Currently {1}

I really enjoyed reading this type of post over on Leigh’s blog, so I thought I would share in on the fun and tell you what’s going on with me currently!

{reading} Still Alice. Have you read it? I am really enjoying it and I am looking forward to seeing them movie!

{loving} Not working. Haha :) These days are filled with as much relaxing as possible. I walk my dogs, lay on the couch, read, take baths, and cook healthy meals. It’s quite nice. I know it will be changing soon though, so I won’t get used to it ;) I also have infinitely more time to blog. Have you noticed?

{thinking} About what I should do for my Blogiversary coming up on March 9th. Can you believe its been 5 years? I can’t!

{watching} Parenthood! I can’t get enough. I try to limit myself to 3 episodes a day max, and most days I usually only watch 1 or 2 because I don’t want to blow through the whole series too fast.

{feeling} Alright. I definitely have noticed a substantial drop in my energy the last 2 weeks. Sleeping is also getting to the point where it is tricky to get comfortable and whenever I wake up to pee, little lady decides it’s time to dance and hiccup in my belly.

{frustrated} With my cat Oakley. We finally got her spayed because she is wild and keeping her house bound when she is in heat is not fun for anyone. Well she is still acting crazy and wild even though she just had surgery so I have had to confine her to a room to keep her as settled as possible and to keep the other animals away from her because they are very interested in why she smells different. We had a really bad experience when we got Olivia spayed (she had a reaction to either the sutures or the cleaning solution and her incision became inflamed and very painful for her). I felt so bad about it because she had to wear the cone of shame for a few weeks while it healed. I didn’t want the same thing to happen to Oakley so I decided to make her wear the cone too just so she would leave her incision alone. No go. She battles and kicks and rolls around and pulls it off every time. What a spaz. So I just have to hope she leaves it alone and wont rip out her stitches or lick her incision obsessively. They say its about a 2 week healing period.

{anticipating} Labor. My friend (a fellow nurse) recently had her first baby. She decided to have a home birth with the same midwife group I am with. Can I just take a second to brag about how awesome she is? Her labor lasted just over 4 hours TOTAL. She pushed for 45 minutes, delivered in the birth tub, didn’t tear, and her husband (also a nurse) caught the baby. Wow. She had such a positive experience and I am so happy for her and her little family! It really reaffirmed my decisions regarding my hopes for my own labor and delivery. She also gave me some really great tips for keeping it natural and with as few interventions as possible. I feel as ready as I can be. Matthias and my Doula will both be home Tuesday, so if she decides to make her appearance any time after that I will be a happy camper! I am actually really excited for the whole thing. I get minor twinges of fear here and there, but overall I feel prepared.

{wishing} for consistent nice temperatures and melting snow. It has been so hit or miss this year. It will be nice and start to melt and then freeze and turn to dangerous ice, and then snow. And then repeat the pattern again. Gross.

Foodie Friday [2]

So I made it through my first meal planned week quite successfully! I did switch a few days around because it made sense with ingredient expiration dates, and the two unplanned days I had I ended up eating supper over at my dad’s house so it worked out well! I went to the grocery store twice. I ran out of milk halfway through the week (pregnancy heart burn problems) and paid approximately 75$ total for my weeks worth of groceries.

I really enjoyed the Grilled Chicken Pesto Wrap. It was a new recipe to me and it turned out very tasty! I added tomatoes and feta cheese to the wrap and grilled it. Yum! Greek Marinated Tofu turned out delicious. I added diced up potatoes and baked it all in the oven. Both of these recipes will definitely be repeats. The prep was quick and they were tasty.

Onto this weeks meals! Matthias gets home on Tuesday, so I will be cooking double portions that day and in the future. I always do so much better when I am just cooking for myself! It is easier to eyeball my own meals then to try and eyeball my own + a hungry man. And Matthias is a weirdo who gets full some days really fast and then eats an entire horse other days.

Saturday – Cheesy Avocado Quesadillas & Steamed Carrots (Gotta use up the wraps, avocado and plain Greek yogurt from last week)

Sunday – Dinner at my Dad’s. Unplanned. Will either bring a side/vegetable or offer to cook the entire meal. We rotate every week who’s turn it is.

