The Food Challenge
The greatest challenge I’ve faced being home is trying to maintain a healthy diet. My grandmothers have an alternate view of what constitutes healthy, and when it comes to making sure baby is being well fed, biscuits, gravy, casseroles and lots of homemade sweets are on the menu. At the beginning of this week I went to Trader Joe’s (oh how I love being near a TJ’s again!) and stocked up on some healthy foods for lunch and dinner throughout the week. I managed to stick to my plan for a few lunches and dinners, but there were a couple of dinners out for special occasions, and that Friday my aunt Jill and Missy came in for lunch at Wicked Weed before they along with my mom and sister set off on shower preparation errands. I wouldn’t trade the time with family for anything, but by the weekend my poor belly had had about all of the restaurant food it could handle. Going from eating at home for 90% of my meals to more like 50% wreaked havoc on my system.
On Saturday my sister and family through a shower for Baby J. I really have to give kudos to Hannah for all the work she put into this event. It is NOT like her to do things like crafts and such, and she even stenciled burlap to create an adorable banner on the bib art table! The day of the shower it was bright and sunny all morning, then about 10 minutes before the shower was supposed to start the clouds opened up and her beautiful outdoor party was flooded by a torrential downpour. i was hanging out at my friend Laurel’s house which was just down the road and was instructed to stay put until the rain cleared and they could get everything dried off and back in place. From what I understand there may have been a few tears and glugs of champagne to ease off the frustration and stress. About 45 minutes after the 2:00 start time I was finally allowed to come to my party. The sun had returned and everything looked just beautiful! (*Pics courtesy of my mom and Mamaw)
|Will’s hangout spot for the afternoon|
|The hostess with the mostest|
|Sister and Mom|
|I loved all the babies!!|
|Jill and Missy|
|Mother-in-law, and sister-in-laws|
|My best friend Lu!|
|And Lu’s mother 🙂|
|My Dad and Papaw Joe, chefs extraordinaire!|
The weekend finished with a Sunday afternoon family lunch to celebrate a belated birthday for myself, and my Granny’s birthday, then a lazy afternoon at sister’s watching chick flicks and snacking on shower leftovers.
I’m excited to be so close to reaching 24 weeks. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t dwell on the negative “what if’s,” but 24 weeks is kind of known as the progress point at which a baby can survive (with LOTS of medical assistance) outside of the womb. Obviously I want our little bit to stay in there and bake until October, but I’ll admit there will be a good sort of relief upon reaching the 24 week mark. Only one week to go!