Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

I mentioned in my post on Wednesday that I needed to write a pregnancy update so I figured since no one reads blogs on Fridays (or at least I normally don’t haha) today would be the perfect time to do so. I’ve been so relaxed about this pregnancy and so busy with everything else that I haven’t really done anything to keep track of this pregnancy, and I feel horrible about it. Pregnancy is such a special time and it’s so nice having the posts from my first pregnancy to look back on. I really wish I had been more diligent about tracking this pregnancy but hey, life happens.

Anyway, I ended up snapping a few belly pics before my class tonight so I figured they would suffice for a pregnancy update. Finally. No fancy weekly tripod pics like my first pregnancy though, oops!

So here I am in all of my big buddha belly glory.

And for the fun pregnancy survey:

How far along? 32 weeks. Holy balls! 8 weeks left till baby ‘A’ makes her appearance!

How big is baby? At my last ultrasound 2 weeks ago the tech informed me that baby girl is measuring exactly at 3 1/2 pounds and I’m measuring a week ahead. So baby is big. Just like her momma 😉

How I’m feeling? Huge. I’m still lifting weights, running, and doing yoga but not everyday like I did with Caleb. It’s more like every other day with this one and as a result, I’m feeling and looking it. I’ve gotten bigger with this pregnancy and it shows. My belly is rounder, I’ve gained weight all over, and I hurt all over.

To sum up how I’m feeling, we have to register for a PO box in Germany and I was telling the hunk that we should probably register one for my belly since it basically requires it’s own zip code. That is how ginormous I feel.

Weight? Huge. I don’t know how much I’ve gained, my scale is still broken and I haven’t had the heart to fix it yet. At my last appointment I was at 29lbs and it’s been a few weeks since. Let’s hope I don’t gain too much more within this homestretch, I’ll be happy if I keep the weight gain under 40lbs.

How I’m changing? Have I mentioned how huge I am? That’s one way I’m changing. I’m also getting nervous to have two under two, and I’m nervous about breastfeeding a newborn while keeping a toddler entertained. I also worry about how our kids will adjust to the time difference when we move overseas. So I guess the other way that I’m changing is that I’m going from relaxed about this whole pregnancy to suddenly becoming a worrywart.

What I miss? Being able to really push myself in workouts. I also miss jump roping, box jumps, doing certain twists and arm balances in yoga, raw oysters, and margaritas. I could really go for an ice cold margarita on the rocks right now. MMMMm…

Symptoms? Fun braxton hicks contractions at the most inopportune times, sore hips, sciatic nerve pain in my lower back, and I recently experienced round ligament pain that had me debilitated and bed ridden for a few days. Occasionally I also experience the joys of nausea and indigestion. So much fun, y’all!

Cravings? Chocolate, cheese, wine and margaritas (sad face), bagels with chive and onion cream cheese, and pineapple.

Food Aversions? None. I will eat anything and everything at this point. And apparently it shows.

Highlights this week? Well besides the standard Caleb lighting up my every day with his gorgeous smile and my husband giving me foot rubs, today happened to include another highlight of my week. I attended a volunteer recognition ceremony for my husband’s division and as I shook the general’s hand, he stopped me and said “congrats on the baby, you look great!”. After feeling like a hippopotamus on steroids for the past few weeks, hearing how genuine he sounded actually felt really nice. It’s the little things, right?

Finally, after the ceremony ended one of the photographers asked to take a picture our little family and we got this gem of a picture out of it:

It is so rare to get the three of us in a picture (I’m thinking we need to take family pictures before we become a family of four soon) and I love how this picture turned out. My husband is rockin’ a tan that shows how hard he’s been working lately, Caleb is actually looking at the camera, AND you can see my chin!

This one is definitely going in the family album 🙂

Have an amazing weekend folks, we’re off to DC/NoVA to spend some time with the fam and stuff our faces silly with delicious food. No worries, I’ll just work my ass off after baby A makes her arrival 😉

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Cilantro Avocado Cream Sauce

Welllll, I WAS going to post about something else but on a whim tonight I decided to whip up these awesome burgers after a friend had mentioned making Andie’s Loaded Quinoa burgers. I’ve made lentil burgers mixed with walnuts, and plain black bean burgers but I’ve never made them with quinoa so I was intrigued and had to test these babies out. I ended up not sticking with her exact recipe since I have a hard time following directions, I simply used the black bean and quinoa idea and went to town playing with other spices.

As it turns out, they were awesome! So clearly I HAVE to share them, it would be a crime not to haha.

