Tuesday, November 19, 2013

34 weeks with little Norah!


I really need to start using my dslr again!
How Far Along: 34 weeks! Wasn't I just announcing I was even pregnant!

Size of baby: The size of a pumpkin and over 5 pounds! 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 19lbs so doing great in my eyes especially compared to when I was pregnant with Vince!

Maternity Clothes: Jeans is still the only "maternity" items I wear, but the need for longer shirts is really here and I just keep wearing the same long shirts over and over!

Movement: I can feel her all over! But this time I feel her super low! I don't remember feeling Vince that low and from pictures it looks like I am a tad lower as well

Symptoms: Being super uncomfortable was in full affect a couple nights ago. I had ate gluten and when I eat it after a little while of not eating it, my stomach kills me. My ribs hurt, literally everything hurt me! But now back to paleo I am feeling much better. I do get some sharp pains pretty low every now and again, but doing good!!

Sleep: Ehh, that is lacking too. I just can't really stay asleep for long amounts of time. I know this is only prep for when she comes. So I make sure to go to bed super early just to ensure that I get enough sleep!

What I miss:  Read question above! I love sleeping and not waking up every couple hours to get comfortable or needing to use the restroom. So full nights sleeps are missed and will be missed for a while I am guessing!

Cravings:  Just about anything!! Spicy, sweet, anything, everything. I give into some, but know that what will happen and I normally take felling comfortable over that piece of cake! I indulged on another flavor of coconut milk ice cream, it was cookie dough flavor and even gluten free! It was amazing! Wouldn't consider it healthy by any means, but better than the real deal, at least for my stomach!!

Best Moment This Week: Sunday we finally put together the crib, painting it was no fun, but it looks amazing in her room! Now to sew her crib sheet!


As for workouts I can still sprint! Saturday I did 21-15-9 of squats with 55 lbs, push press with 55lbs and kettle bell deadlifts with 32kg, then 5, 100 yard sprints with 50-100 yard walks in between. I started getting a low pain so I stopped, but felt fine after! I love that my body can still handle working out! I try to get in 3 solid workouts a week. At least one at the gym for some "heavy" lifting. Now I know I am not lifting heavy, but to keep good form with a big belly is tough and I am not going to kill my back just to look strong!



Friday, November 15, 2013

Friday Funnies: "is that a bear?"

 
 

 
 
 
 
Kids say the darndest things right? Well last night, that was our house!
 
During bath time Vince tooted, and looked up with the most serious face and asked "is that a bear?"
 
 
Jacob and I busted out with laughter and even shed a couple laughter tears. Vince kept tooting and then would laugh hysterically! Even one time he said again "whoa a bear, rooaaarr!"
 
Now yes this is a blog about toots, but it was hilarious and something I don't want to forget, and if it gives you a laugh on this beautiful Friday, then perfect!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

33 weeks





How Far Along:33 weeks! And I finally have a comparison blog that is here from when I was pregnant with Vince! I still laugh when I read that I always thought I would  have him early and was so excited that full term was only 4 weeks away! Little did I know I would go 1 day late!

Size of baby: At 32 weeks  with Vince the ultrasound said he was 4lbs 12oz  and I am guessing that was probably pretty accurate since he was 8lbs 6oz at birth, so I am guessing Norah is around the same! She feels huge in my belly!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 18 pounds up! Which is half of what I was at with Vince at 33 weeks where I was a +38lbs

Maternity Clothes: Still just the pants, but again I think I need to get some longer shirts here soon!

Movement: Tons and tons! I love it!

Symptoms: Not many symptoms this week!

Sleep: Doing good! I am noticing that I am not as comfortable and I find that I wake up a couple times to adjust, but other than that no complaints!

What I miss:  Nothing really this week, maybe the ease of tying my shoes!
Cravings:  Collard greens! I swear I could eat them with every meal! I also really wanted a cake pop this weekend and I had been 17 days gluten free and boy oh boy did I regret that decision 4 hours later!


Best Moment This Week: Actually it was painting her crib, it is a huge pain, but since I am done with the first coat and can tell how cute it is going to look I now don't mind! Ask me while I applying the second coat and I might change my mind.

As far as working out and sticking to my paleo lifestyle, I am doing pretty good! I got some pretty good workouts in this week both at the gym and at home. I did have my day of eating gluten and again my stomach was hating me, and it even more made me realize that this is what is best for my body right now! Also have a side by side comparison of 33 weeks with Norah and Vince and although I think I still looked pretty good at 33 weeks with Vince, the difference to me seems pretty crazy!



Monday, November 4, 2013

32 weeks





How Far Along: 32 weeks. Which is currently blowing my mind!! 8 weeks is not very long and considering that both Thanksgiving and Christmas fall in those 8 weeks, it will be here before I know it!

Size of baby: Almost 4 pounds, or if she is anything like Vince over 4 pounds! And about 17 inches.  

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 17 pounds, so up one pound from last week! With Vince I was up 36 pounds at 32 weeks, so I am proud!

Maternity Clothes: Still all the same, but I do think I might have to invest in a couple longer shirts here soon!

