Bumpdate #1

I’m hoping to post updates every few weeks of how the pregnancy is going. I want to be open and share my experiences, and I also want to use this as a journal to remember the pregnancy. Pregnancy (and even once the baby arrives) literally FLIES by, and without writing things down, everything blends together and it’s impossible to remember how things were at certain points in time. Here is my first update, which encompasses everything about this pregnancy so far!

HOW FAR ALONG: 15 weeks!

HOW WE FOUND OUT: We always knew that (God willing) we wanted multiple kids. So, right around Charlotte’s first birthday, we started more seriously talking about expanding our family. With Charlotte, we were so fortunate to conceive quickly, but I know each pregnancy can be different. So towards the end of last year, we decided we were ready to try for #2! Fast forward to the first week of February, and I woke up early the morning I knew I could first take a pregnancy test (and expect to get a positive result). Tim was sleeping, so I snuck into the bathroom and took the test. The second pink line came back pretty quickly and I was SO excited. It was still so early in the morning though, so I went and laid back in bed and tried not to wake Tim because I had a plan! I could barely stand the excitement and nerves while lying there. The anticipation was killing me!

TELLING TIM: A couple months earlier, when Tim was out of town, I had bought a big sister shirt for Charlotte, just hoping that I would get to use it soon. So that morning, I laid in bed waiting for Charlotte to wake up to put her new shirt on her ūüôā When she woke up, I popped out of bed and got her dressed. We came back in after she was dressed and woke up Tim. He almost instantly realized her shirt was new and read it out loud. I think it took a minute for him to process, but he was pretty darn excited! It’s funny that something we were planning for and wanting so badly, can still come as such a shock! It was still so early, but we were so grateful we had another blessing growing inside me.

TELLING FAMILY: I had originally planned to share our news really early. I feel so strongly that each baby is such a gift, that I didn’t want to wait the normal 12 weeks to share the news. After all, each baby is His and not ours, so we really never know what will happen with our sweet babies – we need to just celebrate every moment of every life!! But, in this case, real life got in the way of sharing our news. We of course wanted to tell our parents first. We live close to my parents and were getting dinner with them that next week for my Mom’s birthday, so we shared the news then. Let’s be honest, they would have known instantly when we went to dinner (post-Whole30) and I wasn’t up for wine with my Dad ūüôā I loved telling my parents to have them for support and prayers in those early weeks. We then worked to plan on telling Tim’s parents. They live in a different state, so we were trying to figure out when we might see them in person next. Time passed, and we kept our little baby a secret until we could figure out when to tell them. In March, it became apparent that we wouldn’t see them until Easter weekend, so we decided to tell them over Skype with Charlie and her special t-shirt. It was fun watching them realize what was happening. Even though we didn’t get to tell them in person, it was still really special and was exciting to share our news.

We then went about telling our siblings, and due to some traveling and schedules, we finally got to tell Tim’s brother Easter weekend. After that, we’ve been free to scream our news from the rooftops. It has been so fun telling everyone we love about our growing family.

GENDER: We decided not to find out the gender when we were pregnant with Charlotte, and we are going to do the same this time. It’s the ultimate surprise, and one of the very few things in life we can be truly surprised with. We cannot wait for October to find out if Charlotte will have a baby brother or sister <3

SICKNESS: The first trimester was full of nausea, sickness and major food aversions. It was quite different than my experience with Charlie’s pregnancy! I was always very tired during that first trimester, but getting physically ill was a new experience for me. I also struggled with a lot of fainting/dizziness, I think because it was so hard to get nourishment in the mornings. I am still working through that, but have tried to get hydration and food asap after waking up! The last couple weeks have been a HUGE improvement, and I can’t wait for that second trimester energy to kick in any day now‚Ķ.(fingers crossed!)

CRAVINGS: For the first couple months after finding out, it was extremely challenging to find things that sounded appealing. After just completing a January Whole30, I had gone 30 days with no baked goods or processed carbs. That was not going to last for the first trimester. The only thing that sounded remotely appetizing for breakfast was gluten free bagels and cream cheese. I went through a lot of them. I also became obsessed with gluten free avocado sushi + tamari (gluten free soy sauce) from a local thai restaurant. I went through a few weeks where I would get it multiple times a week for lunch because it was the only thing that sounded good. Now that I am getting my full appetite back, I am back to a mostly well rounded diet, but I think the avocado sushi is here to stay. We even got this amazing sushi making kit off Amazon and have had great luck already making it home.

