bébé numéro deux | 28 weeks


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progress & countdown: 28 weeks down & 84 days to go. firmly in the 3rd trimester. this is when time simultaneously speeds up and slows down. the great pregnancy phenomenon.

baby size: an eggplant.

food & drink: i am the world’s most boring preggo. no cravings or fun stuff going on around here. and especially during this stage of pregnancy, i am just eating to get proper nourishment and that’s where i like to stop. there is nothing worse than a full belly on top of a belly of baby. ick. so, i have been keeping it light and fresh whenever possible. trying to get in lots of hydrating foods and things with the most nutrient density with an occasional splurge because, that’s fun. but ben is pretty bummed out by my lameness. i keep reminding him that we will let the good times roll once baby arrives because i can pound food like a champ when i am breastfeeding. magical, magical breastfeeding and the extreme volume of food that i put away. good times.

bump stuff: it is feeling waaaaay bigger. i know i keep saying that but seriously. this belly of mine is so darn heavy by the end of the day. and baby is so low! so much lower than with elinor, which is nice for my ribs. no swift kicks to those yet. i am sure it is just a matter of weeks now… and, no outie bellybutton to report OR a linea nigra. we’ll see what the final stretch has in store.

highs: so many things. it was a big week. productive. active. fun. celebratory. i am reveling in God’s tenderness and goodness.

lows: starting to feel my limitations during exercise which makes me kind of crazy. but i am learning to modify and pay attention instead of just pushing through. good life lessons for me.

new developments: baby weighs about 2 1/4 pounds and measures about 14.8 inches from head to heels. baby can blink his eyes…which now sport lashes! with increasingly developed eyesight, baby may be able to see the light that filters through the womb. baby is also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life outside the womb. hurray for life outside the womb!

meaningful moments & hormones & feelings: this week has been a big one. we transitioned elinor to her big girl bed and got down to some nesting business in ridley’s room. his space is starting to take shape and look like less of a messy staging area. the key pieces are in. now, it is just to hang drapes and bring in the rug and put stuff on the walls and make it feel special with all the darling touches that i love so much. i am having such fun dreaming up and executing a space for a little man. it is going to have such a “man cave” feel to it. dark and rich fabrics. cozy items. lots of wood. rugged charm. memorabilia and sports stuff and other items from boyhood. yay! yay!

superficial stuff: i feel like my hips have majorly spread out and the belly has gotten super heavy and intense. i suppose that is to be expected in the third trimester but wowee, pregnant lady! i am grateful that my body is supporting a growing baby and preparing for labor (a little extra real estate in the hip region comes in super handy in the end…) and i know they are good changes, but still. i have moments when i kind of wish that i could just lay an egg and hand it off to papa for some incubation while i go about my nesting business and such. you know, like penguins do. but most days, i wouldn’t trade that wiggly-somersaulty-karate-belly-full-of-baby for anything. it is a pretty cool thing to experience.

looking forward to: my 28 week appointment this week! i get to hear that heartbeat again AND shift from monthly to biweekly appointments. 


oh! and something fun for all of you pregnant ladies or for those of you who know a pregnant lady… the fabulous folks at tiny prints reached out to share their new gender predictor quiz with me and i just had to pass it along. there are a ton of these types of things out there but this one has some fun twists and at least for me, was spot on.

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what about you? did it get it right? does your pregnancy defy the old wives’ tales? do tell.

all you need is love

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pay attention to that sign right up there. it pretty much sums up this entire post.

we went out for a quick dinner of protein bowls with forbidden rice and kale/sweet potato hash with lots of roasted veg and green curry tofu (and a cheese crisp for elinor)…followed by a pitaya bowl to splitsies. and as a delightfully sweet side dish, i was treated to a total lovefest between my man and his little darling.

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seriously though, take a look at this heart-bursting cuteness. one hundred percent guaranteed to make you all misty-eyed and give you all the feelings and leave you verklempt.

