He is here. Sawyer Keith arrived March 11 at 3:24 am (soon after the time change) weighing 8 lbs 5 oz. He came when he was ready, which in the end was a perfect idea. I went into labour on my own, pushed him out on my own (no forceps) a mere six hours later. He was ready to nurse immediately and continues to be a great eater, now weighing 9 lbs 10 oz. I was ready, he was ready. That made my one week over due all worth it (that is still hard to type though). My midwife Sheila Jager was a superstar. I cannot imagine doing it without her. By the end of the pregnancy I was seeing her quite often. Once my six week post natal care is over it will be strange not to see her anymore. I will miss her and our laughter filled visits.
I am not even sure I can convey how happy I feel, like way deep down happy. I look at my two healthy, amazing sons and my ever supportive husband and feel like I might be the luckiest woman in the world. Of course it has been busy and I am getting less than the ideal amount of sleep. But this is it, this is what it is all about. Through dietetics I have had the pleasure of working with a lot of the over 80 crowd. When we chat nine times out of ten their stories come back to when they had young children. It reinforces to me how this needs to be soaked in. Being the second time around I know how fast it goes. I find myself taking more time to cuddle, look at tiny toes, smell that pure baby smell and take it all in. I also spend a lot less time worrying...I have not had one late night Google-fest. That was a near constant with my first son. I trust myself as a mother more.
I have also taken so much enjoyment out of sharing him with my family. Seeing my two sets of grandparents meet him for the first time was very emotional. I loved watching them re-live their own moments with their babies and still marvel at the magic of a new baby. Mine and my husband's parents are also over the moon in love...they are incredibly supportive and bring a richness to our kids lives that I cannot even quantify. And Hudson...he loves Sawyer. He might love him a little too much sometimes. That's the way it goes with siblings though.
I thought I would share the recipe for the dinner we had the night I went into labour, seems fitting. At the time of eating I was thinking I was having false alarm cramps....again. This recipe for Chipotle Turkey Burgers was actually discovered by my husband and is always made by him too.
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, finely chopped or 1 tablespoon of chipotle sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
seasoned salt to taste
black pepper to taste
Adapted from here.
These are not tasteless turkey burgers...they are bursting with flavour. You can top them with traditional toppings like tomato, lettuce, cheddar cheese, pickle, light mayo, etc. or go the Mexican route with guacamole, salsa, pepper jack cheese, jalapenos. Either way, delicious. We like to make a few regular patties plus some slider sized for the young ones.
These will be forever known in our house as Chipotle Sawyer Turkey Burgers.
Tiffany McFadden, RD