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Update at 25 Weeks!

The weeks convey simply been flight by!  Summer is officially hither , in addition to thankfully our portion hasn't been likewise unbearably hot.  I've been steadily growing in addition to convey gained virtually 10 lbs at this betoken , which puts me at a lilliputian nether 1/2 lb gained per week.  Hopefully that designing continues , but nosotros shall see.

It's foreign for i time inward my life viewing tiresome in addition to steady weight GAIN every bit a skillful thing.  At starting fourth dimension it was a existent create create to wrap my encephalon to a greater extent than or less , but i time I started getting an obvious babe belly (not simply the "is she getting chubby"-stage) , I embraced it!  I've been picking lots of fun stripes in addition to other patterns for my motherhood wearing clothing every bit nosotros become too.

At 25 weeks.
I convey had no existent complaints to utter of , other than occasional sore dorsum in addition to cervix depending on how active I am inward a twenty-four hr menstruum , in addition to increased hunger throughout the day.  Lately , I convey been eating closer to 4 meals a twenty-four hr menstruum amongst a decent sized breakfast in addition to luncheon , a medium snack belatedly inward the afternoon , in addition to a smaller dinner to hold from feeling likewise stuffed correct earlier bed.

I've nevertheless been using the Happy Herbivore Meal Mentor plans for virtually 2 months straight off , but I'll tell you lot all virtually them some other day.  All you lot take away to know is , they are the best in addition to this prego lady would non live on eating nearly every bit good without them!

Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few weeks agone nosotros had our anatomy ultrasound in addition to constitute out nosotros are having a boy!  We were both hoping for a man child , thus nosotros are thrilled!  After finding out , I got to operate similar crazy planning the plant nursery on Pinterest!

Last weekend my parents visited in addition to nosotros got Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 TON done on the nursery.  Here are a few pictures.

Mom in addition to I painted the plant nursery over the weekend.  Three walls are the Seaglass , in addition to the window wall is Sonic Silver.

Shopping to a greater extent than or less nosotros constitute this stuff shower mantle for $15 at Target that my mom cutting inward one-half in addition to sewed into curtains.
We also constitute a dainty mantle rod for $8 at Joann Fabic , in addition to mantle concord backs for $5 at Ross.  Considering the curtains I had liked on Amazon were $45 past times themselves , nosotros got a steal!  The light-green chair volition live on leaving us inward a yard sale soon.  The cute bassinet was from when I was a baby.  We'll live on using it inward our bedchamber for the starting fourth dimension calendar month or so.  

My dad made me these fantastic mass leaning shelves (idea from Pinterest).  The bottom shelf is smoothen thus I tin lay a loving cup of H2O in addition to my outcry upwardly in that location patch sitting amongst the baby.  The lead house iii shelves used grooved baseboard planks thus that they would perfectly concord leaning books.  We don't convey whatsoever babe books yet , thus Kevin brought upwardly some comics to fill upwardly the space.  The glider nosotros got for a non bad bargain at a yard sale for $40!

My dad helped me brand this tree branch shadow box (idea from Pinterest).  After this flick nosotros had touched upwardly the white outer box.  You tin reckon it finished inward the photograph above.  We had the outer box woods leftover from some other projection in addition to nosotros got the branches from the woodsy expanse past times my draw of piece of employment solid , they had already been cutting down.

The changing tabular array was a notice from a friend's vecino who was trying to larn rid of it for $20.
The storage bins were a acquaint from my parents from Target. 

Another sentiment of the bookshelves in addition to rocking chair.

Kevin in addition to I constitute this cute Definition at a marketplace position vendor inward Portland that had painted it on reclaimed woods (wanting $40 for it!).  I took the lettering in addition to embroidered it on a burlap frame I had used a long fourth dimension agone to hang my earrings on.

My mom also helped me to lay some adorable owl buttons on a cardigan I finished knitting a few months ago.

 In the goal , everything is coming along , but I nevertheless experience similar in that location are thus many to a greater extent than lilliputian projects I desire to do!  Our summertime is apace filling upwardly amongst traveling in addition to plans thus I'm deplorable to nation it volition likely become past times quickly.  One twenty-four hr menstruum at a fourth dimension till nosotros larn to come across our lilliputian boy. :)

Health in addition to Happiness ,

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Baby on the Way!

I've been absent lately because... some large changes accept been happening inward our life.

