18 Weeks

Oh my goodness.  LOOK at my belly.  Look at it.  It is getting so big so fast!  At 18 weeks I feel like it is seriously showing off.  I had a lady at Babies’R'Us look at me in shock while we were looking at cribs- “When are you due?”First week in December.”  With raised eyebrows she responded “Oh.. well, good!”  Yes, lady.  I am aware that I look oh, 6-7 months pregnant.  No need to remind me.  And if one more person tells me “I hope you know how big you are going to get..”  I might breakdown in tears right in front of them…  
 
How far along? 18 Weeks 2 days

Total weight gain:  18 lbs.  (Pre-pregnancy weight: 110lbs-112lbs.) 
Maternity clothes? Duh.  Although today I am wearing a non-maternity dress that fits so well, and although my toes are numb and frost bitten I am rather comfortable.  My belly can breath! 
Stretch marks? No- and still have yet to get anything that will help with the itching- Sweet Jesus. My belly itches like crazy.
Sleep: In bed by 8:30pm-9pm every night.  Sleeping so hard- I look like I’ve been whacked with a baseball bat when I get up in the morning.  Part of it is because I’m just plain exhausted, and the other has to do with the fact I’m on antibiotics that ‘may cause drowsiness- do not drive or operate heavy machinery’.   I get up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, but don’t have trouble falling back to sleep at all whatsoever. 
Best moment this week: Feeling my babies move:) 
Miss Anything? I’m gonna go with what I said last week -because it is still SO true: The versatility of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  Dangit.
Movement: Yes- finally!  I know for a fact I felt baby on the right (my right..) on Saturday.. err- Sunday morning at the hospital.  I know because just as the nurse said she moved I felt something like muscle movement.  This week I have felt the bubbles and popcorn sensations regularly.  Half the time I think it is just my tummy growling (I’m still always starved.) or my food digesting.  But it is the same feeling everytime- and I can’t say my tummy grumbles follow the same pattern everytime, per say.  Last night I drank some carbonated water and my belly was going nutso!  I know at least some of that was my sweet girls making their presence known.
Food cravings: Still enjoying my dry cereal every night before bed.  I eat ourselves out of house in home when it comes to fruit- I came home from my weekly shopping trip with 8 apples (along with plums, tangerines, honeydew melon, grapes, strawberries, Rainier cherries, bananas..it will all be gone by Friday- I promise.)  Between Jordan and I we have already gone through half of those apples.  Plain Greek Yogurt- either mixed with Pumpkin Flax Granola or.. fruit (shocker!), and anything salty.  Still showing love to Chester with my addiction to Cheetos- We have started to get the jumbo bags from Sam’s Club.  I know.     
Anything making you queasy or sick:  hmm.. well nausea is coming from these antibiotics meds I’m on, but nothing related to food.  Pizza Chicken Rolls are on the menu for tonight.  If I end of chunking it I think I’ll be okay with the asparagus and Cream Cheese Polenta side dishes. 
Gender:  My sweet girls. 
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Congestion continues.  So tired.  all.the.time.  I feel like I cannot keep up.  I’m in bed before 9pm- and granted I am up around 5ish everyday- that is still 8 hours of sleep- plenty more than I ever go before gettting pregnant.  I feel like I can’t get enough.
Belly Button in or out? Innie.
Wedding rings on or off? On.  I almost took off my ‘I love you’ ring that J got me for our anniversary last year.  It  is on my right hand- and is the same size 5 that is my wedding ring, but it fits a little snug due to the fact it is on my dominant hand.  Within minutes of forcing it past my knuckles I felt- for lack of a better word- guilty and put it back on after I started to put it away.  I couldn’t imagine not wearing it for the next several months.  It will have to come off soon, but not this week:)
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy and a little humbled.  After this past weekend’s hospital trip I realized that all this pregnancy stuff is so fragile and precious.  Even though the girls are just fine and the trip ended having nothing to do with the girls, I’ve got two growing babies inside of me!  That is serious business, folks! 
Looking forward to: Finally moving into our new house!  It will be so much more fun to be able to have a place to put all my ideas into:)  Oh, and ‘bedrest’.  Can’t wait for that:)  Starting September 1st I’ll be spending my last trimester homebound per my doctor’s orders. Since I am high-risk for preterm labor it is best that I take it incredibly easy- meaning no housework, no grocery shopping, and no work work.  I can sit at the computer or make a sandwich, but nothing that requires too much effort- getting up in the morning, showering, makeup, and driving to work is surprisingly stressful on the body- and my doctor will have none of that.  But both Jordan and I agree that we would rather keep these babies safe in my belly rather than the NICU, and would MUCH rather do it at home- not the hospital.  Much more comfortable, and can I say- much CHEAPER.   So- I have just about a month left before my time at home.  Anyone got any suggestions for good books?  I’ll be catching up on my long lost love of hardbacks.

