September 4, 2012

As evidenced by my morning post, I have been on a rollercoaster of emotions today!!

I woke up mad at the world.

After my morning work, I decided a walk was what I needed. It was cool and cloudy which is ideal walking weather, and I wanted to stay as vertical as possible today to encourage baby’s head to get things going. I tend to feeeel more when I’m walking and just after. I’ve done more than enough sitting and resting the past few days!

I met Faith on her way to work and we power walked together. I ended up running across a street at one point and I ALMOST kept running – it felt euphoric! Suddenly I’m was feeling tons and tons of energy.

My friend Lara texted me that she was out if I wanted to keep walking, so I walked back downtown and ran errands with her – including a visit to a toy store : )


Finally I ran into Jenn and Levi and talked to them for a while. And felt a Braxton Hicks or two!

2 hours later, I was back home showering feeling MUCH better.

I put on a nice outfit*


*Nice relative to the terrible maternity shorts and tanks I wear all the time. Can’t wait to wear normal clothes again!

On my walk, I decided I would take myself out to lunch for some excitement. I was really in the mood for white tablecloths, big glasses of red wine, multiple courses and gourmet food. But obviously that wasn’t going to happen today.

So instead, I found one of the least expensive lunches in town and picked up Bodos Bagels for Matt and me. He was home for 2 days and I missed him already!


Takes me riiiiiight back to the first trimester – what is it about bagels + cream cheese and pregnancy!?


I had cinnamon raisin with plain CC – it was heavenly. Soft and doughy and rich in the middle. Plus a side of chips. This lunch was not about balanced nutrition.


It was about mental health and it worked!


Doctor’s appointment later. I have to find something to do in the meantime!

Alex and our newest employee, Bri, say hello!


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1 [email protected] September 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

The baby knows people are eagerly awaiting his arrival and TOTALLY milking it (pun intended ha!)!


2 Khushboo September 4, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Love that: “it was more mental health”…those kinda meals are just as important!


3 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way September 4, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I totally agree!


4 Krissy @ Make it Naked September 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Mmm Bodos. Nice shorts Bri! Wahoowa :)


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 4, 2012 at 1:01 pm

That’s good that you have a doctor appointment! Maybe you’ll get an idea of how things are going!


6 Kel September 4, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Now that is the spirit! Enjoy your carefree day!

Now I want a bagel and cream cheese…


7 Carly @ Snack Therapy September 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm

I am SO anxious for you! I can’t even imagine how excited you must be : ).

Baby KERF is going to be one healthy boy!


8 Nicole September 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I personally think he’s not coming out because you in NO WAY look like a woman who is 5 days past her due date! Your face isn’t puffy and round, you can still see you ankles and you even still have a waist! Oh and you’re still glowing 😉


9 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

:) Karen keeps saying I’m “not big enough” to be full term. Although yesterday she said I was : )


10 aebell September 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Have been following your journey since the very beginning – fingers and toes crossed that Baby Kerf gets his butt here soon. Maybe you’ve just made things too comfy in there for him. He’s eating like a king!


11 Annette @FitnessPerks September 4, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Way to enjoy those few minutes!! :)


12 Coreen S September 4, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Glad to hear you’re feeling better this afternoon. Nothing is better than exercise for snapping me out of a funk.

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing it, but your baby boy will be here before you know it, and when he is, you won’t care if you waited an extra 5 or even 10 days. Your dr won’t let him stay in there forever! Try to focus on the fact that if he chooses to stay you’ll be sending an evacuation notice soon!


13 Tracy Auerbach September 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Hang in there! Those Braxton Hicks are working their magic and are going to make your labor much easier once Baby KERF is ready to arrive!


14 Kelsey September 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I agree – you look so small! And there’s something about some exercise and a nice outfit that can change one’s perspective on life:)


15 Heather Eats Almond Butter September 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I’m still loving bagels and cream cheese. :)

Thinking about you lots.


16 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

At times like these food needs to make you happy…that calls for bagels! :)


17 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 4, 2012 at 1:21 pm

I love, love, love that you wanted to just keep running!! Too cute!


