32 WEEKS

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32 WEEKS

(Tuesday October 7 , 2014 to Monday October 13  , 2014)

8 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a napa cabbage

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During week 32, Axel weighs around 4 pounds (about the size of a Napa cabbage ) and is about 17 inches long, taking a lot of space in the uterus.

She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair. Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine. I would love to see the time go a little faster, haha! Damn it’s so long during the last weeks. Everything is done, her room is done, the paintings for her room are done (I made two for her), her suitcase for the hospital is done.. oh wait I still need to finish mine too! but she could arrive and everything would be super ready for her.

I try to cherish every single moment of that pregnancy since it’s the last one.. every kick remind me of how magical carrying life is.

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How I’m Changing:

Not changing much.. I just find this pregnancy harder (in the end) that the two other pregnancies.. Maybe it’s because it’s the third one in less than 4 years.. Some times I have contractions, but not the braxton hicks type that are painless.. they come with pain.. not super intense, but enough to be super annoying. I’m still bleeding randomly..

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Yeah! Less heartburn this week! But for how long, hahahahaha!

Still eating the same, I just don’t have a big appetite.

I have to stop myself sometimes otherwise I would eat tons of sugar. What kind of pregnant lady am I.. craving just at the end of the pregnancy?!?!

Total Weight Gained:

At the beginning of the week it was +11.5 pounds.


Workouts: 

The usual, walking, playing with the kids, going to the park..


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

I saw my doctor on October 7. Everything is doing fine. The bleeding are still caused by a very sensible cervix.. We had an hard time listening to her heart.. she was moving like crazy, hahaha!

I saw her once again during an ultrasound (my doctor does one every single time).

My next appointment is on October 21, 2014 (34 weeks). I will also have a big ultrasound on October 15, 2014 (33 weeks).

Sleep:

My nights are crappy.. I get up every 1h30.. each night!! -_-

See you next week!

Vegan Banana Bread

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I have a vegan cookbook called EVERYTHING VEGAN BAKING COOKBOOK. Yesterday I decided to try the banana bread recipe that was in it. Usually I don’t do banana breads without either margarine or non dairy milk.. I was a little skeptic at first, but the result was very impressive and delicious!!!! My husband was shocked to learn that there was no oil, margarine or non dairy milk in it.. he liked it a lot! In fact we all liked it a lot, haha!

Servings

1 loaf

Ingredients

* 3 medium very ripe bananas, mashed

* 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

* 1/2 cup sugar

* Egg replacement (for 2 eggs) ,so 2 teaspoons of powder (egg replacer)

* 4 tablespoons water

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

*  teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 cup chocolate chips (or any other ingredients you love)

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F

* In a small bowl combine the egg replacer powder with the water. Set aside for 1-2 minutes to thicken.

* In a bowl or a stand mixer bowl, combine the mashed bananas, vanilla, sugar, brown sugar and the egg replacer.

* In another bowl combine the two kinds of flour, salt and baking soda.

* Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture. Mix well. Then fold in the chocolate chips (or any other ingredients you want.. another nuts, seeds, raisins, carob..).

*  Pour mixture into a loaf pan and bake. (I’m always using silicone)

* Bake for about 50-55 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the bread is ready.

* Remove from the oven, let it cool for few minutes, serve and Enjoy!

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Vegan Spinach Soup

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Nothing too fancy.. but soups even if they are super easy and cheap.. are ALWAYS so good and comforting.

Yesterday I did a spinach soup since we had a lot of fresh baby spinach in our refrigerator :)

Spinach is very good for pregnant women (well it’s good for everyone even while not pregnant or for men too). Spinach provides vitamins C and E.Those vitamins help reduce the risk of eclampsia and contain high levels of folate, calcium, and iron.

Servings

4 bowls

Ingredients

* Olive Oil

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 3 garlic cloves, minced

* 5 cups vegetable broth

* 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

* 1 teaspoon ground cumin

* Salt and pepper, to taste

* 3 cups diced and peeled potatoes

(3 medium size potatoes)

* 5 cups fresh spinach

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Directions

* In a large pot, heat (medium-high) oil, onion, garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric and cumin for 2-3 minutes or until the onions are softening.

