Sunday, December 28, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
My only complaint right now about my pregnancy is heartburn. I've been dealing with it for about a month now, but it's just recently started getting worse. I've figured out some of the triggers though and for the most part have tried to avoid them. Cooked tomatoes, most citrus, and greasy foods cause the worse heartburn, while dairy products and eating small frequent meals seem to help quite a bit. Oh, and the best remedy of all thus far is Tums. Hopefully they will continue to work effectively over the next 11 weeks.
I've begun to think about the birth more now that time is dwindling away. Surprisingly, time seems to be moving faster than I expected. I mean, I can't believe I'm already in my last trimester! I have been thinking about whether I want to have a water-birth, what kinds of foods I'll want to have with me while I'm laboring, what labor will feel like, how long I'll labor before going to the birthing center, whether I can handle the pain, etc. etc. Luckily, the child birthing class starts at the end of this month and lasts until less than two weeks before my due date. As much as I know that preparing for birth is not exactly the same as studying for a test, the preparation classes seem like they will be comforting to me and will help me feel more prepared.
Baby Ethan seems more real to me now that he is running low on room and I can feel him move around inside, switching positions, pressing on my ribs, kicking my bladder, and playing games with me. Occasionally, I will press on my belly and he will press back. Oh and let me tell you, when he gets hiccups, it's the most irritating feeling ever. The rhythmic patter of hiccups when I am trying to go to sleep is so obnoxious, but I am trying to enjoy this stage while it lasts, because before long, he won't be living inside of me, an experience that I've come to enjoy. I know that the last trimester may be a different story. I may be so sick of this that I can't wait for him to be in my arms and not in my belly anymore, but right now I'm savoring it. I also have been trying to fight the guilt of sleeping too much, not keeping the house in spic and span shape at all times, like I used to try and do, because I know in a few months, my life is going to completely change, and I'm no longer going to have the luxury of sleeping until I wake up or the time to keep my house looking Martha Stewart-worthy. So, I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.
As far as cooking goes. I'm so glad that the nausea went away at around 17 weeks. Food has made me happy again like it used to. For months nothing sounded good and I only ate because I knew I needed too, but now food, especially the tasty treats that I get from the farmer's market every week make me drool again. This last week, my sister brought me some persimmons, butternut squash, apples and sweet potatoes, as well as bacon and eggs..my weekly must. Let me tell you, it's hard to compare store-bought produce to locally grown, fresh produce. Bursting with flavor, it's difficult to go back to buying an organic apple imported from Chile from the grocery store, after savoring an apple grown less than 50 miles away. With the butternut squash and sweet potatoes, I made a soup:
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 onion, chopped
6-8 cups chicken or vegetable stock (depending on how long you cook it and how thick you like it)
thyme, black pepper and nutmeg to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
sautee onions in olive oil until translucent
add squash, sweet potatoes, stock and seasoning and cook until vegetables are tender. scoop the veggies from the pot into a blender and blend until smooth, adding some of the liquid in if it's too thick, then transfer back to pot and continue to cook until hot. Do not add salt before tasting it. I did this and it became too salty, so I had to water it down. You can also garnish with a drizzle of fresh cream. yum!
Tonight I am preparing some chicken bone broth from the chicken I got at the farmer's market. After it's done cooking, I'll freeze it for later use in soups, stews and as a base for rice. I love homemade chicken stock! If you want instructions on how to make a bone broth, let me know.
Well, that's all I got for now. Hopefully I'll update in another week or so. I want to get back on track!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Jacob Henry or Henry Jacob
Ethan (no middle name figured out yet, but I like Henry, Emery or William)
A few that we like but have no middle names figured out for is:
And that's about it right now. I can't think of anymore that we both absolutely loved...and trust me, I've tried! Anyway, the photo below was taken a few days ago..about 21 weeks pregnant. I can't believe I'm halfway there already. I don't think I even look 5 months pregnant. Crazy!
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Okay, so enough about food (can you tell I like food?) I began to feel the baby kick about a week and half ago. It was pretty neat. Mark was able to feel the kick this morning for the first time but said "it doesn't really feel like a kick, it feels like a pulse or something." I assured him that it was indeed a kick he was feeling, but the baby is still small so it won't be as intense as it will be later on. Right now we keep referring the baby as "it" this and "it" that, because we don't know the sex yet. We will be finding out a week from tomorrow though, so then we can refer to the baby as the correct gender. It's funny..depending on what I'm wearing depends alot on whether I even look pregnant. And as the day progresses, I look even more pregnant because you know, I've been eating all day. By night time, I look way more pregnant than I do in the morning. I really have no idea how much weight I've gained because I don't have scales, so I will be finding out in a week how much I have gained. I really don't think it's very much. It's not that I don't eat, cause I certainly do eat! I think I just haven't hit that mark in the pregnancy when you start to gain weight more rapidly. I'm still wearing my regular clothes with one exception..jeans. I just can't tolerate them anymore. It's not that they don't fit, because a lot of them still do, it's just that pressure of the denim seam that my belly doesn't like. So, I've been wearing a lot of roll down waist pants and long tops, as well as skirts and dresses( and I'm so not a dress person).
