Friday, March 21, 2014

For you are "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made"

Hello friends! I took a hiatus and have the best excuse in the world. Henry Norton Maddox made his appearance into the world at 12:59 pm on Sunday, February 23rd, after a quick labor.

The name of this blog post is a quote from psalms and I tell it to Henry every night before we start his bedtime story ("On the night you were born").

Birth story with superfluous detail, plus several other posts, coming soon!

"Sons are a heritage from the lord. The fruit of the womb is his reward." (Psalm 127:3)

Friday, February 21, 2014

38 week bumpdate

How far along: 38 weeks 2 days

How big is baby: My guess if I were to have him right now is 7 pounds

Weight gained: 24 pounds

Maternity clothes: Mostly. It depends on the clothes for non maternity. Right now I'm in fold over shorts and non maternity tank top and they fit fine. Yesterday I wore a non-maternity shirt while walking in the neighborhood with my mom and she told me I looked like a person of walmart because an inch of my belly was poking out. Whoops!

Stretch marks: Same, just the linea negra. Unless they are hidden and I can't see!

Miss anything?: Sleep. Not that I expect to sleep for the next several months anyway, but it would be nice if I could before I've even had the baby. My issue is that I'll wake up to pee and not be able to go back to sleep. Last night I woke up twice and then again at 330 and stayed up until 730. Thank goodness I don't have a 9 am showtime for work and I could sleep from 730-930.

Movement: He still favors the right side and and it feels like a contraction only on that side because it will get hard. If I am having a contraction I have to feel my whole belly since I just don't know anymore if it's him poking or a contraction. Weird. Although the last day or day and half the contractions are getting a tiny bit cramp which is giving me hope, so I can kind of tell. 

Cravings: I made freezer meals on Sunday and have been craving the lasagna ever since. I haven't had it though. Jaren, if you feel like making me a lasagna I won't argue..... Also, fruit, smoothies, kiwi and pineapple. Surprised?

Aversions:  Does laying on my back count as an aversion? Or going up stairs? Nothing really in terms of food unless my heartburn is bad.

Other symptoms: Heartburn is controlled unless I forgot my prilosec/pepcid combo in the morning. Which I did twice this week. My own fault but I felt miserable. I've had some sciatic pain in the back of my hips randomly but stretching seems to help. I've had mild cramping that I thought would lead somewhere, and yesterday I was having a few more noticeable contractions. At my appointment today I was dilated a "fingertip" so it's progress but not even 1 cm. Booooo.

Best moment this week: I really enjoyed making freezer meals on Sunday with my friend Jen who I teach with at the synagogue. It was so much more fun than doing it by myself! I went to the mall and met Jaren there yesterday for a bridesmaids dress from Nordstrom (for Caroline's wedding, eeeeeeeh) and we were at a store and Elsie saw me and ran to me squealing with open arms. It is one of my happiest moments because it took her so long to love anybody but her momma! Also, my friend Leslie who I ALWAYS love seeing was on this side of town and came and kept me company today during my monitoring appointment! It's always fun having company while I sit strapped to a chair lol.

Most looking forward to: We have dinner plans tonight at China Poblano and I'm sad I won't have their famous salt air margarita, but I am so excited for the mushroom tacos! Also, if it's not obvious enough, I am most looking forward to meeting our baby!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Healthy banana pancakes

One of my pledge sisters, Sara, has a great food blog and she posts recipes to instagram every day. Good thing I was on it this morning (sorry Jaren, I will try to go on more often) because I found a recipe I needed to replicate right away. I adjusted a tiny bit and made a larger batch. They are so good. So so so good!

These are super healthy and packed with protein from the cottage cheese, egg whites, and greek yogurt. Plus the oatmeal instead of flour is great because it's a super food!

1 ripe banana
3/4 cup egg whites
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup nonfat cottage
1/2 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
2 Splenda 

1. Blend everything! Love me my vitamix. Of course I didn't think to take picture of the ingredients or of the batter until it was almost finished. But here is what it looked like:
2. I used a small skillet and did one pancake at a time. That recipe made about 6 pancakes. I used a little canola oil and then pam spray, poured batter into medium high skillet (I didn't measure, just so that it covered), and flipped when it bubbled.
I also added some cinnamon, because more cinnamon is almost always good. 

These were so good that Charlie was literally eating them off the plate I kept by the stove while I was still cooking the rest. No even stack - since some had these bites taken out of them!

I asked him to keep me some so he just took a full one off and ate the rest. Didn't feel like smiling, maybe next time he will when he sees I posted these pics of him on the blog :-)

He said they taste more like crepes than pancakes. I grew up eating blintzes (crepes) and not pancakes. In fact, I don't really love pancakes because I feel like you need so much syrup to make them taste good. These were super moist and needed no syrup at all.

Do you all like Charlie's hair? He shaved it the other day and I love it. Story on that coming in a few weeks.

