Thursday, September 6, 2018

What I’m Loving Lately 120

Hi, guys!

Boy, did this week fly by with the Monday holiday and heading off to Des Moines this morning. I’m taking a quick trip for the Niman Ranch Farmers’ Appreciation Dinner. I actually attended this same event 8 (!!) years ago – back when I was interested in where my food came from, but now I’m REALLY interested in where my food comes from. I’m excited to experience the trip with a whole new perspective. If you’re on Instagram, I’ll be sharing my adventures on Stories, so be sure to tune in! And, of course, I’ll share on the blog next week! 🙂

Since it’s Friday and all, I wanted to share what I am loving this week. It’s quite the mix of newfound foodie favs + the usual mix of random finds that I am especially digging lately. Enjoy!

The North Face Campshire Fleece Pullover – Once the temps drop in southern Massachusetts, I practically live in a cozy fleece jacket. Whether it’s heading to the gym, taking Murphy for a walk, or hitting the grocery store, this versatile jacket is one of my must-have fall and winter buys. The North Face always makes great gear, and I love that this fleece pullovers comes in 10 different colors! NEED.

Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes Ebook I broke out this oldie but goodie ebook the other day, and I’m excited to dive in again, especially now that the cooler weather is here. We really love the Fully Loaded Taco Meat – it’s so easy and delicious! Each recipe inside is strictly Paleo and Whole30-friendly. No grains, dairy, sugar, natural sweeteners, legumes or alcohol – just real food and flavor. Use the code CARROTS30 at checkout and get 30% off the ebook!


Beautycounter’s new Countercontrol line – I have definitely had my fair share of skin issues over the years – I shared my full story here if you are interested. Fortunately, I discovered Beautycounter and have continued to be impressed by the new lines of safe and effective skin care products that they put out. This new line really excites me as someone who has struggled with acne, even as an adult. The new Countercontrol line is designed for those with oily and blemish-prone skin, but don’t want tons of harsh chemicals that ultimately dry out your skin and make things worse. It’s definitely worth checking out if you struggle with acne and want to upgrade your skincare routine with non-toxic products.

Big Book of Bugs – Quinn loves all things creepy crawly, especially bugs! I’m generally not a fan of bugs, Quinn is fascinated by them, and I am more than happy to encourage his interests. This book has so many fun bug facts inside -and while it’s obviously great for kids, it’s been super interesting for Mal and me as well! The family that bug hunts together, stays together, right? 🙂 This book is awesome for kids of all ages and would make a great gift!

Zella Old School Daydream Jacket – I’m always keeping my eyes peeled for new markdowns at Nordstrom, especially the Zella brand, which is one of my favs. This zip-up jacket is similar to the Zella Day Dream Jacket that I blogged about last week. (FYI: It’s still on sale.) This jacket comes in white and red, which would add a fun pop to your workout wardrobe!

Old School Daydream Jacket, Main, color, White

Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack – Mal played this soundtrack the other night and EVERY song on it was awesome! It had so many classic hits in one place, so I didn’t have the urge to skip around. Big fan!

Guardians of the Galaxy

Thrive Market– I’m still loving Thrive Market and find myself buying more and more of our staples and pantry items there. I initially was buying a lot of the same brands I bought at Whole Foods, but, recently, I’ve been exploring the Thrive Market line. The result? LOVING IT! In our most recent order, we received Thrive Market brand oats, coconut oil, canned salmon and tuna, and coconut wraps, which are like 1/2 price compared to Whole Foods.

Curious about even more of our Thrive Market favorites, check out this blog post! Thinking about giving Thrive Market a try? Well, you are in luck! They’re offering full-size gifts with purchase. You just select your gift from the available options when you order – it’s as simple as that.


Coffee Chip O’MY Dairy Free Gelato – I have SO many awesome things to say about O’MY Dairy Free Gelato, which one of the founders actually brought to our home to try! How’s that for service? 🙂 The coffee chip flavor, in particular, is out of this world delicious – like dangerously delicious! I love that this line of gelato is allergen-friendly, so lots of people can enjoy it. It’s dairy, gluten, tree nut, peanut, egg, and soy free! Pretty great, right? I also love supporting a woman-run small business producing great products. Definitely keep a look out for it in stores!

