Thankful: Baby, Family & Food

Can you believe Thanksgiving is already over and December is tomorrow?! Holy Cow! Time is flying and standing still all at the same time… let me explain with a Baby Winchell update… Linking up today with Erin for my weekend snapshot, Katie for MIMM and the weekly wrap!

The Thursday before I was 34 weeks (my preggo weeks start on Sat) I was feeling a weird pain under my belly button and went to the doc to make sure everything was OK. Turns out the “pain” was completely normal and most likely due to the fact that I had abs before I got pregnant and they were just stretching- fun. While I was there though, they did an internal exam just to make sure and I was 75% effaced (thinning of the cervix- 100% happens before birth) and 0 cm dilated (10 cm is pushing stage). The doc told me to stop exercising, just relax and don’t do much. Up until then, I had been doing the elliptical and body pump regularly.

I had a follow up appointment the following Tuesday (I was 34 weeks 3 days) and I had progressed to 90% effaced and 1 cm dilated, so she put me on bed rest. Can you imagine? ME on BED REST!? I’m only supposed to be on it until my 36 week appointment this week. It’s not THAT long and I know it will all be worth it, but it still sucks. Luckily I can work from home so I don’t have to take any vacation/sick time/short term disability.

It has been a really hard 2 weeks, both physically and emotionally. I don’t know how people do this for months! There are a few things that made it harder and they are probably my own fault. One being that I DO want her to come early. Not 6 weeks early, but not on her Dec 26 due date. That is a HORRIBLE birthday to have. December bdays suck but the closer you get to Christmas, the worse it is. The doctors made it seem like she could come anytime so I had Todd running all over the place getting everything we still needed- more newborn diapers, nursing tops for me, her take home outfit, ect.

I was all ready for her to come mentally and so excited to meet her. Not to mention, laying flat on the couch is way more uncomfortable than you’d think. But as the days passed and nothing happened, I started to get really down. I know I hype myself up about things really easily and that was the case here. I wanted her to come as early as safely possible and it just wasn’t/isn’t happening. It has nothing to do with my size- my belly is big but not THAT big- and everything to do with her birthday. I know that sounds rediculous, but it’s the truth.

Soft Serve on the Self

In home Soft Serve date with girlfriends <3 Food Shelf What?!

Now that I’m 36 weeks, it is much more safe for her to come, so I’m hoping her debut is soon, but know that she could still go beyond her due date. Women can go WEEKS being dilated and effaced. I kind of wish the doc never told me my stats and didn’t make it as big of a deal so that I didn’t get exited. I am so thankful for my friends and family who have really helped and supported me. I’ve had several friends bring over ice cream and dinners since I wasn’t supposed to get up and cook or anything. My family, as always is there at the drop of a hat when I need them and Todd has been amazing putting up with my craziness.

Zucchini Taco Boats brought over by a friend!

Zucchini Taco Boats brought over by a friend for dinner!

At my 35 week appointment, I was given an hour or so off bed rest since I only progressed from 1cm to a loose 1cm dilated, so I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving at my grandma’s house 🙂 Everyone kept their phones away from the table, so I didn’t get any food pics, but I ate as much as this belly could hold and went with a grazing technique to fit in more goodness! Every year we also have a “Family” Thanksgiving that’s just my immediate family and we kept it simple this year with turkey, green beans, cranberry sauce, left overs from real Thanksgiving and my fave stuffing!


For dessert my mom made individual pumpkin bread puddings. At first, I didn’t want her to make dessert. Ummm remember that I can’t do a lick of exercise?! I was worried about “all the weight” I’m going to gain from being sedentary for 2 weeks. I know it’s not that much in the grand scheme of things, but I’m already feeling gross from doing nothing. Not to mention, I REALLY like stuffing. Like, I finished off the rest of the stuffing in the pan with the help of my sister. I got over it though and had dessert. I’m glad I did. My mom is such an amazing cook AND baker. It was DELICIOUS.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

I am SO THANKFUL that Baby Winchell has made it to a safer time to be born. I know the doctors want her to make it to 37 weeks, but she’d be fine if she came now and again, I am thankful for that. A healthy baby beats a good birthday date. Like I said before I am over the moon thankful for my family who has counciled and supported me through this tough time. And of course for my friends, who check up on me and like my family, feed me 🙂 I know I’m a few days late, but I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and has something to be thankful for <3

What are you thankful for?

Do you like bread pudding?

