35 Week Pregnancy Update

The final countdown has begun! baby will be here in about a month and the time for panic has kicked in! ¬†I can’t believe how much we still need to get done and that we waited a bit too long with our second batch of cloth diapers. We found this amazing affordable cloth diaper company, that had really amazing packages for around the same price as what we bought our second hand cloth diapers for, but these diapers are brand new, comes in amazing colours and the reviews are just great, unfortunately with all the procrastination we were doing, most of the diapers are sold out! ¬†Let this be a lesson kids, never say you will buy something later, sometimes later is a little bit too late! ¬†We can’t seem to find another cloth diaper company that’s as affordable so we will have to stock up on more biodegradable diapers before baby A arrives.

I’ve also been in full nesting mode and nothing is surviving the rampage I’m on. ¬†I even started buffing Carl’s laptop clean. ¬†Yes, things have gotten out of hand.

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^^ This baby is so high up.

After doing a lot of research, I’m always up for an experience; ¬†I’ve decided on doing a month of confinement when the baby arrives. ¬†The whole process makes a lot of sense to me, so I’ve been raiding all our Chinese grocers, ¬†stocking up on a lot of confinement herbs, I’m not going to go completely authentic in it, but I’ve made a couple of western adjustments to the diet and rules to suit my needs a little better. ¬†I’m really excited to try it out and have the month to bond with baby, while letting my body heal and putting heat back into my body after my home birth.

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Speaking about home birth, I’ve finally started getting my home birth supplies! ¬†I was waiting until my last midwife appointment for them to tell me if everything is fine and that baby A is still in the head down position. ¬†Well I got the heads down, A okay I needed and just started buying all the “wonderful” incontinent supplies I needed! ¬†Nothing makes you feel like a grown up like standing in line with a trolley full of linen savers, adult diapers, a plastic fitted sheet, gauze and surgical spirits. ¬†The cashier must have been wondering what I’m up to!

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How far along? 35 weeks! Almost time to meet this little baby.

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Weight? I’ve actually been really consistent with my weight and kept losing weight or staying the same, I only gained some weight with my last appointment.

Cravings? Still craving watermelon, mangoes, pears, grapes and Ice. ¬†I’m about to hop on a plane in search of mangoes, I’m getting that desperate.

How I’m feeling? I’m feeling really prepared and ready to meet this baby! This last trimester has been a rough one! ¬†I’m constantly hungry and need to snack the whole time just to stay functional. ¬†To be honest I’m getting really tired of eating! I feel like I’m getting jaw muscles. ¬†I’ve still been eating healthy food, so no gluten, no sugar, clean eating meals that keep me going and doesn’t make me feel pooped. ¬†Even Carl loves this diet, he’s looking better than ever, his hair is shiny as can be and he seems to be losing wrinkles! ¬†I’m definitely going to continue eating this way when the baby arrives.

Sleep? I’m still sleeping pretty well, I just get up more often to use the loo, but I fall asleep almost instantly after.

Maternity Clothes? I’m wearing my maternity jeans often and a couple of dresses, but I’m mostly just wearing clothes I wore pre pregnancy.

Best Moment? Finishing up the baby mobile, painting the baby dresser and sorting out little things in the baby’s room. ¬†Finding out our baby’s got a small head.

Worst Moment? Getting the pregnancy rash on my tummy….Its so unpleasant, combine that with the unattractive veins popping out all over my body, it makes you realise anyone who ever said pregnancy was beautiful was a giant liar. ¬†I’ve been trying out mama naturals methods for getting rid of the rash and it seems to be working. ¬†I also got an allergic reaction at church that left me with a swollen face, thanks to all the proteas and fynbos flower arrangements all over the show. ¬†I’m allergic to South Africa’s national flowers, good job body.

Movement? So much movement! This baby doesn’t seem to like loud noises or people speaking in loud tones ( Shouting) and really lets me have it when I’m around anything baby doesn’t like.

I can’t wait to meet this little person soon!

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Weekends are made for gluten free, sugar free graham crackers.  These were so yum!

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^^ Our neighbourhood beach was way to bright for Carl.