And just because, here is a shirt that I should no longer be wearing but did anyway. Look how the white one does not even come close to covering my belly. I guess at 9 months pregnant I shouldn't attempt non maternity clothes, whoops!

Enjoy the pancakes/crepes, guilt free, and without even needing syrup on top :-)

Friday, February 14, 2014

37 week bumpdate

How far along: 37 weeks 2 days

How big is baby: according to sites he is anywhere from 6 1/4 pounds to 6-9 pounds. I feel like he's probably right around 6-6.5 right now.

Weight gained: I haven't weighed myself the last few days and have somehow managed to not get weighed at the doctor this week at both appointments!!! Hehehe. But I have been starving this week and able to eat larger quantities than when I threw up a protein bar, so I am assuming I'm up around 23-24 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Yes and no. Jeans obviously. Some shirts are totally fine and some shirts are totally not fine. Today I wore a pair of short that weren't maternity because I AM SO HOT I had to change out of my pants. They were a little tight but honestly more on my legs than my tummy haha!

Stretch marks: Same linea negra. And my belly button is getting flatter. Still an innie but much "shallower".

Miss anything?: Being able to recline even slightly and not get out of breath!

Movement: Still has his feet in my right side and under ribs. According to the last two ultrasounds his head is really low, but his feet are still high. I'm just hiding him in there well! It's also getting a little hard to distinguish braxton hicks contractions with him moving around, for example if his bottom is pressed against me it feels super hard/tight. I have to feel the rest of my stomach to tell if it's just him moving or if it's a contraction (if it is a contraction my whole stomach is that hard).

Cravings: Fruit and smoothies. Fruit smoothies. I want tropical smoothie now. Yes I have a vitamix upstairs. But still.

Aversions:  Not that I would drink wine but my mom offered me a sip of her wine at dinner and the thought revolted me with the heartburn. Oh, and in the ultrasound today they confirmed he still has hair! I seriously think he is gonna be born with a mullet because at a few ultrasounds all the hair they've pointed out has been on top of his neck. Oy! I'll birth a teeny tiny redneck Jewish baby - Billy Bob Shmulik.

Other symptoms: I'm feeling pretty good this week honestly! I am more impatient/anxious to meet him, than miserably uncomfortable. Yes I am uncomfortable, but it's very expected at 9 months pregnant. At my appointment today they offered to do a check and I wasn't dilated at all but was 25% effaced. My cousin Bridget said that it has to start somewhere! True that.

Best moment this week: I got to have an Aggie-Elsie day today! Jaren's mom had surgery and she decided to take Clara to go home to Montana and be with her, so I got to bond with Els-smels all day while Roger was at work. It was SO MUCH FUN.

 I also got to hang out with Aunt Nancy's granddaughter Maddie. Maddie was supposed to be flower girls with Clara but her naughty brother Charlie decided to put his mommy on bedrest while he was still an "inside baby" and she couldn't make it. Maddie loved Lee, as opposed to Elsie who feared him.

 Yes little tiny Lee who is the most mellow dog in the world scared Elsie, but Maya, the most cloying dog in the world, was her favorite. So funny. Oh Smels. 
I think I will write a separate blogpost on this.

Most looking forward to: Having a baby. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Challah Recipe

Remember forever ago when I told you I'd share an amazing challah recipe? Well here it is!

I originally got this recipe for a brioche dough from my pastry chef friend Stacy. I adjusted it several times until it eventually came to this.


4 cups bread flour
1 cup 2 tbs milk (I have used vanilla almond milk and it's worked, but regular milk is preferred)
6 tbs butter
1.5 tsp dry active yeast
3 tbs sugar
2 tbs honey
1 egg
3/4 tbs salt (or you can just do two teaspoons if you are lazy)
egg wash (1 egg with about a tbs milk)

1. If you have a bread machine like I do, dump everything except the egg wash in a bread machine, and let it run through the "dough" cycle. If you do not have a bread machine, dump everything in a stand mixer (or a big bowl and a hand mixer, although that is really not preferred). Most people have all sorts of rules when it comes to yeast and the order you put things in, but honestly, I have made this so many times, and it works if you just dump it all in!

If using a mixer, let it run with the dough hook for 20 minutes, then let it rise for about 45 minutes, and knead it again with the dough hook for 20 minutes.

2. After your dough has been kneaded and risen etc, shape it into three equal parts, and roll out into "logs". 

If you want to be creative and add things (like raisins - gross, or white chocolate chips - yum!), you can roll it out with a rolling pin, sprinkle your fun secret ingredient, and roll back up into a log. Shape the logs into a braid, making sure to pinch the two ends so they don't separate.

3. Let the braided dough rise for about an hour (you can cover with a moist paper towel). While it's rising, preheat the oven to 375.
Not sure if you can tell how much it rose in the picture. But about an hour is good. 

4. Cover with egg wash using a pastry brush, making sure to get in between the braided parts.

5. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool for as long as your patience will let you before digging into it. 

And it's a fact, ripping challah bread makes it taste a LOT better than slicing it.