Early inward Feb I started to experience non quite correct inward my stomach.  There had been a tum põrnikas going only about my component , then for a few days I chalked it upwards to that.  A calendar week after in addition to a solar daytime or ii passed my commons "lady time" start appointment , I took a examination amongst ii real solid pinkish lines.

H5N1 calendar week after the MD confirmed it: I was important amongst our get-go child!

While nosotros weren't necessarily trying to larn pregnant... Ok , nosotros weren't trying at all.  This was an oops.... but totally an exciting , real welcomed oops.  We had genuinely been talking that same calendar week most setting coin aside to salve for a large Europe trip inward the coming twelvemonth or ii before starting to accept kids.  Well , plans change!

The parents-to-be.  Do nosotros await terrified?
We're trying our best to choke on our cool.
Excited but terrified!
I desire to state that the get-go trimester was a cake walk in addition to I ate perfectly Nutritarian , but no.  I was moderately nauseous from when nosotros establish out until most calendar week 11.  I never ended upwards getting sick , but I all the same wasn't feeling similar my normal self.  I had some pretty bad nutrient adversions , in addition to to a greater extent than oft than non survived off of whole wheat toast amongst avocado or peanut butter , edible bean burgers , lots of bananas , saltine crackers , in addition to ginger ale.  While non ideal , I did my best in addition to made it through to the mo trimester.

Oh my gosh , it is similar black in addition to day.  I accept my unloose energy dorsum , in addition to I was able to start eating my commons foods amongst lots of veggies.  Tomato sauce in addition to I all the same accept a employment , but I'm surely someday we'll live friends again.  I'm also hungry all. the. damn. time.  Snacking is my game!

My exclusively other consequence amongst eating is that I would larn tired of a surely nutrient quickly.  What sounds corking i solar daytime sounds similar the worst the adjacent , then my commons habit of cooking a large batch of soup or stew to consume throughout the calendar week was non working.  A lot of my nutrient was going to waste materials in addition to nosotros were spending to a greater extent than on groceries than usual.  I only didn't accept whatever inspiration nor motivation to create dissimilar meals throughout the calendar week that would fill upwards me upwards , choke on the groceries inexpensive , in addition to that I wouldn't brand likewise many servings of i thing.

H5N1 few weeks agone I remembered that Lindsay Nixon from Happy Herbivore had a plant-based repast planning service called Meal Mentor , then I decided to give the gratis sample repast excogitation a try.  The nutrient was pretty expert , but most importantly I got VARIETY without thinking twice most what to make.  I became a monthly fellow member in addition to accept loved it always since.  (That is also why I've been a fleck MIA , I only haven't had whatever novel recipes of my ain to share.)

Now , this isn't to advertise for Meal Mentor or state that everyone should exercise it , but correct instantly every bit I'm preparing to live huge in addition to hot inward the summertime , in addition to a busy mom inward the autumn , batch cooking all of my weekly meals inward i black only works.  They are non just Nutritarian , every bit they accept to a greater extent than potatoes in addition to non quite every bit much greens , but for my increased hunger in addition to demand for calories , they are plumbing equipment the neb perfect.  If y'all guys accept whatever questions most it , experience gratis to ask.

So , to update y'all on just where I am inward the pregnancy , I am nineteen weeks every bit of today , putting me due early on October.  My babe app tells me that he/she is every bit large every bit a mango in addition to most vi inches long in addition to 1/2 pound inward weight.  I'm at that "oh then lovely stage" where my clothing are getting a fleck tight in addition to uncomfortable.  I don't await outright important , but only a fleck chubbier inward the tummy than usual.  Other than beingness hungry to a greater extent than oft in addition to occasional lower dorsum aches , my symptoms accept been a breeze.

We had our get-go ultrasound over a calendar month agone at calendar week fourteen because my midwife couldn't respect a heartbeat amongst a small-scale handheld doppler at my grouping prenatal appointment.  She thought mayhap I wasn't every bit far along every bit I thought in addition to wanted to larn an ultrasound to run across the heartbeat in addition to larn measurements for how large the babe was.  Of course of written report I worried in addition to couldn't slumber the whole black before the ultrasound thinking something was incorrect , but come upwards the appointment , the heartbeat was easy-peasy to respect , in addition to the measurements told me I was just at fourteen weeks similar I thought.  (Apparently my placenta is towards the forepart , making it harder to listen before heartbeats amongst a handheld doppler.)

Here was the movie from our fourteen calendar week ultrasound.
I betoken out a few features inward the pictures below because
before I saw an ultrasound inward someone I could never
figure out what each component was.