Monday - Fried Egg Sandwich & Roasted Baby Potatoes

Tuesday – Freezer Beef Stew & Buns, an easy meal that can be eaten whenever Matthias gets home. I’ve been taking a spin class on Tuesday Evening’s so I like to eat supper before. I will be 37 weeks and 5 days pregnant at this class! How many more do you think I can get in before I have the baby? Haha

Wednesday – Quinoa & Chickpea Stuffed Peppers & Caesar Salad

Thursday – Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken & Roasted Baby Potatoes (I bought a big bag from Costco and need to use them up!)

Friday – Unplanned. Perhaps a date night to Brown’s Social House? Who knows how many more nights out we will get before the little one arrives!

Grocery List

  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Earth Balance Spread
  • Bread
  • Buns x2
  • Dozen Eggs
  • Milk
  • Tomatoes x 2
  • Garlic
  • Lemons x 3
  • Avocado x 1
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Cucumber x 1
  • Peppers x 3
  • Bananas, Oranges, Apples, Honeydew & Cantaloup
  • Dates
  • Peanut Butter
  • Refried Beans

Our Birth Plan

Obviously this is what it all comes down to!

Anyone who knows me would say I am pretty type A. I like to have a plan and be organized and know what to expect and be in control. My poor husband. ;) He is definitely not like this. The ying to my yang. He puts up with it well.

I knew I wanted to have a birth plan so that Matthias, myself, my doula and midwife would all be on the same page about some of the bigger decisions that are made “in the moment”. I wouldn’t want to leave Matthias in the thick of it to make some hard decisions when I am so blissfully out of it in labor, so I thought it would be best for us all to have a discussion before hand so that we know if complications do arise how to handle them and in what progression we would like to proceed with medical intervention.

I don’t need to be told that labor and delivery never go according to plan. That’s not what creating a birth plan was about for me. I am aware of the things that go on in delivery rooms, the complications that can arise, and the various ways that health care providers can treat these things. For me, creating a birth plan was a method of communication for consistency, so that our wishes can be heard, even if they don’t come to fruition. So without further ado, here is our birth plan! (P.S. I know it looks long and detailed, but a lot of this stuff was already discussed with my midwife prior to, it’s just all in one central place now!) :)

Birth Plan

The safety of the Baby and Amie precede any requests in the list below.

Labor

  • Please do not offer narcotic analgesia or an epidural
  • People present in the labor room: Amie, Matthias, Doula, Midwife, and second Midwife for delivery. Amie is okay with having another nurse present if required
  • Amie would like to be able to eat and drink as she feels appropriate
  • Amie would prefer natural pain relief techniques and the use of the birthing pool/tub
  • The only medication Amie feels comfortable using to manage pain is Entonox/Laughing Gas
  • Amie would like to avoid all artificial forms of induction including the use of Cervidil and Oxytocin
  • Amie would prefer to not have internal fetal monitoring, she is okay with EFM (External Fetal Monitoring), including continuous and intermittent auscultation
  • Amie would prefer to only have her midwife, Melissa, do internal exams
  • Amie would prefer to not have an IV, unless required for a specific procedure or treatment of GBS (Group B Strep)

Delivery

  • Amie is open to all pushing positions, and ideally, would like to push in the birth pool/tub
  • Amie would prefer spontaneous pushing, but coaching on method/technique is welcomed
  • Please do not let Amie push for longer than 2 hours. Unless birth is imminent, after 2 hours she would like to discuss her options for safe delivery of the baby
  • Amie would like to avoid having an episiotomy, and the use of the vacuum and forceps. If these are required, she would prefer vacuum over forceps

Immediately After Delivery

  • Please delay cord clamping until after the cord has stopped pulsating
  • Amie would prefer to have the baby immediately brought skin to skin and to breast feed as soon as possible after delivery
  • Matthias will cut the cord
  • Please do not give Erythromycin Eye Ointment to the baby, Vitamin K injection is Okay
  • Amie would prefer to deliver the placenta naturally, but is okay with interventions if necessary
  • Please save the placenta for encapsulation, we will provide a cooler

Postpartum Recovery

  • Amie would like to be discharged home from the hospital as soon as deemed safe by the midwife
  • Amie would like to perform the initial baby bath with Matthias
  • Please no formula – we will provide EBM (Expressed Breast Milk). If low CBG’s (Blood Sugars) are a concern, please discuss options with Amie

Unplanned C-Section

  • Amie would like to be awake for the Caesarian
  • Matthias will remain with the baby at all times, upon return to Unit 25 he will do skin to skin until Amie comes back from the Recovery Room
  • If necessary, please give EBM to baby prior to the use of formula
  • If possible, please use sutures instead of staples
  • If possible, please delay cord clamping

Will I be upset if all of the things on this list don’t happen? Of course not. At the end of the day, I know that labor and delivery require me to give up control over the situation and trust that my body and the team around me will make the right decisions to get our little girl out safely. Will I be upset if I end up having a c-section vs. a vaginal delivery? Absolutely not. Thank goodness we have that option available to us to ensure the safety of ourselves and our baby’s. And if it happens to me, well I can 100% rest assured that my midwife and doula and husband and myself tried very hard to have a vaginal delivery and that doesn’t always work out. NBD. :)

I’d love to hear your feedback and/or questions! Did you have a birth plan? Did it help or hinder your labor and delivery experience?

