Monday, August 10, 2015

Freezer Meals - Preparing for Baby #3

I am a very very lucky woman.  I have family from Florida and Sweden volunteering to stay with us for the first few weeks after b3 is born to help us with the day to day cooking, cleaning, and child care for b1 & b2.  This is  a wonderful thing!  However, I also know that there are times when life will be super hectic, and we will just need to have some food ready to go in the freezer so that we don't spend too much time ordering in dinners.  So, below are some of the recipes that I hope to make in the next 6 weeks to store in the freezer for those occasions.  The recipes below are tried and true.  The kids like some of these meals, but not all of them.

Freezer Meals

Also, below are some quick and easy meals that I should be able to bang out, even when I am short on time.

Easy Recipes 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Interesting article - SMFM Consult--Prior non-lower segment uterine scar

This blog entry is a bit dated (2013), but it provides a nice summary of a few recent studies.  Make sure you scroll down until you get to the discussion on myomectomy (Question #2).

Friday, June 19, 2015

26 week baby bump

Another week has flown by.  I'm now 26 weeks pregnant.  b1 just finished prek 4 today.  b2 celebrated midsommar with his school.  It's been a great week!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Working mothers guilt

Life as a working mother of two little ones in school often leaves me feeling overwhelmed.  Juggling a full time job, cooking, cleaning, shopping, & having a life of my own, all while being present and engaged in my children's lives is not easy to do.

One of the things I've been struggling with lately, particularly now that I'm pregnant, is rationing my vacation and sick time.  B and I are already stretched pretty thin just dealing with the standard school holidays, school breaks and sick days.  Two kids in two schools with different holiday and break schedules doesn't make this any easier (a 2 week Christmas break, spring break (different weeks for both kids schools of course), winter break (at b2's school), etc).  While I love seeing my children in their end of the year celebrations, performances, and parties, I often fear that one of these events will be the proverbial straw.  Or... maybe it is just pregnancy hormones talking right now.  What do you think?

Below is our schedule for the last two weeks:

May 22 - b2 - Closed for parent teacher conference
May 25 - b1&2 - Closed for Memorial Day
May 28 - b1 - Sick
June 5 -   b1 - Sick (1/2 day)
June 10 - b2 - late night fundraising event for school
June 12 - b2 - end of year performance at 9:30am
                b1 - birthday cupcakes at school at 2:00pm
June 17 - b1 - school carnival at school, families invited (we are not attending)
June 18 - b1 - end of the year performance @11:30am.  School closing at 12:30
June 19 - b1 - school closing at 12:30
                b2 - midsommar celebration that family is invited to attend at 11:30 (not attending)

All I know is that I am soooo truly thankful to have a mother-in-law that comes and stays with us for 2-4 months a year to help with the children; a sister-in-law that helps with the children both in the U.S. and in Sweden; a mom that will fly here and work from my house so that she can help us out with school closings, school drop offs and pick ups; two local sisters who are always helping me when we need it; and a father and step mother that sometimes take the kids away on the weekends so that Benny and I can have some much needed time to ourselves.  We are a truly lucky family to have so many people that love us and our children and are here to support us!  I don't know how other families manage. I am truly grateful for how lucky we are!  It makes it easier to cope when I'm feeling like too butter scraped over too much bread.

Monday, June 15, 2015

24 week baby bump - I POPPED

Here it is, it got really big really fast!

One big difference in this picture and the 23 week picture is time of day.  When I wake up in the morning, I'm significantly smaller than I am at the end of the day.  This picture is proof of this phenomenon.

Friday, June 12, 2015


One of the challenges in researching birth options is finding medical articles that provide unbiased research and results.  I have done a lot of digging around, and will continue to post the articles that I have found.  

Remember, just because these articles need to be paid for does NOT mean that you have to pay for them out of pocket or that you can't read them.  Simply go to your public library and request that they place an interlibrary loan request for you!  If you are really stuck, email me and I will help you get access to them.  

"Pregnancy and delivery after laparoscopic myomectomy" by Jun Kumakiri, et. al., Journal of Minimaly Invasive Gynecology, Vol. 12, Issue 3, pg 241-246 (June 2005) (Pubmed, ScienceDirect, WorldCat). 

"Prospective evaluation for the feasibility of vaginal birth after laparoscopic myomectomy" by Jun. Kumakiri, et. al., Journal of minimally invasive gynecologyVol. 15Issue 4, pg 420-4 (Jul-Aug 2008) (PubMed, ScienceDirect

"Perspectives of obstetricians on labour and delivery after abdominal or laparoscopic myomectomy" by Hélène S HS Weibel, et. al., Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology Canada, Vol. 36Issue 2 (PubMed)
"Pregnancy Outcomes and Risk Factors for Uterine Rupture after Laparoscopic Myomectomy: A Single-center Experience and Literature Review", by Yu-Jin Koo, et. al., Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology (Available online May 2015) (PubMed, ScienceDirect). 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hello Edema. Long time no see.

Temperatures are rising, and the edema has set in.  It is odd, but my left foot and ankle always swell more than my right.  I wonder if that has something to do with crossing my legs.  I've been trying to stop doing that lately, but some habits are just so hard to break!

More foot related news.  My feet have grown an entire size this pregnancy!  In March, my size 10 shoes were getting tight on me.  I bought myself two pairs of size 11 shoes so that I could be work appropriate and not wear flipflops all summer.  They were awesome!  So comfy!  For all of 4 weeks Womp womp :-(.  My size 11's are now tight and uncomfortable.  This foot growth is probably a combination of edema and possibly my arches getting lax).

On the bright side, this gives me license to get more pedicures and massages!  Score!