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Thoughts on Pregnancy (Recipe: DeLynn’s Cinnamon Rolls)

So, I have merely a handful of days left in this pregnancy. The be all end all of pregnancies for this human body because after little Leah comes, there will be no more baby baking happening in this belly. No more. I know that some of you can do this a thousand times over, but not me. At a mere 35 years old, I have never felt older in my life… like my hips are going to seperate from my body at any moment and my feet are going to rupture from swolleness! Plus the thought of being a mom of four children freaks me out a bit. To me, four kids is like a herd of kids. We will be the type of family that will be out and about and others will assume automatically that we must be Catholic because we have a large brood. No, I know four isn’t a huge family, but for me, it is a bit overwhelming to think about all of the seats at our dinner table and in our car being filled by the people in our own, immediate family!

Since this is my last time to experience the wonderful miracle of pregnancy (and I do recognized that I am extremely blessed to experience it), I have really been reflecting on what I will miss and what I will not miss about being pregnant.

What I Will NOT Miss About Being Pregnant:

  1. Roughly 6 months of constant sickness.. the nausea, vomiting, dead to the world feeling… won’t miss it a bit.
  2. Still, with 6 months of feeling like total crap, gaining more weight than I should have. (I guess I should be thankful for the sickness or who knows how much I would be weighing now!
  3. Having to ask my 5 year old to put my socks on for me because I can’t bend down to reach my feet (Thank God for flip flop weather!) As an added bonus, my socks appear to have shrunk to toddler size because when I try to shove my over swollen feet into them, it just isn’t happening.
  4. All too frequent doctor’s appointments, where they choose to take you from the comfy lobby, put you in a boring room with your pants off and the smallest sheet ever and keep you there for an hour before the doctor comes in.
  5. Heartburn – seriously… I am so thankful this has been just pregnancy induced. What a pain for those of you who have to live with this constantly!
  6. Maternity clothes – can they be any more hideous?

What I WILL Miss About Being Pregnant:

  1. An excuse to wear comfy, stretchy pants evey single day of the week. I am thinking I may keep one pair of maternity jeans for those days where I need the extra room (aka Joey on Friends at Thanksgiving)
  2. The Tae Kwan Do movements happening in my belly. It gets a little annoying when I try to go to sleep at night and she is busy doing a jig, but it seriously is a pretty amazing thing to be able to feel the movements of a child in your own body.
  3. Having a libido – no need to go into details, but let’s just say I would like to package up whatever hormone is released during pregnancy and sell it on the street for those of us who are missing this normally!
  4. Getting a little bit of special attention from hubby without relating at all to reason #3… the foot rubs and back rubs and “just go take a nap” opportunities… love that!
  5. Epidural… need I say more? (And I’ll add, the 2 day hospital vacation… soooo looking forward to that!)
  6. Eating whatever you want, like half a tray of DeLynn’s cinnamon rolls, without having anyone look at you questionably. Again, refer to reason #2 of what I don’t like about being pregnant and you’ll see that it is a bit of a double edged sword.

My eating half a tray of cinnamon roll days are almost over, but I am going to have to take advantage of it while I can. Pregnant or not, my friend DeLynn’s cinnamon rolls will make you want to devour the whole pan anyway – they are that good!

(I halve the recipe and make the dough in my bread machine)

DeLynn’s Simply Sinful Cinnamon Rolls

SERVES 12 (2 rolls each)

Filling

  1. Soften yeast in 1/2 cup of warm water, with 1 teaspoon sugar added; Set aside for five minutes.
  2. Put milk, sugar, salt, and about one cup flour in a large bowl,and beat well with a wooden spoon.
  3. Then add eggs and yeast mixture and a couple cups of flour and beat again.
  4. Add the soft butter and the rest of the flour,adding the rest of flour very slowly, until the dough is still too stiff to stir.
  5. Knead the dough until it is smooth and satiny, adding only enough to keep if from sticking.
  6. Add more of the flour, as needed.
  7. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease all sides.
  8. Let rise in warm place until double, about an hour,covering bowl with a towel or plastic wrap; I use my oven with the light on and the oven itself turned on for 30 seconds; The optimum temperature is around 90 degrees.
  9. Punch down, kneading for about 30 seconds to remove bubbles; Cover and let rise again.
  10. Punch down dough again.
  11. Cut with a knife into four parts, and shape into balls; Roll each ball into a 8 X 14 inch rectangle.
  12. Spread the dough with about 3 tablespoons butter, leaving far edge unbuttered.
  13. Spread with one fourth the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  14. Roll up; roll tightly; Pinch edges; Cut into slices.
  15. Place in greased pan and let rise until double in size, 45-60 minutes.
  16. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.
  17. Frost with a powdered sugar glaze or light amount of canned vanilla frosting.

Those of you participating in Adopt a Blogger #3 should have connected with your matches by now. If you haven’t, please do. If you are having trouble getting a hold of your match, please let me know as soon as possible and I will try to help out!

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Comments

  1. An adorable post! Before a friend had her baby girl, I invited her over for brunch, which included cinnamon rolls. She was so grateful! I wish you much happiness in the days ahead! Yay!!

