Oh Sleep…what’s that again?

Sleep: A natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli. Reference The Free Dictionary.com

Really ? People still do this ?

Oh right, I’m pregnant and we have a toddler. Now I understand.

Let’s breakdown Sleep:

Single Person Sleep: Whenever you want, however long you want.

Married Couple Sleep : Whenever you want, however long you want, with your significant other.

Pregnant with First Child: Whenever you want, however long you want, nap time increases and early bed time starts. When someone tells you to sleep now (while pregnant), listen to them – they are not kidding.

Sleep as a Parent: When you get it, nap when they nap, tag team extra sleep.

Sleep with 1 toddler and pregnant: When you get it, nap when they nap, tag team extra sleep and pass out when physical exhaustion takes over your pregnant body (THIS IS ME).

Let me break down my sleep for you:

Pre-Pregnancy #2: Lilly started sleeping through the night at 18 months (Christmas 2011). I started sleeping through the night consistently ūüôā

First Trimester (Spring 2012): I would pass out between 5:30pm – 7pm when my husband was home and would sleep until 6:30am. Now, that wasn’t a full night’s sleep as when you are pregnant and in your first trimester you get up to pee … a lot!

Second Trimester (Summer): A little less sleep needed but still early to be by 9pm, up at 6:30am.

Last night, clearly I was exhausted. Sa√Į bathed Lilly at 7pm and I passed out in our bed at 7:20pm. Around 8pm, my husband came in and said “you should get in your pajama’s and go to bed for the night – your body needs it”. So I did. I slept from 7:20pm until 6:15am. Hit my snooze button on my phone 3 times and then got up completely refreshed.

Apparently, at 25 weeks pregnant I needed a little extra sleep. And I feel great this morning … we’ll see how the day progresses.

Third Trimester (Fall): Since I’m a few weeks away from this, my game plan¬†will move back to “Pregnant with first Child” Stage. Sleep when I can, nap when our toddler naps and early to bed when needed. Wish me luck.

When baby #2 arrives in December (or November): sleep when I can.

What “stage” is your sleep at ?

When did your child start sleeping through the night?

If pregnant, are you sleeping at all? Or tossing and turning all night (like me)

What is your sleep advice for parents to be?

 

photo’s from google images.

Quick Breakfast Combo’s

As I get further along in this pregnancy, I am needing to find new combinations of foods to eat to keep me going throughout the day. I came across this picture on Fitfluential’s¬†facebook page and thought I would post about it.

What’s your favourite breakfast combo ?

I’ve been digging craving Raisin Bran with skim milk for weeks now but every so often I change it up.

Sometimes it’s grapefruit and whole wheat/multi grain toast with peanut butter,

Yogurt, granola and berries etc.

Does working out make you eat more ?

What food combo’s give you the energy boots you need?

If  you are pregnant (or when you where pregnant),

what was your weirdest combination of foods (breakfast or not)?

I’d love to hear about it in the comments below ….

 

Vegan Waffles…in no time

This past weekend I woke up and thought it would be nice to have some home-made (vegan) waffles. At roughly 25 weeks pregnant I get these random cravings great desire for certain foods. Now, some of these cravings are kind of normal but maybe not:

  • Watermelon – as cold as it can get without freezing
  • Jr. Mints – stored in the fridge … okay, so this is a normal thing for me not pregnancy related
  • Lay’s Ketchup Chips – this was during the first trimester only during a 3 week period; I no longer crave them
  • Snickers Bars – again after they have been in the fridge (this one ended a short while ago)
  • Pad Thai – have managed to have twice this summer …. and counting
  • Red Grapes – yes you guessed it … as cold as can be
  • Coconut Yogurt with blueberries/strawberries

You get my point….I have random specific cravings these days.

Sunday morning, we all got up a little late (thank you Lilly). Lilly and I went to the kitchen and my husband, Sai went out for a quick walk with our dog, Maclean. Their walk usually takes about 10 minutes around our little block.

