Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Delicious Things

^^Mazen eating corn on the cob last week! In the middle of this dinner he said “Can we have corn on the cob soon?” And we had to explain that he was eating it on the cob! He also had blackened mahi and kale salad – I was proud! He’s gotten so much better at dinnertime over the past year.

Thomas gets all the credit for this blackened fish – it was so good! I get credit for finding my corn holders deep in a kitchen things basket :mrgreen: So necessary for COTC!

Another night we had a taco bar! We used to have this once a week when I was growing up. My mom always put shredded carrots and plain yogurt on the buffet (!?)


Now it’s alllllll about the guac! (I don’t think I had an avocado until I was in college….)

We followed Vie meal plan and I made the super simple tomato soup, which was not only super simple but also soooo good! We had it for dinner one night with grilled cheeses. (I convinced Mazen it was tomato sauce and he liked it) and then I had it for lunch the next day too with melted cheese!

I can’t wait to make this one again!

Moving backwards to lunch, I had this chilled pea soup at Orzo while dining with my friend Emily. It was divine! I wish I had the recipe.

And the crispy calamari salad with dill-yogurt dressing I had with it was absolutely perfect. Orzo is Emily’s go-to spot for lunch, and she has me hooked!

I’ve been on the sardine train at home. You wouldn’t think sardines would be a pregnancy craving but they are! I think I crave their richness. I made the salad with carrots, relish, yogurt, mayo, and mustard and ate it on a rice cake.

Breakfast smoothie aka purple monster with all.the.berries and Vega Coconut Almond. Plus buttered toast and coffee.

Creative art-inspired breakfast with yogurt, toast and fruit.

And finally, a lovely bowl of oatmeal made with strawberries, banana, chia and peanut butter.

That’s a wrap of real food eats for ya!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Reader Survey—I Want To Hear From You!

Baby: Weeks 17-18

I’m back with another pregnancy update! I am never sure how often or when I’m going to post, but I keep a running list of things to mention, and when it starts to get long I write a post. Plus, looking at my blog analytics, you guys clearly love the baby posts, so I suppose I will keep them coming!


I’m feeling really good! Good energy. Good appetite. Not too many cravings. I’m eating normally. I’m feeling normal. No food aversions; no nausea. I’m totally off all medicines. (Although I still take prenatal and probiotics.) I’m still sleeping well – 9-10 hours a night! No real need for naps. I think I’m just hanging out in this sweet spot. I’ve definitely got the cravings to start Nesting, as you saw. My only real issue is SI joint pain – see below!


SI joint pain is my #1 symptom. I went to see Cindy Janechild, body work extraordinaire, to help balance out my fascia and alignment and that helped. She showed me how to lie on the floor with my feet on a chair to neutralize the pelvis. And I’m wearing K-tape and/or a belly band when I exercise. I have a feeling I’m going to be dealing with this SI pain for a very long time.


I read some of my old Mazen posts from 17 & 18 weeks and I wrote that I had clogged pores on my chest and a stuffy nose. I have those same symptoms this time and laughed out loud when I read them. I’ve always heard “every pregnancy is so different” but so far this one and that one have been identical. I feel like I’m so much bigger this time because this time I can do this:

It’s like my body has some kind of muscle memory of where it stretched before and I can push it all out to that! I couldn’t do that with Mazen.

But normal posture bump-wise, it’s all about the same growth.

Mazen 18 weeks:

Baby Brother at the end of 17 weeks:

I’m finally (at 18 weeks) feeling a bit more like I’m walking through life bump first aka feeling pregnant. Most people notice that I am pregnant now. My “turn days” are on Mondays, meaning I turn from 17 weeks to 18 weeks on Mondays. I feel like every Monday I leap forward in progress (more movements, bigger bump) and then it just stalls out for the rest of the week. Babies do seem to grow right on cue!

Look at 15 weeks:

Compared to 18 (sorry I’m never facing the same way!)

I’ve been getting in some great workouts (with the belly band): lots of cycle classes, strength challenge, Afterburn, some running (but I’m taking walking breaks). I asked my doctor at my 18 week appointment if I had any restrictions other than contact sports and she said no, so long as I felt good I could continue. Listening to your body is the name of the game. I hope I can keep up the hard workouts – they do make me feel so good!

I gained 4 pounds between 10 and 14 weeks despite my nausea getting so much better during that time. I was kind of scared to see what would happen at 18 weeks, but I actually lost a pound! I’m guessing that’s my body balancing out a bit after the yucky first trimester and it’s a sign that the activity and eating well has paid off. I don’t mean to celebrate pregnancy weight loss since this season is about the baby growing, but I was very happy it wasn’t another large gain in a month. I think my body packs on the most pounds at the very beginning and the very end, which is what happened with Mazen too. I’m going to try not to have the “what the hell” attitude about eating in the last month and eat all the ice cream later this summer!


