Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Pregnancy: The Fourth Month (Weeks 14-17)

Sup friends. It's been about a month since I announced the news. On Sunday I'll hit the 18 week point aka the start of the 5th month (omg almost half way wtf time flies). So hmm okay, let's recap the 4th month.

Around the end of the first trimester I had some blood work come back that showed I was anemic. So I started taking Floradix - hilarious name, mediocre taste, great product. It's this German liquid iron elixir thing that kind of tastes like prune juice? I like it better than straight up iron pills because it's gentler with the whole constipation thing. So yeah, increasing my iron intake in combination with entering the second trimester = (as Arnold would say) more energy!

Well, we don't even know the baby's gender yet (although we're both feelin' the boy vibe), and we won't find out for three more weeks, but that didn't stop us from going SHOPPING. I've heard the second trimester is the best time to shop, because of (a) the whole increased energy thing, but also (b) my stomach is not the size of two bowling balls yet making it harder to maneuver / backaches etc.

Here's most of our haul from a Seattle shopping adventure. Did you know Oregonians can get sales tax exemption in Washington? That is a neat thing. Anyway, we tried to go for unisex, I know it looks a little boyish, but hey, I was a tomboy so I've never really been partial to pinks or overly girly things anyway.

Ugh, these pants from Zara are like the cutest things of all time. Why can't humans stay small forever? 

We also took a trip to the Goodwill bins (where everything is by the pound) and I stocked up on some plain white onesies. I brought em home, bleached them, and then dyed them an assortment of gaudy hippie colors with Rit Dye. You can find tutorials for this all over Pinterest if you're inspired. 

I've had one midwife appointment this month, around the 15th week. Everything is looking good and baby has a strong heartbeat of about 150bpms. As for me, I'm good. Blood pressure is in a healthy range, and I've gained 4 pounds of breast and uterine weight. The only negative I have right now are these nasty migraines I keep getting. My midwife said it was most likely related to hormone levels, but to keep drinking plenty of water and eat every two hours. Can do. Caffeine seems to help the most, but I have to make sure I stay under 200mg a day. 

One thing I love about visiting my midwives is getting to ride the Portland Aerial Tram. I guess it gives a lot of people anxiety, but I find it really relaxing. And on a clear day (lol rain) you can get some of the best views of the city. This picture is facing the hospital, but if I had turned around you could probably see Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams.

What else? My appetite has been ridiculous. I eat more than Dan now, who has been known for his ability to eat more than anyone and remain muy flaco. He gets it from his mom. I haven't been having too many aversions other than maybe overly fragrant food. Don't ask me what that means. On the other hand I've been craving:
  • salads
  • pastas like macaroni & ravioli
  • bagels with cream cheese
  • cereal
  • seltzer water
  • sweets ugghh ice cream, candy, cookies, give it to me
  • burritos

Here's a shot from brunch a few weekends ago. Dan has a pretty hearty breakfast burrito over there. Everything else is mine. And much as I hate to admit it...I ate it all. -(๑☆‿ ☆#)ᕗ

I haven't been a complete pig though. I still get a good amount of exercise. Dan and I did a 5k the other weekend (lol glow run ugh so basic), and tonight I start weekly prenatal yoga.

Try as I might though, I still had to succumb to a maternity wardrobe. This is my pile of pants and shorts that are going into a box hopefully to be seen again next spring. I will miss you pants! My maternity fashions have consisted mostly of maxi dresses and elastic waist gym shorts. I did get a pair of maternity pants from H&M and some shorts from Goodwill. Maybe I'll do a separate post on maternity styles soon. 

And last but not least, here are some bump pictures for you. They're from Week 15 & 17 respectively.

Dress: American Apparel
Shorts: Gap - Similar (Found as pants at Goodwill and cut into shorts.)

Alright that's it for now. Happy hump day! lol

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Just when you thought this blog was nothing more than vegetables and gardens - a new feature appears on the right side bar. What's that? PREGNANCY? Whaaaaaaaaa.......???  

Yes, it's true...I'm pregnant! Oh man, so much to talk about now...where to begin?

So in April I had an ultrasound to identify the cause of my abnormal menstrual cycle. I was diagnosed with PCOS, and I started seeing a naturopathic doctor who changed my diet and had me start taking a variety of supplements. DIM and Chaste Tree Berry were two in particular that I think had a positive impact on my body. I also started getting weekly acupuncture. The doctor gave me an estimated time frame of 1-3 years to conceive.

Fast forward one month to the middle of May. I woke up with an excruciating headache and nauseous as all hell. I didn't think anything of it. Maybe I was getting sick? I went on with my normal daily routine, and around lunchtime I went to have a salted avocado. Well, let me tell you, I eat a salted avocado almost every other day. And on this day - it was the most revolting thing I had ever seen, smelled, or tasted - in my life - no hyperbole. Now I knew something was wrong! That evening Dan and I got a pregnancy test.

Well there it is! When I came out of the bathroom I just started hugging Dan and crying. 1-3 years??? More like 1-3 weeks! I took another pregnancy test the next morning just to be sure - yep still pregnant. Ahhhh we couldn't be happier!

