What We’re Eating Now…

Happy Tuesday! Being pregnant (and before that nursing a toddler), I feel like food is always on my mind. I’m trying to get better at planning meals that are simple and don’t require too many crazy ingredients so we aren’t tempted to go out to eat in the evenings and to keep things pretty healthy. Eating enough protein and veggies are some of my main priorities with pregnancy. About a year ago, I shared some of our favorite meals. We have kind of evolved over time with certain things, but still keep things pretty simple.

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Pioneer Woman – Mexican Rice

We went through a long phase where our dinners were mostly grain-free, but we have incorporated rice, corn tortillas, and brown rice/quinoa pasta (so still mostly gluten-free) into our regular meals and it’s working well for us. Here are a few of our regular favorites. Most meals follow the same sort of template: veggies, starch, and a protein. We don’t use recipes often (although the Mexican rice recipe below is what we use for ours), but I’m adding some for ideas!

  • Meatballs with oven baked fries and broccoli/brussels (or with red sauce and pasta)
  • Ground beef/turkey or pulled chicken tacos (or taco salad) with corn tortillas, spinach, tomatoes, and Mexican rice
  • Roasted whole chicken with roasted vegetables and potatoes
  • Beef sliders (bun-less) over greens with veggies, fries, and fixings
  • Texas Chili (no beans, beef or turkey), over rice and with a veggie on the side
  • Frittata (with meat or meatless for Fridays) with lots of veggies and cheese, potatoes
  • Baked wild fish (salmon or mahi) with veggies and rice
  • Zucchini lasagna (basically just lasagna that uses zucchini for noodles)

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Camille Styles – Frittata

All of these meals are super simple, toddler-friendly, and can be made in pretty much an hour or less. What are you family favorites or staple meals? And do you meal plan or just wing it? I made a list of these and put it on the fridge which makes it easy when I shop and prepare for the week ahead. Have a great week!

7 Favorite things!

Hi there! I’m hoping to keep the blogging going so I am joining 7 Quick Takes today to share seven things (in no particular order) I’m liking these days.

one. Lunch right now. I started craving macaroni and cheese today during our parish mom’s group and immediately thought of this pin. I had almost all the ingredients and only improvised a little (basically halved the recipe and used lots of Kerrygold and a splash of unsweetened almond milk, instead of cream). Turned out pretty good. I guess adding a half a pack of butter would do that!ūüėČ I also used the rice and quinoa pasta from Aldi and added peas and a little canned tuna for protein.

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via the modern proper

two. I’m really enjoying reading The Second Greatest Story Every Told by Father Michael Gaitley for our parish mom’s group book study. We just started but I’m hooked and learning a lot already. It’s quick and simple, but still seems to be very rich spiritually and theologically.

three. Gilligan O’Malley Target nursing¬†bras. They came in a two pack and are so comfortable. I’m hoping not to have to make too many baby purchases from here on out, but more comfy nursing bras/tanks are on the list. I got them on sale and have been living in them.

four. Going on family walks/light exercise….It’s hot and humid and the mosquitoes are out to prey (although this bug lotion is awesome), but I feel so much better when I get out and move, even just for a few minutes. Caring for myself during this pregnancy has been a struggle since I’ve been more tired and distracted (hello, active two year old!), and¬†I’m still trying to get better at¬†doing simple thing such as exercising a couple times a week and drinking water. I’m getting close to the third tri and my body is starting to get achy, but semi-regular movement and Bradley exercises seem to help.

five. Which leads me to my next favorite…CHIROPRACTIC CARE! A friend of ours is a Webster-trained chiro and I have been seeing him though out this pregnancy. Although I am starting to feel a little achy, I am feeling world’s better compared to my last pregnancy, particularly in the area of back pain. I have basically none this time! ¬†I had some decent discomfort that turned into bad pain for the 6 months after delivering Jimp and he helped me get rid of it. I’m so blessed to have his help a lot earlier this time to hopefully prevent it altogether.

six. This fun, colorful t-shirt dress. I bought this Lilly P. dress during the after-party sale a few weeks ago in a size up (and at a great price!!), hoping it would work for a while during this pregnancy and post-partum and I’m a big fan! It has buttons so it’s definitely nursing-friendly. Finding nursing-friendly dresses (that aren’t designated specifically as such) can be a challenge, so I’m glad a found a comfy option to wear now and post-baby. Here’s a not so great (24 week) bump shot featuring the dress and a messy room, but let’s just go with it:

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seven. I’m kinda blanking on a 7th so I’ll just go with this…I’ve been doing most of our shopping at Aldi the past month and I’m loving all the money we’re saving! I’ll have to do a favorite things from Aldi post soon and share the goods. Since I’m part-time and I won’t have a salary this maternity leave, I’m constantly looking for ways to save and cut corners to prepare this time around and I’m most pleased with this one! Not sure why it took me so long to come around in the first place.

