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First off, what the heck is Prodromal labor?? That lovely blue link will tell it all to ya.

Now why on Earth did I have anything to do with it? Well, yesterday afternoon I was contently crocheting the baby blanket when I felt a contraction. Not BH. I crocheted a bit more after chugging a glass of water and I got another one. At this point I got the timer going on my phone. Yes, I used a contraction counter app. By the time the 3rd and 4th one occurred I contacted my awesome military friends, my doula, and OB office. One came to get the boys, the other came to get me, the OB nurse said to wait an hour and drink more water as well as walk around. I had already had a gallon of water at that point. In 45 min, I downed another half gallon. My doula was already on shift as a nurse at the hospital. Oh, and by this point I had the runs a couple of times. Having been to this rodeo before, I know that is a sign of my body gearing up for the real thing.
Yes, I was a crying mess. I grabbed my St Gerard medal and kept rubbing it to calm down. I also texted my landlady because she is also a designated helper should little miss come before GamerDad returns. Not but a couple minutes later, my landlord was at my front door, just in case my contractions picked up. They were, closer to four minutes apart at this point than the close to five minutes the hour prior. He stayed with me until my friend arrived to drive me to L&D.
As we drove, Mom called. My heart sank…what do I tell her?! I blurted it out and she instantly worried and let me go so she could call family. Then we were there at L&D. It was so nice to see Tammy’s, my doula, smiling face soon as we got there.
I got to do the fun pee in the tiniest cup ever and change into the ever sexy hospital gown. 😛 Soon as the monitors got hooked up, little miss kicked them. She did not want stuff around her territory. Feisty gal, we will have our hands full! Her big brothers better watch out!
Then came my least favorite part, the cervix check. My contractions amped up at that point. I was asked what my pain level was on a scale of 1-10. I mentioned (my doula told them this earlier too) that I have a high pain tolerance and that I was probably at a 4/5. The machine showed I was having contractions, not evenly spaced. My heart rate was high at first and calmed down soon as I got the music going from my phone. God and my late father are awesome, first two songs were Eagles. My heart rate went right down to where it needed to be. Behold, the power of music!
I had let my hubby and our FRG leader know what was going on and our commander and his wife showed up. They know hubby is away for just a little while longer and want to help get him home faster. We shall see what happens. I would much rather him stay at his school and graduate than send him home just to repeat the course all over again. Hubby agrees with that too. Oh, I also got to meet a fellow crunchy Catholic mom who also happens to be one of the fine lactation consultants at the hospital. She looks like she could be my sister and we have so many similarities it isn’t funny!
Anyway, after three hours hooked up and another cervix check, it was determined that I was merely having practice labor (Prodromal). The very same sort of labor I had for 2 weeks with our oldest.
Am I sure my body isn’t doing the real thing? Yes, my cervix remained at 1cm, 25% effaced. It is also posterior, as in, not in the position it will be in for birth.
I was ordered to have a glass of wine. Once I was released, my friend and I went to Carinos and I got a glass of Riesling. Man, that really hit the spot and my contractions stopped.
Right now I feel really blessed. My other friend has my boys still. It has been eerily quiet through the night and my body instinctively woke up when they usually do. Hence, why I am on here, had to spill my brain to try and sleep some more.
Do not believe all the crap you see on Army Wives or those “reality” shows. Military wives really take care of each other. We know that when a friend is in need to be right there and do what we are asked to do without question. Usually I am the one dropping plans and helping out. It was strange being on the receiving end this time, but I am forever grateful. Last night I felt bad that it was all “false labor” but after sleeping on it, I see that the system works. Not only my support network, but my body works just swimmingly too.
Here’s too a less eventful week.

God bless!

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Our oldest exclaimed in the car yesterday, “I can’t eat my apple anymore, my tooth hurts.” I about went bug eyed. He is approaching 6 soon and most kids we know his age have lost 2-4 teeth already. This is his first one! I asked if it was lose and he said no. I checked once we parked and it was wiggly!!!

