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28 Weeks Later + In-Laws to the Rescue (Friday Catch Up 11/3)

If you don’t like pregnancy updates, move on, there will be more for you later! Or read anyway and get a treat at the end. Regardless, I am 28 weeks along and, thanks to my in-laws, our apartment is a whole lot cleaner!

Post you might have missed this week:

Dealing with Negative Pregnancy Body Image + Comparison

Friday Catch Up:

1) All I can say is THANK GOODNESS FOR GOOD FAMILIES. My mom happened to come the weekend that I broke myself and had bronchitis, and Alex’s family came for the week to help us with household chores and taking care of Ridley. Little did they know that they would also be getting me during a major resurgence of my cold! Seriously, you can hardly hear me right now. 

They have been awesome, helping with laundry and groceries one day and then spending multiple days working on our apartment to clean it! Alex hasn’t been able to clean since my mom was here, and so things were a bit… er… in need of a buff. 

On crutches. Same rules apply

Plus, it has just been lovely to catch up with and spend time with them. We will see them and my mom and brother in just a few weeks in South Carolina!

2) Speaking of a few weeks… I followed up with a variety of doctors this week, and the consensus by all is that I should stay on my crutches for the full 6 weeks due to my pregnant condition and predispositions, etc, also the stage of pregnancy that I am at (even more calcium is going to the baby). BLARG. So I am looking at getting off of the b***h sticks the Tuesday of Thanksgiving. As long as I don’t have to be on them in South Carolina….

Such good memories!

Other doctor news: I had my 28 week OB appointment (officially 3rd trimester!!!) and glucose test. I was alllll worried about that darn glucose test, not because I thought I would fail, but because of the liquid. 

Dude, if you are a runner and like sweets, that stuff is EASY. Basically, watered down sports drink but less salty. Easy peasy. The worst part was the fact that I was parched because my cold had come back with a vengeance the night before and thus my throat was dry and sore. But otherwise, it was fine. 

Yoshi measured a little small with a slightly slower heartbeat, but all still within the range of normal, just lower end. No lie, I think part of it was because she was ALL THE WAY to the right and quite asleep, or at least not tap dancing. So I’m not worried. 

I got to meet up with a friend who is having a scheduled C-section next week right after so that I could eat something with some substance, so it was a baby filled morning! I’m so excited for her, but I can’t imagine knowing exactly when everything is happening! I guess this is kind of her version of my IVF follow ups, when you know exactly when you are going to find out everything!

3) We’ve gone out to eat quite a bit while the in-laws have been here, but I’ve also managed to fix some healthy meals. On Tuesday I made a 3 sheet pan meal of salmon, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potato with some delicious fresh cranberry walnut bread from a local cafe (basically, they messed up an order and gave us a loaf of the bread that got messed up). My MIL had brought sea salt caramels for us, and we had gotten cookies and cream ice cream the day before, so it was a feast! Even better that Alex’s call was pretty relaxed and he got to join us!

This slow cooker chicken marinara stew is the perfect healthy dinner and perfect for meal prep! Gluten free, dairy free, high protein, Whole 30 approved, and HUGE in flavor. @suzlyfe

For Thursday, I made my slow cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew and served it over pasta (for some) and with more of the bread). Delicious, nutritious, and SO EASY.

4) Speaking of Alex… more technology woes. His phone is basically useless thanks to an expired iTunes account, even after he spent an hour with the Apple people and did everything they asked. 

5) I’m having so much fun working with Landon and Landon Lacey Jewelry. You know I’m not going to say that everything happens for a reason or is a blessing in disguise (because, if so, my blessings are HELLA expensive and we can’t afford them), but as PO’d as I was/am and annoying as this injury is, I’m having a great time with her, I’m having fun with the work, and we are already moving forward in really productive ways. 

Oh and BTW:

If you have a November birthday or KNOW anyone who has a November birthday, you can enter to win this GORGEOUS necklace from LLJ featuring your birthstone, smokey topaz, suspended from a delicate gold chain! Enter here!

Isn’t it fabulous? Win it for yourself or your favorite person!

Ok, friends, I am off. FIL is taking Ridley to the vets today to get a growth checked out, and I think MIL and I are going to tackle some storage wars while he is gone. Then Farmhouse for dinner (my Kodiak Cakes dinner reminded me of my love for it!).  Alex is off tomorrow, so it is going to another family filled day before they head back. 

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Was your glucose test intolerable or easy?

Do you cook when family visits? What about long term visits?

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  • Reply Jamie

    Glad you get to get of crutches soon-ish.

    I have a loooonnnggg story to tell you about my glucose test day. Short story is: no diabetes, but that’s the day they diagnosed Charlie with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (or at least sent off the amnio to the Mayo Clinic).

    November 3, 2017 at 7:47 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh lordy. So you have some major associations with that.

      November 9, 2017 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply Marcia

    My GT was easy peasy. Never even occurred to me it had potential to be rough. I cook for visitors. Long-term visitors are not allowed. :p

    November 3, 2017 at 7:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I think it is like Gu’s and gels for some people–just too much. But I don’t like those and this was fine!

      November 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Emily Swanson

    I’ve heard that that glucose test is kind of nauseating because the drink is sooo sweet. I’m thanking God that you have come 28 weeks along; Susie this is so wonderful! And I’m so thankful too that your family came down to help; family is such a blessing. Also, aren’t restaurants a blessing when you aren’t able to cook? πŸ™‚

    November 3, 2017 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m just so happy with my pregnancy. Sure, I wish that I wasn’t on crutches, but I’m so happy that I and the baby are healthy!