Movement: All the time! She moves a lot different that I ever remember Vince moving!

Symptoms: I am starting to feel the fatigue come back. Both Saturday and Sunday I napped, and I am not a napper!!

Sleep: Great, the time change was not very nice to our house though, and by that I mean Vince. 

Cravings:  Nothing too crazy, I love dark chocolate and have been giving into that from time to time. I also went to Target and saw coconut milk ice cream in mint flavor, it wasn't quite 100% paleo, but pretty close and AMAZING!



This morning I have my doctors appointment and I get a quick ultrasound to see if she is head down. So it will be exciting to see the little girl! I also really need to get on painting her crib. At this point with Vince his nursery was already done, maybe I am just being more realistic this time and know that she won't even sleep in there for a while, but I do need to get on it!! 

As far as fitness, I kept it pretty low key this week, I have choose sleep or getting a workout in and I am completely ok with that! Also sticking to eating paleo and walking each day is keeping me feeling good!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Halloween


We had such a blast this year taking Vince out trick or treating for the first time. He was a robot and we met up with some friends and their daughter was Dorothy and even had her very own little toto!





They live on base so we decided to just go over there with them. Since Vince can't eat any chocolate (dairy) and has never had any other candy, I was a little worried that he would want to eat it as it went into his bag, but thankfully he didn't! We walked around for an hour, until he wanted to be picked up, only by me and be carried. That got a little tiring so we called it a night. On the way home, we looked at his candy and someone gave out pretzels, so that was his "candy" and he was more than thrilled about it! Jacob took the rest to work to keep the temptation out of the house and left one sucker for Vince.










Unfortunately that night he woke up about an hour after he fell asleep and had a fever and spent the rest of the night in our bed. And I got to stay home with him today, hence the two blog posts all while he is napping. He also has a mild cold, but just seems tired and still has the fever. Lets all hope it doesn't carry on through the weekend or we will be stuck in the house and the weather is beautiful!

Paleo Pumpkin Waffles



Like almost every other blogger out there, I am a huge sucker for pumpkin. I could have pumpkin bread, muffins, chai lattes and seeds just about for every meal and be completely ok with that!

With trying to stay to a pretty paleo lifestyle these past 10 weeks I have found and adapted this recipe to fit my needs and love it! I keep it as a treat and usually only eat them on Saturdays when I make Vince his gluten/egg/dairy free waffles and Jacob his normal buttermilk waffles. It is our Saturday treat and we all love it! Vince calls it cake and I top his with local organic honey or organic 100% maple syrup and coconut oil (which he calls butter.)

First and foremost, if you don't have a waffle maker, go get one! This is the one we have and love it! Mostly because it stands up straight and with our lack of storage in our kitchen, we just keep this on the counter and it isn't a huge eye sore hiding by our fridge.

Now lets get down to the waffles!

Paleo Pumpkin Waffles

5 eggs
1.5 cups pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons coconut oil(melted)
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)

In one bowl combine the eggs and pumpkin. Whisk it up pretty good. In a small separate bowl combine the coconut oil and flour, this is going to be the thickener to the waffle. Mix the coconut combination into the pumpkin and eggs and then the pumpkin pie spice. Wait a couple minutes and you will notice that the mixture has thickened. Then I use my 1 cup measuring cup and make the waffles. I also sometimes use coconut oil before I pour the mixture just to ensure they don't stick.




 I have also made a variation with 1/4 a teaspoon of baking soda, but ran out one week and noticed it didn't change the texture or flavor so I have been keeping it out. If you don't have a waffle maker and are going to do these as pancakes, which this recipe will work for as well you might want to add the baking soda. Also if making pancakes, make them small because they are a tad hard to flip, why I love them as a waffle so much more.

They are so delicious! They almost have a pumpkin French toast flavor, and I love topping them with coconut oil and if I want a little sweet kick, then the organic 100% maple syrup.




Wednesday, October 30, 2013

31 weeks




 
Weeks: 31 weeks! Which means give or take 9 weeks!


Size of baby: About 16 inches and coming in 3 pounds. And for all your fruit people, the size of a pineapple.
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 16 pounds so far, which is actually 1 pound down from last week, but I ate pretty bad in Tucson and have gone back to paleo since being home, so I am not too worried.
 
Maternity Clothes: Still just jeans, I even fit into a pair of shorts, with them buttoned this weekend!

Movement: So much movement! I get some pretty big kicks and she also moves pretty slow, which feels a tad interesting!

Symptoms: Peeing all the time is my only one at the moment.

Sleep: Still great, loving the pillow in between my legs!

What I miss:  Nothing this week, which is good!
 
Cravings:  Kombucha! I even drove to the store last night just to get myself some grape Kombucha!
 
Best Moment This Week: Feeling great is what I am always thankful for! Going back to a strict paleo lifestyle has make my stomach and digestion system fall back in love with me. Tucson really did a number to my stomach and I had a constant stomach ache the whole time I was there!

