It’s August 22, it’s still summer, and I’m still pregnant! Fancy that! I don’t know why I let myself even consider the possibility that I will deliver this little one early, since both of my girls were significantly late (Zoe, 12 days, Naomi, 7 days). But I’m officially in the “safe zone”…past 37 weeks and in that special, seemingly never-ending 5-week window where I can safely deliver this little guy. Our home birth supplies are all organized and waiting on the guest room bed. His clothes and blankets are washed and folded (I might have to wash them again, haha). The girls’ room is neat and organized. A few meals are made and in the freezer (thanks to my sister Mariah). I’m taking evening primrose oil and Dr. Christopher’s birth prep, and drinking all the raspberry tea. Oh baby, please come soon!
On the flip side, as soon as he enters this world, life will never be the same. I’ll never just be a mama to two little girls. We’ll be a family of 5, and we’ll have a BOY! So I’m trying (trying trying) to spend as much time with my girls, to listen to them, to cut back. To just dwell on my relationship with them. To take them out for a playground date, without my phone in my hands. To let Zoe crack the eggs for our frittata, knowing full well that an egg will likely crash to the ground, and Joe will have to clean it up since I’m not the most agile of mamas these days. To slow down as much as we can, when it makes sense in our daily lives. To cultivate a life of slowness and intentionality in my girls. To help them choose what things in life are most important.
I’ve mentioned it a few times this summer, but the girls and I have been living on popsicles. We slowed down in the kitchen a week or two ago and made these watermelon peach popsicles together. The result was incredibly refreshing and delicious, the perfect answer to these lingering [hot] summer days (especially for this full term pregnant mama).
Watermelon Peach Popsicles
makes 6 popsicles
2 cups chopped watermelon
1 cup chopped, peeled peaches
2 tbsp agave nectar, optional
Place all ingredients in blender. Puree until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds. Let freeze for 6 hours or overnight.
The agave nectar is completely optional…I think it’s only needed if your fruit isn’t completely ripe, or if you prefer sweeter popsicles. We made them both ways, and enjoyed the unsweetened version more!
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