The ultrasound was then neat to run across inward person.  We got to run across the babe "jump" its legs a few times , in addition to got to run across a top sentiment at the correct in addition to left component of the brain.  What amazed me most was how tight it seemed to live inward at that spot for him/her.  No wonder babies honey to live bundled tight after birth.

We accept our adjacent ultrasound (an anatomy ultrasound) June 1st at only about 22 weeks.  We are excited to respect out if we're having a man child or a daughter in addition to to start planning out the nursery.  I'll endeavor to exercise monthly updates or then until the babe comes.  Stay tuned!

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Meet Baby Ben

I can't believe how speedily fourth dimension has gone by!  I briefly popped on hither over the summertime to allow y'all guys know I was pregnant together with how things were going at 25 weeks.  I turned away for a infinitesimal together with instantly I bring a three-month-old!

My nascence even out is for to a greater extent than or less other twenty-four hours together with to a greater extent than or less other time.  It didn't become every bit planned at all , only inward the halt nosotros ended upward alongside a beautiful salubrious infant boy.  Here are a few pictures of my petty potato.






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BOSS Smoothie

The Husband as well as I oft unnecessarily exercise acronyms for everyday random things.  We don't constantly verbalize inwards acronyms similar robots , only brand i upward because nosotros intend it's funny , piece of job it heavily for one-half an lx minutes , hence forget virtually it thereafter until nosotros intend of a novel one.  Because that's how nosotros do.  Love that man.  For representative ,

TMB: tight mama booty
SMS: hence much spit-up (thanks Ben)

And today , the BOSS Smoothie.

BOSS Smoothie (Banana-Orange-Strawberry-Soy Milk)
Time: five minutes
Servings: 1-2 servings

        ii oranges , peeled
        1 loving cup frozen strawberries
        1 frozen banana
        1 loving cup unsweetened soy or other plant-milk
        1 loving cup H2O ice cubes

1.)  Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender.
2.)  Start on depression speed as well as gradually growth to high.
3.)  Blend for 45-60 seconds on high speed.  Serve immediately.

's Notes:
I whipped upward this lilliputian yum yum earlier Kevin headed to piece of job today as well as nosotros split upward it.  Could easily hold out i large serving too.  And at nowadays , a chip of Kevin as well as Ben sense of humour to outset your weekend.

Great project Ben!

We're hence proud of you!

Here Dad , convey a beer.  You saw nothing.

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Vegan Baby Led Weaning (1st Month)

Ben is 8 months former (!) as well as he has been eating solids for close a calendar month as well as a one-half , the final calendar month of which nosotros receive got been doing babe led weaning (BLW).  I start heard close BLW from my sister-in-law who did it from nine months on amongst my twin nephews who are at nowadays three.  For me , it was actually overnice beingness able to utter to my sis close some of my fears but about BLW as well as the logistics of cooking for an infant.  If you lot don't receive got a friend you lot tin utter to close BLW , I would highly advise doing a search on YouTube close BLW.  I flora a few videos when I was starting off that were really informative as well as reassuring.

First off , I intend "Baby Led Weaning" is non a really practiced bespeak what it is.  Yes , when babies start eating solids they volition naturally start decreasing their milk intake over fourth dimension , but amongst the shout out "Weaning" I experience similar it implies the intention to wean baby.  That is non how I encounter it.  I encounter it to a greater extent than every bit "let's practise eating thence that when it comes fourth dimension that you lot take away to a greater extent than nutrition than pectus milk tin render you'll know how to swallow as well as already savor a wide gain of foods."  I gauge that would live also long of acronym!  One phrase I've heard but about the BLW globe that I similar a lot is:

 "Food earlier 1 is but for fun."

Anyways , my intention is to start Ben off on the correct pes of agreement how to purpose his rima oris , natural language , as well as pharynx to chew as well as swallow nutrient safely , but most importantly , to innovate him to a diverseness of tastes as well as textures thence (hopefully) he isn't a picky eater as well as loves all fruits as well as veggies.  I desire him to receive got a practiced human relationship amongst nutrient that volition final a lifetime.  I desire him to encounter that mealtime is enjoyable as well as social , as well as nutrient is a cast of dear inside our family.  I desire him to savor the foods I'm enjoying beside me , rather than spoon feeding him mushy pudding glue that is disguising vegetables amongst fruit.

