Pregnancy: 34 Weeks Already!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!

We’ve made it to 34 weeks with only aches, pains, many sleepless nights, multiple naps and 1 random hospital visit – not bad!

Weeks: 34 now.

Baby’s Movement: Rolling, stretching and loving my rib cage. Sometimes the movements are sudden and sometimes they go on forever and entertain other people.

Baby items we bought: We didn’t buy anything in the last two weeks.

Belly Button: Flat – kinda odd seeing it so flat.

Challenges:

  • Finding my days are getting harder to get through. Completely exhausted by the time I get home.
  • Out of breath – even when talking – kinda embarrassing when you’re at a meeting and have to stop and take a breath. Feels like baby is on my lungs all the time.

Cravings: No cravings in the last 2 weeks… well other than soy chocolate milk. I may need an IV put in with a bag of Silk Chocolate Milk attached!

Exercise: Pretty minimal at this point. Lots of walking – short walks 10 – 20 minutes, extra laps around the grocery store, parking further away from entrances, being outside and active with Lilly. We went to the Zoo one day and walked for almost 2 hours, followed by a 2 hour nap 🙂

Exercise wish list: An awesome prenatal yoga class and to swim.

Gender: Not sure. Wanna guess? Check out last week’s post here: Guessing Game.

Maternity Clothing: Getting tight on the belly. Some pants are falling down! Yes, falling down, I don’t get it.

Mood: Starting to get tired and getting close to “hitting the wall”.

Preparation for Baby #2:

  • Lots of talks with Lilly about the baby. She’s been telling us she is going to share this or that with the baby, bath the baby etc. We do family hugs in the evening before bed and recently talked to her about the baby being in our family hugs soon – she seemed happy about that.
  • Lilly loves putting stuff in the baby’s room (nappies, clothing, etc), very eager to help out when it comes to stuff for the baby.
  • Hospital Bag packed with a few more things – not 100% ready but well on its way
  • Still need to write-up our birth plan before our appointment next week (35 weeks).

Sleep: I seem to be up every morning from 4:00 – 5:30am. I simply can’t fall back to sleep during that time. Taking lots of naps when I can.

Still to do:

  • Finish packing hospital bag
  • Purchase and wash/prep cloth diapers before baby arrives
  • Finish getting last-minute things out of the baby’s room and set it up 100%
  • Figure out a plan for Lilly when we go into labour.

Symptoms:

  • Tones of Braxton Hicks contractions – not awesome.
  • Hips/back are always sore but massages help with that.
  • Forgetfulness (my husband just told me something 20 minutes ago and apparently I didn’t remember that I already asked, ha ha ha).

What I am looking forward to at this point:

  • Of course – meeting this little baby of ours
  • Introducing Lilly to her brother or sister
  • Running again (I’ve thought a lot about this today)
  • Christmas 🙂

What I am worried about at this point:

  • Early Labour
  • Having a premature baby again

Wedding Rings: Both (engagement and wedding band) still on but more comfortable when I wear only one.

Difference in pregnancy #2 Photos:

Okay – these two picture are completely unflattering pictures BUT they are the only pictures I have at 34 weeks.

I took the right picture tonight as I realised I haven’t taken any in a while – looks like I’m wearing a black onesie.

Trust me when I say I’m not.

Oh, the things we share on blogs.

Next update: 36 weeks.

Woah, Lilly was born at 36 weeks 2 days….let’s hope I have an update for you on the pregnancy not the birth.

{Vegan} Pumpkin Banana Muffins

After I made my second vegan pie (post coming tomorrow), I had plenty of pumpkin left over. I figure I would just put it in my fridge and it would probably go bad 😦 OR I could make something else with it, right then and there.

So, I googled Vegan Pumpkin Muffins and came across “Week Of Menu’s” blog – it’s the only recipe I could find that didn’t call for nutmeg. Not that I don’t like nutmeg, but we didn’t have any in the house.

These. Are. Amazing!

I’ve made them twice since the first batch. These are a MUST TRY!

Vegan Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Vegan Pumpkin Banana Muffins

Makes 12 regular, 24 mini –> I found this recipe made more than the suggested amount.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup brown sugar
¼ white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup pumpkin puree (can)
2 bananas (riper the better) mashed well
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup water

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  • Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugars, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together 1 cup pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, mashed bananas and water. Stir pumpkin mixture into flour mixture until smooth. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
    Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

So good…gone so fast.