I decided that Lilly and I would make Vegan Waffles provided I could find the recipe under our mess of a kicthen storage/side table. Just our luck … I found it. Out came the waffle maker or cooker as Lilly calls is and we found all the ingredients in minutes. ¬†I sat Lilly on the stove (no it wasn’t on and yes I was right beside her) to help me mix the ingredients – she LOVED it!

My mother had printed this recipe a few years ago, so I had to go looking for the original source:  www.boutell.com

Vegan Waffles Ingredients

1 ripe banana, mashed

2 cups of water

1 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg ¬†(I didn’t have any)

vanilla extract to taste (optional)

Other: I also added 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed.

Steps:

  1. Mix Banana and Water together.
  2. Add dry ingredients and mix, leaving lumps in the water.

FOR WAFFLES:

Cook in a waffle iron, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

This makes about four waffles – however we got about 7 out of them. I made a few small ones for Lilly.

FOR PANCAKES: 

Pour 1/2 cup of batter into a hot, lightly oiled frying pan. When bubbles rise through the middle of the pancake and break on the top, flip the pancake and cook until browned underneath. You can get the original recipe here.

By the time my husband got home (10 minutes), we had them in the “cooker” and the first round was ready to come out. This recipe is really easy to make and tasty.

These would be perfect to make and freeze for another day. Mental note – make before baby arrives and freeze¬†to have on hand for breakfast …. make that “to have on hand for any time of the day”.

Enjoy!

Motivation Monday #33

Motivation Monday #33

Pregnant or Not …..

I read this quote and think “What’s your LIFE worth?”

If we can avoid illness by being active … SIMPLY by being active – then why wouldn’t you be active?

I’m not saying you need to train for a marathon but you need to START MOVING.

 

 

My work out Sunday night: ¬†I went for a 1/2 hour walk and did 10 minutes of exercises on my stability ball …. almost 25 weeks pregnant.

 

Does the thought of you being ill someday make you more active?

 

Piper’s Run

 

Picture found on Pinterest – linked to Back To Her Roots Blog.

Maternity Leave – What’s your story ?

A few weeks ago I came across this“Mapping Paid Maternity Leave” picture and had a look. It was published by The Women in Public Service Project: Think Progress – in the US.¬†After reading other blogs over the last year and seeing that mom’s are heading back to work 6, 8, 10 weeks after their baby arrives kinda made me sad¬†and wondering how do they do it?

Sounds like they just have to do it and that’s life!

I live in Canada where we get paid maternity leave and can take up to one year off work. With 50 weeks being paid at 55% of your wages and¬†some companies¬†provide a “top up” of your salary. The “top up” means that you get paid¬†55% of your¬†wages from the Government and another amount on top of that from your employer say 25% – ¬†35% for a certain amount of weeks (15 – 17 weeks). It all depends on your employer’s work benefits if you receive any “top up”, what percentage or nothing at all from your employer. Not everyone receive’s a top up.

A few facts about Canadian Maternity Leave:

  • Maternity benefits can be paid up to a maximum of 15 weeks.
  • Parental (Mom or Dad/Partner) benefits can be paid up to a maximum of 35 weeks.
  • Sickness benefits can be paid up to a maximum of 15 weeks.
  • A combination of maternity, parental and sickness benefits can be received up to a combined maximum of 50 weeks.
  • Between you and your partner you have 35 weeks of parental benefits and you can divide those weeks any way you like.
  • For most people, the basic rate for calculating EI benefits is 55% of your average insurable weekly earnings, up to a maximum amount.
  • As of January 1, 2012, the maximum yearly insurable earnings amount is $45,900. This means that you can receive a maximum amount of $485 per week.

*Information from Service Canada. If you want to learn more about Canadian maternity leave, you can check out Service Canada Website for more facts.

Photo Source – From The Women in Public Service Project website.

Think Progress says “Out of 178 nations, the U.S. is¬†one of three¬†that does not offer paid maternity leave benefits, let alone¬†paid leave for fathers, which more than 50 of these nations offer.¬†In comparison,¬†Canada¬†and¬†Norway¬†offer generous benefits that can be shared between the father and mother,¬†France¬†offers about four months, and even¬†Mexico¬†and¬†Pakistan¬†are among the nations offer 12 weeks paid leave for mothers”.

