Life Lately

by HEAB on February 27, 2012

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An update, shall we?

I rejoined the Y, and even though a certain someone is NOT a fan of the nursery, we’re still trying to go a few days a week.  I miss my yoga studio, but for some reason they frown upon bringing toddlers to class.  On nice days, we walk outside, but Nashville can get rather cold and dreary in the winter.  So, the Y gives us something to do.  I usually just walk on the treadmill for thirty minutes while Little One sits on the lap of a nursery employee, not playing with the other kids.  I’m loving being back, and the short break for this mama is really refreshing.

I usually hate all food after 5 PM.  The night time nausea is sticking around much longer with this pregnancy, and I have to force myself to eat at night.  Since I need to gain weight (a little behind on that due to hating all food), I’m trying to eat more during the day when I feel better.  However, if I eat a lot at once, I get sick.  So, it’s small meals and a lot of snacking during the morning and afternoon.

Favorite meals as of late…

Anything with Ashley’s Black Bean Crema.  I prefer it super thick and make the recipe with two cups of black beans.  Can’t get enough.  Today’s lunch: Two small baked potatoes filled with the crema, sour cream, and salsa.

Another typical plate…

I crave grilled chicken + melted cheese + wing sauce everyday.  Pretty, isn’t it?

Not into sweets so much, unless it involves Hershey Kisses with almonds.  Gosh, those are good!

My favorite dress at the Oscars?

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Penelope Cruz looked absolutely stunning.  Side note: I fell asleep at 7:15 and missed the entire show.

My doctor wants me to lie down for several hours everyday.  To all the other moms out there, go ahead…you can laugh.  I did.  However, I’m really trying to rest while Summer naps. The good doctor also told us travel this month wasn’t the best idea. Bad news: Had to cancel my road trip to Atlanta and stop dreaming about planning a Babymoon.  Good news: Doctor also recommended pre-natal massages.  Can’t argue with that! :)

We ordered all the nursery furniture and bedding this weekend as we’re trying to get everything ready early so that I can get plenty of rest during my third trimester.  Can’t wait to get the twins’ room all put together.

So goes life.  What’s happening with you?

{ 70 comments }

Hannah February 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm

So glad you’re doing a few things focused on taking care of yourself! Keep it up, gorgeous lady. Many many massages, lots of nana/mama naps, and as much chocolate as your body will allow. Thinking of you xoxo

P.S. My life is predominantly work stress and overburdenedness at the moment, so I’m surviving by dreaming of future travel… hopefully this year! :) xo

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Hannah,
Yeah, sounds like you need a vacation to the States! :)

Hannah February 28, 2012 at 4:16 pm

It’s not booked… but as far as I’m concered, it’s happening in six months or so :) xo

Hannah February 28, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Urgh, *concerned

Ashley February 27, 2012 at 7:59 pm

SO exciting!! I hope the evening nausea subsides soon, but I’m glad the black bean crema is helping you through! :) The money saved on the baby moon can go directly to massages!

Tangy February 27, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Glad all is well with you! Besides the sickness. I had the opposite problem during all my pregnancies. There was nothing that didn’t sound good! Lol. I’m still working on trying to juggle 3 small kids, the normal housewife stuff, school, having time for myself, and spending any kind of time with my husband. Yeah, it’s not going so well despite trying to be wonder woman! Ironically I keep having random strangers come up to me, saying they remembered these times and miss them now that their kids are all grown. I try to keep that in mind while trying to stay sane :-)

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Tangy, I know, I try to cherish every minute, but that’s easier said than done, and I know it’s just going to get even more crazy in a few months. Hoping we both manage to pull off the wonder woman thing…or at least get a little time to ourselves each day. :)

katie @KatieDid February 27, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I’m completely craving that chicken, cheese, buffalo sauce combo now. I think I’d be content with that every single day also. Hope you start feeling better soon!

Jasper @ crunchylittlebites February 28, 2012 at 10:07 am

are they twins Katie? ;)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 27, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Now I’m sad. I’m sorry you can’t come here this month, not just for selfish reasons either. I know it sucks you can’t eat the way you want to right now. They say the nausea is good though since its the good hormones causing it. I’m thinking the twins are getting super healthy right now! Try to get some rest. I know it’s really hard, but yeah, you have to rest when Summer does at this point. xoxo

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Sarena,
I’m sad too. Was so looking to meeting you and taking Summer to the aquarium. Oh well, we’ll get down to Atlanta someday! Promise. :)

j3nn February 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hope eating at night works for you again! Aww, I was probably like Summer, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the nursery, either, lol. I preferred to be by people, usually adults.

