24 Weeks Baby Bump / Baby #1

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This pregnancy has been surprisingly good to me, knock on wood.  I wasn’t completely bowled over with nausea in the first trimester, don’t get me wrong I had some nausea, but it wasn’t that bad, it was nothing eating a snack couldn’t fix.  I’ve gotten heartburn once, hated that hour so much that I decided no more and fixed it with diet.  I’ve been exercising regularly, and that’s helped me feel, oh so good and I’ve only been eating healthy meals.   What you put in you get out!  The only symptom I’ve had recently was actually last night, I was lying on my back for too long and my blood pressure dropped, causing me to have a whole lot of the nausea and dizziness, after sitting outside for a bit it soon passed, but man did it feel bad!

24 weeks pregnant

It felt like the baby had a growth spurt this week and I finally popped!Maybe now people will stop loudly talking and pointing at me saying that I look bloated….I’m growing a human!  Speaking about growing a human, this baby sure likes kicking me, the only time baby A stops is when Carl tries to feel, this baby really likes making me look like a crazy person.  Being constantly kicked from the inside sure is something else.  So far everything looks good with baby and me, so good in fact that I finally found a pair of maternity skinny jeans that doesn’t fit like a sack.  I can only thank H&M for the gloriously wonderful pants they’ve created! Thank you!

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Highlights of this pregnancy so far:

  • Seeing the baby on the ultrasound and finding out everything is A okay with baby.  It was such a touching moment and I really thought I wouldn’t have much emotion, but boy did it tug at my heart string, Seeing our active little baby just swimming around trying to escape being viewed was the best moment so far.
  • Feeling the baby kick.  I’m not sure if baby A loves classical music or hates it.   I get kicked a little harder every time I play classical music.
  • Feeling healthy and fit, being grateful to my body for growing this little life and doing such a good job so far.
  • Seeing how excited and happy Carl is when he talks, feels or looks at the scan photo.  I’ve never seen him this happy before!  He even has the scan photo as his phone background.
  • Getting everything ready for the baby.  We finally found a new place and we are moving into it in October! We are really excited to get it baby ready!

 

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Flower season is here!  During August and September the Western Cape is alive with the most beautiful flowers.  Fields of flowers!

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^^ Traffic jam! All because of this little guy, who was surprisingly fast.

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^^Happy to see all the flowers.

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^^ Standing in a field of wild flowers is amazing! Hence, the excited look on my face.

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^^ We decided to try the shipwreck hike….We never made it to the shipwreck..It started feeling horror movie-ish when we saw 3 dead seals, 1 dead penguin and a sand castle embellished with bones….

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^^ When people say they like long walks on the beach, I guess they’ve never been surrounded by so much dead.  Carl still looks good on these sandy white beach.

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^^ Baby skinny jeans, because if you’re not going to shove your baby into the cutest little skinny jeans ever created, what kind of parent are you? Baby skinnies from H&M.

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^^ We got our first set of cloth diapers, I also realised that I might be a nightmare.  My sister asked me what if I have a boy and I responded by telling her color does not define gender and my child will not grow up in a hateful environment, where inappropriate comments create a confusing environment.  She stopped speaking to me after that.

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^^ Walks on the beach.

Flower season has hit Cape town! This might be the most beautiful time to be in Cape town, all the wild flowers are popping out all over and we couldn’t wait to go check out the West coast nature reserve!  It was the most incredible experience ever being surrounded by so many colorful flowers, walking along deserted beaches and worrying that we were going to run out of petrol/gas! We forgot to fill the car up and the reserve was way bigger than we expected.  We started stocking up on baby things, like wet wipes, diaper liners, cloth diapers and all those wonderful things, we are starting to have quite a haul! 

This weekend was really exhausting and I feel like I’m still recovering from it, being out till 7 o clock at night is just crazy to us now! #oldpeopleproblems   How was your weekend?

Healthy Chocolate Pudding

Since finding out that I was pregnant I’ve been on a strict clean, healthy nutrient filled meal plan.  I had a couple of slip ups in the beginning due to my insane cravings for candy, sugar and all things nice.  I got angry at Carl, because he didn’t get me a 10 donut special that our local grocery store was having, I mean blind rage, I was so angry at him I couldn’t even look at his face, it was the most irrational anger I’ve ever experience, but yet I’m still kind of angry that he didn’t anticipate my needs.  I’ve kicked those bad habits and I’m completely focused on giving baby the best start possible, what you put in you get out has never been so true in the making a human department!  That doesn’t mean I’m restricting myself from all delicious treats.  I’ve just gotten creative and have come up with such amazing alternatives, that make me feel so good and give me the energy boost I need all day.

This healthy chocolate pudding is amazing and filled with good for you ingredients that’s amazing for pregnancy.

AVOCADO HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Amazing source of folic acid.  Folic acid plays an important role in the development of baby’s organs an intake of folic acid prevents neural defects in your baby.
  2. Prevents Anaemia.
  3. Filled with Calcium
  4. Rich in nutrients and minerals
  5. Helps with baby’s brain development.