No Bake Brownie Bites – Need I say more than brownie bites?! As I mentioned a few weeks back, I am loving the recipes that keep popping up from Kate Scarlata’s website and these are no exception. I really enjoy that she focuses on digestively friendly recipes, but, most importantly, they always look fantastic.

State Preete Bootie – One of the BEST parts of fall has to be boots and booties. Am I right? They are a great way to make a simple outfit look so much more stylish – something I always need! I’m lovvving these booties, which come in 4 different colors and are on sale for 40% off! I’m also loving these Born Cupra Tall Boot, which are great for wide calves and also 40% off right now. I’m definitely grabbing a pair of these to dress up my jeans!

Preete Bootie, Main, color, Iron Suede

Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Vinaigrette & Marinade – Here’s another great Thrive Market find for a MUCH better price than at the store. I love Primal Kitchen’s products because they don’t use any weird oils or unnecessary preservatives, which is actually really hard to find in pre-made salad dressings and sauces. This honey mustard vinaigrette is delicious as a salad dressing and flavorful chicken marinade. Make sure you toss it in your cart the next time you order from Thrive Market!

Question of the Day

Are you a fan of Thrive Market?

What is your favorite fall wardrobe staple?

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Clean Eating Garlic Broccolini Pasta Recipe

This clean eating garlic broccolini pasta recipe is an easy dinner to make on a busy weeknight.

My mom made this dish for me recently and I all but died and went to heaven. Even my son couldn’t stop… Read more →

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Our Decision to Have One Child

Hi, friends!

Ok, so it’s real talk time. I want to address something that’s been quite the hot topic on CNC lately: Whether or not Mal and I will have another child.

It’s funny how when your making one of the most important decisions of your life, everyone else seems to have an opinion – and I mean everyone. From our own parents to the waitress, who served us at dinner last week, people feel the need to tell us why they think having one child is either a fantastic decision or an absolutely horrible one.

Rather than be evasive or beat around the bush, I’m just going to say it right here – we probably will not have another child. While I’ll “never say never,” Mal and I have had countless conversations about this and have gone back and forth, and every time we ultimately agree that we’re happy with our little family as is. And that’s ok.

I think there tends to be more shame and judgement over the decision to have one child than there is to make the choice to have multiple children – and part of that stems from the assumption that parents who consciously choose to have one child are selfish. Nothing could be further from the truth! We did not take this decision lightly. Even clearing the air here with all of you wasn’t easy, but many people don’t realize just how hard making the choice is because while there are many positives, there will still always be negatives. If you’re in a similar situation or are just curious, I’d like to give you a little peek into the pros and cons we weighed that ultimately led us to decide to remain a single tiny human family.

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One of the biggest pros for us is travel! It’s way easier and cheaper with one child. We can visit places that might be off limits to larger families, and since we only have one kiddo’s schedule to adhere to, planning out our days is simplified and we can generally fit more into one trip.

Quinn also receives more attention as an only child because our time isn’t divided between caring for multiple children. I don’t mean that we spoil him with material things or give into every tantrum – just that he gets more of our energy, which translates to more playtime and more snuggles.

He’ll have the independence that many “oldest” kids have, but he won’t have to assume the role of responsible caretaker that the eldest child often does when there are younger sibling to take care of.

He will be able to self-entertain and self-soothe, both skills that can translate into his adult professional and personal life. Research has actually shown that only children have higher IQs! 🙂


Quinn will miss out on the sibling experience, and this was truly the hardest part of our decision. Mal and I both grew up with siblings and step-siblings, so we know how important those bonds are. It makes us a little sad that Quinn won’t have a built-in playmate. Plus, as he progresses into adulthood, he won’t have the opportunity for a larger biological family with nieces, nephews, etc. But hey – not all siblings get along or have healthy relationships as they get older, and we certainly don’t believe that to be “family” you have to be blood-related. We are blessed with a large friend group, our friends’ kids, extended family, and Quinn’s cousins are absolutely part of our lives. When we see them all hang out together, we know that Quinn is getting the feeling of having siblings, and we will make it our priority to maintain and encourage these types of relationships as he gets older.