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^^ The sand was so difficult to walk on, but so worth it.

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^^ Pretty mountains and such a blue ocean.  Wow.

 

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^^ Pretty flowers on our evening walk.

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^^ I love this little neighbourhood, it gives me such an old school European feel. ¬†All the kids playing on the streets, people constantly walking around and just a wonderful sense of community, and the cutest little houses you’ve ever seen.

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^^ A bit of a commotion on the beach thanks to a dog running after this train trying to bite at it. ¬†I’ve never actually seen a train slow down for a dog before. ¬†The dog survived the ordeal.

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^^ Magical.

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^^ Pretty flowers on the beach.

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^^ A pretty sky right in front of our little house.

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? We had a completely overwhelming weekend filled with all the house things we are still trying to get done. ¬†I’ve painted baby A’s room, but have been confused about painting the wooden ceiling or not, I really think the roof needs to be painted white to open up and brighten up this space, but at the same time I’m wondering if the wooden ceiling will go more with the woodland theme we’ve got going on in there. ¬† So far I’m 95% in favour of painting it white. ¬†What do you think? Should I paint it?

We’ve had glorious cooler weather here, that we’ve just been loving! ¬†It would have been even better if we had our couch by now. ¬†Ordering stuff online in South Africa is such a pain, in America you’ve got drone deliveries here we have to wait an unnaturally long time for anything to arrive! ¬†We’ve also been trying to get a telephone line installed for internet, but wow its turned into the biggest deal! We apparently have to wait 5 – 21 days. ¬† What kind of timeline is that? It doesn’t even make sense to me! Oh well! Everything is a lesson, and right now I’m learning how to have patience.

Here’s to another week! I hope this one is just as great.

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^^ Pretty clouds over lions head.

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^^ Probably our last hike at lions head.

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^^ Raw beetroot ravioli stuffed with sunflower cheese.

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^^ Pretty succulents.

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^^ Roses popping out.

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^^ A walk on the promenade.

Hello friends! How are you doing? Did you get up to anything this weekend. ¬†We had a horrible weekend where nothing wanted to work out, I almost got knocked off the trail on lions head thanks to the trail runners not worrying about anyone else, and to top it off it was such an insanely hot day before 10 that I started feeling like food in a microwave just slowly cooking away getting radiated. ¬†I’m really not looking forward to Summer back in Africa, but I’m trying to survive by having my eye on the prize.

What I ate: 28 Weeks Pregnant

I can’t believe how fast this pregnancy is flying by, I feel like I need to update and talk more about it before its all over and the lack of sleep thanks to a cute little newborn makes me all crazy and frazzled.

I’ve cut a lot of food out of my diet since finding out I’m pregnant, I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t work for me one bit. ¬†It all seems to be paying off, because I’m feeling great, have a lot of energy, I’m sleeping wonderfully and all my tests keep coming back great. ¬†A couple of things I’ve cut out is; sugar, the big bad culprit we all know is bad for us, but we just can’t get enough of it, I actually wasn’t eating that much sugar before we went to Ireland, but as soon as we arrived in Ireland it was like I just had to have all the sugar. ¬†All those delicious first world treats and candy I’ve never tried before had to be consumed. ¬†I don’t regret my Irish sugar binge one bit, but I’m so glad I’m off sugar again, it just makes me feel so much better and my skin just feels wonderful! I’ve also limited my fruit in take to 3 – 4 fruit a day. ¬†I got rid of most gluten, but kept rye bread in the mix, but I started getting severe heartburn from it from just one bite, so no more bread for me. ¬†I’ve started sprouting most of my grains and legumes for easier digestion, personally I never knew brown rice could be sprouted, but wow, does it improve the taste! ¬†and I’ve cut out soy, unless its fermented. Here is a look at what I’ve been eating.