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gah! sigh. swoon. i don’t know if it gets any sweeter.

perfection. truly, perfection. i am so blessed to be loved by this guy and watch him love our little lady.

snaps & snippets & blurbs from saturday


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on saturday, elinor and i enjoyed a little mama-daughter time while ben worked from home for the first part of the day. on the menu: a meet-up with miss hallie and her little dude, peyton followed by some strolling and errand running.

the weather was simply glorious which made for an all-around incredible experience. and as you might know, we have been all about the al fresco dining for the last few weeks.

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we grabbed a table at our tried and true, true food, and ordered up some tasty dishes. elinor enjoyed an almond butter + banana + apple sandwich with carrot sticks and some fresh fruit. she gobbled up almost every single morsel. she even used two fingers to scoop up the remaining dip…pretty much licked that bowl clean. this girl and her dip, my goodness.

i had a monster vegan wrap with spicy soy chorizo and salsa and avocado. and the beans! and the sweet potato hash! it is embarrassing how quickly i devoured that plate. i blame it on the baby…

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um, and speaking of baby…would you look at my baby girl and her wispy baby-fine locks of curly goodness? she was having a majorly fab hair moment and it just needed to be celebrated. isn’t she practically edible? too much adorableness.

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oh, and speaking of adorableness…would you look at all that? elinor sitting on miss hallie’s lap and working it for the camera? and the flirting! she was playing all coy with peyton during brunch and it was too much. not sure that the 7-year-old boy was enjoying the smirks and eye batting from the 2-year-old across the table but the mamas were eating that up.

and just to freak out a bit – that lovely lady and i have known each other since we were her son’s age. and there we were, eating a meal with our kids. who are we? when did we grow up? sheesh.

so, yes. it was a delightful morning. after saying our farewells, elinor and i strolled a bit and enjoyed the cool breeze. we window shopped and ran an errand or so and grabbed some juby true juice and a few breakfast muffins to-go. because, there is no way that i would be allowed back in the house without bringing a muffin for ben. those muffins. total crack muffins. addiction level, man. coffee and banana and date and pistachio. all my faves! i keep saying that i am going to make a batch at home, some saturday morning, but that would not be wise. the $3 price tag and built-in portion control at a restaurant are absolutely necessary to keep some kind of barrier between me and those baked goods. my fear of sideways looks from the server when i order a dozen to-go after just eating a full meal is still just enough to deter me from ordering all. the. muffins. so yes, i will not be making these at home. the risk of my eating six or more in one sitting is just too great.

where was i? did i just spend a whole paragraph on muffins? yikes.

anyway…the afternoon was spent napping and resting and getting some stuff done around the house. AND THEN, ben getting into the kitchen to make some fantastic pizza for us to enjoy for dinner.

i give you…this.

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ben’s magical crust made with his whole wheat sourdough starter plus rye and buckwheat and stout. topped with his homemade red sauce + roasted garlic kale + sautéed cremini mushrooms + caramelized onions + fresh, local mozzarella.

folks, it was such a great dinner. and it was such a great saturday.

chef ben | vegan enchiladas

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recently, ben took a little break from his #bensbread creations for our sunday supper and whipped up some vegan enchiladas! he has made these a few times and they are killer every single time.

like me, ben doesn’t really use recipes. and if he does, they are just a springboard. a dash of this, some of that, and oh yeah we had some so i added it too doesn’t make for a good recipe post. and i have been meaning to get these yummy guys written up for some time.

SO THIS TIME ben took some mental notes and i managed to ask him to write them down for me in a real recipe-esque form. huzzah!

and so, here are ben’s killer vegan enchiladas.

* and p.s. feel free to mix it up with the fillings. we have done variations with different bean mixes or added quinoa or corn or other peppers…or seitan or jackfruit! where are my jackfruit fans? it’s amazing stuff. this concoction just seems to be our go-to. you can also have fun with the enchilada sauce and go green or creamy chipotle or whatever.