Another con that we face having a by-choice single child family is the judgement from everyone else – and that will probably never go away, even when Quinn is well into adulthood. I get it – everyone thinks their opinion is the right one, and I’ve just learned to grin and bare it through the comments. It really used to upset me, but now I just let it roll off my shoulders. It’s our family, and the only opinion that counts is mine and Mal’s.

While there are pros and cons to keeping our family small, we feel that we’ve found ways to move past the more negative aspects of it. And yeah, as Quinn gets older, he won’t have someone in the next room to complain about Mumma and Dadda to – but isn’t that what friends are for? 🙂

Question of the Day

Are you a single child family or do you have a few kiddos? What are some of your pros and cons for each?

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10 Delicious DIY Salad Dressings

(This post is an update to an earlier post version.)

A Big-Ass Salad, as you know, is a perfect main meal of the day. However, with a little creativity there’s no limit to how (or when) you can enjoy your favorite combination of vegetables, greens and more. While Primal Kitchen® now offers a literal rainbow of 11 ready-made dressings and marinades that are all natural, whole-food, and fully Primal choices (including vegan and Whole30®-approved options), there’s always room for DIY creativity to fit your favorite salad varieties. Check out these 10 Primal-worthy ideas—and share your own in the comment section. Enjoy!

1. Raspberry Vinaigrette

This salad dressing is a summer classic. It’s tasty and refreshing—especially when paired with a salad of mixed baby greens, feta cheese and toasted walnuts.


  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen (defrosted) raspberries
  • 1/3 cup of Primal Kitchen® Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine
  • 1/2 packet of stevia or monkfruit (or equivalent of other natural, low-carb sweetener)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Black pepper, to taste


Finely chop mint leaves or shred in food processor. Set aside.

Puree fresh or defrosted raspberries in food processor until smooth. Pour into a mason jar or other container with a tight lid.

Mix raspberry puree with extra virgin avocado oil and white wine. Add sea salt, black pepper, sweetener and shredded mint leaves. Close the jar or container tightly, and shake to combine.

Serve immediately over salad and enjoy!

2. Citrus Vinaigrette

Liven up a regular salad with this crisp and refreshing summer-inspired salad dressing.


  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Again, in a large mason jar or container with a tight lid, combine the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and lemon juice. Drizzle in the avocado oil while whisking vigorously with fork. Once mixed, add the walnuts and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Dill Vinaigrette

This salad dressing is so tasty, you’ll want to double the recipe so that you can have it again when dinner time rolls around!


In a blender or food processor (low setting), combine the oil, vinegar, dill weed, onion powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

4. Balsamic Vinaigrette

Although this makes a great, simple salad dressing, it’s equally delicious as a marinade for meat or drizzle on steamed vegetables.


In a mason jar or other container with a tight lid, combine all the ingredients. Shake until all ingredients are combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

5. Basil Vinaigrette

Delicious year round, this salad is especially tasty when paired with an Italian-themed salad laden with fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes.


In a bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, wine or vinegar, basil, and garlic. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

6. Parsley Dressing

Try this flavorful dressing on a salad of mixed greens or other mild-flavored salad combination.


In a bowl, combine the avocado oil, lemon juice and onion powder. Once combined, add in the chopped parsley, mix thoroughly with a whisk and serve.

7. Lemon Caesar Dressing

Try this citrus-infused spin on the popular salad dressing option.


In a bowl, whisk all ingredients except oil and sour cream. Once combined, slowly add oil, whisking constantly until smooth (if you stop, the dressing could break). Once combined, whisk in sour cream until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

8. Asian Dressing

Add a taste of the orient (without the added sugar) with this tangy Asian-inspired dressing.


  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Asian mustard (should be easily found in the ethnic food aisle of your local grocery store)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 medium garlic cloves, minced

In a bowl, whisk together orange juice, vinegar, sesame seeds, mustard, sugar, salt, and garlic. Once combined, slowly whisk in sesame oil.

9. Ginger-Asian Dressing

A second spin on the Asian dressing theme, this dressing is delicious on salads as well as steamed or grilled veggies.


  • 1 carrot, fresh, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp hot mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root, grated

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

10. French Style Dressing

Looking for a way to get the kids to eat their greens? This tasty recipe is sure to wow them.


  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper

In a large mason jar or other container with a tight lid, combine all ingredients, shake it up and serve.