Fitness: This week I was able to get in 3 pretty solid workouts. I really wanted to make sure I got my sleep back before I decided to do any working out. One day I did a short sprint workout followed by air squats and push-ups. It took me in total about 15 minutes, but felt good. My second workout was tababta sprints at 10mph, which left me pretty tired. I again worked on planks, air squats, lunges and pushups. Then on Saturday I had my heavy lifting day with squats, front squats and deadlifts. With my deadlifts I can no longer use the barbell because I couldn't get a good positioning and form so I moved to the 40kg kettle bell.  

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

30 weeks


 
How Far Along: 30 weeks 

Size of baby: Eggplant for all you veggie lovers! And just under 3 pounds, but if she is like Vince I am sure she is over that!

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 18 pounds so far! A gained 3 pounds over weekend in Tucson and as soon as I went back paleo, it shed right off!

Maternity Clothes: Still only my jeans and one pair of H&M leggings.

Movement: Tons of movement! No hic-ups like with Vince though, which I find interesting!

Symptoms: My hips are hurting from time to time and the occasional rib pain, but I have really been working on my mobility and trying to get up and walk a lot at work, which seems to be helping tons! 

Sleep: I have found that a pillow between my hips is AMAZING! I don't roll around as much and even got Jacob to do it!

What I miss:  Bending with ease. I can still bend, but the belly sure does make it a little interesting! 

Cravings:  Bacon and eggs are my current favorite. Last week it was Mexican only because I knew I was going to be heading to Tucson and boy oh boy did I indulge while I was there!!

Best Moment This Week: Tucson was such a great trip and I am working on a blog post for that as well!



As for everything else, life is going great!! Again it was so amazing to be at my cousins wedding and I am so happy for her!! Also a little jealous since I know as I write this she is in San Diego, one of my most favorite places ever! I hadn't been home since Christmas, so it was a much needed trip. We were go, go, go everyday, but had so much fun!

I am also getting very into nutrition! With my work slowing down to almost nothing most days (Half of our office moved and they were who gave me most of my work) I have been reading, listening to podcasts and reading various paleo blogs. Even though I don't eat 100% paleo I am so interested in the research and backings on why it is such an amazing way to eat. I really hope I can write a detailed post on all my learning's. I have even thought so far as going to school for nutrition and maybe one day working in a children's GI clinic. Only because of how much foods have affected our lives with Vince, I would love to try and help other babies and children with their problems. As you can tell I am extremely passionate about this and hope to one day make it a reality!  
 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Vince's 2nd Birthday Party!

Yeah it was almost 2 months ago, but still better late than never!!

We decieded to keep it very low key this year, with Norah on the way, not living here long and Jacob getting home that morning from being gone two weeks, I didn't want to stress. His first birthday was a blast, but I think I over stressed and didnt fully enjoy myself!











Jacob's Mom, my Dad and  my best friend (who is dating Jacob's little brother) came out to help us celebrate and it was so nice to have them! We kept it small and not very pinterest-y, but we had a blast! We were able to relax and hang out in the morning and just have a good time with a small group of friends.

Thankfully Target had some pretty no too cheessy pirate decorations and I stuck with that. I ended up making his cake again, and of course it was eggless. He asked for cake for the next 4 days, so I am guessing it was good! He didn't eat his first birthday cake, so this was really his first cake he ever ate, since most cakes have eggs, he has never really ate one!

We also make eggless waffles in the shape of a 2 with a candle for breakfast. he equally loved it!!

We played outside, conversed with new friends and overall just had a really good time. I think we will keep birthday parties like this from now on.

I will leave you with pictures because they tell the story! Great times, family and friends!




Thursday, October 3, 2013

27 weeks and the pumpkin patch!

It is finally in the cooler temps here Vegas, which after this brutal summer is well needed! We found a local orchard/farm not too far from us where you can pick your own fruits and veggies. We went a couple weeks ago and got lots of goodies and I got very excited when I saw they were opening the pumpkin patch this past weekend!







It was such a blast, they have a lot of wagon they lend out and Vince loved that ride! We only picked out a couple pumpkins and will go back closer to Halloween for some bigger ones. They even had a hay barrel maze, which I think was Vince's favorite! He loved running after the kids inside and then I was "that mom" who was in the maze taking pictures of Vince. 








Also Sunday I hit 27 weeks! And exactly 3 months from my due date! 


How Far Along: 27 weeks




Size of baby: A little over 2lbs and for all you curious what veggie, a 
cauliflower 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 15lbs so far. Had a couple no paleo cheats and it is crazy how fast I gain when I eat that way! Still very proud of my 15lbs!!  

Maternity Clothes: Just bottoms, except for some. Got some H&M "Mama" leggings that are amazing! Also bought the polka dot pants in the pictures at Target on clearance in a size 12 and they have more of a boyfriend fit, but they are so comfortable! The fact they are normal pants make them sag super easily and they look a tad funny. I might try shrinking them a tad!

Movement: Lots! I can tell the movement is getting higher because she is getting bigger!

Symptoms: Hip pain that comes and goes

Sleep: Great!! Zero complaints!!

What I miss:  Not much this week!! 


Cravings:  Anything and everything pumpkin! Also green onions, I add them to everything! I don't know if it is a longing of crunchy, since most paleo foods aren't, but I think I could just eat one by itself. 


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