Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Homemade Belly Butter for Pregnancy

This time around I have decided to try to make my own belly butter. Last time around I used BioOil to help prevent stretch marks. And I am not completely sure if it was the product or not but I didn't get any stretch marks with Scarlett. However, after learning what is acutally in BioOil and knowing that everything we put on our skin is absorbed (it is our largest organ) I decided making my own would be the way to go. It is surprisingly easy and kinda gratifying to make something yourself.

The recipe I use is an easy one that many people have already posted online. The basic ingredients are coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin E oil. I ordered my products through vitacost and amazon.

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup shea butter
1/8 cup vitamin E oil

I mixed them all up on the stove. I don't have a double boiler so I just used a Anchor measuring cup and a small pan with water.
Melting away

After it melted I put it into a short mason jar and it was ready to cool. Super easy! Some people store it is the fridge but I found it got to hard to use so I just leave mine out.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bathroom Remodel and craziness

We just got started with our bathroom remodel last week and are in the process of switching Scarlett to the bigger room and our office to the smaller one. It has been kinda crazy and hectic around here since then. We only have the one bathroom in our old house and it was in desperate need of a remodel. We were also in desperate need of a shower! I am so excited to have it done before the baby comes but it is also causing a little bit of stress for me since I am in full nesting mode already. I want to be more prepared for this baby because I know that things will get even more hectic after he comes. Anyways here are some pictures of the bathroom before and what it is now. Hopefully they will be coming to tile on Monday and then get the shower ring up. My mother in law was kind enough to help my husband paint Scarlett's previous nursery to a more neutral color for an office. The rest of this week will most likely be spent moving all Chris's computer stuff over and figuring out what else I want to do in there. I have also been in the process of cleaning out the basement and hopefully soon can have a garage sale to get rid of things we don't need. I also have been organizing things for the baby. The last few weeks have been pretty good energy wise for me so that is a blessing. I still have to take breaks during the day and am exhausted by the end of the night but hopefully this energy will stay for a little while longer. Now if I could just sleep through the whole night! So if I don't update for awhile I am busy preparing and trying to keep my house somewhat organized and clean which is so hard to do when remodeling. 


In the process

Before - As you can see we desperately needed an update!
In the Process - I am so excited to actually have a vanity.

Scarlett's nursery before the paint job

After the painting 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Duluth Babymoon

I was so excited to get to plan another babymoon. I call it that because I know after the baby comes it will at least be a year or longer before Chris and I get a full night away. We went to Two Harbors last time and thought it would be fun to actually stay in Duluth this time.

We had a great time just relaxing and enjoying some of the fun attractions Duluth has to offer. Chris jokes we have to go there once when I am not pregnant so we can actually do the white water rafting and rock climbing. We spent some time in canal park, went hiking in Tetaguchee Park, and spent a lot of time eating wonderful food! Surprisingly Duluth actually has many restaurants that offer wonderful gluten free choices. Usually when we go out to eat you ask for the gluten free options and you get to choose from two things or they tell you to order meat and veggies without seasoning. Not so in Duluth. We found a wonderful place called the Duluth Grill that had lots of gluten and vegan/vegetarian options. They also used almost all local and organic ingredients. Plus the food was amazing!! If you ever go to Duluth don't hesitate to stop there. It might not look that fancy from the outside but the food is very good. We ate there many times and were never disappointed.

Our first day we spent hanging out in Canal Park shopping and watching the ships come in
Huge Ships coming in. They look so small out on the water but once they get close you realize how big they are.
The bridge that lifts up to let the ships go through

One of the lighthouses by the bridge.

Chris's yummy fish taco's at Dultuh Grill
I told Chris I would allow myself one Caribou iced coffee this pregnancy, but when I saw an organic iced coffee made with fair trade chocolate, coconut milk, and fresh coconut whipped cream I couldn't resist. And I was glad I didn't, it tasted so good! Better than Caribou and better for me too. 

Spinach and artichoke dip with gluten free bread. Yum!

Thai Chicken Pizza
The pizza was so good. Unfortunately all the dairy upset my stomach :(
Pictures of the crazy and most uncomfortable bathroom I have ever used. I walked in on a guy washing his hands turned beet red and went out the door. Then I realized it was all together. They had separate sides for the stalls but you all met in the middle to wash your hands. It was so strange!
At our tour of the Glensheen Mansion

On the beach

They had some gorgeous bridges and rivers by the Glensheen.

It was so beautiful. We just did the standard tour but I would love to go back and do the extended. It was such a cool house. I love old architecture and am fascinated by history so it was so much fun for me. Surprisingly Chris really enjoyed it too!

Our last day we spent up at Enger Tower. It was the perfect morning for it and the views were incredible. They had awesome gardens and it was free so that was good :)

Enger Tower

Hiking at Tetaguchee. We love Tetaguchee because it is actual hiking along the cliffs. I was nervous how I would do because the last time we hiked I was only 18 weeks along and this time I was 25 weeks. I was definitely tired by the end of the day but surprisingly I made it through our 6 miles of hiking that day! I was also glad I made it through without having to stop and squat behind a tree :)

The views were breathtaking!