Well, that's all I got for today. I'll post again later...it may be next week after we find out the sex!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Last weekend, our baby furniture arrived and we went to pick it up. It's so freaking adorable!!
It looks amazing in our nursery! Once I get all of the packaging and crap out of the room and have it looking all pretty I'll post pictures. I've already begun organizing the abundance of clothing, toys, bath and body products and cloth diapers into each dresser, and now I just can't wait to find out the sex of the baby so I can start adding pink or blue clothing and accessories to the current yellow and green wardrobe! I do have to say though, the amount of packaging that went into making the furniture unbreakable during shipment is ridiculous! I have to fill up the back of my car twice just to get it hauled over to the recycling center! Not only that, but I had to throw away 2 huge trashcans full of non-recyclable foam padding. I cried a little for the environment. Well, at least the furniture is in good shape and I was able to recycle all of the cardboard, so that's good. The picture below is the Baby Cache Manhattan collection from Babies R Us.
Me at 17 weeks!! I know, I just woke up and look like poo, but I don't care.
I've been feeling MUCH better. I think I'm completely over the morning sickness now. Occasionally I'll feel a little queasy, but it quickly passes. I've also learned that coffee doesn't settle well with me anymore, so I've switched to black and red raspberry leaf tea. It's much nicer to my tummy. I haven't really had any ailments yet except for tailbone pain. Since I sit all day at work, my tailbone begins to ache. I guess this is a normal part of pregnancy? I've been propping myself up onto a blanket at work and that seems to be helping a lot. That's really about it though! My energy is returning and my appetite for fresh food has made it's comeback. The only thing I can't stomach preparing is raw chicken. The thought of it makes my stomach turn over. I've been telling Mark that I'll buy chicken if he will grill it or cook it, because I'm not touching the stuff!
Recently, Mark and I decided to invest in a HE washer and dryer. Afterall, we will be washing lots of diapers and using more water, so we figured this would be the best time to make the upgrade. We decided to purchase the HE Whirlpool Steam washer and dryer in sage green. We also added the pedestals which makes the washer and dryer taller. Perfect for the 5'9" woman that will be doing all the laundry! Yep that's me. I'm the laundry do-er in this household. I actually really enjoy doing laundry now! After a week of using these amazing pieces of machinery, I just want to keep doing more and more because it's so easy now! And, we're saving 70% more water and 73% more electricity! A lovely added bonus. I will be very grateful for this purchase when we begin to do laundry every day after the baby gets here.
It's summer, and it's farmer's market season. I never really took advantage of farmer's markets until this year. After doing a lot of research and realizing how important it is for the environment for consumers to support local businesses and farmers, buying local became almost a no-brainer. Granted, I don't buy everything local, but I'm getting better about it. I've been buying most of my beef from a local farm only 15 minutes from my house mainly because it's organic, grass fed and about 96% lean and close to my house which brings the cost way down, but then I also realized the economic impact I'm making. There is a little produce store in Denton, only about 8 miles from my house that I finally went into this evening. They featured some local, and some not so local produce, so I chose the local ones. Here's what I walked out with tonight..Texas grown:
fresh black-eyed peas
Everything was grown within the DFW area! I was pleasantly surprised at the freshness of each selection. They also carried some local eggs, but I just bought a bunch, so I won't be making that purchase until I need them. I don't know if any of this stuff was organic, but it sure looked fresh and didn't seem like it was treated like the produce you see in the store. The tomatoes had a redish greenish yellow cast to them (not all perfectly red like you see in the grocery store) and fresh black eyed peas!? I mean come on, where can you get those in any grocery store chain? I've decided that I'd rather buy local and maybe not organic(but usually local small farms are organic) than buy organic from a grocery store chain that could have organic apples flown in from chile, or organic grapes which are usually from mexico. My next feat is to find a local source for milk! I definitely buy organic milk, but I'd love to find some fresh local milk!
When I got home tonight, I made a nice fresh black eyed pea salad:
Sourced from http://southernfood.about.com
- 3 cups canned or cooked black-eyed peas (2 15-ounce cans, drained)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
- 1 small sweet red bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
- Basil Dressing
- 1/4 cup cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried
- 2 to 3 medium cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup olive oil
- fresh basil or parsley for garnish
Preparation:In a serving bowl combine black-eyed peas, 1/4 teaspoon salt, chopped onion, celery, and green pepper. Set aside.
