MishMash

Friday, March 29, 2013

A few good old "You know you're 9 months pregnant when . . ."
- You have to switch the razor to your left hand to shave your left ankle in order to reach.
- You can't not shave because of the itching!
- Pretty much everything makes you want to cry.
- You no longer care if what you're wearing constitutes an outfit, so long as you are clothed.
- You can't walk more than 15 feet outside of your home without someone commenting on the fact that you're still pregnant or how large your belly is.

Tony and I were on a roll for a good bit, but I think we've both forgotten how short of time we have! In the next 1 1/2 weeks we need to:
- Get my cameras and lenses into CPS for service.
- Pack the hospital bags and the over night bag for the boys.
- Install the carseats.
- Purchase a new pack and play.
- Wash Baby Sweet's clothes . . . although there's still about 5% of me listening to the adage "Keep the tags on."
- Finish Isaac and Ezra's Big Brother shirts.
Big brother shirts have commenced! #dontexpectanEtsysiteanytimesoon

And . . . there were other things, but my mind is too addled to remember.

37 weeks | Baby Sweets

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This my friends is a #fullterm #babybump! #37weeks and I'm thankfully still feeling great. So grateful for this little girl.

How far along: 37 weeks. [37w with Ezra, 37w with Isaac

How big is baby: Little miss is measuring in over 19 inches and over 6 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: Back up to 21lbs.

Stretch marks: After two pregnancies, I somehow still don't have any.

Sleep: The tossing and turning and pregnancy insomnia have returned, but thankfully so has Ezra’s ability to sleep through the night. In the last two years, I don’t think we’ve gotten as much sleep as we currently are, at least on a family average. I have to have something between my legs now or otherwise I’m unable to sleep comfortably.   

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: By the time I’m done with this pregnancy, I need to fill my face with fish tacos and pad thai. I know where to get my Thai craving filled, but I don’t normally order fish tacos, so I’m hesitant to pull the trigger.

Movement: My goodness this girl can stretch out in a small space.

What I'm loving: Life. I’m loving my life. The house I hate, the job I hate, the paycheck to paycheck, the dinner making every night, the squabbles between the boys and the bed time battles. Well, maybe not the job. ;) With my photography duties behind me for the short term near future, I’m just living life as a working mama of two boys and wife to a great man, and it’s a really good life. I’m so glad that I was strict with my scheduling this time, because I fully intend to just soak in this life of a family of 4, as it is currently.

I’m also loving how sweet Isaac has been towards his baby sister, both in speaking of her and touching my belly.

Symptoms: The whole kit and caboodle! I will say though that coconut water seems to be the bomb at keeping my leg cramps at bay!

What I'm looking forward to: Tomorrow is our evening session with Gina and I’m just hoping we get some fun sweet images of this fleeting time.

Best moment of the week: Probably last night, when Isaac asked to take a picture of me. His hands aren’t so steady with the phone camera, so I kept trying to get him to point the phone up, more towards my face. He didn’t want to though, because he said “Mama, I want to take a picture of my baby sister.” And he did. :) It's not a great picture by way of composition/light, but I love it all the same.
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How I'm feeling: Pretty emotional lately. I’ve expressed some apprehension over having a daughter as we get closer and closer to meeting her. Overall though, I just am amazed by the blessings in our life.  When we hear the boys go off in peals of laughter, egging each other on and hearing pure joy. Watching Ezra methodically take in the world and copy everything that he sees his big brother do or say. Sitting down to read bedtime books and being “read” to by Isaac. It’s just, so much.

Weekend

Monday, March 25, 2013

This past weekend was just perfectly refreshing. We started out by celebrating a friend's birthday Friday evening with a dinner out with friends and were also basically acknowledging it as our last hurrah! Saturday morning we had to bring the Jeep in for some repairs and were short a vehicle the remainder of the weekend, but it didn't keep me down.

