Monthly Archives: May 2014

Vegan Lentil & Spinach Soup

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Finally, I’m posting recipes again!

Haha after many many weeks of  ”all day sickness” I can finally eat, haha! No seriously, I was able to eat but less than my 3 years old daughter. I was always feeling like crap, always having nausea, but hey it’s kind of going in the right direction now (after all I’m starting my 2nd trimester this Tuesday). Yay!

This soup is easy, cheap, delicious and packed with good things I need while pregnant (but hey good for regular people too, haha!)

Servings

4-6

Ingredients

* Olive oil

* 1 large onion, chopped

* 4 carrots, peeled, diced

* 1 teaspoon cumin

* 2 cups crushed tomatoes

* 1 cup dried red lentils

* 2 cups vegetable broth

* 2 1/2 cups water

* salt and pepper, to taste

* 7 cups young spinach, chopped

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Directions

* Heat a pot over medium heat. Heat the oil, the onion and the carrots for few minutes until they are soft. Add the cumin then cook for another minute.

* Add the tomatoes, broth, water, salt and pepper and lentils. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium heat or until the lentils are cooked and the carrots tender.

* Add the chopped spinach, let cook for another 2-3 minutes.

* Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

WEEK 12

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12 WEEKS

(Tuesday May 20, 2014 to Monday May 26, 2014)

After my 12 weeks ultrasound they told me I had one day more that was done so my due date is no longer Dec 3 but now Dec 2, 2014, so I started week 12 one day earlier, hehe)

28 to go.. 🙂

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a LIME

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I had my 12 weeks ultrasound on May 20 (on my 27th birthday, yeah!) and they told me that they were sure that Axel was…. A GIRL! I don’t get too excited I will wait for the 20 weeks ultrasound to be 100% sure, but the lady was super sure and we saw the tree little lines that you have to see on an ultrasound to know it’s a girl.. well well.. I cannot wait to be 20 weeks, haha. But for now, I will use ”she” for Axel.

During week 12, Axel is now the size of a lime. Her reflexes are starting this week. Axel’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, her toes will curl, her eye muscles will clench, and her mouth will make sucking movements. She is moving a lot, even if I cannot feel real kicks for now. Yesterday I felt like waves and I know it’s her.. after all, it’s not my first child, it’s my third so I’m kind of used to the feeling. Awwwwww I cannot wait to start feeling big strong kicks!

How I’m Feeling: 

I’m feeling WONDERFUL! (Ok not physically, but mentally, hehe) I was so excited to have my 2nd ultrasound and to learn that everything is perfect. You know pregnant ladies are always stressed about everything! When I got pregnant I chose the godmother (it’s a good friend of mine and it’s also my son’s godmother) she was super excited. Yesterday I asked another very good friend of mine to be the other godmother (Axel will have 2 godmother instead of one godmother and one godfather) and she was so happy, she almost cried! I’m glad both of my friends are happy! I know I made the right choices 🙂

How I’m Changing:

The belly is still the same, in fact the other day I was saying to my husband that I look like if I had lost belly instead of gaining some.. we’ll see that on tomorrow’s 13 weeks picture. But hey it would be normal, I’m loosing weight instead of gaining some.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Oh damn, this week.. ”all day sickness” started all over again. I thought it was over.. oh noooooooooo, it was not! So during week 12 I was sick as Hell. At least I know it’s for a good cause (the baby I mean) not like I wasn’t pregnant and always sick, haha.

So eating is hard once again… I eat less than my 3 years old big girl.. I cannot eat a lot of things otherwise it’s sure I’ll be sick. I still can’t smell coffee, greasy food, spicy food, too hot food, peanut butter without vomiting like crazy. I made a bread the other day and I just ate one bite and I was sick 2 seconds after.. and the bread was super normal. It’s not easy being that sick, pfff!

Total Weight Gained:

Nothing yet.. I have a very noticeable belly but on a scale I’m -1.5 pounds.. So I’m loosing elsewhere to have a belly, hehe.


Workouts: 

since I’m always sick again, I cannot do much, so I go outside to have long walks with the kids, I work on the garden, I do the lawn mower…


Prenatal Care :

I had my 12 weeks ultrasound. Baby Axel is doing wonderful! Top shape! It was so awesome to see her move like that, she was doing tons of back flips, she was kind of dancing, even roll on her head, hahaha! The lady was laughing telling us that we have a VERY active baby, hahahah! I was so glad to see my little sweetheart in 3D, I love her so much!

