The Second Trimester

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I cannot BELIEVE my second trimester is ending. I remember being five weeks pregnant and feeling like double digits were so far away. Recently I commented on being six months along and I thought Tom was going to have a heart attack. Turns out, saying how many weeks along I am hasn’t been registering for him but hearing that I’m six months pregnant = shit’s getting real.

So, remember how I felt awful my entire first trimester? Around 14 weeks I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel and started feeling like myself again. Most of my food aversions are gone now, and my appetite was back in time for Christmas which was a relief. That said, I’m still taking Diclectin. Every time I try to wean off, I become terribly ill and completely miserable. Recently I saw an article about Diclectin having a placebo effect and not being effective. I laughed out loud when I saw it. I don’t even have to tell Tom when I’ve tried to take a lower dose because he can tell a marked departure in how I’m feeling. I’ve had some guilt about this but it’s proven to be necessary for me. It’s what’s kept me eating well and even enjoying my pregnancy this last while and I figure happy mom = happy baby.

As my belly grew bigger I did a little shopping at Thyme Maternity. These jeans are awesome. That said, I’ve always been more into flow-y tops and leggings so I’ve been able to transition most of my pre-pregnancy wardrobe fairly easily.

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I’m sleeping really well most of the time, all thanks to my Snoogle. I am obsessed with this thing and absolutely think it’s worth the money. That furry guy above really likes to curl up in it each morning after I get out of bed and it’s still warm. I will be so sad to put it away after the baby comes, although I’m sure Tom will be glad to get more of the bed back.

One of my favourite things is hearing the heartbeat in the doctor’s office at my checkups. We didn’t get to hear it at either of my ultrasounds so Tommy hadn’t heard it yet and was super disappointed. I was able to record it at my last checkup and sent it to him on Valentine’s Day. We also look forward to the weekly update on my Bump app and seeing how big the baby is and how he’s developing.

I definitely relate to the second trimester being the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy. I chopped my hair off at 19 weeks which really helped give me a little confidence boost, especially because my skin has never looked so awful on a regular basis. In terms of mood, I’m definitely weepier than I’ve ever been, over happy and sad things. Also, pretty sure that baby brain has kicked in. I recently spent 10 minutes trying to figure out why the blender wouldn’t work. Tom finally came over to help and pointed out that it may blend things better if I put the blade attachment in the jug. *Face palm*.

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I’ve been doing a ton of research on the necessities and we have everything mostly decided on. Everyone kept telling me that boy clothes are disappointing, but I have to say I disagree. I’ve found so many adorable things and if anything, I have to be careful not to overdo it. I love going through his little wardrobe and imagining how he’ll look in the things we’ve bought him so far. It’s such a strange and magical thing, anticipating meeting this little person who you already love but have never met.

I love to read and always thought I’d read a ton of pregnancy books, but I quickly learned to read NOTHING unless I have a specific question. I have yet to find a book that doesn’t make me overthink everything so ignorance has been bliss thus far.

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Things I love to eat: overnight oats; I have them almost every day for breakfast; bananas, and fruit in general, peanut butter, and burgers. I want red meat a lot lately, which is odd for me. The other day I made a meatloaf because I wanted one so badly. I don’t remember the last time I had it but it hit the spot. Weirdest cravings: a hot dog, Velveeta Shells and Cheese and Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls. Basically, any nostalgic junk food. Luckily those types of things are a one and done, because, yikes. Also, I can’t live without sparkling water. It helps my indigestion so much.

I’ve hated coffee my whole pregnancy but have really missed tea. I found a few varieties at David’s that don’t have any herbs and I’ve enjoyed drinking those once in a while. If you’re curious, the flavors are: Birthday Cake, Movie Night, Green & Fruity and Strawberry Shake.

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I’ve been feeling lots of movement for several weeks now and Tom has felt it too which has been so fun. The baby always moves a lot right before bed and I love to relax and feel him do his thing before we go to sleep.

We start prenatal classes right away! Super excited for those. And scared to learn more about how the baby has to come out of me at some point.

Bring it on, third trimester!

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Burger Crawl: Birmingham’s

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A new development in my pregnancy has been a love of red meat and although I’ve always loved a good burger, something about them has been super tempting to me as of late. Recently when out with friends, I commented that we should start a “Burger Crawl” and try all the best ones we could find. At first I was met with laughter but pretty soon we scheduled our first stop, at my request. This burger is my current favourite in Regina and I wanted everyone else to try it too. I mean, look at that thing. She will be tough to beat, that’s for sure.

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The Burger: The “Skirt” Burger

The Bun: Brioche, super fresh but holds up well.

The Patty: Thick, ground sirloin, perfectly seasoned, juicy without being greasy, slight char on the outside.

The Cheese: Birmingham’s puts a mound of grated cheddar on the patty and covers it with a lid to melt it onto the burger. This fries the cheese that falls in the pan into a crispy “skirt”. It adds great texture.

The Sauce: “Burger” sauce.