17 Weeks


How far along? 17 Weeks 2 days
Total weight gain: 16lbs.  (Pre-pregnancy weight: 110lbs-112lbs.)  It doesn’t matter if I am watching my intake- sticking to lean protein and veggies, or chowing down on Cheetos and chicken tenders.. the weight is coming on. 
Maternity clothes? Just about in full maternity.  I attempted to ‘slip’ into a pair of my favorite cream slacks this morning when I was trying to figure out what I was going to wear- thinking I would just wear the belly band with them (basically, I’m screwed at this point if I don’t have any clue what I think I want to wear.  I have to do it the night before.)  After wiggling into them, I quickly pulled them off for fear that if I made any sudden movements I would tear the seam down the rear.  I may have shed a few tears after that episode.  I don’t understand how some women wear their pre-preggo clothes through their entire pregnancy.  Yes, I am aware that I am carrying twins- but just saying..   Wearing my go-to Gap Pure Body Side Ruched Tanks here in this picture- love them.  Simply L.O.V.E. them to the moon and back.
Stretch marks? No- although Jordan continues to remind me of the lotion that I need to get to help with them.  I think he overheard me and the girls talking about it a couple weeks back and so now he has got it on the brain.  Anyone have any tips on the type of lotion to get? 
Sleep: In bed by 8:30pm-9pm every night.  Sleeping well for the most part.  I get up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, but don’t have trouble falling back to sleep really. 
Best moment this week: When I was drawing on the chalkboard, Jordan  asked me what size the girls were at 17 weeks. 
Me: They are the size of an onion now- getting so big!
Jordan: Well, that’s not what you are writing.. wait, they can hear now?  Why didn’t you tell me this? 
Me: We talked about it last week while you were talking to my belly- and I told you at 17 weeks they should be able to hear you..
Jordan:  But, you didn’t tell me they can hear now!  I would have talked to them already… 
Me: You mean, since today- the start of 17 weeks, they can hear and your upset because I haven’t told you yet?
Silly boy.  Makes me laugh:)
Miss Anything? The versatility of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  Dangit.
Movement: No!  I find myself laying really still trying to see if I feel the flutters, and then I realize I’ve stopped breathing, which can’t be good for any of us residing in this body.  It takes me a few seconds to recover from not breathing and try it again- with the same ‘not breathing’ stunt I pulled before.  I’m over it at that point. How do I lay really still AND keep on breathing? 
Food cravings: Dry cereal, Fruit, Plain Greek Yogurt, and anything salty- think, pickled okra and saurekraut.  The thought of one of those Reuben sandwiches makes my mouth water- never even thought twice about something like that pre-preggo.  Oh, and how could I forget, fried food. I suppose the pregnancy gods are getting the best of my appetite now because I typically wouldn’t touch that kind of stuff 5 months ago. 
Anything making you queasy or sick:  No queasiness or nausea at all this week.  We enjoyed not one, not two, but three meat protein dinner meals.  A major change from before. 
Gender:  Still have them girls in there. 
Labor Signs: Nah.
Symptoms: When I am out and about running errands or whatever, I’ve become very aware of every bathroom in the vicinity of the area.  I have to go all the time.  Often times I find myself flushing the toilet, getting my clothes situated and comfortable, washing my hands, and realizing I have to pee.  Again.  True story.  Happened about 3 minutes before sitting down to finish this post.  I’m ravenous for the most part- but when I do eat I attempt to get in smaller portions.  Depending on what I’m eating, I get full really quickly.  Yesterday I was miserable after eating just one (6-oz) carton of Greek yogurt and a handful of grapes.  I’m also pretty sure I’m the only one blowing her nose every 5 minutes when it is 100+ degrees outside.  We were laying by the pool yesterday and I couldn’t breathe out of either nostril at all whatsoever.
Belly Button in or out? Innie.
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, Happy, and a little grouchy some mornings.  I’m still SO tired all the time- I used to be a morning person, but not so much these days.
Looking forward to: Beginning my 5th month of pregnancy- and hopefully to be feeling those baby girls soon!  I’ve been feeling good and enjoying every minute of my pregnancy- such a blessing.  I can’t belive how fast this is all flying by! 