Thanks for stopping in today, everyone. Which dressing looks like something you’d try? Any DIY recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you on the comment board. Have a great end to the week.


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Clean Up Your Beauty Routine: How To Find Safe Makeup & Cosmetics

Years ago I took a hard look at all the beauty products I was using daily… everything from my shampoo, to my lotion, to my lipstick. I found that not only were most of them filled with controversial chemicals, but I was using way too many products that were not even necessary. That was a big wake up call.

That’s when I decided to majorly clean up my beauty product routine. I started getting rid of risky products and slowly replaced them with the safest (and simplest) products I could find. I’m happy to say that now my daily routine is super simple and I feel so much better knowing I’m not slathering potentially cancerous chemicals on my skin day after day.

Next time you’re walking down the makeup aisle at the drug store, pick up any cosmetic off the shelf – and you’ll likely find at least one ingredient that is linked to cancer. 

Some cosmetics contain ingredients that damage the skin and end up making you look older. Pretty ironic for “beauty” products, right?

That’s because cosmetics are not regulated as strictly as food products. Companies can get away with using these risky ingredients because they have been used for years and there is not enough pressure for them to change their ways. There are safer alternatives, but it all comes down to using the cheapest ingredients to pad their bottom line – even though it comes at the expense of our health.

Just take a look at what’s in some popular products, like Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, which is made with some very risky ingredients linked to cancer…

Quaternium-15 slowly releases small amounts of formaldehyde, a substance which can cause cancer.  The triethanolamine (TEA) is known to react with other chemicals found in beauty products, creating the nitrosamine NDELA – a carcinogen. Parabens (methylparaben and butylparaben) are endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to breast cancer and reproductive problems.

You’ll also find parabens in CoverGirl’s Clean Professional Loose Powder, but I’d say the worst ingredient in this product is the first ingredient: Talc.

Talc in cosmetics can be contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen that is especially dangerous when airborne. Talc containing asbestos is linked to lung cancer (when inhaled) and to other cancers near where it has been placed on the body. That’s why you want to avoid using talc-based makeup powders, as it can easily get into the air where you inhale it right into your lungs.

Not all talc is contaminated with asbestos, and I don’t know if CoverGirl’s powders are contaminated, but I would avoid makeup made with talc as a precaution. There are safer alternatives (which I will tell you about below). Talc is a very common ingredient in powders, eye shadows, bronzers, and highlighters… so keep an eye out for it!

Here you’ll find talc as a main ingredient in Neutrogena “healthy skin” concealer – but it also contains a couple other ingredients linked to cancer…

“PEG” compounds in makeup can be contaminated with Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane, which are both linked to cancer. Also, the preservative BHT is a suspected endocrine disruptor that can mess with hormones in the body – another risk for cancer.

The preservative methylisothiazolinone is believed to trigger eczema and allergic reactions. According to the EWG, some research suggests that it may be neurotoxic.

One of the most sneaky ingredients you’ll find in cosmetics is “fragrance”. Just like “natural flavors” in our food, cosmetic companies don’t tell you everything that is in these fragrances and they can include highly toxic ingredients, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens. They often contain alcohols, which can irritate sensitive skin and make you appear older.

L’oreal’s True Match Lumi Foundation is filled with FOUR different parabens: methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben…

Not only are parabens linked to cancer, but they have been shown to accelerate the appearance of wrinkles!

One study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that methylparaben dried the skin and made it appear more wrinkled, because it decreases collagen levels in the body (which is what makes the skin look young and supple). 

This foundation also includes Octinoxate sunscreen, which is an endocrine disruptor that can interfere with thyroid function and may increase risk of breast cancer.

Simple lip balm can be laden with risky chemicals too… 

Baby Lips by Maybelline is made with ingredient Petrolatum (petroleum jelly) – a byproduct of petroleum refining. If petrolatum is not properly refined, it may be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – a group of chemicals that are widely linked to cancer. This ingredient is commonly found in lipsticks, so make sure to check the ingredients in yours.

Be careful about what you wash that makeup off with too…

Most face washes use various sulfate ingredients which create that lathered up foam that makes you feel like you are getting clean… but are not exactly safe. Ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and ammonium laureth sulfate (ALS) may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which is linked to cancer. You won’t see 1,4-dioxane on an ingredient list because it forms during manufacturing and the FDA doesn’t require a warning label.

