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Old 10-14-2019, 10:08 AM
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

Just an update since I have been so sporadic online lately, but I’m now in my third trimester and both myself and the baby are very healthy according to the routine testing done last week at my checkup with the midwife. I barely notice I’m pregnant most of the time actually unless the baby is moving and I’ve just started to show a little (finally!). I’ve just been really busy- busy getting stuff ready for the baby, busy getting our home ready and figuring out some new ways forward with my art shop. Kiwi, of course, is just as happy and goofy as ever since his life hasn’t really been disrupted. I can’t believe how quickly time has been flying by and that sometime in late December or very early January, we’ll have a beautiful little baby to love on ❤️
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

Fantastic, April. May the balance of pregnancy be as comfortable!!
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

Great update, so exciting for you April!!
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

April, I am so happy to read such a wonderful update! I'm so glad you are feeling good and that everything is going well. I'm so excited for you!!!!
It's also really good to see you post, I have missed you
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

Wonderful update. I read a great article while my freind was pregnant. I will see if I can find it again. But the focus was supporting expectant and new mom's. That culturally in the past , and currently in some other nations we did a better job. That it's a time to respect your body, slow down , allow others to help, cook ahead some hethy meals for the he freezer.
Anyway I hope you have a wonderful delivery, and a joyful new baby.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:39 AM
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

I'm so excited for you, my friend! December or January?!? That's right around the corner!

And we very much appreciate the updates. You're family, April. It warms hearts hereabouts to know you and your family are doing so well!
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

Quote: Originally Posted by Laurasea View Post
Wonderful update. I read a great article while my freind was pregnant. I will see if I can find it again. But the focus was supporting expectant and new mom's. That culturally in the past , and currently in some other nations we did a better job. That it's a time to respect your body, slow down , allow others to help, cook ahead some hethy meals for the he freezer.
Anyway I hope you have a wonderful delivery, and a joyful new baby.
I’ve actually been looking into making “freezer meals” for at least a week after baby for us beforehand but I’ve spoiled myself by always cooking fresh all the time and don’t really like frozen leftovers Plus being a vegan, I’m not entirely sure what will freeze well It’s a tricky challenge to figure out what to make! Kiwi will also need food too We are fortunate my husband gets 6 weeks off after the baby comes to help out. Once he goes back to work though, I’m all on my own. No one else nearby who can help or take the baby for a few hours or whatever. I’m of the mind if I slow down too much now, it’ll be much harder to recover and get back into the swing of things after the baby shows up. Still, I’ve been taking a little nap here or there as I feel like it and let him do a sink of dishes every once in a while when I really don’t feel like doing so

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I'm so excited for you, my friend! December or January?!? That's right around the corner!

And we very much appreciate the updates. You're family, April. It warms hearts hereabouts to know you and your family are doing so well!
January 1st is my due date. My mom says she had me in the week before her due date and had a healthy, active pregnancy too, so I’m thinking I may even end up with a Christmas or Christmas Eve baby��! Joe is really hoping for New Year’s Eve because he thinks it would be a cool birthday to have. I guess we’ll have to see!

I will continue to try and pop in and give updates/answer other peoples birdie questions when I can
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

Congratulations! Our littlest just turned two. It’s great your hubby can get time off to help, I found that the first month was brutal from having my sleeping schedule totally disrupted from feedings...

I also hate frozen meals and avoided it, and instead I did a lot more canned stuff (garbanzo beans are blessed) or cold pasta salads etc when I didn’t feel up to cooking. I think that what really saved my bacon was the crock pot though - then I could prep and throw everything in while the baby was napping and it would be ready by the time my partner came home and my oldest was out of school! I bet there are some good vegan curries or sweet potato/squash dishes that would benefit from the low & slow cook time.

Edit: I googled it and this came up as the first result, it looks like some of them you can freeze the ingredients to throw into the crock pot when you are ready to cook, which sounds way more appealing to me! https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/vegan-crockpot-recipes/

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Congratulations! Our littlest just turned two. It’s great your hubby can get time off to help, I found that the first month was brutal from having my sleeping schedule totally disrupted from feedings...

I also hate frozen meals and avoided it, and instead I did a lot more canned stuff (garbanzo beans are blessed) or cold pasta salads etc when I didn’t feel up to cooking. I think that what really saved my bacon was the crock pot though - then I could prep and throw everything in while the baby was napping and it would be ready by the time my partner came home and my oldest was out of school! I bet there are some good vegan curries or sweet potato/squash dishes that would benefit from the low & slow cook time.

Edit: I googled it and this came up as the first result, it looks like some of them you can freeze the ingredients to throw into the crock pot when you are ready to cook, which sounds way more appealing to me! https://sweetpeasandsaffron.com/vegan-crockpot-recipes/
I’m also thinking crockpot, soups, and “easy to make” meals might be more for us. Freezer meals just sound... so unappealing and we don’t use a microwave so even if I bought the plastic TV dinner style meal prep tray things, how would we even cook them? Plus as per Kiwi’s vet, he can’t eat frozen food (like chop) at all, only freshly prepared. I’m thinking I’m going to be relying on hubby for meals for the first 2 or so weeks then can start slowly easing back into it myself. His job in all of this will be to handle all the household stuff so I can recover and get used to caring for a baby, so cooking for both of us will definitely be his thing in those first days. I also have to balance that time to focus on me and baby with easing back to my routine relatively quickly as he gets 6 weeks and then I’m all on my own with the baby and the household stuff and when I’m up for it, trying to seriously monetize my creative pursuits like a little home business type thing.
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Re: Big News! A new addition coming home this winter!

For those of you who like seeing my projects and are following my baby thread, I *finally* got around to sharing a new project on instagram. I think you all know me well enough to know some “standard” baby mobile would never do, so I made this celestial mobile with quartz and glass crystals, hand made polymer clay disks and “toppers” for the crystals and even a couple (faux) air plants. All mounted on a branch that was once in Kiwi’s cage but he chewed through one end and it no longer fit his cage�� Obviously, the branch was not painted when it was in his cage, but I’m super glad I kept it because it worked well here! We also found an awesome laser star projector that is situated under the mobile and because of all the crystals, it just lights up with sparkles when we turn it on (when I’m done with the nursery, I’ll have to do a video of everything. It is going to be the coolest baby nursery ever!). Enjoy!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B340AGwA...=1avrxvmm8aakz
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