One source that I flora really helpful every bit I was getting started was a digital mass past times Cathleen Woods called Baby Led Weaning for Vegans: lx Plant-Based Recipes for Babies as well as Kids that Adults Will Love.  Cathleen writes the Vegan Momma blog as well as she has a non bad transportation service close BLW roofing some of the basics.  I haven't tried whatever of the recipes quite yet because Ben is nonetheless by as well as large but eating sticks of fruit as well as steamed veggies , but it volition live a non bad resources when every bit nosotros are starting to larn into the side past times side stage of eating.

When I start started feeding Ben solids a picayune after the vi calendar month score , I started amongst mushed banana mixed amongst pectus milk.  After a few tries he LOVED it as well as would accept spoonful after spoonful when nosotros fed him 1 time a solar daytime but about dinnertime. (I ever breastfeed earlier offering Ben solids.  The vast bulk of their nutrition for the start twelvemonth comes from pectus milk , thence I don't desire to give the sack that yet.)  We did this for close 2 weeks earlier jumping into BLW because nosotros were traveling as well as I wanted to produce to a greater extent than query earlier starting.

Ben's start endeavour of mango.

If in that location is a babe #2 someday , I would nonetheless produce purees for a calendar week or 2 earlier starting BLW.  I experience similar the purees at start were slow on his breadbasket as well as made his gut bacteria to a greater extent than prepared for the solids that came after. (Also to banking enterprise notation , I give Ben powdered probiotics mixed amongst pectus milk 1 time a day.  He had constipation issues when he was 3 or 4 months former as well as those helped tremendously.)  I also tried purees amongst dark-green peas , pears , as well as carrots.  Banana or banana mixtures seemed to live his favorite.

Ben's start orange.

The start BLW nutrient Ben had was also banana.  To prep I cutting the piece of employment past times as well as bottom tips off , thence amongst the cutis nonetheless on I cutting it long ways piece of employment past times to bottom , as well as thence sideways through the middle thence you lot destination upwards amongst 4 dissever banana halves.  I position 1 slice on his plate as well as off he went.  Ben is similar all babies , as well as anything he tin larn his hands on goes right away inwards his mouth.  He gnawed on it , but most cruel out of his rima oris as well as into his lap.  Some pieces crumbled inwards his hands as well as never fifty-fifty made it to his mouth.

The food-to-mouth , spit-out-food chip lasted entirely a calendar week or 2 earlier I noticed Ben actually chewing as well as taking downward food.  You'll live able to state if (and sometimes what) they are taking anything downward from their BMs the side past times side solar daytime or so.

The side past times side foods nosotros tried over the start few weeks inwards no detail lodge were avocado (loved) , carrots (liked) , broccoli (meh) , dark-green beans (liked) , cucumber (loved) , pears (too slippery , gagged badly , scared me , volition innovate 1 time again later) , romaine (meh) , watermelon (loved) , bell pepper (liked) , cantaloupe (loved) , steel cutting oats (liked) , rolled oats (meh) , mushrooms (didn't like) , babe bok choy (ok , hard to chew , volition innovate 1 time again later) , golden murphy (liked) , asparagus (meh) , mango (liked) , zucchini (loved) , as well as oranges (liked).

Ben amongst a bell pepper as well as mushroom.
He didn't swallow whatever of the mushroom ,
but I'll give it some other endeavour inwards the future.

He likes/loves all the fruit , has enjoyed the bulk of veggies , as well as hasn't rejected hardly anything.  I'm at nowadays but starting moving into feeding him clumpy things similar stews , rice dishes , pasta dishes , veggie/bean burgers , etc.  Last nighttime Ben as well as I had our start existent repast together.   I made wild rice as well as lentil stew.  It was past times far the messiest affair he has eaten , but he LURVED it!  He loved it thence much , he practically bathed himself inwards it (pictures downward below).  A bathroom was definitely needed afterwards.

When I start gave it to him , I handed him a spoon amongst a scoop of the stew on it.  He seemed to live to a greater extent than interested inwards gnawing on the spoon as well as non much nutrient made it into his mouth.  I took the spoon away as well as but plopped a handful of it on his plate as well as he seemed to produce improve after that , although he was quite song close letting me know he wasn't happy that the spoon was no longer inwards his possession.

Going into our minute calendar month of BLW , I experience fifty-fifty to a greater extent than confident as well as assured that this is the correct agency to become for didactics Ben how to eat.  It is thence fun to encounter him explore as well as vocalize his opinions of each food.  I'm excited to encounter where the side past times side calendar month of BLW adventures.

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