April is going to be an exciting month! David, Henry, and I will be adding one more family member to our inner circle.
I am so excited to be pregnant again. I missed my baby bump and feeling my baby growing and moving. Perhaps that is weird to say out loud but there was something so beautiful in having this bond with my little baby that no one else could have yet. He was with me wherever I went and it was comforting knowing that he and I were “in it” together. This time around I am less nervous about the actual birth day but still nervous about eating well, resting enough, and being present for Henry and David! With baby 1, you can kick up those feet and rest after work…not so much with baby 2.
But I am trying not to get ahead of myself with worrying about life with two babies. Obviously we will just have to figure out our new routine when the time comes. Instead I want to savor this pregnancy, the moments with this little baby that are just my own and also the the fleeting “only child” status that Henry currently enjoys. Henry made David and me parents and this little one will complete our family. And all of this is so exciting!!
Who doesn’t love the flavors of Fall? Sometimes life just gets so hectic here with grading and work and life and life that I forget to take a minute to savor the season. The crescendo of work and obligations hit a fever pitch this weekend and I decided to hit that pause button hard and bake a little treat for myself. Because why not? The result = my mind and tummy were grateful for the break and the sweet!
1 cup whole wheat flour or spelt flour
7 tbsp grassfed unsalted butter, room temp
3/4 cup raw cane sugar
1 tsp ground cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
2 apples, peeled and grated – liquid squeezed out with a towel
for topping, mix together:
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
preheat oven to 350 degrees. cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add eggs, one at a time, beating well. add flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder and salt. mix until just combined. add grated apples (make sure you squeeze the juice out first) and chopped toasted pecans.
spread into a greased loaf pan. sprinkle the topping over and bake for 40 minutes. cover with tin foil and bake for another 15 minutes-ish, until done.
He did it!
David signed up for a 5k hero themed race with his new co-workers. I was not totally sure why at first. When I trained for my 5k in September, he was entirely disinterested in jogging along. Then…he signs up for one!
He was not the most dedicated trainee. But gadgets and sheer determination pushed him to that starting line. And as sappy as I am, I teared up when he hit that pavement, waved, and trotted by. He was off and I was proud of him. And then like the flash, he was finished in 27 minutes. Not too shabby!
It was cold….really cold. But the crisp air and the Fall colors were a tremendous backdrop for some family photos this past weekend. Our friend, Lyndsay from Red Wagon Images hosted a mini-session for our little “Mama Tribe.”
What is a Mama Tribe?
According to my students it would be defined as your squad, your people. These mamas keep me company on this long journey of motherhood. From sharing the best and worst moments to laughing at first mom mishaps, these ladies make sure I don’t take myself too seriously and that I enjoy the everyday moments with my growing family. They keep me sane, laughing, curious, excited, and supported. From sunrise to sunset and all through the night, I know there is a mommy in our group that I can turn to. Because when you are all up in the middle of the night nursing a baby or watching a monitor to see if maybe, just maybe, the little one will fall back to sleep, you get really close to one another!
Lyndsay met us all at Callahan State Park and the cold could not keep us from smiling and hugging close to our loved ones as Lyndsay captured some of my absolute favorite photos ever! Spoiler alert….one of these will be our Christmas card.