27 Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 19 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? When it’s cooler, I’ll wear my maternity jeans but still rockin’ the dresses!
Sleep: Still sleeping like a rock. I’m enjoying it while I can!
Best moment this week: How do I narrow it down?! One great moment was going to Old Navy with my mother and father in law and buying the CUTEST little onesies and mini socks! I can’t wait to wash them and put them in Turner’s little drawer dividers. Also, Stew and I went to a free seminar last night with one of the pediatricians in our office. We were contemplating whether to go or not and decided why not… it’s free! It was about those first few weeks after Baby’s born. I realized I’ve spent so much time focusing on the development of my pregnancy and not so much with what to do with the actual BABY! Needless to say, I absolutely LOVED the seminar and soaked up every word this pediatrician had to say. He talked about things that were right on with my way of thinking. It was so comforting! I’m not gonna lie, I may have shed a tear or two or one hundred out of pure joy!
Miss Anything? I would enjoy a big fat turkey sandwich right about now…along with a HUGE chunk of creamy bleu cheese! Just a few more months!
Movement: Yes. It’s so comforting. Sometimes I forget he’s there until I get a little reminder kick. The other morning, as I was waking up, he kicked so hard that it hurt and made me jump!
Food cravings: Not really. Still not loving coffee. Although I found cafix which is a caffeine free coffee substitute and a nice little afternoon treat.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely. When I walk through the gym, all the women stop me and ask me questions! It’s so exciting. Yesterday was like a showering of compliments at the gym! I had to call Stew after and tell him. It’s kinda nice to hear good things about yourself when you’re carrying an extra 20 lbs and can’t bend over to put your own shoes on!
Gender: The cutest little boy on the planet!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Getting awfully shallow!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Our maternity photo shoot next Monday! I love our photographer, Juliet, who also shot our wedding AND engagement photos. She’s incredibly talented and so fun to hang out with! I feel like we’re just with an old friend!

26 Weeks

How far along? 26 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 18 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Still mixin it up with some maternity and some regular. Most of my maternity stuff that I ordered is for cooler weather, which we are NOT having yet. But I did get the CUTEST skinny jeans in bright blue (see above) which I’m obsessed with!
Sleep: Sleeping great! Last night Stew got up to go to the bathroom at the same time I was about to go, so I was planning on laying there until he came back. I definitely fell asleep between him leaving and coming back! I’ve never fallen asleep so easily in my life!
Best moment this week: Putting together Turner’s bookshelf and setting up his library by genre… the English teacher in me came out big time… poor guy! Also hanging the art on the walls. It’s getting so cozy! Stew and I stop in there at least once a day just to hang out. It’s by far the coolest room in the house. I can’t wait to update you with pictures!
Miss Anything? Not really. I’m enjoying my energy while I still have it!
Movement: Constantly! I love it : )
Food cravings: No. I’ve been back to my normal self making things like apple muffins with coconut flour! I have fun experimenting with different ingredients : ) Which is why I have my food blog!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Yes. Everywhere I go people smile at me and ask when I’m due. I was talking to my friend at the gym (who’s also pregnant) and this woman was just standing there, smiling, listening to our conversation. Afterwards, she was like, “I’m sorry for evesdropping. I just LOVE hearing about pregnancy” It was cute and made me happy!
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still all in!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: So many things are coming up… my glucose test, meeting our pediatrician next week, and maternity photos. I love all of these milestones! I’m trying to enjoy THIS moment and not wish it away. Turner will be here before I know it, and I’ll never get these moments back. But it’s hard because in my mind, I’m already getting him ready for his first day of kindergarten!

Natural Birth Tips Article

I read this amazing article ,written by Sarah Clark, this morning about having a natural birth. A lot of it seems obvious, but it really makes sense. I should print this out and read it as a reminder when my due date gets closer!


Positivity is #1-

This is just so STINKING true.  You have to believe that you can do this.  Your partner has to believe that you can do this.  Birth is normal.  It is also JOYOUS.  Find the joy and the magic in it- don’t just think about how hard or how painful it will be.  I can guarantee that if you think it will be a negative experience it will probably end up that way.  Birth isn’t always easy or pain free- but it is always an amazing, transformative, life changing event that should be cherished.

Own it!-

Ahh….this can be a tough one to swallow but it is so very true that we need to own our birth choices.  I think that this is where the true empowerment comes for women at the time of birth.  In fact, talking to women what makes them feel awful about their birth is not where it took place or even everything that happened but if they were the one MAKING CHOICES.  It is a big responsibility to own your birth and your birth choices- but it is so very worth it because herein lies the power inherent in women.

