Recipe for the famous labor-inducing banana nut bread.

20 Sep

Nope, haven’t given birth yet.  Let’s just get that out of the way.

I was nine days overdue with Seabass, so the whole baby-not-here-yet thing isn’t new.  All the same, it really, really sucks.  Through this experience I have realized, yet again, that what I dread most in life isn’t death or nuclear war or losing my house to a flood.  (Such quaint, specific fears!)  No, I dread the unknown.  I dread a lack of control.  You can see why parenting has been challenging for me.

I had an appointment with my OB on Monday.  Seeing as I have gestational diabetes (read: MONSTER BABY) he asked if I’d like to be induced this weekend.  I said I’d prefer not to be pumped full of chemicals, no.  Then he “checked” me (such a harmless word for such an uncomfortable procedure) and found that I was 50% effaced and 2 cm dilated – both good signs that labor would kick in before the weekend anyway.

But here we are.  On Thursday.  With no indication that my body has any clue what it’s supposed to do.

Everyone has a suggestion for how to bring on contractions. I’ve been told I need to eat spicy food, have sex, twiddle my nipples, walk downhill a lot, and get a massage. (Jake has gone one step further and suggested I pour Tabasco sauce DIRECTLY onto my cervix.)  And then there are the specific food suggestions.  One friend swears he has catapulted dozens of women into labor with his enchiladas.  Another believes that a pizza place in Sacramento does the trick.  But when I was one week overdue with Seabass, a friend shared the recipe for her family’s magically labor-inducing banana nut bread that appeared to work, since I went into labor the day after consuming it.

So last Tuesday, I pulled out Seabass’ baby book (where the recipe lives) and whipped up a loaf.  To my infinite dismay, the bread did not budge baby.  But it sure was delicious.


Me looking like a friggin whale in my apron. Notice birthing ball in corner of room, gathering dust.


Great Grandma Schirnmer’s Labor-Inducing Banana Nut Bread

  • 2 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 t. lemon juice
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. mashed bananas
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts

Sift flour, baking powder and baking soda together in a small bowl.  In large bowl, mix eggs, oil, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla.  Add bananas and walnuts.  Stir in flour mixture and pour batter into greased and floured loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes, depending on size of pan.  Test for doneness with a toothpick.

Despite this bread’s failure to launch me into labor this time, I still highly recommend it.  Just let your pregnant friends know before they eat it that they’re playing with fire.


8 Responses to “Recipe for the famous labor-inducing banana nut bread.”

  1. Robin Lee September 20, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    My kids were all very late. However, recent studies have shown that additional time in the womb can lead to increased intelligence. It is true. My 22 year old was 10 days late and knows everything.

  2. Michal September 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Another to add to your list: I’ve heard acupuncture can help move things along. Didn’t get to try it myself because they wouldn’t let me leave the hospital after my non-stress test.

  3. katie winfrey September 20, 2012 at 4:54 pm #

    Well, you’ve heard and probably tried everything under the sun. All I can say is, it’ll happen when it happens. Someone once told me “these things take time.” My two cents: find distractions by having lots of appointents and dates with friends. Sooner or later you’ll have to cancel because you’ll be in labor!

  4. Oma September 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    You look wonderful! And I see you finished framing the map in the diningroom – spectacular! Hang in there my sweet girl.

  5. Bethany Robbins September 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    This looks yummy! Two of my friends did a little castor oil in some soda, took a long walk and a few hours later in labor! I think it’s better then getting induced! Hope baby comes!

  6. christine e-e September 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I ate grilled halibut with homemade tarter sauce (I think it was the slippery-ness of the sauce) the evening before both girls were born. Steph was 3 weeks late… I was 80% effaced & 5cm dilated. Allie was born two days after my actual due date… the evening before Allie was born, I swept the entire driveway (long & skinny at Grover Beach house). My water broke at 4:30am; took a shower; we drove to General Hospital; walked up two flights of stairs (no elevator for me); the nurse checked me & I was fully dilated. Nurse called the DR, he had to drive into SLO; snapped on his gloves & caught her as she was born… time was 6:18am. You just never know.

  7. Beth Knotts Raynaud September 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm #

    i just have to say, I think you are cute as a bug!!

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