We had to take most of the pictures on Chris's phone because it was raining when we first started hiking. Thankfully it quit and didn't start again til we were done with our hiking for the day.

In front of a yummy Italian place we found.
We had a wonderful trip and I was so sad when it was over. I missed Scarlett though and was glad to get home to her. She was glad to see us too, but was sad to leave Grandpa and Grandma's. 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Big Girl Bed and Potty Training

It has been awhile since I have updated on how Scarlett is doing. Seriously, I love this little girl so much and she is such a joy. She has grown so much and I cannot believe she is now pretty much fully potty trained and sleeping in a big girl bed. *sigh* It kinda makes me sad she is growing up so fast but I am so thankful she will be old enough to do a few things on her own before the baby comes.

Potty training actually turned out to be fairly easy. She had been sitting on the toilet when I knew she had to go to the bathroom before she turned two. After she turned two she went through a spell where she just did not want to sit on the toilet. I was disheartened, but I decided not to push it because I knew with her personality the more I pushed her to do it the harder she would resist me. She unfortunately gets this stubbornness and independence from her mother's side of the family. So I just let it go but kept encouraging her to go and always asking. I offered a juice plus gummy every time she peed and a sucker made with brown rice syrup every time she pooped on the toilet. Eventually she started to try to go to get the gummies or suckers. It took a couple of months but  now she knows when she has to go and very rarely will have an accident unless her stools are loose or she is having to much fun playing. She even wears underwear at night. I know she could possibly back track when the baby comes and that's okay because we will just keep doing the same thing. I know she won't be in diapers forever. I think it is true what I have heard some other parents say that they just naturally will do it when they are ready.

Transitioning to a big girl bed was even easier. She was so excited about it and could not wait to sleep in it. She never tries to get out and will just talk and sing to her stuffed animals til she falls asleep. Occasionally she will want us to lay with her for a few minutes but then she is okay to be by herself. She is really loving calling herself a "big girl" and doing all the things big girls do. She is still miss independent and I have to be patient to wait the extra 5 minutes it takes for her to put on her shoes or shirt herself. She is always wanting to help me sweep, mop, or clean the bathroom so I indulge her and give her a rag or broom. Sometimes I get frustrated because it would take so much less time to just do it myself, but I have to remind myself she is learning and it is good she wants to help. She is also still very curious about the world around her and is always asking me what I am doing.

Her new nickname is little monkey because she is always climbing and hanging on things. Her favorite place is definitely the park and she continually asks to go there. I think we will put her in gymnastics next year because she has tons of energy, loves to climb, and is super flexible.

She is also very artsy. Not sure where she got this except Chris's mom used to paint. She loves anything to do with coloring or painting (even unfortunately on the walls!).

She is very interested in babies and I hope this will play out to my advantage when little boy makes his appearance. She has felt him move and seems excited but I am sure she doesn't really understand all that will happen.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

25 weeks Pregnant

How far along: 25 weeks

Baby's size: Eggplant

Total weight gain:  6lbs over my starting weight. Although I did lose 10lbs in the beginning so I have actually gained 16lbs in the last 13 weeks! Little boy is definitely growing!

Stretch marks? None yet 

Sleep: Still hit or miss. Some nights I sleep good others I am up more. Hip pain has already started so we had to buy a mattress pad since it is not in our budget for a new mattress due to me wanting a dishwasher and shower (yes we only have a bathtub) before baby is born. 

Best moment this week: Seeing little guy move all around. My husband commented "It looks like he is already trying to get out". It is so funny to compare this pregnancy with Scarlett's. Scarlett was a wiggle worm and moved almost constantly and this little boy doesn't move quite as much but when he does it is intense.

Miss anything? Sleeping without having to get up to pee and eat and not having hip pain. 

Movement: LOTS! This little guy has some strong kicks already!

Food cravings: Still craving fruit and the buckwheat pancakes we make on the weekends with honey. I also am loving dark chocolate but have to limit myself or I could eat the whole bar in one sitting.

Anything making you queasy or sick? My stomach this pregnancy is much more sensitive than the last pregnancy. Digestive enzymes help a lot with this but I had a hard time with stomach pains when Chris and I went on vacation due to the fact I was eating way too much dairy. Unfortunately it made me break out worse too :( But in the end it was totally worth it to relax on vacation! 

Gender: Little Boy!

Labor signs: Having braxton hicks every day. But this was normal for my pregnancy with Scarlett too. 

Symptoms: Growing belly, hip pain, fatigue, food cravings, and unfortunately still  have increased acne :(

Belly button in or out: Depends on the time of the day. After I have eaten sometimes it will pop halfway out. In the next couple weeks it might be fully out.

Maternity Clothes: Still wearing mostly regular clothes although I am wearing some maternity shirts. 

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy :) I have times of extreme emotions but what pregnant woman doesn't.

Looking forward to: Spending the 4th of July with family!