In a small bowl or other container, whisk together the vinegar, basil, garlic, sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil until the dressing is well blended. You can use a blender for this step, if desired.
In a medium bowl, combine the black-eyed peas, the chopped onion, celery, bell pepper, and basil dressing. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, at least 2 hours or overnight. Serve with a garnish of fresh parsley or basil, if desired.
I didn't let it marinate very long, because I wanted to dig in, but I'm sure the leftovers will taste even better tomorrow! That's all I got for today!!
The Story of Stuff
Sunday, June 29, 2008
For the past 2 days I haven't been nauseous or thrown up once..so maybe this is the end of morning sickness? I sure hope so. I'm 14 weeks right now and this is the time that all the books and websites say that I should start to be feeling better. I have noticed that if I indulge my unhealthy cravings, I tend to end up feeling nauseous and throw up later on in the day. Maybe it's my body's way of telling me to eat healthy for the sake of the baby :) Not a bad thing! I have been having good cravings though too. I can't seem to eat enough fruit. And what a great season to be having fruit cravings! The nectarines and strawberries are so delicious right now. My mom's grapevines are at the peak of ripeness and next month is fig season. I've been lucky and found one ripe one the other day. It was darn tasty.
Starting Tuesday, I'm going to be taking a prenatal yoga class at Blue Anjou yoga studio in Lewisville. I haven't really exercised all that much since I got pregnant, partially because I've been so nauseous and partially because it's been so darn hot outside. My normal exercise routine included daily 30-45 min walks, and I could usually tolerate the heat pretty well, but since I'm pregnant, I figured it's not all that wise to be walking in 95-100 degree heat. I guess everyone knows by now that BellaRosa has officially closed. We had a long run...9.5 years to be exact, and while I'm a little sad that I'll never walk into that store again, I'm also relieved. Finally having only one job that will actually provide steady income has been something I've never really experienced before. It's always been BellaRosa plus one other job. I'm so grateful that I met Rachelle and she's been able to provide me with a great career and future career opportunities. Only working 35 hours a week instead of 50 should allow me to be able to attend a yoga class, childbirth classes and many other things that I've never given myself the time to do. I'll have my weekend back. Saturday and Sunday off!! I haven't had that luxury since I was 18.
Since this is a gluten free blog also, I thought I'd share a recipe that I'm going to make today. I've been craving coffee cake or cinnamon rolls for the past few days, but being gluten free means that I can't just run to the local Starbucks for coffee cake or the grocery store to pick up a container of cinnamon rolls (making them homemade is healthier anyway). Haven't tried this recipe yet, so we'll see what happens.
adapted from this recipe: heythattastesgood.com
Cinnamon Coffeecake Muffins
1 stick butter, softened
1 c brown sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
2 c GF flour mix (or, alternately, 2 c rice flour mix, 1 t baking powder, 1 t baking soda, 1 t xanthan gum)
1 t vanilla
1 c sour cream
1/2 c brown sugar
2 t cinnamon
1/4 c nuts (of your choice, optional)
Beat butter and sugar, then add eggs. Mix in flour, then vanilla and sour cream, and beat until completely mixed. Scoop with an ice cream scoop or plop with spoons into a greased muffin tin, if you have extra, grease some ramekins and use those for the rest of the batter. Mix the topping ingredients, and sprinkle on top, then bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes, until they start to brown and a toothpick or thin knife inserted in comes out clean.
Well, that's all I got for today. Will blog more later!!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The next purchase was the cheddar biscuits. I've actually had these before and they sort of taste like Red Lobster's cheddar biscuits. And finally, after craving pizza for weeks on end, my final indulgence was the pizza crusts. A crispy crust pizza topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni and veggies is exactly what the baby is needing right now (well, maybe not the baby, just me :) And my final selection of the day was Nancy's Organic cultured cottage cheese. .
I've always been a huge fan of yogurt and cultured products like sourdough bread, sauerkraut, kombucha tea, kefir and kimchee, so when I first discovered Nancy's Cottage cheese, I was filled with anticipation to try the tangy, sour treat. Now, I can find it at a local health foods store about 20 minutes from my house and at Sprouts, a local natural grocery store about 5 minutes from my work, so I never have to be without it again. As an added bonus, because live cultures help with digestion, and this cottage cheese is LOADED with live cultures, it seemed to help with my nausea a bit. I just eat a little before going to bed, and I feel great in the morning!
Another thing I've learned about gluten free products is that you have to pay good money to get convenience items like premade pizza crusts and bread. We left the store with the grand total of $23, where If I were to purchase mainstream goods at a regular grocery store, I could get out of there spending closer to $10 or $11. For this reason, I savour my gluten free goodies. Now I just need to learn to rely on my own baking abilities rather than on packaged goods.
