Hey mamas, you rock. So does this minestrone.

Last night, I cried. I cried a lot.
The countdown is on. I am having another baby. Yep, it is happening. 8 weeks to go.
There are so many emotions going through my head: excitement, fear, overwhelm, panic… you name it. Memories of those first few weeks when we brought Madilyn home are coming back to me: falling asleep in the glider in the nursery while nursing, surviving on like 3 hours a night, trying to figure out nursing… the list goes on and on.
Yesterday, I had to give Madilyn her first real time out. She was having a complete tantrum and even hit my pregnant belly. I started to cry.
Fear. Fear. Fear. Fear of having 2 kids. How in the heck will I be able to do this?
I have been emotional lately to say the least. I can cry on demand.
I surrender. I am letting the tears of fear flow.  And that is OK.
I have realized that I don’t have to be the “perfect” mom. I am a damn good mom and I need to be proud. Madilyn is happy and healthy. Sure, she climbs out of her big girl bed and I have resorted to putting a gate up in her doorway to keep her in. Sure, the nursery isn’t done. Sure, I have no idea how I will manage 2 kids but I know that I can do it.
I will not only survive, I will thrive.  I am a smart woman. I can handle this. So are you, my dear.
If you are a mama, you are a damn good mama. Remember that. Every. Day.

Oh, and make this soup.
Hearty Minestrone
5 cups of chicken stock
1 can of tomato paste
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
4 tomatoes, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
3 stalks of celery, chopped
3 leaves of swiss chard, chopped
1 can of red kidney beans
1 can of cannellini beans
3 bay leaves
1 cup spiral noodles
Put all ingredients in a slow cooker – except for the noodles – and cook on Low for about 3-4 hours. 20 minutes before serving, add the noodles. Serve with a little romano cheese, crusty bread and/or a green salad.

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  1. Great job as always. I’m going to pick up some of the ingredients for the soup @ the farmers market today. It’s supposed to get chilly this weekend so, the soup will be perfect!

  2. IM making this to bring to work too! We are having an italian foods baby shower for one of our co-workers! People saw my leftovers and asked me to make it! yummy!

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