18 Veronica September 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

“This was about mental health.”
yup. You’ve gotta be close. You’ve come full circle – in the first trimester it is all about just eating what you can keep down, throwing nutrition to the wind. And in the end, you do the same as your time gets close. You’re subconsciously carb loading for the event ahead. Gulp that tea!


19 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I’m glad that you have a doctor’s appointment today. I hope they can offer you some good news. :) At least you are getting a few more days to relax.


20 Alison September 4, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Hope you get some good news at your Dr. appt today!


21 Rachel September 4, 2012 at 1:28 pm

aww so glad you’re feeling better!


22 Nicole September 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I agree with everyone else- you look great! I still have until the 13th and my ankles/feet are super puffy. My pelvis feels like it got punched, so every time I walk or roll over, I feel pain.Totally sucks and I can’t do anything about it.

I also can’t wait to wear normal clothes!


23 Eileen September 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Wow. You have definitely “dropped”. It is a noticeable difference in theses latest photos. Good luck !!


24 Amy in Canada September 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm

How can you, at this late date, only look pregnant in the middle! Checking in, checking in, checking in–its become part of my daily routine!


25 Kelly Marie September 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm

You’re going to wind up exhausting yourself before labor even begins! Relax, girl!


26 Morgan @ moments of mmm September 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm

So I have to admit my boyfriend totally makes fun of me now because right before my daily ritual of morning blog reading, I announce “I wonder if Kath had the baby yet!”

I am so excited for you and Matt! Can’t wait to see what the little dude looks like.

Hope the brightness in your day continues to the evening!


27 Elyse September 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Your post made me laugh out loud today! Loved your “mental health lunch”–so cute! Here’s hoping that baby comes out soon. :-)


28 Jen September 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Kath, wasn’t your original due date in September anyway? And then you started discussing your charts and graphs with the doctor and he went ahead and altered your due date based on that discussion along with an ultrasound that showed the baby’s length? I wonder if your original EDD was more accurate?


29 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

No, it was originally 8/31 and they changed it to like 9/2 based on an ultrasound and then back to 8/31 later


30 kate September 4, 2012 at 4:38 pm

If you were due the 8/31, aren’t you just 4 days over due? I went 8 days over with mine, but thankfully I just kept working — teaching kindergarten keeps your mind off it!


31 Amanda September 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Keep your chin up girl, and keep walking! Can’t wait to see that baby news.


32 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’m so glad you found a little pep in your step today! Enjoy that high for a bit! Good luck at the appointment. Hopefully something has knocked loose with all that walking!


33 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 4, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Kath I can only imagine the roller coaster you’re on. Hang in there. You are doing great and that you’re blogging still…bravo!

And I think I lived off white bread, toast or bagels and butter/cream cheese or cheese pizza or cheese and saltines most of the first half of my pregnancy!


34 Mom September 4, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Love all those animals!


35 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Maternity clothes will be a thing of the past soon :) …. You’re doing great, Kath!!!


36 Nikki T September 4, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I had a crankin’ start to my day yesterday…I haven’t been a super over-emotional pregnant lady (even my husband said this, so it isn’t just the crazy pregnant lady thinking she hasn’t been emotional!!), but sometimes- I think maybe when I think I’ve had a good sleep, but really haven’t- it just seems like I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and nothing can go right!! After some reading in my comfy nursery rocker and a little nap, I felt as good as new!
And, I definatley second the comment of someone above that said you still look WAY too good to be 5 days overdue! But, I can’t wait to hear what little Pecan’s reeeal name is! 😉


37 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama September 4, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I think due dates need to be banished. More like due month. I put way too much pressure on myself with the actual dates. Sending labor vibes your way. 😉


38 K September 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Kath! Funky moods+ energy surge = imminent labor! Like that needs to be said! :p Love the rose pink shoes! They look so cute and comfy! Are those suede Toms?


39 Shana September 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Are those shoes from Target? If they are, I have them in blue!


40 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm



41 Allison K September 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

What kind of shoes are those?


