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where have I been?

Wow!  It has been over two months since I last posted…and what a two months it has been!

On March 31, 2011 my husband and I welcomed our new baby girl at 7:19pm!

Hayden Lynne weighed in at 9 lbs 5 oz and was 20 inches long.  She was a big girl!

We have been having the time of our lives ever since.  We love Hayden so much and cherish every second with her.  It is amazing that two months have passed.  She turns two months old today!

She has changed so much in the past two months, just look at these photos…

Two Days Old

Two Weeks Old


One Month Old

Six Weeks Old

Two Months Old

I will be back with updates on my labor and how we have been adjusting to life as parents…it is the best!


rawbert’s organic cafe

This past weekend, Brant and I decided to take a day trip to explore a cafe that I wanted to visit in Beverly.  I have had a Groupon for over 9 months that expires March 31st!  Instead of letting it go to waste, we made a day out of it and spent some time together before we have our baby.

We headed out for lunch at Rawbert’s Organic Garden Cafe.

We both weren’t really sure what to expect at this cafe, but we knew that it was a mix of raw and organic cuisine using dehydrators and low-heat ‘cooking’ in order to preserve the food’s enzymes.    I knew that this place was perfect for me and after looking at the menu, we were both pleasantly surprised!

Everything on the menu sounded delicious, it was a really hard decision as to what we should get.  So, we went all out and got a bunch of stuff!

Brant immediately browsed the organic beer selection, while I went straight to the juice menu. 🙂

This gorgeous drink was a mix of Apple, Carrot, Celery and Beets.  It has been awhile since I have had a fresh squeezed juice and this was awesome.  Time to start making that at home again!

For our appetizer, we decided on Kale Chips.

These delicious and crunchy kale ‘chips’ were dehydrated with cheesy sunflower and red pepper dressing (website).

For lunch, I had the Thai Spice Wrap.

A lavash filled with sunseed croquettes and bean sprouts with an almond butter sauce and sweet chili date sauce (website).

It was awesome.  So flavorful, and the sunseed croquettes were perfect.  They almost tasted like an un-fried falafel.

Brant ordered the Monk Bowl, which was so interesting to both of us…and SO good!

From their website:

As the tradition goes, Monks make their rounds once daily before noon for alms of food
offerings from householders. Living on the charity of others, they can focus all of their
energy on spiritual development. With their bowl in hand they gratefully accept what
is given. In keeping with this tradition, you may accept our daily monk’s bowl special.

Lettuce, choice of brown rice, quinoa or bean sprouts, and a choice of topping.
Our toppings include a choice of either gaucamole, avocado, sunseed burger,
portobello burger, or falafel. Covered in a soup d’ jour.

He decided on lettuce and brown rice topped with corn chowder, veggies and pumpkin seeds.  The soup acts as the sauce, which is delicious.  Definitely something to be recreated at home. 🙂

We had such a great meal, but couldn’t leave without trying some of their raw desserts.  They were, in fact, why I wanted to try out this restaurant in the first place!


Apple Pie

Holy moly!  Both desserts were absolutely delicious!  The tirimisu was a special, but I am dying to know what it was made out of.  It was better than a ‘real’ tirimisu…creamy and delicious.  The apple pie was their exotic take on an American classic made fresh with organic native apples, apricots, raisins, ginger and spices, set in our walnut/pecan cinnamon crust (website).  It had so much flavor.

Both desserts were so good, but so rich and delicious that we basically had to be rolled out of the cafe!

The atmosphere inside was great too.  It’s a small restaurant with table service, but they move people in and out pretty quickly.  We arrived about 1:30pm on a Saturday and got a table right away, even though it was pretty full!

We would go back to Rawbert’s in a second…especially for the desserts!

i’m pregnant: week 36

Hello blog friends!  Just a quick little post to tell you that I am still here. 🙂

I haven’t posted in just over a month, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been having tons of fun.  My 8th month of pregnancy was pretty good!  I continued to feel great and tried to get in as many walks as I could with the snowy and cold weather we have had here in Boston.  We spent the majority of our time relaxing and getting ourselves ready to have our baby.  The nursery is almost complete (pictures to come when it is complete!) and we have just about everything that we need for our little one.

Tomorrow marks the end of my 36th week of pregnancy, which means that I am considered full term, so the little one is fully developed.  Our due date is a mere 3 weeks away!

