On Pregnancy

posted on: Thursday, October 30

Being pregnant is weird. And amazing. And it blows my mind every day that there is a little itty bitty human inside of me that we MADE! All this being said, I feel like there is a lot that they don't tell you before you get pregnant. Or, non-pregnant people just don't pay attention? Or we just didn't pay attention. But, we have a lot of friends who have had babies and there is some stuff that no one ever talked about. 

So for anyone who may be interested, here are some things I've learned about being pregnant that I wish I had known: Patience is key. 9 months is a loooong time folks. And, when you're roasting a little chicken in there you pay veeerrry close attention to the weeks as they pass by. I am not a majorly patient person so this is hard for me. I just wanna meet this little babe already! Heartburn is no joke. If you think you know what heartburn feels like, I promise YOU DO NOT know until you are pregnant what real heartburn is. Zantac is all I have to say! Women's bodies are seriously amazing! You never really know how you will show. I remember claiming I was showing early on and let's just be real, I wasn't. Once the bump came and was obvious, I was SO excited. Then it just kept coming. And then people were like OH you've popped. Then people were like oh it looks like there's a basketball in there. Then people were like wow, are you having twins ha ha ha. NO. No I'm not having twins. And, please, people — don't talk if you are going to imply that a pregnant woman is really showing now and WOW, you still have that long to go? Just don't. On this same notion, do you know how squished all those organs get. This chart blows my mind! High five women. We rule! What cravings? Maybe some people get cravings but that seems to be the number one question people ask and it gets old. And, just you wait until one more person asks you about pickles and ice cream. You'll want to smack them in the face. Not everyone craves pickles people! Baby kicks are THE best. And nudges, and hiccups, and all of that. My favorite thing about being pregnant is feeling the baby move. The best is when I'm spooning the hubby in the middle of the night and the baby kicks and HE feels it on his back and wakes up. LOVE IT! Babies are strong. On that same note, when baby gets big, those kicks are like WOW. Stop you in your tracks, yikes! Still pretty awesome, though. Doctor google is evil. We already know this but when you're pregnant, google is your biggest enemy. Call your Doctor. That's what they're there for. Birth plan? I can't even tell you how many people go nuts about this. What's your birth plan? I've read SO many stories about women who made big plans for birth and then were devastated when it didn't go according to plan. It's really made me think a lot about it and we've done our best to really educate ourselves about every option out there. In the end, I don't know what will happen, but our "plan" is to be flexible and informed. I hope that as a Mama I'm not disappointed in any way with the birth. For now I'm going into it knowing that we've surrounded ourselves with people we trust and that we're making the best decisions we can and that is the plan. I don't know how some women work out and do yoga and run and are really physically active up until the end. Seriously, kudos to those women because I'm exhausted after walking a mile! Or even a half mile. The third trimester is hard. I don't feel like myself anymore and its really difficult to do normal things, like sit on a toilet or sleep! So, be warned! Pregnancy brain is real. I forget LOTS of stuff. Unless it has to do with baby ;) I feel plain dumb sometimes. Again, not like myself. Can't wait for that to go away! Your skin and hair will be amazing. And then it'll all go away and your hair will fall out and it won't be amazing anymore. NEVER cut your hair when pregnant. Ok, you can cut it but don't chop it off. You'll regret it. I did! Biggest pregnancy regret ever. Grow while you can little hairs, grow! Nesting is real. And it feels awesome to prepare for this little one. So people, get out of the way and let a lady nest! Being pregnant is weird. It just is. Your body does crazy things. You will have the oddest conversations with your husband/partner. You will push boundaries and ask them to do things or look at things, or google things and it will be hilarious. And I'm convinced that if you can keep on laughing at the craziness of it all, you will be ok. And, in the end — this baby is going to rock your weird world more than anything else ever. Ahhh I can't wait!!!!! Counting down the days!

And, yes we got preggy pics taken because you are lucky if you are pregnant in your life maybe once or twice. You just never know and this was something we wanted to document and I'm SO happy we did. Kudos and huge thanks to our amazing photographer, Mikhail!

Tribal Pumpkin DIY

posted on: Thursday, October 16

I'm not even sure I can truly call this a DIY since it is the easiest thing to accomplish. Ever. Here's what you need: some white pumpkins, a gold sharpie (or silver, or black, or all of the above), and your imagination (or a good tribal print to emulate! – hello pinterest!) Gather said pumpkins and draw! That's it. Easy peasy. I feel like I've cheated the DIY world somehow but at 35 weeks pregnant and counting I'm saving my energy if ya know what I mean! Happy DIY-ing.