With that ultrasound I was finally 12 weeks not 11 weeks 6 days.. so I have a new due date. We heard a very strong heartbeat after 2 seconds of looking for it, everything was super normal. Like I said previously, the lady is sure it’s a girl.. Can’t wait to be 100% sure to start making the room. (Awww I’m such a baby on that, haha)

My next appointment is May 27, so at 13 weeks.

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(Awwww they did mistakes in my name.. pfffff!!! there is no i in Celyna.. and Hoffman is with an H.. pff, haha)

Sleep:

Like week 11, I wake up just to drink tons of water! and because I’m sweating because it’s too hot.

See you next week!

WEEK 11

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11 WEEKS

(Wednesday May 14, 2014 to Tuesday May 20, 2014)

29 to go.. 🙂

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a FIG

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(Once again it’s not my hands.. I wasn’t able to find a fresh fig at the grocery store.. only dried figs, pfff)

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During week 11, Axel is now the size of a fig. He or she is almost totally formed. His/Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under his/her gums, and some of his/her bones are beginning to harden.

How I’m Feeling: 

I’m feeling great, the nausea are fading away, I can eat like normal people, awwwww my energy level is coming back to normal, hahaha! I’m super excited to go to my 12 weeks ultrasound, it’s the best birthday present ever, hehe!

How I’m Changing:

My belly is kind of still the same as last week, I started having acne on my neck (wtf!) I feel like a teenager again, hahaha!

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still having issues with many foods.. including coffee, greasy meals, too hot meals, spicy food..

I drink so much water, it’s just crazy, I’m ALWAYS thirsty!

Total Weight Gained:

Still nothing, I’m at -0.5 pounds.. but it’s ok like that, after what my doctor told me saying that I was super obese, I don’t want to gain to much weight, pfff otherwise we will not stop complaining about my weight. I must be cursed because the doctor I had when I was pregnant with my first told me I was fat but I was super fit before getting pregnant, but I gained 65 pounds with her.. with my son my other doctor (fertility specialist) was always telling me how fat I was.. and now the same thing is happening again. I think all these doctors never saw an obese person before… damn! I’m not obese at 180 pounds!  Anyway when I was super SUPER fit (I was always working out) I was 140 pounds! So it’s not like if I was 400 pounds now!


Workouts: 

I’m still taking it easy, walking, working outside the house.. I’m soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo tired! I cannot wait to start the second trimester, where both times I was feeling the best. I want to start doing some elliptical machine again.


Prenatal Care :

My next appointment is on May 27 (I’ll be 12 weeks+6days), but I’m also going to a private clinic in Montreal to have my 12 weeks ultrasound done. Since it’s private we have to pay, but it’s ok, at least we’re getting a cd with tons of pictures and the video of the ultrasound. Can’t wait to show that to my big girl Dalie! I’m excited to see Axel again! I’ll see him/her in 3D, hehe how cool is that! I’m also really glad because my husband will be there for the first time of all my pregnancies (each time he was working and wasn’t able to come with me)

I can take my vitamins without feeling like garbage right after, YEAH!!!!

Sleep:

I wake up just because I have to drink water! hahahah or because I’m hot as Hell, I cannot sleep with blankets and even if we have central air conditioning I’m always hot, sweating like a pig, hahaha!

See you next week!

Week 10

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10 WEEKS

(Wednesday May 7, 2014 to Tuesday May 13, 2014)

30 to go.. 🙂

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a KUMQUAT

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(not my hands, hehe, but kumquats are not super easy to find in my town)

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During week 10, Axel has now completed the most critical portion of his/her development. This is the beginning of the fetal period. He or she will start to grow very fast! The liver is now making red blood cells by his own. If we could see inside the uterus we could see tiny details such as fingernails forming and fuzzy hairs starting to grow all over the body.

How I’m Feeling: 

I’m feeling great. I cannot wait to have my 12 weeks ultrasound on my birthday, hehe. I will feel better the day where I will stop having nausea all the time! But it will be soon for sure! I’m impatient to start feeling kicks, to start having a super big belly, to feel more pregnant 😀 You know what I mean! We feel that way around 20 weeks.. well maybe not everyone but I do, not that I don’t feel pregnant before but it’s more exciting as soon as you can feel the baby!

How I’m Changing:

My belly is about the same as last week but I feel changing. don’t know if it’s really clear said like that.. but I feel that I’m not alone, that there is tons of things going on at the same time.

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

Still cannot eat anything spicy or too hot or with a very strong smell. A lot of things are making me sick including the smell of coffee, hehe. During week 10 I was able to start eating more like a normal person (not eating for two, haha) I feel wayyyyyy better! Eating only toast and raw pears was getting on my nerves.