Pasta with 3-Herb Pesto

A couple nights ago I made this super simple pesto pasta to serve with Mediterranean Chicken Meatballs- and it was delicious- especially paired together! 

In reality, you could definitly make this pasta dish and pair it with any protein you please- this would be awesome with seafood.  Give me the 12-ounce limit in a week and I’m counting my seafood consumption right down to the ounce.  It’s like the ham sandwich.  Those things I’m not supposed to have is all I can imagine I could ever eat.  Serious.  It is the end of the world if I miss out on my 12-ounces of seafood for that week.  Ok, not really, but I claim my dramatic over-the-top reactions to being pregnant.

Choosing the herbs to use are free for you to decide, but I really enjoyed the classic flavors of the basil, oregano, and parsley.  Last night, I actually watched Rachael Ray make pesto with Butter Lettuce.  I know.  I think I”ll be trying that out soon!

Making my own pesto sauce allowed for me to control the amount of fat (olive oil) the went into the pesto- substituting lemon juice and zest gave an extra boost of flavor.  Really delicious.  While the fat in EVOO is the ‘healthy’ fat- optimal for a pregnant woman, it is still fat, and too much is still too much. 

I took a fiber boost from whole wheat pasta- every little but helps these days- don’t you know that’s the truth!  Not to mention the fiber helps me to keep my blood sugar in check.  Protein in whole grain/whole wheat pasta allows for me to stay full and get enough for all (3) of us in the body!

Look at the greeeeeen!  It has got to be good!

Pasta with 3-Herb Pesto

Yield: 6 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/3 cups each

Adapted from Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons grated (pasturized) Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lb whole wheat/whole grain gemelli pasta, cooked and drained (about 8 cups)

Instructions

Place first 7 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth With processor on, slowly pour in the oil through the food chute, mixing until blended. Toss with pasta. Fold in tomatoes and serve with additional parmesan as desired.

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 337; Fat: 4.8 g; Carbohydrate: 55.6 g; Fiber:12 g; Protein: 11 g; Sodium: 123 mg

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Greek Chickpea Salad

 So..what am I eating this week? 

 Well.. let’s see.  I’ve developed this weird food aversion since starting my second trimester (nothing too serious the the supposed miserable 1st trimester, and NOW I start with the weird food things.)  It isn’t a real aversion I would say, I’ve just become really really pickyWhich is SO strange for me- the girl that will eat everything you put in front of me- or at least try it, anway. 

So.. it has become fairly difficult to judge what I will or wont want at the moment.  Last night my Fireman was working, leaving me at home to fend for myself for all meals. 

I had seen a version of a Greek Salad in one of my cooking magazine for this month- boasting the serious use of  fresh herbs. If it ever a better time to start attempting to go meatless once or twice a week, this is the time to do it.  Unique and not so unique produce and fresh herbs are booming and at peek of freshness this time of year! 

