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Lucky One

April 5, 2012

Hello, hello! How is your hump day going?

I’ll be honest—someone woke up with their cranky pants on this morning:

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…and it wasn’t Baxter. 

We had our doctor’s appointment this morning, and I was still at 3 cm, and about 80% effaced…which was very exciting to hear three weeks ago.  Now that Lila is four days past her due date, not so much. 

Everything went fine—my doctor stripped my membranes (sorry, TMI), which might help prompt my body into labor.  And, we set up an induction date for next Monday.  I’ll be honest– setting the induction date was hard—I just SO want to go into labor naturally, on my own, if only because the stories I hear about painful induced births scare me. 

Still, this little girl is stubborn (wonder who she gets that from…), and so, if the only way to get her to come out and greet the world is to induce, then induce we will. 

Anyway, I think the combination of a horrible night’s sleep and my lackluster doctor’s appointment only worsened my bad mood.  I was feeling grouchy, cranky, and sorry for myself that my labor might not go as I’d hoped.

Then I took a nap.

And when I woke up, the most wonderful package had arrived:

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A quilt from my dear friend Mindy!! I’ve posted about Mindy before—remember this adorable menu planner she made? 

Well, imagine my surprise when I woke up to find this beautiful baby quilt waiting for me on the front porch:

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How talented is she?!?   She blogged about making the quilt here

The quilt is absolutely perfect in the nursery—I can’t believe how well it goes with the bird mobile:

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And it’s so soft and snuggly—I can’t wait to cuddle Lila up in this quilt for years to come.  As I hung the quilt on the side of Lila’s crib, it hit me—who CARES how she gets here?!?  Induction, natural labor, medicated labor, c-section—we’re just incredibly lucky to be welcoming this baby into our lives, however and whenever it happens. 

Throughout the pregnancy, I’ve tried to tell myself to be open about the birthing process—to not get too tied down to one idea of how labor and delivery are going to go.  Even so, it’s hard not to get attached to the idea of having a “perfect” birth—whatever that might mean to you.  Obviously I’ve become more attached to the idea of going into labor naturally than I’ve been letting on…but for the next five days, I’m going to try to just let that go, and really focus on how lucky we are to be meeting and loving this sweet baby girl.

Okay.  Cheesy moment over.

Did you know that eggplant is rumored to induce labor?  The things the internet can teach you.  There’s a restaurant in Georgia that’s rumored to have sent over 300 ladies into labor over the years with its eggplant parm.

Well, we’re not driving to Georgia.  And I wasn’t in the mood for eggplant parmesan.  But how about something spicy instead?

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I cooked up this delicious eggplant curry for dinner tonight, with leftovers to spare.  Delicious, eggplant-filled, and spicy…maybe this will do the trick?!

Green Curry with Eggplant, Zucchini, and Chickpeas

Ingredients:

coconut oil (or olive oil)

4-5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large eggplant, cubed

1 small zucchini, chopped into half-moons

1 can drained and rinse chickpeas

4 cups chicken broth

1 tbsp. minced ginger

1 can full-fat coconut milk

1/4 cup green curry paste

cayenne pepper to taste

salt, if needed (I didn’t use any because our chicken broth was regular-sodium)

Directions:

Heat 2-3 tbsp. coconut oil in a heavy-bottom pan.  Add garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes over low heat.  Add eggplant and zucchini, and cook for another 5-10 minutes.  Add chickpeas and chicken broth.  Bring to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low.  Once heat has reduced, add chickpeas, ginger, coconut milk, curry paste, and cayenne.  Stir well to incorporate the curry paste.  It will be very liquid-y at this point, but should thicken as it continues to cook.

Cook for 30-45 minutes over very low heat (barely at a simmer).  Cooking over low heat will prevent the coconut milk from separating, and will allow the eggplants to cook and thicken the dish. 

Serve over rice.

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Mmmm…so good!  The curry got really thick and delicious from the eggplant.   Ryan and I both loved this meal…and I think Lila did too!

Okay…I think we’re going to take the dogs out for a late night stroll…hope you had a great Wednesday!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2012 1:00 am

    What a beautiful quilt! Thinking about you and hoping that baby girl decides to come on her own before Monday.

    • Marcee .... ILLINOIS permalink
      April 5, 2012 9:43 pm

      Ditto!

      Totally gorgeous colors. I like that it looks a bit thinner.

      Wow …. your baby’s room is just delightful Anna.

      Happy Easter …..! (bunnybaby?)

