bump life at 36 weeks

4 weeks out from D.Day and I’m feeling… large, excited and {almost} ready to meet this little person doing kung fu in my belly all day.

Here is the view at 36 weeks.

36 weeks

I am still feeling a bit bigger and carrying much lower than I was with my daughter at 36 weeks {proof is HERE}. 

Energy levels have been great the last couple weeks. It helps that the hubs is home to help with most of the heavy lifting, Sloane is now at a babysitters a few days a week and I am trying to be mindful of S-L-O-W-I-N-G down and listening to what my body is telling me. All of these things are helping!

I am in total nesting mode and feeling much more mentally prepared for slowing down to adjust to life with a new baby, a new routine and what this will mean for our whole family.

Next on my agenda is to stock my kitchen with lots of healthy grub and do a bit of batch cooking so that when the babe arrives we can hunker down but still have healthy and quick meals and snacks.

My husband and I also will be sitting down to really go over our birthing preferences again as we prepare for another home birth. At this point the midwives feel confident the babe and I are in a great physical and mental place to have another home birth, so we just want to go over some labour comfort measures {how he can help me}, chit chat about how we hope it will play out, get all the equipment we need accessible so it can be easily set up and a few other things.

Oh and one more thing. I was pumped to see that my actual due date is the night of a full moon! Sloane was born the night before the full moon. I guess whether the lunar effect in fact affects labour and delivery or even conception may long be up for debate but I was excited to see that it was on my actual due date.

For this mama’s who have already prepped for life with another babe – what are some ways you prepare in the final weeks? Any go-to meals, rituals or must have items that you can recommend?


 

As a little aside, I totally enjoyed THE MOM CONFERENCE and for those of you who signed up for the free summit, I hope you did too.

While the conference is now over you have access to own all 36 classes a bunch of other bonuses {E-Books, videos and other discounts for $97 {it’s valued at almost $1800}. If you want more info CHECK THIS OUT. I hope that those of you who signed up were able to take away some great tips to add to your healthy mama tool box!

Happy Easter Weekend!

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smoothie for two + curried sweet potato & lentil stew

Good FRIDAY morning to you.

It has been a full and productive week for this mama and I am heading into the weekend with a full heart.

Here is some smoothie recipe inspiration that won over my daughter’s little heart so I thought I would share.

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I added a handful of mixed greens, handful of kale, water, melon, frozen banana, avocado, hemp seeds, chia seeds, bees pollen and ginger to the blender. Blend on high for about 2 minutes and this creamy perfection made a perfect share-able breakfast for two {orrr….I guess three!}.

I am always mindful of including lots of healthy fat in our meals but this is especially important through pregnancy for the development of the babe and health of the mom. Avocado, hemp seeds and chia seeds are all great sources that include easy to digest protein and other minerals. 


My crockpot has been a rockstar over the last couple weeks and this is a recipe that was requested by a lot of you. So here it is, a CURRIED SWEET POTATO & LENTIL STEW. 

As per most of my recipes, I used what I had on hand in my kitchen so feel free to substitute for any veg you might have hanging out in your fridge. This made a large batch that lasted a couple of days and I froze some to use a bit later when I need a quick meal.

curried sweet potato and lentil

Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil Stew

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups of lentils {I used french lentils}
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 celery
  • handful of green beans
  • onion
  • 2 cups of water or broth
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • sea salt + black pepper
  • 1 Tsp. turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder mix

Method:

  1. Portion out lentils in a glass jar or bowl and cover with water. Let sit overnight.
  2. In the AM rinse your lentils really well in a strainer with water and set aside.
  3. Wash, peel and chop veggies and lay in the slow cooker pot. Note: this could obviously be done the night before too to save more time in the AM.
  4. Add your lentils, spices and garlic. Stir if desired.
  5. Add 2 cups of water or broth.
  6. Start slow cooker. Low for 4-6 hours is enough to cook all the veggies and lentils perfectly.

I served ours with some greek yogurt and fresh parsley which was fabulous and fresh but in hindsight, adding some coconut milk would have been DEVINE.

I am looking forward to a little R + R with my babe and husband this weekend. I’ve decided the goal is to…

enjoy every moment

Have a fantastic weekend!

PS. I have officially stopped taking on new clients as I prepare for baby #2 and a bit of a maternity leave. I have started a wait list for new clients when I return in 2015 but for past clients, you will still be able to reach me and access a tune up session whenever you need.

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