So I’m sick. Hence no posts or any blog activity for a while. I have a nasty cold that just won’t leave and a cough that’s driving me insane. I’ve been to the doctor twice. Both times the diagnosis was “it’s a virus”. I’m drinking huge quantities of hot water with honey and lemon, not helped by the fact that the baby is positioned over my bladder right now. I’m not sleeping well and am just overall feeling blah.
I’ll be back once I can go without coughing for five minutes.
Pity party for one please?
We continue to be astounded by our daughter! The other day she and I were in the car on the way to the doctor and to keep her entertained, we were going through animal sounds.
What does a sheep say? “Baaaaa”
What does a cow say? “Mmmmmm”
What does a cat say? “Mow”
What does a rooster say? “Cawk” (lol that’s my fave. Yes I’m a child)
I decided to throw her for a loop and said “what does and owl say?” I didn’t expect much in return but she piped up “ow-el”. I had no clue she knew that word!
Other words she’s using like a champ: baby (she pats my belly as she says this, so cute), cat, hot, hat, poppy (my dad), up, please (she strings up and please together when she wants up), all done (and especially done on it’s own), no (my favourite), cheese, apple, daddy, and occasionally mummy. It seems like there is really something new she learns every day!
As far as her health is concerned, Well. We could be doing better. I had a call today from day care saying she had a fever. A picked her up, took her to the walk in clinic who say she has fluid on her ears (ear infection) and also pink eye! Antibiotics and drops have been acquired. Poor baby. To top it off she has a cold and a cough as well!
I’m having what you might call mild panic attacks at the thought of her having another seizure. My heart starts to race and I feel like I can’t breathe. It totally sucks. I know it’ll get better as time passes. They don’t make it easy on you, do they?
I’ve been sick all week too. Just a cold but a cold to a pregnant person is a whole new ballgame in terms of what I can take to feel better. The doctor I saw on Wednesday said I can take robitussin for my cough and that’s about it. But it’s something.
On the Baby…
23 weeks today and we have another wiggler in the midst! I’m feeling him from the outside all the time now, and he finally gave A the privilege the other night as well. Now that I’m on the other side of 20 weeks, I’m at the point where my due date is starting to creep up very quickly! There’s still a ways to go but it’s going to go fast. Especially once the holidays are over.
On That’s It…
Gosh am I ever boring lately. Not much happening when one and ones child is sick though I guess. We really have to get going on some Christmas preparation! Lights, decorations, shopping…all need to be done and we have just over three weeks to do it! Eek!
I’ll leave you with this adorable pic from last week (sorry if I’ve posted it already. I can’t remember!).
WordPress, you fail me again!
I’ve been blogging, but the Facebook connection went wacky and hasn’t been linking. Argh.
It it should be fixed. For now.
I think we’ve just about completed the weaning process from breastfeeding. Molly nursed twice on the weekend, once on Saturday morning when we brought her into bed with us to play while we slowly woke up and once on Sunday afternoon when she was upset about something and grabbed at my shirt. She hasn’t since and before that the last time she nursed was last Monday!
It’s been a gradual process but I feel like it’s been an easy one to let happen. I haven’t denied her when she’s asked to nurse but I haven’t always offered it. After we sleep trained, we were down to nursing twice a day, mostly at her request. As time passed, and things got busy, she stopped asking to nurse in the evening. And eventually stopped asking for the morning too.
There have been occasions when I’ve offered. Those times are when Molly wakes up super early and I bring her into bed to nurse her just to stay lying down for a little bit longer And of course the day we were in the hospital after she had her seizure I nursed her practically the whole afternoon. Both of us wanted that.
I’m going to miss it for so many reasons. I’ll miss watching her little mouth latch on. I’ll miss the feeling of her hand resting on my breast. I’ll miss the humming noise she made while she ate. I’ll miss having it as a tool to soothe and calm her when she’s upset.
But I’m happy to have a break before the baby comes and know that I’ll get to nurse again really (really) soon!
So here’s to 15.5 months of breastfeeding Molly! There were good times and bad times (mostly good) and I consider it to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
Uh, where do the weekends go? How do I not manage to find five minutes to write my weekly pregnancy update? Oh. Right. I have a 15 month old.
How Far Along? – 22 Weeks. Now that I’m on the other side of 20 weeks, time is just zooming by!
Size of Baby – The size of a papaya this week, around 8 inches long, 1.2 pounds, though our little man is probably bigger than that
Gender – We are playing for team blue this time around!
Holy frizzy hair batman. And do I ever look huge! A good example of how arm placement can work with you or against you.
Maternity Clothes – Everything is fitting just nicely so far!
Stretch Marks – A few, but they’re very faint.
Weight – Up around 15 pounds. Baby is growing fast and furious!
Sleep – Ugh. Elusive. I’ve got a cold of sorts happening and have been coughing a bit too. Funny enough it was at this time during my pregnancy with Molly that I was super sick and ended up dehydrated at the hospital.
Movement –Tons. Our little guy is on his way to being a champion soccer player! He has his quiet days, but the movement is almost always there.
