Happy birthday to me, now I’m off to the DMV!

Surprise! It’s my birthday! I came into work today and found this lovely little surprise waiting for me. Did I mention that I love my coworkers?

After I scarfed the cookie I got sucked into work, and I’ve been so busy lately that due to a combination of stress and baby brain I completely forgot it was my birthday. Not only did I forget that today is my birthday, I forgot what day it is. I literally could not remember the date of my birth.

Solution: eat a cupcake to remind myself that it is, indeed, my birthday.

Another joy of having a birthday roll around is that my license expires today, which meant that I needed to make the dreaded trip to the DMV. I hate it there. Sitting in icky chairs surrounded by sick people coughing on you while you wait to get a photo taken of you that can only be described as terrible, even under the best of circumstances. Now add in the fact that I’m 8 months pregnant and my face is puffy and swollen (although I seem to be the only one who notices this), and you have one unhappy Jenny.

In the end, my photo turned out looking sort of like an alien. My hair and makeup are weirdly perfect since I was trying so hard to make up for the puffy face, and the angle at which the took the photo makes the top of my head look skinny and my chin look fat, so my head is sort of triangle-shaped. Super cute.

Solution: eat another cupcake and remind myself that calories totally don’t count on your birthday.

Pumpkin CheesecakePlus I have tonight’s dinner to the Cheesecake Factory to look forward to. Geoff and I don’t go on too many sit-down dinner dates, so it will be fun. Plus I’m totally getting the pumpkin cheesecake (don’t judge me – calories don’t count today, remember?).

Doesn’t it look amazing? I only get it once a  year since it is seasonal, but it is well worth the wait. Go get a piece while you still can!

100 Healthy Foods to Eat During Pregnancy

As I’ve said before, I am very conscious about what I eat. Weight Watchers trained me to pay attention to what and how much food I eat. Since I’ve had to entirely change my eating habits since learning I was pregnant, I purchased some books that will hopefully help guide me toward good pregnancy foods during this process.

The first book I bought is called, “The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy: The Surprising, Unbiased Truth About Foods You Should Be Eating During Pregnancy But Probably Aren’t.

Sounds pretty straightforward, and it is. It starts with some basic information about certain nutrients you especially need to make sure you are getting while pregnant (iron, calcium, Vitamin D, folate, etc.) and explains why you need them.

The rest of the book basically breaks your pregnancy down into trimesters, then tells you which foods are best for you during each trimester and why you should be eating them (how they benefit you and baby). The one thing I found a little silly with this book was a couple foods were a little ridiculous. I mean, I understand that many people in their first trimester (including myself) suffer from morning sickness, but seriously? Ice chips made the first trimester list? Come on, people. Ice chips are water, not food.

The book also contains information about what to eat while you are breastfeeding, as well as foods that can help with postpartum depression, but I have not yet read those chapters as they don’t currently apply to me.

This is the first of the four book reviews I’ll be doing (at least in regards to nutrition). Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I mention and if you found them useful, or if you have other nutrition resources you think I should check out.

Recipe: Chocolate-y Vegan Overnight Oats with Chocolate Banana Softserve Topping

Courtesy of Liz at www.iheartvegetables.com

This is one of the best breakfast recipes I have found so far, and the best part is that it is incredibly easy! The hard part for me is making everything the night before because I tend to forget about it, but believe me, this recipe is worth trying (even my husband loves it). Plus, most of the ingredients (oats, chia seeds, bananas) are found in the Top 100 Foods book, so you know baby will like it too.

Overnight Oats Ingredients
1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
3/4 cup soymilk (I used vanilla almond milk)
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp cocoa powder
6 drops vanilla stevia (I used half a packet of stevia)

Topping ingredients
1/2 frozen banana
4 cubes frozen soymilk + splash of non-frozen soymilk
2 packets of Truvia (I used my remaining stevia from the oats)
1 tbsp cocoa

Directions
Whisk all oats ingredients together and put in the fridge (covered) overnight. In the morning, blend the topping ingredients together in your blender or food processor until smooth. Pour on top of your oats and enjoy the chocolate-y deliciousness!

Week 12 Update

I can’t believe I’m already in the last week of my first trimester. I mean, where did that time go?

I know in the last few posts I have said that my nausea has started to go away, but I’m seriously starting to think that the baby can hear those words leave my mouth and then BAM! Two hours later I’m curled up on the couch in a ball (*insert baby evil laugh here*). Overall, it really has started to subside, but it hasn’t gone away completely (YET).

