Good morning, and happy Monday!
I hope you all had a great weekend. We spent ours bundled up inside watching movies, cleaning up, and playing with the dogs in the snow. This is the most snow we’ve gotten in years and Tux’s first snowfall. He was a bit scared at first, especially when it turned into sleet hitting the house, but Leo showed him the way, and they started having the time of their lives. It made me so happy I could cry.
I have been looking forward to this week for a while now. We get another ultrasound to see the baby, and I get so excited. The baby is a moving machine, so they didn’t cooperate the first time, so we’re going back in to check on a few things. There was no concern, but it’s mandatory to check it off the list during an ultrasound. So far, everything has been going well during my second trimester, and I feel like a million bucks compared to the first. I can officially see the kicks from outside the belly, and it’s wild. I’ll keep you all posted on how the ultrasound goes in the next recap post.
I made some of the yummiest almond-flavored frosted sugar cookie bars on Monday. I wanted to make them for a while now and finally got around to doing it. I am making another batch today for my parents. After making the cookies, I made a refreshing protein smoothie. I’m trying to get on the smoothie train again (one of my first-trimester food aversions), and this one was pretty good! It had almond milk, strawberries, banana, Orgain protein powder, and topped with macadamia nuts, granola, and almond butter.
And then there is balance.
I laugh at my pre-pregnant thoughts. I used to tell myself I would eat so incredibly healthy while pregnant, and I would walk every day and work out. When you’re pregnant, it’s like having something else take control of your choices. Things ache, the thoughts of healthy food you once loved make you nauseous, and if you want something, you have to let yourself have it (unless it’s not safe.) I am still eating pretty healthy, but if I want pizza or Chinese, I get it. I’m not too concerned with gaining weight because it’s all temporary, and I still eat the cravings in moderation. All I’m saying is, if you’re pregnant, get the Chinese food! You’ll eventually go back to enjoying those healthy foods and feeling good enough to go out on walks, but don’t beat yourself up.
And with that being said, on Monday night. I ordered Chinese food! It was delicious and everything I hoped it would be.
We are going on month eight of my lemon ripening. I have a feeling it’ll be yellow in a month, and I’m going to make it a BIG DEAL! Like, that lemon will get the recognition it deserves after all these months of surviving. Growing fruits is so fun, and I’m a crazy plant lady with several of them in my house. Remember the raspberry bush I bought a few weeks ago? Well, it’s coming out of its dormancy and growing leaves. I keep them in my downstairs guest bedroom where they can get all the sunshine. I will most likely transfer the bush to a large pot with a trellis outside this summer, but I’m still debating on planting it in the ground. I cannot wait for our garden project this year, and I plan to blog all about it.
This week, I’ve been on an apples and peanut butter kick. Honeycrisp apples are my favorite.
Every night, Kyle and I watch Jeopardy before bed (we are officially our parents), and it’s when the baby likes to kick around and headbutt my bladder. It’s crazy to think I only have fifteen-weeks left! I better start getting my hospital bag ready (it’s the only thing I have left to do!)
We had basil tortellini with parmesan, butter, black pepper, garlic, and peas for dinner! 😋
After my morning walk with a neighbor on Friday, I had a lunch date with my mom! We went to Good Life Organic Kitchen in Fort Mill, a restaurant I have wanted to try for so long. They opened up during my first trimester, but that was when I hardly left the bed. It also took me a while to start liking healthy food.
We ordered the black bean and sweet potato sandwich on multigrain bread, coffee, and the blue spirulina smoothie. Everything was amazing!
So amazing that Kyle and I did a breakfast date there the next day! 😊 I ordered the same thing and had the breakfast bowl. I think I found my new favorite spot.
On Saturday night, we watched a few shows with our frozen pizza and then headed to bed early so we could wake up to play in the snow with the dogs. I was so excited about seeing Tux play in his first snow!
He was terrified at first, but then started prancing around and sticking his nose in it!
This made me so happy! The first snow we’ve had since moving here two years ago! Such a fashion icon 😆
Most of our Sunday was spent going in and out of the house to play in the snow. We decided to make breakfast for dinner, and it was delicious! I made cheesy eggs, pancakes, and maple sausage.
I did make some protein balls that I’ll have up on the blog tomorrow.
I was SO tired last night that I fell asleep at 6:30 pm!
I’m still on my fruit and yogurt parfait kick and have had it for breakfast every day for two months. It has Greek yogurt, berries, honey, granola, and nuts.
The boys were back to playing wild in the snow this morning 😊
Questions for you!
- Did you get snow this weekend?
- Do you have any plants you’re currently growing indoors?
- What is one lie your told yourself (unknowingly) before pregnancy?