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Frilly Baby: 37 Week Update

First, my rant.

Gosh, pregnancy can be lonely sometimes. They say you can get lonely once the baby arrives, up all night alone with a baby, no one to talk to. But pregnancy can be a lonely time too.

I spend a lot of time now up in the middle of the night. Just like tonight, for instance. I’ve already been up a full hour with heartburn. I never had heartburn until pregnancy. This is probably my 6th or 8th time having it in my entire life. What a MISERABLE thing heartburn is – not really bad enough to keep you from functioning like a normal human being, but bad enough to not allow you to get comfortable enough to fall asleep. Miserable. I very sincerely hope that the heartburn will go away again after I deliver Baby Bee.

Other reasons pregnant ladies don’t sleep…

You can’t get comfortable anymore. Ever. I haven’t been comfortable in at least 2 months now. Yup, since about January. Moving around is difficult at the best of times, let alone when you’re switching from one side to the other in bed. I’m out of breath after tying my shoes. It’s a major effort to get up out of my reclining chair. I am itchy everywhere, all the time. Right now I’d like to take a BBQ brush to scratch between my shoulder blades.

Your mind doesn’t stop to take a breather anymore. With a baby on the way any ol’ time now, my brain never stops. Do we have enough of this? Has that been recently laundered? What else will we need to bring the baby home? What do I need to pack to take to the hospital? What if my water breaks in public? What if my water breaks at home? What about all the things I don’t even know that I’m forgetting to do?!?

So yeah, there’s all of that stuff. Everyone tells you not to worry, that it all works out, but you still worry until it all works out.

Don’t even get me started on the middle of the night trips to the bathroom.

“Get your rest now, while you still can”, people say. Sure. Right after I roll over 4 times in bed trying to get rid of the heartburn that won’t go away, only to give up, go to the bathroom, take a couple of Tums (which you already know won’t even touch the extent of this heartburn), resign yourself to the couch for the night where you sip water and scratch and watch reruns of The Murdoch Mysteries until the sun comes up. Then when you’re hungry and a walking zombie, the heartburn seems to be gone. And you’re exhausted and need a nap at 6am.

At least when the baby comes, we’ll be up together.

Now, let’s finish with some really great news. I’m 37 weeks pregnant! That’s considered full term, baby! That basically means that if Baby Bee were born now, we’d both be OK. That’s a really nice feeling.

Busy day today – appointment at the vet for Samson, an OB appointment for me, followed by a massage and a chiropractic appointment.

Even though I complained a bit in this post, I really do want Baby Bee to stay put for at least a couple more weeks. A bit of extra development on the inside certainly wouldn’t hurt, and I would really like to make sure that all of those last minute questions I was rambling on about (above) are answered before our baby makes his/her appearance.

So here’s to at least a couple more weeks of pregnancy!

Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning: March Week 4

I missed this regular post last week, I know. Although no excuse, last week was pretty busy and a little out of the ordinary. So last week’s post would have looked a lot like this week’s post.

Here’s what we’re planning for meals this week:

Sunday – leftovers
Monday – maple mustard salmon, sugar snap peas, sweet potatoes
Tuesday – coconut chicken curry, rice (slow-cooker)
Wednesday – turkey burgers, salad
Thursday – mongolian beef, rice, sugar snap peas (slow-cooker)

Now that I’m home on maternity leave, I’m going to be eating my lunches at home too. We’re stocked up on lots of good stuff for salads and the like for lunchtime.

Here’s what ended up in our grocery cart this week:

baby spinach
coconut milk
diet pop
gold fish crackers
coleslaw mix
sweet potatoes
pre-cooked chicken strips
corn chips
english muffins

Have a great week, all!

Frilly Baby: The 36 Week Update

Today I’m 36 weeks pregnant. Can I believe it? No, so you shouldn’t be able to believe it either. Only 4 weeks until my due date.


This past weekend we celebrated my baby shower. It was held at my parents’ house and hosted by my mom and my sister.

It was perfect. We had lots of fun playing games – a nursery rhyme game, a guess what kind of chocolate bar made this poop in the diaper game, all kinds of fun stuff.

Then we ate. We feasted on my favourite shower food – little tea sandwiches, lots of veggies and fruit (complete with a chocolate fountain), dip, ambrosia salad, small sweets, and cake. Such great food and I loved it.



Then we got to open gifts for Baby Bee.

Our family and friends are so generous and loving. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful people in our lives. We were showered with so many beautiful gifts for the baby. We laughed and cried (well, some of us cried). It was wonderful.

Here’s what Baby Bee’s nursery looks like when it’s piled with gifts. I definitely have some organizing and lots of laundry to do.

nursery gifts

I can’t thank everyone enough for sharing this special day with our family. Thank you all so much, from the bottom of my heart.

Thank you Mom, Dad, Jenn, everyone who brought food and helped out. I will remember this special day forever.

Much love to all of you.

Now let the count down to Baby Bee’s arrival really begin!

tara-8 mos

Freezer Meal Plan: [Recipe Review] Tater Tot Casserole

tater tot casserole

tater tot casserole

This is the final recipe we tried last week for our freezer to slow-cooker meal week. This is my review of Sidetracked Sarah’s Tater Tot Casserole.

We’re doing more freezer to slow cooker meals this week, so stay tuned to see how we like this week’s choices:
Coconut Chicken Curry
Sweet and Sour Pork
Mongolian Beef
Orange Chicken

This tater tot casserole recipe works out to one meal of 4 large servings each. I made one for us to try, and one for us to freeze.

I forgot to save my grocery receipts to break down the cost of this recipe – my apologies. Suffice to say though, that it wasn’t very expensive.

Some notes about this recipe:

I omitted the milk in the original recipe. I used frozen green beans and a whole onion. I also added some garlic.

Another note, instead of using a can of cream of mushroom soup, I used a dry cream soup base I have made up in my cupboard that I found on Pinterest, with about a half a pound of mushrooms, which I sauteed with the onions and ground beef.

Instead of cooking this in the slow-cooker, I cooked it covered in foil, in a 9×13 pan @ 400F for 45 minutes. I then put the cheese on top, and cooked it uncovered for another 15 minutes.

This meal was absolutely delicious. It is the definition of comfort food. I put lots of hot sauce on mine. So yummy. I couldn’t wait to eat the leftovers the next day (which you know I did!).

I mean, who can argue with crispy edges like these?

tater tot casserole

tater tot casserole

Happy Pi Day! [Recipe] Raspberry Sour Cream Pie

raspberry sour cream pie cover 1

Happy pi day everyone! March 14, 3.14. Pi. Delicious, delicious pi. Pie.

I’ve had this raspberry sour cream pie recipe for years. Not sure why I haven’t posted it before, since it is a favourite. It’s quick and easy to throw together, especially if you cheat a bit and use a frozen pie shell.

This particular pie brings back good memories for me. When I was in university, some friends and I would go weekly to a local Fredericton diner, Frank’s Finer Diner, on Wednesday nights – they had a special every Wednesday. You got a slice of their amazing pie and a glass of milk (or a cup of coffee) for $5. They have about 20 different kinds of pie in their rotation, all really tasty. They’re quite famous for them actually. This is the flavour of pie we all used to love so much though – the raspberry sour cream pie.

Thank goodness Troy usually had a vehicle to take our sorry butts over there for pie. We looked forward to it every week. Thanks Troy!

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