As far as cravings go, I still find myself wanting cereal (Oatmeal Squares or Cinnamon Toast Crunch in particular), but I’m also really having cravings for anything frozen. Baby wants popsicles, ice cream, Frappuccinos, smoothies, etc. Isn’t that weird? It doesn’t really matter what it is, I just want something cold.

I’m definitely feeling my pants getting a little tighter now. Ideally, I’d like to skip the part where you look like you could be pregnant… or just put on a few pounds… and go straight to full-on baby bump. Wouldn’t that be nice? You would start out all skinny and then one day, POP you have a baby belly! I can’t wait to get to that point when can wear all the cute maternity clothes… leggings with tunics, summery dresses, tight t-shirts that hug your bump… Ah, the shopping! I’m probably getting close, but I’m not quite there yet. So for now I’m wearing floaty shirts and blouson tops to hide my teeny bump. I don’t think I’m fooling anyone though.

We have our next doctor appointment on Monday and I’m hoping that we will be able to hear the heartbeat while we are there. I’ve read that after 10 weeks the heartbeat is loud enough to hear, so cross your fingers that we’ll get to hear it! I’m not really sure what else to expect from the appointment, since the only other one I’ve had with this doctor was basically just touching base, so I’ll let you know how it goes.

In other news, I’m thinking about trying prenatal yoga. I need something to do for exercise other than walking around, and my doctor recommended trying it out. I’ve never tried yoga before, and honestly it just seems like a lot of stretching. I’m willing to give it a try, though, so once I find a place I’ll post a review.

Have you tried prenatal yoga? Did it do anything for you?

This week according to What to Expect:

While it may seem as if you’ve doubled in size over the past few weeks, it’s your baby who actually has!

Your Baby in Week 12 of Pregnancy

By now, your baby weighs a full half-ounce and is about the size of a large plum. Most of his systems are in place, though there’s still plenty of maturing to do. For one thing, his fetal digestive system is beginning to practice contraction movements necessary for eating, and his bone marrow is busy making white blood cells — weapons against germs once he’s out of your safe haven. The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) has started producing the hormones that’ll enable him (or her) to make babies of his (or her) own in a couple of decades or so.

Your Body in Week 12 of Pregnancy

If all those changes in your baby sound dizzying, that may just be you dealing with yet another problematic pregnancy symptom: Lots of women experience occasional dizziness and/or feel faint due to progesterone, which causes increased blood flow to your baby by relaxing your own blood vessels. The decrease in blood flow to your body and brain, along with typically lower blood-sugar levels during pregnancy, can set your world a-spinning. Do your part to keep your equilibrium by eating regularly, getting adequate rest, and standing up slowly.

Week 7 Update

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

I just realized that I hadn’t posted anything about how I’m feeling this week. Well, the answer is that I feel basically the same as last week. I’m still having some nausea, but not throwing up, my boobs are still sore and definitely bigger, and I’m tired all the time.

I’m having some weird food aversions, too. One minute I will really, really want a piece of pizza, and when it is actually in front of me I can barely look at it. And for some reason I’m craving rice a lot, which is not something I eat on a regular basis. Anyone else having weird cravings?

Anyway, I was planning on waiting until Thursday (ULTRASOUND DAY!!) to post a more interesting update, but I will be eight weeks by then and I don’t want to skip over week 7.

Since this is sort of a boring one, here are some photos of the baby gear we have started collecting from our parents and siblings (the only ones who know at this point). They just can’t help themselves and I totally love it!

The Loot

This week according to What to Expect:

Right now, the only things growing faster than your baby’s brain may be your tingly, achy breasts.

Your Baby in Week 7 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now about the size of a blueberry (and about 10,000 times bigger than he was at conception). Most of that growth is concentrated in the head as new brain cells are generated at the rate of 100 per minute. Your baby’s mouth and tongue are forming as arm and leg buds sprout, and those little kidneys are getting ready to do their job (pee production and excretion).

Your Body in Week 7 of Pregnancy

Your baby might be the size of a blueberry, but your breasts probably look more like melons. By this point, some expectant moms have grown a full cup size, which might be welcome news if those boobs weren’t so darn tender. The culprits? Those naughty (though necessary) pregnancy hormones again, along with an increase in blood flow and a buildup of fat — all essential to the task your body can perform in about eight months: breastfeeding your newborn!