42 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Target ones


43 Natasha September 4, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Love this response–made me chuckle


44 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 4, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hehe don’t worry Kath, you’ll have a glass of vino in your hand soon! (And regular clothes back in your closet too!) I’m sure all of this is going to be well worth the wait once BERF arrives!


45 tosha September 4, 2012 at 2:55 pm

You know, as hard as days like that are, I think it’s important for those of us who study/advocate good nutrition to realize that there are such things as “mental health meals”. Honestly, if we can imagine people whose lives are hard in various ways (waiting long months for baby to come, others who are low income or single mothers, others who are really stressed for lots of reasons) then I think we can understand that many people eat not to fuel their bodies per se, but to feel better mentally. So – as difficult as today was for you, and I have many days like that myself, I think that these days provide really important perspective. Hoping baby arrives healthy and soon!!


46 Fred September 4, 2012 at 3:07 pm

More Bri please… what a happy-looking young lady!


47 OliePants September 4, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I had those days. Don’t worry – the countdown is part of the anxiety. And there will come that day when you are sleep deprived that you wish for the sleepier days of pregnancy. :)


48 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 4, 2012 at 3:30 pm

if you really, reallllly want to go into labor, go get acupuncture (with EStim if they can). ive had success with each treatment i’ve given to women at their due date (went into labor same day).
twice in one day would be best, but usually one treatment will be successful. good luck!


49 ashley September 4, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I have a feeling baby’s coming soon :) You said MD appointment–don’t get induced!!!


50 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Hopefully not for 8 more days!


51 Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real September 4, 2012 at 3:36 pm

So glad you were able to go walking this morning, exercise has a way of lifting your mood. You also looked cute in your “Nice” outfit! I also loved bagels during my pregnancy and while nursing. While I was on maternity leave, I had breakfast at the bagel shop up the street about once a week. Good luck at the doctor this afternoon!


52 Karen September 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

You are so adorable, Kath. Hang in there, and continue to nourish your mental health during this brief respite. I know how badly you want to meet your little guy and get on with your parenthood journey, but he obviously has his own plans. :)

Your BERF post has me conjuring up potential nature-oriented boy names all day!

Oh, and Hi, Alex and Bri!


53 Karla September 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm

You look amazing! I’ve read your blog since you first started and I am so happy for you. That bagel looks amazing! I eat a bagel With cream cheese everyday and I’m not pregnant. Ha ha.


54 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food September 4, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Nice job walking 2 hours! Common little guy!!


55 Angel7 September 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

If I would have had bagels at my discretion during my pregnancy, I would have totally eaten one at least once or twice a week. I absolutely love cream cheese!


56 Julie September 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Hang in there Kath! You are doing great! So excited for you and your family!!


57 Lia September 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Ooh, you are so close!! It must be a little surreal to think that your little guy will actually be in your arms in (likely) a matter of days. Days! Crazy. :) Enjoy the anticipation as much as you can and hang in there!


58 Lisa September 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

You’re doing great Kath! Hang in there!


59 Rach September 4, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I’m pregnant and crave blueberry bagels so much! I try to limit myself…but it’s hard! They’re so yummy.


60 Kim Eats Junk Food September 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

In the last weeks of my third trimester, my doctor encouraged me to have a glass of wine and relax in the tub a few nights a week…I happily obliged. And my son is fine.
I am already looking forward to this ritual in about eighteen weeks…with shameless bagels galore.


61 Amelia September 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm

It’s so hard to be patient when you’re waiting for a BABY! Keep up the distractions and know you’re not alone in the emotional roller coastering :)


62 Megan September 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Hm… Burst of energy?!?! I heard women typically get this huge burst of energy RIGHT before they go into labor. :) Hopefully this is true for you!