I went to bed last night with my mind racing full of things, one of which was how to tackle the Tooth Fairy stuff. My mind settled on little bags modeled after Rosary bags I made for Treatboxes for Troops auctions.

Today I totally forgot about them until our oldest mentioned his tooth wiggles even more. I went right into the craft closet that my 34.5 week preggo belly has issues fitting in and grabbed my two fantasy/most boyish fabric I had.

I simply cut out rectangles and folded them in half, sewed the wrong sides, and made a hem for ribbon to go through.

Here is the result, cloud bag for teeth to go in and moon/sun bag for money:

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How do these go on his bed or get secretly pulled out from under the pillow?

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I’m opting to hang the bags as it seems more stealthy than trying to mess around under his pillow as he sleeps.

Oh, he saw me sewing the bag and recognizes that I am the helper of the Tooth Fairy. He asked why I didn’t use my sewing machine…something his father would say. 😛

Happy Sewing!

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This week I was mostly good. I may have spent nearly all energy on Monday cleaning two rooms instead of one. The rest of the week I focused on one room or a couple of smaller chores and felt wiped out afterwards. This is where I am thankful that the boys mostly play well together. Key word, mostly. Granted, the Full Moon is just around the corner and that usually disrupts their normal behavior for about a week before hand.

Speaking of moons, it is quite the topic on the larger birth board I tend to shy away from. Some women are about 38 weeks on that board and hope Monday’s Full Moon will kick things into high gear. Meanwhile, I decided to Google the moons the boys were born under. Both of them were born under the First Quarter moon. If little miss does the same, that means August 14th. Hubby and I weren’t born under the Full Moon either, so it will be interesting to wait and see when she will come.

My energy is not the only thing to have slowed. My bowels, yes, I went there. Since when am I not candid? Despite consuming more coconut oil and adding flax seed to nearly everything I am having the opposite problem as I did the entire rest of the pregnancy. I am hoping a fiber filled smoothie will help that problem as Spaghetti Carbonera is on the menu for tonight’s DnD game (i.e. Lots and lots of ooey, gooey cheese and spaghetti noodles). This week I even resorted to eating prunes. How did those even get in my house?! I am not old!!! Oh yeah, our three year old picked them out at the store. :/

How’s the belly? As huge as I feel, it isn’t that huge at all. My bust is at 40in and my “waist” is now 43in.

Baby’s position? She is head down for now. Lately she is the hiccup queen and I find her head showed into my left pelvis. If I rest my hand at the center of my pelvis, she will squirm over, become less agitated, and her hiccups fade. Glad I know how to soothe her already. Usually hiccups send her into a huge hissy fit to where she will flip many times and I give up trying to figure out where she is.

Cravings? None really. This week should also be dubbed the week of the lost appetite. Her butt is wedged so high up that I rarely feel hungry, I just feel blah.

How are you sleeping? Like crap. Everyday I wake up at 2/3am to pee and then I cannot get back to sleep for about another hour or so. Then the boys wake up at 6/6:30 and I nurse my coffee mug as I sleepily prepare breakfast. I do try to nap too, but that does not always happen…mostly when our oldest decides that napping is not for him on a particular day. 😛

Handling the summer heat? Yep, it is called A/C! Ok, that and we were blessed with four days of rain. It will warm back up into the 90s this week. I am just glad triple digits are not in the forecast. Those are the days I wish we had a pool.

Walking? It is called a waddle and it is very pronounced now. She hasn’t dropped but I know that day is coming soon and I will have an even more awkward time just getting up to go to the bathroom.

How’s the baby blanket coming along? Like crap! I tore it out earlier this week and went at it again. Yesterday I discovered I messed up waaaaay farther back than I initially thought…like half this yarn ball and half the previous one away. Should I leave it and hope my daughter appreciates the imperfections of the blanket like she will accept my own imperfections or try to make it near as perfect as possible? I am opting to get close to perfection. I admit, the blanket is what kept my mind running last night when I got up for my nightly potty break.

