Thursday, January 8, 2015

Surviving the first trimester and surviving the second trimester

Surviving the first trimester

As I head into my third trimester, I wanted to jot down my favorite items so far for my pregnancy.  There was a lot of trial and error to find what worked for me.  

My first and second trimesters looked very similar, hence the title of this post.
I had morning sickness almost every day until part way though my second trimester.  Then it switched to about once a week.

These are the items that worked best for me:

Morning sickness:
Breakfast - I wouldn't normally eat breakfast first thing in the morning.  But very early on in my pregnancy I found that I needed to eat something before I left for work to help curb the nausea (and then usually when I got to work as well).  Oatmeal with raisins and chia seeds was perfect for me.  Comfort foods seemed to work best for me and oatmeal helped me to stay full. And chia seeds are SO GOOD for you especially during your pregnancy.

Earth Mama Angel Baby  - I am in love with these products! My mom gave me the Mama-To-Be kit and I have loved everything in it.  The morning wellness tea was one of the only teas I could drink when I was nauseous. The heartburn tea and peaceful mama teas are great too.  The Happy Mama spray is so refreshing.  And I love the body butter and stretch oil.

Trader Joe's ginger chews - A friend recommended these to me for nausea before I even got pregnant.  They help my nausea from migraines.  I have been really turned off from sweets during this pregnancy so they didn't work great for me.  But for others with a sweet tooth, they could be good.

Zofran - I don't love taking medication every day, but I would not have made it to work during my first trimester had I not had a prescription for Zofran.  I take this for migraines too and it works incredibly quickly.

Water - Staying hydrated is definitely hard when dealing with morning sickness.  Normally, I like room temperature water but drinking it made me feel ill.  For a couple weeks early on, I didn't drink any water whatsoever because it just didn't sound good.  I finally figured out that if I loaded it with ice I couldn't get enough.  I have a large starbucks tumbler that I fill up multiple times per day. 

Vitamins - The Honest Company now has one-a-day prenatal vitamins which is so amazing. They have never upset my stomach, even if I after eaten yet.  I had been taking their three-a-day ones since before getting pregnant, but that became difficult with the morning sickness.  On days when the morning sickness was pretty bad, I took gummy prenatals that I found at Whole Foods.

Books - Your Pregnancy week-by-week and Praying Through Your Pregnancy showed up on my doorstep after I told a sweet friend about our pregnancy.  Both books have been incredibly informative and invaluable to me.

Chewable Papaya Enzymes - A few times during my second trimester I had a couple nights of heartburn.  My acupuncturist recommended eating Chewable Papaya Enzymes after meals and I haven't had any trouble since!  I found them at Whole Foods.

Ovia App - There are tons of pregnancy apps out there.  I've been really happy with Ovia. It has a really easy to use food safety guide, that I've used quite frequently when we're out at restaurants.

Bump nest pillow - I not usually a fan of household items that only have one specific task, like we don't have an apple slicer or a mango peeler, etc.  I swore during my pregnancy I would try not to buy things that were impractical and could be used for only a couple months.  I remember specifically thinking I would never buy a pregnancy pillow.  We have so many pillows in our house, I figured surrounding myself with them would be just as good (and free!). A few weeks into my second trimester, I was waking up throughout the night uncomfortable or on my back, which made me nervous.  I ordered the bump nest pillow and I have never looked back.  It is well worth the $100 price tag.

Snacks - I could go from full to ravenous in what felt like minutes, especially early in my pregnancy.  Having snacks near was great and helped with morning sickness too.  Finding healthy ones I wanted to eat proved difficult though.  I looked for protein, calcium and things that would keep me full. Some of my favorites - trail mix from Trader Joe's or I made my own at Whole Foods, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, yogurt, bistro boxes from Starbucks.  I haven't had many cravings, more food aversions than anything, but I have craved super cold orange slices and homemade limeade or lemonade.

Bella band - This was a life saver when my pants were starting to get a bit tight from all the snacking but I wasn't yet big enough to wear maternity clothes. I'm expecting to wear this again after pregnancy to transition back into my non-maternity jeans.

Blanqi tank - Every pregnant woman needs a blanqi support tank!  I have worn mine every single day of my pregnancy since purchasing it. It is a bit pricey, but it is so worth it.  I can not say enough good things about it.  Every one of my pregnant friends in the future will be getting one.  A huge thanks to my sweet friend Morgan who sent me a second one when I told her I was wearing it every day and washing it on Sunday's :) They also offer another tank that has "ultra-support".  I loved the support of this one, but the top just didn't fit me right.

Seamless crossover bra - I started sleeping in seamless bras early in my pregnancy.  It was just so much more comfortable and underwire was not my friend.  This one is great, because I should be able to use it for nursing after.

Hope this helps!


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Weekend in Carmel - Point Lobos

I posted last week about our mini babymoon weekend in Carmel.  

