I'm writing this post from the comfort of my new recliner! It is super cozy. I'm not 100% sure we're going to keep it though. I keep wavering. Sometimes I sit in it and it just doesn't feel like the right choice. Other times, like right now, I love it. I do wish that we could get the other recliner; the one we found at La-Z-Boy -- but neither of us want to spend that kind of cash on a chair. So, I just need to figure out if we're going to keep this one or keep looking.
Update, 24 hours after I started writing this post: We have officially decided to return the chair. Back to the drawing board.
OK, now on to a baby update! Tuesday was our 30-week appointment with the midwife. 30 weeks! I can hardly believe we are more 3/4 of the way through the pregnancy. Wow. This time I met with Jody (since I'm rotating through all the midwives now). Like everyone else I've met, she was super nice. And actually, I liked her so much that I'm kinda hoping she's the midwife on call when my baby is born (my midwife, Christine, is also pregnant and will be on maternity leave by the time my due date rolls around).
As for the baby, she is doing well (as am I). This week her kicking got a lot stronger and more frequent. The other day, she kicked me so hard in the ribs that it was actually painful. Ouch! My fundal height measurement is a tad small, 28 cm as opposed to 30cm, but I'm not concerned as I know there are so many variables in this number (such as who is doing the measuring). Jody said they'll do a growth ultrasound later on, if necessary. I doubt it will be necessary though. By my next appointment, I'll probably be bigger. My total weight gain so far, by the way, is 22 pounds.
Now for a diet and exercise update. I don't know if it is pregnancy or boredom or something else altogether, but I seem to have lost my love for cooking. I'm just not interested in spending time in the kitchen putting meals together. I would almost (almost) rather clean the bathroom. I sincerely hope this is just a phase. Meanwhile, my vegetable steamer is my best friend. I've had this steamer for years -- it came with my Cuisinart cookware set -- but I never used it until a couple of months ago (don't ask me why, because it is pretty much the best thing ever). My go-to dinner these days is steamed fish and veggies. First, I boil water. Then, I place chopped veggies and herbs in the steamer. After the veggies are done (it only takes a few minutes!), I repeat the process with about 1 pound of cod (one of the few varieties of fish I eat). Delicious, quick and paleo!
This week I also made pasta sauce with grass-fed beef (served with zucchini, sliced into noodle-like strips and sauteed in garlic and butter), as well as chicken stir fry with steamed broccoli (I marinated the chicken in coconut aminos and arrowroot starch), pumpkins muffins (with coconut flour) and a big batch of chicken stock. I'm actually finding it hard to believe that I've done so much cooking this week. Crazy (and possibly a miracle!). We might have to go out this weekend.
In other diet news, a couple of weeks ago I decided that I am going to temporarily include some dairy into my diet. This was not the easiest decision for me because giving up dairy (cheese, specifically) was the thing that initially got me started on the paleo path. However, I've been having trouble eating -- so many things just do not appeal to me right now and, for the sake of my baby's health, I need to make sure I'm getting enough vitamins, minerals, protein, carbs and fat. So, I started eating plain whole-fat Greek yogurt, and I've been pouring heavy cream in coffee and over frozen fruit (like strawberries and blueberries) regularly. I don't have any issues with whole-fat dairy, in terms of tolerance (non-fat/low-fat is another story), so this seemed like a good decision for me right now. Unfortunately, I've also had a few cheese binges. Like today's lunch, for example. I had Swiss cheese, and nothing else. Not a good choice. I don't want to slip back into my old habits, and I don't like the idea of having to break the cheese addiction again. And if I keep this up, that's exactly what I'll have to do (plus, it will make it harder to lose the baby weight). Keeping cheese out of the house is not an option for me -- Carl likes cheese a lot and really has no reason to cut it out -- so I just have to make a conscious effort to ignore its existence.
Well, this post is getting a little long and I'm getting a little tired so I'll save the rest of the things I planned to write about for another day. Bye for now!