Nursery Tour

NurseryTourI am very excited to show you how we decorated our little lady’s room. I have been working on the Nursery for a year now! I started working on it last February, when I sporadically asked Matthias if we could paint our spare room. He was such a good sport. He helped me by taping everything after a night shift when I was asleep and then when I woke up we painted it together.

On his next days off, I got him to help me move the spare bed down stairs so it was just an empty room. From there, we started gathering furniture bit by bit.. and by the time I found out I was pregnant in July I already had a crib, a dresser/change table, a mobile, and some of the decorations hanging up. Haha. I was a keener. ;)

The theme of our nursery is Vintage Carnival. I picked the color scheme of Mint Green/Grey. I tried to make it as neutral as possible at first, because obvi I wasn’t even pregnant yet, but it ended up working out beautifully, if I do say so myself, and I can’t wait to bring our little girl home to her special space.

cribmobile entrywall growthchart readingcorner namechangetable1Her name has been strategically blocked out from the center ;) My favorite part of the room is the wall in the picture above. I got the arrow lights from Target, and they light up when you press a button on them and automatically turn off after an hour! I purchased pictures of vintage carnivals and signs off of Etsy and made the circles with fabric purchased from Fabric Land. There is a picture of Matthias and I on our wedding day in the top left corner. On the change table is a vintage camera piggy bank I found at Michaels, and the change pad cover and crib sheet are matching and purchased off Etsy.

The book shelves were purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. There is a fancy light hanging in the room that has an old school bulb in a cage type thing. I found the foot stool at Canadian Tire of all places!

It is hands down my favorite room in the house. It is really hard to keep the cats out of it because we keep the door closed all the time and they like to lay in the crib when we open the door. Any tips on how to stop that?

Check out the new FAMILY Page with all my Pregnancy Posts in one handy spot! :)

Foodie Friday [1]

I am very excited to try and meal plan for my first Foodie Friday link up with Lindsey!

My goal this year is to get my family on a budget and pay down debt as much as possible while being on Maternity EI. Pretty lofty huh? I should probably write a post about how I am planning on doing that… ;)

One way is by meal planning. All too often, I go to the store 4 times a week or MORE because I need some random ingredient for whatever I’ve decided to cook for supper that night. I end up buying more than just said ingredient, and the amount of money we end up spending on groceries a month is CRAZY. This month I have been tracking every penny spent on groceries with the hope that next month I can get it down to being around $450 or less for food. For someone who has never tried to budget their grocery money before, it is a pretty daunting task.

Now that I am officially off work (yahoo!) I really have no excuse for being too tired or lazy to cook myself a meal at home. Matthias will be out of town for 2 more weeks, so all the meals I am making are for just me! I am trying to use up as much food from my freezer as possible because I went a little Freezer Meal Crazy and now have literally no room for anything in there!

Okay, on to the meals & shopping list! My goal is to have 4-5 meals planned per week.

Saturday – Amy’s Soup & Grilled Cheese with Tomato

Sunday – Leigh’s Baby Shower. Unplanned. Will Probably pick up Subway or make something quick at home.

Monday – Grilled Chicken Pesto Wrap & Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

Tuesday – Amy’s Macaroni & Cheese with Frozen Veggies

Wednesday – Black Bean Quesadillas & Salad

Thursday – 37 weeks pregnant! YAY FOR FULL TERM. Greek Marinated Tofu on Salad

Friday – Unplanned. Leftovers?

Grocery List

  • Feta Cheese
  • Cream
  • Dozen Eggs
  • Probiotic Yogurt
  • Plain Greek Yogurt
  • Wraps
  • Tomatoes x 2
  • Lemons x 4
  • Lime x 1
  • Avocado x 2
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber x 1
  • Pepper x 1
  • Bananas, Oranges

Lets see how it goes! Wish me luck :)