On one of the days Dan spent a few hours with his best friend and old roommate watching college football.  After a rather large breakfast at La Playa Hotel, I decided to skip football and go for a walk.  {The hotel had made-to-order waffle and omelet bars and I tried both!}

Just 10 minutes south of downtown Carmel is Point Lobos.  We spend a lot of time in Carmel but I'd never been there and after seeing a post on Amanda's blog, I knew I had to go. Funny, how sometimes it takes a newbie to the area to show you something new about a place you've been a million times before.

I stuck to some pretty easy trails that led straight out to the water and just spent an hour or so there. 

Hikes like this always make me feel so lucky I live in California.  It's just so pretty here!   

When I have more time, I'll definitely head back to some of the longer trails.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekend in Carmel - Babymoon

A few weekends ago we attended the wedding of some very close friends in Carmel.  Since I absolutely adore Carmel, we decided to make a long weekend of it and call it our babymoon.  Hopefully, we'll have a couple weekend mini-babymoons :)

We stayed at La Playa Carmel in downtown Carmel which was amazing. It's walking distance to the adorable downtown and beach.  We had an ocean view room so we left the windows open and woke up to the sounds of the ocean. 

The grounds of the hotel were absolutely gorgeous.  

Sunday morning we woke up and took a walk through the neighborhood and to the beach.

The homes in downtown Carmel are some of my favorites.  They look like they could be straight out of a fairytale.

And it helps that they're just a couple blocks from the beach.

{18/19 weeks pregnant and after a very large and very delicious breakfast at La Playa Carmel}

The best part of the weekend was celebrating the marriage of these two at their gorgeous wedding and rehearsal dinner.  

The rehearsal dinner was held at the grooms tasting room Caraccioli Cellars in downtown Carmel.  A place not to be missed! 


Monday, September 29, 2014

One year later...

Yesterday was our first wedding anniversary.  We spent it driving 9 hours home from Oregon where we had spent the last few days at our friends' gorgeous wedding. 

We also announced some exciting news to our family and friends.


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Strawberry Oat Muffins {recipe}

We hosted Mother's Day this weekend, and I'm starting to realize you end up with loads of leftovers when hosting.  I really dislike letting food go to waste. So last night after making a delicious crust-less quiche thrown together from all our leftovers {recipe to come!}, I saw the flat of strawberries in our fridge and knew I had to figure out something to do with them.

Amanda's recipe has been my go to muffin recipe of late.  I switch it up depending on what fruit I have on hand and I've been substituting the olive oil with coconut oil that gives them a much more decadent taste.

I love flipping through Marina's recipe book and saw a muffin recipe with rolled oats, found them in my pantry and decided to give it a go. 

These muffins were quite possibly the best I've ever made.  I'm disappointed I only made 1 batch.

Strawberry Oat Muffins
{makes about 1 dozen}
inspired by and adapted from Amanda and Marina

1 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
raw sugar, for sprinkling on top

It's best to make this recipe by hand instead of using a stand mixer.  Your muffins will come out lighter and fluffier that way.

Preheat over to 400 degrees F.

In large bowl combine flour, rolled oats, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. 

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with melted coconut oil (make sure the oil isn't too hot or it will cook the egg).  Stir in the greek yogurt.  Add sugar and vanilla and mix until combined.

Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into it.  Using a rubber spatula, give it 3 stirs.  Add in chopped strawberries (less 1/8 cup), and stir until batter is just barely combined.  Some dry flour may be visible - that's okay! You don't want to over mix.

Fill a greased muffin pan {lined or not} with the batter to the top for each cup. Place the remaining strawberries on top of each muffin and gently push into the batter.  Generously sprinkle raw sugar over the top of each muffin.

Place in 400 degree F oven. Turn oven down to 375 degrees F and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top and a cake tester or toothpick comes out dry.  

If using liners, immediately remove them from the pan and place them on a cooling rack. Otherwise let them sit a minute or two in the pan and then place on a cooling rack.

{Placing in a hotter oven will help the muffins rise, giving you a lighter fluffier muffin.}



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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Easter 2014

I have a pinterest board named 'this is the dream I'm working on'.  I was inspired to create it after reading posts from here and here. I love finding pins that belong on this board. I'm probably even a bit too discerning with what I'll pin to it.

Last weekend we hosted Easter for our families.  This was the first party we've hosted together, the first as a married couple, and the first time having everyone over to our new home. Both our our mothers are amazing hostesses and amazing cooks.  Needless to say, I was a bit nervous.

By no small miracle, all of the food was ready at the same time. 
Dan and I were seated next to each other at the head of the table.  
I had the perfect view of our families around the table.


There was a moment at dinner where everyone was talking and eating and laughing, 
I sat back and looked around the table and had overwhelming feelings of contentment and joy.  
I was right smack in the middle of a life that I had dreamed of. 

I paused for a few moments and let myself experience it; hopefully locking away that image, feeling incredibly grateful and then jumped right back in to eating and laughing with our families.

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