Sunflowers are Kinda Great

posted on: Wednesday, October 8

A few weeks ago we traveled north toward Newbury, MA in search of some sunflowers. We found them. And, despite the minor detail that they were a week past their "prime time", the view was pretty rad. There were just SO many. And even if they were a little wilted, they were just splendid. We happened to choose one of the last 80 plus degree days so we didn't stay for too long but I can't wait to bring our little girl there next year! P.S. if you want to go on a little adventure, the farm is called Colby Farms and they have loads of good stuff. I would also suggest driving the short five minutes down the road to downtown Newburyport and grabbing yourself some Mexican food for lunch!

Banana Bread with Nutella

posted on: Wednesday, October 1

Yes, yes we know food rules my world right now BUT besides the fact that I'm pregnant, we just moved from a 700 square foot apartment to a REAL house with a REAL kitchen and let me tell you — it begs to be cooked in. So here goes. This banana bread is soooo yummy and so easy and dare I say it has less sugar than my normal recipe. Or maybe I'm just telling myself that. The recipe makes two loaves, so enjoy! Recipe adapted from Zoe Bakes.

3 large or 4 medium (2 cups mashed) bananas, yellow with brown speckles
1 cup brown sugar, packed
4 oz. (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour 
2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Nutella

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with butter, lined with buttered parchment. 

Mash bananas. In a stand mixer combine the sugar, butter, milk, eggs, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the sugar/butter mixture slowly, just until smooth. Add the bananas and mix just until they are combined. (Careful not to over mix.)

Place the Nutella in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds to soften. Drizzle 2/3 of the Nutella over the banana bread batter. Gently fold the Nutella into the batter, trying not to over mix, so you can see the swirls when it's baked. So pretty! 

Divide the batter into the pans, trying not to overly mix the batter, so you still see the swirls!Add the rest of the Nutella and swirl into the top of the batter. Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool. Dig in!

On Pregnancy Emotions

posted on: Monday, September 29

Ahh the bump in all her glory! 33 weeks and counting. I have to talk about pregnancy emotions because I don't see a lot of people on the inter web talking about them. Maybe I'm just not looking or paying attention. In all honesty I hadn't thought much about it until lately. Perhaps its just the lack of sleep or some of the woes that come with getting, dare I say, bigger... but every once in a while my husband will have to put his incredible negotiating skills to work. It goes something like this: 

After one entire day chock full of learning about babies at our hospital — having them, feeding them, bathing them, changing them, did I say having them? Natural or with medicine? Bassinet or no? Did someone say co-sleep? How dare! We began the drive home around 5:30 in rush hour traffic. Somewhere on that drive home in the midst of a perfectly fine conversation the topic of nesting came up. Meltdown begin. I still don't know why. I think it is because I feel slightly ganged up on when it comes to this topic. I've been wanting to 'nest' for some time now. Just to get everything in place, ya know! I couldn't find the crib I wanted in stock anywhere and every time I would bring up organizing everyone would say oh you've got time. I know I have time. I have counted these weeks and days with vigor! And as it gets closer I don't care how much time is left... I'm ready to nest. Of course, this opened up the cry box. Silly things that really don't matter but the tears they fell streaming down my face. My poor husband looking oh so helpless as he weaved through traffic. His calmness still amazes me in these times and I think it'll come in handy during labor. (wink wink.) So as my husband tries to soothe me I can't help but think how quickly that switch just switched. Perfectly fine to a wet sobby mess in just seconds. And this wouldn't be the last time, oh no. 

I barely missed another bucket full of tears during a cookie baking session gone wrong. My lovely little pineapple cookies that I spent so much time rolling out and cutting with my cute pineapple cookie cutter. Well those beauties turned into BLOBS as soon as they started cooking. What is the point of a cookie cutter if they're just going to start blobbing up as soon as they bake? Nada! So as husband soothed and I roared "but they're BLOBS!!!" we eventually determined a solution (just re-cut the blobs when they're fresh out of the oven and still warm and gooey - it totally worked!) Disaster averted! Thank you husband and family for your understanding and acceptance that there's a lot going on in this little body of mine and some days are easy and some days are hard. And some things are triggers for whatever reason that may be. Yes I know it's the hormones but don't bring that up with pregnant people. We get it. We just need extra hugs sometimes, or a shoulder to cry on, and most importantly we need not to feel like we're being crazy. Even if we are. Done.