Sunday, January 24, 2016

Post #3 Baby Update

Here I am with just over three weeks left!  I have been doing well, although starting to feel the effects of the pregnancy.  This past week, I had a few rough days with very little energy and breath left.  It is amazing how much a baby can suck out of you.  I am usually full of energy and have found myself just needing to sit down.  I definitely am struggling with what I would like to get done and with what I can actually get done.
37.5 weeks

I am just waiting on some blood work to see my iron levels.  If they are too low we will not be given the option of a home birth which will be disappointing.  Our two girls were hospital births with the midwives but we were hoping to try to stay home this time.  I guess we leave it on God's hands and pray only for a safe delivery.  Thankfully our baby is doing well.  He continually reminds me of his presence and I am anxious to meet him.  He is measuring on track and giving me lots of Braxton Hicks ;)

So what is left to be done around here,...well a nursery for one!  Here it is right now!

Yup it is still Dan's office.  Although here is Dan busy working on his new office in the basement.

What a handsome man!

He assures me that we can set up the nursery next week even if he has to temporarily use the spare room for work.  I really can't complain, he works hard and well a baby doesn't really use a nursery for awhile.  I just need to remind my nesting/organized self to just relax a little.    
In the meantime I have created some diaper cream, sewed a wet diaper bag and organized some clothes.  I am enjoying the change from all the pink and welcoming these blues, reds, greys and browns.

In the meantime, here is our current "baby" who doesn't look much like a puppy anymore but definitely still acts as one.  We read the Bible story the other day of Samson and laughed as it stated, "his wisdom did not match his muscle."  Well that pretty much sums up our dog.  He is mighty and stupid but I love him!  




Monday, January 04, 2016

Breakfast Cookies (Dairy, Egg, Gluten, Grain and Refined Sugar Free)

I love protein for breakfast and sometimes actually get tired of drinking a protein shake.  These cookies are a great alternative.  They are hearty and give you lots of energy for the day.  Filled with protein, iron, fibre and omegas they will give you the boost you need to get going.
Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons ground flax 
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup if vegan
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds ground up
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon psyllium husk
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare cookie sheet.
  2. In a small dish combine flax and water.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine all ingredients then add the flax/water.
  4. Stir until fully combined.
  5. Scoop onto baking sheet.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes until cookies appear set.
  7. Let cookies rest on the cookie set for 2 minutes then transfer onto a wire rack.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.



Thursday, December 24, 2015

Decadent Chocolate Cake (Dairy, Gluten and Grain Free)

I will definitely not claim that this cake is healthy.  It is a treat, but is one I often make to take somewhere.  It is simple and very rich in flavour.  It will satisfy any chocolate craving.
Merry Christmas!


Ingredients (makes 8 inch cake)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate or 2/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup palm sugar
  • 1/3 cup dark cocoa powder plus some for dusting
  • 3 whisked eggs
  • 1 teaspoon gluten free vanilla
  • icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease an 8-inch round baking pan then dust with cocoa powder. Line bottom with a round of wax paper and butter paper. 
  2. In a double boiler melt chocolate with coconut oil stirring, until smooth. 
  3. Add sugar and cocoa, stir until blended.
  4. Remove top of double boiler from heat and whisk in the eggs until well blended. 
  5. Pour batter into pan and bake in middle of oven 30-40 minutes, or until top has formed a thin crust. 
  6. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack.
  7. Dust with sifted icing sugar if desired.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.




Monday, December 14, 2015

Hemp Heart Energy Cookies (Egg, Dairy, Gluten/Grain Free with Refined Sugar Free Option)

I have two more months to go in this pregnancy and I am starting to feel tired and more hungry.  I am getting a little low in my iron which is not helping.  I have been eating more hemp hearts as they are an excellent source of iron as well as protein, omega fatty acids and fiber.  I have been adding them to my smoothies, cereal and salads as well.  I love these cookies as they give me the energy and nutrients I need for a snack or even breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon ground chia or ground flax seeds 
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup nut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds ground to a powder
  • 1/3 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (optional -omit for refined sugar free option)
  • pinch sea salt
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. 
  2. Add ground chia/flax seeds to water and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl combine nut butter, honey, coconut, ground pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, and sea salt.
  4. Add flax seeds and water to bowl.
  5. Stir to fully combine.
  6. Roll dough into 1 inch balls.44
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned on top.
  8. Cool on a wire rack.
  9. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.




Monday, December 07, 2015

Post #2 -Baby Update

It has been a long time since I have written and especially about the baby.  Life has been busy with homeschool, family, church and just life.
7 months

Our baby seems to be doing very well.  We have given him the nickname of "Walter."  My father in law had a terrible feeling that we were going to name him Howard, after our dog who recently passed.  My husband told him not to worry that the baby's name was Walter and since that time, that is what we have been calling him.  I am a little worried that my second child will be calling him Walter even after birth.

The girls are getting very excited as they see new clothes, furniture and baby paraphernalia come into the home.  Next week begins the process of building my husband's office downstairs so we can create a nursery.  I am starting to get into the nesting phase and my organized personality is beginning to get the better of me.  For the rest, I have been feeling very good.  The only struggle for me is painful hips when sleeping. It is getting harder and harder to get comfortable in bed but this too will pass.

Among the regular chiropractor appointments, I am also seeing my naturopath to get prepared for the birth and the GBS test.  Among the regular list I posted here I have now added or increased:

  • 1-2 garlic capsules a day
  • Fish Oil 2000mg/day
  • Vitamin D 3000 IU/day
  • Vitamin C- 1800-2000mg a day
In a few weeks I will be starting a liquid tincture of Cimicifuga and Caulophyllum/Blue Cohosh to help prepare my uterus and pelvic tissue.  

30 weeks

In the meantime, we have added another member  to our family  Samson joined us over a month ago. It was a surprise for me from my husband and yes I did want another dog.  I knew Dan wasn't ready yet after our other boxer had passed so I had kind of dropped the subject.  To my surprise he decided he was ready and found our Samson.  

Life with a puppy is busy!.  A few weeks ago he was driving me crazy.  He was chewing furniture, plants, dirt, the kids feet, not listening, having accidents etc.  Last week however, he definitely showed signs of learning.  He hasn't had an accident in about 5 days, he usually stays out of the bedrooms, and isn't biting at the kids as much.  He usually comes when called, can sit and shake a paw and is chewing on less things.  Although, as I type he is licking pants...we still have a lot to learn.  
Samson our Boxer Puppy
Isn't he cute in a goofy, kind of way?