Symptoms – My ligament pain is getting worse. On Friday night I drove home after an evening out with some work friends and I think that sitting position did something nasty to my pelvic area. I was in extreme pain that night. It’s eased off, but still hurts. It’s funny, during the first bit of this pregnancy I was thinking “Hey, this isn’t too bad, I could do this again”. Then the pain hit and I was like, “nope”. Two and through! I love my children to the depths of my soul and beyond but pregnancy is not my favourite.
Cravings – This week I’m loving nuts, particularly cashews.
What Do I Miss – Movement without pain.
Nursery –Our master plan is to start Molly transitioning out of her room (which will be the baby’s room) by making her new room (currently the spare room) a play room of sorts for her. We’ll paint it and set up toys in there for her for when the baby comes. Then, once we’re ready to move the baby into his own room (it was around 3 months for Molly), we’ll get him a new crib, convert Molly’s into a toddler bed and move her on over. I’ve been pinning some colour/fabric ideas for decorating the baby’s room on my Baby/Kids Room Pinterest board.
Emotions – Decent. I’ve been tired and frustrated not feeling well, not to mention Molly has been dealing with the same head cold.
Best Moment of the Week – Baby related, just enjoying the feeling of him wiggling around inside me.
I’m sitting cross legged on the floor into bedroom when Molly runs in and closes the door behind her.
She runs (she never walks) over and sits in my lap, carrying two belts and a book.
She sits for a second then jumps up, runs over to grab another book and comes back and sits back in my lap.
She sits for another second then jumps up, runs over to grab another book and comes back and sits in my lap.
She sits for a few seconds this time before jumping up again, but this time she runs into our closet. I hear her rustling around for a bit when suddenly out she comes, pulling an empty laundry basket along with her.
She comes back to sit in my lap, bringing the laundry basket. She fiddles with it for a bit before jumping up and pushing it back into the closet.
More rummaging, then out she comes with not one but two laundry baskets. She pushes them across the room then brings the second one over to sit on my lap.
She sits for a few seconds when she jumps up and runs over to the door, suddenly desperate for it to be open again.
I swear the whole scene lasted a minute, Maybe two.
I’m constantly baffled by the way a toddler’s mind works!
Time to interject a little more variety into the blog. I can’t promise how often such variety will take place, seeing as when I have any down time I’m either relaxing on the couch with A or sleeping (and that includes Molly’s nap times), but I’m doing to do my best to be a little less boring
When we were in Newfoundland, A came up with a brilliant idea: what if you took a Nanaimo bar and turned it into cheesecake?
I married a genius. Visions of selling the idea to Galen Weston Jr. (famed Canadian grocery store BILLIONAIRE and my resident crush…he’s adorable) danced through our heads.
Of course when we got home and I googled nanaimo bar cheesecake, a bajillion recipes turned up. Apparently he’s not the only genius out there. Ah well. He’s my genius
Still, none of the recipes adequately fit my idea of a traditional nanaimo bar, so I did a bit of research and did something I’ve never done before: I created my own recipe. Oh I had help, using elements from other recipes, but isn’t that what everyone does?
The end result wasn’t too bad. The base was perfect, capturing the coco-nutty chocolate-y crust I love about the original bar. For the cheesecake, I combined the vanilla custard mix traditional Nanaimo bars use with some elements of a New York cheesecake. It was extremely tasty but I was hoping the custard flavour would pop through more. Perhaps less cream cheese next time? Overall though, it was a delicious treat and went over quite well with my family. There was a minor panic when I was taking the cake out of the oven and the pan came apart, dumping the cake down underneath the oven racks, but miraculously the only damage was a bit of a nick on the edge of the cake!
Nanaimo Bar Cheesecake
Serves: a decadent and rich 6 but 12 slices is just right
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut or shredded coconut
1/3 cup finely chopped walnut halves
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp custard powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups icing sugar
2 tbsp milk (approximately)
4 packages of cream cheese
3 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 large whole eggs
1 large egg yolk
4 oz semisweet chocolate
1 tbsp butter
1. For Crust: In a bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Add butter and egg, stirring until combined. Press into a springform cake pan and bake at 350 degrees F until firm, around 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
2. For custard portion of the cheesecake: In bowl, beat together the butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in the icing sugar alternately with milk. Add a tsp or more milk to thin out the mixture if needed. Set aside.
3. For cheesecake filling: Beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add cornstarch and vanilla. Beat in eggs, one at a time at a lower speed, scraping after each addition. Beat in the yolk. On low speed, add custard mixture. Spread this filling over cooled crust.
4. Bake the cheesecake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. Reduce oven temperature to 225 degrees F and bake for 25 more minutes. Turn of the oven entirely but leave the cheesecake in for 1 hour, cracking the oven door after 30 minutes.
5. Remove from oven and let cool, then refrigerate for at least 6 hours before adding topping.
6. For topping: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter. Remove cheesecake from the springform cake pan. Spread topping over cheesecake, but not on the sides. Refrigerate until chocolate is almost set, about 30 minutes.
Slice and enjoy! (tip: before cutting the chocolate, score it with a knife. It’ll help it crack cleanly and won’t break into pieces)