This weekend I am feeling a bit defeated. I was hoping that I would be writing this awesome post about my fantastic experience at my first race, but sadly, that is not the case. Not to say that my experience didn’t start out awesome…I was SUPER excited when we got there. The atmosphere was awesome (minus the weather) and I was teamed up with some pretty amazing women who were there to have fun. I wasn’t nervous about the length of the race at all either, my average run is 3 miles and I do that about 3x a week or more. My husband came with me and was ready to cheer me on and when we started I was doing great. My pace was good, I wasn’t cold and it felt like I would make a pretty decent time (though the event itself wasn’t a timed event). Then at the halfway mark I had to stop, duck into MCC and find the nearest bathroom to throw up (sorry…its gross…I know)….and I was finished. I contemplating going and finishing but this nausea is so overwhelming that it makes me dizzy and I knew that it wasn’t a good idea. In a few weeks, when it eases up, I will be heading out to another race in the area and this time I will finish it….
By this point you might be wondering why I was sick, and some of your reading this will have figured it out (or already know), but I am happy to announce that we are expecting ANOTHER BABY in November!! I had originally intended on waiting 2 more weeks until the ultrasound to announce, but word is getting around fast so I figured I should put it out there. I will have ultrasound pics to post after May 9th so stay tuned for that.
To quickly answer some of the most recently asked questions:
No, this technically wasn’t “planned”, but wasn’t entirely avoided either. We want a big family and we are young and so grateful the Lord chooses to continuously bless us with children. However, this may be the last, or at least the last for awhile. Being even sicker this time around than I was before, despite exercise and a much healthier diet, is signaling to me that my body deserves a substantial break after this one. Cool fact? When this baby is born I will have been pregnant or nursing for 3 years (4 years by the time this one is done nursing)…so yea, I may need a break.
However, we are VERY excited to be adding another baby to the family. I love this little one so much already and I can’t wait to meet him (or her, but I feel like if I keep saying him, then I might get a him finally!) and see what he (she) looks like. We have already been thinking about names, and we have a short list but it keeps changing. Names we loved before have become too popular (like Noah) or we just don’t like them as much anymore, so it will be interesting to see what we do come up with in the end.
I am a bit nervous about having 4 kids, but a lot of people say its like having 3. We are already outnumbered, so I can’t imagine it getting THAT much more difficult.
As far as giving birth, we are currently on track to give birth in the hospital this time around. It isn’t because we didn’t LOVE our experience with our homebirth, but more because we don’t really have much of a choice. NYS is AWFUL when it comes to covering homebirth under insurance. They gave us a whopping $217.00 to help us pay for Scarlet’s birth, less than what we pay for insurance per month!! So needless to say we are still in the middle of fighting that, and paying off the birth. Its been a little stressful…
Anyways, so yea, we’re pregnant!
Also, I just made these really awesome muffins and my house smells like the Caribbean right now from all the coconut/banana/pineapple and its amazing. So you should make them too :).
Be forewarned, they bake for 30 min and need to cool for 20 in the pan and then on a cooling rack so you need some time…
This recipe is adapted from a recipe on www.chow.com, but I altered it to make it gluten free and dairy free..
1 Cup GF Quick Cooking Oats
3/4 Pineapple Juice (drained from the can of crushed pineapple you will need)
1/2 C drained crushed pineapple
1/2 C GF All Purpose Baking Flour (I used Trader Joes)
1/4 C Almond Flour (you could use 3/4 all purpose flour if you didn’t have almond flour, though I didn’t try it this way)
3/4 C packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg (or 1 flax egg and it would be fully vegan)
1/3 C Virgin coconut oil, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 C chopped pecans
3/4 C shredded coconut
3/4 C ripe banana, mashed
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a 12-muffin tin with muffin liners or grease the cups
2. Soak the oats in the pineapple juice in a large mixing bowl for at least 15 minutes…
3. In a smaller bowl mix together the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
4. When the oats are done soaking, mix in the egg (or flax egg), coconut oil, and vanilla until completely blended. Then, add the nuts, coconut, crushed pineapple and banana.
5. Fill each baking cup to the top, bake for 30 min, let cool in tin for 20 and transfer to cooling rack. Also, enjoy the fact that your house smells like your on vacation…