Fall arrived in Virginia this weekend! We went from 90 degrees to hurricane rains to crisp, chilly air in one week. I’m hoping the heat stays away – I’m so over it! Everyone was running around here celebrating, and all my friends were posting photos of trips to farms, apple orchards, and all.the.fall. things. I wanted to stay close to home, so the best I could do was a Insta Story of some pumpkin spice whipped cream I bought at Whole Foods
I’m writing this on Sunday, but as of today (Monday) I’m 39 weeks. (News will likely break on Instagram first, so check there!) I feel very much like a ticking time bomb at this point. I want to keep my schedule totally clear and don’t want to venture far from home. I’m “almost 3” cm dilated and 60% effaced, so my doctor told me do not wait to go to the hospital if contractions start up quickly. I know second babies can come fast, so I think that has influenced my home-body feeling. I don’t want to schedule things for later this week, and I hardly wanted to make a meal plan! I have gotten in some good walks, and spent some QT with Mazen. We made this chocolate house from a kit I found at Trader Joe’s last week, and it was a big hit!
We also decorated the house for Halloween (early, but he was begging me to do it so why not?) and we put most of the decorations in his room, including a ton of these plastic spider rings. I found one in the bottom of the washing machine and it sure made me jump!
On Friday I went out to lunch with my friend Emily. It was a glorious sunny day, and we sat on the patio, covered in goosebumps by the end of our meal! We love Orzo for lunch because they have a power lunch offering where you can get a soup and a hearty salad combo.
I had butternut squash soup with brown butter and crusty bread (which satisfied every craving in my body!)
Plus this grilled salmon, endive, and beet salad.
On Friday night, Mazen and I went to Brazos together for dinner. He and his neighborhood friends are deep into Pokémon cards, so he gave me the full tour of his binders at dinner.
We always share the chips with the trio of dips, and I get two tacos – This Is My Yam with black beans and sweet potato and a classic beef with jalapeño, avocado and cheese.
We went to Sweethaus next door for dessert after Mazen sweetly asked me if we could go. I got a funfetti cupcake in honor of my niece Emerson’s birthday!
On Saturday morning we were all up early for Mazen’s soccer game. Great Harvest Pumpkin Swirl Toast + peanut butter yogurt (just plain yogurt with PB powder stirred in!) for a quick breakfast.
Look at that sky!!
We spent a few hours playing Batman city and Pokémon at home before Mazen went off on an adventure with Matt, and Thomas and I went to the grocery store and on a long walk.
I had a Daily Harvest smoothie for lunch because we had plans for an early dinner and I’d had a few snacks throughout the day (dates, almond butter, apple slices.) This one had chickpeas inside for protein and is advertised to taste like “oatmeal cookie dough.” It was delish. (Get 3 free smoothies on your first order if you want to try it! The chai flavor is my fav 🙂 )
On Saturday night we went to our friends’ house for a chili dinner – how appropriate! I made a version of this sesame kale salad with red pepper, avocado, and sunflower seeds. The chili and cornbread were spot on for the weather!
I am SO ready to meet this little baby!! I was a week late with my water breaking first when Mazen was born, so you would think I’d be mentally prepared for a similar experience this time. But I’m also expecting to be hit with a strong contraction any minute that sends me into labor. I think because I missed out on the whole “timing contractions at home” thing last time that that’s what I’m expecting this time. But things could go down the same way as they did with Mazen too. Either way, two weeks to go, tops. This is no longer a hypothetical experience in the distant future – one way or another it’s happening soon!