Friday, January 7, 2011

The Deep Freeze

I have become obsessed with my deep freeze.
Over the past 2 months, I have spent lots of time filling that sucker up for the inevitable arrival of Baby Gaines.  I don't regret a moment of it because I know how handy it will be for us those first few weeks.

Again, I don't have pics because of my laptop being in the shop and I didn't want to download pics at the library.  So, I decided to go ahead and share what I've stocked us up with...not that you are at all interested, but, I know that I am always interested in this type of topic and I thought I would share.

So, my first step was to organize the freezer into categories.
We have a wonderful hand-me-down, standup deep freeze that was Matt's grandparents.
I think they bought it in the late 80's.  We simply had the rubber seal (that goes around the door) replaced and it was as good as new!  The only downfall is that its not frost-free.
But, we didn't have to buy the thing and its not that big of a deal to let it "defrost" a couple of times per year.  I think its probably a good thing for us because it forces us to clean that sucker out, see what has been hidden in the back and scour it with bleach.  Well, techinically, Matt does all of those things;)

So, my deep freeze is organized as such:
1. The Door: I have 28 quarts of goodness stored in the door of the freezer,
 Vegetable Beef Soup, Spaghetti Sauce & Chili. 
     2.  Top Shelf:  22 quarts with the following variety: Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice,
White Chili, Broccoli Cheese Soup
3.  2nd Shelf: Vegetable Shelf with Whole Green Beans, Broccoli Florets &
Stir Fry (all purchased at Sam's Club), Turnip Green Casseroles, Squash Casseroles, Hashbrown Casseroles.
4.  3rd Shelf: Prepared Meals (or almost prepared meals), Turkey Tettrazini,
Stuffed Bell Pepper Mix, Taco Meat, Shepherds Pie Mix,
 Poppyseed Chicken Casseroles, Lasagnas, Beef/Bean Burritos   
5.  4th Shelf: Protein that includes: Ground Chuck, Stew Meat, Pork Chops, Steaks,
Chicken Swirls, Fish & Whole Chickens
6.  Bottom: This is my overflow area: Butter, Ice Cream, Bread and extra Veggies

I know this seems crazy.
But, I feel so prepared after completing this task.
If preparing a meal is the only thing I don't have to worry about when Baby Gaines comes home from the hospital, I think that's a good thing!

So, pretty much all Matt has to do is look at the spreadsheet (yes, I made a spreadsheet....I didn't do all of this to forget what I had in there!) in the morning and choose a main dish, take it out of the freezer and put it in the oven when he gets home.  The only things he will need to restock us on are the basics like fresh fruit and veggies and milk, etc.  So, I think we are ready, at least in this department.

You may ask, how I did all of this and it be cost effective.  Well, I'm not a couponer.  I should be, but I'm not.  I think I would get completely obsessed with it and let it take over my life.  So, I pretty much just shop the outside ailes of the grocery store.  We don't really eat "prepared" foods, i.e. frozen prepared meals, things in cans, etc.  So, I watch for proteins to go on sale and when they do, I stock up.  For instance, if ground chuck goes on sale at the Winn Dixie for under $1.99 per lb, I get about 10 lbs.  When I get home, I cook half, portion out in ziplock bags, freeze and then I have cooked ground beef ready to throw in soups, make taco salad, Shepherds Pie, whatever really.  The remaining 5 lbs, I portion out raw in ziploc bags and freeze as well in case we are making hamburgers, etc.  I do the same with other proteins but don't cook them, such as pork chops, chicken, etc.  If I find a good deal, I buy a couple of packages and then portion out and freeze.  Its easy.

I have been on my hands and knees for 2 days cleaning out closets and attempting to organize our life.
Nesting has take over my world:)

Hope everyone is doing well!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

No pain, no gain

Again, I'm sorry for no computer is on hiatus for a while.

Ok.  There are some ladies out there that will totally be able to sympathize with me on this little issue....
Shaving your legs during pregnancy.

It ain't easy folks.
No, siree'

Now, I'm not a fan of shaving anyway.
Gross, I know.
I just don't like to take the time to do it.
In the summer months, I do it fairly religiously.
But, when I'm in pants for a couple of seasons....what is the point?
If I were in Europe....this wouldn't even be a big deal.

Ok, so, for the past couple of months, I just have not been able to bend over for any considerable amount of time....nor have I been able to hike my leg up high enough in the shower to complete the task.