I started having sugar cravings, I really have to contain myself to avoid gaining weight like crazy. So sometimes I eat a Popsicle for example, but nothing abusive. (awww  sugar cravings like with my girl, with my son it was more salty..)

Total Weight Gained:

Still gaining nothing. But hey I’m not complaining at all! With my first child I gained 65 pounds!!! PFFFFFF!!! With my son only 12..


Workouts: 

I’m working a lot outside, with the garden, the outside work, cleaning the pool, washing the car etc.. I’m just starting to feel a little better with all the nausea and stuff.


Prenatal Care :

My next appointment is on May 27 (I’ll be 13 weeks), but I’m also going to a private clinic in Montreal to have my 12 weeks ultrasound done. Since it’s private we have to pay, but it’s ok, at least we’re getting a cd with tons of pictures and the video of the ultrasound. Can’t wait to show that to my big girl Dalie! I’m excited to see Axel again! I’ll see him/her in 3D, hehe how cool is that! I’m also really glad because my husband will be there for the first time of all my pregnancies (each time he was working and wasn’t able to come with me)

Sleep:

Aww sleep what an odd word, haha! Seriously, my sleep is not the best in the world, I wake up tons of times, I’m always sweating and cannot sleep with a blanket, I always need to go to the toilet or to drink water, hehe.

This week was Mother’s Day. I received the most awesome necklace ever from my husband and the kids. Axel’s name is already on it because he or she is maybe not born yet, but for us, an unborn child is a child and the place he or she has in our hearts is enormous. We already love Axel A LOT!

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See you next week!

WEEK 9

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9 WEEKS

(Wednesday April 30, 2014 to Tuesday May 6, 2014)

31 to go.. 🙂

Baby is :

Baby is the size of a GRAPE

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During week 9, the essential body parts are accounted for, though they’ll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months.  Axel’s heart finishes dividing into four chambers.

His or her eyes are now fully formed but the eyelids are still closed.

How I’m Feeling: 

I’m feeling great, mentally I mean. I’m excited to see the days go by. I try to cherish every second of this pregnancy (not that I didn’t cherish the other pregnancies!) because it’s the last time I’ll be carrying life inside of me. Awwww, just thinking of that makes me nostalgic, hehe. I cannot wait to be May 20 ( also my birthday) because I’m having a new ultrasound, the 12 weeks ultrasound. It’s always such a magical moment.

How I’m Changing:

My belly is still growing and I’m still losing hair like crazy (haha it’s the same each time I’m pregnant!), during week 9 I had weird abdominal cramps, but they finally stopped (yay!).

What I’m Eating/What I’m NOT Eating:

HAHA eating.. what is that?! hahahaha! Damn! I’m dreaming of eating a big bowl of pasta! The last two days were better, but the rest of the week.. IRSHHHH!!! I wasn’t able to eat anything, I was always feeling super nauseous (even if I’m taking Diclectin to try to help with that) and always sick. The worst time is when I wake up, just before lunch and late at night. There is so many smells that makes me sick.. the smell of fish, the smell of coffee, of margarine (go figure!), spices and many more!.. and just thinking of a hot meal makes me sick, haha! Damn!

I cannot wait to start eating normally again.

Total Weight Gained:

I’m still losing weight (even if I have a very noticeable baby bump), I had lost another 0.5 pound, so I’m still under the weight I was before getting pregnant.


Workouts: 

Working hard on our garden 😀 We had an entire week of rain.. finally it’s sunny outside and we can finally go outside! It was about time!


Prenatal Care :

My next appointment is on May 27 (I’ll be 13 weeks), but I’m also going to a private clinic in Montreal to have my 12 weeks ultrasound done. Since it’s private we have to pay, but it’s ok, at least we’re getting a cd with tons of pictures and the video of the ultrasound. Can’t wait to show that to my big girl Dalie! I’m excited to see Axel again! I’ll see him/her in 3D, hehe how cool is that! I’m also really glad because my husband will be there for the first time of all my pregnancies (each time he was working and wasn’t able to come with me)

I had to figure a way to be able to take my prenatal vitamins without being sick 2 seconds after. Now I have to take them like right after dinner.. so that way I’m ok. The problem is not throwing up like crazy after, or the fact that since I’m taking Diclentin to help the sickness you cannot take vitamins right after or before.. so it’s hard to find an hour in the day!

Sleep:

My sleep is weird.. I can wake up many times a night to go pee (hahah) but also for no reason. the other night I woke up 3 times and each time it was the same exact time on the clock.. Am I going nuts or did I woke up 3 times in a minute?! hahaha! I super thirsty during night so I drink tons of water, so I go even more to the bathroom.. awww!

See you next week!