Pregnancy Mythbusting

There was a time when I thought pregnant women exaggerated certain things. I’m not weighing in on the “34 hours of hard labor and the epidural didn’t take . . .” stories, but there are a few that I am realizing aren’t exaggerations.

  1. “I couldn’t see my feet.” I really thought that women who said they couldn’t see their feet when they were pregnant were . . . well, I thought they were lying for dramatic affect. But here’s the fact: unless I bend over at least 45 degrees, I can’t see my feet. I also can’t see my upper thighs without some serious bending, lifting and twisting.
  2. “I couldn’t roll over in bed.” Okay, it’s not that I can’t roll over, but doing so is a fairly major workout that leaves me a little short of breath for a moment. Let’s just say there’s no rolling over in my sleep. I must be awake and conscious to coordinate the deployment of all body parts at the right time.
  3. “I couldn’t bend over.” Wow, did I think this was a cop out. But OH MY GOODNESS! You don’t realize how much bending at the waist you do in life until doing so cuts off your oxygen for a moment. I was doing basic laundry and tidying the last two days, and I actually had to sit on the floor and scoot on my behind because continual bending at the waist was making me dizzy, and making Pomegranate stretch and kick.
  4. Nesting. I remember listening to women talking about going through nesting and I thought “yeah, but you care about that stuff when you’re not pregnant.” Well, like I said, I just spent the last two days cleaning my apartment. I’m not washing base boards (because I can’t bend over), but I washed every set of sheets in my closet because they smelled musty, and then folded them with dryer sheets and Febreeze to keep them fresher longer.

So my apologies to all of those pregnant women I have known and secretly thought to be whiners. And all of you out there thinking that I’m just whining and exaggerating: I understand, and I pray that one day the Lord blesses you with the same knowledge he has just given me.


Works For Me: Edible Bowls

This tip was my life line when I was first married, and didn’t have a whole lot in the way of kitchen dishes. I was working full time while Jonathan was finishing up his college degree and working “part time” as a Sr. High youth pastor.

Every time there was a church function, or a small group function, or we were just invited somewhere, I was asked to bring a salad. Two problems with this: I didn’t ever have a bowl big enough for a group salad, and I was prone to leave dishes behind anyway. Until I hit on this:

Buy a large round loaf of crusty bread. You can get them in any grocery store with a bakery. Cut a large hole in the top of the loaf, and scoop out the bread portion. This is why it needs to be crusty. The crust should create a large bowl. Don’t dig too deep, let there be a padding around the edges. Put your salad, or dip, or appetizer of any kind into the bread bowl. Ta Da.

This works really well for Caesar Salad, because the dressing seeps into the bread a little and people end up tearing hunks off the bread after the salads gone to eat the Caesar Dressing bread. And you’re left with nothing to clean up. Any sort of dip does the same thing.

You can take the bread you scooped out, cut it into cubes, or wedges, toss them with a little olive oil and Italian seasoning and pop them in a 250 degree oven for a few minutes. Voila, croûtons. They store well in a Ziploc bag if you don’t use them all for the salad or the dip.

But what if you’re bringing a fruit salad? No fear. Take any sort of melon – I usually used a small watermelon – and cut a thin slice off the bottom to make it sit properly. Be very careful during your scooping process that you don’t scoop through the bottom. Leave plenty of cushion there. Watermelon rinds are so thick, you’re usually safe. Again, cut a hole in the top, and scoop out the fruit, using this as the base fruit in your fruit salad, then put it all into your melon bowl.

They look great, taste great, and you don’t have to remember to bring home that big bowl, or find a place to store it when you’re not out at a function.

For more helpful tips, visit Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer every Wednesday for lots of helpful “Works for Me” things.