|^^On my walking path at 32 weeks pregnant^^|
Being pregnant these past 8 months has made me learn a lot about myself and pregnancy. Here are my top 10 things:
- No one ever tells you about the disgusting things that you have to go through leading up to birth. Make sure you do your research so that nothing is a surprise. One word, Mucus plug…gross
- Even though feeling your baby move is an amazing thing, once you get to the third trimester, the feeling becomes creepy and almost painful at times.
- Back pain…OMG does it ever hurt. Ice becomes your new best friend.
- I don’t know if its the hormones or just the fact that your carrying a piece of him around in you, but the love you feel for your partner grows like crazy and I for one am highly enjoying this feeling.(he probably is too because he can do no wrong in my eyes at the moment)
- That thing about not being able to reach your toes really does happen. I though it was due to becoming less flexible, but no, it hurts the tummy a lot.
- Your skin burns quicker and easier than pre-pregnancy. Make sure you load the sunscreen on.
- Depression worsens when your feeling your best physically. Make sure if you suffer, you keep on top of the signs.
- You realize that you have never loved something so much and felt so high on emotions, than when you see that baby on the screen in your ultrasounds. Then it dawns on you…how can you feel that way about something you have only seen on a screen. I’m so in need of that high again to keep me going.
- Everyone loves to spoil the baby and mommy to be, so maybe you don’t need to buy those clothes yourself. Someone else is probably already on it. (we have way to much clothes and the shower hasn’t even happened)
- Lastly, Family literally becomes your right arm. Without their love and support, I don’t know how I would be by this point mentally. We are gonna need them even more after he’s finally here.
33 weeks down and I cant wait to meet our prince, put a name to his precious little face and finally be done with being pregnant.
Yesterday was Cinco De Mayo, so in celebration, I made a delicious chopped salad. It is a must try. I opted out of the tortillas and added chicken.
You can find the recipe here:
- ½ cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- ⅓ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup chopped green onion
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 head romaine lettuce, sliced (8 cups)
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (2 cups)
- 1 avocado, diced (1 cup)
- 3 celery stalks, sliced (1 cup)
- 1 cucumber, seeded and diced (1 cup)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen, thawed corn kernels
- ¾ cup cooked pinto beans
- ½ cup jarred roasted red bell peppers, rinsed, drained, and sliced
- ⅓ cup finely chopped red onion
1. To make Tortilla Strips: Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush oil on tortillas. Cut in half, then cut into 1/8-inch-wide strips. Spread on baking sheet. Combine chili powder, maple crystals, and salt in bowl. Sprinkle chili powder mixture over strips. Bake 15 minutes, or until crisp. Cool.
2. To make Dressing: heat oil, garlic, cumin, coriander, sugar, and salt in saucepan 2 to 3 minutes over low heat, or until garlic begins to sizzle.
3. Blend remaining Dressing ingredients with garlic oil in blender until smooth.
4. Toss together all Salad ingredients with Tortilla Strips and 1/4 cup Dressing.