Seems Like a Lifetime

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.

The Pregnant Life

Has it been almost a year since I’ve blogged? My bad, guys. BUT! To my credit, I have tried to log in a few different times over the past few months, and my computer-illiterate self could not log in. It just kept sending me to Google+. Did that happen to anyone else? No? Just me? Thought so. 

Soooo….incase you missed my title, I am pregnant!! 29 weeks to be exact, so…pretty far along. For a quick game of catch up….

  • I was SO SICK my first trimester! I was nauseous every morning, but the action ::rolls eyes:: was mostly in the evenings. I HATED food (me? hate food? something’s VERY. WRONG.) and as a result, felt extremely weak. My saving grace was having high quality prenatal vitamins. You can find these at many places, but I found a low price at Vitacost. 

The key to a good prenatal vitamin in the first trimester is one that you can take on an empty stomach. Some lower quality prenatal vitamins can make you sick if you’re already feeling low and can’t eat. These are gluten free, organic, and have high quality foods and amounts of each vitamin. 

The only thing they lack is fish oil- which is fine for me. The recommended amount of fish oil for pregnant women is 200-300mg per day, but my chiropractor told me early on that, in his opinion, we need 3000! HUGE difference, right? But let me tell you…once I stepped up my intake, it made a huge difference- especially with “pregnant brain.” I didn’t feel like such an incompetent idiot anymore. Now that I’m further along, I think it is part of the reason I AM SO HUNGRY. ALL THE TIME. Fish oil shoots up your metabolism, and with the amounts I’m taking…well I think it has been my saving grace with all the pizza I eat. (Enter monkey emoji covering his face)

Fitness during first and second trimester was….spotty at best. No I mean, at least once a week, sometimes more on a good week. Definitely more towards the end of second trimester. I was still working as general manager of a local restaurant in town, and with coordinating all catering events too, my life felt completely upside down- even before I got pregnant. At the first of the year, we started opening only for dinner, so my work day did not end until 10:00 or later….and I didn’t get to sleep in. I wasn’t sleeping nearly enough, and by the time we actually opened every day, I was exhausted and ready to be finished. After a long debate, I turned in my notice. I ended up being taken out less than a week later due to a lot of anxiety from job stress. Not the best way to end my career, but taking care of my baby is number one priority, hands down. Luckily, I worked for great people (and with 5 kids, they get it) who totally understood and wished me well.

Now for the last month, I’ve been home playing stay at home mom- minus the baby, of course. I’ve been painting the outside of the house (it still looks like a shack, so….), getting the nursery ready, and actually, I’ve taken over my Mother’s candle company. We completely rebranded the company, check it out! www.cleancandlecompany.com It lets me bring out my semi-creative side, and this fall once Grayson (oh yeah, that’s his name by the way hehe) gets here and is a couple months old, I can start going to trade shows and trot my candles around for people to grab. 

Another plan, because I love having a different day every day, is start doing online coaching. This is something I’ve wanted to do for years, and started studying to get my certification, but with work and renovating my house, it was hard to study and didn’t feel like the right time. I knew this is what I wanted to do when men and other trainers started coming up to me in the gym (not creepers, just actually nice guys) and telling me they had noticed my routines, and I really knew what I was doing and they were impressed. I understand how to write workouts based on the different muscle groups and then of course different goals each individual could have, and I want to bring that to help others understand it and achieve their goals too. 

All in good time though! For now, I’m enjoying growing my bambino. He is due July 14th. 🙂 

Hopefully from now, since I know how to log in (pshhh), I will start blogging more again!

-Erin