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Bag it up!

Posted Apr 02 2009 12:00am
When I was pregnant with my first child, Butterfly, I was completely clueless on what I was supposed to eat. I even wrote down this question to ask my doctor (a question I never asked for fear of sounding stupid), "What am I supposed to eat when I'm pregnant?"

Fifty pounds later I gave birth to her and I realized, "Eating for two shouldn't have been taken literally!" I would eat in the middle of the night when I'd get up to pee, I lazed around the house doing nothing, ate whatever I wanted- I just felt pregnant and entitled to do as I pleased. And my body is still suffering for it. I did lose a lot of weight after giving birth to her but my habits stuck so the weight climbed back up and stayed.

So I realized I was falling into this pattern again by making unhealthy choices. Yesterday I mentioned all the fruits and vegetables I had bought. Well I decided this morning that I wanted to make all of this lovely food readily available, otherwise it would rot and not get eaten in our house. So I broke out the cutting board, the knives, and some storage containers. I absolutely LOVE cleaning and cutting fruits/veggies. It was part of my job when I worked in a nursing home and later at a coffeehouse.
Here is the result:

Pictured: bananas, cherry tomatoes, tomato, strawberries, avocado, cucumbers, celery, cauliflower, two types of apples, bag of oranges (in the way back), cantaloupe, green grapes, Romaine lettuce, carrots.

The best part of spending the morning washing and cutting the food? My kids wanted to TRY each and every single thing I was working with. As you can see, they loved the grapes! Butterfly even liked the cauliflower.

Part of this experience was learning how long each food lasted and how to store them. I used a wonderful cookbook that had details on how to pick your fruit/vegetable and how to store it and for how long! Some need to be wrapped tightly, some have to stay out of the fridge, some in plastic. You can see (by enlarging the picture) which foods were in which containers.

For lunch everyone got to pick from this smorgasborg. My own plate was full of cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, celery, carrots, Romaine lettuce and cucumbers. I felt so energized after my lunch! And I cannot wait to dive in again tomorrow, or even as a snack in a few moments.

Later today I had to use my avocado so I made some guacamole. I make mine very simple: just lemon juice and minced garlic mixed into the mashed avocado. I use about a 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice and maybe 1-2 teaspoons of garlic. Mix and taste. Add more lemon or garlic per your taste. Some people add salt and pepper but I don't put salt in my foods so I left it out of mine.

I think I'm having some full blown sciatic pain. I just want to start off saying my first pregnancy was a breeze. I wasn't begging to go into labor at the end; I felt just fine until the real contractions hit. But I had sciatic pain the entire pregnancy with Bumble Bee and was miserable in that aspect. I was ready for her to come!

One thing I've learned as a mother is that we don't give up! When we're sick or in pain we keep being a mom. I got so much done today, which makes me proud, despite the fact I couldn't get comfortable.

I am regularly not a light sleeper. But I have been sleeping so lightly recently that I feel like I never fall asleep. For one, I can't get comfortable. And two, I don't get up in the middle of the night to pee (I drink water up until my head hits the pillow, too). So I'm thinking that my full bladder in that early morning hour is what keeps me sleeping lightly.

But I feel like things are going great. I am not complaining so sorry if it does come off that way; I just want to be true to my symptoms and experience and sometimes the symptoms with pregnancy aren't all sunshine and rainbows. I don't feel grouchy or short-tempered. Though I do have to admit that I'm ready for some helping hands around here (*ahem*Daniel*ahem*) because my back probably can't handle the vacuuming or bending to put clothes in the dryer.

How are y'all feeling?!

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