BREAKFAST: Around 8 am

Gluten Free Overnight PorridgeIron rich Overnight Oats

I tried having a smoothie for breakfast, but it really just doesn’t work for me. ¬†It doesn’t fill me up or keep me going for long, also the consistency really gets me on an empty stomach. ¬†Instead I’ve been sticking to my Iron rich overnight oats or Grain free coconut flour overnight porridge filled with chia seeds, ground flax and hemp seeds. ¬†I top both of these with fruit and coconut yogurt. ¬†Its so good and keeps me going till around¬†12 pm – 1 pm. ¬†Overnight porridge is just so convenient, you add all your ingredients in a jar, shake it up and leave it in the fridge overnight. ¬†You wake up to a delicious, no hassle breakfast. ¬†Convenient.

Snack: 12 pm

Green smoothie

I don’t really feel snacky, the porridge really keeps me full and satisfied for a long time, but around 12 pm or 1 pm, I start feeling a bit of a hankering for food. I either have a green smoothie or a couple of spoons of my favourite oh mega peanut butter or nuts.

LUNCH 2 pm

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Kale salad to go

^^ Look how well it travels.

I don’t really stray to far from my trusty kale salad for lunch, its so easy to make. I usually make a big salad that last me the whole week, it keeps well and transports amazingly in a lunchbox. ¬†The kale salad consists of ¬†kale chopped finely and massaged with lemon juice, sprinkled with salt and an avocado smashed in. ¬†Topped with beetroot, carrot, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, peppers, roasted pumpkin seeds and lightly fried tempeh or walnut and mushroom meat. ¬†Other lunches I have; ¬†a nori wrap filled with sprouted beetroot hummus and vegetables. ¬†So yummy and filling.

Snack: 5 pm – 5 -30 pm

vegan protein shake

Like clock work I have my green protein shake at this time. ¬†I’ve started adding moringa leaf powder to it for added benefits. ¬†Moringa is just the best.

DINNER: 6:30 pm – 7 pm

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Amazing lentil soup

For dinner I’ve been having my Moroccan lentil soup, a coconut flour base pizza, with homemade sugar free Iron rich BBQ sauce topped with a lot of veggies. ¬†Burrito bowls made with cauliflower and broccoli rice, walnut meat and other veggies. ¬†and a lot more.

DESSERT:

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I usually have one block of 85% or darker, dark chocolate or Frozen banana bites with date salted caramel.  I use the salted date sauce in my protein shake for extra date goodness.

Drinks : not mentioned is all the water I drink! ¬†I drink a lot of water some with lemon in it some just like that and occasionally I’ll have a rooibos tea latte. ¬†My dinners change, but breakfast and lunch stays the same! ¬†Not mentioned: I do take prenatal vitamins!

That’s just a quick peak into what I’m eating while pregnant.

 

 

I like long walks on the beach / West Coast National Park

The west coast national park is just a quick hour and a half drive away from Cape town central and oh, so amazing. ¬†We ¬†decided to go for a weekend adventure and see what all the talk is about with the spring flowers and we were surely not disappointing. ¬†During flower season the whole park is filled with wild flowers all over, ¬†if your heaven is a flower covered paradise I bet you will think you died and went to heaven, but today’s post is not about the flowers, I wish it were, I just can’t get all those flowers out my head, but its about the amazing beaches in this park. ¬†When people say they like long walks on the beach, they must be talking about west coast national park? ¬†Walking on long stretches of deserted beaches with the gentle waves lapping at your feet will make anyone a romantic. ¬†I felt like I was in a romantic novel walking on the beach while holding Carl’s hand.

Next time I think we will definitely make a weekend trip and stay at the park, there is just so much to do and not enough hours in one day to fully experience this park, especially when you forgot to fill the car up with petrol/gas and you don’t know if you will ever make it out of the park. ¬†Don’t worry we found a gas station. ¬†I took a little piece of the park home with me thanks to the ridiculous amount of beach sand that was leftover in my shoes, ¬†once you get sand in your shoes you will never get all the traces out again. ¬†Now, I carry little pieces of the park with me every time I lace up my trainers.

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^^ leave behind only footprints.

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^^ Carl had a lot of things in his hands, that’s how this semi formal photo happened.

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^^ How can you not be mesmerised by the ocean with a view like that.

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^^ So many footprints, but we didn’t see any people.

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^^ Baby’s first beach trip?

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^^ even the sunlight was magical.

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^^ Seagull….always such posers.