the home birth of Maren Ree…

My sweet, beautiful, joy-bringing Baby Girl is one year old today!

Born at 12:39am, her birth was the most difficult and life-changing event of my life, so far.  WORTH IT.

I’ve tried to keep this as PG as possible (all pics are appropriate, FYI!) but if birth makes you squeamish…  feel free to scroll down quickly to some of those yummy recipes down below!

For those of you who are interested:  Here is Maren’s Home Birth Story.  One year ago today.

Maren Ree was born Tuesday July 24th, 2012 at 12:39am.  Weighing 6lbs 8oz and just 18.5inches long.

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37 weeks down… any time now!

Well, Baby Girl is free to come whenever she wants now!  WooHOO!!

What an amazing feeling that is!

Of course, we all know that she could very well decide to stay put for another month or even longer, and that’s ok (Hey…  I’m trying to stay positive here!) but I would sure love to see her sooner than later.

Nesting is in full-swing around these parts and it feels good.  Nesting is definitely one of my favorite parts of pregnancy.

A huge burst of energy, fueled by cleaning and organizing urges…  pretty sure my husband loves my nesting-sprees too!

I am leaving the ‘cravings‘ phase of pregnancy and entering the ‘I don’t have room for anything in my stomach and nothing really sounds good anyways‘ stage.  Not so much fun, but it does mean the end is near, so I’ll take it.

I really am bummed that I couldn’t follow through on my monthly belly pics this time around…

Things got a little too stressful for us for a while there and I just couldn’t handle one more thing.  :o(  In case you haven’t tried it before, taking self-portraits (especially with two rambunctious non-napping toddlers around!) is not any easy thing!

I am determined to at least get one final picture though, so keep an eye out for it soon.

(By the way, Baby Girl is apparently the size of a winter melon now…  Whatever that is!)

My freezer is filling up with meals and treats…

Baby clothes, diapers & mama cloth are being washed and organized…

Brothers are getting excited (and starting to think Mommy needs to go to the doctor because my belly-button looks so funny to them!)

And Mommy & Daddy are just holding our breath waiting!

Come out when you’re ready Baby Girl!  We are so excited to meet you!!

(Sorry about the slacking in blog-postings lately…  I promise I will be back to some sort of new normal eventually!  For now, thanks so much for your patience with me…  and don’t forget to look through the archives for some great recipes!!)


…is a little bit crazy right now.

Things are not going exactly as planned or expected with this pregnancy.

(That’s what I get for getting comfortable and thinking I knew what to expect the 3rd time around, right?)

Right now there is not much more to say than that, because we don’t know much more than that, but life is a little stressful around here to say the least. 

Just ask Andrew…  I’m pretty sure I haven’t cooked him dinner in well over a week (and no, heating up store-bought gyoza last night probably doesn’t count!) and he has made two big pots of chili in less than 2 weeks and will be making more for Father’s Day!

(Yep.  He’s basically cooking his own Father’s Day meal.  Granted it will be made ahead of time and reheated – the joys of chili! – but still…  I feel bad.)

I haven’t slept much at all the last few weeks.  Combining regular pregnancy-insomnia with a huge dose of the unknown & unexpected makes sleep practically impossible.

Today has more Dr. stuff in store, and loads and loads of laundry that have been ignored for far too long (hoping I don’t run out of laundry soap, since I haven’t made any in quite a while!).

I guess the point of all this rambling is that there hasn’t been much going on in the kitchen lately (except dishes) and I’m not exactly sure when that will pick back up.  Although it won’t be too long, since I am having complete kitchen-withdrawals already!

I will definitely be doing some Father’s Day desserts…  as soon as I figure out what I want to do and can handle doing in my sleep-deprived state.

All this to say…  Thank you all for being so patient with me!