Thursday, May 26, 2011


The pizza craving of Thursday May 26, not quite as bad as the craving of May 24th, but it is certainly driving me insane.

and she ate

Yesterday I looked after my friends adorable 2.5 year old daughter Teagan. We played dress up, baked a pie, ran around outside and ate. I should really emphasis the eating part here, because I swear the kid did not stop eating the entire five hours she was with me. She not only ate my homemade cream of mushroom soup, but had an apple, pear, orange, slice of cherry pie, fruit snacks, crackers, and an entire bag of popcorn. Holy moly, does that kid pack the food in!
Being so exhausted from the pregnancy I have a newfound respect for expectant moms who also have toddlers to chase around. I was wiped out after my day with Miss T. She kept going and going like the energizer bunny and by 4pm I just wanted to sit down and have nap time. Which of course she was not interested in.
Our bulldog Boris is always a handful, but I really want him to be surrounded by as many little kids as possible prior to our baby arriving. He did pretty well with Teagan, he jumped on her once, which was very bad, but after the first hour he got used to a little tyke running around. He was more upset that he couldn’t be around us at all times, which is par for the course in Bullybear world.
Wrigley of course was as close to perfect as a puggle can be. She barked a little, but I think it was because Boris riled her up. Teagan got to rub her belly and chase her, which Wrigley LOVED.
Now on to training the husband.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Lucky Thirteen

We are at thirteen weeks today and I am more excited than ever! First of all, I will be out of school in two weeks! Done officially, forever, well until I decide that I really need a PHD... not going to happen.

Once I am done, I am heading out to Michigan for the summer. A good relaxing summer is really needed. I have never felt so drained and exhausted in my life so this is going to be a lovely summer of shade-bathing on the beach.

In other great news, yesterday was my first full day of being productive! I got up at 7am and was able to stay wide awake till 8:30pm. At around 9pm I fell asleep and it felt so good to get most of my work done. It has been a while since I have been able to be that productive. I was also able to enjoy some sushi. We went to our favorite downtown sushi joint called Oysy. They were incredibly nice and accommodating about cooking everything through. I had the California Sunset which is a California roll topped with salmon, which they kindly seared all the way through, two pieces of the Spider Roll and some chicken teriyaki. Yum!

I will be posting belly photos tomorrow... it's becoming quite prominent.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My little blueberry is now at the 12 week mark and momma has a belly. Well a little belly, but I love it! It’s bizarre; because I have never had a belly and if I didn’t know I was pregnant I would be going on a diet. I’m just a bit pudgier than usual.
I would really like to find a website that has girls that are typically a size 0-4 showing their bellies. I am seeing some huge bellies, but I have feeling these women already had something to start with. I’m just so into this process that I want to know where I am comparatively.
But then I see a girl like this and am like, she’s tiny! But her belly is twice my size. It makes me sad.

However in non-crazy pregnancy hormone induced news. This weekend was a blast and it all started Thursday night.  We ended up going to dinner with six of our good friends who were predominantly from the Bad Religion camp. Our friends Ray (no one special, kidding), Shakes (Brooks’ drum tech), Cathy (tour manager), Greg (guitarist), Jay (bass) and Brian (guitarist) all dined at Province. Most of us indulged in the 5 course tasting menu. It was holy fuck amazingly awesome.
Smoked salmon crème fraiche shooter
Baby spinach with pork belly vinaigrette with perfectly poached egg
pacquiao pepper and pappardelle pasta with fresh cheese and brussel sprout leaves
Grilled soft shell crab with a spicy sauce
New York strip with fingerling potato hash
Coffee ice cream parfait that tasted more like the best god damn tiramisu you have ever had

Ok, back to being tired now

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Vegan Taco Lunch

The list of foods that taste normal to me is ridiculously slim. Most things taste off, and I have a tendency to over-season everything right now. In my attempt to eat a high protein, non-nausea inducing lunch for me and my little blueberry I opened up my fridge and went a little crazy. I made enough for a dinner party, and next time I might as well invite the whole block.

White Girl Guacamole
2 avocados
1/2 tbs lemon juice
2 dashes paprika
S+P to taste

Mash it all up, put it in a bowl and guac out

Tangy Radishes
3 radishes
pinch of white sugar
2 tsp white vinegar

Thinly shave the radishes, don't chop those fingers off.
dilute sugar in vinegar and toss over radishes

Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato
1 sweet potato
1/2 tbs fake butter or olive oil
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp pepper
dash of salt

Microwave sweet potato for 3 minutes. Remove and peel skin off. Cut into 1/2" pieces and toss with spices. Saute in butter/oil for a few minutes till the outside is slightly browned.

