My view when looking down. Where are ma feet?
Here I sit at 39 weeks and 1 day, but who is counting?! Everyday I wake up thinking today is the day; however, today, in my grand plan, actually is the day. I have had it in my noggin’ for a wee bit that Thursday the 19th is D day. I am no Miss Cleo, so we shall see. I saw the midwife yesterday and she basically confirmed that babe is indeed ready to come out and all systems are a-go. All we need is Elliot to get this memo. Today I am feeling really good, but the past couple of days I have been incredibly nauseous and tired. In lieu of the nausea I have found most healthy eats unappetizing and all I want is a bagel with cheese. All day. Every day. Umm am I am in first trimester again? I have never heard of this phenomenon before, but my midwife assures me the nausea is normal and a good sign. However, it makes for some really looooong days that already feel long and I am tired of consuming bread and bagels as they seem to be making me feel all the more crusty. In divine timing yesterday, I “accidentally” opened an early Christmas present from my madre (If you’re reading, sorry mama, but I couldn’t help myself).
Said Christmas Present =
Gwyneth Paltrow’s cook book It’s All Good.
I have been lusting after this fella for a while, so I could not keep my mitts off of him last night. After perusing the book, I was throughly inspired to clean my diet up. Usually I do eat pretty clean, but lately, I have been letting “occasional” indulgences make a more regular appearance. As a result, I decided to jump on the gluten-free bandwagon. Lately I have been noticing that after I eat any heavily filled wheat products (i.e. bagels) I get incredibly tired and I start to feel like I am getting a sinus infection. Granted I know I am preggo and feeling less than stellar is commonplace, but I can tell my mojo declines after consumption of sir gluten and Gwyneth said she feels amazing without it. Need I say more? I am generally anti-gluten-free because it is quite the fad and you can end up with far less nutrition and more sugar with all of the gluten-free substitutes out there. However, gluten-free can be done right if you eat whole, real foods most of the time and leave the substitutions as occasional occurrences. With that said, the two things I have been loving on are bagels and cereal, so I decided to find the healthiest gluten-free alternatives that I could to make this transition stick through the remainder of my nausea. I came up with New Cascadia’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread & Purely Elizabeth’s Granola. I have purchased both of these before, they are tasty and filled with whole, real foods not corn and sugar, like oodles of the other GF substitutes out there. I also picked up some goat milk yogurt ’cause I thought I might try reducing my cow’s milk consumption too. Food elimination is a slippery slope for me.
This is day 1. So far. So good. Stay tuned.
Thankfully on Sunday, I made a batch of Deliciously Ella’s sweet potato brownies, which completely satisfy my tooth of sweetness and they are free of all gluten & dairy naughties. All of my bases appear to be covered, so going gluten-free should be easy-peasy. Again, this is day 1.
Ummm gluten-free, or not, these fellas are awesome and they are filled with all sorts of health loving ingredients.
To boot, they are super easy to make. Go make them- your insides will love you.
In other thrilling & unrelated news, we finished Elliot’s room. He finally has a little color in his former grey and white abode
His monster wall.
Those tiny diapers kill me.
The infamous mobile made by your’s truly.
I might be the least crafty person on the planet, so this mobile is a miracle. However, do not look too close ’cause it is not balanced and I fear it might be too fragile. We are also going to need to raise it up ’cause Elliot’s paws are going to be tugging at that thing in no time. In theory this was a good idea, but I don’t know how long it is going to stay up. Maybe I will but it over the nursing chair instead. Deep thoughts…
I am now officially armed with all of the baby inspired toiletries:
Here we have:
Medicine Mama’s Baby & Mama Nourishing Skin Cream- For sir Elliot’s bum and all over moisturizer. it’s actually the same stuff I use for me except this one says “baby” on it. I looove this stuff. Hopefully E does too.
Wild Carrot’s Nipple Whip- No idea how this will work, but it is lanolin-free and safe for bean’s to consume. Rumor has it nursing mama’s like it. Stay tuned…
Earth Mama’s Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash- I have not used this gem yet either (obviously), but the ingredients are stellar and a good friend swears by it.
At this point, I just need one thing. Sir Elliot. Sittin’ Waitin’ Wishin’….