      November 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    Glad the baby is ok and you got some help.
    Clicked over to the jewelry site- LOVE their stuff!!! So beautiful!!
    Are you going to SC for Thanksgiving again??????? We are TOOOOOOO!!

    November 3, 2017 at 8:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WOOOOO! Where are you going?

      November 9, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Sarah Ingle

    I’m just still so tickled that you’re going to be a mommy!! I can’t WAIT to see that precious babe! You are getting so close!!

    November 3, 2017 at 10:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am going to be such a hot mess.

      November 9, 2017 at 11:33 am
  • Reply Laura

    I almost had to do a glucose test for PCOS until my doctor saw my bloodwork and decided there was no reason to put me through that lol. Granted, that one lasts for three hours!
    We split it up when guests come – a meal or two out and the rest is cooking. I love being able to cook for family!

    November 3, 2017 at 4:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      UGGGGGGH that would be a no. There is only so much gross stuff that you can take.

      November 9, 2017 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    I actually had gestational Diabetes with my 2nd child and it is just awful-so glad to hear that your test was easy and normal. I would not wish that upon anyone. I will be entering your November birthday contest!

    November 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      This was so chill. I was really worried. ANd so glad you are entering!

      November 9, 2017 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Ellen

    I got to see my grandparents two nights in a row and I definitely didn’t cook for them but if it were at my house with a real, functional kitchen, then yep for a long-term visit you are getting my cooking. Farmhouse is so yummy! I went there on a weekend when I happened to be broken and my parents’ visit coincided, right after an urgent care trip. What memories. πŸ˜› So glad you and Yoshi are plugging along and I seriously can’t believe you’re already so far along! I feel like I found out yesterday. GAH I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU.

    November 4, 2017 at 1:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember that! You had the burger, right? SO GOOD.
      I can’t wait for you to come and see the bump. But I need more Europe first, thank you.

      November 9, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Wendy

    I didn’t have to do the GTT. I think I actually refused. LOL!

    Have a fun weekend!

    November 4, 2017 at 7:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can totally see you refusing haha

      November 9, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Cora

    Mmm and now I need to make your chicken stew again.

    Thank god for families is RIGHT. So glad you’ve had some help – but more importantly some fun, soul-filling family interaction this week. That totally sucks about the b*tch sticks. But, better safe than sorry ya?

    I’m so so so elated that you are enjoying the jewelry making. I had a long chat with a customer at work yesterday who was off to a jewelry making workshop, and it really had me putting it on my life-hobby bucket list. What a wonderful creative outlet.

    November 5, 2017 at 8:56 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, Cora, you would LOVE it. It could be a really great creative outlet for you as well as somethign to bolster your self esteem (and I mean that in the most well meaning way) because it is both public/private.

      November 9, 2017 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Kat

    Sorry to hear you have to be on crutches a bit longer but hey, getting off them right before Thanksgiving will give you something to be thankful for, right? πŸ˜‰ Not that you don’t have plenty of other stuff!! Glad Yoshi is doing well πŸ™‚ That is so awesome that you have such a loving and helpful family to be there for you guys and help out with stuff. Having family like that really is the best!

    November 5, 2017 at 5:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You have an incredible family bond, so I know you understand!

      November 9, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Laura

    Soak up that help- it’s so nice to have willing parents and in-laws! Ours are awesome too. And hang in there… just a few more weeks. You can do it!

    November 6, 2017 at 1:09 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe


      November 9, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply San

    So glad you had so much family help in the last few weeks. It’s awesome when everybody gets along! πŸ™‚ I don’t get to see family often, but when they visit here, we do a combination of eating out (because we have to go to all the cool restaurants!) and cooking at home (because I need my Mom’s cooking so bad after a while!).

    So glad you’ll be off the crutches soon. Hold out just a tiny bit longer. πŸ˜‰

    November 6, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SO CLOSE. I do most of the cooking when I go to my parents house, lol! I don’t know if it is because I am a control freak or because I like the large kitchen…

      November 9, 2017 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Lacey Balliet

    That’s great that your mom came to visit as well as the in laws. It’s always nice to see family as well as get a little extra help. I have a November birthday. That is a nice necklace they are giving!

    November 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You should enter the giveaway!!!

      November 9, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Neil

    Thank goodness for parents eh?

    And also for reminding me about your slow cooker Italian Chicken Marinara Stew! I just got a slow cooker from a friend to it try out so I’ve added that to my recipe list. Thanks!

    November 7, 2017 at 4:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OOOO yay! Alex said this was my best one yet. I added a little extra balsamic vin to it.

      November 9, 2017 at 11:24 am
  • Reply Katie

    Good family is the best! Mark will cook when people come to visit, but it’s too stressful for me. I’d rather buy pre-prepped stuff or go out to eat πŸ˜›

    November 7, 2017 at 6:54 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I cooked two SUPER simple meals. Like, 30 minutes of work TOTAL. Otherwise, NO

      November 9, 2017 at 11:23 am
  • Reply Nicole

    My mom cooks up a storm whenever we have guests over. Also, our house is the cleanest once the guests leave… it goes through a deep cleaning πŸ™‚

    November 7, 2017 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I want your guests to come over. We are usually a total sh*t show, but not this time!

      November 9, 2017 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Yay for the GTT being easy!! I can deal with sugary things eating wise but sometimes I get woozy afterwards so I don’t know how I’d fare!

    November 9, 2017 at 3:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My heartrate spike a bit and I felt kind of like I could take on the world. But that was about it!

      November 9, 2017 at 10:48 am

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