about 50% this weekend because, you know, it’s not like we’re having a baby during harvesting season or anything. Our seed supply includes sweet corn, several types of green beans, squash, zuchini, peppers, tomatoes, watermelons, and cucumbers. I’ve started a stash of thrift-store Mason jars and am on the lookout for freezer bag sales. Nothing is going to waste and I’ll be counting on my parents’ garden to supplement our stockpile.

I’d like to slowly stock my pantry over the next few months, too. Dried beans, flours, sugar, salt, rice, butter, meat, etc. I’m trying to learn a little about freezer meals and hopefully will have at least a handful of dishes prepared for the first few weeks after Baby arrives. Not that we won’t be bombared with pizza and Popeyes, but that stuff can’t be good for nursing, right?

Food (forgotten title)

One of our food downfalls every week is snacks, especially if I skip a trip to my beloved Aldi and find our fresh fruit stockpile depleted. I always have good snack intentions but never get around to making the recipes or forego buying the ingredients to save a couple of dollars (that I’ll undoubtedly spend anyways at a trip to the convenient store or Starbucks). My goal this week is to prepare several snacks Thursday evening and divide them into portions to grab for myself or stick in Cody’s lunches.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about recently is stockpiling food (a post on which is coming very soon). I made a simple scone recipe with blueberries a few weeks ago (via Martha Stewart) and Cody won’t stop bugging me about them 🙂 Not only are they super easy, they freeze really well when wrapped in plastic wrap. I plan to make giant batches of these in a few months when all the fresh strawberries and peaches come in so that Cody will have a quick breakfast on mornings when baby and I want to sleep late. I’ve made them with both unbleached white flour and wheat flour (which we only use in moderation) and he’s been pleased with both as long as they’re drizzled with a generous dollop of homemade cream cheese icing.

Thursday

Breakfast- frozen scones with cream cheese drizzle, scrambled eggs

Lunch- out

Supper- leftover Dreamland ribs and chicken

Friday

Breakfast- bacon and eggs with fruit

Lunch- tuna salad

Supper- Lemon Garlic Shrimp with Cauliflower Mash and Japanese Pound Cake

Saturday

Breakfast- leftover pound cake with fruit and whipped cream

Lunch- egg salad or leftovers

Supper- NY strips with baked potatoes and salad (Matt coming over)

Sunday

Breakfast- fresh fruit scones with whipped cream and cream cheese drizzle

Lunch- out

Supper- BBQ baked chicken thighs with green beans, deviled eggs, and brown rice

Monday

Breakfast- leftover scones with whipped cream and fruit

Lunch- leftovers

Supper- steakfingers with pinto beans and corn

Tuesday

Breakfast- bacon and eggs with fruit

Lunch- leftovers

Supper- honey mustard pork chops with frozen broccoli and creamed potatoes

Wednesday

Breakfast- frozen scones with fruit or eggs

Lunch- leftovers

Supper- Tricia or out

Snacks

Grain-free, sugar-free cookie dough dip with apples, grapes, bananas, refrigerator oatmeal, Greek yogurt ranch dip with veggies and pretzels, coconut crack (some dipped in chocolate), applesauce