38 Weeks + 3 days

I’m just stopping in to give you a quick update.  I know I said in my last post that I was going to try posting more, but I have realized that was just wishful thinking.  I have so little energy and unfinished tasks are piling up, so much has had to be pushed to the side, including my blog.

To start, I am doing well and so is baby.  We are pretty sure that we are going to name him Gavin John.  It’s not written in stone yet, but its nice to finally have settled on something we both like.  I am really tired all the time and have been relying on coffee to get through the day.  Don’t worry I’m not drinking too much coffee.  I like to make a weak latte using milk, chocolate syrup and a couple of shots of strong coffee.  Since I am not a regular coffee drinker this seems to do the trick.  I feel incredibly blessed that this has been such an easy pregnancy and I hope the labor and recovery go just as well.  Anyone want to guess when labor will start?  I am due on Oct 15th, but Tom and I are really feeling Oct 13th.  Wouldn’t that be a cool birthday?  Plus its a Saturday, which would be really convenient because Tom gets off work early that day and has Sundays off.  Fingers Crossed!

My poor garden has been horribly neglected.  I don’t have much energy to water so its been going several days between waterings.  Many of the plants have died or are finished bearing fruit so I am slowly pulling them out as I find them.  Nothing did especially well this year.  The peppers were a bust and for the first time in three years I had to buy extra tomatoes from the store during the summer.  I did have some success with my cucumbers, but you must know that I have never grown cucumbers successfully so anything can be called a success at this point.  I also had some success with my bush beans.

As for a winter garden, I haven’t decided whether I should even bother planting a winter garden or just wait until spring.  I will have my hands full with a new baby and I’m not sure how long it will take to get my energy back.  I don’t want to go through the planting just to have everything die before the rains begin watering for me.  Maybe we will just downsize to one bed of greens for the winter.  Make it extra easy.

As for cooking.  I’m not cooking.  Actually I can’t remember the last meal I cooked that wasn’t eggs.  By evening I am too pooped to cook dinner so Tom has been running out to Subway or to one of the local food trucks to pick up food almost every night.  I keep telling myself that I should cook dinner in the morning and just heat it up come dinnertime, but that hasn’t happened yet.  Does anyone have any easy and fast meals that reheat well?  I would love some suggestions.

Well, I hope to post again before I give birth, but if not I will be sure to let you all know when the big day happens.  Then hopefully after some recovery time everything will go back to normal.  I need some normal.  I think we all do.  Until then!

Author: Melissa

I live in the high desert outside of Los Angeles in southern California with my 14-year-old daughter and my 6 yr old son. I love to help people, which is why I am a teacher! I find so much joy in helping others create a life they love. This little blog is about food. Growing it, cooking it and eating it! I hope it inspires you to try something new and stretch yourself!

9 thoughts

  1. I’ve never had luck with reheating anything without its texture changing or getting dried out. I love my slow cooker though but you have to remember actually put it on! I’d be living on Subway if we had one closer. I’ve abandoned plans for a garden this year, if I even had the energy I’d probably tip into it headfirst trying to harvest it in January. Just plant your absolute favourite foods if you must have one. Good luck with the birth! Brae will be jealous that your birthdays are all within the same few days and hers isn’t!

    1. Lol she already is jealous!!! She has made it very clear that she wants to have an October birthday too 🙂

      I’ve got to use the slow cooker more. Makes dinner so effortless. I need to research some good recipes for it though. I usually only use it for pulled pork.

  2. Good luck Melissa and Tom and especially to Brae who will be a wonderful Big Sister from all you write about her. Gavin John is a lovely name and October is a perfect month to have a baby, but then, every month is a wonderful month to bring a new little person into this world. Have an easy time of it and have a healthy happy baby. Sure you’ll get back to gardening and cooking soon enough. We will all be thinking of you in the next two weeks.

  3. Awww…you’ve been growing and making something ELSE quite wonderful these days!!! Who cares what the garden looks like? And, I think sandwiches, eggs and takeout are fine meals. 🙂 My October baby was my favorite pregnancy/delivery season. Also a boy in my case — but, 14 years ago. I can still remember what a great time of year it was to have a baby, and in Monterey, on top of that! Glorious. Looking forward to your good news….it’ll be soon!!!

    PS: black beans and rice…..tomato soup (Amy Karol’s canned tomatoes + onion, garlic, pesto, honey and milk)…..curried pumpkin soup…..I wish I lived closer, because I would fill your freezer. That’s what you need right now, Melissa — someone ELSE to cook and fill that freezer. Here’s hoping a friend will pop in to do some kitchenwork, while you three hold and love the new little fourth.

    1. A friend came over yesterday and helped me clean my house. Looks so much better now. That dust was piling up. Relying heavily on subway these days. Super thankful that one just opened up down the street.

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