What To Expect [On A Friday Night]

May 18, 2012

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Top of the morning to you! It’s not a typical Friday around here. There will be no Fridays After Five this evening (sadness).

Because we’ll be spending our Friday at the hospital! For two days of childbirth classes! I have no idea what to expect, but I’m looking forward to learning more. I have only heard good things about our hospital (which is only 6 months old) and I have yet to see the inside. It’s so strange to think that pregnancy is one of the few times you KNOW you’re going to be a patient in a hospital.

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Strawberry-Cottage Cheese Whipped Banana Oatmeal this morning. Topped with strawberry-lavender jam (I’m almost out already!), Reginald’s Cashew Nilla butter and granola.

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Served with a cup of caramel tea (by Adagio) and a dash of sunshine.

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1 j3nn May 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

Good luck visiting the hospital! How exciting. :)

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2 Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

Caramel tea sounds heavenly.

Happy Friday, Kath!

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3 Vivi @ My.Beautiful.Air May 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

that bowl/mug is so unique! And a beautiful color! Happy Friday Kath!

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4 Laurie May 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

Have fun tonight! I just love that bowl you had your breakfast in!!!!

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5 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

I love that green bowl! It’s cute :) Good luck at the classes! I’m sure you will learn a lot.

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6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

That breakfast looks sooooooo delicious! And I love the color of that bowl!

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7 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 18, 2012 at 8:21 am

Ooo I’ve never heard of lavender jam – sounds interesting!

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8 Lindsey May 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

So you actually will stay overnight at the hospital for the classes? Good luck!!

How are you liking Reginald’s nut butters? I bought the original crunchy PB…it’s pretty good, but I like the Peanut Shop (http://www.thepeanutshop.com/product/232/peanut-butter-items) better, I think… I’m curious about the more unique Reginald’s flavors, though!

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9 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

No, not overnight! Just Friday night + Sat AM

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10 Lindsey May 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

Ohhhh, okay! Well, enjoy! How exciting.

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11 Khushboo May 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

Hope you enjoy the classes :)!

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12 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

loving that green bowl! the color and shape of it is gorgeous. have fun tonight! that is so exciting!

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13 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

Have fun at the classes Kath! It’s so true what you said about knowing you’ll be a patient in a hospital. Lucky for me, I haven’t had any serious injuries or reasons to be a patient (knock on wood) for a very long time, and hopefully it stays that way because I don’t particularly like hospitals. I hope you guys learn lots! :)

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14 Michelle (Peachy Palate) May 18, 2012 at 8:31 am

That bowl is just too cool! Really need to make myself some whipped banana oatmeal…for one – what sort of ratio or quantity oats to liquid to banana?

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15 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

The recipe is on my Tribute page and is for one person!

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16 Michelle (Peachy Palate) May 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm

I couldn’t find there are sooooo many oat recipes! :)

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17 Michelle (Peachy Palate) May 18, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Ha I’m so stupid, it’s at the top, thanks :)

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18 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Glad you found it!

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19 Becca May 18, 2012 at 8:34 am

“…pregnancy is one of the few times you KNOW you’re going to be a patient in a hospital.” …unless you have a home birth! ;)

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20 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 8:36 am

True, but that’s not our case!

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21 Lace @ Real Food Quest May 18, 2012 at 11:13 am

My sister is almost 3 months (yay!) along and is currently debating hospital vs. birthing center. This may be too personal to ask, so feel free to ignore me, but did y’all consider other options? If so, find any good resources to help you decide? She is the first of our friends/family to be a mom, and there is soooo much out there it’s overwhelming. Hoping you and your mom’s group may have some better info.

Thanks!

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22 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

I felt very strongly that we were attached to a hospital. If there had been a birthing center in the same block as the hospital, I bet I would have chosen that. Our hospital is pretty small and from what I’ve heard, the OB unit is more like a birthing center than a big city hospital, so I was comfortable with this decision

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23 Nicole May 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

Our class is tomorrow…ALL DAY. :( Kind of a bummer since I miss the farmers market and my parents offered to take us to IKEA since it’s supposed to be nice, but it was too late to cancel/reschedule the class when she called.

I’m interested to see how the class is and what I can learn because the whole labor/delivery process is what freaks me out! My husband was initially okay with the class when I signed up, but now he questions why we need classes! Um, because we only have a vague idea of what happens! Plus we’ll get a tour of the maternity area. I think he’s going to learn a lot- kinda like our trip to Babies R Us when he realized we needed a lot more than he thought- and that’s just us trying to get the basic items!

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24 Sana May 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

So you spend the night at the hospital as part of your class?

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25 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

No, it’s just split between two days

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26 Andrea May 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

Have fun with your classes tonight!

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27 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

Strawberry lavender jam and caramel tea??!! wow! Now this is a nice start of the day!

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28 Melissa @ HerGreenLife May 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

I cringe at the whole “sick model” of pregnancy and childbirth. Sometimes the way we think about things and the words we use can really affect how we approach something and how we act in different settings.

