25 Weeks

25 weeks
I took this last night from nursery (the closet doors are mirrored). The boxes are some of our new hardwood flooring that is acclimating to the environment of the house. Our house was originally a brick rancher and later it had a large living room addition with vaulted ceilings, a foyer and a 2nd story added. This room does have some original hardwood flooring but it’s also half plywood. If the old flooring had been consistent we would have saved it instead of covering it.
How far along? 25 weeks
Baby’s size: around 14 inches long (compared to a hothouse cucumber) and about 1.75 pounds
Total weight gain: 17 pounds. Same as last week. Maybe I was bloated last week and this week is the real thing…or my weight gain has slowed up some. I hope to keep it at 25-30 pounds total and I’m sure I’ll be closer to 30!
Clothes: Maternity jersey cami from Old Navy. Maternity chevron stripe jersey maxi shirt from Old Navy. I love my AG Adriano Goldschmied denim jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue (non-maternity) so much that I bought a sleeveless denim jacket from Target for the warmer weather.
Workouts – Last week (April 7 – April 13):
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 30 minute spin class
  • Cleaned our pool for over an hour
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 1 hour spin class
Symptoms: Crazy heartburn, especially in the afternoons around 4. My belly button is really flattening out and much wider than normal.
Movement: Kicking out of control. It’s starting to wake me up at night. I always like to know the baby is doing well and I guess this is my proof!
What I’m eating: My yogurt, fruit and homemade granola bowls. Smoothies with coconut flavored protein powder. All tacos are my friends: fish, shrimp, beef or chicken. That includes taco salad! Sandwiches of all kinds. I grabbed some fresh corn on the cob from Whole Foods last week and we had it for dinner twice. If I make corn, I also make asparagus or broccoli or another green veggie since corn has a large amount of starch.
Drinking: Water. Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Cranberry kombucha. Nepresso decaf coffee.
Last week: Our floor demo started on the 8th. My house is covered in a fine, white, chalky, filmy, dusty substance. I’m feeling appreciative and happy that we can afford to make these changes but I’m ready to have my house and kitchen back! We’ve been eating out a lot because it’s impossible to even make a sandwich, eggs or heat something up with all the commotion and dust flying. I try to make dinner here every night but it requires about 30 minutes of cleaning before I can even get started with the meal.
I had my 24 week baby checkup last week. The baby’s heartbeat was at 150 and everything else was routine and normal. My next appointment at 28 weeks will be a long one. I have the glucose test, regular checkup and an ultrasound to check on the low lying placenta previa. I’ll be there over 3 hours! After that appointment I’ll start my every 2 week doctor visits.
Looking forward to: When the floors and painting are done I can stencil the nursery and start getting that set up!

24 Weeks

 24 weeks
24 weeks
24 weeks
How far along? 24 weeks, 2 days
Baby’s size: around 13.5 inches long and about 1.5 pounds
Total weight gain: 17 pounds. No idea if it’s accurate or not that I gained 3 pounds since last week. I’ve been eating so healthy and I’ve been so active. Hopefully the gain will slow down soon!
Clothes: Striped jersey dress from Old Navy. AG Adriano Goldschmied denim jacket from Saks Fifth Avenue (non-maternity).
Workouts – Last week (Mar 31 – April 6):
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 2-3 hour house moving session. Everything had to be moved out of the way for the new floors! I tackled all of the small stuff.
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 1 hour spin class
Symptoms: Crazy heartburn after having a ginger & lemon Tazo tea. Then I got it again after eating a Chipotle vegetarian burrito bowl. Hopefully this isn’t an everyday thing now!
Movement: Kicking all-the-time. On Sunday I think the baby was awake all day!
What I’m eating: My yogurt, banana, blueberries and granola bowls. Smoothies. I even made a dessert smoothie last week with regular milk, banana, ice and Justins hazelnut chocolate butter. Kiwi fruit. Still loving Diced sweet potatoes baked in coconut oil. Still loving scrambled eggs with plenty of Herdez salsa. I haven’t wanted pork of any kind since I’ve been pregnant but I had the best bone-in grilled pork chop a few days ago! We also grill a steak once a week…sometimes flat iron or flank steak…sometimes Travis will get a big T-bone and we share it (I always buy all-natural grass fed beef and still enjoy it mid-rare).
Drinking: Water. Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Zevia ginger ale. Nepresso decaf coffee.
Last week: I moved on from having flooring estimates to having painting estimates. We had a total of 5! Trying to make a decision! Wednesday I had lunch with friends Teresa and Chris at Firebirds. I hadn’t seen them since November and there was so much catching up to do! Friday night we hung out with Laura and Scott, our old neighbors from Richmond. We had dinner and heard some live music. Saturday we celebrated Easter at my sister Angela’s house. I made a spiral ham and a vanilla cake with vanilla cream cheese icing (I only had 1 piece…that can’t be the reason for the 3 pounds!). We also had deviled eggs, cole slaw, veggie tray, crab dip and rolls.
Looking forward to: My next baby check up appointment is Monday of next week. One more monthly appointment after that, then I move to going every 2 weeks.