I’m feeling more movements, although they are still quite hard to feel. I think I’ve felt a kick or two, and sometimes I can feel my uterus get hard in a spot and assume he’s rubbing up against that part. I wrote in my 18 week post with Mazen that I felt a good strong few kicks that week, so I’m hoping I start to feel more of those soon! Baby B is the size of a soda can this week, which seems so big to me, and I’m just so in awe that he’s in there moving and growing and sucking his thumb already in there! I have tried to get Thomas feel my uterus and listen with his hands for movements, but he doesn’t like it when I bother the baby too much. It’s kind of like how kids are tempted to bang on an animal’s cage to get it to move – I am like an itchy kid trying to feel this baby move!  Thomas is the parent saying “leave him alone!” Apparently the baby’s bones are hardening right around this time and movements will really pick up in the next few weeks.

That’s all I got!


Oh Boy!

Oh Joy!

The First Trimester

On Healthy Living While Pregnant


Weeks 14-16

Mazen at 17 & 18 weeks

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Dear Mark: Tick Red Meat Allergy, Seventh-day Adventists, Magnesium and Carnivory

Graduation Weekend + Pool Hopping

Mazen had his last day of preschool on Thursday and a big celebration at a park on Friday. He wrapped up his 4th year of preschool, and he is kindergarten bound in the fall! (He will tell you “First I am going to lots of summer camps!”)

We loved this year’s teachers, and he had a really great year! My mom always tells me to reward good report cards to encourage academics. While Mazen isn’t quite old enough to get As and Bs, he had a glowing report from his teachers, so this whole weekend was “Mazen’s Graduation Celebration!” He loved it.

After the school picnic, we went to the pool for the first time! It was plenty hot, and the water wasn’t actually too bad. I always give myself some time “for my sunscreen to soak in” aka get hot before doing a while in the water. I was so impressed with Mazen’s swimming too. We played a chase game, and he caught me every time! He passed the swim test with ease this year (he was a little too afraid to attempt it last year) and he spent a while on the waterslides. He’s doing swim team this summer at our other pool, so I bet he’ll be doing flip turns before I know it.

Once home and showered, I found him dressing up in his “fancy clothes” and gelling his hair for his special dinner. (Note the buttons 🙂 )

We had fajitas and mocktails with Seedlip + tonic + mint for the adults.

Afterwards we did a special fire pit with s’mores on a lovely evening.

Because it was his party, Mazen decided to knock on all the neighbors’ doors and ask them to join us. Some of them did!

We sang “Happy graduation to you” while he ate his s’more : )

All snuggled into bed a la E.T. in the closet.

Thomas picked up Timbercreek biscuits for Saturday morning breakfast. I had mine with egg and jam with canteloupe on the side.

This guy doesn’t call it a weekend if he doesn’t do some hard labor. He cleaned the gutters and fixed the roof and pressured washed the porch and deck.

Meanwhile, Mazen went to Nona and John’s with his cousin for a morning full of sprinklers, water balloons, slip n slides, pizza, and chocolate chip cookies! They had a blast.

T and I had smoothies for lunch:

And then a leftover slice of pizza when Mazen came home!

Then we all packed up and went to the pool!

We were racing the weather a bit with storms coming in the afternoon, so we had about an hour and a half to enjoy the water.

Little froggy was sad when the skies darkened and then opened up into a downpour at 4:00.

We took warm showers/baths and then watched some of the Champions League soccer game.

Dinner took us to Stonefield for Burger Bach! My drink of the summer is a virgin margarita! So much more exciting than always ordering water.

Mazen is into sketching and takes a notebook and colored pencils everywhere now. I turned it into a math worksheet, which was a total game changer. It took him 10 minutes or so to work on this in silence. He’s really into math!

We shared fries (obvi) and I got a classic burger with a side salad. I could only fit half and brought the other half home for lunch. I think my stomach space has shrunk! I love that Burger Bach uses grass-fed beef.

Mazen got some sherbet (sherBERT!) from next door.


T and I caught up on the latest “Handmaid’s Tale” after bedtime. OMG.

Sunday morning fuel.

Mazen went over to Matt’s, Thomas headed to golf, and I went to prenatal yoga!

Hope you guys had a great weekend :mrgreen: Congrats to anyone who just graduated!

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