I took advantage of it with this salad.  Aside from the fact that it took all of 8 minutes to throw together (chopping included) it is preggo belly friendly with the use of heart healthy fats found in the olive oil and lemon juice dressing, lean plant based protein from the chickpeas (used organic- less sodium) and kept it safe by making sure my Feta cheese was pasturized.  I seasoned with just a touch of salt, but really focused on getting flavor by using three different kinds of fresh herbs.  I made a Greek risotto last week and thrw in some fresh dill.. I couldn’t help but use it again here.  Too much added salt can cause increase in blood pressure- a risk all pregnant women have due to the mega increase of blood volume.

I brought the leftovers from my batch last night for lunch today.

I can’t wait for lunch…

Greek Chickpea Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups each

Ingredients

  • 1 (15-ounce) can organic garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup (about 2 ounces) pasturized feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup pitted black olives, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

In a large bowl, combine first 8 ingredients. Add in lemon zest, juice, olive oil and toss to combine. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve chilled

Nutritional Information:

Calories: 198; Fat: 10 g; Carbohydrate: 17 g; Fiber: 4 g; Protein: 10 g; Sodium: 515 mg

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16 Weeks

 
How far along? 16 Weeks 2 days

Total weight gain: 15lbs.  (Pre-pregnancy weight: 110lbs-112lbs.)
Maternity clothes? Full maternity for the most part.  Repeat outfits are already happening, and if you know me well enough this pretty out of the ordinary.  But when something is comfortable, it’s what I’m gonna wear, over and over.  The Gap Pure Body Side Ruched Tanks are a favorite as well as my (hand-me-down) Target Liz Lange yoga capris.  You can see me wearing these two together more often than not.  The tanks are good for work and lounging at home.  So cute on, and I like the way it makes my tummy look.  I’m actually wearing a navy one under my yellow sweater in the belly picture.
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Still in bed early on most nights.  It’s becoming more regular, even when Jordan is at work. 
Best moment this week: We spent some serious pool time with our Firefighter family over the weekend to celebrate the 4th (on the 7th).  It was fun to see all of my wifey friends- none of them had seen me since my new found curves (well, just one curve actually..) One of the girls just about made my day within the first five minutes after a welcome hug: “Girl, you are still so tiny and you are 16 weeks!”  Thank you.  Thank you very much.  (I’ll always accept comments like these..)
Miss Anything? Margaritas.  There was a rather large margarita machine at the party this weekend.  I literally gawked at every person walking by me with a ‘rita in their hand wishing I had a really, really long straw.  It was 104 degrees and I wished nothing more than to have a frosty drink.  I stuck with my ice water in a Solo Cup to match everyone else laying by the pool enjoying their adult beverages.
Movement: No!  Boo.  My doctor told me at my 16 week appointment on Monday that I should be recognizing feelings of them move soon. 
Food cravings: Dry cereal (Cascadian Farms Chocolate O’s or Fruitful O’s and Life Original ), Fruit, Plain Greek Yogurt (Oikos and Fage), Cheetos Puffs, and anything salty.  Last night I woke up STARVING at 2:45am.  I laid there for 30 minutes before I decided I wasn’t going to be able to fall back asleep unless I had something to eat.  Dry cereal did the trick:)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Chicken, although it successfully made its way to my plate twice this week!  The second time (last night) didn’t do over so well with my tastebuds, but I was able to pick around it.)Sweets are another thing that I’m not too fond of lately. I’ll eat them thinking I want them, and then feel yucky soon after. 
Gender:  Still have them girls in there. 
Labor Signs: Nah.
Symptoms: I feel pretty good this week, no realy complaints.  I feel like I’m starving all the time (hence the 3am snack.)  Headaches come and go and congestion rears it’s ugly head on a daily basis. 
Belly Button in or out? In- although my ‘never-ending’ belly button isn’t so never ending anymore.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Quite the happy girl these days.  Still to thankful to be SO blessed.  I can see God’s hand in my life on a daily basis.  So awesome.
Looking forward to: Beginning to build the nursey of our dreams :)   We think we have finally found  the crib(s) and the colors for the baby bedding.  We searched this past weekend through multiple stores and online for both.  I’ve been looking for the perfect colors to have the bedding made for weeks and was out of luck until Friday night I found someone on etsy that will make all we need in the most gorgeous colored fabric.  Perfect colors for what I’m looking for in the nursery!