63 Ser September 4, 2012 at 4:41 pm

I just wanted to tell you that I NEVER feel anything before I go into labor, really, and my two boys who were overdue (one by 5 days and one by 8 days) were my fastest, easiest, most awesome births. So hang in there! It is so hard at the end, but once you have your baby in your arms, you won’t even be able to remember life without him. It is so hard to wait when you are past your due date because it is such a strange, in-between time, but it is worth waiting for the time when your little guy is ready to come out. :)


64 Nikki September 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Thank you thank you thank you for admitting that you were on a hormonal roller coaster! It’s a good reminder that just because our husbands don’t have mood swings (as often) doesn’t mean it’s not normal and okay!
P.S. What do they do for the stress test? (I’m stalking you on Twitter now too–just to find out when your bundle starts making his way out for his b-day celebration!)


65 Anj September 4, 2012 at 5:15 pm

You are glowing and looking so fit..touchwood :)


66 Julie September 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Off topic – but my mental health splurge today – I bought Kodiak Cakes pancake mix at the grocery store – could not decide between whole wheat/oat/honey or the buttermilk. Put buttermilk in the cart, then changed my mind because I like whole wheat pancakes best. Hope they are awesome – I’m debating making them for dinner tonight because I’m so excited to try them! :)


67 Cindy September 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I was led to your website by another site where you are tagged as “annoying.” (?) Anyway, I absolutely LOVE both your sites! I’ve been playing catch-up for days and like your long-time readers, I’m now checking for baby updates. I happen to think you’re adorable! And my vegetarian girlfriend is going to triple love all the food pics and recipes!


68 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 5:59 pm



69 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Bagel + cream cheese is absolutely comfort food! Glad your day turned around I hope the doctor’s appointment went well.


70 MichelleC September 4, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Many of my friends were full of energy the day of or day before they went into labor….so maybe your energy burst this afternoon will bring that baby boy out!


71 Kim September 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Awww I LOVE your stripey top! It is gorgeous!
Im a Looooooooong time reader, and am SO excited for you both!
I became a mum 9 months ago, had a little boy, and it is THE BEST thing ever, being a parent!
Good Luck with everything :) You will do great!


72 Heidi September 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I don’t know if you ever eat at Einstein’s bagels (the only bagel place near my home), but their pumpkin bagels and pumpkin cream cheese will be available tomorrow. It is amazing!!

I am 31 weeks, and after craving something cheesy all day, made Karen’s French Beef. It was amazing, but now I have SO MANY leftovers. Have you guys every tried to freeze it?

My little sister is 37 weeks, dilated to a 3, having painful contractions, and keeps getting sent home from the hospital. She is completely miserable, so I guess things could be worse? :) Good luck with everything, you look amazing.


73 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I don’t think we have one here, but that sounds good.

I think the French beef would freeze quite well!

Hope your sister goes soon!


74 donna September 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm

You look adorable! This little boy will come soon enough! As for your former stomping ground, I thought you’d like to read what we’re dealing with in South Charlotte this week. This is right around the corner from us:


75 KathEats September 4, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Wow – so exciting but yes, a pain. I can relate since I got stuck in Obama traffic last week!


76 Wendy September 4, 2012 at 8:10 pm

So maybe all you need is a little glass of wine. I do not Approve of drinking while pregnant, but near the end, my doctor said it would be ok to have a small glass and it might even help relax me. So guess what? I had a glass of wine one night and went into labor the next day. It happened again with my second child. I really think the wine helped my body relax, so it could “do it’s thing”! Both my kids came out normal and healthy! But of course, ask your doctor first!


77 Elisabeth September 4, 2012 at 11:00 pm

You look so good (love the shoes, by the way), especially considering you’re nearly 41 weeks! Hope he comes soon :)


78 Jen September 5, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Totally understand what you mean about bagels n cream cheese and pregnancy. :). Wanted them constantly during both mine.


79 Zoe Schaeffer September 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I have heard from several different women that they got a big burst of energy right before baby…!


80 Alex @ Raw Recovery September 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I have to say you are probably my new favorite food blogger for writing that your lunch was about mental health (and it worked!). I’m new to your blog but you just won me over with that! I’m recovering from anorexia and one of the things I’ve been taught in treatment is that it’s ok to have comfort foods and to eat to satisfy emotions every once in a while. Of course if done to an extreme we know it can lead to problems, but it’s so refreshing to see a food blogger (and dietician to boot!) express such balanced and healthy views. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!


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