Sunday, September 19, 2010

Week 11...Ashley We Have a Heartbeat!

Hey fellow bloggers, hope you all had a good week. B and I had a lot of fun on Monday night because we got to hear the baby's heartbeat for the first time! It took our midwife a minute to find it, but when we did, we both got this huge grin on our faces! What a fun memory we will have now about that special moment. I bet all you moms out there can remember what it was like to hear the heartbeat for the first time! As far as everything else goes, my midwife said that everything looks great and we'll meet with her again in 4-5 weeks when I'm about 16 weeks along.

I can't really complain much about how I've been feeling this week, my appetite for food is coming back around...especially for sweets! Thank goodness for Kelly's blog which I've mentioned on here many times before: The Spunky Coconut. I made a rocking batch of her gluten-free, vegan brownies and I topped them with this frosting from another blog I like to follow.

After I made them and took a bite and they were so amazing that I almost send B a picture of them with the caption: "OMG!!!!!" The pic to the left does not do them much justice because it was the last one left of the batch...but you get the idea! After coming home and tasting them, B agreed that they were one of the best desserts I have ever made- score! Thank you fellow bloggers for your awesome recipes! I know what I'll be bringing to holiday gatherings now! The best part of these brownies is that there's no sugar! It uses almond butter, applesauce, cocoa powder, and coconut sugar as the main've got to try this awesome recipe!
Coconut sugar
Here's the kind of coconut sugar I got from my local health food store for about $8-9. Also, here's what it looks you can see from the pic it looks a lot like brown sugar and it tastes like it too! No coconut taste, just a natural, yummy sugar alternative.

While I'm on the topic of food, I've been loving these chip/crackers called: "Beanitos". You can read more about them on the link, but the ones I tried are the "Pinto Bean and Flax" flavor, and on top of having tons of protein and fiber, they have a nice and short ingredient list...and best of all- they taste good! I ate about half the bag on my way home from the store, and I'm trying to hold off on eating the second half until at least tomorrow! LOL. I got mine at my local health food store, has anyone else ever tried these? If so, what do you think?

Clothes update: So as you've seen in my posts over the past few weeks, I've been adjusting to my changing body with a few wardrobe changes. So it was fun this week to try out some of my new outfits. The only problem is that I'm not quite "big enough" (referring to my belly) to fill the clothes out, so they just look kind of big on me. Which, at this point, isn't so bad since I was squeezing myself to death trying to fit into my old clothes, but still not the most comfortable feeling.

The straw that broke the camel's back was when I tried wearing these "Belly Leggings". They are a super comfy fabric and the top of them actually goes up and above your stomach like most maternity pants which is great, unless you don't have a big pregnant belly to keep them up. The leggings seemed fine while I was at home, but when I got to school and I was walking around, they began to fall down!!! AHHHH!!!! Now although I have a little baby bump, it was not enough to keep these leggings up! So all day I kept having to pull them up. I tried rolling the top down, it just fell faster then. Oh boy. See the pic to the right- can you see how much space is between my belly button and the crotch of the pants, goodnight! Luckily I had a very long shirt/dress on that day, so no one could tell, but still I knew! Let's just say I won't be wearing those for a few more months! LOL!! ( :

Really leggings...really?
Well that about sums up my week, I feel like my blog has took a turn for the boring with all this talk about maternity clothes and what foods I'm craving at the moment. But, hopefully some of you find it interesting and maybe there's someone out there who is curious what pregnancy is like other than what the "books" tell them (I know I was). On top of that, I feel like this will be a fun way for me to look back and remember what it was like being pregnant, I even had an idea that maybe I could combine all my posts into a scrapbook of some sort. Who knows...( : Have a good week! By the way, our baby is now the size of a plum!


  1. Yes, it is hard being in between regular and maternity! I wore maternity early so as to dispel the question of "Is she or isn't she?" Leggings weren't popular yet then but those are super cute!

  2. Hey Ashley, thanks again for bringing me one of the brownies to try, it gets the Andrew stamp of approval for sure.

  3. Hey J,
    Yeah, in-between is hard. Maternity clothes are so much more comfy though! I love the leggings too, just need ones with a stronger waist band to hold them up! By the way, after seeing your apple slices with almond butter the other day I ended up having one yesterday. It's been forever since I had that- so yummy! ( :

    Glad you liked the browines! I know you're a tough brownie critic, so it means a lot to know you gave them your stamp of approval! I think I'll be making another batch real soon, so I'll have to bring you another one over! ( :

  4. I totally remember hearing that heartbeat. It's beautiful and absolutely befuddling. Like how did a PERSON get into my stomach? (Of course, we all know how it happened but still ... CRAZY!!)

    So glad you are feeling good. Brownies look yummy. Will have to try them!!

    Would you mind posting on how you gave up dairy? I'm having attachment issues to half & half. I know, evil, but I get it from a local farmer who has only a few cows and keeps them in a pasture all day. They really ARE happy cows. But still I would like to give it up.

    Thanks and good luck with your pregnancy! Enjoy - your baby is so lucky to be getting such a great start!

  5. Hey Pamela,
    I agree about the shock of hearing the heartbeat for the first time as made it very "REAL" for me!
    As for giving up diary it was a bit easier for me since I have a sensitivity to cow's milk, so I knew that everytime I had it I would get bloated and gassy- yuck! As you for your situtation, I say do what works for you. That's great that you get it from a local farmer who treats the cows nicely. My only advice would be to try out other non-dairy alternatives until you find one you like, such as: soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, or almond milk. It took me a few tries until I found the one I liked the most. I usually am an almond milk fan, but in the past few weeks I've gone back to rice milk, I just like it's plain flavor a bit more. Good luck with it! You'll have to let me know how it goes!( :
    Thanks for the compliment about my baby getting such a great start!

  6. The more I read about dairy, the more I want to give it up. Even when cows are treated well, they still have their calves taken away so they can make milk. Not cool.

    I started making my own almond milk and I like it! I have also found coconut milk creamer, which is great in tea. Can't find anything to replace half&half in coffee, but maybe it's time to ditch the coffee too ...

    Hope you continue to feel well. Only a few more weeks and the worst will be over! It gets so much better:)

    Take care!

  7. Holy moly, those brownies look amazing!

    Those pants are so funny. :) Reminds me of MC Hammer... ;-)

  8. Funny - your pants. I, for one, never get tired of pregnancy/baby stories. I would love to be pregnant right now, myself, but my hubby is being a little stubborn. :) I totally know the feeling of the big grin after hearing the heartbeat. Just wait til she says "It's a girl!" or "It's a boy!" I'm excited for you!

    I've never seen coconut sugar!

  9. Jess, yes those brownies are amazing! I highly reccomend you make them! The icing rocks too! Ha the pants totally look like MC Hammer pants! I felt like a teen boy all day trying to "bust a sag"! I don't see how they do it, it was totally uncomfortable! Made for a funny pic though ( :

    Glad you like all my funny pregnancy/baby stories. It's fun having a place to write them all down and in the future look back and re-read. Yes it will be super exciting to hear whether it's a boy or a girl..we can't wait! Yes, I hadn't heard of coconut sugar either until I came across it on The Spunky Coconut I'm glad I found it!


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