The preservative DMDM hydantoin slowly releases small amounts of the carcinogen formaldehyde every time you use it. Another substance you won’t find on the label.

I don’t like the idea of using something that can potentially cause cancer over time.

I believe exposure to carcinogens even at low levels is unnecessary – especially in products I use daily or often. Here’s how to clean up your beauty routine:

10 Tips For Cleaning Up Your Beauty Routine:

  1. Get familiar with the top ingredients to avoid. Check the products you are currently using for the ingredients discussed in this post and start looking for replacements for the offending products.
  2. Choose fragrance-free products. Buy everything unscented and then scent yourself with natural fragrances created from mostly plants and essential oils.
  3. Adopt a minimalist approach – do you really need to coat your eyes with eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and eyebrow pomade every day? How many products do you use on a daily basis? Think about the money you’d save if you just used a couple safe products.  
  4. Check all your products individually for safety.  Don’t assume if you use a certain brand, your product is safe. Many companies have products across the spectrum from really safe and natural to horribly toxic.
  5. Look for products made with simple organic ingredients. The simpler the better! 
  6. When in doubt, use natural oils on your skin. Sesame is considered one of the best because it contains several vitamins and minerals, has been known to fight skin cancer, and is naturally antibacterial. Try using coconut or sesame oil as a moisturizer and makeup remover.
  7. Choose products that focus on improving the health of your skin… versus how they will make you look. For instance, look for products full of antioxidants which help to rejuvenate the skin and defy aging.
  8. Don’t try to do it all at once. If you find out that some of the products you use are harmful, go ahead and use them until they are gone and then replace them with new safer products. I started with my mascara. I replaced it and systematically started replacing each item in my makeup bag. It can feel overwhelming at first, so start with one or two products that you use often and then take it from there. 
  9. Give your face a rest a few times a week. Spend a couple of days without makeup each week and allow your skin to naturally be rejuvenated.
  10. Find a safe makeup brand you can trust and vote with your dollars. Stop supporting companies that are harming the environment, your family and most importantly your own body with crazy chemicals! Choose to buy your products from a company that does all the RIGHT things.

I’m so happy to have found a cosmetics brand that I trust: 100% PURE.

All 100% PURE products are made with organic ingredients and no synthetic chemicals. Here’s why I love this brand:

  • They test each ingredient for pesticide residues
  • Cruelty-free with no animal testing.
  • Free of all of those controversial ingredients found in most cosmetics… no parabens, talc, chemical sunscreens, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, PEG compounds, or synthetic fragrances.
  • Instead of using artificial dyes like other brands, all 100% PURE products are pigmented using fruits and vegetables, which are full of beneficial vitamins and antioxidants. How cool is that?

Even if you don’t wear makeup, they’ve got amazing shampoo, bath products, body scrubs, soaps, face creams, and moisturizers too.

100% Pure is now a partner of Food Babe and I am so happy to give you a chance to try their products (or continue using them) at a great deal. 

Get 15% OFF all orders through FRIDAY 9/7  when you use the exclusive code FOODBABE.

Plus, get a FREE gift valued at $121 when you spend $70 or more – WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Your gift includes all this…

  • 100% PURE Pigmented Better Naked Palette ($53)
  • 100% PURE Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick in Protea ($29)
  • 100% PURE Cruelty-Free Crease Brush E40 ($15)
  • 100% PURE Cruelty-Free Angled Contour Brush F30 ($19)
  • 100% PURE Limited Edition bag ($5)

This gift from 100% PURE is crazy good (worth over $120). There are a LIMITED NUMBER of these gifts available, and when they run out, they run out. This is a rare deal that doesn’t come around often.

This is my go-to look using 100% PURE products before a night out… 

  • Fruit Pigmented Ultra Lengthening Mascara – Black Tea
  • Fruit Pigmented Satin Eye Shadow: Caribbean
  • Fruit Pigmented Cherry Lip & Cheek Stain
  • Fruit Pigmented Pretty Naked Palette
  • Volumizing Shampoo
  • Volumizing Conditioner

If you know anyone who loves to wear makeup, but who may need a beauty bag makeover… please send them this post. Everyone should know about the potential carcinogens lurking in beauty products (and I’m sure they’ll be thrilled to save money on these safe products too.)



