Pregnancy Diary: 16.5 weeks

Your baby is the size of an Avocado!
Your baby is the size of an Avocado!

This pregnancy is flying by!

  • My energy has recovered, but I’m already starting to slow down a bit.  The same amount of physical effort I was putting out 6 weeks ago now doesn’t move me quite as quickly as it did, which is most evident during my daily walk.
  • I’ve continued to walk consistently, but have had to shorten my walking time due to our current school schedule. I’m also trying to do specific stretches every day and I’m hoping to be a bit more regular about my MommaStrong prenatal exercises.  My current mantra in life is, “Something is much better than nothing at all!”
  • Nutritionally I’m doing better than I was, although I have much room for improvement.  I’m taking a handful of supplements (which I hope to outline in another post) to help with general health as well as specific health concerns I am dealing with due to pregnancy.  Spring mix lettuce FINALLY sounds good again, so I’m trying to have a big salad (or a few small salads) every day again.  I’m also trying to find my groove with drinking my pregnancy tea regularly again.
  • I had my first prenatal visit with my wonderful midwife Marilee at 12 weeks and just had my first round of blood work done.  Prayers would be appreciated that there would be no unexpected surprises on that front!
  • And finally, I think I’m feeling the baby move *eek!*, but I’m not 100% sure yet.  I suspect I might have a anterior placenta, but only time will tell.

God bless you friends!

Pregnancy Diary: 10 weeks

What does a baby look like at 10 weeks gestation?

My energy has been a bit more iffy this week…

  • As of today I am half way to my goal of 40 miles!  I even started jogging (slowly) this week as well, which is exciting because I really do love to run and this may be the closest I will get!
  • As a compromise to help me eat my veggies (because salads just don’t sound very good right now) I bought some Caesar and ranch dressing and I’ve switched to eating mostly crunchy lettuces because my usual spring mix sounds really unappealing right now.
  • I’m eating all the time.  It’s the thing that keeps my tummy happy 🙂 thankfully I haven’t gained any weight yet.
  • I’ll have my first midwife appointment in the next few weeks.  Assuming there are no new risk factors as pregnancy progresses we will try for another home birth with our midwife Marilee Pinkleton with TLC Birth.
  • I also intend to pursue chiropractic care again with Dr. Will at Western Loudoun Chiropractic starting some time around 20 weeks.

That’s all I got this week – time to go take a nap, zzzzzzz……

Pregnancy Diary: 8.5 weeks

BABY IS THE SIZE OF A KIDNEY BEAN - CLICK PICTURE TO SEE INFORMATION ON A BABY AT 8 WEEKS GESTATION
BABY IS THE SIZE OF A KIDNEY BEAN – CLICK PICTURE TO SEE INFORMATION ON A BABY AT 8 WEEKS GESTATION

I have felt pretty good this week.  My energy was really low over the weekend, but seems to have recovered some.  I just wish my internal motivation would improve with my energy levels :)~

  • I’ve walked 8 miles since last week and I have a goal to walk a total of 40 miles by September 20th.
  • I am beginning to feel a little discomfort from “symphysis pubis” are when walking and I think adding in some additional strengthening exercises for my hips and glutes should help.  I’ll keep you posted.
  • I purchased the MommaStrong Prenatal workout – I think there are some exercises  to help with the above mentioned areas.  I hope to start that at least by next week if not this week.
  • From the outside I still look very much like my normal self, but I can feel my abdomen beginning to thicken a bit.
  • Despite eating more starches than usual, I haven’t gained any weight yet (yay!!)  All the pregnancies I have started around the weight I am now, I only gained 10-15lbs by the end.  I am hoping to follow that pattern as I am still a bit fluffy from Ian’s pregnancy.
  • Although I’m 8.5 weeks along I still find myself worrying about miscarriage.  I experienced a miscarriage between Gideon and Ian and it completely changed the way I experience pregnancy.  As someone else described it, I feel like I’m holding my breath the whole 9 months.  Pray with me that I can continue to cast this anxiety upon the Lord.  This baby is just as much in His hands as it is in my belly.
  • EDITING TO ADD: I mixed up a batch of pregnancy tea.  It’s a little different than my old recipe, so I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

Pregnancy Diary: 7.5 weeks

Baby is about as big as a blueberry!
Baby is about as big as a blueberry!

I’ve never kept a pregnancy journal before, so this should be fun!  I am about 7.5 weeks pregnant right now.