    Jens last blog post..foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: kale soup competition

  2. My father was Irish Catholic and there were 11 kids in his family. My mom had 6 kids, don’t ask me how she survived it! When my dad died , and mom remarried my stepfather had 2 kids…eight kids. I would have begged for the men in white to come and get me!! I don’t even wanna think of the laundry she did ((shudder))! I’m in cinnamon roll heaven here, they look terrific!!!

    Bunnys last blog post..Lemon Chicken with Tomato Parsley Rice and Lemon Garlic Green Beans with Brioche Sticky Buns for Dessert!!

  3. I have recently come across your blog and see that you do something called adopt a blogger! What a great idea! I am new to the blogging world and I can’t seem to get enough of it! How do I get someone to adopt (and help) me out? I would be so honored to be apart of this!
    Thanks,
    Liesl

  4. Yummy cinnamon rolls!

    And ha ha, maternity clothes ARE hideous!! (or you have to pay an arm & a leg to buy cute, trendy ones – sigh) Almost over though. :)

  5. the cinnamon looks enticing.

    but I have to stay away from sweets or else I would be the one who is going to suffer from diabetes.

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  6. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on pregnancy…positive and negative. I appreciate the insight.

    Virginies last blog post..from Our Daily Bread

  7. Yay for pregnancy pants, cinnamon rolls, almost being done, and a hospital vacation day!

    We were just talking about making cinnamon rolls here last night. We’ll give this recipe a go. Thanks!

    Laura Flowerss last blog post..Strawberry Shake It Up Oreo Brownies

  8. Four is a fun number! I know, because I come from a family of four kids! Ofcourse, I wasn’t the mom and maybe my mom would tell you a different story, but I’m sure you’re gonna love it…:) Good luck with the last bits of your pregnancy!

    Simone (junglefrog)s last blog post..Grilled chicken

  9. This is such a sweet post. I forgot that there are things I liked about being pregnant. (Was not fortunate with the libido thing, by oh well.) Enjoy these last few moments and I will look forward to reading about your new sweet baby.

    Danas last blog post..Nicoise Salad

  10. Yep..you hit the nail on the head with this post!! LOL
    And yeah..whats up with the pregnancy sex drive? Cant the drug companies figure it out and make a pill for us women?? I am sure our husbands might even pay for it!!!
    I will be thinkg ing of you in the next week. Try to get some rest in the hospital!
    Oh I forgot, try to get some rest inbetween the nurses barging into your room every 2 hours to check your vitals!! LOL

    leslies last blog post..A Hungry Housewife Interview

  11. Oh I feel ya honey! I totally agree with your lists. Good luck with the end! And the yummies look great too :)

    Sara @ Our Best Bitess last blog post..Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

  12. This was a cute post :)
    Luckily for me, I’m the kind of person who might eat more than one cinnamon roll without the excuse of being pregnant. I can’t help it. Cinnamon rolls are my weakness. Yours look delicious!

    Elissas last blog post..Under the Wing of Erin Cooks – plus Triple Berry Frozen Yogurt

  13. you are like a superhero with a cape!!! i was just trying to convince myself to make homemade cinnamon buns (i chicken out when anything involves yeast LOL) but you have saved the day – i am making these today!

    thanks for sharing and good luck with the birth :)

    Danis last blog post..#59) Peanut Butter Cups

  14. This post totally made my heart smile. Enjoy the last few days!

    Joy the Bakers last blog post..Milk Chocolate Pudding with Cream and Raspberry Sauce

  15. Children are such a blessing! What a beautiful post. Thanks for putting the Adopt a Blogger event together! It is a great idea.

    Cheris last blog post..Kids Cooking Giveaway

  16. If you breast feed, you can still eat a lot more than normal… just gotta watch out for the foods that cause gas.

    Nates last blog post..Pavlova Recipe

  17. I ate a half a tray of cinnamon rolls once… and I wasn’t even pregnant! Yeah, I got looks (from my husband)… Now that I AM pregnant though, my appetite for those types of things is GONE (fortunately or unfortunately, I’m not quite sure)!

    Anyway, congrats on the baby… and your herd of children! :)

    ~Heather

    PS – I’ve always wanted 4 children, but we’ll see what happens after my first is born in November. ;)

    Heather @ The Striving Wifes last blog post..Lessons From a Baby Turtle

  18. Ok, I just had to comment on the pregnancy talk! My little one is almost 4 months old. He’s my first, and I had him at 30. I totally know what you mean about the hips separating thing. It made the entire end of my pregnancy a living nightmare. I’m a teacher and worked right up until the end (11 hour day the day before I went into labor), and I could barely walk I was in so much pain.
    Oh, and you don’t have to stop wearing comfy stretchy elastic waist pants just because the baby comes… I’m four months post partum but haven’t given ‘em up yet! (but that’s because I gained 70 pounds and WILL NOT buy jeans in a size 18, 16, and now a 14). I’ve lost almost 40 pounds so far and am down to only one size larger than I started (12). Phfew!

    Jodie R.s last blog post..Menu Planning, Making Do, and Making Stuff

  19. Sweets is just one among any other privileges that a pregnant woman can’t have. It may be terrifying but it will be a little sacrifice for the sake of your little angel. This sweets food are really horrifying when it comes on sugar level. And it will make you fat and your baby as well.

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