*p.p.s. we have enjoyed vegetarian variations of this dish using real cheese and they are equally yummy. but for some reason, the flavor and creaminess of the daiya stuff just works so, why not walk on the vegan side? live dangerously. or, i suppose, live kindly and compassionately. or whatever mantra hardcore vegans have.

ingredients

enchilada sauce:
3 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon corn meal
1/4 cup chili powder
2 cups vegetable stock
10 ounces tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
beans:
1-2 tablespoons evoo
2 cans black beans
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
1 poblano
1-2 jalepenos
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
celtic salt + pepper
juice of 1-2 limes
other:
1 package of sprouted corn tortillas (we used ezekiel brand)
1 block of daiya jack style cheese

directions

for the sauce: in a medium saucepan heat oil, add corn meal, smoothing and stirring with a wooden spoon. cook for 1 minute. add chili powder and cook for 30 seconds. add stock, tomato paste, oregano, and cumin. stir to combine. bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook for 15 minutes. the sauce will thicken and smooth out.

for the beans: dice onions, cook over medium heat with evoo until soft and golden. add minced peppers and garlic, then add spices. cook until soft and starting to brown. add drained beans. cook 15-20 min, then use potato masher or the back of a spoon to smash half of the beans. stir together and then add lime juice, and extra salt or pepper if needed.

assembly/cooking: shred the cheese and set aside. oil a baking dish with a little evoo and preheat oven to 350. fill each tortilla with a scoop of the beans and a small handful of shredded cheese (reserve 1/4 of the cheese for the top) and roll. nestle the rolled and filled tortillas into rows to fill the pan. before baking, coat the enchiladas with the sauce and finish with the remaining cheese. bake until the cheese is melted and the enchiladas begin to bubble, about 10-15 minutes. enjoy your tasty vegan feast-fiesta!

bébé numéro deux | 27 weeks

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progress & countdown: 27 weeks down & 91 days to go. we are officially in the 7th month and on our way into the 3rd trimester. i am completely amazed at how close that sounds. also, almost under the 90 day mark too? that’s out of control, right?

baby size: a head of cauliflower

food & drink: speaking of cauliflower…i have been eating a lot of that. and other veg. roasted or paired with hummus. in salad form. whatever. i have also been eating a lot of fruit. a ridiculous amount of fruit, actually. breakfast is piles of fruit with some nuts and coconut and chia and hemp and such. lunch is fresh juice or green kombucha with tons of salad or raw veg with dip. i eat A LOT of that stuff during the day to fill me up but keep it light…and nights are a bit more hearty. it seems to be working quite nicely for mama and baby, especially on these warmer days.

bump stuff: it is here. yes, indeed. getting bigger and moving a ton. and by the end of the day – look out! large and in charge. i can’t believe that baby still has *at least* 4 pounds to go. big things to come, in the next NINETY DAYS. 90 DAYS. NINE. ZERO.

highs: al fresco family dinners…including the yummiest pizza night + great things happening for ben + busy and productive days + springtime flowers from elinor + early morning workouts + fun collaborations + planning upcoming social engagements and such

lows: not much here. other than major spreading sensations in my pelvis and some ligament fun. oh pregnancy, you are a jerk sometimes.

new developments: baby boy is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking on his fingers. baby weighs almost two pounds and is about 14.5 inches long with his legs fully extended. his brain tissue is rapidly developing and his brain is very active now. the lungs are still immature but they would be capable of functioning – with a lot of medical assistance – if he were to be born now.

meaningful moments & hormones & feelings: feeling blissed out and content right now. so happy about the third trimester! and crazily enough, really looking forward to labor. and, of course, having another itty-bitty in our home!

superficial stuff: i am feeling pregnant. that’s all. it is neither here nor there. i just feel it more these days. my reflection is that of a pregnant lady…and it still catches me by surprise when i see it.

looking forward to: my next appointment + dinner dates + transitioning E to her big girl bed (prayers are appreciated) 




AND hey! while we are talking pregnancy, here are some snippets from my feature last week on the pregnancy perfect blog for the #runningthe9monthmarathon series! you know, just in case you missed it OR if you were one of the early birds who read it first thing – before a few final edits could be made to eliminate some cut-and-paste oopsies.

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want more? you can read the whole interview HERE.