  2. April 5, 2012 1:07 am

    I got induced and it didnt hurt at all!! I swear! Hanggggg in there. Hopefully the food will get you rockin

  3. April 5, 2012 1:14 am

    The eggplant sounds amazing! I wish I could bring you that dish from Georgia tonight! I know it’s so hard to wait, but don’t let the induction stories scare you. You’re already on your way. 3 cm is nothing to look past. Jay’s labor was DAYS! It took forever. I ended up having to get pitocin and while it wasn’t great, I did have my little guy with me in the end. You know, like I know that we would walk to the ends of the earth in the least path traveled for our kids. It’s just what we do. What a lucky little girl Lila is! She just wants a little extra mama cuddle time. You can’t blame her for that. Sleep well tonight Anna. You’re a day closer to meeting your little one!

    Oh, there’s a pressure point on the foot too for labor! I think Ryan needs to give you a foot rub!

  4. April 5, 2012 1:27 am

    Beautiful quilt!! C’mon, baby Lila!!

  5. April 5, 2012 2:05 am

    Oh, Anna, this post brings back SO many memories. Don’t get discouraged by the doctor’s report. Lila will come when she’s ready. If you recall, Sam was eight days “late,” but was still such a little Peanut at birth. He clearly wasn’t ready. Also, I’m glad that you’ve come to terms with the possibility of being induced. Perhaps Lila will follow Sam’s lead and arrive just hours before that scheduled appointment? Either, way, she will be here SOON! Two more things: (1) That quilt is beautiful! What a lucky little lady. (2) Yes to spicy eggplant. Also, lemon cupcakes, pineapple, and lots of loooong walks.

  6. April 5, 2012 2:06 am

    I obviously think you should have driven to Georgia and I would have gone to the restaurant with you!

    • April 5, 2012 2:23 am

      Haha…maybe if we’re desperate enough on Sunday night 😉

  7. April 5, 2012 3:11 am

    I’ll admit, I was hoping to see a picture of a newborn when I clicked on this but, the eggplant isn’t so bad either 😉 Fingers crossed for you these next 4 days.

  8. April 5, 2012 3:37 am

    Any way that birth occurs is just perfect! I welcomed both of our boys by c-section. It was a breeze! In fact, I’d rather have a c-section that have a tooth filled any day!! Wishing you well on Lila’s birthday!!

    Best,
    Bonnie

  9. April 5, 2012 5:07 am

    Cute Baxter pic! And hang in there, she’ll come soon! Sending good vibes! 🙂 And this eggplant dish look fabulous!

  10. April 5, 2012 10:42 am

    So, I watch A Baby Story almost every day on my days off, and I have to say your attitude is MUCH better than that of the women on the show! They are always so angry and feel like it’s their fault. I mean, you can’t do anything to control how labor will go, so why try to?! I wish you the best, and I hope things go well, either way. I can’t wait to “meet” Lila!
    The quilt is beautiful, by the way. I love quilts. They remind me of my grandma who used to make quilts all the time! She was wonderful.

  11. April 5, 2012 10:44 am

    You poor thing! She’s coming soon — that’s what matters 🙂

    That quilt is gorgeous! Lila is already so loved!

  12. April 5, 2012 1:03 pm

    She’s coming soon and we’re all waiting! 🙂

  13. Emo permalink
    April 5, 2012 2:19 pm

    Marcella was born after her mom rode a roller coaster…there’s a thought. 🙂
    Hang in there, lady — you’ve made it through 40 weeks of pregnancy and that’s no small feat!

    • April 5, 2012 2:24 pm

      Hahaha…that’s a new one. I keep telling Ryan that he needs to drive me over some speed bumps 🙂

  14. April 5, 2012 4:27 pm

    What a wonderful quilt! Nothing like a beautiful gift to perk up your mood 🙂 I love green curry, yummmm.

    Thinking of you, hoping the best!

  15. Aunt Kristi permalink
    April 5, 2012 7:50 pm

    I’ve heard that walking 7 miles got a baby here before the end of Dec 31 for a tax deduction… and castor oil hurried things up for another friend. I’m sure there are dozens of similar stories… or more. I’m thinking maybe those deep breaths are a good thing BEFORE labor starts. No matter when, we’re excited about this new life for you and can’t wait to meet her, whenever she chooses to make her grand entrance.

    • April 5, 2012 8:18 pm

      Hahaha…the thought of walking seven miles right now kills me 🙂

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