I crave things like chicken + cheese + hot sauce all the time and I’m not anywhere near carrying twins. :)

I see Kerrygold in stores this time of year and think of you!

Be well, mama! <3

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Jenn,
Believe it or not, we are almost finished with the Buttermyd…and just in time. :)

mama February 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I like the life updates! Hopefully the nausea subsides soon! I had evening sickness with my first pregnancy too!

Jane February 27, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Your chicken, cheese and buffalo sauce looks so good! Hope you start feeling better soon!

gina (fitnessista) February 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

i would have been ALL over that chicken combo while i was preg. actually i want some right now, along with that black bean crema :)
sorry to hear you’ve been feeling so sick :/
sending love to you and your fam!
xoxo

Riss February 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Mmmm those stuffed baked potatoes look amazing! So sorry you’ve got the yuckies! And I’m bummed you won’t be coming to Atlanta… Even though I wouldn’t have seen you while you were here–I just hate that you won’t get to be here!

If you DO ever end up on my side of the great South and have some time to kill, shoot me a message! There’s this great little coffee shop on the river, just a little bit north of Buckhead, that I know you’d LOVE!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Riss,
May be a while, but I do hope to get down to Atlanta as I have a few good friends down there, and you know I’d absolutely love to meet you for coffee! :)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Your pregnancy is flying by…talk of 3rd tri?! Already?! Then again, you waited for awhile to announce it so it seems fast.

Babymoon not happening…ugh. So sorry, Heather. That’s disappointing,I’m sure, for you. I remember your babymoon with Summer and the great time you and CD had. Well, one day you all can take a family vacation :)

Your food looks so good!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Averie,
I’ve though of you often since you were so sick throughout your entire pregnancy with Skylar. I’m so very sorry. It’s so not fun!

Jessie February 27, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I fell in love with melted cheese during my 1st trimester last year & now that I’m nursing I’m still loving it (a big too much!). I’m so excited for you, I know once the twins come you’ll be all sorts of busy (understatement!!) but I do hope we can read all about the craziness. Enjoy your gym/me time. :)

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Jessie,
Ahh, cheese. I craved it like crazy when I was pregnant with Summer too but didn’t eat it very often as I have issues with dairy. This time around, I’m like bring on the cheese. Ha, it’s all I want! Hope all is well with your and your little one. :)

Lara February 27, 2012 at 9:50 pm

I’m sorry to hear you’re still nauseous, Heab. Happy though to hear that you are resting, yoga-ing, and eating :) I can’t wait to see the twins’ nursery when you’re all done with it!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Lara,
I can’t wait to get it all put together. We ended up ordering IKEA furniture and bedding from Amazon. The furniture is due to arrive Saturday…now if I can just get my dad and brother over here to help CD put it together. :)

Lou February 27, 2012 at 10:24 pm

Boo on the nausea front, Heather, that really sucks…. I can’t imagine trying to look after a toddler, plus feeling tired + sick – you’re my hero :)

I fell asleep watching the Oscars too, and I can’t blame it on growing 2 babies!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:23 pm

No worries Lou. I heard the show was pretty lame, and I don’t think either of us missed much.

Laura February 27, 2012 at 10:42 pm

So glad you were able to rejoin the Y! It will be so nice to have that time to yourself. Although I’m sorry about having to cancel your road trip-maybe it means more time for prenatal massages? :) I didn’t get the change to comment on your previous post, but that is so exciting that you are having a boy and a girl! Congratulations! Love the cake, too, name and all.

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks Laura. :)

Gina @ Oatsandbeansandbabygrow February 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Ah, the Y childcare. Not Simon’s favorite either as you may have read. Still, it’s worth it!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Gina,
Yes, I did read about Simon’s separation anxiety, and I remember thinking, glad I don’t have to deal with that. Haha, little did I know that Summer has now decided she doesn’t like her mama to leave the room. It’s totally bittersweet – so grateful that she loves me and wants to be around me all the time, but it makes life hard sometimes. I also saw that you were just keeping your workouts short, and so that’s what I’m trying to do. No HIIT for me at the moment…but I’ll be back there someday! :)

Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever February 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Good job on getting out to the Y! I tried dropping off my baby girl at the gym and she didn’t last 5 minutes before they came to get me ; (

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Deirdre,
Yeah, we haven’t had much luck, and they’ve had to come get me twice. However, we keep going back, and I’m really hoping it will get better!