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome {PCOS}

As a female that currently suffers from Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), I know what it is like to deal with dreaded dieting.  Even as a dietitian, with all that I know and practice (for the most part) myself, I struggle to make sure to get in enough ‘healthy foods’ that will optimize my health and wellness with PCOS.  For the past 10 years I dealt with doctor after doctor, trying to figure out what in the world is wrong with me, and finally, 2 years ago, I met my current OB/Gyn and was diagnosed.  Finally.  Some answers.  Due to the fact that I don’t actually fit the bill for classic PCOS, I was never observed for it which led to years of confusion and multiple trials with different birth control, hormones, and uncomfortable testing.  The ultimate reason for my diagnosis?  My new doctor happens to suffer from PCOS herself and looks for it in her patients, especially those that don’t ‘fit the bill’- she doesn’t show classic signs, either. 

So what does this diagnosis mean for me now? 

While there are no specific foods or beverages that will make anyone more fertile or cure PCOS, one’s overall nutrition has a subtle, but powerful effect on all of the body’s systems, including the reproductive. Having a basic awareness of what “good nutrition” means and what is going into your body can affect your efforts to conceive a successful pregnancy particularly if it’s complementing fertility treatments which in themselves can be stressful.
 
Research has shown changing eating habits and getting more exercise helps to manage PCOS. Regular exercise can help alleviate symptoms of PCOS. Get moving with at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week. (For weight loss, additional physical activity may be needed). Increase muscle mass with strength-training exercises at least two times a week. Exercise can help with depression and body image, too.
 
Moderate weight loss (about 10 percent of total body weight) can help normalize menstrual cycles, regulate blood sugar and increase a woman’s chances of conceiving a baby. Eating more whole-grain foods, fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt can help lower your blood sugar, improve your body’s use of insulin and normalize hormone levels.

The best eating plan for women with PCOS

  • Regular meals or snacks every three to four hours. Don’t skip meals.
  • High-fiber carbohydrates to keep blood sugar levels normal and hunger pangs away. Eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
    • Since the average woman with PCOS is struggling with her weight, she is probably on a restrictive diet. Chances are those with PCOS have heard that carbohydrates are “bad” and is therefore limiting carbohydrates as much as possible.  I strongly suggest limiting refined carbohydrates, and focusing on high-fiber options as well as fruit and vegetables.
  • More healthy fats, like olive and canola oils, walnuts, almonds and avocadoes.
    • Studies show that as many as 70% of all women with PCOS have elevated levels of LDL cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) and low levels of HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) both of which are strong predictors of cardiovascular disease.
  • Add lean proteins in all meals and snacks. Try nut butters, lean meats, fish, chicken, turkey and low-fat dairy products with all meals and snacks.

Don’t forget to add in some snacks between meals!

It’s important for women with PCOS to eat often throughout the day. This decreases cravings and binges, gives you energy, and helps prevent low blood sugar (a result of waiting too long to eat between meals).

 Remember that food portions matter and be sure to vary up your snacks to prevent boredom and to maximize the nutrients in all foods.

PCOS Snack Suggestions

· 28 grapes & 2% string cheese
· 1 apple and 2T peanut butter
· ½ c LF cottage cheese and 1 c melon
· 6oz 0% Greek yogurt & 2T ground flax
· Hard-boiled egg & 1 slice wheat toast
· ½ cup cooked oats & 2T walnuts
· Latte with non-fat milk
· ¼-1/2 cup Trail mix
· 8 whole grain crackers & 2% string cheese
· 1 cup low-sodium vegetable soup
· 12 almonds & 1 navel orange
· 1 single-serving pouch of tuna & 4 whole grain crackers (Kashi TLC)
· 1 Mixed fruit cup & 3 slices deli meat
· 2T hummus 10 baby carrot

15 Weeks

For the record- My sweet hubby insisted I take the weekly bump picture with my swim suit on.  We were headed out for some quality pool time, and decided right that second was the very best time to take the picture.  No makeup, (very) dirty hair, and baring my belly for all to see. 
 
