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Life Updates

What I’ve been up to lately…

1) Working. icon smile Life Updates (This is good!)

2) Exploring my new gym. I dropped my yoga studio membership (Pure Yoga) because I wanted access to more workout variety. I joined the 92Y which is actually closer to my apt. Thoughts on that:

  • I miss the Pure locker rooms. Their showers were sooooo nice. 92Y has a steam room and sauna (which Pure didn’t have) but I can’t use them until after I have the babe.
  • 92Y yoga is actually quite good for gym yoga. And definitely challenging enough for a pregnant lady. All the teachers but one (I will not name names but she teaches at 9am on Sundays) have been super accommodating and welcoming of my pregnant belly into their non-prenatal classes.
  • I miss a couple of my favorite Pure teachers, but I’ve found some really great teachers at the 92Y… namely the Thursday morning instructor for Power Strength! It’s a 45 minute class that starts at 7:15am; it’s perfect for me to hit up before I go to work.
  • Confession: One of the reasons I joined the 92Y was for the pool – I joined a month and a half ago and I still haven’t stepped foot in it.

3) Eating! Apparently. For the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy I didn’t gain a pound (despite eating more?!); in the next 9 (I’ll be 21 weeks tomorrow) I’ve put on about 10-12. Apparently I am having a big baby. He is tracking in the 90th percentile for “size” (whatever that means) as of last week’s ultrasound (unless the due date is off, which I’m pretty sure it is not). What I find weird is that I don’t think my eating habits have changed all that much from the first 12 weeks to the last 9. I wonder how much of it is water/fluid and how much of it is baby/uterus/whatever else.

First up – ice cream. I’m actually not eating a ton of sweets (oddly enough, I’ve craved sweets less since getting pregnant), but sometimes I do just need that chocolate-vanilla fix. B and I shared this a few weeks ago at Ootoya, a new restaurant down by Union Square.

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This was the omelette + potatoes + muffin we shared after finding out the sex last week (BOY! Did I say that??). They forgot to put the bacon in the omelette (it was mushroom, goat cheese, and bacon) so they gave it to us on the side. Even better. At Corner Cafe outside the ultrasound office.

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This is chicken dumpling soup at a new little cafe called DTUT (Downtown/Uptown). It’s a coffee shop during the day and a bar at night. Soup was decent.

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And finally, here is gluten-free pizza I got for lunch with a friend last week. My stomach has reallllly been acting up lately and I’m trying to do less gluten. No gluten is too hard but less is manageable. This was from a place called Mozzarelli’s (they have regular pizza too). (By “stomach acting up” I mean digestion is even slower than normal; very annoying; very bloaty!)

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4) Feeling kicks. I have been feeling pretty solid kicks for the last 2-3 weeks now. Before that it was very vague flutters. Makes me very happy. B can feel them very occasionally too.

5) Body changes. So far my arms and legs have not changed much, but boy has my middle changed! The belly is not so huge that it’s in the way that much, but I can’t lie on my back anymore (feels weird) and certain yoga poses are pretty much impossible…

20 weeks! (last week)

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The whole middle is just expanding and I feel like it’s not really a rounded bump yet. Maybe my abs need to relax a bit more so he can settle down and pop icon smile Life Updates (I need to do a pic of this week – 21 weeks; it’s already actually starting to pop more.)

6) Yoga changes! Which could also be due to the fact that I have been way more lax in my yoga practice so I don’t have the strength I had 5 months ago. My chaturangas are horrible and most are done on the knees. I am hoping carrying a baby around will improve my arm strength icon smile Life Updates Another example: no more¬†koundinyasana! The belly is in the way and my body just doesn’t wanna do it.

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I am actually still doing handstands against the wall (but only at home; not in class) simply because they feel awesome right now. It’s so nice to get the blood flowing in the opposite direction – out of my tired feet. I can’t do legs-up-the-wall because I can’t be on my back.

I’m not doing twists – twists are a no-no after about the 12th week.

(I’ll do a whole post at some point on yoga for pregnancy, but you get the gist – it’s totally different when you have a baby in your belly.)

So that is what is up with me lately. Keeping busy and very happy. Happy Monday!

Super Simple French Toast {Recipe}

This morning I was really craving French toast.

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I had some delicious bread from Eataly, some farmers’ market eggs to use up, and some leftover organic milk from when I made yogurt last week. (Note to self: must make yogurt again!)

I actually made this same recipe a few days ago, and it was so good that it merited a repeat.

The Simplest Easiest French Toast

Ingredients

  • Stale bread (or not stale, but this is great for using up stale bread)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • 3 eggs
  • Butter/ghee

Directions

Mix the milk and eggs together. Soak the bread in the mixture for at least 5 minutes on each side.

Heat the butter or ghee in a pan. With heat on low, cook the soaked bread (poor any extra mixture that didn’t soak in right on top of the slices).

Cook for 6-8 minutes per side. I like to keep a lid on the pan for the first half (3-4 minutes) of each side.

Enjoy with butter and syrup!

Note that you could add some cinnamon (either into the egg mixture or just sprinkled on as it’s cooking), but my husband hates cinnamon and I wanted him to eat this, so I left it out.

I can usually have a little more than a third of this recipe for breakfast – about 2.5 or 3 pieces. The next day when I only have 1 or 1.5 slices left (because Bobby also had a third or more), I will have it along with a yogurt.

What is your favorite breakfast?

I love French toast, waffles, pancakes. I won’t ever eat them in a restaurant because the restaurant can’t make them like my dad can. In a restaurant I will get an omelette or an egg platter – pretty hard to mess up eggs (though it has happened).

What I Ate Wednesday

I had to keep track of what I ate for a day for something, so I figured – why not take pictures and post a What I Ate Wednesday?

Breakfast:

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This is 1 scrambled egg with some swiss (Jarlsberg) and sauteed onions. I also had a slice of whole grain toast with butter, a pear (some of it is unpictured – I was snacking as I prepped the plate), some sliced tomato (from Maria’s garden in NJ – Maria is my Grammie’s caretaker), sauteed onions, and sauerkraut (homemade by Maria).

It was really delicious. I have been eating a lot of sauerkraut lately because Maria gave me a big container of it.

I also had an unpictured 1/2 cup of coffee with coconut creamer.

Lunch:

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This was from a place called Essen. They have a hot/cold bar so I got a little bit of everything – salad, fish, chicken, cauliflower, and a piece of a turkey wrap.

Unpictured lunch dessert: iced coffee with cream + 1 mini reeses cup.

Afternoon snack: the picture came out terribly, so I will just explain – I had some veggie sides from an organic store a few blocks from my office. A couple squashes (kabocha and acorn) and a small scoop of curry stew.

Dinner: was with Bobby and a friend at Bareburger. (The friend recently got a job at my company and he wanted to take us out.) I got the “California” burger with a farmers quinoa veggie burger. It came in a lettuce wrap with avocado, cheddar, watercress, and tomato (hold the onions). We all shared the rings & fries side with assorted ketchups. (These are not my pictures; I didn’t really want to bust out the camera in public.)

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Dessert: was a couple small peaches from my Grammie’s peach tree. Another NJ find.

By the time we got home it was late and B and I both crashed into bed. Another productive Wednesday icon smile What I Ate Wednesday

What is your favorite kind of burger?

Mine is anything with avocado / bacon / cheese!

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