Hello, hello! How is your hump day going?
I’ll be honest—someone woke up with their cranky pants on this morning:
…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:
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:
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:
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?
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
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)
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.
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!