Mama Pea February 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Oh man, how do you feel about macadamia nuts? Because we got some Hershey kisses in Hawaii that were to die for and I could slip some in an envelope…

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Mama Pea,
Macadamia nuts are my FAVORITE. I would be forever grateful. :)

coco February 28, 2012 at 6:52 am

congrats Heather on knowing the gender of the twins, a boy and a guru is the best in the world, I’m so happy for you.
sorry to hear that you are still hating food in your second trimester, I’m also hating a lot of food that I used to love so I’m hoping things to get better in the second trimester. :)

coco February 28, 2012 at 6:55 am

oh… can u post the nursery room once done and link where you got them, I need ideas! :)

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Coco,
Of course. Hope to have it all put together before the end of March. I’ve been thinking about you, and I hope you’re feeling more like your old self soon!

Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 28, 2012 at 7:10 am

One of the yoga studios I practice at offers child care for a few classes during the day and moms absolutely love it. Might not hurt to ask a couples studios and see if it’s something they could do!

Putting the room together sounds so fun!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Heather,
Oh, I’ve asked. Hopefully others will ask as well, and studios around here will realize there is a demand. Space is probably a limiting factor for most of them, but thankfully the Y does offer some yoga classes. However, I really miss my favorite teachers and small warm incensed filled room at the studio!

Lee February 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

Massages sound like a definite plus. Hope you are feeling better soon (and get to come to Atlanta, I’d love to meet you if you end up coming and have the time!)

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Lee,
May be a while, but I’d love to get down to Atlanta one of these days! :)

Lissa February 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

SOOO happy for you guys–a boy AND a girl–Summer gets the best of both worlds–and she will be an excellent big sister! XOXO

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Thanks Lissa. I think so too. :)

nadia February 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

helllllooooo… uuuhuuuuu… :) I miss YOU!!! sorry you are feeling baby sickness :(
I think massages are totally the way to go.. xxxx

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Nadia,
I miss you too. CD always asks how you are doing b/c he stopped seeing your name pop up in my gmail (I always leave it up on my laptop, and he always noticed your name in call caps). Hope you are well and enjoying life. Perhaps making some art? :)

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm

*all caps. ;)

Jasper @ crunchylittlebites February 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

thanks for your note Heather :) happy to be “un-spammed” I’ve been reading since last summer(2011 -as if I needed to specify! hehe~) and I just think you’re awesome. Twins, wow. And bed rest is SO important :) take it from my momma (delivered 1,000 + babies herself) – she’s so into women really being good to themselves…and honoring their bodeis and lifestyle…people were shocking when she suggested super-duper-aerobic-training-mom to continue with teaching her classes as long as she was comfortable…and for other mom’s to follow instruction and stay on bed rest…different with each patient…you’re awesome!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Jasper,
Your mom is an OB? How awesome – I bet she has some amazing stories, and thanks for the encouragement. I promise to rest lots and lots. :)
P.S. And thanks for reading!

Melanie February 28, 2012 at 10:28 am

I totally feel you on the travel thing. I am getting ready to pop out our first and we usually take some sort of vacation between February and April. That is not happening this year. I tried to squeeze in a babymoon, but it had to be short and low key. Not the tropical paradise I had been dreaming about. But it’s worth it! Good Luck – I hope you start feeling better soon!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Melanie,
Totally worth it. :)

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

Thanks for that reminder- I STILL need to make that crema! And, man- I can’t imagine not craving sweets. Maybe I need to get pregnant to get over that. :)
I did not watch the Oscars. I don’t really care for awards shows (although I do love Joan’s coverage on E) and the Amazing Race was on during the same time (and that’s my fave). I do love Penelope Cruz though (ever since Vanilla Sky) and she looks amazing!!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Lauren,
I heard the Oscars were pretty lame this year, but I did record Fashion Police and hope to watch it later today. Joan drives me crazy, but I love hearing what she and co-hosts have to say about the dresses!