AVERSIONS: Chicken, most healthy things. It was just so hard to find things that sounded good when it came to meal time. Tim was a trouper dealing with me changing my mind all the time about what I wanted him to make or pick up. Thankfully, I am back to wanting more of the clean pre-pregnancy food we used to eat regularly.

PHYSICAL CHANGES: I am still in that phase where it just looks like I’ve eaten too much, rather than a cute bump. BUT, it is definitely true what they say about showing earlier with the second baby and I am so excited to grow. Last pregnancy, I was self-conscious about how big my belly got and the amount of weight I gained, even though I was working out and conscious about what I was eating. I just seemed to keep getting HUGE. (And it doesn’t help that so many people want to comment on your body when pregnant‚Ķ.) But then, seeing the amazing miracle of birth and a new baby put everything into perspective. I also got to see the benefits of the efforts I made during pregnancy as most of the weight and belly disappeared right away. Armed with this knowledge, I am trying not to care at all about my size this pregnancy – bring on that belly! I know that I will gain and grow the exact amount my baby needs.

EXERCISE: I had committed to running the Indianapolis Mini (half) Marathon in early May. I had a deferral registration after I hurt my leg last year during training. I made it through the first four weeks of training in January/February before the sickness and fainting of the first trimester got the best of me. I decided to switch to the 5k for that race, a much more attainable distance. Now that I am feeling better, I also purchase Good for the Swole’s prenatal workout plan. I just know how much staying active helped last time with pregnancy, labor/delivery and postpartum recovery, so I am eager to get back on track now.

That’s all I have for now. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Now that I am feeling better, with a little more energy, I will try to post more frequently on the blog – including more frequent pregnancy updates. If there are any topics you’d like to see my post on, please let me know!

Have a great weekend!!!

Xoxo,

Mackenzie

Gluten Free in the Outer Banks

Earlier this summer,¬†I spent a week in the Outer Banks with my husband’s family. ¬†It¬†was my second time there, and the food scene does not disappoint. Any time I am travelling, I always do lots of research to find the best gluten free places to try while I am there. ¬†For this trip, I had a couple places from our¬†visit two years ago that I wanted to¬†try again, but I was also determined to find new places. ¬†We stayed in Corolla, but ventured all the way south to Nags Head, and found places in each little town.

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Whole Pork Loin

During a recent trip to Costco, I came upon the deal of the century on whole pork loin.  I Their pork loin is usually a great deal ($1.99/lb), but on this particular day, they had an additional $8 instant rebate!  Therefore, this nearly 8 lb pork loin was just under $8. I usually just buy pork tenderloin at Trader Joes, but at this price, I figured I would give this cut a try.  I did a little research and realized I could butcher the piece of meat pretty easily to make a few meals.  I found inspiration for this here.


I decided to make two roasts and eight boneless pork chops out of the whole loin.

 

So far, I used the first roast to make the Carnitas from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook and they. were. delicious.  I highly recommend the recipe, but most importantly, I recommend giving the Costco pork loin a try.  If you have suggestions for the other roast or the pork chop, let me know ūüôā

 

Paleo Meatloaf

Yesterday was the first snowfall in Milwaukee and the first snowfall for little miss Charlotte. ¬†It is hard to believe that we made it to December 4th before seeing snow! ¬†(I’m not complaining on the delay!) ¬†The cold, blustery weather called for comfort food for dinner. We love meatloaf in this house. ¬†Growing up, we always had the Lipton Onion Soup Mix meatloaf recipe. ¬†It always yielded a delicious meatloaf! ¬†However, through the years, I had to modify it to be gluten free and now paleo. ¬†The new version is still delicious and is clean.. a win win! ¬†I paired the meatloaf with the Roasted Garlic Mashed cauliflower from Against All Grain’s Celebrations Cookbook. ¬†We made this for Thanksgiving and it was such a delicious hit that I have been waiting for the opportunity to make it again. ¬†I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Paleo Meatloaf

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 lbs ground turkey
  • 3/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup paleo friendly ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup water (use a little less water if you opt for tomato sauce over ketchup)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients in large bowl.  Form mixture into a large rectangular loaf in a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let set for 5 minutes after removing from oven and enjoy!