Week 32

Week 34

Week 36

The baby keeps growing bigger and bigger, but I am still right on track where I should be.  Everyone is healthy and happy. 🙂

I have been trying to keep up with the healthy eating, which really isn’t that difficult when you make delicious healthy dinners, like Angela’s Mandarin & Maple Quinoa!

Delicious ingredients combine to create a sweet and spicy quinoa dish.

Overall, I have been feeling good.  Definitely getting more and more uncomfortable, especially while sleeping, but nothing that won’t be worth it in the end!

pregnancy tips: working out

Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor.  Everything that I write about has been researched by me for my own pregnancy.  Please consult a doctor for health advice and before starting any exercise program.

Staying active while you are pregnant is important for many reasons.  For one, it keeps you sane and keeps you and your baby healthy.  You will gain weight while you are pregnant, and 25-35 pounds is about average, depending on your starting weight.  But, too much weight isn’t good for you or for the baby.

It was really hard for me to workout during my first trimester because of the way that I was feeling.  I felt sick and tired for the majority of the day, so working out was not a top priority.  Luckily, it was summer time and I love to be outside, so I did try to fit in quite a few walks.  Walking actually made me feel better!  The sickness would subside for a bit, and I would feel like myself again (kind of :)).

During my second trimester, I worked out as much as I could.  I took it easy, of course, but I was able to run, walk, swim, lift light weights, etc.  I felt great!

Now that I am in the third trimester, it is definitely harder.  I just feel big!  And, the tiredness has come back, so working out seems to take a backseat some of the time.  There are just certain days where I feel like rest and relaxation is more important than fitting in a workout.  I still try to get in some form of exercise 4-5 days per week, inclusing walking, the elliptical, swimming and using resistance bands.  And, I feel great on days that I do!

You don’t have to workout while you are pregnant, but the majority of people would recommend it.  Not only does it keep you healthy and in shape throughout your pregnancy, but it will help you during labor as well.  Every woman’s body is different, and some may not be able to workout while pregnant, but even a 20-30 minute walk 4-5 days a week will help with your breathing and circulation.  It will also keep your baby healthy!  And, who doesn’t want that?!

I’m not going to lie, nowadays when I go to the gym, I feel a little weird!  Over the past 7 months, I have not seen any other pregnant woman at the gym!  Yes, people definitely look at me when I am on the treadmill or swimming in the pool, but who cares?!  I am doing what feels good for me, and keeping my baby healthy.

If you would rather workout in the comfort of your own home, then I highly recommend this DVD!

Summer Sanders goes through 3 full length (or express) workouts specifically for the first, second or third trimesters.  I am loving supplementing my walks with this DVD because they use resistance bands to build some strength (which will help when carrying the baby) and a lot of squats to prepare you for labor.

The most important thing is to have fun!  So, get out there and enjoy the fresh air and time by yourself while you can. 🙂

smaller meals & snacks

I have been so hungry when I wake up over the past few weeks.  I try to get up and drink some water right away because I also feel very thirsty, but that doesn’t keep me out of the kitchen for long!  It’s usually around the time I am brushing my teeth that my stomach really starts grumbling. 🙂

I head to the kitchen for some cereal to hold me over.

Pomegranate Blueberry Crisp from Trader Joe’s.

It is delicious, but a little too sweet for me in the mornings.

I also usually whip up a smoothie to drink mid-morning at work, when I knew I will be hungry again.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbsp pepitas
  • 1 cup water

I love smoothies as a morning snack!  They are filling and refreshing.

For lunch today, I made an old favorite, which was pieced together after scouring through our empty cabinets and fridge for lunch.

Almond Butter, Banana and Jelly Sandwich on Millet Bread.

(this is a recycled photo, but you get the point! :))

I seem to get hungrier for snacks than I did before and I think it is because my meals have been smaller.  I don’t have as much room for food in my stomach anymore (!!), so smaller meals and snacks sit much better with me.

Snacktime  – Hummus & Spelt Pretzels

And, for dinner, I stopped at Panera Bread on my way to our Newborn Essentials class!

Thai Chicken Salad, which was packed with romaine lettuce, chicken, peppers, carrots, edamame, wonton crisps and a light thai dressing.

This salad was great!

And, during class I snacked on a Blueberry Muffin Larabar, which is a new flavor that was sent to me from Larabar as a sample.

This flavor is delicious!  It smells just like fresh baked muffins and tastes just as good.