Most of my wardrobe this week consisted of nothing really more than this and another suit. So, It seemed fitting to him, I guess.  So, I obliged his request:)    
 
How far along? 15 Weeks 3 days
Total weight gain: 13lbs.  (Pre-pregnancy weight: 110lbs-112lbs.)
Maternity clothes? Still wearing one pair of non-maternity pants to work.. my brown pants. I will say that I could LIVE in  my Loved by Heidi Klum black skinny pants.  I LOVE them.  I’m fearful that I may be wearing these from now until the end of work for me. 
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Still tired most of the time.  I could sleep anywhere.. The other ‘night’, Jordan and I were in bed dozing off to sleep at 8:30pm.  It was still light outside!  My early-to-sleep/early-to-rise hubby appreciates my desire to get into the bed around that time.. last night we were both asleep by 9:30pm, and I didn’t budge all night. 
Best moment this week: Getting to visit with Jordan’s family over the July 4th holiday.  We have decided upon names for the girls, and one of them will be named after Jordan’s Granny.  We got to tell her in person, which was so fun.
Miss Anything? Caffiene.  This week I started getting headaches (I have one currently, but I’m pretty sure it is this headband thats causing it rather than lack of caffiene.) and so I always wish for the caffiene that just might make it go away.  I know it is probably not the case of a caffiene headache- I havent had a Diet Coke or regular coffee in almost 5 months, but the thought that I have a ‘cure’ is in my brain.  Plus, just a little pick me up would be nice since being so sleepy all the time.
Movement: Nothing yet- c’mon babies, make a move!
Food cravings: Dry cereal at night before bed continues. Still eating my weight in FRUIT- doesn’t matter what kind it is.  Greek yogurt is a favorite.  I crave it.  I get excited at the thought of paring it with fruit.. and ham sandwiches.  breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I.want.one.every.meal.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still eating a lot of vegetarian meals. Half of the time the thought of meat still buggs me- chicken in particular.  Still no leftovers for me, either.
Gender:  Baby girls x 2!!  We go to the doctor on Monday for another check up.  Jordan made the comment the other night that he wouldn’t be surprised if there is a boy in there… Hush your mouth, boy;) 
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Headaches here and there- not liking these at all one bit.  I’ve never dealt with headaches before, so this is new to me.  Nosebleeds, so gross.. and apparently normal- mostly just in the morning with all the congestion I have going on.  I’ve been told of the weird dreams women have while preggo, and well, those have started, too.  Earlier this week I dreamed I was in a house full of live bears, all sleeping and I had to stay extra quiet to make sure none of them woke.  A couple nights before that I was a demo girl at SAM’s Club.. making smoothies for customers.  Last night I smoked about 12 packs of cigarettes, one right after the other.  Disturbing.  Never smoked (aside from the random occasions to be cool in high school.)  They are all so random.
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Not moody, per say..just emotional.  I had random bout of tears (frantic tears, really) while we were at the lake.  I couldn’t find my teddy that I sleep with evety night (yes, 27 and and about to have children and still have a teddy..) Jordan thought I was about to have a metal breakdown if he didn’t find it fast.  Earlier this week I spent most of my Monday in tears.. well because it was Monday.  Apparently a stressful day for a pregnant woman.
Looking forward to: Planning out the nursery decor.  J and I have been putting together ideas for what we want and like.  We have the colors down for sure, but now it comes to the questions; “Do we put color on the wall or stick with a neutral and put color in the decor?”, and “What should the baby bedding look like?”, or “Chandelieror ceiling fan..?  <— Thats a no brainer, duh.  But, humoring my hubby with the thought of keeping the ceiling fan;)

