It's Breakfast for Dinner! In which we try new things and write about them. Maybe they initially sound strange but turn out to be great, much like eating breakfast for dinner.

Breakfast for Dinner

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No baby yet…but at least there’s chocolate

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, December 8, 2014

Here’s what happens when a woman more than 39 weeks pregnant is told she has not started dilating. Just kidding. I had been craving a chocolate sampler for weeks. The news that I may not be as close to delivering as I had hoped — I had not started dilating last week either — sort of made me want a chocolate truffle. And a raspberry cream. And then a molasses chew. I’m just past 39 weeks. I’m large — see photo above — waddling around slowly ...


Get your (control) freak on

By Melinda Mawdsley
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Know any uber-clean, control freaks who like to be on time, make lists and schedule or organize everything in their lives? I do. Me. Then, I got pregnant. And my baby girl was breech at 35 weeks. Want to take control away from a woman? Have her hope and mentally prepare for a natural birth only to have that shift dramatically with talk of a scheduled C-section because a breech baby — butt or feet down instead of head — is most likely not coming out the ...


Nursery finally coming together

By Melinda Mawdsley
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My baby's home is almost done...almost. There's still a crib mobile to attach, and obviously all the toys and blankets have to be removed for her to sleep in it per recommendations from “experts,” but her sleeping area is basically ready for next month. A few highlights: The pink owl. That was a gift from a co-worker who's a dynamite quilter. And that white lamb, which also was a gift from a co-worker and his wife, might be the softest stuffed animal ...


Shower Time!

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, October 24, 2014

This pregnancy is flying by! It seems like just yesterday when I could sleep on my back and button my jeans. Now? I get regular heartburn. More importantly, however, it's time for baby showers. Because we are spoiled and beyond blessed, my husband and I get multiple baby showers. Family and friends threw me one on Oct. 18. My husband's co-workers and our church are throwing us showers next month. Anyway, the first baby shower was at co-worker Richie Ashcraft's house. ...


So we saw a birth on video and that was good enough

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, October 16, 2014

When the instructor told us that we'd be watching video of both a natural birth and a C-section birth, my husband and I both swallowed loudly. Although I'm mere months away from being one of those women in the video, I had never actually given thought to watching what would happen once things got, you know, serious. It wasn't that bad. Honestly, the video was helpful. It showed how long labor can take. It showed that natural birth is possible, which is my goal. I'm ...


Tums, Tu-Tu-Tum, TUMS!

By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Coming in on 31 weeks... Good news: I had this for an afternoon snack.   Bad news: Then, I had these.   The result?   I am very thankful Tums are permitted during pregnancy, and I'm also thankful they taste pretty good because apparently the heartburn portion of my final trimester has set in, although I really only need one tablet to quiet everything down. Next up: birthing class ALL DAY Saturday. We were told to bring snacks and water, as if I ...


Yo-Yo Ma plays a Dungey

By Melinda Mawdsley
Friday, October 3, 2014

For some, there is one cellist above all others: Yo-Yo Ma. Although Yo-Yo Ma does not play a Christopher Dungey instrument regularly — he regularly performs on a 1733 Montagnana or a 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius worth millions — Yo-Yo Ma has performed on a Dungey while Dungey, a Grand Junction cello maker, watched. It was one of the most exciting and nervous moments of Dungey's professional life, he said. He remebers it vividly. In 2012, Dungey had traveled ...


Navel disaster and other third trimester musings

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Things have gotten really real. I'm into my final trimester, and my body and surroundings reflect it: my belly button is nearly gone as the sides close in on each other, I'm really slowing down, and sleeping is officially an adventure. My seasonal allergies are partly to blame, but the pain in my lower back and hips, coupled with my frequent trips to the bathroom, make anything more than three hours of uninterrupted sleep pure bliss. I wouldn't want it any other way. My ...


Bottles, and diapers and baby monitors, oh my!

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, September 11, 2014

So my husband and I have finally completed our baby registeries. Admittedly, we were a bit hesitant to do them because it felt weird signing up for items you want people to buy you and your baby. I know registeries are common, and we had no problem doing them for our wedding, but I guess we just felt bad asking for bottles and diapers for a child we decided to have. Don't be ridiculous, people said to us, others want to get stuff for you. Take the opportunity to select items you ...


Hand-me-downs are hands-down the best

By Melinda Mawdsley
Thursday, August 28, 2014

My husband told his co-workers we were having a girl. Good, one said. She had things to pass on. A few days later, I got a call to swing by his work. This happened... Then this... After several nights of laundry, we are beyond thankful for the bouncy chair, THREE BOXES of little girl clothes, bag of shoes and bag of blankets we were given. Apparently, passing baby stuff to other people is a thing people do. (There's a matching pair of patriotic jelly ...


Welcome to Broncos country

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, August 18, 2014

It was with excitement and apprehension that I agreed to judge the Palisade Peach Festival Recipe Contest on Saturday, Aug. 16. On the one hand, YUM! I've judged this competition for several years now, and it's never a bad idea to eat a bunch of homemade goods before 9:30 a.m. On the other hand, YIKES! Would it be too much sugar for the little one to handle? She has started kicking or punching – a lot – and sugar really gets her going. Obviously, my taste buds ...


And the cupcake says….

By Melinda Mawdsley
Saturday, August 9, 2014

Several months ago, it came to my attention that learning the gender of an unborn child is a big deal. Enough of a deal, in fact, that my husband and I were “strongly encouraged” to find out what we were having so people could start planning their lives. They needed to turn it into a guessing game. They (Rachel) needed to know if they (she) could knit a strawberry hat for the baby to wear when leaving the hospital. They needed to know what color frosting to put in ...


Happiness is having a good neck pillow

By Melinda Mawdsley
Monday, July 28, 2014

I'd like to, in no particular order, introduce you to my new best friends. My neck pillow. Originally purchased for a loooong Amtrak ride to visit family in the Midwest, this pillow has morphed into a regular companion at night. I can't sleep on my stomach or back for safety reasons and sometimes I get tired of sleeping on my side. This pillow allows me to sit upright against a stack of pillows to read, watch TV or sleep without hurting my neck. I may have laughed at ...


Meet our new (used) baby swing

By Melinda Mawdsley
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Don't buy anything, at least not anything new, "they" said. Not yet. It'll be difficult, "they" added. Baby stuff is so cute. You'll go to Target for contact solution but will leave with a bunch of blue or pink clothes, while also forgetting contact solution because pregnant women forget everything. (It's true. I forgot to put on deoderant like a month ago.) Fine, I agreed. I won't buy anything, at least not anything new. And this swing ...


My first, first trimester

By Melinda Mawdsley
Sunday, June 29, 2014

Here is what I knew about pregnancy before it happened to me. 1. You will probably have morning sickness. 2. You will have to get new clothes. 3. You will have weird cravings. 4. You will be emotional. 5. It ends with a baby. In other words, I didn't know much, and, admittedly, I still don't know much. It's just that now I'm pregnant for the first time so I'm interested in learning more every day. Here's what I can report after my first trimester: 1. No ...


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