Anyway, time to get grub in us all. May you all have a blessed weekend.

God Bless!

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Summertime makes me want lemons in the worst way. I finally bought some lemons the other day and put them to good use. There were some tasty strawberries I could use for something too. Then, the idea hit me to combine the two into a muffin to create “pink lemonade muffins.”

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Magic right there, I promise!

I did not want the cheesy coloring of processed junk in my baking. No dyes here! Even when I open my bakery (a distant dream that will come true some day), I will opt to exclude dyes from my food.

Anyway, my recipe is adapted from: Rich Lemon Muffins

Here is my recipe:

Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

2 1/3 C Wheat Flour (added 1/3C to account for the liquid of the strawberries)
1/2C Sugar
1T Baking Powder
1t Salt
1/2C Coconut Oil (first attempt baking with this yummy and healthier than butter goodness)
1/2C Lemon Juice (use real lemons, you’ll thank me)
2 Eggs
Zest of one lemon (reserve a little for garnish)
2T Sugar for garnish
1 1/2C Diced Strawberries (use fresh ones)

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1. Combine first four ingredients and mix well.
2. Melt down coconut oil in a sauce pan. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the juice, eggs, and most of the zest.

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3. Add the lemony goodness to the dry mixture until moistened well.
4. Fold in those delicious strawberries.

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5. Spray your muffin tin with baking spray, heat oven to 400*, and scoop the batter into the tin.
6. Mix the 2T Sugar with remaining zest and place on top of muffins.

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7. Bake for 20 min.

Yield: I got 12 regular muffins and I used a ramekin to make a GIANT muffin!

Here are the tangy beauties! My boys devoured two right out of the oven.

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The giant one probably baked a tad too long but hubby called and I was half brain dead this morning.

Enjoy!

***Update*** I took these babies to our weekly DnD game session and none of them survived to come home. At first I got odd looks for strawberry and lemons. Then first bites and smiles. That is why I do what I do! 🙂

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In my previous zucchini post (hush, it is a craving and I have an ample supply), I mentioned that my landlords keep blessing is with fresh zucchini.

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Yeah, giants like that. Yum!

I decided that since I was graciously gifted with more today, that one of them would get sliced up to accompany dinner. Earlier in the day I saw baked zucchini with Parmesan on a photo in Facebook. I did not look at the recipe, just kinda sat there and drooled at the photo. When the time to make dinner came, I came up with my own recipe.

Zucchini Cookies

1 massive zucchini or a couple normal sized ones, sliced into disks
Salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste
Parmesan cheese, however much you like.

Arrange disks like so:

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Yep, yellow squash in there too.

Sprinkle with seasonings:

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Spoon on the cheese, less mess:

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Bake at 350 for about 15 min and kick up to 375/380 for another 5-10 min. Then you get this:

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Then they can all look yummy along with the rest of dinner, like this:

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And then have happy kiddos, like this:

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Yes, calling them zucchini cookies worked to get our 3 year old to the table and eat…and we called the pork chop chicken. He snubbed the yellow squash, but I hid the slices on the bottom of his spoon and topped that with rice as he ran around the table pretending to feed his babies. I guess the boys are just as eager to have the baby out of me as I am! 😉

Enjoy!

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Today it has drastically cooled down from last week and we have refreshing rain to go along with it. Refreshing in that it does not have crazy thunder and lightning paired with it (I love a good t-storm, but quiet is nice!). The boys and I were reluctant to get out of bed and finally did so at 7am. I know most of you are balking at that, but we are usually all up around 6 or so.

