the “joy” of the third trimester

I am 34 weeks along now. And, as promised, I have a whole new list of complaints. Women who do pregnancy with ease and grace, I envy you. There is a baby where my lungs used to be. Shortness of breath is now a regular occurrence. Gas. All of the Gas. Fortunately I have not…

What in the world is pelvic floor physical therapy?

Yesterday I had my first pelvic floor physical therapy appointment. I will have 3 or 4 of these before I give birth and at least one afterwards. It was the coolest thing ever. Let me tell you about it. Amber Anderson is a physical therapist who received her doctoral degree from Elon University in physical…

nursery design

This is what we are going for (stolen from another blog). We still have not put the nursery together, but I will post pictures when we do. 🙂

am i allowed to say i don’t like being pregnant?

As I near the end of my second trimester, it is time for an update. I am realizing the end of what is called the honeymoon phase of pregnancy is waning and we are entering the homestretch. This concerns me. Primarily because I think I missed the honeymoon part. I will offer the same disclaimer…

someone i used to love died

Someone I used to love died on Monday. I found out on Tuesday. The obituary was published on Thursday. Today, Saturday, his family and friends will mourn his loss and celebrate his life with a memorial service. Funny how time works. It had been 6 or 7 years since I had spoken to Nash. Five…

yesterday’s nosh

My morning started with some overnight oats. My recipe is foolproof and fabulous. I did it with almond milk and added blueberries. Trader Joe’s has organic blueberries right now which are HUGE and delicious! Five out of five would recommend. I also had a soy latte. I use unsweetened, unflavored soy milk. The stuff I…

overnight oats

This is my foolproof recipe, which can be modified and added to in a million different ways! Start with the base recipe and then get creative. Add cocoa powder or different fruits. Flax seed would be good instead of chia. You can use almond milk, dairy milk, soy milk, hemp milk, coconut milk. Or sub…

will work for pastries

We need to talk french pastry. Because here in Baton Rouge, french pastry is a thing. I will tell you, based on my internet research, the best place here to get my favorite french pastry, the humble croissant, is a little place called La Madeleine. (I am sure there are other places doing homemade french…

taco-style zucchini boats (GF, low carb)

Ok guys, I have decided this recipe is one of the greatest low-carb recipes on the planet. I served it with rice mixed with black beans and corn, so the whole low carb thing was not my end goal. For me, it was more about upping the veg and fiber in my life. Funny thing about pregnancy…you need a lot more fiber. But this recipe is also a great way for GF eaters to eat tacos without suffering through tortillas that have the flavor and texture of cardboard.

welcome to Baton Rouge, y’all

So we have been living here for nearly a week now. And I have learned a few things. First of all, our house is gorgeous. It’s an upgrade from our house in Swansboro. Walk-in pantry, walk in closets, four bedrooms, three baths, beautiful landscaping, surround sound, fenced in back yard (which came with a lovely…

my pregnant workout routine

So everyone knows you should exercise. This is especially true when you are pregnant. It prevents excessive weight gain and gestational diabetes, not to mention it makes for low-stress moms and happy healthy babies. Well the good news is, as long as you are a low risk pregnancy and your OB/Midwife agrees, you can essentially…

why you should stop drinking your food, and eat it instead

2016 was the year of debunking 2015’s health crazes. And I love it. Unfortunately some myths die hard (take anti-vaxxing for example), and so we must persist in the battle against bad diet advice for all. As a yoga teacher, I am surrounded by other yogis all the time. I love them and their weird…