* Add the potatoes and the vegetable broth. Stir and when the mixture is boiling, reduce heat and and simmer for  about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.

* When the potatoes are tender, add the spinach and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

* Remove from heat and with a blender, puree until smooth.

*Enjoy!

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Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes

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Yesterday I made cupcakes and they were super delicious (haha they still are since we didn’t have time to eat them all already, haha)

Room temperature they are super moist and delicious.. and if you put them in the refrigerator they will have a fudgy/brownie texture.. and it’s awesome that way too! In fact I prefer them cold.

So here is a basic chocolate cupcake recipe I’m sure you will enjoy as much as we do here.

Servings

10 large cupcakes (or 12 smaller)

Ingredients

* 1 cup sunflower milk

(or any other non-dairy milk)

* 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

* 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

* 3/4 cup sugar

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 1 cup all-purposed flour

* 1/3 cup unsweetened pure cocoa powder

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/3 cup chocolate chips, chopped

*  Frosting (optional)

(See recipe HERE)

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Directions

* Preheat oven to 350′F.

* Whisk together the sunflower milk and vinegar in a bowl, and set aside for a few minutes.

* In a bowl or a stand mixer bowl, pour the non-dairy milk mixture. Add the sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed until it gets ”foamy”.

* In another bowl combine all the dry ingredients remaining (Flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and cocoa powder)

* Add gradually the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix well.

* Add the chopped chocolate chips and mix again.

* Spoon the mixture into muffin pan and bake. (I’m always using silicone! No need to throw papers!)

* Bake for about 20-22 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the cupcakes are ready.

* Remove from the oven and let them cool.

* Frost your cupcakes (optional)

(Once again the recipe I used is HERE)

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Vegan chocolate Frosting

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Yesterday I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes (you can find the recipe HERE) with my big girl, here’s the recipe for the icing we used on them ;)

You’ll see, it’s sooooooooooooo good, you just want to eat it with a spoon, hahaha!!!

Servings

1 batch (around 2 cups)

(enough for 12 cupcakes)

Ingredients

* 1/2 cup margarine, softened

(be sure that your margarine is vegan)

* 1/3 cup unsweetened pure cocoa powder

* 1/4 cup chocolate chips, melted

* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

* 3 cups confectioner’s sugar

* 3-5 tablespoons sunflower milk

(or any other non-dairy milk)

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Directions

* In a bowl or a stand mixer bowl, cream the margarine and the cocoa powder together.

* Add the melted chocolate and the vanilla extract.

* Beat at medium speed, add gradually the confectioner’s sugar. You can add the non dairy milk a little at a time. It took me 5 tablespoons to get to the perfect texture (for me, maybe your perfect texture isn’t the same as mine)

* Use or store in a container in the refrigerator.

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31 WEEKS

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31 WEEKS

(Tuesday September 30 , 2014 to Monday October 6  , 2014)

9 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a pineapple

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During week 31, Axel is around 16 1/2 inches long now and weight around 3 1/2 pounds (about the size of a pineapple).

She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She’s moving.. A LOT!

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine, like always. this week was intense, hahaha! I did so much canning, I was tired after that. I went to a romantic evening at the restaurant with my husband (the kids were at grandma for few hours) We don’t do that much, but it’s always fun.

I made an hard decision at the end of last week… I decided that our family will be done after Axel. I wanted 4 kids but 3 will be just fine too. I finally decided that because I was thinking about my big girl and the fact that it’s already hard to live in her body (with her autism and stuff) , it’s hard to live with others (not always but she gets annoyed very fast) so having more and more kids was not a wise decision.  Dalie is important for me, more than my own preferences. I will do anything for her to make her life easier. That way, they will never have to share their rooms (they have one each), I will not impose my choices to my kids.. everything will be just fine. At first I was a little sad knowing that it would be my last pregnancy and it’s almost the end.. but after thinking more about it, I will enjoy every minute of it, and when it will be over, it will be the beginning of another chapter in my family’s life. Now we will watch them grow, make big plans and have fun all the 5 of us.  I feel in peace with my decision (my husband understand the reasons and thinks the same)

How I’m Changing:

I feel like a volcano, hahahaha! I’m burning from inside, it’s so intense and very annoying, haha! Other than that, I’m not changing much.. I still had bleeding.. like always! A little more intense this time, but I guess it’s always the same thing.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

I don’t have a lot of appetite.. I guess it’s because of all these crazy heartburn!!!