I’m blaming pregnancy brain…but typing this up kind of took some thought! Imagine that. Guess I need to put this brain to better¬†use, huh? I hope you all have a blessed weekend. Cheers!

First trimester recap

Since I didn’t really blog around this time (hello, exhaustion! I thought I’d share what happened the first 3 months this pregnancy.)

We found out about our second pregnancy in early April–the week before my sister in law’s wedding. Since it was so early on in the pregnancy (about 4 weeks at that time), I still felt pretty good overall, but the tiredness was creeping in. I was a little disappointed to not be able to partake in a little wine or beer, but no big deal!¬†I scheduled¬†my first appointment for 8 weeks at Nativiti¬†(highly recommend if you are in the¬†Houston area), where we delivered our son, around that time.

I felt pretty good until about 6 weeks along, which is when the nausea started. I didn’t ever throw up, but felt pretty queasy and I went through a decent length of time where I couldn’t enjoy a lot of food. Food that definitely didn’t sound good was vegetables and certain meats (pretty much¬†anything healthy!). We had just finished a Whole30 (which I credit in part to helping us get pregnant), so it was weird to go from eating super healthy to just eating whatever I could eat. Salty foods have been a craving throughout the past few months.

I have noticed a few things that are different: in the first trimester this time around, the pesky eczema on my hands pretty much went away. In the first trimester with Jimp, it got really BAD and I stopped wearing my rings around 12 weeks. Currently at 25 weeks, I still have them on! Woohoo! I also have chosen to drink 1-2 cups of coffee all throughout this pregnancy. I gave it up in the first tri the first time around. Also the aversions seemed a lot worse this time around in general, instead of sporadically with just few things.

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After Mother’s Day brunch at Black Walnut Cafe: about 9 weeks along. This makes me laugh because can you see how tired I was? Also¬†memorable because I was nauseous but so hungry and just happy to find something (an omelette) I could eat and enjoy!

 

Pregnancy–21 weeks!

I haven’t been great at keeping up with this blog, but I have lots of news and updates I’d like to share…the big thing is we are due with baby #2 this coming December! We are thrilled to welcome a little boy or girl in just a few months. I am especially excited to introduce the new baby to our son, who will be 2.5 at the time it happens. I actually wrote the post below 4 weeks ago right after our full anatomy scan appointment after our Ohio vacation. Not sure why I never hit ‘publish’, but since I took the time to do it, I figure I might as well send it in.¬†I didn’t edit it too much, but things have happened and have progressed since then, obviously! At the time I am publishing this, I am actually 25 weeks, so I will have to do another update post, very soon!

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12 week ultrasound

Most people¬†we know are aware already as I am showing and we haven’t kept it a surprise from friends and family for quite some time. We also just got back from a 2+ weeks vacation near Cleveland, Ohio to visit my husband’s family on their farm (more on this later!). I haven’t filled one of these out yet, but I figure it’s better late than never…

How far along: 21 weeks

Baby’s size: About¬†14 oz. About the length¬†of a banana, I think.

Baby’s progress: After our full anatomy scan, the midwife said the baby is perfect! I can’t complain. Everything is formed, just needs to get bigger. I found out today that the placenta is anterior–so that would explain why I haven’t been feeling as much movement as I would have thought.

Weight gain: 10 pounds

Stretch marks: Not that I know of.

Sleep: Overall sleep has been fine. Still waking up early most days with Jimp, but we actually slept in today!

Gender: not finding out again. It was very tempting today though!

Movement:¬†Yes, but I don’t feel it consistently or not very strongly, due to placenta being in front (anterior).

Best moment this week: Being on vacation in Ohio, getting to see our dear friends in Wisconsin, and getting to see lots of movement and a healthy baby on the ultrasound this morning.

Looking forward to: Our next big trip to New York in a week and a half, eek!!

Food cravings: Nothing really too much currently, but since this is my first pregnancy update post, my cravings over the past few months have included pizza and salty snacks.

Weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing too weird, but we did eat a good rhubarb pie that I helped my MIL make in Ohio!

Anything make you queasy or sick: No

Labor signs: No way

What I miss: the occasional glass of¬†beer and wineūüôā

Symptoms: exhaustion and a little bit of discomfort after our two 20+ hours car trips over the past couple weeks!

Things that suck: I wouldn’t say it sucks, per se, but I was not too excited about going back to work today after two weeks off but that’s life, I guess.

Things that don’t suck: Another quick mini family vacation to NYC coming up and coming back to our own home and bed the other night.

I plan to share more about this pregnancy soon. I hope everyone has a blessed and safe Labor Day holiday!

Favorites at age 2!

Since I’m trying to get back on the blogging train, I wanted to share a few things that we are loving at our house at this age, while linking up with Kelly for 7 Quick Takes! ¬†I always¬†enjoy reading¬†when parents share their kiddos’/parenting favorite things at whatever age they’re at.

