Today I am at 39 weeks and 4 days. I am due in 3 days.
That is so hard to believe! And yet….sigh. He could come anytime now, from the last couple weeks. Annnnyyyyyyy day now.
I think “they” just come up with all the labor inducing ideas to laugh at us poor pregnant women stuffing ourselves with spicy foods. Yesterday, Shane took me to our favorite little Mexican restaurant and I pushed my limits trying to eat as much spicy foods as I could handle. Sitting in a restaurant sweating bullets and my nose running is not my idea of fun! Afterwards, we stopped by the store to pick up the last few needed ingredients to make a recipe for “Labor Inducing Cookies.”
Key ingredients for labor inducing…? Ginger, cloves….and cayenne. Cookies are supposed to be sweet and delightful. These were neither. I mean don’t get me wrong, they weren’t half bad. Leave out the cayenne and you would have a nice cookie recipe for Christmas dessert!
The result? Well, 6 cookies last night and 2 this morning…and I’m sitting here updating my blog, comfy in my recliner. But if you want to try for yourself, I’m happy to pass along the recipe.
Labor Inducing Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour ***
1 1/2 cup t. baking soda
3/4 t. ground cinnamon
1 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. salt
1 t. cayenne pepper
8 T. butter (room temperature)
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. molasses
1/4 c. egg whites (room temperature)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in bowl and set aside. In mixer, cream the butter and sugars. (The longer you let these mix, the better your recipe will work! I like to mix 5 mins at medium speed) Add in the molasses, then mix in egg whites. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Roll into 1 inch balls and place onto baking tray with parchment paper. Bake 8-10 minutes.
***For me using gluten free flour, we had to tweak the recipe a little. I only used 2 cups of brown rice flour instead of 2.5 and it seemed to work fine.
Enjoy! I hope you have better luck than I did!
They say no matter what you do to try to induce labor, nothing will work unless your body is ready and its truly your time. Although I think every little bit helps- walking, squatting, keeping my body fit and strong enough to push and endure labor- I have prayed a lot about God’s perfect timing. It is so frustrating, if we are honest here, seeing all these other women due before me having their babies while I’m waiting waiting waiting. I feel ready, my nursery is done, I’m stocked up on household items, my oil just got changed in my car….why isn’t he coming yet?!!! But I know ultimately, he will come when God says it is time. Frustrating, but overall, that’s what is best and I have to accept that.