Thank you all so much for your kind words from my last post. I am so happy to reveal that I am home and resting “comfortably.” I say “comfortably” because I can assure you, bed rest with an active 2 year-old doesn’t exist. It just doesn’t.
I was discharged on Tuesday afternoon after the doctor said he was pleased that my body seemed to be responding well on the medication. He said I could go home on it and wait out the next few weeks there. Unfortunately, there is a chance I could start bleeding again and if I do, I will need to go straight back to the hospital and stay there until the baby comes. Let’s just hope the medicine does its job because I definitely start to feel contractions come on towards the end of my dosage.
So I was sent home on bed rest. HA! But seriously, I am doing my very best to rest as much as possible, but John went back to work today and I’m quickly reminded how exhausting it is to raise a toddler once again.
As much as I try to avoid it, I do admit we’ve used more technology and Costco sized snack bags than I like, but I do continually remind myself this is just a short phase and it’s more about survival than learning moments at this point. Motherhood is about balance right?
I know Grayson is so happy to have me home but he also isn’t used to be this inactive either. We are always on the go, so this time of rest is an adjustment for him too. Perhaps this is all preparing me for life with a newborn AND a toddler though?
I am also feeling way more prepared for baby’s arrival thanks to the hard word of John. Yesterday, he spent all day washing all of the newborn clothes, putting together the crib and nursery, washing the bedding and baby items, and putting the carseat in my car.
It was also yesterday that I realized just how nice it is to have two boys. I couldn’t believe HOW MUCH we actually have. I went from thinking we have nothing to realizing we really have it all. Thank you hand-me-downs!
Today we’ve been lying low but did manage to get out for a drive around Grayson’s nap time. Rather than try and fight him on it (he isn’t the best napper but does great at night), I thought it would be easier on us both if he hopped in his car seat and we took a nap ride. I also discovered that there is a Panera a few miles from us with a drive-thru and my life was instantly made!
I’ve been asking for a drive-thru Panera for years, so when I discovered this gem, I immediately freaked. Two young kids with a healthy drive-thru option = life made.
Lastly, I’ll leave you with a super easy and healthy sweet snack. Grayson all of a sudden started devouring figs (random), so I decided to use them in a new recipe that he might enjoy.
Raw Fig Bars
Makes 16 squares
1 cup dried figs
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 cup dried figs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1-2 T almond milk
Soak the figs in hot water for at least an hour.
To make the filling: place dried figs in a food processor and process until a smooth past forms. Set aside.
To make the crust: place the nuts, figs and sea salt in the food processor and process for about a minute. Add the vanilla and the almond milk and combine. After a few minutes, you should get a crumbly consistency. If your mixture is too dry, add another T of almond milk.
To assemble: place a piece of parchment paper in an 8×8 pan. Spread 2/3 of the crust mixture on the bottom of the pan. Top with the filling. Crumble the remaining crust overtop the filling. Place the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes to harden. Cut and serve or store in the refrigerator.
These came out great! I usually use dates to make these kind of bars but the figs are a nice change of pace.
Well we survived our first day and I’m slowly starting to get my energy back. I know the baby could arrive any day at this point, but I’m still holding onto hope that he’ll stay comfy for a few more weeks so we can avoid any NICU time. Again, thank you all for your kindness!