BANANA HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Bananas are a great source of potassium, which help regulate blood pressure.
  2. Bananas are a good source of vitamin C and helps aid the absorption of Iron.

DATE HEALTH BENEFITS DURING PREGNANCY

  1. Filled with good for you sugar and its just oh so yum.
  2. Contains Protein that helps support the growth of your baby.
  3. Filled with Fibre.  We all want a smoothly running digestive system in pregnancy.
  4. Contains Iron.  Prevents anaemia in your baby and develops a stronger immunity system.
  5. Contains Folic acid, which prevents dangerous birth defects in your baby.

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE PUDDINGserves 1

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Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and flesh scooped out
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 heaped tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Strawberry for garnish and added deliciousness

Directions

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Place everything in a blender and puree until smooth.  Scoop everything into a small bowl and refrigerate until chilled.  Lick all your utensils clean while you wait.  Enjoy!

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Source Information Avocados, Bananas, Dates

All I want for Christmas…

 

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We’ve been keeping a big secret! Can you guess what it is? 22 December we’re making our little family a little bigger.  We’re expecting a baby!  Keeping the baby secret so long has been pure bliss for us we really wanted to keep such a joyous moment happy and decided not to tell family  until we had our 20 week scan to make sure everything was good with the baby.  We’ve had all our happy moments ruined so far, so it was nice having the time to enjoy the happiness together without being lectured at 29.

We are over the moon excited! We’ve decided not to find out the baby’s gender in hopes of having everything be a little more gender neutral and its just fun having a little surprise to look forward too.  We’ve been collecting little baby clothes, and I have to tell you guys, I don’t think its that small? I keep looking at the newborn clothes and thinking how is that suppose to come out of me!  It just doesn’t seem right.   We have a name picked out for a boy and girl, so we are ready to go go go!

Surprisingly the blanket in the photo is for a girl, its suppose to match the northern lights, can you see it? I still have to make a blanket for a boy, but I’ve just been so busy I haven’t had time to go get wool and get crocheting !  I’m really excited for baby A’s arrival in the world and this little blessing to fill our hearts with even more joy and love.   I can’t wait to meet you in December little one! From the ultrasound we could see this baby is going to be a little busy body and I can’t wait to be able to hold this little wiggler!  We love you dearly already.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ The bees are all out and and about enjoying all the almost spring flowers.

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^^ Pretty flowers on our walk to the beach.

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^^ Pretty ocean, we are convinced this ship is sinking.

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^^ have you ever seen an albino squirrel.  Carl spotted this guy when we left from our hike and stopped to take photos of this guy.  The most photogenic, yet scruffiest squirrel around.

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^^ what a poser.

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^^ We made it back down just in time,  when we got to the car it seemed like rainmagadeon .  Just look at all this rain at a nursery.

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^^ Amazing skies.

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^^ Really blue water.

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^^ another pretty sunset.

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^^ Checking out the flowers while Carl takes a photo.  He always takes so long to take a photo.  Hence the face.

How was your weekend? We wen’t for a walk down to the beach, but it was an unbearably hot day with an unpleasant amount of people.  The promenade was filled with people cycling without helmets for them and their kids?  I find it so dangerous to see kids that aren’t even one yet on their parents bicycles without a helmet.   Protect your precious cargo, guys! We went for a lovely quick hike around deer park again, that was basically me just running telling Carl, I need to get my exercise in and he walks to slow.  It was a really great weekend, but any weekend with an albino squirrel will be interesting.

Cookies and Cream Vegan Ice Cream

I’ve been craving delicious sweet treats like crazy since moving to Cape town, maybe its the stress, but I just want all the candy! I know that’s not a good idea for me and I try to stay reasonably far away from sugar as possible or keep it to a minimum, I’m actually insanely good at moderation and not being tempted by things.  I’ve got some serious willpower! I’ve been coming up with healthy treats that you wont even notice has no sugar – to just a bit of sugar in!  This banana ice cream is amazing! creamy, dreamy with that amazing cookies and cream ice cream flavour that so many of us love.  I used an oreo, but feel free to use any cookie you have around.

This is so much better for your waistline and your health than normal ice cream,  a perfect serving size for one or you can share with your loved one.  I shared this with Carl with no problem, if that’s not love!

COOKIES AND CREAM VEGAN ICE CREAMServes 1

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Ingredients

  • 2 bananas, peeled chopped and frozen
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp non dairy milk ( to get things moving, if you have a powerful blender you probably don’t need this)
  • 1 Oreo cookies, extra for garnish

Directions

Place the bananas, vanilla milk and oreo in a blender.  Blend until smooth and the consistency of soft serve.  You might have to stop to scrape the sides down.  Garnish with a crushed oreo.

Serve immediately.

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an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Found the best organic shop with the most amazing rye bread ever.

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^^ I love this little guy.

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^^ I can’t seem to find clothes that fit me here.  There workout pants even look baggy and like they want to fall right off.

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^^ After hike salad on rye.

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^^ My favourite green smoothie with a view.