Cherry Coconut Milk Smoothie

I’m in the midst of estimates. The estimates for flooring are over. Contractor chosen. Start date set. Now, we’re getting painting estimates. So far I have had 3 done and 2 more scheduled for tomorrow. It’s going to be a lot of work moving all of our small stuff out of the way and having contractors bombard our house for the next 3-4 weeks but it’s going to be so much fun to see our house transform into what we want it to be!

Cherry coconut milk smoothies

My craving for coconut has been out of control lately. From coconut yogurt, to coconut water, to coconut in protein bars and coconut flakes sprinkled on just about anything. I figured I needed to do something about it and incorporate more of it! I bought a coconut creme flavored protein powder and after two not so spectacular smoothie attempts, this version happened this morning. And may happen again tomorrow…

Cherry coconut milk smoothie

Strawberry Coconut Milk Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 can full fat coconut milk (save the other half for the next days smoothie!)
  • 1 apple, core removed, cut into large chunks
  • 1 heaping cup frozen cherries
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks
  • 4 scoops Jarrow Formulas Greek Yogurtein coconut creme flavor
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender in the order listed. Run on “smoothie” setting. Serves 2.

Yogurt Granola Bowls – in pictures

Banana, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, sliced almonds, granola and yogurt.

granola bowl

Raspberries, blueberries, homemade granola and yogurt. With coffee.

raspberry, blueberry, granola

Mostly granola. There is yogurt under there, along with blueberries and banana.

mostly granola

Strawberries, blueberries, granola and yogurt sprinkled with coconut flakes.

strawberries, blueberries, coconut flakes, granola, yogurt

Coconut cashew granola, raspberries, blueberries and yogurt.

raspberries, bluberries, yogurt, granola

Banana, blueberries, Kind peanut butter granola and yogurt.

banana, blueberries, yogurt, granola

Yogurt on the deck.

blueberries, granola and yogurt on the deck

Noosa and granola.

Noosa and granola

Pineapple and raspberries. Chia seed granola. Yogurt.

pineapple, raspberry, granola and yogurt

Blueberries, granola, almond butter and yogurt.

blueberries, almond butter, granola, yogurt

Mostly strawberries.

All about the strawberries

Lined with blackberries and served in bed.

blackberries, strawberries, granola, yogurt

Deconstructed bowls in our boat.

pumpkin Noosa in a boat

Blackberries, strawberries, granola and yogurt.

yogurt art

Blueberries, yogurt and granola bowl in the morning sun.

half blueberries, half granola

 

