Running during Pregnancy {part 3}

{This post is part of an ongoing series. If you want to catch up, here is Part 1 and Part 2.}

Last time, I left off talking about how running looked during weeks 14-20 of my pregnancy. Today, I’m going to share a few additional tips that I’ve found helpful during this part of pregnancy and some specifics to my running during the past 6 weeks. I can’t believe next week I’ll be officially in my third trimester. Where has the time gone?!

^^View from one of my favorite running routes — gorgeous, right?!

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Apple Pear Baked Oatmeal

Even though winter is already here (technically, it’s not until the 21st), you could say I’m still on an apple-pear kick that I got started on at the beginning of fall. Seriously, with this pumpkin bread being the exception, I have been using the apple pear combination for all sorts of baking this fall.

There is just something so classically autumn about those two fruit flavors, not to mention, they’re both in season. The magical combination of those two fruits yield a sweetness and tartness that balance each other out perfectly.

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Motherless by Erin Healy {book review}

During the last few months of the year, I always seem to slow down a bit with my reading. I suppose it’s just an inevitable part of this busy season, with all the holidays, events and traveling. Often times, I find myself reaching for shorter, less dense books to read like a paperback with just a few hundred pages that I can easily read on a plane or in the car. A book that doesn’t involve as much brain power is also an added bonus, because half the time when I’m reading I find my thoughts wandering to those Christmas cookies I have to bake or those gifts that have to be bought.

That’s pretty much where this book ‘Motherless’ by Erin Healy falls into place — an easy, shorter read that only took me a few days to finish. If you aren’t familiar with Healy’s books, she’s the author behind the bestseller book ‘A Baker’s Daughter‘ among others. When I was given the opportunity to review this latest work of hers, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Not only have I enjoyed her other books, but I also am fond of the suspense/mystery fiction genre, which is the genre for this book.

Going beyond that, ‘Motherless’ is about the supernatural concept of spiritual beings living in a physical world. It was a new-to-me type of book and honestly, I had a hard time initially getting into the book because of the supernatural concepts. That aside, once I focused and was about 70 pages into the book, I was hooked.  Continue reading

mentally preparing for bebé dos

Lately, I’ve been finding myself putting some more thought into preparing for this baby’s arrival, sometime in the next 16(ish) weeks. Putting it that way, makes it seem not so far away and the planning part of me wants to have things already checked off the list, whatever that list is.

See, there’s a lot of mental preparation that I think I need to do before I even dive into the practical aspects of getting ready for bebé dos. Week in and week out, I get so caught up with daily life of mothering a toddler that it’s easy to forget I’m pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, the sweet kicks and rolls are a great reminder but sometimes it takes me sitting down, quietly at the end of the day to truly relish in the fact that I have another little soul inside to nurture.

This affects my state of mind quite a bit and without letting any guilt creep in, I will admit that the majority of my thoughts are continually directed toward my husband and our toddler (at least, while he’s awake) and not this bebé. It’s just the nature of things, I suppose.

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