Total Weight Gained:

Don’t know ;)


Workouts: 

The usual, walking, playing with the kids, going to the park..


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

My next appointment is on October 7, I’ll be 32 weeks pregnant.

Sleep:

I wake up like every 1h45/2h during the night, awww!

See you next week!

30 WEEKS

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30 WEEKS

(Tuesday September 23 , 2014 to Monday September 29 , 2014)

10 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a cabbage

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During week 30, Axel is about 16 inches long now and weight over 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage).

Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision, which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling fine :) I was very happy to see my little girl once again. I’m so lucky to have a doctor who have the fancy 3D ultrasound machine in his office. I think she kind of look likes her brother Auguste, haha! Can’t wait to confirm that at my next ultrasounds and when she will be born. Awww 10 weeks left!!

How I’m Changing:

Not changing much, I start to feel that the end will come soon.. I have pressure on the cervix and the usual bleeding for no reasons.. My doctor checked me at my appointment and I’m doign great, baby Axel is ok, the placenta is ok.. and I’m not dilating or something like that, so it’s ok.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

nothing changed except the fact that weird kind of nausea returned… I can’t eat much otherwise I feel like crap.. I have heartburn too.

Total Weight Gained:

Good question, hahahaha! I guess not much since last week!


Workouts: 

Lots of walking outside, playing outside with the kids.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, calcium supplements and eating healthy too.

I had an appointment on September 23. (30 weeks). I was so glad to see my little sweetheart once again. She was sleeping the face right into the placenta, hahaha! Everything is doing great.

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Sleep:

I’m sleeping kind of okay.. waking up a lot of time.. always thirsty.. awwww!

See you next week!

Whole Wheat Bread

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I love homemade breads! They are the best!! Since I was making a soup yesterday, well I did a bread to go with. :)

Servings

1 loaf ( 1.5 lb)

Ingredients

*  1 1/4 cup water

* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 1/4 cup agave syrup

(or maple if you don’t like agave)

* 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten

(it will help a lot with the texture of the bread!)

* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

* 1 1/2 teaspoons bread maker yeast (dry yeast)

* 1/3 cup seeds (optional)

(I used half sunflower seeds, half flax seeds)

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Directions

-As directed by your machine, pour the ingredients in the correct order-

(This recipe was tested on my machine, it is effective for the Rosewill and Sunbeam bread makers.)

 * In the machine’s container, pour the liquids first. (Water, oil and agave)

* Add salt, wheat flour and vital wheat gluten. Do not mix!

* Dig a small shallow hole. Pour the yeast into the hole. Do not mix. The yeast should never be in contact with liquids or salt, it will not be working properly and the bread may not rise.

* Close the lid and start the machine for a 1.5 lb loaf. Use the BASIC (or setting for white bread… the setting for whole wheat bread is wayyyy too long) bread setting.

* when the machine is telling you it’s time to add nuts, seeds or things like that (mine makes a big noise), you can add your seeds if you decided to add some.

* Serve and Enjoy!

Leek & Apple Soup

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Fall is finally here.. yeahhhh! It’s my favorite time of the year!! :D

It was kind of starting to be cold outside.. but for the past few days it’s like summer again… but it doesn’t matter, it’s soup & homemade bread season anyway, haha!

Yesterday I wanted to do something with the giant leek I bought at our local producer for 1$ and with the tons of apples we have since we went apple picking… so I made a soup!

Soups are awesome, they are super cheap to make, super tasty, hot and comforting.. I cannot ask for more!

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Ohh less than 66 days and I’ll have my 3rd child in my arms… Can’t wait!!!