Monday, June 9, 2008
So, yesterday was an okay day. I woke up with every intention of cleaning the house from top to bottom, but around 1pm, after having put away all the laundry and cleaning our bedroom, the nausea came again. I jumped in the shower and decided to rest for a bit. My husband and I put on the new Family Guy movie (which, by the way was pretty dumb, and I typically love family guy). After it was over, my tummy felt better. Yay! So, Mark and I decided to drive to Frisco to shop for the baby. We had no intention of buying anything, but we have not been able to agree on any baby room decor until yesterday. We drove to Babies' "R" Us and found the perfect bedding and decor, but with it came a hefty price tag. the photo to the left is what we decided on. It's the Bali collection by Cocalo Couture. I was so nervous about picking out paint colors before we had decided on what the decor would look like, but I was too excited to wait, and magically, the paint we chose matches perfectly. By the way, we chose Freshaire paint from Home Depot because it is zero VOC. While the rest of our house is painted in paint that contains VOC's (because I was unaware of their dangers until just recently), I decided that we should chose as non toxic an environment for our little tot as possible. Well. I gotta run to work. I'll probably write a little more later, I just don't have time right now ;)
Sunday, June 8, 2008
In this blog, I am mainly going to talk about natural living, gluten free cooking, pregnancy and motherhood. This is what my life is mainly focused on right now. I will share tips on natural cleaning products and recipes, gluten free recipes as well as divulge what I experience in my current pregnancy. Maybe I'll get a little more personal. I haven't decided yet.
My name is Stacey Bone. I live in Oak Point, TX with my husband, Mark. We have a golden retriever/lab mix named Piper who is a sweetheart but can be a big pain in our asses at times. We haven't decided yet whether we'll keep her when the baby gets here. We are currently 11 weeks pregnant with our first child and we are very excited to bring our little tater tot into this world. Oh by the way, I own a ladies' clothing boutique with my mom and sister called BellaRosa. We've been open for 9 years now and enjoy the experience of working together. I also work for the very talented jewelry designer, Rachelle Dauphinee as a jewelry maker. I've been making jewelry since I was about 13 and I am so grateful for the opportunity to make a career out of it.
This pregnancy has certainly been a learning experience for me. While I am only 11 weeks and haven't seen the baby or heard the heartbeat yet, I am certainly aware of it's presence. The nausea and vomiting are true signs that I am sharing my body with another being. I have good days and bad days. Yesterday was a bad day. I woke up, ate some eggs and toast, but shortly after that, up it came. Not the most pleasant feeling in the world. I thought I was doing okay until I got to work, and ate lunch. I felt pretty nauseous after eating, but managed to keep it all down. Then came dinner time. I never realized what a chore eating was!. I ate some gluten free rice pasta with smart balance and salt and pepper. An hour later, the nausea came again, and there I was, bowing to the porcelain god for the second time that day. My husband was heading out to get some fast food (since I haven't cooked in, ohh about 7 weeks) and I asked him to get me a shake with butterfinger. For some reason, sugar and milk sounded tolerable. Boy was I right. It stayed down no problem.
I always criticized pregnant women for eating junk food during their pregnancy, but now that I am in the same position, I certainly understand how they feel. Sometimes you just gotta eat what sounds good and will stay down. Now, that's not to say that I eat milkshakes all the time. I certainly do my very best to eat healthy and balanced, but in the first trimester, it's all about eating what will stay down, and I have to keep reminding myself that. It doesn't do any good to choke down steamed chicken and salad when it sounds repulsive to you and you know you'll throw it up later. I've also learned that if I'm nauseous but need to eat, to make sure I eat something that won't taste horrible coming back up.
Some foods that don't taste bad if they don't stay down:
bland rice or pasta
throwing up lentil soup, doritos, salad and fried eggs are 10 times worse then throwing up fruit smoothies. Now that I've grossed everyone out a bit, I'll move on to the good parts of pregnancy.
So far, even though I can't physically see or hear the baby, I know it's there and want to do my best to nourish it. Having severe allergies during pregnancy is not so pleasant. So, drugs are a last resort. I have taken a benadryl here and there for my worst symptoms, but my body certainly surprises me at times because I get through the day without taking anything and I know it's better for my child. Being pregnant has opened my eyes and made me realize that there are a lot of decisions to be made about childbirth, vaccinations and breastfeeding. I've bought so many books and read so much already because I want the very best experience possible for both me and my child. I've decided to have the baby at a birthing center with a midwife rather than a hospital. Some people may balk and criticize my decision, but I know that it is the best choice for us. I've interviewed a doctor and two midwives already and the midwives agree more with me on birthing choices.
Well, that's all that I can write today. Hopefully I'll sit down tomorrow and write some more!