14 Weeks

How far along? 14 Weeks 3 days
Total weight gain: 8lbs.  Still.  Thank.The. Lord.  (Pre-pregnancy weight: 110lbs-112lbs.)
Maternity clothes? Not totally.  I’ve been so graciously showered with clothes from friends to help with the dreaded cost of additional clothes.  I halfway envy those of you preggo women that can wear the belly band through your entire pregnancy.  I didn’t wear the band at all the entire weekend, and back in one today- pretty, well, really uncomfortable.  Blah.  
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: Better!  No more regular naps in the afternoon, but I still will sneak one in here or there (wishing for one at the moment..)  Bed time for me/us is about 9pm- I’m wiped out by 7:30-8pm. 
Best moment this week: Going to start our registry!  Now that we know the sexes of the babies, we can shop for specifics.
Miss Anything? Still miss sleeping comfortably on my tummy.  That, and being comfortable in my clothes.  Wishing maternity wasn’t still too big. 
Movement: Nothing yet
Food cravings: Dry cereal at night before bed continues. Still eating my weight in FRUIT- doesn’t matter what kind it is.  Processed cheese including: Kraft Singles & Cheetos.  Sweets sort of gross me out, and so anything savory is good. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still eating a lot of vegetarian. Half of the time it is meat- chicken in particular.  Still no leftovers for me.
Gender:  Baby girls x 2!!  Still a shocker to the both of us.  I can’t wait for frills and bows! 
Labor Signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Typical symptoms aren’t there, but still tired.  Headaches and random bouts of nausea here and there- all short lived.  I get really grossed out by bodily noises- the physician I work with belches grossly after drinking chugging his Monster every morning (I know, how can anyone take him seriously?) I want to slap his mouth everytime- but refrain.  I should probably add irritable to this list, too.   
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy & EXCITED to be out of my first trimester, and this belly shows it!
Looking forward to: Beginning to pull together for baby girl things- shopping for clothes, headbands, LARGE headbands, with HUGE flowers and bows.. not to forget the lace, tulle, and frilly things.  It is only destiny that I have a girl.  But I have been blessed with not just one, TWO baby girls! 

 

Spicy Sausage Pasta

These days I’m all about the quick and easy.  In fact- I rely on the quick and the easy due to the simple fact that my taste buds are changing about every minute, and there has been the occasion that I’ve been completely turned off by the meal by the time we sit down to eat it.  So- one would think, I’ll just save this for leftover..?  Wrong.  Leftovers quease me out beyond means.  Me- the self-proclaimed Queen of Leftovers can’t even stand the thought of them these days.  Yowzaa.  So- this recipe is right up my alley with it being super quick and really easy- not to mention totally delicious.   

I took this recipe from Amanda over at Kevin & Amanda, but made some changes per this dietitian brain of mine.  I typically prefer chicken sausage over prepackaged turkey sausage, and I skipped the heavy whipping cream as well as the added EVOO (fat) to the pan. I’m already 8 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight and I just hit the end of my first trimester.  Gotta take it easy with the fat intake- espically the saturated kind. I did decide to amp up the whole grains and used whole wheat penne, rather than the regular enriched pasta.  I’ll take fiber ANY chance I get these days- hence my evening cereal kick I’ve got going.  My Fireman already informed me that this habit will be stopped once these girls get here.  He isn’t a fan of the crumbs in bed.

I will say that today for lunch I ate this leftover.  First reheated meal since I became pregnant- so that has got to tell you something, right? 

I decided it kind of reminds me of my Fireman’s Spicy Chicken Spaghetti. 

But better.      

Spicy Sausage Pasta

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 4 spicy Italian chicken sausage links (about 1 pound), casing removed
  • 1 large Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups organic fat free, lower sodium chicken broth
  • 1 (10-ounce) can mild diced tomatoes and green chiles (i.e; Ro-Tel)
  • 2/3 cup half and half
  • 8 ounces whole wheat penne or other tube shaped pasta
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup (4-ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions, white and light green parts only

Instructions

Heat a large non-stick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium high heat. Add sausage and onions and cook, crumbling sausage until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add broth, tomatoes, half and half, pasta, salt and pepper and stir. Bring to a boil, cover skillet, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally. Allow to simmer about 15 minutes.

Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with green onions. Broil until cheese is melted, spotty brown, and bubbly- about 2-3 minutes.

Nutritional Information:

453 calories; 16 g fat; 46 g carbohydrate; 8 g fiber; 33 g protein

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