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Top row: 1. Latt Table and Chairs from Ikea. This was a birthday gift and it’s Jimpy’s¬†favorite place to enjoy smoothies! I don’t even mind if he colors on it (he already has) because it’s such a great deal. 2. Play kitchen: this was a very generous gift from Patrick’s mom for Christmas. It has gotten a lot of use these past 6 months! 3. Toy food: he received this set with said kitchen and still loves it! I love the durability and it definitely should last through a few kids.

Middle row: 4. Tool kit: we have been playing with these almost non-stop for months. 5. Football: we have a few different kinds, but I like these soft ones the best. He might be content playing with a ball all day long. 6. These Crocs: Jimp went through a phase not long ago where he ONLY wanted to wear Crocs. He will deviate a little now, but they are still his favorites!

Bottom row: 7. The last three are a few of his favorite books right now, which he happens to call “babas”.¬†Hop on Pop – a classic!¬†Why I Love My Mommy: cute animals and sweet¬†text makes for a fun, easy read.¬†123: A Child’s First Counting Book: we all actually like this one! It is adapted from classic fairy tales so the illustrations are super fun to look at. Jimp always wants to read it again and again.

What are your kiddos’ favorite right now? And what did they like at age 2? Please share!

 

A second birthday!

Yikes! I realized it has been several months since I have posted any sort of update on our life. We are definitely going through a busy season in life right now, but I wanted to share a few (a lot) photos in honor of our now TWO YEAR OLD! I can’t believe I’m a mama to such a big boy. I love this little boy so much and I am so blessed to be his mom. Being a parent has been a wonderful journey and I can’t wait to see what God has planned for us in the future! Here is a look-back on the past two years…

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From his birthday (I haven’t shared this one too much, but it is definitely my favorite from that day). The first photo of the three of us. Maybe one day I’ll share the story!

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Also from day 1. That was the only NB outfit he wore and went straight into size one diapers!

From his Baptism day at 6 weeks old.

4 months

4 months!

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At almost 6 months old visiting Patrick’s grandpa in Ohio.

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Just over a year old.

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Celebrating Halloween as a little chicken at 16 months old!

19-20 months old.

Before and after his first real haircut at 21 months!

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Celebrating his auntie’s wedding at 22 months old!

Demonstrating some of his best faces on his second birthday last week!ūüôā Love this boy!

 

Goals for March

Though a few days late, I wanted to share my plans and goals for the month of March! The season of Lent/Spring can be pretty crazy at work with Easter and Holy Week approaching and therefore religious education and First Communion prep coming to a close. I see the light at the end of the tunnel and am so looking forward to summer and a bit more rest!

February goals (recap):
Spiritual:

  • Start Rediscover Jesus¬†for Lent (started but didn’t really do it–started reading A Life with Karol and love it!)
  • Do a weekly holy¬†hour during Lent (Did this once)
  • Go to confession!

Family:

  • Start some type of family prayer for Lent (Maybe a decade/day?) (I pray with Jimp every night before bed but that’s about it. Want to get better about this still!)
  • Go to the zoo. We were gifted a membership last year. We need to take advantage of it¬†a few more times before it expires!
  • Go to the¬†library story hour (My mom took Jimpy and he seemed to enjoy it!)

House:

  • Finish painting kitchen¬†(cabinets, walls) Still have a few touch-ups to do, but I’ll take it!
  • Replace all kitchen hardware

Health:

  • Complete the Whole30! Recapped here
  • Continue with meal planning for the month and try three new recipes New meals¬†included: butternut squash soup with coconut milk, blackened mahi, and grilled chicken wings (I didn’t really follow any recipes, but at least we were adventurous and tried something new!)
  • Finish reading¬†The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet¬†Also read: It Starts with Food.

Etc:

  • Haircut
  • Massage (pure laziness on my part–this just isn’t that important to me I guess!

Now onto March:

March has been so busy so far with Spring Break and Holy week approaching! This past weekend ,we also celebrated the first of 3 weddings we’ll be attending within the next couple of months, which was lovely!

Spiritual:

  • Go to confession
  • Celebrate Holy Week and Easter with family
  • Attend daily Mass at least once a week (This has worked well the past few weeks, actually).
  • Finish reading A Life with Karol

Family:

  • Celebrate my sister-in-law’s bachelorette in Fredericksburg next weekend! Can’t wait!
  • Start some sort of family prayer
  • Go on family walks at least 5 days a week (we do this often already but I want to make it a regular part of our routine!)

House:

  • Plant more seeds for veggies and plant a few more herbs (so far we have a few seedling for squash, cucumbers and chard and I planted parsley and cilantro in pots).
  • More yard work/gardening (just want to maintain what we have and keep it from getting overgrown!

Health:

  • Continue eating healthily, limiting grains, sugar, and dairy.