Lactation Cookies

Lactation Cookies

Hi there!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I think I’m officially in full on nesting mode.  I woke up early Saturday morning with all sorts of energy even though I didn’t sleep great.  I went for a long walk, then spent the morning prepping a few freezer meals, cleaning, and organizing.  I was back at it again on Sunday after another long walk we ran a bunch of errands then came home to do more organizing and meal prepping.  Usually around 1:00 I’m dead tired and have take a nap but the past few days I’ve just been tackling one thing after another.  Nesting?  Yep!

One of the “meals” I prepped this weekend were these cookies that I know will definitely be enjoyed soon.

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Hospital Bag Must Have’s for Mom

Hospital Bag Must Have’s for Mom

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Less that four weeks!  I’m on the countdown and preparing little by little.  I’ve made a few freezer meals, the nursery is just about finished and little by little I’m packing my hospital bag.  I hope to have it complete by the end of this week.  You never know right!?!

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What I Ate Wednesday

What I Ate Wednesday

Happy humpday!

I’ve been loving Wednesday’s lately.  Half-way through another week of pregnancy!  Definitely on the count down these days.  Just about 4 weeks left!  Crazy right!?!  For some reason I have a feeling he’ll be arriving a week before but knowing my luck that won’t happen….  I’m keeping my fingers crossed though!

Anyway, since it’s Wednesday I thought I’d share a day of eats for a WIAW round-up.  I don’t do these all that often these days but they are fun to do every once in awhile.  So here’s a look of eats from the other day 🙂

Breakfast – The Hubby was home so made some eggs and sausage but all I wanted was a smoothie bowl.

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Third Trimester Must Haves

Third Trimester Must Haves

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I can’t believe I’m nearing the end!  I’m anxious, excited and ready to get this busy little guy out of my belly! The past few weeks have seemed extra tiring.  I know they say exhaustion returns in the third trimester but I don’t remember it being this exhausting with The Love Nugget.  Maybe it’s because I’m so much older 😉

As I did with the first and second trimester, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve found helpful and/or necessary during this final trimester.

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Exercise During the Third Trimester

Exercise During the Third Trimester

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I’m half-way through the third trimester now which means we’ll be meeting our little guy soon!   Hopefully sooner than later but don’t we all wish for that.  I’ve mentioned before that The Love Nugget was two weeks late.   My doctor has already said they won’t let me go that long over due since there is now way we are off on our dates as far as being later.  However, my doctor took a leave of absence due to some family emergency so I meet with a new doc in a week.  At this point I’m fine with it since typically a midwife delivers anyway but part of me is a little annoyed because I really like my doctor.  He is the head of perinatology at the hospital and as I see other doctors I learn more about the route he took with me wasn’t what everyone else would have done. [Read more…]

Fear Free Childbirth and Growth Spurt!

Fear Free Childbirth and Growth Spurt!

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How is your week going?  I must say I’m happy it’s already Wednesday.  Only three more days left in the week for another week down.  We’re obviously on the count down to baby arriving.  It’s funny with The Love Nugget I was so nervous those last few weeks and honestly a bit stressed about how everything would go.  I think a lot of it was that it was my first and a lot was that I was also leaving my class for the final month of the school year to someone else.  After spending a year helping them grow it was hard to let them go.

This time I’m feeling a lot less stressed about labor itself.  Even though it’s been so long and I never went into labor on my own.  As I’ve mentioned before, I was induced at 42 weeks and after getting pitocin went from a 0-10 with pain in 20 minutes.  I got my epidural soon after then a few hours later The Love Nugget was born.

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What I plan to do with Baby Number 2

What I plan to do with Baby Number 2

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Baby number two is getting closer to making his arrival.  I’ve still got two months left, hopefully no more, but I’m feeling anxious to meet our little guy!  As we approach that arrival date, I’ve begun thinking about things we did with The Love Nugget and what I want to do with our newest member to our family.

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Pregnancy Update Weeks 28-31

Pregnancy Update Weeks 28-31

Oh hey there third trimester!  It’s definitely hitting me hard!  I’ve had some nausea return, exhaustion and WOW, talk about discomfort!  It’s funny how we block out things from the past.  Either that or I just didn’t experience some of these third trimester issues with The Love Nugget…  Anyway, other than some discomfort and annoyances, I’m still feeling pretty good and getting excited  for little man to make his arrival!

Since I’m almost 32 weeks, I figured I’d pop in and share some updates from the past few weeks.

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31 weeks!

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Friday Favorites Pregnancy Edition

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Hope you all had a wonderful week!  Who’s ready to welcome the weekend!?!  I know I sure am 🙂  It’s been a very long week and I’m ready for a few days or fun!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve shared some fun Friday Favorites.  Since most of my internet time has been browsing the web for baby stuff, I figured I’d share a few baby/pregnancy favorites.