Things to note this week…

  • Fatigue / headaches have really kicked in – sometimes I literally can’t stand up right, but thankfully it comes in waves and isn’t constant.  Eating and laying down seem to help.
  • Any strong smell makes me feel sick so cooking is a bit of a challenge, but the big kids and I trade off as necessary so I can step away from the smells for a moment.
  • I had a dream about chicken soup and the next day I just HAD to make myself some.  Unfortunately the chicken soup did not agree with me.  Go figure.
  • Nothing sounds appetizing except starch, starch, and more starch.  I’m trying really hard not to overdo it and also eat fruits and veggies, but carbs (and salt) keep my tummy quite happy.
  • I’ve started supplementing a small amount of additional magnesium and calcium as I started getting tiny muscle twinges – the classic sign that my body is craving more minerals.
  • I ordered my prenatal vitamins so those should arrive this week.
  • I’m still nursing Ian (who is 7 months old now), but I feel as though my milk is a little low.  I’ve been supplementing his diet with some “liver based formula” and soft cooked egg yolks.
  • I’m allowing myself to sleep in right now – I need it 🙂
  • I feel very grateful I started walking almost daily about 2 months ago as I think this habit will serve me really well during pregnancy.  I had trouble with varicose veins and a near unbearable heaviness in my legs with my last pregnancy that were greatly helped by walking.
  • I stating a program to help close my abdominal separation before my belly gets all stretched out again.  Mine isn’t too big – about a 3-4-3, but it’s already started to close – I’m down to a 2-3-2 (see this link to know what I’m talking about)

That’s all I can think of for now 🙂 I’ll try to post weekly.  This will be fun to be able to look back on!

Creamed Broccoli & Rice Soup

We are always look for simple healthy recipes (that the kids will actually eat!) and after throwing this one together the other day, and again the following week, I wanted to share.  It is also gluten free & dairy free, which is becoming more necessarily around our house these days.  Below is a Scott family sized portion, so adjust accordingly:

SOUP INGREDIENTS:

  • 2-3 quarts of water (or some sort of broth)
  • 4lbs of broccoli
  • 1.5 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp each onion powder & garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup coconut milk (or other alternative milk)

RICE INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 cups of water
  • 4 cups of uncooked rice
  • 1.5 tbsp each of salt, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut (or other) oil

Whisk together your water (or broth) and seasonings and bring to a boil.  As your water is heating up, chop up your broccoli a bit (stems and all) and toss it in there.  Let it simmer for about an hour, or until your broccoli is falling apart.  We like to blend ours up using an “immersion blender”, but it’s not necessary.  Stir in 1 cup of coconut milk.  While the soup is simmering, whisk together rice water and seasonings.  Bring to a boil, add coconut oil and rice, reduce to a simmer, and cook until done.  Mix together blended soup and rice.

*SIDE NOTES: Make this even easier on yourself by buying pre-chopped broccoli or frozen broccoli.  Also, my kids like to add a dash of hot sauce to their bowl.  We like it spicy!

Sourdough Oatmeal

If you’re a fan of oatmeal and all things “soaked, soured, or fermented”, this recipe is for you!  I’ve always been a huge fan of oatmeal (particularly it’s budget friendliness), but after eating it just about every morning for years it began not sitting well with my gut, so I gave it up.  Occasionally we’d try it again, but it never ended well.  I tried soaking it (with whey, with lemon juice, with vinegar, with yogurt, with kefir, etc) and it made no difference for me.  So in one last ditch effort to see if just maybe I could make oatmeal work for us, I added a cup of my sourdough starter to my oatmeal the night before to let it sour overnight.  I ate it (and it was delicious) and I suffered no ill effect at all!  I’ve since repeated this experiment enough times that I’m sold on this method for making oatmeal for our family :).  Here is a Scott family sized recipe for you:

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 cups of oatmeal
  • 12 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sourdough starter
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • fruit and other toppings of choice

The night before put your oats, water, and sourdough in a pot (or crock pot) to soak overnight.  In the morning add your salt, and coconut oil.  Cook over low heat stirring regularly until thick.  Since it has the sourdough in it, it tends to stick a bit to the bottom if you don’t stir it.  We like to make ours in the crock pot because the wonderful DaddyScott wakes up early and turns it on high for 1.5-2 hours and there is no stirring required while it cooks.  Serving it over slices of banana with pecans is very yummy :).  Sourdough oatmeal has a nice savory flavor, so you may find you don’t want to sweeten it at all; we usually don’t.

Distracted

I’ve been so very distracted as of late.  I’ve been “busy” reading a book series, but in all truth has not really added any value to my life, yet has occupied way too much of my mental energy.  Life is humming along quietly for the most part, but there are hundreds of little things that get left undone that at least some of them I know I could tackle if I just made some sort of plan.  I hate making plans to be honest… Well actually, I love making plans.  It’s just that I make them and never stick to them.  Or I follow them for a week or two and then forget they exists.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this!  I listened to a wonderful podcast today from the “Ask Pastor John” program, in which I was reminded how good it is to intentionally “unplug” from the virtual world.  I’m going to give this a try.  Its way too easy for my smart phone to be the first thing I reach for in the morning and the last thing I look at before laying down to sleep.  Maybe it’s time to get an alarm clock again so I can leave my phone downstairs and remember just a little bit what it’s like to live in a less digital world.  I’m even considering a locking box in which we all place our “devices” in for period during the day.  It’s just so easy to slip into “checking on” this or that or playing a mindless game when really all our mental attention and energies are much needed elsewhere!  Maybe I’ll even get a separate digital camera, wouldn’t that be something :).

Speaking of distractions… here is an adorable little “distraction”.  We all are very. very. distracted by his 3 month old cuteness!

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