23 Weeks

23 weeks
23 weeks
How far along? 23 weeks
Baby’s size: around 12.5 inches long or the length of an ear of corn and about 1.25 pounds
Total weight gain: 14 pounds
Clothes: My top is from Pink Blush maternity. Shorts are from Target last year.
Workouts – Last week (Mar 24 – Mar 30):
  • 1 hour spin class
  • 2 hour house cleaning session
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 4 miles on the elliptical
Symptoms: Emotions were still running high for me this past week. When this wave of “yuck” comes over me and I don’t want to talk to anyone, or have them talk to me. It’s hard feeling  that way. Knowing it’s there but being powerless it stop it.
Movement: The baby still likes to kick my left side mainly and my right side near the top of my belly. Last week I started feeling the baby move when I was laying on my side. Travis still hasn’t felt it but from the outside yet. But with my mood last week he probably didn’t want to touch me!
What I’m eating: Diced sweet potatoes baked in coconut oil. Taco salad with double avocado because that’s what happens when they are both ripe and perfect at the same time! Red and green grapes. Seared salmon. Roasted asparagus. My yogurt, banana, blueberries and granola bowls. Scrambled eggs with plenty of Herdez salsa. After telling both of my sisters that I buy pints of frozen yogurt and actually stick to the 1/4 cup – 4 servings per container rule, I ate 2/3 of a container by myself one night. It was mint chocolate chip heaven!
Drinking: Water. Cranberry pomegranate juice.  Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. Zevia ginger ale. Nepresso decaf coffee.
Last week: I talked to my sister Zandria on the phone for a record 4 hours on Friday evening!
Found that my friend Emily is pregnant! She somehow made it to 18 weeks without knowing she was expecting. I was in shock when she texted me an ultrasound pic and the baby looked similar in size to what mine did just a couple of weeks ago! (Versus the 8 week baby nugget pic most people would get on their first scan.) She said she felt a hard mass in her belly and figured she was either pregnant or had a tumor. Emily is a CNA studying to be an RN, owns a boat rental business with her fiance, is fun and active and carefree and lives on a boat in Key West, Florida. Congrats Emily and Rick on your little boy due in August!!
Looking forward to: The contractors are starting on our new floors on April 8th! Also on Saturday the 4th we’ll be celebrating Easter at my sister Angela’s house.

22 Weeks

22 weeks
22 weeks
22 weeks
How far along? 22 weeks
Baby’s size: about 11.5 inches long (compared to a papaya or large mango) and weighs about 1.1 pound.
Total weight gain: 11 pounds
Clothes: Hudson boyfriend style jeans (a similar pair can be found here). They are non-maternity and not buttoned and only halfway zipped with the flaps tucked down. My white top is an Ingrid and Isabel Seamless Ruched Tank. Cardigan is J Crew. My flats were a Christmas present and from are Coach.
Workouts – Last week (Mar 17 – Mar 23):
  • 1 hour Barre class
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga
  • 1 hour spin class
Symptoms: Emotions. Like emotions with a capitol E. Gas…the end.
Movement: Baby likes to kick my left side near the bottom of my belly and the right side near the top…I guess it’s the way the baby is laying right now? I saw movement outside of my belly for the first time a couple of days ago.
What I’m eating: Still eating at least 2 avocados a week and plenty Herdez salsa on everything. Also I forgot to mention that green peas are my favorite “green” vegetable with zucchini coming in second. I make a bag of organic frozen peas at least once a week. Last week when I made a batch of my oat and almond granola, I used cinnamon as the spice and dried blueberries instead of raisins…they are delish!! I want cheese, all the cheese.
Drinking: I had a couple of Cosmic Cranberry kombuchas last week.  Zevia Ginger Ale. Decaf coffee with soy french vanilla creamer. Water.
Looking forward to: Our new hardwood floors and painting getting done.
Last week: We got the crib set up on Sunday morning! I ordered the Babyletto Hudson Convertible Crib and the Colgate Eco Classica III Dual Firmness Crib Mattress to go with it. The crib was easy to put together and looks better in person that it does online. The mattress fit perfectly and is so lightweight! It will be super easy to change the sheets!

Tropical Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Another yummy smoothie recipe to share! Made with healthy (and pretty popular right now) Matcha green tea powder and packed with protein from the yogurt (13 grams per serving) this smoothie is guaranteed to keep you going until lunch. It worked for me and I’m always hungry right now!

“The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.” (Source)

Tropical Coconut Matcha Smoothie

Tropical Coconut Matcha Smoothie

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 – 6 ounce containers Siggi’s coconut yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 large frozen banana, broken into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons flaked coconut (plus 1 tablespoon for garnishing)
  • 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder

Method

  • Place all ingredients in a high speed blender in the order listed. Run on “smoothie” setting. Serves 2.