Give ’em a try.

What’s your favourite “pumpkin” recipe?

How often do you try a new recipe from a blog?

Fall Bucket List: Make {vegan apple} Pie.

I’ve never made a pie before!

Crazy, eh!

Yeah, I think so too!

As the Canadian Thanksgiving was fast approaching a few weeks back on October 8th, I knew I had to make an attempt at making a pie. Let’s rephrase that – I had to attempt to make a VEGAN pie!

My husband and I sat down and looked through one of our cookbooks: “How It All Vegan!” by Tanya Barnard and Sarah Kramer. “Amazing Apple Pie” and “Perfect Pumpkin Pie” seemed like the perfect fit for our family dinner that was coming up. The only problem was that I’ve never made a pie or pie crust…and it had to be vegan or my husband couldn’t eat it.

My first thought was, okay let’s make two pies! One as a trial run and the other for our family dinner. If I screwed it up the first time, I had at least a week to pull it all together.

Amazing Apple Pie was the first pie to make.

Amazing Apple Pie

Ingredients:

6 – 8 large baking apples (Granny Smith are best) cored and sliced

1/2 cup raisins (optional)

3/4 maple syrup

1-2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp cinnamon

2 1/2 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot powder

1 pie crust (See end of post)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Core and slice apples into bite-sized pieces.
  • Bring a medium pot of water to boil, then reduce heat to medium and add the apples and optional raisins to simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Save 1/4 cup of “apple water” for use later (We actually drank the rest as our “fancy hot drink” on our Fall Bucket List.
  • Drain apples and place in a large bowl.
  • Mix carefully together the cooked apples, maple syrup, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, mix the 1/4 cup “apple water” with the cornstarch over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture turns very thick.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the rest of the ingredients, stirring until mixed well.
  • Pour into a pie crust and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Pie Crust: (Similar to Cristco pie crust – one serving)

  • 1 cup and 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick of shortening (I use Earth Balance as it’s vegan)
  • 3-6 tbsp of ice-cold water

Directions:

  • Mix flour and salt together.
  • Cut up shortening and mix into flour.
  • Add water by the tbsp.
  • Put in fridge for 30 minutes to chill (or freezer for 10 minutes)
  • Roll into pie crust

 

Everyone loved it…even our toddler who never had a piece of pie before!

And it didn’t last too long in our house 🙂

What’s your favourite pie to make?

Any secret tips to pass along to newbies like me?

 

 

Piper’s Run Weekend

This weekend seemed to go by pretty fast. I didn’t spend any time on email, Facebook or this blog and now in catch up mode! Sometimes I love unplugging for the weekend. I didn’t even carry my blackberry with me – freedom!

It was a busy weekend for our family and went a little something like this:

Friday:

  • Worked 1/2 day
  • Made vegan chili
  • Made Pumpkin/Banana muffins – Yum!
  • Picked up Lilly/made dinner for Lilly/played/normal bed time routine – my husband bathed Lilly while I did dishes/baking
  • I ate dinner at 8pm, crazy late and from Subway. I  just wasn’t in the mood to make anything – oh Friday’s
  • Bed around 10ish

Saturday:

  • Husband had a fire call at 2am – was back home at 4am
  • I was up from 4am until 5:50am
  • 5:50am Lilly woke up and came to cuddle in our bed (somehow I fell back asleep)
  • 7:30am We all got up “Time to get up” Lilly told us
  • Ate breakfast while Sai walked Maclean
  • Got ready for our Halloween Party
  • 10am – 12:30pm Halloween Party for the kids … who I am kidding it was more for the adults to get together and the kiddies to dress up and play together. It was our prenatal group from back in 2010! We still get together a few times throughout the  year. It’s so amazing to see how much they’ve all grown and developed. They all play so well together.
  • 1:30pm Nap time for Lilly and I (we slept for 2.5 hours) – My husband went to the fire hall as he had duty crew this weekend.
  • 5:00pm I crashed again – layed down for almost 1.5 hours – apparently I was exhausted
  • Lilly and Sai had a picnic dinner in the basement 🙂 Awww, wish I had a spy camera on them.
  • 6:45pm I bathed Lilly – not an easy thing to do at 33+ weeks pregnant and bedtime stories.
  • My husband and I watched Grey’s Anatomy since I can’t manage to stay awake on Thursday nights to watch it

Ladybug Lilly and her Gnome friend.