the delicate place February 28, 2012 at 11:26 am

wing sauce! sorry to hear about your sickness :( my fave oscar’s dress was the white structural gown that rooney mara wore. i want it! life is going by a million miles per second over here. i’m working on something that’s showing promising data and i’m pretty excited about it. also, counting down to may for our international journey!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Melissa, that is exciting. I love hearing about your job.

melissa February 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

When I was pregnant with twins I ate like it was medicine. sometimes eating a hardbioled egg and washing it down with a quart of milk, yes a quart. I hated it but my husband had a list of foods I should eat everyday and we just checked them off as we went. My girls weighed in at 7 lbs and 6lbs! totally awesome for them, not so awesome for my belly!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Melissa,
Exactly – at night, it’s like I’m forcing myself to take medicine. Thanks for the encouragement. So awesome your girls were born at such healthy weights!

sarah February 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Nausea is so debilitating! People don’t realize it til they experience it–hang in there–those babies will be worth it! If you need a good laugh, check out the photo shopped pic of Angelina Jolie at the Oscars on Pinterest–I nearly spewed my morning coffee when I saw it!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:08 pm

The Showgirls photo? I saw that – hilarious!

Alyssa February 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

(You didn’t miss much, Oscar-wise, lol!)
Hope the nausea goes away REALLY soon! And it’s great you have some time at the Y. I did he same after my kids, and it was a HUGE help.
Do you have any prenatal yoga dvds? Not always easy to do with a toddler underfoot, but it might help with the nausea. Or just go on YouTube, I’m sure they have a bunch of clips there.

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Alyssa,
I don’t have any DVD’s, but I do have some prenatal podcasts from Yoga Download. They’re great, I just need to make the time for them. I tell myself every night that I’ll wake up before Summer and do them. Yeah, that hasn’t happened once. :)

Colleen Stewart February 28, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Love hearing your updates :) Sorry you are still hanging on to the nausea :( That is the worst! With both my pregnancies I couldn’t eat the first 3 months unless I had a taste for something and then I couldn’t cook it! I would have my husband go pick up my craving :) I also remember making a HUGE batch of healthy granola when I first found out with my first one. I felt bad because I spent all that money and couldn’t look at it without gagging and threw it out!
Me? I’m planning my husband and mines 20th wedding anniversary trip to Kauai!!! :) It’s the “exciting” part that is going on :) Sorry you can’t do a babymoon :(

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Colleen,
Haha – I know the feeling. While pregnant with Summer, I ate cereal constantly, and so as soon as I found out I was pregnant, we ordered a bunch of Barbara’s brand cereal in bulk from Amazon…and I have yet to even open them. Can’t even think about PB Puffins right now. Hope you’re enjoying planning your trip. I’ll live vicariously through you. :)

Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Sorry to hear about the nausea! That’s a great idea to get a head start on setting things up! I’m sure that would make the end of your pregnancy more enjoyable. New with me… school has taken over my life, yet another semester!

Laura @ She Eats Well February 28, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I love Penelope as I think she is a classic beauty. But I gotta say, my favorite dress was Jessica Chastain’s black and gold number…so gorg!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Laura,
I loved her dress as well, and her hair. She looked gorgeous!

Sarah (I Dream of Beets) February 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I’m sorry you’re feeling nauseated, and I hope that abates sometime soon. Do you have some good books on hand in the meantime? If you’re looking for something, read Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom – so entertaining. The Weird Sisters was also a recent favorite of mine. What are your favorite authors? As an English teacher, I pride myself on recommending books.

Speaking of bed rest, my naturopath friend has been telling me to treat myself like a pregnant lady as a I deal with adrenal fatigue and train for a marathon. That’s tough advice to swallow when I have no excuse like bearing twins:)

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Hi Sarah,
Ugh, the adrenals. They can really mess with you, and I hope you’re able to get in some rest. Thanks for the book recommendations! My favorite authors? I love Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen. I’m currently reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and finished her novel, Truth & Beauty last week. Both so good!

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness February 28, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Apparently I’ve been away from blog land way too long…pregnant with twins?! Congrats!!!!

HEAB February 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Jen,
Thank you and yes, twins! A boy and a girl. I’m due in July. :)

STUFT Mama February 28, 2012 at 7:26 pm

Yeah, what is that thing I keep hearing about called a “nap”. :) Hope you find time to rest and that you start liking food again soon! :) Now I want a chocolate Hershey’s kiss. :)

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