Welcome to Week 9 of Finish This! If you’re new here, welcome. This link-up is hosted by LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and I.  If you’ve joined us before, thanks for returning and be sure you add your post to the link-up. If you don’t have a blog, don’t fret. Answer the prompts in a comment. Next week’s prompts are provided at the bottom of this post.

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1. My favorite comfort food is
Ughhh, I hate questions that make me choose a favorite food. Does it look like I have preferences or missed a meal? Does it look like I’ve met a food I didn’t like? I associate most foods or dishes with comfort, it’s a “perk” of being overweight my entire life! Among my favorites: grilled pork tenderloin and green bean casserole; chicken strips with sweet-and-sour sauce; roast beef with mashed potatoes, carrots, and biscuits and gravy; toast topped with peach preserves; chicken noodle soup; chocolate chip cookies; sweet tea; baked chicken and wild rice; and, homemade granola. Lately, though, my source of food comfort has come in a humble bowl of hot oatmeal. Every morning, before Kamden wakes up, I eat a bowl of oatmeal made with soy milk. To make it interesting, I add dried fruit, usually cranberries, blueberries, and raisins. I add a drizzle of maple syrup or agave nectar on top for extra sweetness. If you looked in the pantry, you’d see a 10-pound box of oatmeal and 5-pound bag of raisins from Sam’s. No, I’m not feeding a small country … I’m eating to support a good lactation supply!

2. My most memorable birthday was
Dirty Thirty. I was pregnant when I turned 30 and two days later I gave birth to Kamden!

3. The best karaoke song is
Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time. I used to sing this at the top of my lungs, with a hairbrush as a microphone, to anyone who’d listen! I haven’t done karaoke in forever, but I think the last time I did, I performed Shania Twain’s Any Man of Mine. I’m sure it was epic.

4. Boots make me feel
ridiculous and too tall. I have a pair of Fat Babies that are easy to wear and have great support, but I don’t like the rounded toe. They also make me about two inches taller than I already am, which makes me uncomfortable because most of my friends are short. One of these days, when I’ve lost weight and look decent in a pair of jeans, I’m getting a pair of legit square-toed cowboy boots.

5. I am grateful
for skilled doctors; medicine that keep me comfortable without icky feelings of nausea; an attentive husband and mother who take care of Kamden around the clock; and medical insurance. I had surgery yesterday (gallbladder removed and tubes tied) and I’m still feeling it today. Though it was an outpatient procedure, I’m extremely sore and slow-moving. Recovery is going to take some time and I’m limited to how much I’m allowed to lift. Not being able to pick up Kamden for mommy/son cuddles or feedings is killing me, but he’s in very good hands with Husband and Nana C here!

Now it’s your turn. Answer these prompts in a post on your own blog or, if you do not have a blog, simply add your responses in a comment. Join us next Wednesday for another round of Finish This where we’ll answer the prompts below!

Prompts for WEEK #10 (March 12) are:
My boobs are
My heart is
One thing every woman should know
My breakfast typically consists of
I’m so glad I learned the secret to