40 Weeks – Post due date and Wives Tales

Don’t get me wrong – I’m still being patient, and I’m not about to ask to be induced or have my membranes stripped or anything like that. But I know our little girl is “fully cooked” in there, and now that our midwife is back in town it’s hard to not want her to come


Baby Room Tour – Hanford, CA Home

The baby room is finished enough to share with you now, I think. It’s not perfect or what I intend her “real” room to be like, but it’s a “for now” sort of situation since we will be moving soon (this fall). Don’t ask me where we’re moving. We don’t know; it’s up to the


Delicious repeats – Paprikash and Cookies

I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been freezing meals for post-baby… so last night I wanted to poach some chicken breasts and freeze some for easy meals (throwing into veggies/sauce, making into chicken taco salads, etc). So I poached 6 breasts, and cut up 2 to use in dinner, which was sort of a repeat


39 weeks – We’re ready for her!

This is the week my midwife is on vacation, so as ready as we are to meet our little girl, I’m okay with her taking her time for now. Just hanging in there… enjoying my time with my husband, cooking good food (but being lazy about posting recipes – sorry! I have been taking notes


38 Weeks, and Staying Patient (Pregnancy Iced Tea)

Pregnancy iced tea: Heat 4 cups of water. Throw in 3 bags of Red Raspberry Leaf tea. Throw in 1 bag of other tea (I did peppermint, then green chai, and tonight’s is green tea + some lemon slices) for variety Dump in 3 packets of Truvia Let steep several minutes. Remove tea bags, and


Dehydrating Vegetables – Primal/Paleo Emergency Food Kit?

One thing about eating the way that we do – mostly meat, produce, eggs, and dairy – is that it makes it difficult to have a store of food ready in case of an emergency. On the east coast, that would mean hurricanes or tornadoes. Out here, that means possibly an earthquake (which my husband


37 Weeks – and full term!

So now she’s allowed to come whenever she wants, because we’ve reached “full term” – woo hoo! So she could be born tomorrow or in another 5 weeks. Kind of a long time frame when you think about it… I’m hoping she comes before I become an angry/frustrated pregnant lady saying things like, “Have I


To My Sweet Baby at 36 Weeks

Does this mean I’m now “9 months pregnant”? I’m 9 lunar months out of 10… and at the end of this week she’ll be “full term” and “allowed” to make her arrival! So if someone asks, do I say 8 months or 9? Today I just said “three and a half weeks left!” But really


Dear Baby – Week 35 love note to my fetus

So, today I set up the camera and tripod, and all of a sudden it was like this blank wall in our house was the most exciting thing in the world. The dog came and posed (totally on her own) awkwardly looking like some sort of deranged furby, while my husband peeked in like a


Week 34 – Dear Baby – Pregnancy Pictures and Note

I can’t believe it’s June and that it is definitely possible that our baby could be born THIS MONTH. It’s getting closer and closer, and I know it’s really up to our little girl when she arrives… wonder what she has in mind.


Home Decor Sneak Peeks – Baby Room and Living Room

Saturday, the husband and I made our first-ever pilgrimage to IKEA. It’s about 3.5 hours away, but closer to a 4 hour drive with a pregnant lady who has to stop constantly to pee. I actually dreamed about going to Ikea last week. In my dream, you had to stand on a conveyor belt to


Week 33 Pregnancy photos and note

This week a friend helped me install the car seat in our little red car… tight fit but it works! I kept squealing imagining putting our baby girl in it and taking her home. Very exciting! I love the “front” picture this week because it looks like I’m just a normal not-pregnant girl with a



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