The boys wanted cookies last night. I am not the sort to go buy them at the store and have them sit around. I -have- to bake them myself. They requested the oatmeal raisin cookies my Great Gramma used to make. No, I will not share that recipe, you must be related to inherit it, sorry! I have modified it a bit too because I always have to play with recipes. Since this morning was nice and cool, we got to baking right after homeschooling. Yep, I am cruel and homeschool year round with a few mini breaks thrown in here and there. Needless to say, they were thrilled to have their cookies. Ach and two. Then our youngest looks at the cooling racks filled with cookies and looks at me. I told him that of he takes one more, he’d go to the corner. He grinned, nabbed one in a lightning quick manner and started walking to his corner. I sent him back to the table with his “prize.” Yep, he got out scott free for being a smarty pants. Hubby was on the phone with me during this, “you let him get away wi something I would pull?!” Yes dear, yes I did. He is your son after all. 😉

Well, I made their cookies and then had it in my head to make lactation cookies. MilkinMamas Lactation Cookie Recipe, follow their instructions! Man does it make a tasty cookie! This time I threw in dark chocolate chips and coconut. Be warned, they are addictive and they are VERY effective. I made these for the first time a couple months back. I had only been leaking colostrum out of one side…then I tried one (and then all the others that didn’t fit in the box to my cousin) and they have both been leaking ever since. This recipe makes a TON too, I got 6 dozen plus four more cookies. Two found their way to my belly today. Yes, not even nursing yet and noming on lactation cookies. They are in the freezer now. Oh, oh! The chocolate didn’t bother me for once, horray!!!

This tale is turning into “If you give a Mouse a Cookie.” After the mass cookie baking, I cleaned, and cleaned my kitchen. I even vacuumed the entire house, dusted half of it as well. Oh, and since our landlady is dropping by for farm eggs (I got them from another neighbor yesterday) and to get my list of emergency numbers, I decided I must mop all the floors too. Mid-mopping I felt some Braxton Hicks contractions. Nope, I didn’t listen, I kept mopping. She is due to knock on my door soon and the boys are still peacefully napping. Even after I finished and plopped down with some water, I was still getting them. I really want to finish dusting and wipe all the finger prints off our screen door and glass doors to the entertainment center, but I get it BH, I get it. I must be lazy the rest of the day. Good thing I already prepped dinner too. 😛

God Bless!

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I hit 33 weeks tomorrow. This past week my belly has been insanely itchy. Luckily, a friend of mine reminded me of a simple fix: rub coconut oil on it! I finally did that yesterday and man…sweet relief and I got to smell like an Almond Joy. 😀 I plan to use it for my cloth wipe solution and as a diaper rash cream for baby girl since it is cloth diaper safe.

Cloth diapers, man I am in love with them. More came in the mail this week and they are so much less bulky than the first brand I went after.

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The newer ones are on the right. Yes, those are Cabbage Patch babies for the boys to get used to having a baby around. They love them. 🙂

Anyway, I swore those were the last diapes I was going to buy. Then it got in my head that I really only have 12 to work for a newborn. I need at least 24 so I am not doing diape laundry every day. Then another friend informed me of the Kawaii semi annual clearance sale. I scooped up 14 more diapes for 25% off and free shipping. I really like that! NB stash will be up to 26. They are all OS (one size, but totally not created equal). Total diape stash will be 47. Yeah, should have ordered 3 more to make it a nice even number lol!

I did get to crafting since a friend made a cute diaper cake (she forgot we are CDing, but I will save the sposies just in case). The “cake” had tulle on it. I had been wanting to try my hand at making tutus. Here is the result:

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Yes, my kitchen table was full of fairy puke aka glitter. This tutu shall be used for the NB photo shoot I have booked for lil miss.

Anyway, back to the pregnancy. This past week has been full of feeling nauseated and being ravenously hungry! The growth spurt that is supposed to occur at 31wks happened this past week. I was also sapped of nearly all energy this week as well and feel restored today. Thank goodness!
I was also asked by the FedEx delivery guy as he delivered the butt fluff if I was expecting twins. I quirked my brow at him and respectfully said no and that I had less than 8 weeks to go before my due date (now 7 weeks left!).
The boys and the kitties are more snuggly with my belly now (I did not think that this was possible!). This is telling me that everyone is aware that the time is drawing nearer for us to welcome baby girl into the world.

God bless!

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