KNOW why you are birthing naturally-

So often the difference between a woman who goes “natural” and one who opts for drugs is simply KNOWING why you are birthing this way.  Think about it from the standpoint of breastfeeding-

If you think breastfeeding is great and will give it a try but you don’t know anything about WHY you should or the benefits to you and the baby, it sure is a lot harder to stick with it when the going gets tough.  The same is true with birth.  Accomplishing a natural birth is going to be easier for those motivated by KNOWLEDGE of why they want to do this and HOW they can do it.  That is why I am so devoted to the teaching of natural birth classes– education makes all the difference in outcome.

Hire a midwife-

Ummm…..YES A MILLION TIMES OVER!  Every time I go on about the midwifery model of care I hear from people about their AB FAB OB.  Sure, there are great OB’s who trust birth and all that jazz.  But let’s be real- they are trained surgeons.  They have a place in birth- but probably not as much of a place as we give them sticking their noses in every single healthy birth out there.

Choose midwifery (carefully- they are not all created equally) and you up you chance of a natural birth.

This leads to her next tip-

Trust your birth team!-

Holy cow, this is a biggie.  In labor you desperately need the people around you to support your wishes if you are too busy laboring to actually VOCALIZE your desires!  Too many women plan on birthing with people they DON’T TRUST, DON’T LIKE, AND DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE AROUND!!!!

That is, simply put, a mistake.

Fear the needle!-

I loved this quote from my doula friend Alexa, “Truly a mom who fears epidural side effects more than her pain, has a much greater chance of going all natural. Those “I am going to try” moms make me nervous.”

Man, this is so true but so hard to say sometimes.  I think we want to be flexible and open to change- you kind of have to be because birth is unpredictable.  BUT- you also need to be committed.  Committed to going natural, committed to staying low risk so you CAN go natural, and just committed to the long haul (birth isn’t always a cake walk).

I compare this to high school.  (I know what you are thinking- what the heck does HIGH SCHOOL have to do with natural birth.  Wait for it.)  Let’s say you are in high school and you get a date with the hottest guy in school.  Oh yes.  Nice.  If you go into it thinking- “I am going to TRY not to take my pants off because it is our first date and I am 16 and I don’t love him, BUT you never know what happens…”

How is this really going to play out?

Maybe he takes you to a rowdy party.  You drink a little.  You go park somewhere.  You get the picture.

Having a “I am gonna try a natural birth” attitude with a cut happy OB and no knowledge of birth and an openness to the epidural, is like getting drunk with the hot guy in the back of his car when you have raging teenage hormones and expecting to stay fully clothed.  It might not turn out how you planned.


I highly suggest researching the drugs commonly used for pain in labor and learning about their side effects.  This is eye opening to say the least.


I know this sounds a little contradictory, especially after my “keep your pants zipped” high school analogy.  Let me explain.

YES- we need to be stubborn and strong and even flexible.  Birth can change and it is not often that every little thing goes just as we had in our head.

When we talk about surrender in birth, we mean surrendering to the process, to your bodies natural instincts, to the moment, and to the power of BIRTH.  So many women are afraid of losing control that they hold in, tense up, and don’t just open up and LET GO.  Surrender is a deeply important part of labor.

And…surrender is pretty handy when it comes to motherhood too.  Birth is the greatest teacher, isn’t it?

25 Weeks

How far along? 25 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 16 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? I ordered some CUTE clothes from ASOS. I’m absolutely obsessed with their clothes! FREE shipping and FREE returns!
Sleep: Sleeping great!
Best moment this week: Watching Turner move around. I can see him ALL day!
Miss Anything? I’m actually ok these days. I have my little bit of iced coffee in the morning which seems to work!
Movement: YES! He is moving non-stop. It’s so comforting to feel and see him moving.
Food cravings: Not really. I have been making my own chai tea lattes which are yummy and comforting. They seem to satisfy my need for fall foods without all the calories! Plus I get another serving of dairy : )
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In. It’s starting to look a bit shallow though.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: My glucose test in 2 weeks. I know that’s a weird thing to look forward to, but it’s a big milestone! I’m also looking forward to meeting with a pediatrician!

Chicken Kale and Tomato Tacos

My husband was just teasing me about how I put kale in everything! I just feel like it’s such an underused green, and it’s SO good for you! It really absorbs any flavor you pack in there. When I was in my first trimester, I was on this kale kick (because we got so much dang kale in our CSA). I made it with some chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce… it was so good! I was eating a head of kale a day for a while there!

Now, my husband will eat it, but not quite as much as I would. So I was trying to figure out how to turn kale into a substantial meal. Put it into tacos with some chicken…voila! It couldn’t be easier to make! Everything goes into one pot! If you don’t have leftover chicken, you could easily get a rotisserie chicken or grill up some chicken breasts and cut them up. I actually had leftover lemon chicken this particular night, but the citrus worked great! It’s a delicious low-fat meal that’s packed with protein, fiber, and tons of vitamins! It would even be good, if you had leftovers, to toss it with some whole wheat pasta! That was my lunch the next day. Enjoy!