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

by Maria W

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

    For the burgers

    • 1 cup cooked quinoa
    • 1 can low sodium black beans
    • 1 sweet onion, chopped
    • 1 red bell pepper chopped
    • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper chopped
    • 4 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
    • 2 tbs chili powder
    • 1 tbs cumin
    • 1 tbs paprika
    • 1 tsp pepper
    • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

    For the avocado cream sauce

    • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
    • squeeze of lime juice
    • 2 tbs plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
    • 1 tbs mayo
    • pinch of salt and pepper

    Instructions

    For the burgers

    Saute onions, garlic, and bell peppers with a tbs of oil in a heated fry pan until softened. Add in rinsed beans and then add spices. Transfer mix to a food processor once cooled. Add in cooked quinoa and then pulse together until mixed evenly. Form into patties and place on an oiled and baking sheet. Cook for around 15 minutes on one side and then flip over to finish baking the other. If you have the pan oiled enough, it should be crispy on the outside, but soft in the middle.

    For the avocado cream sauce

    Mix the cilantro, lime juice, avocado, mayo, greek yogurt and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until everything is evenly mixed together and creamy.

    Spicy Black Bean Quinoa Burgers with Avocado Cilantro Cream Sauce

    We topped our burgers with sharp white cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and used my all time favorite Kings Hawaiian sweet sandwich buns. We also had sweet potato fries on the side and used the left over avocado sauce to dip them in. To be honest, the fries were merely just a vessel to scoop more sauce into my mouth.

    Boy, does that sound wrong 😉

    Anyway, remember my post where I confessed my love for my jogging stroller? And then I asked about what kind of double inline stroller we should get in preparation for kiddo numero dos? Well we bit the bullet and went ahead with the Phil and Teds Navigator. We got it in a few nights ago and oh my word, LOVE at first sight! This baby is sleek, easy to put together and maneuver, light, and just plain pretty. And I really happen to like pretty things.

    We took it out for a test run today and also loved how smooth it ran. As for our Joovy, I still plan on keeping it because I’m too attached to it and since it’s specifically made for longer distance all terrain running, I’ll keep it around in case I want to take one kid out and train for something crazy. I just can’t let go of that stroller quite yet.

    Here’s a size comparison between the two:

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    I definitely think KNOW we made the right decision. Man, I just love when that happens.

    Happy hump day y’all! We’re THIS CLOSE to the weekend…not that it matters for us because surprise surprise, both the hubs and I work all weekend! BOO. But since I can’t end this blog post on a sorry note….BACON!

    Natural care 101: grapefruit brown sugar scrub

    Happy beautiful Tuesday! We’ve been hit with gorgeous Spring weather so the fam and I have been soaking up the sun (and the pollen haha) a lot lately. Hence the lack of posts 😉

    Oh and thanks to everyone for the comments on my juicing post, I really hope that helped someone! Another topic I get asked a lot about the natural skin care routine I started with my first pregnancy and even though I’ve posted about it, I figure it’s time for an updated post. Particularly a post about this detoxifying scrub I use for the transition from winter to spring. This happens to be one of favorite homemade scrubs because it’s easy to make and smells so delicious that its only fitting I want to rub this all over my body, haha. I also love that it consists of ingredients that I already own in my pantry and that it’s super cheap to make. I’m a big fan of cheap 😉

    grapefruit brown sugar scrub

    Confession: I can count one hand the number of times I’ve shopped at places like Sephora. I’m just not a fan of spending money on beauty products. Once you go natural, you never go back!

    So here’s what you need to make this Grapefruit Brown Sugar Salt scrub:

    1/2 Grapefruit juice
    2 tbs Epsom salt
    1 cup Brown sugar
    1 tbs Vitamin e oil
    1 tsp coconut oil (softened)

    The grapefruit is a great natural exfoliate and Epsom salt is a wonderful way to soothe tired, dry winters skin. Brown sugar is full of b vitamins and is a much more gentle way to exfoliate and pave the way for fresh skin for spring. And because I’m a huge fan of oil, I strongly believe every scrub should consist of a type of oil. Oils act as a binder for the ingredients and is the one of the best ways to hydrate and rejuvenate parched skin, hair, and nails. Hemp oil can also be used as an alternative to Vitamin E Oil. Hemp oil strengthens hair and nails, and does wonders for the skin.

    grapefruit brown sugar scrub

    Ever heard of the oil cleansing method? Or the no-poo method? There’s a reason why they’re so popular. Oils are basically a miracle product and can so wonder for your skin, hair, and nails if you keep an open mind and try them.

    So try this easy scrub and let me know what you think!

