I am 38 weeks pregnant. Anytime this week or early next week, I will give birth to our Fifth.
For the few days I will be gone, I made a few preparations for the loved ones I will be leaving behind.
As all the necessary mom and baby essentials we will be needing at the hospital are neatly packed inside my bag, I also prepared food for my boys. That way, they will have food readily available during the few days I will be gone. All they need to do is reheat them.
A number of viands can be stored long-term without spoiling, as long as the temperature and moisture conditions are properly maintained. And one of the safest to cook viand that doesn’t spoil easily is Adobo. I need not worry if the kids would forget to put it inside the ref. It could survive overnight.
Another viand I cooked which could survive overnight even if outside the ref is sweet and sour. I also made them about three dozens lumpiang shanghai and cheese sticks for merienda. They only need to deep fry them and I’ve already taught them how to.
Grocery for the boys
Last Sunday, we went to the grocery and stocked on canned goods. I had some difficulty walking around the supermarket but luckily survived the day.
Canned meat and seafood can last for years in many cases. Canned meat is an excellent source of protein while canned fish is a fantastic source of omega 3 fatty acids. We stocked a number of canned sardines, tuna, cooked meat, and sausages.
We also got canned fruits and pancake ready mix.
Finished the laundry
The boys and I helped each other finish the laundry. Having a mountain of dirty laundry can be daunting and at times, depressing. I do not want the boys to face that massive pile of clothes all by themselves so I encouraged them that we finish everything by Tuesday. Looking at the bright side, we are lucky to have modern conveniences like a fully automated washing machine. All we need to do is hang dry the clothes and fold them after.
Sanitized the house
I may perhaps overdo it but I literally bleached the house from top to bottom. This wasn’t included on my to-do list. The agony, though, of waiting for my true labor signs led me to scrub every wall in the house, the bathroom included. We also changed curtains, bed covers, and pillow cases. I donated all the mugs, plates, and water jugs kept inside the cupboard. It made me doubly excited to imagine the baby coming home to a clean and sanitized home.
And you shall be named Kael
It was last night when suddenly, I whispered Kael. And from that instant, I know our baby shall be named Kael.
Kael means “Mighty Warrior.” Very appropriate as he has shown and proven to us how much of a fighter he is.
His name is of Celtic origin. It is the language mostly spoken on the north-western edge of Europe, notably in Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
He will be our fifth prince; his mama’s last boy and his brother’s little bundle of joy. He will bring his family closer and will forever remind each and everyone that love is the way we speak, listen, and do things.