Perhaps instead of seeing yourself as a “patient” in the hospital, you should view yourself as a client or customer. The staff are there to assist you and help you have the experience you want in a normal, natural, healthy process :)

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29 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 9:04 am

I wasn’t implying I’d be sick, but I will be staying under their care. I am thankful I will have the help of nurses during that time when I’m likely to be very sore and uncomfortable

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30 Jen May 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

you seem so relaxed about the whole child-birthing experience. I’d be a nervous wreck!!

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31 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

I’ve looked forward to it my whole life! Ask me again during Labor :)

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32 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama May 18, 2012 at 9:03 am

Have fun at class! Most of the soon to be moms in my class were pretty relaxed. The dad’s were a bundle of nerves! :)

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33 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Planning to be in the hospital is a different kind of mindset. Have fun!

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34 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

A very ‘berrylicious’ breakfast! I am very fortunate that the births of my two boys has been my only stay at a hospital! I remember going for the classes…walking through the process and seeing the facility made the reality of it all sink in more deeply…it added to the overall excitement!

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35 Cait's Plate May 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

Exciting!! I’m sure it will be a great experience and you’ll leave only feeling that much more prepared. Good luck and have fun!

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36 Christine May 18, 2012 at 9:25 am

I hope you enjoy your class! It will be a bonding time with you and your hubby. It will also make it seem very real since you will see the birthing rooms.

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37 Jen May 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

What are your favorite Adagio teas? I have some birthday money burning a hole in my pocket!

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38 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

Chestnut, Candy Cane, Almost Pumpkin Ice Cream are my favs

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39 Jen May 18, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Kath.

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40 mary @ minutespermile May 18, 2012 at 9:44 am

Pretty bowl. Green and orange are almost direct complementary colors!

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41 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

Have fun at the childbirth classes!!

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42 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life May 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

It’s true – UVA Hospital (which is where I’m assuming you’re going) has a terrific birthing unit! I work in early intervention nearby, and we have a LOT of kids who have come through the hospital and parents only have terrific things to say about it. Also, even though I know we’re all hoping you wont need it, but their NICU is one of the best out there. So if anything bad DOES happen (crossing all my fingers and toes that it doesnt), at least you can rest assured that you and the little one are in the best possible care. Anyway, just some thoughts from someone who has seen lots of kiddos come through there!

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43 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 10:30 am

We’ll actually be at Martha Jefferson, but glad to hear good things about uva!

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44 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life May 18, 2012 at 10:40 am

Gotcha. Well I have had some kiddos come out of there too (all with good things to say), just not as many since it’s so new and much smaller! But really, all the hospitals around Charlottesville are actually extremely good, so that is always reassuring!

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45 Annette @FitnessPerks May 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

Sounds exciting!! Good luck :)

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46 Healthy Living Val May 18, 2012 at 10:36 am

Please tell us — where did you find that bowl?? Good luck with the classes!

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47 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

It’s the Ramen bowl – an OpenSky sister to the Buddha bowl (https://opensky.com/katheats/product/flavour-design-buddha-bowl)

I believe you can get it from Uncommon Goods

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48 Roxanne May 18, 2012 at 10:43 am

Those notches in the green bowl… are they for resting the spoon? Why 2 notches.. fork and knife?
My mom just gave me a strawberry container, there were 3 for $5. I think I will eat them as is… nothing special! :)

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49 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

Chopsticks!

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50 Roxanne May 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Of course! Why didn’t I think of that? DUH!

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51 Mom May 18, 2012 at 11:10 am

I remember the hospital tour with you! My favorite part was peeking at the babies in the nursery.

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52 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 18, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I wish you nothing but success in having the birth you want to have and hopefully the hospital is just a venue for that to unfold, according to your wishes, and hopefully baby and the universe and the stars collide and it all happens the way you hope for and that the classes are helpful!

I remember lots of massages during them…I wasn’t complaining :)

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53 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles May 18, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Umm, strawberry lavender jam sounds divine! Yum yum yum!

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54 Kerry @ Totes My Oats May 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Have fun! I’m sure it will be a great experience!

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55 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Enjoy your class!

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56 Erica May 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

i like that bowl but it kind of looks like an ashtray. Where did you get it? Looks vintage.

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57 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

It’s a Ramen bowl – the slots are for chopsticks! From OpenSky (no longer available) but also Uncommon Goods

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58 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

That dash of sunshine sounds like the secret ingredient ;) Now I know what I’ve been missing with all these clouds here lately!

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59 Angel7 May 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I believe that the childbirth class that I had to take for our first child was only for a few hours in one evening. However, there is a lot to cover when it comes to childbirth, so the more information the better.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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60 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Hope you guys learn a lot and have fun at the classes! :)

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61 Amanda @flecksofgreen May 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Will you be going to see the movie “What to Expect, When You’re Expecting”??

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62 KathEats May 18, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Hope so!

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63 Jenn May 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Fun times…sitting on the ball while you talk about stages of labor :) Maybe I’ll see you around MJH this weekend. Never know where I’ll be.

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64 Cindy May 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’ve started adding cottage cheese to my oatmeal now too and I LOVE it! It’s creamy, cheesy, and a little salty! Great idea! :)

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