34 weeks / 8.5 months pregnant

It’s been 4 weeks since my last pregnancy update. While we are waiting for little girl’s arrival, time has gone rather quickly.

Over these last couple of weeks, baby has improved her breathing and sleep cycles. She is breathing more like a newborn and waking and sleeping like one too! She also has her own immune system. She will weigh around 5 lbs and be approximately 18 inches long. Wow.

Milestones and growth aside, it hasn’t all been positive. Even though I have felt less worry and more confident during this pregnancy as opposed to my others, I feel as if there should be more to be stressed about. Around 27 weeks I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. This is something that I have not experienced before and hearing it came with a lot of tears.

At first, I felt completely defeated by this news. You try so hard to do everything “right” while you are pregnant. I ate healthily, avoided all medications, stayed away from household cleaners, kept my children germ-free, exercised twice daily, and more. To then hear that I had GD was, to me, like hearing, “Oh no, actually you’ve been doing a terrible job and you’ve been putting your body and baby in distress this entire time.” It was a huge blow.

That being said, after speaking with my doctor and nutritionist, they informed me that I was just barely over with my blood sugar levels. They were confident that it had nothing to do with my diet and exercise and everything to do with my age. The nutritionist told me not to change what I was eating or the amount that I was exercising but rather to start testing my blood sugars 4x a day. So I did.

My levels were always fine after my meals. It was that morning fasting number that I could not keep consistently down. Some mornings it would be above what it needed to be, and others it would be below. Because there was nothing that I could do to control it, I was then referred to a second doctor. Two weeks ago she prescribed a pill called Metformin. Rather than having to take insulin, I only have to take half a tablet each night to help regulate my morning blood sugars. So far, it’s working!

Next week I have a third ultrasound scheduled just to check on baby and her growth. All the prayers she is still strong and healthy.

Before I got pregnant (but while we were trying), I was always terrified that there would be something wrong with this pregnancy. I don’t know why, I just had a feeling. If it turns out that GD is the only issue and it’s with me and not our baby, then I will gladly accept that. Worries aside, we are still so excited to be here with our little girl. Whoever said pregnancy is easy was lying!

Here’s my 34 week update with Wilder and again with Remy.

Emory

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how to create a healthy home

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Creating a healthy home environment is something that every parent strives for, which is why so many people dedicate so much time to keeping their homes clean. Taking care of the house is a time-consuming task and can feel like it never ends, especially when you have kids. But, looking after your home and keeping it healthy involves more than just chores; there are also other ways to make your home a healthier place to live. Here are some suggestions that can help you to make your home as healthy as possible:

Improve Your Air Quality

Air may be invisible, but its quality plays a significant role in the health of your home. While there is a lot of focus on air pollution, in terms of fumes from factories and vehicles, the air pollution that is within your home is worth thinking about too. The home environment can produce all kinds of fumes, from the wood that you burn to heat your home through to cooking fumes; there are many ways the air in your home can become polluted. Air pollution can lead to respiratory diseases, and if any of your family suffers from allergies, these can be exacerbated by low indoor air quality. 

Making some simple changes around your home can make a big difference to the air quality. One of the first factors to think about is your HVAC system; if your air conditioning is not working right, it can lead to dust and allergens not being effectively filtered out of the air. To prevent this, it is a good idea to get an HVAC Repair engineer to resolve the problem as soon as you notice. 

Another useful way to improve indoor air quality at your home is to keep it well ventilated. Keeping your home ventilated will help to ensure that the air can flow freely.

Ditch the Chemicals

Reducing the amount of chemicals that you use in your home can help make your house naturally healthy. The chemicals that are used in many proprietary cleaners could be potentially harmful to people with respiratory illnesses.

If you would like to reduce the chemicals that are used in your home, you may want to consider switching to greener alternatives or even try making your own natural cleaning products.

If you do need to use chemicals in your home, don’t forget to take care around children and pets, and try to keep the room ventilated when using the products.

Deal With Mould

Mould not only looks pretty nasty, but it can also be bad for your health. Mould spores travel through the air and can cause issues for people that are sensitive to mould. Preventing mould from forming is the best course of action to keep your home healthy. To prevent mould, it is a good idea to clean up any spillages and deal with leaks as soon as you notice them. Keeping condensation at bay by opening windows when cooking is also an essential part of preventing mould.

** This was a contributed post.

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recipe: white apple cinnamon loaf

White Apple Cinnamon Loaf

Ingredients:

⅓ cup brown sugar
⅔ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, room temperature
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ cup milk
1 large apple, peeled and chopped
butter to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare a greased loaf pan.

2. Add brown sugar, white sugar, butter, cinnamon, eggs, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes. Set aside.

3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Fold ingredients into wet mixture. Add milk.

4. Pour half the batter into the loaf pan. Add half the apples. Pour the remaining mixture over top then add the remaining apples, pressing down gently so they are not completely exposed. Bake in the oven for 1 hour. Cool completely before removing from loaf pan and cutting into slices.

For added sweetness, you can spread a layer of icing on this loaf. Make from scratch using icing sugar in order to control its consistency!

Emory

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vegan strawberry + banana crumble

I personally love to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a healthy recipe post. Today will be no different! Here is a recipe for a delicious and healthy dessert for those of you who have a vegan sweet tooth.

Vegan Strawberry + Banana Crumble

For the strawberry jam:
2 cups strawberries, halved

2 tbsp pure maple syrup

For the oatmeal crumble:
1 cup oat flour

1 ½ cup large flake oats
2 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup bananas, sliced
1 tbsp large flake oats
soy margarine, to grease

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8 in. baking dish with soy margarine. Set aside.

2. In a small saucepan, add strawberries and maple syrup. Stir over medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Mash the strawberries into a jam. Continue to stir and mash for another 5 minutes. Place in refrigerator to cool.

3. In a large bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda. Add applesauce, maple syrup, oil, and vanilla. Mix thoroughly.

4. Remove half a cup of the oats. Spread the rest of the mixture evenly into the baking dish.

5. Place sliced bananas on top of the oats. Top with the strawberry jam mixture. Then spread the remaining oat mixture on top. Sprinkle the last of the large flake oats.

6. Put in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Emory

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tilapia fish in tzatziki sauce

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients:

For the fish
2 tilapia fillets

1 cucumber, sliced
½ lemon, squeezed
salt and pepper to taste
butter for skillet

For the sauce
1 cup plain yogurt

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
½ lemon
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp dill
1 tsp garlic salt

Steps:

1. For the fish: place skillet on stove. Turn heat to medium. Add butter.

2. Once butter has melted, slice cucumber and add to skillet. Coat with salt and pepper.

3. Place tilapia fillets over the cucumber. Add salt, pepper, and lemon to fillets. Continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 15 minutes.

4. For the sauce: combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Turn on.

5. Once cooked through, remove the fillets and cucumbers from the skillet. Transfer to a plate and top with the Tzatziki sauce.

Emory

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