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^^ Veggie sushi dates.  Its really hard to make sushi with an average knife.

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^^ Wise words before our hike.

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^^ Pretty proteas.  We’ve actually discovered that I’m horribly allergic to fynbos and these guys, so basically I’m allergic to the entire Cape town.  yay, for me!

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Rocks stacked up.

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^^ I was on high frog alert on this walk.

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^^ End of hike jump!

How was your weekend? We decided to go all military planning on Cape town, thanks to everything closing at 13:00 on a Saturday here, I find it really inconvenient and strange, but we found the cutest little charity bookshop really close to us that sells books at a ridiculous price.  We went for a walk around our neighbourhood that made me wonder why humans have to make everything so ugly.  On Sunday we decided to try and go for a hike on the cloudiest most stormy day, just to get out of this horrible apartment, sometimes walking in nature can turn a bad weekend into a magical one.

Dresses, dresses, dresses

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I don’t know if you guys know this about me, but boy, do I love clothes.  You can look completely different from just one item of clothing, the magic of clothing is real!  It can take a bad day and make it great again! When I feel like I’m having a bad hair day, a fat day, a man, that’s what I look like in photos day, putting on a pretty dress can make any bad day magical.  Clothes aren’t the cure for all problems, ( proper psychological help will probably be better) but as a woman sometimes I just have a bad day and a pretty dress is the only therapy that I could ever need.

I even like just looking at clothes online and looking for that perfect little cocktail dress that I can wear for any special occasion, date night or just a fancy dinner for two at home is that one thing that can make every girl’s heart swoon.    AisleStyle is that perfect little online shop that sells a whole bunch of amazing dresses for any occasion, looking for an affordable cheap prom dress, they have it, a cute little cocktail dress for a special occasion they have that too!   There is nothing like a cute short prom dress or a pretty red prom dress to get my heart racing. They even have affordable wedding and bridesmaids dresses!   I love online shopping and I love affordable dresses!

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Yes, a blurry photos, but out of the hundreds of photos Carl takes 80 % of them has a finger in them,  is blurry beyond believe, or just looks odd.  He’s getting better, at taking photos so I’ll give him that.

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^^ Forest walks, it doesn’t get better.

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^^ i was trying to put the camera away, but Carl wanted to take a photo.  Photo pose time.

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^^ A little bit of green popping out.  Can you find a four leaved one?

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^^ Cute little mushroom.

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^^ A waterfall popping out.   Not seen, the man and his dog in the river, why? I don’t know.

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^^ Roots everywhere.  We should really start taking lessons from nature.  Endure no matter what.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Leaves everywhere.

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^^ I was ranting about the fact that I can’t find pants that fit me and it was so easy to find good looking pants in Ireland.  This looks like his stop talking about pants face.  Even my workout pants started slipping off on our hike.

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^^ Sandwich break!  German Rye bread with a butterbean spread and lots of salad.  Really Yum!

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^^ Carl approves!

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^^ Lilies popping out everywhere!

How was your weekend? We’ve been house hunting with not much luck here, everyone seems to want 2 months deposit, the rent and the soul of your first born child. Its not like we’re buying! We just want to rent a house, nowhere else we’ve lived has given us so much nonsense.  In Ireland we just paid cash, gave them the deposit and we secured the place like that.  In Joburg we only had to pay the deposit to secure the place, but our Realtor is the most helpful British man around, he told us its harder to rent in Cape town, because of the relax living here, people apparently just forget to pay rent, and completely trash the places.  I’ve never heard of anyone just forgetting to pay rent, it just seems obscene!  We still have faith and hope that we will find the perfect place for us.  Hopefully soon!

 

Hunting for seashells

Happy Thursday guys! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already, where did the week go? Time seems to be flying by and I’m just trying to hold on and get all my stuff done.  The days don’t seem long enough anymore, but Spring seems to be right around the corner the sun is coming up earlier and setting later.  Winter has not stopped me from eating delicious frozen treats, all I’ve wanted to eat lately has been ice cream and milkshakes, but being the insane health freak I am I’ve been coming up with way yummier and so much better for you desserts.  I’m excited to share them with you guys, but that’s for another post.

On the weekends when we are stuck for something to do we usually end up walking to the bottom of our insanely steep hill to the beach.  I’ve been wanting to go get some broken seashells, but we always end up forgetting about it, or the fact that we’ve been avoiding going to the promenade, after seeing a naked man posing for photos, kids blowing up condoms like balloons and a dead seal.  To say we’ve been slightly traumatised would be an understatement, but this last time it was pure bliss.  Everyone seemed so happy playing pokemon go, riding bicycles and having picnics.

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^^ Exploring rocks, finding the perfect seashells, we do dating differently from everyone else it seems.

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^^ A whole lot of shells.  I felt so bad walking around on these.  I felt like I was destroying the secondhand housing section.

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^^ Nature is full of beauty and treasures.

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^^ happily looking for shells and stopping for a photo.

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^^ Cloudy days on the promenade.

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^^ Broken shells for a little project at home.

What kind of dates do you go on with your partner?