Sunday:

  • I slept all night (okay, minus 4 trips to the bathroom) – but I managed to not be awake at 4am – this was a first in weeks!!!!
  • Lilly climbed in bed with us around 6:30 and we got up at 7:15
  • Made oatmeal for breakfast – man I missed eating oatmeal for breakfast (still haven’t tried overnight oats, which is on my list of things to try)
  • My husband went to “school” for the day/training for ski patrolling
  • Lilly and I went to get a few groceries for “mommy, daddy, Lilly and baby” – Lilly’s words not mine.
  • Then we met our friends Jack and Jolene at the ZOO!!!! Probably our last trip as they close in a few weeks. It was dead – maybe 5-6 cars in the parking lot. The monkey’s were going crazy and the black bear was pacing in his pen. Nice day out until Lilly and Jack both dropped their apples in the sand. Tantrums began 😦
  • Made it home (30 minute drive) without Lilly falling asleep! Bonus!
  • Had Lunch
  • 1:30pm Lilly and I went down for a nap until 3:45pm!
  • 4pm Skype with Nan in England – always a great way to end the weekend.
  • 6pm Ate dinner (Salmon, mashed potatoes, carrots and corn; tofurky sausage for the vegan)
  • 7pm Lilly, bathed, books and off to bed (Daddy)
  • 7pm Clean dishes, folded 2 loads of laundry (Me) and my husband folded a load too! xo
  • 8pm Email, Facebook and a little Blogging

Busy weekend we had but I wouldn’t change it at all.

What did you do this weekend?

Anyone run in a race ?

I miss running a lot … but it’s just not on the table this late in my pregnancy.

Am living vicariously through many runners who blog.

Attend a Halloween party (for kids or adults?)

What are you/your kids dressing up for Halloween?

Piper’s Run

 

Guessing Game: Is it a Boy or Girl ?

We’ve chosen not to find out the sex of our baby, as we did with Lilly. It was a great surprise for us when she was born and are wanting that again this time around. Friends and family have been asking “so, what do you think it is?” . Most days I think it’s another girl, but then I change my mind and think it’s a boy.

I recently came across this list on Gender Prediction: How to guess the gender of your baby from iVillage.

It’s a boy if:

  • You didn’t experience morning sickness in early pregnancy. Morning sickness extreme, still on meds for nausea.
  • Your baby’s heart rate is less than 140 beats per minute. Has been around 140, 130 and 110 at times.
  • You are carrying the extra weight out front. Yes.
  • Your belly looks like a basketball. Yes.
  • Your areolas have darkened considerably. Do you really need to know this?
  • You are carrying low. I don’t think so.
  • You are craving salty or sour foods. Sometimes.
  • You are craving protein — meats and cheese. Yes, third trimester big time. It’s like I can’t get enough in me.
  • Your feet are colder than they were before pregnancy. Nope.
  • The hair on your legs has grown faster during pregnancy. Nope.
  • Your hands are very dry. Nope.
  • Your pillow faces north when you sleep. My pillow faces the same way for the past 3.5 years.
  • Dad-to-be is gaining weight right along with you. Nope.
  • Pregnancy has you looking better than ever. Well, I don’t want to toot my own horn….
  • Your urine is bright yellow in color. Again, do you need to know this?
  • Your nose is spreading. Don’t think so.
  • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves in circles. Haven’t tried.
  • You are having headaches. Had quite a few first trimester but I blame that on exhaustion.
  • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an even number. Odd number.

It’s a girl if:

  • You had morning sickness early in pregnancy. Yes, pretty extensive morning, afternoon and evening sickness that lasted well into my second trimester but slowed down a bit around 23 weeks. It increased again around 30 weeks.
  • Your baby’s heart rate is at least 140 beats per minute. Around that.
  • You are carrying the weight in your hips and rear. Nope
  • Your left breast is larger than your right breast. Not that I’ve noticed.
  • Your hair develops red highlights. Does that include getting read highlights from my hair dresser, recently?
  • You are carrying high. Not overly high.
  • Your belly looks like a watermelon. Feels like a watermelon or a basketball.
  • You are craving sweets. Yes – oh how I love chocolate.
  • You are craving fruit. Sure did this summer – couldn’t get enough in me.
  • You crave orange juice. Not really.
  • You don’t look quite as good as normal during pregnancy. I think I look better this pregnancy.
  • You are moodier than usual during pregnancy. Not really but you should ask my husband.
  • Your face breaks out more than usual. Nope.
  • You refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread. I always refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread.
  • Your breasts have really blossomed! Well, I am pregnant. Hummm…..
  • Your pillow faces south when you sleep. Nope.
  • Your urine is a dull yellow color. I pee a lot – that’s all you really need to know.
  • You hang your wedding ring over your belly and it moves from side. Haven’t tried.
  • You add your age at the time of conception and the number for the month you conceived and the sum is an odd number. Yes.
This really hasn’t helped me determined what we are having.
Both of our parents (mother’s) had girl, boy, girl etc.
To be honest, I’m aiming for a healthy baby.
If we have another girl, great – we have lots of clothing.
If we have a boy – oh man – we will be blest with one of each.
It’s a win win either way 🙂
Any guesses?
Not taking guesses on when the baby arrive, as Lilly was born 4 weeks early, I don’t want to jinx it.
Did you find out what sex you where having?
Did you wait until the baby was born to find out?
Why?

Fall Bucket List: Take a Nature Walk

Back in September I took on the challenge of completing …. well attempting to complete this Fall Bucket List from Loves of Life Blog. We’re slowly checking things off. This time around was “Take a Nature Walk”. For those who know me or at least have read my “About Me” page know that I’ve worked in the fields of Outdoor Recreation/Education and Environmental Education.  So, going for a “nature walk” is like going back a few years, when I used to take groups outside at night:  spring, summer, fall and winter. It’s almost as normal as putting on your shoes for me. I love to be outside.

As I  started to write this post my husband took our dog, Maclean outside for a pee and said for me to come see the sky. It was as dark as can be, a few bright starts and I believe a 1/2 moon (apparently that was yesterday – had to look it up). Anyway, it was a perfect night to be outside….so I gave us a challenge next week to rake the leaves at night once Lilly is asleep and then we’ll see how bad of a job we did the next day. It get’s us outside at night, being active and together. Blog post to come on that one 🙂

Last weekend we went to a local park in Centreville, Nova Scotia. It’s a small park, 2 soccer fields, baseball fields and a little trail system in the woods. When I went to Acadia University, I managed to help run an environmental education program out of this park and haven’t been back since. There was this amazing little path that had nothing but gorgeous RED leaves – we were a little late this year and the colours had already moved on from that luscious red.

We had a lot of fun walking on the trails, learning how to balance on roots, checking out tree stumps, collecting leaves and taking in the fall colours:

Lilly tracked down the best leaves, walked hand and hand with Daddy and even let her baby sibling join in a picture.

I just love fall colours 🙂

This might become a new fall tradition for us.

Do you have a fall bucket list?

Have you been outside to enjoy any trails/parks etc? Where?

Are the leaves changing colours where you live?

For more amazing photo’s of Fall in Nova Scotia, check out my friend Lyndsay’s blog post here –  she’s a professional photographer, has two pretty cute boys that she blogs about at The Testoster Zone.  The pictures are taken on another one of my favourite places in Nova Scotia, at the start of the Bluff Trail in Timberlea/Hubley area.

Still to come – Fall Bucket List – Making {vegan} Pies.

Motivation Monday #40 (last one!)

Motivation Monday #40

So I’ve been thinking a lot about what my last “Motivation Monday” will be.

What quote would I pick for my last one? What picture did I want to represent “motivation”?

It has to be big, I thought….

It has to be meaningful…..

It has to be …. motivational and get people moving.

What to pick? Where to start?

I took a step back and thought….WHY do I even do these Motivation Monday posts?

To try and motivate others so they can be active, that it’s important for their health, that it’s important for their well-being.

Then I thought about what motivates me….sure these quotes and pictures motivate me and REMIND me that I can reach another goal and push myself.

BUT, The real reason I am motivated to be active is because of these following people:

My daughter Lillian (Lilly) and Baby (bump) #2

And my husband, Sai. We’ll be married 5 years in November!!!

I’m motivated by them.

I want to be healthy for them.

I want to be a role model for my children.

I want to live an active lifestyle with my family.

That’s what motivates me every day, every week.

What motivates you to be active, healthy and happy?

Thanks for reading my Motivational Monday posts.