Chicken Kale and Tomato Tacos

Serves 4

8 corn tortillas

1 cup leftover chicken, shredded or cut into pieces

1 cup pinto beans, drained and  rinsed

4 leaves of kale, roughly chopped

1 small shallot, diced

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste

a pinch of salt

a pinch of pepper

1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

1 lime, sliced into wedges

Prep your veggies by dicing the shallot, chopping tomatoes, and cutting the kale; set all aside. That way they’re ready to drop into the pot!

In a dutch oven or large pot on medium-high heat, saute the shallot with oil for about 3 minutes. Add leftover chicken, beans, and kale. Season with cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper and cook until the kale wilts down, about 5 minutes. Toss in the tomatoes at the last second just to heat everything together. Heat another pan on medium-high heat and warm the tortillas for 30 seconds on each side. You can even warm them in the microwave for a few seconds with a damp paper towel on top. To serve, top the tortillas with the chicken and kale mixture. Top with a squirt of lime.

Nursery Time…

I can’t believe that I only have 3 1/2 months until Turner arrives! It seems long, but I’m sure time will fly, especially as the holiday season approaches. I realized when I looked back at my pinterest board for nursery ideas, that I was mainly pinning pictures of girly nurseries!! OOPS. So I’ve been doing my research over the past few weeks/months on boy nursery ideas. I know for sure that the bedding I’m getting is the jungle friends theme at Pottery Barn Kids. I’m not, however, into the flying monkey painting on the wall!  My original nursery obsession was the photo below, but obviously I’d switch out the pink color for blues and greens! So I’m planning on doing neutral walls with big white crown moulding and window trim (similar to the photo below). Now, no matter what the room ends up looking like, I KNOW I need organization. I came across some cute organization ideas at Thebump.com. I love this idea of putting a thin storage container under the crib. That’s actually what I use under my bed for my shoes! Another idea I will use is putting small baskets in the drawers of my changing table/dresser. I will have to measure the drawers and get some baskets in different sizes to fit different things-onesies, bibs, socks, hats, etc. I’m so excited to get things organized and in place! I already have the furniture (except for my newco glider from Babies R Us), rug, walls painted, and moulding up. I still need to set everything where I want it and hang wall art. I also want to buy a bookshelf to showcase all of Turner’s books! It’s all so fun and exciting. His nursery will be so cozy! I can’t wait until HE’S actually in it!

24 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 15 pounds gained.
Maternity clothes? Nothing new yet. Although my sister in law sent me a great website and I plan on ordering some things!
Sleep: Still sleeping well! Sometimes, when I wake up to go to the bathroom, I feel Turner start kicking, but I usually fall right back to sleep!
Best moment this week: Going to my midwife. We listened to his heartbeat which I always love hearing!
Miss Anything? I’m doing my best to work around the things I can’t have. Hot coffee is unappealing, but I actually have a little bit of iced coffee in the morning. And, as for the cheese, when I want a cheese I can’t have, I just eat it hot!
Movement: Definitely! His movements are getting stronger too.
Food cravings: Well, I bought a doughnut maker which has been fun. Stew and I have been experimenting with pumpkin spice and buttermilk spice doughnuts. Of course they’re not as good as the fried, but I like to think they’re a healthier sweet treat!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Definitely
Gender: BOY!!!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? In
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Decorating the nursery. We have the big things done, but I’m excited to hang pictures and get everything it its place!

Black Bean and Corn Summer Chili

As you may know, I’m pregnant! I’m not having any cravings, but usually by this time during the summer, I’m ready for comfort foods! I’ve been wanting things like chili, stews, pumpkin spice things, cinnamon etc. So I’m working on getting the comfort food taste but keeping that light and fresh summer feel. That brought me to this recipe! It’s hearty and comforting, yet light and summery! I even used the leftovers for a quesadilla and in scrambled eggs! You literally put everything into one pot, so it couldn’t be easier! Enjoy.

Black Bean and Chili Summer ChiliServes 4


◦   Salt/pepper

◦   olive oil

◦   1/2 onion, diced

◦   1 green bell pepper, diced

◦   1 clove garlic, minced

◦   1 28oz can whole stewed tomatoes (break them up into smaller pieces using your hands or potato masher)

◦   1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

◦   1 teaspoon chili powder

◦   1 teaspoon cumin

◦   2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

◦   1 avocado, diced

◦   ½ a lime juiced

◦   cheddar cheese, grated


Heat oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add green pepper and cook 2 more minutes. Add tomatoes, black beans, chili powder, and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add corn and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper. In a separate bowl, gently toss diced avocado and lime juice. Serve chili topped with avocado and cheese (For vegan version, use vegan cheese or leave it out).