P.S. This exclusive FOODBABE discount from 100% PURE ends this Friday (9/7/18) at midnight. So make sure to get your order in quick to get your discount and super gift (which will run out)!

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Baby Update: 30-33 Weeks

Black hides it so well :mrgreen:

I getting SO excited that the end is near(ish). (Near = still likely 2 months away!) Now that I’ve gone on my last trip and September is here, I feel like we are in the home stretch. I have that “if he comes any time soon I am ready” feeling. I’m not sure I’m “pack-the-hospital-bag” ready, but maybe I should do that soon, just because. I know HE is not quite ready yet, and even though I get excited thinking about him coming sooner rather than later, I truthfully do want him to stay in there until my due date exactly because that would be best for his health. 

Two new changes:

1) I suddenly feel huge. Like as huge as I was the day I delivered Mazen. (Is my memory just tricking me or am I bigger this time? I don’t know.)

2) Because his movements have been CRAZY lately! Very “baby like” and full of limbs and body parts!

Early on the movements were more like little pokes and pops that weren’t all that human-like but now – mostly as of 32-ish weeks – I feel like I have a giant baby in there! I know it sounds silly to say because obviously there is a baby in there, but pregnancy is just so crazy. I’m having a hard time believing that I have 2 more months to grow bigger because I already have that “I’m ready to pop” feeling. Ahh! Some of his movements actually hurt a lot. Sometimes it’s like he crowds up in one area and the pressure is pretty painful. I also have a tender spot on the right center that hurts a lot when he presses on it too much. He LOVES the right side of my uterus, which I think is slightly tilted to the right to begin with. I don’t know if he has ever visited the left side!

I had a lot of fun the other night playing with what I assume was a leg. I felt like there was only a centimeter of skin separating us and he was just right there, slowly moving his leg around. I almost felt like I could have grabbed it!

A new symptom I’ve been feeling has been pressure on my cervix. If I were 39 weeks, I would think maybe I had dilated some and he was about to fall out! It’s not an all-the-time feeling, but sometimes when I stand up it’s like his head is right there on it. Maybe I have dilated just a wee bit? Or maybe it’s just the position of his head sometimes? My doctor thinks he’s head down, which is good news. I do feel a lot of limbs on the sides and top, so that would make sense too.

Rolling over in bed is now pretty challenging, and I have to scoot my hips over from one side to the other before I roll. I also have to keep my knees together because if I don’t I feel this odd pop in my low back that’s kind of freaky. It’s not painful at all, but I don’t like making it happen, so I have to roll over very carefully.

Other than those two things, I’ve been feeling pretty good. I’ve gained about 20 pounds at this point, and feel fairly energetic in the mornings. I do seem to get more tired than usual if I’m on my feet a lot or traveling/walking but overall, feeling good.

Knock on wood, but I haven’t had any of the insomnia I had with Mazen. I have had a few little spurts of it and I haven’t been sleeping all that deeply, but I just open my Kindle if I’m feeling awake and that usually shuts my racing mind off and puts me back to sleep. (Shout out to Kindles – the super low glow of the screen is SO nice for night reading!) I’ve been obsessed with my Snoogle pillow. I don’t remember it being this comfortable with Mazen. The new jersey pillowcase helps so much! But I just checked and this EXACT WEEK I wrote about it on Baby KERF so I must have been feeling the same! It’s so funny what I don’t remember from my last pregnancy but since I have a detailed diary of it, it’s so fun to look back and laugh at how similar my thoughts and feelings were. 

I haven’t had any of the rib pain that I had with Mazen yet. I am thinking that due to this being my second pregnancy, everything is more relaxed out and less pulled in and up, so my bump is lower than last time and outside of my ribs instead of up under them. Unless the rib pain is coming soon – dun dun dunnnn. I’m pretty sure I was in the thick of it this time, last time.

I like to write these posts without reading my posts with Mazen first (so I am not biased) and at this point I just read my 32 week post. All the same thoughts! Lumpy movements, right side heavy, feel small one minute and huge the next, starting to waddle. Yup, yup, and yup!

I’ve been nesting like crazy, trying to get my work and home life organized. But what else is new 🙂


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