They say every pregnancy, every delivery and every baby is different. Well I can say that is very true. After an uneventful and healthy pregnancy I went into labor on Wednesday, October 16th around 11:30pm. An hour later we were getting ready to leave for the birth center. And by 2:48 on Thursday, October 17th(my due date) our son Elijah was born in the birthing pool(I highly recommend it). 30 minutes later he was nursing and by 7am we were home with the rest of the family. The funniest part was that my other son didn't hear his sister say "mom and dad left for the birthing center".... so when we came home, we woke him up only for him to look up and jump with the sight of his new baby brother on the outside!
After spending the first week resting and the second week slowly getting back to normal chores I can say all the preparation before hand was well worth it. We had 2 weeks worth of meals in the freezer and/or jars/pantry to make healthy meal preparation much easier for all of us. Now I am thinking that it was such a nice idea that we are going to spend the weekend prepping more meals for the freezer to make every two week period during this winter easier with a new baby. Some of our favorites are meatloaf, Cilantro Lime Chicken(taco/burrito filling), meatballs(for sauce or swedish meatballs), Italian Vegetable Soup and Taco Lasagna. We also made up our own quick oatmeal packets, smoothie bags for the freezer and jar mixes for the pantry. Our favorite jar mixes are from the book Food in Jars by Marisa McClellan. We love the Shay's Chocolate Cake and Ty's Beer Bread.
For now we are relishing the days smelling new baby and giving him lots of snuggles on these cool fall days.... they will pass so quickly.