Monday, April 1, 2013

11 Weeks

Well it's time for another update, this time 11 weeks! In pregnancy world 11 weeks is practically nothing, considering I've got a long way to go till the big 4-0, but when you are only 11 weeks pregnant it feels like a long time. And the second time around it feels like 40 weeks is just around the corner.  Or maybe that's just life with a toddler? Anyways, here's what's new this week...

This week's photo background: Just a rockin' brick wall in our downtown area (it's actually the side of a bar that I've never even been too). But that's all good because   I've had my eye on for a couple of months now since I came up with the idea to switch up the background of my bi-weekly shots.  

I love that brick, so cool!

Questions of the week:

1. How big is the baby (with Avery's help)?

So these figs were tricky to find! The only ones I could find were dried figs, that kind of looked like dates...but as long as they were bigger than the food from two weeks ago (a grape) I was happy. Avery thought they were pretty funny too as you can see by her funny face. She didn't mind their strange appearance as she snacked away on this one after I was done taking her picture. 

2. What I'm eating...
Other than my growing (daily) belly, the one thing that helps me know I'm pregnant is the fact that I'm hungry...all the time. I feel so lucky not to have had any morning sickness or other major symptoms. Truly, I'm just a hungry girl. I was with Avery and I am again. The funny thing about my pregnancy food cravings is that when I think of something I want it right that moment. Case in point: I saw someone with a vanilla ice cream cone on TV, my thought: "I want some vanilla coconut ice cream like that right now!"  Later on I thought I smelled sausage, my thought: "I want some vegan sausage right now!" I think you get the idea, mainly the emphasis in any of those example is  on the "right now" part.  

Funny food demands aside, my main craving is still good ol' Mongolian BBQ from Genghis Khan Mongolian BBQ here in Kansas City, which I've blogged about before here.  But until I make it out there (it's a bit of a drive from our house), this "Orange Tofu Broccoli Stir-Fry" (inspired by Gluten-Free, Happy Tummy's "GF Vegan Orange-Glazed Tofu Stir-Fry") has been hitting the spot. I love anything with tofu + pasta right now. Oh yeah and orange juice, so no wonder I love this dish!

Orange Tofu & Broccoli Stir-Fry

3. What's different this time around? Last week I shared that my belly feels much bigger this time around and that is still true, but I also feel much more relaxed than I did with Avery's pregnancy. Maybe it's just because I feel like I've been there, done that...but I don't mean it in a cocky way. More of just confidence in my body and knowledge of the process. I don't see every ache, every negative thought, every what-if as the end all to be all. I feel like I can take it all in stride and know that it probably "will pass". 

Aside from calming my worries, my other goal of this pregnancy is just to be present and enjoy it. I feel like I spent so much of Avery's pregnancy happy about where I was but wishing I was 5 weeks ahead, or 10 weeks ahead, or finally holding my baby in my arms. And I think that's to be expected of a first time mom. But this time around I want to enjoy it. Take the time to touch my belly and in a few weeks feel those kicks, savor in the sweet way Avery greets the baby each morning, "Good morning baby!" while tapping on my belly, and just enjoy the last few (7) months of just us three. It's not going to be easy, but that's my goal, I'll keep you posted on how it goes. 

Here's a favorite saying I found on Pinterest to help me stay present...


4. Best moment of the week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat at our first prenatal appointment with our midwife! If you didn't know, I had a home birth with Avery, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. So when I got pregnant again, I knew working with a midwife and planning a second home birth was the only way I wanted to go.  Here's some of the reasons why. 

Long story short, we got to meet up with my same midwife this past week and after catching up and chatting about how I'm feeling so far, we got down to the fun part...hearing the heartbeat. Now this was exciting the first time Brandon and I got to hear Avery's heartbeat, but it was even better this time around when she got to listen to it too! After we heard it she just kept saying, "Thank you baby! Thank you baby!" Too funny. Then for the next day all she talked about was pushing on my stomach and saying, "Ba bump ba bump ba bump" (like a heartbeat). 

I have a feeling this is going to be one fun pregnancy and I'm so glad to have Avery along for the ride with us.  ( :

Recently this post was linked up to "Tuesday Baby Link Up" over at the blog Growing Slower, as well as a number of other blogs that are listed in the link above. So hop on over and check out some other fun baby posts!

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