PS I’m thankful for all my readers, too! You guys are a great support system and I can’t believe some of you have followed me for so long. It really means a lot <3

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  1. Oh my gosh! I’m so thankful that you made it to the ‘safe zone’ that’s really scary, but I’m glad it’s safer now. And I’m sorry it’s been a tough two weeks. I’m glad you had a good thanksgiving though. Those mini desserts look super yummy!! 🙂

    • Thanks, Cailee! I’m glad we’re in the safe zone, too 🙂 And I’m glad my mom made them in individual, portion controlled ramekins… then there’s no going back for seconds 😉

  2. I’m so sorry about the bed rest! My daughter was due Dec 26th and I felt the same way about not wanting her birthday to land on that day and I ended up having her on Oct 20th. Let her continue to grow as long as possible!!! Hope you feel better soon!

    • How funny we had the same due date! Maybe we’ll have birthday girl twins 🙂 She seems to be baking as long as she wants! Already stubborn 😉

  3. Oh man, that’s so rough! I will say, I was due on Christmas and came 8 days early (I was my mom’s first child, as well) and it hasn’t been too bad! In fact, everyone alwyas remembered my birthday when I was little because I think everyone felt bad. My parents were very diligent about separating Christmas and my birthday though. No holiday paper, no holiday themed presents, no Christmas music or movies on my birthday (unless I wanted to) etc. I know that the lsat few weeks of pregnancy can be super long, and I can imagine that the doctors telling you that it could be much shorter than expected will make it seem longer. 4 days before I had my son, which was 2 weeks before I was due, they sent me to the hospital after my weekly appointment and told me I may be induced for BP. I ended up being sent home, but after that I did EVERYTHING in my power to get him out, and I guess it worked, haha! I’d say that once you hit 36 weeks and are safe, do all the inducing things – sit on a ball non stop (my water actually broke on mine/started my labor!) nipple stimulation (weird, but effective) walking, squats, whatever floats your boat. Since it seems like you’re already on your way, I think they’ll help!

    • Thank you so much for this! I know that my family will make her day special, I’m just worried about her friends being out of town around her bday the closer it gets to Christmas. I know it’s not the end of the world, I just feel bad. And YES, saying that she’s going to come early has made me anticipate it so much more… grrr. After my appointment I did pull out my exercise ball, have been eating pineapple and doing all those old wives tales (besides castor oil- ICK!) since they said she was measuring 37 weeks (I’m about 36.5). I’m confident that she’s strong and big enough if she came out now, but I know it’s all up to her and no matter what I try, it’s when she’s ready. Keep your fingers crossed for me she comes any time now 🙂

  4. Oh hell, tomorrow is December. I didn’t think about that until you said it. AHHH!! NOO NO NO I’m not ready! I’m actually just not ready for it to get EVEN COLDER, but then again I am going to Arizona at the end of December so it will be a BIT warmer than what I’m working with now!

    • At least you have cold weather! It’s still freakin 90 degrees here. Feels NOTHING like the holidays. Hopefully you’ll get a warm break in AZ 🙂 I’m not ready for Dec yet either- other than to have my baby, haha- I still want pumpkin everything and too much stuffing! Although I DO like peppermint and gingerbread!

  5. Do not fret over a December birthday. I was born just a couple of days before Christmas. And it was great. My parents made sure I got a birthday party and all the hoopla separate from the holiday madness. Any time my Mom was asked about her best Christmas, she’d always say it was when I was born. That made me feel very special. Let the little bun cook just as long as she wants. 🙂 I appreciate you linking with us today!

    • Thanks for sharing your life experience. The more Christmas birthdays I hear about the better I feel. I’ll be sure to make the special comment as well and pass that moment along <3 I know she'll come when she's ready 🙂

  6. Keep that baby baking as long as you can my friend. If she comes early thankfully she is a girl. In the NICU we call premie boys, wimpy white boys. Caucasian males tend to do worse if they are born early vs girls, isn’t that interesting? I’m sure the bedrest is tough, but embrace it….those are the last moments that you get to lie around and just do nothing for a LONG time 😉 Glad you had a great Thanksgiving! Rest up!

    • Whimpy white boys?! That’s hilarious. Poor kids. I didn’t know that. The doc is pretty sure at this point she wouldn’t be in the NICU, as she’s measuring 37 weeks, so fingers crossed! Thankfully, as of yesterday I’m not on bed rest anymore- woo hoo! It makes such a difference being able to walk around and make dinner and just be normal! I tried to embrace the laying as much as I could but I was just so uncomfortable that it wasn’t relaxing at all. Two Christmas-ish bdays huh?! Glad you can relate 🙂

  7. Hey think of it this way her coming before Christmas means what she doesn’t get for her Birthday, Santa will bring right? Ha, Glad she has made it to the safe zone! Try and relax mama, you’ll be up and active before you know it and really wishing you could stay down! Thanks for linking up with us! I appreciate you too!

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