The Veggies: Pickles, tomato, onion and shaved lettuce.

The Extras: A woven sheet of bacon. This works to ensure you get bacon in every bite.

The Side: V-Chips; super thin and crispy potato chips soaked in vodka and then deep fried. Try them with dip!

The Price: $14.95

The Place: Birmingham’s Vodka & Ale House, 2635 Star Lite Street, Regina

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What are you waiting for?!

 

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Three Recipes I’ve Loved Lately

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Another instalment of some new favourites that I thought I’d share.

Korean Beef Bowl

I was looking for a new recipe to use up some ground beef when I came across this one. It looked super simple and I thought, how good can it be? The answer is, very. We LOVE this dish so much that I’ve made a it a few times already and Tommy is always thrilled when I serve it. I like to mix it with rice and steamed broccoli and garnish with green onion and sesame seeds. Incredibly quick and easy to make and the leftovers are great too.

Simple Granola Bars

Tommy is a huge granola bar fan and I’m often trying new variations for him. We went on a trip recently and I made a batch of these to take along and we fell totally in love with them. I’ve made a batch every week since. They are perfectly crunchy and chewy and infinitely better than store bought. I use sunflower seeds in place of the almonds and I’ve found that although you don’t have to bake them, doing so for 25 minutes or so at 350 makes them hold together better.

Blissed Out Thai Salad

I’ve been in a huge peanut butter phase lately and the peanut sauce in this dish is incredible. A great way to get your veggies in and I loved the cold leftovers the next day too.

Have you stumbled upon any great recipes lately? 

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Photo An Hour #3

I’ve been in a weird funk with photography. I’ve been trying so hard to be present in life, but to really accomplish this, I don’t want to be reaching for my camera constantly. The downside is, I really miss documenting life on my blog and recently I decided another Photo an Hour was just what I needed to jump back in the saddle. What I love about committing to this challenge is that it forces me to look outside of scenes that are picture perfect and to see the simple beauty in a pile of rocks or a cluttered counter top. I need to take a picture wherever I am in that moment, and something about removing the perfectionism feels so good. This was a recent sunny Saturday spent out and about when Tom was away for the weekend. I met a friend for lunch at The Meating Room, bought some sweet things for our baby, and went for a lovely after dinner walk with my furry BFF.

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See also: Photo an Hour one and Photo an Hour two.

 

 

 

 

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Life Lately

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Long time, no talk! I haven’t done one of these posts in a good while so I thought it was time for a little update.

Up first, some good things I’ve eaten lately:

This brunch at Cora:

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Our Valentine’s Day dinner in:

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(I used our favourite marinade for the chicken and shrimp. Have you tried it yet?)

Approximately 57 cupcakes from Sinfully Sweet:

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I just discovered this place and have already been there more times than I care to admit.

P.S. Can you tell my appetite is back?

Best book I’ve read lately: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood. This book is not for the faint of heart. It details the love story of a young girl and a much older man but the writing is very heartwarming and compelling.

Between pregnancy and winter, my skin has been freaking out for months now. I’ve been trying some natural solutions and getting into a new routine with my skin care. My skin is super dry and sensitive while also breaking out constantly, which is frustrating. At night I’ve been using grapeseed oil under my night cream and the Body Shop Aloe Mask on extra dry spots. My Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick has been a godsend and I’ve almost completely used mine up; time to repurchase! I’ve also discovered a new face mask that isn’t in the Think Dirty database yet but it is formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicone or mineral oils so I feel pretty confident using it. A good mask with cleaner ingredients has been super hard to find and I am LOVING this one. I use this once a week and always notice a huge difference in my skin afterwards. Another product that’s been saving me is the Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation with argan oil. I mentioned this last spring when I used it for my wedding makeup. I loved it in warmer weather but in cold weather it’s even better. Not only is it a foundation, but the argan oil acts as a skin treatment too. It gives a great glow and isn’t cake-y or heavy. This one is also not in the Think Dirty database yet but again, finding a good clean-ish foundation has been tough. This one is free of parabens and synthetic fragrance which are the two big things I’ve been avoiding.

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In the pregnancy world: I have a long and detailed second trimester post in the works but in short, I’ve been feeling awesome. I just hit 6 months and we start pre-natal classes soon. I’ve also been doing a crap ton of baby product research and I’m completely overwhelmed. Tell me about all your fave products, mamas!

I’ve recently done a bit of a Facebook cleanse and I have noticed a big shift in my mood, plus an increase in free time for things that actually contribute positively to my life. I felt I was relying on my phone too much and I’m so happy with how I’ve felt since unplugging more often. I plan to share more on this soon. I’ve also started watching a TED Talk when I first wake up in the mornings instead of mindless internet scrolling. I’d love to hear your recommendations, if you have any.

Things I want to do soon:

  • See La La Land in the theatre.
  • Start checking things off our baby to-do list.
  • Take a fun class or workshop of some sort.

 

What have you been up to?

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