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labor projects?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

i'm thinking about things i will like to do while i'm in early labor and i have 2 projects in mind:

 

some birth art that will be a companion to some conception art that i did on winter solstice (already pregnant but i didn't know it yet!)

 

and a birthday cake :)  i had this super yummy sounding recipe land in my inbox this week - it's a coconut flour cake with maple buttercream frosting and strawberry layer.  grain-free and as healthy as cake can ever be :)  

 

what are you thinking of doing and is this realistic?  did you seasoned mamas do projects during your past labors?  

post #2 of 21

I'm totally planning to make a cake, too! But not a healthy one — it'll be full of chocolate and butter and sugar. ROTFLMAO.gif

In my last labor, I killed time making a shepherd's pie. It kept me busy and focused, plus it fed us after the birth. This time, I figured the cake will be more fun for my kids, and a nice way to celebrate the new baby. Assuming this all happens at a time that's good to bake, that is.

post #3 of 21

maybe I will finish the baby sweater!

post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Bromache View Post

I'm totally planning to make a cake, too! But not a healthy one — it'll be full of chocolate and butter and sugar. ROTFLMAO.gif

In my last labor, I killed time making a shepherd's pie. It kept me busy and focused, plus it fed us after the birth. This time, I figured the cake will be more fun for my kids, and a nice way to celebrate the new baby. Assuming this all happens at a time that's good to bake, that is.

oh, this cake is full of butter and sugar too, just in the form of maple syrup, which is actually even more exciting to me than granulated sugar orngbiggrin.gif  and we have straight chocolate for some labor pick-me-up anyway!

 

katalopolis - knitting/crocheting sounds like a good option too!  i have a hat that i've been working on for a few years that needs finishing orngtongue.gif

i haven't yet considered making baby accessories but that's a good thought - i find knitting very meditative.

post #5 of 21

yay for this thread! i'm still looking for a good project for myself. it can't be anything related to cooking or baking. i currently have no open knitting projects and don't feel like starting one either. if i can remember how to get my sewing machine going, i might end up doing that. or i just clean the house, that sounds most realistic to me.. although the house isn't exactly in need of a lot of cleaning anymore, thanks to several months of intense nesting. i'm not sure what i will do! suggestions welcome!

post #6 of 21

I had no plans last time, and labored earlier than I expected to. This time, if I need a labor project, I'll probably knit...I just cast on for a kicking bag for baby that will need a lot of booooring stockinette that would be ok for labor.  Or maybe a birthing day cake? 

post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by jess707 View Post

oh, this cake is full of butter and sugar too, just in the form of maple syrup, which is actually even more exciting to me than granulated sugar orngbiggrin.gif  and we have straight chocolate for some labor pick-me-up anyway!

 

 

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post #8 of 21

My only plan is to bake paleo cupcakes for eating at the hospital. My partner seems to have it in his head that I'm going to have the baby instantly with no time for anything else. You'd think he'd know better since my last labour was over 40 hours!

post #9 of 21

We're planning on going shopping for fruit, and finding somewhere to park the car (so that our parking spot is available for the midwives). Other than that, maybe a movie, maybe bake something, but I haven't really thought about it all that much.

post #10 of 21

Hmmm, I never considered this.  It sounds like a great idea, actually!  I'm not normally into baking, but a birthday cake or cookies or even casserole might be fun.  I have no knitting skills so that's out for me!

post #11 of 21

I am also planning a cake that we can all share after the baby is born with some sparkling wine and mead. I am making a delicious lemon flavored coconut flour cake that calls for a DOZEN eggs (we have chickens who have been prolific layers this summer!) with lemon curd in the middle and a coconut milk whipped frosting. Maybe some berries on top. I also plan on getting a split pea soup into the crock pot for us all to eat after the birth as well.

 

If I am still laboring, which I am sure I will be at that point, I will watch some movies or TV shows to keep myself distracted until the really hard part comes.

post #12 of 21
thistlemoon, would you share your cake recipe here or PM me? We have loads of eggs this summer too and lemon is my #1 craving. Thank you!
post #13 of 21

Sure! :)

 

it is based on this recipe: http://nourishedkitchen.com/coconut-flour-cake/

 

Although I added lemon zest and lemon essential oil (2 drops) to the batter and left out the extracts (because I didn't have them) and for the frosting I just whipped coconut milk (use the canned kind, put in fridge overnight - then just whip the top cream layer, not the liquid in the bottom) with vanilla extract. I needed two cans of coconut milk to frost the whole cake. Then I put sliced strawberries on top. Not sure what I will do to mix it up this time, but I definitely want to keep the lemon components. 

post #14 of 21

Thanks! Love Nourished Kitchen. :) 

post #15 of 21

I know, me too!

post #16 of 21

I don't have any labor projects planned, but I am stalking everyone else's!

 

I'm completely unsure as to how long my labor will be - my first was 20 hours but I don't think I wouldn't have gone into labor on my own...I had a membrane sweep and I think that caused my water to break prematurely.  My second labor was 4 hours, and the first two hours was getting the kids off to Oma's and unpacking all the homebirth stuff while breathing through tightenings.  By the time everyone was where they should be, it was time to push.

DH and I like board games, and I might try to play while standing and swaying.  He will have to throw the game to let me win, but I think he'd be willing to do it this once for me! lol.gif

 

I'd bake a cake, but I'd be concerned no one would take it out of the oven in time.  I don't want to begin a new knitting project just yet.

post #17 of 21
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DH and I like board games, and I might try to play while standing and swaying.  He will have to throw the game to let me win, but I think he'd be willing to do it this once for me! lol.gif

I've packed Boggle in my hospital bag. I was thinking about playing in between contractions.. Not sure what I've signed up for with labor of course but words distract me wonderfully when I'm in pain.
post #18 of 21

I'd like to bake something (that coconut cake looks amazing and my mom follows a gluten free diet so it'd be great for her), but I may end up writing thank you notes from my shower instead!

 

Question about the cake - Is coconut spread the same as coconut butter?

post #19 of 21

I had never thought of this, but I'm glad it got brought up because I am very impatient when it comes to waiting and having something to do always helps.  Maybe we'll go to the grocery store.  I think I would like to cook something, perhaps bake a cake or something else sweet and delicious to treat myself to after the birth.  I'm sure there will still be a couple items from the to-do list that will need to get done.  I'm also hoping to make out with DH a lot through labor.

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 

KaliHecate - yes, i'm pretty sure coconut spread and coconut butter are the same thing, basically pureed coconut meat - i'm also seen "coconut manna" which i think is also workable - just make sure whatever you use is warmed up a bit above room temp since it's so much easier to work with once it softens.  i'm making a variation of the same recipe with a different frosting if you want to see that recipe as well:  http://www.rubiesandradishes.com/2013/08/16/babyfriendlycake/  - i'm not gluten-free but i love coconut and i've been reducing my carbs lately because of weight gain - and this blogger really worked this recipe over to perfect it so i'm interesting to see how it is since i do have a lot of gf friends in my life.  

 

and i love the idea of sharing birthday cake with the midwives once we've made it through the birth process :)

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