    I’m off to run, shower and then use this scrub but before I head out, here are a few of my other favorite tips for oil I must leave you with:

    1. Add a teaspoon to your conditioner. Only condition the ends of your hair before rinsing to avoid a greasy scalp.
    2. You do NOT need to buy those fancy pregnancy oils that supposedly prevent stretch marks. Most of those are made with concentrated oil with a ton of unnecessary ingredients. Just buy the pure oil an use that after a shower when your pores are the most open. It saves you money, cuts out all of the “fluff” ingredients and because its just pure oil, you can use it for a variety of things.
    3. Hemp Seed Oil is my personal favorite and it is not only great for your hair, but also your skin too!
    4. It’s best to apply oil immediately after showering when your pores are open and can absorb the most product.
    5. If you tend to have dry skin on your feet, use a pumice stone, then rub the oil onto your feet, wait a few minutes, then place a pair of socks on to “trap” the oil in and sleep with the socks on over night. You’ll wake up in the morning with baby soft feet, sayonara to dry cracked heels!

    And that’s all I have for y’all right now. I’ll be sure to post an awesome “recipe” I use on my fried ombré hair soon so stay updated for the rest of my natural care 101 tips.

    Speaking of ombre, I’m thinking of going back to dark before our move overseas. It’ll be my last appointment with my favorite stylist before we both make moves for the Army 🙁 Thoughts?

    I know, I know…talk about first world problems right? Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful day! Off to do some stroller running!

    My Yoga Teacher Training Experience Wrap Up

    Well, as you’ve probably figured out by now, I’m officially a registered yoga teacher! I had planned on taking a break from blogging to work on some things behind the scenes, but you know me, when I get real heated about something, it shows up on the blog 😉

    Since I still feel like I need to wrap up my teacher training experience, I’ve decided to share a few things even though the dust is STILL settling for me.

    Warning, it’s long 😉

    Teacher Training while pregnant
    Because I chose the intensive style, the road was definitely a long and tiring one. Going through teacher training while 6 months pregnant was a lot tougher than I anticipated. We had a 2 hour heated practice EVERY SINGLE DAY of the training, then practiced yoga some more to teach and clinic. This amounted to up to 5 hours of yoga a day, which I’m not complaining about, but my body definitely took a beating on some days. On top of all of the exhaustion, the commute to teacher training at a studio an hour away, choosing the intensive style, trying to find sitters for Caleb, not having food available nearby, and missing my family added on even more of a challenge than I was ready for.

    But I was so determined to get this training done, I wanted it SO badly that not once did I ever let any of these factors really get me down. And I am so glad I fought through all of the challenges I faced because every worry and hardship was absolutely, without a single doubt in my mind, 100% worth it all. I learned so many incredible things that will stick with me for life, and met so many amazing people that have shined a light on me that will never burn. I gained a whole new perspective on life that makes living even more beautiful and all the more worth striving for.

    If you’re pregnant and considering training, don’t let anything stop you. You can get through it, and you will! It’s already an amazing experience but one that is even more incredible knowing that you went through it with your own little yogi 🙂

    The 8 limb path
    One of the things that really stuck with me from the training was our in depth discussions of the 8 Limb Path. In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the 8 limb path details how to go about perfecting this way of life where the body, breath and mind are connected in order to live your best life. Studying each limb really forced us to dig deep within ourselves and I actually discovered a lot about myself that I thought I already had figured out.

    One of my favorite limbs, was the niyama Santosha, which means contentment. Something I never talk about on this blog is how I feel like I should always be doing more with my life but after intensely studying Santosha, I learned that I actually am content with exactly where I’m at right now. I have a wonderful family and home and living as simply as we do is what makes me the happiest. Why add more complications and make myself neurotic over useless shit when I already have everything I love in front of me? Through this in depth study of the 8 limb path,  I learned the err of my ways and “being content” is just one of the many paths that helped me understand this.

    I also loved that the 8 limb path can be applied to all parts of our daily lives, and wasn’t something as general as “thou shalt not murder”. It was such an interesting concept to study and it’s something that I know will forever be etched in my mind. The 8 limb path makes me want to be a better person to everyone around me, and not just a moral person.

    Learning Asanas
    Another one of my favorite parts of training (there’s actually a lot of “favorite parts” haha) is how in depth we studied and broke down poses. However, I will say that this is kind of a double edged sword for me in some ways. Now when I see someone incorrectly performing a certain pose somewhere on social media, I can’t help but cringe and picture their muscles and bones out of alignment and imagine what damage they’re doing to their bodies years from now. And I swear I can hear voices in my head chanting “strength precedes flexibility, strength precedes flexibility…” I know! It’s horrible! I want to appreciate the beauty of the pose but with how much it was ingrained in us to perform poses properly to avoid injury, it’s just plain hard at times. Of course, this could also be my personal trainer background coming into play, haha.