Last week I went in for my first midwife appointment and we were able to hear the heartbeat. This was one of the most crazy and fulfilling moments of my life. I'm so glad Dan recorded a whole 10 seconds of it. The look on my face is both "wtf is this real" and "omg this is real".


Then today we had our first ultrasound. What a trip.  When you get a visual of what's actually growing inside of you - it becomes ultimately real. Up until this point, even with the heartbeat, it was still all very abstract. 

We didn't find out the gender yet, even though we really want to know. I keep looking at these two pictures and debating. The first image looks like it has obvious little boy parts, but it's gone in the second and looks more like a girl. Idk idk, can't wait to find out though! 

Check out that hand! So cool. Anyway, last but not least, I have some bump pictures for you. I feel like I've looked about the same since week 10. Actually I think I looked the biggest in week 11, but maybe I just ate too much junk food. Also...I've lost 5 pounds since finding out I was pregnant. Beer weight? Probably. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pacific Northwest Vacay: Lookbook 2k14

What up y'all.  I'm going to be visiting fellow blogger Meg up in Portland in a few short days so you KNOW I'm getting my Pacific Northwestern Lookbook together.  This is also kind of a crossover with my fave camping things at the moment.  See ya on the trailz bitches.

1. 12 Piece Enamelware Set
2. Topo Designs Roll Top Backpack
3. EMS Fleece Vest
4. Tevas Original Universal Sandals
5. Outdoor Wine Glass
6. Headlamp

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Camptown USA - Camping in Big Bear


Hi y'all.  It's been a while since I posted anything non-gardening related so here's a camping post.  We went to camp just north of Big Bear about a month ago, at a campsite called "Hanna Flat".  It ruled.  Here's some pics because I just discovered VSCO Cam ;)

Leif got us a new tent :)  Marmot powahhhh

So I took a tent selfie lol Hi!

We hiked up to the top of this little hill behind our campsite to watch the sunset / take pics.

Camping rules!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What's Growin' On? Part 2

¡Hola amigos! It's been like 3 weeks since my last garden update so I figured it was time. The past few weeks have been very prosperous for most things growin'. We also added a few new plants namely mad chile peppers, some tomatoes, and a watermelon.

The Oldies

Eggplants on the left and leaf lettuce on the right. The eggplants haven't really changed at all. If anything, they look a little sad. Come on eggplants, you can do it! The leaf lettuce on the other hand - almost ready for salad madness.

Onions - making slow but steady progress.

Carrots - really picking up the pace.

Beets - looking healthy.

Romaine Lettuces - also looking bangin'.

Radish - harvested half of them beauties! Dan used them in chicken burritos and they were delicious!

Pumpkin - I'm really excited about growing a pumpkin from seed. This is one of my proudest plants.

Brussels sprout - The single germinated brussels sprout now looking really well established.

Potatoes - which I never even planted are now taking over! (In a good way.) There are two plants, and they're growing tall and stocky. In front you can see the new jalapeño plant too.

And look who decided to show up! One little summer squash. (Please squirrels don't eat.)

The New Additions

Jalapeño - Really taking off. Plenty of little buds already starting to form.

Close up of the first little jalapeño.

Anaheim - Doing alright. No real buds to speak of yet.

New Mexico Big Jim - You can see a couple little buds here which is really exciting. Dan is from New Mexico and we both love LOVE New Mexican chile peppers. We weren't sure if we could grow them in the cooler, wetter PNW climate, but figured it was worth a shot. If we can even grow ONE chile I will be proud!

New Mexico Joe Parker - Just another variety of NM chile.

Watermelon - Just a little guy cause watermelon is delicious. 

Tomatoes - Three little tomato dudes. You may have noticed this is a different section of the yard. Well, my logic here is that the raised bed sits directly under our neighbors giant hundred year old black walnut tree. After a little bit of research on companion planting I learned that black walnut trees can stunt tomato growth and potentially be toxic to the plant in general. So we put the tomatoes in the back corner. Hopefully they get enough sun.

Anddddd we added a little chiminea and some simple furniture so we can be more comfortable chillin' in the backyard. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Smog Bushes: Week 10

Cherokee Purple

Awwww yayuh look at that beauty.  Week 10 bitchessssssss, things are getting RIPE!!!!

Yellow Pear is YELLOW!!!!!!!!  And worty... :/

Anaheim's getting red!!!! (but still really small.....hmm)

More Cherokee Purples!!!! :D

Big Rainbow - lots of yellow leaves and holes :(

Now for the bad news..... All of my plants seem to be INFESTED with some kind of worm - I found little green worms on the eggplant, and everything has holes on the leaves and piles of little brown poo pellets.  Grrrr!! I've tried blasting everything w/ an insecticidal spray but no luck.  So now everything has tons of yellowing leaves too....hmmmmm

Yellowing Big Rainbow :/

Here's a closeup on some poo on the Hillbilly tomato.  Grrrrrr

Hella poo + holes on the eggplant :/

But some good news - the Hillbilly produced it's first fruit!  So I'm hoping I can get these worms under control, but it seems like everything is still plugging along regardless.

Ok that's all for my garden update, namaste *_*