Welcome third trimester! We’re in the homestretch, people. [Insert big sigh of relief here.] Don’t get me wrong, I love this pregnancy and the anticipation of meeting our little guy, but I’m so ready for jeans without elastic waistbands and tops that actually fit. And, in just 12 (give or take – please dear Lord don’t let this child be late like his sister!) short weeks those trivial things will be in clear view and we’ll be meeting our sweet little man.
I had my monthly OB appointment this morning – which now switches to every two weeks, yowza! – and everything looked great. I took my gluclose test on Wednesday and was stressing that the results wouldn’t be good but it turns out my blood sugar level is actually on the low end of the spectrum. A “healthy” or “normal” blood sugar level is around 100 and mine came in at 84. The doctor said I may feel dizzy or get light-headed because of this, but just be aware of it and drink some juice or eat a little snack. It won’t effect the baby at all which is all I needed to hear! Maybe this is why I constantly crave all those sweet treats and desserts?! It’s a nice excuse to indulge, isn’t it 😉 My weight gain is back on track at my normal 4 pounds/month and I’m weighing in at a whopping 150 even.
Baby Brother is constantly moving and reminding me that he is in fact a non-stop and rambunctious boy. I’ve had some leg cramps and sore shins if I stand for too long recently and my feet have started the dreaded swelling process… I really don’t remember swelling until I was much further along with Della. Oh the joys! Other than that, Baby Brother and I are doing just fine and I’m anxious for April. 12 more weeks… 12 more weeks… 12 more weeks…
We know by defintion that mercy means “An event to be grateful for, esp. because its occurrence prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering.” So, what if? What if this was the answer to our prayers. My dad is no longer suffering. That is the one thing in this very uncertain situation we can be certain of.
We have a long road ahead of us. A road lined with questions. Anger. Hurt. Tears. Longing. Aching for Dad. For Popa. And these last two days have been especially emotional for me, but with all of these emotions flowing, this morning I am certain… Certain that my Dad is in a better place, and because of that I am starting to feel peace.
Well, my birthday will be here in exactly 4 days, and it’s always fun to throw together a little “wish list” …even if I don’t actually expect any gifts nowadays – as long as I get some sort of sweet, tasty treat to indulge in 😉
I made these muffins the week of Christmas to give out to family members as gifts, and they turned out so well that now anytime I see bananas turning a bit brown on our banana rack, I immediately want to bake them again. So stinkin’ good! So stinkin’ good in fact, that I just ate TWO for breakfast …with a side of fresh blueberries and strawberries, so it totally balances itself out, right? Right??!
Anyway… they’re super simple to whip up. The crumb topping is more of a crunchy sugary coating (Think: Panera’s Cinnamon Crunch bagels!) with specks of almonds. Perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. Here’s what I did:
for the muffins…
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cups white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 t vanilla
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 T butter, melted
Preheat oven to 375. Line muffin tin with about a dozen muffin cups. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened.
Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups with a large cookie scoop. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, flour, almonds, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins. (I made sure this recipe had extra! crumb topping, so be sure to sprinkle liberally!) Bake in preheated oven for twenty-twenty five minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffins comes out clean.
I had my monthly OB appointment yesterday morning and was not-so pleasantly surprised by the weigh-in results. This is probably the most difficult part of pregnancy for me – gaining weight. I know it’s obviously a necessity when growing a baby, but seeing that scale increase every month really gets to me. I need to give myself a daily reminder that it’s good for the baby and not something to dwell over right now.
During the holidays I let myself enjoy any (and every) thing I wanted, but I’ve made a personal goal to get back into the habit of making sure I’m giving this baby the best nutrients I can, while being more aware of my snacking. I never (and I mean NEVER) drank soda pre-pregnancy, and that has become my guilty pleasure these last couple of months that I really need to kick. Sweets have always been a weakness for me as well, and with the mentality of “I’m only gonna get bigger…” I find myself indulging more than usual.
Besides my struggle with weight gain, everything else has been pretty easy-going at this point. I’ve had a couple more instances of really sharp pelvic pain, but after some research, it’s seems pretty normal. Just my body preparing for birth, I guess!
Dan worked on Baby Brother’s room this past week when he was off of work and I’m SO HAPPY with the results. We (okay, Dan…) also set up the crib, changing table, and glider so it’s more of a nursery now and not just a pretty painted room 🙂 Dan and I both keep sneaking in, walking around, rocking on the glider… daydreaming of our little guy.
As for cravings, I haven’t had anything recently that I just “have to have!” I’m still eating oranges any chance I get and I recently found these Cara Cara oranges that I’m loving. They’re so pretty when you cut them up, too!
Ramen noodles have also been added to my “I could eat this and never tire of it” list. Random, but so good.
I wanted to document my growing bump a couple weeks ago and took a few maternity shots at home. I forgot to post them earlier, so here are just a few…
Do you have any family traditions you’d like to continue but want to tweak or update a bit? My mom and grandmother always made lentil soup for the New Year – there’s just something warm and comforting about a big bowl of soup to start off the year. I wanted to continue this ritual, but was never really a fan of lentil soup, so I decided to try a new recipe of my own. This soup will definitely be making an appearance in years to come – I think it may just be my best one yet! …there’s proof at the end of the recipe 😉
3 1/2 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup chopped baby carrots
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup diced cooked ham
3 1/4 cups water
1 cube of chicken bouillon
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste – depending on how salty your bouillon is.
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
5 tablespoons butter
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
Dash of dried thyme
Combine the potatoes, celery, carrots, onion, ham and water in a dutch oven or large pot. Bring to a boil, then cook over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the chicken bouillon, salt, and pepper. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the flour with a fork and cook, stirring constantly until thick, about a minute or so. Slowly stir in the milk so that lumps don’t form, until all of the milk has been added. Continue stirring over medium-low heat until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the milk mixture into the veggie and ham mixture, and cook soup until heated through. After tasting, I decided the soup needed a bit more flavor and put in a dash or two of dried thyme – can’t really tell you exactly how much; just to your liking.
I served ours with shredded cheese on top, a big loaf of crusty french bread, and a plate of olive oil and herbs for dipping. Dan ate two bowls – now that’s saying something from a guy who doesn’t like soup!
Happy New Years! I’m so excited for what 2013 has in store for us.
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Just a quick video of how we started our Christmas morning.
We had to wake Della up at 7:45 because she was still snoozing away in bed. Once she finally made her way downstairs, she hid her eyes for what seemed like an eternity. We think she thought Santa was still in our living room – ha! These are the little moments I want to remember forever.