You may ask, why not just have Matt shave your legs for you?
Because ladies, my husband is a wimp when it comes to certain things....people gagging, vomiting, excess body hair, etc.
Its just not worth making him suffer;)

So, yesterday, after dropping Rutledge off with Sister (aka, Meme), I, on a whim, called a couple of spas and got pricing for leg waxing.
I have to admit, I've always been curious, but, never really considered taking this step because of the pain involved.

In the end, I decided that a little pain was totally worth not having to "deal" with this little matter for the next 4-6 weeks.

So, I called Doug's II Salon and Spa, where I get my hair "did".
Their price was $45 per leg for half of the leg.
I decided that only half leg was in order because of the season.
So, they couldn't fit me in until after 12pm.
It was 9:15am and I really didn't want to wait.

So, I called SmartSkin Spa in Prattville, where I have received some prenatal massages.  Their price was $50 per leg for half of the leg.
But, they could take me in 30 minutes.
Off I went.

When I got there, I told the anesthetician about the price difference between them and Doug's II.  She kindly DROPPED the price to $40 a leg!
How cool is that!

Anywho, I braced myself for the "procedure".
The whole thing took about 40 minutes.
I'm not going to lie.
It hurt and it was uncomfortable.
But, it wasn't unbearable.
And, ladies, I'm SUCH a wimp.
If you have ever had your eyebrows waxed and you can handle that experience, then, you can certainly handle that on your legs.

So, I got home and admired the handiwork.
I must say that I'm quite pleased with myself for taking matters into my own hands and taking care of this situation.

Yes, it was a completly frivolous thing to do, but, sometimes, we just have to do those kinds of things to remind ourselves that we do matter!

I will do an update in 4-6 weeks to let everyone know about the regrowth and if I will ever do it again.
Right now, I think I would.  Especially before a vacation or something.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Scoop

Ok, my computer is currently residing in an HP Repair Facility...wherever that is....somewhere in the continental USA.
I am typing this post at the Library, and there will be no pics for a while.
You may be wondering how I am able to do this with Rutledge.....
He is with Meme until tomorrow!

We have had some developments.
I went for my 36 week checkup Monday morning.
My blood pressure was up...2 weeks ago it was 117/70.  Monday it was 140/84.  Not exactly in the "danger zone", but, considering my previous pregnancy history, cause for some concern.
I had also gained 10 lbs over that 2 weeks....not good ladies, not good.
I am also experiencing some edema, i.e. heavy swelling.
Now, this swelling is NOTHING like I experienced with Rutledge..NOTHING.
I was swoll' up tighter than a tick for 5 months with that babe.
My only saving grace at this point is that I don't have any protein in my urine.

So, I'm giving you all of these symptoms to say that I have some "pre" symptoms of pre-eclampsia

This is not something we care to mess around with folks.
Been there, done that.

So, my Dr. has scheduled an induction for Tuesday, January 11, 2011 @ 5am!
We will be a few days over the 37 week mark, 16 days early, and feel confident in our Dr.'s advice that this is the best course of action for our family.
BTW, what a cool birthday...1.11.11!

Also, I'm dialated 2 cm and I'm 50/50....I forgot to ask but I think that has something to do with effacement.  Dr. Logan said that if we went all the way, i.e. 40 weeks, I could still only be dialated 2 cm, soooo, that's not such exciting news in the world of dialation.

Soooo, I'm supposed to "take it easy" until we head up to the hospital.
Sister came to get Rutledge yesterday and is keeping him until tomorrow.  One of my very kind friends from church is keeping Rutledge Friday morning and I'll have him home in time for his afternoon nap.  Friday evening will kick off our countdown as a "family of 3".

I'm getting more and more nervous about being a mama of 2.
I know that I can handle it.
I just hope I can give Baby Gaines the same that I gave Rutledge.
I know that in some ways, this is just not humanly possible.
My mama has always told me that its impossible to parent each child the same way because each child has different needs and each child has a different personality.
I do believe that...its just hard to tell that to a young mama who wants everything and everyone to be happy.

So, we covet your prayers for a safe remainder of my pregnancy and a safe delivery of Gaines.
I'm also requesting prayers for my sweet Rutledge.
This is going to be SUCH an adjustment for him....I know that he can and will handle this, but, I still can't help but worry about him.

I'm going to hang out at the Library for a while longer and type up a few more posts.  Hopefully, my computer will be back soon!
I may have Matt do a pic post while we are in the hospital:)
Hopefully, we will be home by Thursday!