Today we are officially 13 Weeks! Counting down the days until the 1st Trimester is over. It’s not long now.
For those of you interested in what’s happening this week (without getting into TOO many details) the baby is about 2.5-3″ and weighs about 3/4 ounce. It’s about the size of a peach!
I am still trying to get my eating on track. I still can’t handle the thought of salads so I have been trying to do my best to get veggies into my meals without a big bowl of greens. I am hoping as I move into my 13th and 14th weeks this trend goes away. Everyone keeps asking if I’ve had any cravings-nothing specific so far…although definitely more sweet stuff than usual. It’s really the food aversions that have been more prominent. I hope that changes!
I had breakfast with my friend, Chelsea the other morning, which was such a nice break! Eating breakfast out every once in a while is such a treat. We met at Cafe Cluny in the West Village where I had scrambled eggs, rye toast and some potatoes. We split a Grapefruit Brulee, which was delish. I should’ve taken more pictures! It was early so Chels and I weren’t feeling into the photos.
Later that day I made my favorite winter soup, Veggie Chili. I figured it would be the last batch of the season with the warm air showing it’s face more and more these days. I follow a recipe from Canyon Ranch with some of my own changes.
Here is the recipe:
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped sweet onions
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1/4 cup choppedyellow bell peppers
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed organic tomatoes, undrained
- 1 (16-ounce) can redkidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tablespoonchili powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 cups low-sodiumchicken stock
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce (recommended: Tabasco)
- 11/2 teaspoons sea salt
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
In a large skillet, saute onions, garlic and bell peppers inolive oilover medium heat until onions are translucent. Add ground turkey (or not) and cook until browned.
Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
I remove the turkey/meat from the recipe and add two additional cans of beans. Then the soup has 3 different types of beans. I also use Veggie Stock instead of Chicken Stock. I use a hand blender to break it down a little, while leaving some whole beans, etc… It’s delicious and healthy, which can’t be beat. Serve with some crunchy bread and it’s a winner!
I am trying to get a good dose of exercise in daily whether it’s a barre or spin class at the gym or my own workout. It keeps me feeling good and energized. I hope I can keep it up throughout my entire pregnancy.
In addition, Sophie and I are enjoying daily walks together to keep active! I put on my Pregtastic Podcasts and we walk!
I try to do my own nails every once in a while (especially since being pregnant) but I decided to go for a manicure the other day. Now that I’m pregnant I can’t use the nail polish from the nail salon. I’ve found the brand Butter London has a variety of fun colors. They are a bit pricey (about $16 per color) but it’s worth it because it’s non-toxic. I’m all about being as healthy as possible, but I’d hate to have to give up nail polish completely! I have about 5 colors now including a top coat. The salon ladies are very confused when I bring them and insist they don’t use their top coat!
I am still not showing despite feeling slightly extra bloated and a little thicker all over! I picked up another two pair of maternity pants during a Gap sale the other day. M and I are headed on an early Babymoon next week to St. John so I figured it was a good time to buy them. They are demi panel, which means the panel at the waist is lower and not so maternity-ish. They are a little more like capris on me, but I will take it! I also got a pair of white cropped jeans to get me through early spring. I have no doubt I will have to invest in some more legit pants once I get bigger, but for now…these are comfortable and great for our upcoming trip!
Counting down the days until our getaway!