    On the positive side, it’s so refreshing to have a deeper understanding on how and why a pose is performed a certain way. I mentioned before that our teachers know their alignment, they know their science, and they went above and beyond to teach us students everything they knew about how the body works. Now I feel so much more confident going into my classes with being able to break down poses for newer students and I’m confident I won’t be responsible for any injuries.

    Support
    I could not have gone through this training without the amount of support I received from my loved ones. In the first session, I had my family come in all the way from Korea to watch Caleb for me while I was in training. I came home every night to a cooked dinner, clean house, and a healthy baby in bed. It was amazing!

    With the next session, I had enlisted the help of a few friends but at the end of the night, the husband had the house vacuumed, mopped, dinner ready, and baby in bed. He really stepped it up and made sure I came home to a spotless house so I wouldn’t have anything else to worry about but my training. I have always thought the world of him, but how hard he worked to keep me happy on top of his already long and stressful work days just reaffirms the fact that I actually do have the greatest husband in the world.

    I’m also thankful for the friends I met during training, specifically one who gave me much needed back rubs when my sciatic nerve was being a bitach, and others who made sure I never went hungry, hah. As cheesy as it sounds, the kindness from these yoginis made me all the more motivated to get through the training, so that I can reciprocate that kind of caring nature back into the world. 

    Inspiration
    I have met some inspiring people in my life . I had the brain tumor survivor as a client who worked his way up to triathlons, the Korean immigrant who moved to the US with nothing but the clothes on her back, enlisted in the Army, worked her way through Harvard and later become an Officer and motivational speaker, and most recently, my OB who started having kids in high school, yet managed to put herself through medical school. If there is ever a time where I’m doubting myself, I think of these people and immediately remember to stop whining and get my big girl undies on.

    But my point of this is that during my yoga teacher training, I witnessed even more inspiration that moved me to the core. There was a 70 year old woman there, a woman who had lost her husband, and another who just found out a week before the training about her husband’s disease. There were women from all walks of life and they came in every day and gave the training their all, and always with a smile on their face. Their incredible zest and strength inspired me to approach life with an even better attitude and words fail me to express how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to attend this training, and that these women were in the training with me. They have forever touched me more than they’ll ever realize.

    Teaching
    I had no idea going into my training just how transformational this experience could be. I knew that it would change my views on relationships and life, but in such a short amount of time, I truly believe that my training has made me an improved version of myself.

    Never in a million years did I think I would have the guts to stand in front of a class and tell them what to do with their bodies. I had no problem doing it solo as a personal trainer, but being a yoga teacher doesn’t even compare. It’s a completely different experience. I stand in front of each class with a purpose and am present when I teach. I no longer second guess myself when it comes to calling poses and I no longer struggle with my rhythm or verbiage. That’s not to say that I never will though.

    I attribute my new found confidence to my wonderful teacher trainers, the Yax brothers. These guys MAKE teachers. And they make amazing ones. I recognize that I will always be learning and growing as a student and a teacher so I’m not saying I’m amazing. What I am saying though is that they know how to instill confidence in their students and send them back out in the world with a better knowledge and understanding of all the things that makes a yoga class extraordinary. They make teachers that know how to make their students come back for more. Every minute detail from the heat, to the tempo of the music, to the smell of the studio, to how we cue, and to assisting and massages, has been deeply embedded into our minds and now comes like second nature. Even the studio owner who hosted the Yax brothers, who has been through several 200hr and 500hr teacher trainings herself had emphasized that the kind of training we received was rare (we even dove into some 500hr training stuff!). The brothers were so detailed about ensuring we understood how to effectively integrate our knowledge of yoga and teacher intuition perfectly. They lit a fire in us to strive for nothing less than being an incredible teacher, and they gave us the confidence to believe that we really can be just as wonderful as they are.

    When it comes to teaching, I can honestly say that I love it. I am 100% absolutely head over heels in love with it. I make the drive to each class with a smile on my face, I’m always so excited when its my day to teach, and I even text the studio owner asking if there are other classes I can pick up. I feel like I’ve found my calling and the place where I’m supposed to be. Of course, there are other things I eventually plan to do along with teaching, but right now being a wife, mom, and a yoga teacher really feels like I’m right where I’m supposed to be.

    And I’m ‘content’ with that 😉