Corn & Black Bean Salsa
Two Ears of Corn or one can corn, fresh is best though!
Small can of black beans
Handful of cherry tomato's
2 1/2 tbs Olive oil
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp paprika

Boil corn in salted water until fully cooked, but still slightly crunchy. Remove and let cool. Slice corn off the cob, drain and rinse black beans, slice cherry tomato's into quarters and mix together in a medium bowl. In a small bowl mix olive oil and spices until well blended. A mini-whisk works perfectly for this. Pour dressing over veggies and toss. Refrigerate for 30 minutes if desired.

Like every great taco bar I had faux sour cream, shredded soy cheese and salsa. I just use carb balance whole wheat tortillas and I am good to go.

I hate raw onions of any type and cilantro is just so gross, so if you love those two ingredients you can just eyeball them into your salsa, guacamole and tacos.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

12 hours

I slept for 12 hour yesterday. How does that happen???

I came home at 6pm to make dinner, do some work and hang out with the husband and I passed out. Not for an hour, not for two, but for TWELVE hours.

Luckily I was able to get most of my Tuesday work done on the train this morning, but holy hell, that was insane. Twelve hours!! I blame progesterone.

Monday, May 9, 2011


I just cried. For an hour and it was all, because of a painfully sweet facebook post a friend wrote on Mother’s Day. The littlest things send me into a river of tears as I cannot control the emotions I am having. It’s pretty ridiculous, but I cry at least three times a day right now. It doesn’t matter if it’s sad or happy tears; there are just lots of tears. I just about cried when Kevin offered to go to the grocery store the other day, yes, things that little get me going.
Way too emotional, way too pregnant. I blame Progesterone.
In other emotional news, I think I had my first official “I’m going to be a mom” panic attack this weekend. As bad as I felt, I tried to keep a positive front on the outside as I know Kevin is incredibly excited for our little blueberry to arrive. The emotional ups and downs paired with the debilitating nausea can be a little much. Even though I feel like I am showing (let’s face it, the nearly 26” waist I am sporting this week is proof that I am showing!) the world is oblivious to my “condition.” I don’t think sympathy is needed, but some god damn understanding would be nice.
Everything I have read lately says that the first trimester is the roughest and I sure hope it is, because I will be out of it by next week and am REALLY looking forward to some peaceful nights sans nausea, puking and crying. I’m sure each stage of pregnancy has its up and downs, but considering very few people know I’m pregnant it is hard to carry on as normal. I always gave my third trimester friends sympathy/empathy when they were huge, but if what I have been reading is true, I guess the most difficult time is right now.
I think I have been averaging 10 hours of sleep per night, which is great, but it just doesn’t seem like enough!
My typical day…
7:00 wake up
7:15-8:30 feed/walk dogs
9:00 limited housework
1:00 half the work I need done is done
3:00 Is it bed time yet?
6:30 make dinner
8:00 walk dogs
9:00 in bed
So it's 11am now, I'm passed being exhausted and into walking fatigue.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Ten Weeks

Ten Weeks along today and my little blueberry is now a prune. That’s not very glamorous sounding fruit, but my little guy is just over an inch big!

I officially have a bump. I am actually excited about this, I don’t mind getting a cute little baby bump, but it is a shame to see where 150 sit ups a day gets me… a bump in the first trimester! I am still down 5.5 lbs from my usual weight and my waist measures 25” now. My low waist however has grown from 28” to 29.5” Thank goodness for stretch jeans. Actually today I am wearing one of my favorite full circle skirts unbuttoned at the waist. It was always a tight fit and when I went to button it, the button popped off! Whoops!

No crazy cravings yet, but my doctors recommendation of eating 5-6 small meals has really helped the nausea. Yesterday I was out and about from 8am to 7:30pm, but by 8pm I was in the bath and ready for bed. My nausea returned in the evening and I am wondering if it was directly related to my insanely good dinner. I made a soy ginger salmon, sesame long beans and wild rice. I only had 3 oz of fish and it was fully cooked, but the moment I went up stairs the nausuea returned.

Over the weekend I took Kevin to Target to scope out all the things our little blueberry will need. As someone who has reiterated that “baby’s are cheap” I was determined to prove him wrong. Within about ten minutes of being in the baby section I think he realized that this little blueberry is going to cost a whole lot more than he thought.

As a first time mom, I know that I don’t want a ton of plastic in my house so cutting back on the Fisher Price and adding lots of wood blocks and organic fibers. Needless to say I’m going to be making a lot of the kids clothes and toys.

I’m still taking recommendations for strollers, car seats, play pens, stuff like that. I’m petrified of having my kid die or get hurt by some recalled crib.