Sunday, May 29, 2011

Yep, there's a baby in there!

This week I went back to work at Trader Joe's after taking a much-needed week off for relaxation, and upon returning I started getting comments about how much more obviously I was showing than before. For the most part, whenever anyone would comment on my belly or ask about the progress of my 'bump,' I would say, 'Yeah, my belly is getting pretty big, but it's not a hard baby bump. It's just the fat I've gained,' or 'I'm just really bloated and retaining a lot of water. It's not a REAL baby bump yet.' I was under the impression a true baby bump had to be round and hard, not soft in any way. But by the middle of this week, I finally came to accept and acknowledge that I have a true bump in the works. While it may not be hard yet, it is low and round, forming right where a baby bump should. I truly look pregnant, not just like I've gained weight (or had too many beers!) So, yes, I now have a bump. I am so excited!

Today I had a really healthy craving! I woke up craving carrots and sugar snap peas (an odd craving, considering I've always been impartial to sugar snap peas) so I indulged, and am now eating them for dinner. I was also craving black bean and cheese burritos in a whole wheat tortilla. That was lunch! So while I still get cravings for ice cream and popcicles (I currently have 3 different varieties of popcicles in the freezer!) and drool over cupcakes and lemon meringue pie, I do feel lucky that I also crave veggies, salads, and other healthy meals. I've heard from other moms who could eat nothing but white bread and burgers during their pregnancy, and while I've encountered some food aversions to some healthy foods (like any kind of sliced whole grain bread-- unless it's toasted!) I do feel like I enjoy a relatively balanced diet.

Oh, and have I yet mentioned that my little bean might be a vegetarian? Early in my first trimester, I started developing aversions to meat, starting with chicken. Little by little, most meat began to repulse me; the texture, the taste, the smell. I can handle fish pretty easily, as well as the occasional small portion of red meat, some pork products like prosciutto, and (most unhealthily) processed meats like burgers and mystery nuggets. Luckily, avoiding meat doesn't bother me too much. I was a strict vegan for a couple of years, and found it pretty easy to eat a balanced diet (when I wasn't overdosing on vegan desserts!) and am perfectly skilled in creating wholesome meals without meat. I (and the little bean) love vegetarian meat products, like veggie sausage patties, veggie burgers, and veggie nuggets. And while I don't think any kind of processed food, soy based mock-meats included, should be eaten in large quantities, I do enjoy them a few times a week. I'm really learning to listen to my body; it's smarter than it seems.

Onward, to week 17!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Mother's Day 2011!

I know this post is a little overdue, but I don't always have the mental energy to write regularly. But it's all the same, right? Better late than never?

This year I experienced a first: Spencer and I hosted our moms at our apartment for mother's day brunch! I'd never even hosted a single holiday at my house, much less brought together two families at once, but it turned out to be a great success. We had just enough chairs and table space to fit my mom, my step-dad Chad, my brother Keenan, Spencer's mom, Spencer's sister, and the two of us. We (well, Spencer, actually) made french toast, breakfast potatoes, breakfast sausage, and an egg and goat cheese scramble. I made my own contribution as well, and can't wait to make it again!

Rosemary Blueberry Lemonade

How to make this tasty, refreshing beverage:

1/2 cup sugar
6 cups water, divided
6-8 sprigs fresh rosemary
3/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 cup frozen blueberries

Bring the sugar and 2 cups water to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat. Add rosemary, cover and steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain the syrup into a pitcher and stir in the lemon juice and remaining 4 cups of water. Adjust lemon to taste by adding additional juice! Chill. Before serving, top pitcher with frozen blueberries.

The frozen blueberries melt slowly, adding a good chill (especially handy if you didn't have time to chill completely in the fridge first!) and a lovely purple/blue hue to the lemonade. So tasty! I can't wait to make this all summer long!

I may only be 15 weeks pregnant, but baby has already collected a small wardrobe, thanks to Spencer's mom! Most of the items are clearly for a boy, even though we have another couple weeks until we get the ultrasound that will tell us for sure.

In other news, the start of my second trimester is going well. When I have energy, I have a lot of it. However, I still get easily fatigued. I've had to work some things out with my boss at the cleaning job, so I can take a longer lunch and recharge better. I've found that my body can't handle more than four hours of physical work, like intense housecleaning, without exhausting me completely. But the longer lunches have helped immensely! I feel bad being so high maintenance and demanding, especially at a relatively new job, but this baby is truly the number one priority. And to keep baby healthy, I need to keep my body healthy and full of energy.

I've played two shows with The Shy Ones since being pregnant. Last night we played the comet. Getting dressed has been tricky, but I have resigned to the fact that I cannot easily hide my bump any longer. It's there. To be honest it's definitely more of a fat bump than a hard baby bump, but it's a bump nonetheless!

It was a tiring show too! Especially in heels. I quickly changed into flat sandals afterward and crawled into my warm bed.