Favorite toddler outfit – I’m obsessed with the tribal prints that are big right now.  Can you blame me when they look this cute on little’s!!!!!

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Exercise During Pregnancy and a Lower Body Pregnancy Workout

Exercise During Pregnancy and a Lower Body Pregnancy Workout

As most of you know I’ve continued to workout throughout my pregnancy as often as I can.  My first trimester it was a little rough since I felt like vomiting all day long (and most days I did).  However, I would still try to squeeze in some form of physical activity when I felt up for it.  My second trimester I felt much better and was excited to get back into a more normal exercise routine.  However, around 18 weeks I was told I had placenta previa and had to cut back on my exercise to avoid any chance of bleeding or complications.   I still continued to stay active and modified my workouts as needed.  Now in my third trimester, with my placenta previa cleared up, I’m enjoying being able to jog and do a little more with my fitness.  Although I’ll admit it’s getting harder as I continue to get larger.

Regardless of what trimester I was in, I’ve continued to focus on a few specifics to benefit me during and after pregnancy.

Stretching – While I haven’t been great about incorporating yoga every week, I have tried to make sure to do some form of daily stretching.  This is something that surprisingly has gotten a lot harder in the past few weeks.  The belly is in the way and it’s almost a workout to try to bend over or reach for my toes!  Ha!

Arms – Not only do I want to keep my arms strong so I’m not wearing long sleeves all summer long.  Keeping your arm strength up during pregnancy will help you once the baby arrives.  If you’ve had a baby, you know how tired and sore your arms can get from holding your little bundle of joy all day long.  So maintaining good arms strength should be top on your list during pregnancy and I’ve definitely tried to keep it up there on mine!

Pelvic floor – Most women know they are supposed to keep their pelvic floor but most women also don’t really do this.  I’m one of them!  I’ve definitely been trying to focus more on pelvic floor exercises through this pregnancy since this is my second child and I want to be able to jump rope or do jumping jacks again at some point 😉  Actually, with my pelvic floor work through this pregnancy, I’ve still been able to do some jumping without any leaking which is always a plus!  Best pelvic floor exercise is kegals!

Core – Even though many pregnant women think they shouldn’t exercise their core during pregnancy, it’s actually essential to keep your core strong while carrying a baby!  Doing so can help your sense of control during delivery and alleviate pressure on your back from your baby during pregnancy. It also helps to support proper posture during pregnancy and helps you recover quickly after delivery.  Even though I’ve received some criticism for doing things like planks or other core exercises as some people think they are linked to diastis recti, I’ve continued to go ahead with these exercises as many resources encourage doing so for the above mentioned reasons.

Cardio – Cardio is great during pregnancy if you’ve already been including it before you were pregnant and it’s done at a safe level.  Including it can help to relieve aches and pains, keep your weight under control, and decrease your chance of varicose veins.  This one has been a little trickier since there was a large time span I couldn’t do a ton of running or more cardio forms of exercise when I had placenta previa.  During this time I focused more on rowing, walking, bike riding and modifying certain cardio moves (jumping jacks, burpees, mt. climbers etc) to still get my heart pumping safely.  Once my placenta previa cleared I jumped back on the treadmill and started jogging a little more.  Now I run about 2-3 miles a few times a week and really enjoy it.  I might be slow, but it feels good to get in a little cardio in the form of short jogs.

Legs – This has been a big one for me throughout this pregnancy.  Strengthening your legs during pregnancy has many benefits.  Lower body strength exercises help to strengthen the pelvic floor, keep your glutes strong to decrease back pain, keep blood flow pumping through your legs decreasing your chance of varicose veins and prepares you for labor.  You definitely need strong legs for pushing!  So I’ve been focusing a lot on keeping up with my leg exercises durning the past 7 months.  Here’s a great lower body workout I did last week that left me just the right amount of sore 🙂  If there is such a thing!

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I added in a 400 meter jog in between each set and completed 4 rounds using 15 lb dumbbells.

 

Of course if you’re pregnant (or new to exercise) you should always check with your doctor before starting anything new.

If you are exercising while pregnant, it’s extremely important to make sure you,

  1. Check with your doctor
  2.  Warm up before starting
  3. Take breaks during your workout
  4. Stay hydrated
  5. Make sure to not overheat, exercise in a cool room or with a fan nearby
  6. STOP if you feel dizzy, light headed, any pain, or overheated
  7. Cool down post workout

Most importantly, know that everyone is different.  I’ve kept up my exercise routine throughout my pregnancy doing certain things some non-pregnant women don’t do because I was exercising a lot before I got pregnant.  So know that what someone else is able to do during pregnancy, you might not be able to do.  LISTEN to YOUR BODY!  The most important thing is growing a healthy baby 🙂

 

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