I have tried to sit down several times in the last few weeks to record my thoughts about the first few weeks of motherhood, but each time I was distracted by the tiny cries of a hungry girl, the idea of a few extra minutes of rest or some other life task. However, over the weekend we reached a huge milestone, my baby girl turned 1 month old, and I knew I had to document what this time has been
So here I am, less than one week from my due date and I honestly can’t believe it. It is strange, these last 39 weeks have been some of the slowest I’ve ever experienced; and yet in some ways it feels like they have flown by. This last trimester hasn’t been quite as bad as I imagined, however, it’s been a struggle, especially as I’ve reached these last few weeks.
As promised by every pregnancy book, blog, and article available, I really did start to feel better once 12 weeks hit. I remember being in my car on my way to an appointment, about 11 weeks and 6 days pregnant and thinking “Oh my god! I don’t feel like puking!” It was one of the happiest moments of my life. Though I haven’t had the energy boost many women notice during this time, I did slow
No one told me. I mean really, I’m not sure I would have believed anyone if they had. But, it would have been nice if someone had warned me.
This meal was a request from Scott. He wanted to recreate a meal that his dad used to make while he was growing up. He said as kids, they had it every month or so and it always felt like a treat. He had all sorts of positive memories associated with the fall off the bone chicken, the sweet pieces of pineapple and his dad cooking in the kitchen.
I may not eat bacon, but I love my fiancé, and my fiancé loves bacon. Scott is pretty good in the kitchen, but basically, I’m the head chef in our house. That means that we eat plenty of veggies, often in salads, roasted in the oven or hidden in baked goods. And since I don’t eat beef or pork, meat based meals always consist chicken or fish.
When I stopped eating red meat a few years ago, I found ground chicken and ground turkey to be poor substitutes for ground beef in 2 recipes: chili and spaghetti sauce. These had always been two of my favorites and standby’s in my freezer. But when I made the exact same versions with chicken or turkey, I found them to be chewy and tasteless. That was, until my sweet, sweet mother bought me a