Easy Mexican Casserole and a Baby Update: Weeks 36 & 37

So I haven’t blogged for a week …

Here is what you missed: A very pregnant Michelle almost peeing her pants in the car on the way home from work, swollen feet, a sore back, trouble getting comfortable anywhere and occasional emotional outbursts. Sounds glamorous right? Welcome to month nine of pregnancy.

This week should be a little easier because I’ve started working from home until my maternity leave starts. I also started making freezer meals so that we won’t starve when we get home from the hospital with the baby.

This one is probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made. Layers of crushed tortilla chips then seasoned beef, then sour cream and cheese, then pinto beans and more cheese, then some more tomato and some olives and chives. 
Pop it in the freezer and we have a “Mexican Casserole” freezer meal.

When we are ready to eat it (in a few weeks hopefully!) it goes in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes so all the cheese can melt and get gooey and delicious and dinner is done (or lunch, likely both!)

I made these awesome chicken enchiladas last night and put them in the freezer too. What is your go to freezer meal or casserole? I need more suggestions!

I still haven’t found my sweet spot in this new house for my foodie photos. The bay window in our last place was perfect but I can’t find that one perfect place here yet. I think the fact that I can’t maneuver around as well is contributing to the problem.

I will keep hunting/waddling.

Week 37: Baby is the size of a Winter melon (What’s a Winter melon?)

Average size: 18.9-20.9 inches, 6.2-9.2 lb.Baby’s inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping and blinking.

Weight Gain: I’ve gained 36lbs. If I can keep it at 40 I will be happy with that. Looking forward to losing it all!

How I’m feeling: No more rib pain, which is fantastic. I think the hardest part now is just having trouble moving around. It’s hard to lean forward, it’s hard to bend over, hard to get dressed, hard to stay standing, uncomfortable to sit down unless I have a mound of pillows. The list goes on and on.

I also have been having some pelvic pain. Occasionally I will get up and feel like I’ve been riding a bike for 12 hours or like someone kicked me in the crotch. I had hoped that meant I was dilating, but nope, nothing.

Most Major Issues:  Constantly! Having! To! Pee! There is something about the way I have to sit in the car that makes me instantly need to use the bathroom the minute I get in. Both hands are now numb. Trying to sleep is a major issue. My feet are getting more and more swollen each day and it actually hurts to stand on them sometimes. Nick got me some fluffy pink slippers for my first Mothers Day though and they help a little.

Maternity clothes: Hate them but I refuse to buy anything new, saving that money for the summer dresses I will want in a few months.

Stretch marks: Still none … fingers crossed.

Sleep: The beginning of week 36 was pretty hard when it came to sleep. All the weight on my hips from sleeping on my sides were causing major pain all through out the night. I didn’t sleep for more than a few hours for about three days and I was miserable.

I found that some stretching before bed and two Tylenol actually really helped. I also took pillows from the couch (yes huge couch cushions) and use them in between my legs. Crazy I know but it works.

Into the end of week 37 sleep still kinda sucks, I have to shove a pillow under my belly on the side now too and I can feel him getting a little squished when I lay down too. I dont think either of us likes it. My hands instantly start to feel swollen and numb and sore, I get up to pee about 3 times now throughout the night. Meh. Trying to sleep sucks right now.

Best moment this week: Hands down, getting my hair done. There isn’t much that can make me feel pretty these days but getting my hair done (bright blond highlights for summer!) definitely made me feel better.

Movement: I feel like my belly is all elbows and knees at this point. He is really squished in there. His hiccups rock my whole stomach now too. Sometimes when he moves I can feel the pressure on my cervix and I start to get a good idea of what labor is going to feel like on a much smaller scale. That scares the crap out of me.

I’m starting to get more and more nervous about the labor and delivery part actually.

Food cravings: Anything cold. Crushed ice and juice. Ice cream and Popsicles.

Belly Button in or out? What belly button?

15 Responses to “Easy Mexican Casserole and a Baby Update: Weeks 36 & 37”

  1. Cindy posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:29 pm (#)

    Labor is exhausting, but delivery….delivery is the BEST feeling the the whole wide world EVER. !!! Why? Because it is all done!!! You now have your body back from that parasite you have been feeding and a new wonderful distraction to any aches and pains while you go back to your normal self! Delivery….look forward to it! 😉
    Signed, an old mama that never forgot that moment!

  2. Kristyn Damadeo posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:51 pm (#)

    Sometimes when they’re on sale I buy the roasted chickens from the deli section of the grocery store and freeze them whole. We just had one last week – just defrost it, microwave it for 5 minutes and stick it under the broiler for a few minutes and it’s fresh roasted chicken all over again. I make it with a bag of frozen rice and veggies.

    I’m so excited for you!!

  3. Made in Sonoma posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:13 pm (#)

    I totally haven’t found a good spot for photos in my house and it’s going on 4 years! I think my house just has terrible lighting. I need to move…

    Sometimes it’s wonderful to just take a week off blogging! I’m sure you’ll do it more when your babe arrives! Good job on preparing meals for the future!

  4. Anita at Hungry Couple posted on May 16, 2013 at 4:20 am (#)

    Oh, you poor little pregnant thing. 🙂 It’ll all be over very, very soon and you’ll forget all the bad stuff and be filled with happy, new mama hormones. 🙂

  5. Jeannette Lalli posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:12 pm (#)

    Wow Looks Delicious! I think this wasn’t too bad of a food photo spot. Any Day now Austin. Can’t Wait.

  6. Landy posted on May 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm (#)

    I’ve also been stocking the freezer! I’ve made a bunch of quiches (never frozen them before but everything online says they freeze great), chicken broccoli casserole, sausage kale and bean stew, feta and spinach stuffed chicken breasts, and these amazing quinoa egg ham and cheese muffins that i think will be great to pop into the micro a few at a time (http://iowagirleats.com/2012/02/16/mini-ham-cheese-quinoa-cups/)! Trying to make things that are veggies and protein all in one bc I KNOW I’m not going to feel like really cooking! Love the Mexican casserole – might have to add that to the stockpile!

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