They also say “Women are forced to put their careers and financial future at risk simply because they want to have children. During their pregnancy, they face being¬†fired unfairly¬†or not being able to properly care for themselves. They should not have to worry about making ends meet without paid maternity leave on top of that.”

Now, I am not a US¬†citizen … but I still care about their rights, their life and that’s why I am writing this post today. I don’t normally post about topics like this, but it may just spark a good conversation among bloggers/readers.I’d love to hear your comments on “Mapping Paid Maternity Leave”.

With our daughter, I went off work 4 weeks early due to health challenges – fully expecting to make it to 40 weeks. I went off work on a Friday and ended up having Lilly on Monday, so my maternity leave started then. I took a whole year off. We plan with our second due in December (though may come early also – late November) to take a full year off.

Where do you live and what is/was your maternity leave like?

How long of a maternity leave does your employer allow ?

Did your husband/partner take time off ?

What do you feel is a reasonable time for maternity leave?

Unexpected activity (workout)

I hadn’t planned on working out today but somehow managed to go for a 25 minute walk that included climbing 2 set’s of stairs!

After downing my lunch before 11:45 am (while working), I figured that my lunch break was going to be long and painful seeing that I wouldn’t even have my lunch to eat during the break. My eyes were heavy and ready to close and put me into a deep sleep for what could have been an amazing nap. But the reality is, I can’t sleep at work! Even though my eyes/body wanted to so badly today. #joysofpregnancy

I decided to go out and get some fresh air – maybe pick up a few groceries that we needed (milk, yogurt, banana’s) but managed to walk in the opposite direction of the small grocery store.

Sunglasses on.

Purse on shoulder for grocery shopping.

Even changed out of my nice little flip-flop sandals¬†into my comfy, well-worn Birkenstocks (that I wear 99.9% of the time). Heck, I hadn’t planned on working out today.

A cool breeze hitting my face and the sun beaming down – I’d say perfect weather to be outside and NOT in an office.

I didn’t plan on working out today at work but somehow manage to go for a 25 minute walk that included climbing up/down¬†2 flights of stairs with my purse in tote!

After returning to work I quickly realised with the weather changing into manageable (pregnancy) weather, that I should be bringing extra clothing and my sneakers to work so I can fit in a little walk/workout during my hour long lunch break.

This summer the weather had been amazing¬†– if you’re not pregnant – to be outside : 27 degrees celsius¬†but with the humidity here … it feels like 30C¬† today. We’ve had up to 30 C but feels like 37 C¬† with humidity – just¬†brutal when pregnant. Normally, I would LOVE this type of weather. Being pregnant and nauseous all summer long just isn’t cool folks…it’s not.

With Lilly, I was pregnant from Fall РWinter, Spring and had her just before the official start of Summer. This time around I got pregnant in the Spring РHot Summer РSO looking forward to Fall temperatures and will have the baby just before winter officially starts in Nova Scotia.

As I write this, the baby is going wild – kick kick, punch…kick kick. (Loving it).

Cheers to fitting in an unexpected workout.

PS – Still going to work out tonight – maybe my Fit Mom DVD or some Prenatal Yoga.

When was the last time you worked out (any form of physical activity) unexpectedly ?

What did you do?

Do you ALWAYS plan your workouts/physical activity?

5-4-3-2-1 Workout (15 – 45 minutes)

For those looking for a different workout, I’ve recently come across this on Pinterest by Fitfabcites.com.

I like this one because you can do it once for 15 minutes, twice in 30 minutes or three times in 45 minutes (or so).

Let me know if you try it and like it in the comment section below. I may give it a go – an modify it for my #24 week preggo self ūüôā

I’m a big fan of workouts that I can do at home, while our little one sleeps.

I might need to stop saying “little one” as she’s over 2 and the next is on the way ūüėČ

What’s your favourite go to workout?

What workouts do you modify (if any) ?

My pregnancy workout go-to’s coming this week.