My kids are my everything, they are making me a better person, they opened my eyes about life, they showed me what true love is..

Being their mom is a true blessing, I cannot thank life enough for the chance I have.

Servings

4 bowls

Ingredients

* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 1 very large leek

(Mine was enormous)

* 2 large apples, peeled and cored

* 5 medium/large potatoes, peeled

* 5 1/2 cups vegetable broth

* salt and pepper to taste

* 1 1/2 tablespoons Herbe de Provence

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Directions

* In a large pot, heat (medium) olive oil and leek. Cook until they are soft, not more than that.

* Add apples, potatoes, broth, herbes de provence, salt and pepper. Stir and when the mixture is boiling, reduce heat and and simmer for  about 20-25 minutes.

* When the vegetables are tender, remove from heat and reduce with a blender, until you have a smooth texture.

* Decorate and serve with homemade bread (optional) and enjoy!

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29 WEEKS

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29 WEEKS

(Tuesday September 16 , 2014 to Monday September 22  , 2014)

11 to go..  :)

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a butternut squash

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During week 29, Axel now weighs around 3 pounds (about the size of a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.

Her muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain.

How I’m Feeling:

I’m feeling great! I’m thinking about tomorrow and the fact that I’ll be 30 weeks pregnant… 30!!! oh yeahhh! the end is near!!! Can’t wait to meet my little girl. In fact I can’t wait to show her to Dalie and Auguste. Dalie is super excited to have a baby sister soon, she’s always talking about her.  So 10 weeks left = 70 days left.. awww!!!

This week we went apple picking in Rougement  (Quebec), we do that every year.. and each year on our family picture there is somebody else.. first year it was just my husband and I.. oh and I was pregnant with Dalie, the year after it’s my husband, Dalie and I. I was also pregnant with Auguste. the year after it’s my husband, Dalie, Auguste and I… and this year well there is Axel in my belly. Can’t wait to take next year’s picture, hehe. We love apples so much!! Awwww!!! Fall is starting tomorrow and I’m super excited, it’s my favorite season. I’m a huge pumpkin/squash fan and they are starting to be available at my local producer (and supermarket too). Yeah!

Other that that, yesterday I was feeling strange and had a lot of contractions in the evening, but today I’m doing fine. After all, I’m 30 weeks tomorrow.. not 10 and the end is near. Other that that I’m feeling great (except that I’m a little tired, but hey who wouldn’t be with two kids under 4.. hehe)

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Her room is all done, well it’s missing some artwork. Today I finised one funky zebra artwork for her room. (The picture has crappy colors.. in fact it’s fuchsia and bright green) It’s still drying and waiting to be varnished. I’m so excited to hang it on her wall.

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How I’m Changing:

Not changing much.. my belly is still about the same. My hair are growing soooooooooo fast, it’s just crazy, haha!

Axel is moving a lot, kicking and changing positions.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still eating the same.. lots of fruits and veggies, water… still drinking my raspberry leaf tea. I’m not snacking a lot, in fact I’m not snaking at all during the day. I kind of had a weird small flu the last 3 days and it affected my appetite a lot.. I’m not hungry at all.. but I forced myself to eat at least fruits and veggies, hey I’m not alone in that body.

Total Weight Gained:

In 30 weeks (minus 1 day, haha) my total weight gain is 10 1/2 pounds.


Workouts: 

Lots of walking outside, housework, playing outside with the kids.


Prenatal Care :

Still taking vitamins, eating healthy too.

I increased my calcium daily intake. Since in the 3rd trimester the baby is taking at least 250 mg of calcium in your body each day I decided to take calcium supplements too. I want to be sure I don’t have bone or tooth problems later on.

My next appointment with my doctor will be tomorrow, September 23. After that one it will be each 2 weeks (so 32, 34, 36), then each week (37,38,39,40) Can’t wait to see my little girl once again with the ultrasound machine. Each time is awesome!

Sleep:

I do lots of crazy realistic dreams.. I’m sweating like crazy, I,m always thirsty, I always have to go pee.. there is no comfortable position to sleep.. hahaha the fun has begun for real, hahahahaha!

See you next week!