While I couldn't quite say that it was Spring working it's way into my veins, given that Minnesota and most of the country for that matter, hasn't gotten the memo to drop winter, but I was in a mood to nest! They say 3rd time is the charm and I was so thankful to actually have the time and opportunity to nest for the first time. Unlike when I was pregnant with Isaac and the nursery walls were barely drywalled, let alone painted or with Ezra when I didn't have a room to prepare for him or time either, since I shot my last wedding just two weeks before he was born, this time I'm prepping!
This is called "#nesting" and for the first time in three pregnancies I have the opportunity and TIME to participate. All of Isaac and Ezra's clothes have been sorted, 7 bags of assorted things to Goodwill and clothes prepped for consignment. #welcomespri

I was able to whittle down our clothing bins to one bin of things for Ezra to grow into of Isaac's. ONE. Space is a commodity in our house, even in storage, so I was flipping ecstatic! There were at least 7 bags to Goodwill and I have two bins all set and ready to go for consignment sales. It felt absolutely amazing.

Other than that, we got to see family a bit and spent quite a bit of time at home, doing things like Tickle Fights, piggy back races between Tony and I, Isaac asking me to dance with him while pretending to marry me and so many more moments that I will absolutely treasure.
Tickle fight time! #boymama

Paleo Recap

Thursday, March 21, 2013

I spoke too soon yesterday, home with the boys for the 2nd day this week. They're tag teaming us. Lunch today is a tuna, avocado, cherry, goat cheese and pepper olive oil for dressing salad. #paleo #paleohashtag #glutenfree #dairyfree #isnuckabiteofmacnch
So, this whole paleo thing. I’ve gotten several requests through IG to blog more about paleo and I’ve been meaning to, man have I been meaning to. I just knew that it would be a lengthy post and wasn’t sure when I’d find the time to adequately cover it. Considering that the last time I even blogged about it, other than my sweet potato hash post, was in Octoberwhen I was only 3 days into trying it, I’d say that I’ve got some work to do!
As a starting point, the paleo diet [caveman diet] is based on eating clean, nutrient rich food from the food groups our hunter-gatherer forbearers would have had access to. These foods include fresh meat, fish, seafood, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts and healthy oils. What it does not include are dairy products, carbohydrates [cereal, grains, bread, pasta, rice], legumes, refined sugars and processed foods.

I covered it a bit in October, but I’ve always tried to eat “healthy.” Of course, this has meant one thing or the other over the years, based on whether or not I’m training for something or trying to limit carbs/sugar/fat. It almost has always included relying on Lean Cuisines, reduced fat salad dressing and [insert processed diet food here]. This has been entirely different though and honestly, a little bit of a struggle for our family, because Tony doesn't have as much vision to cook paleo meals, so the cooking has fallen squarely on my shoulders.

Tony went with me in the diet change in October and lost almost 10 lbs. Levi’s wedding and staying in a hotel for 4 days while traveling definitely threw us both off a bit, of course it was then Thanksgiving, quickly followed by Christmas and to boot we were in the throes of hockey season! It’s no wonder that my midwife called me out on my weight gain in December. What a roller coaster I was putting my body through! I gave up on Tony sometime in late January I believe and have just been going it myself since.

When I initially made the change in October, I lost 2 lbs. Being pregnant, I definitely was not trying to lose weight and kind of cautiously started to make the changes, but intended to quit if I noticed a continued loss. After that loss though, I kind of hit a patch of maintaining which was perfect, until Nov/Dec. After our WI Dells trip, I threw myself back into it and again had a small loss before finding a steady weight, which I have slowly, but regularly gained from over the last 12 weeks.

After the initial 2 days of headaches and upset stomachs, Tony and I were pretty much raving to each other how awesome we felt with the new diet. I mean, it really doesn’t get much simpler than what we were doing, eating whole food. No boxes, cans or containers for the most part, just simply fresh meats, veggies and fruits. The taste couldn’t be beat and we could tell that our bodies were responding to the change. We had energy, clear skin, less gassy, were regular . . . you name it, it seemed to be a “side effect” of our food choices.

Due to this, it’s been very easy for me to continue the last few months. For any of my pregnant friends, did you catch that happy “side effect” listed above? Constipation? Complete thing of the past.

Because I love moderation as well, I’ll be the first to admit that I eat a little too much greek yogurt and goat cheese to really be considered on a dairy free diet. Additionally, we still shop at Aldi. While our health is of utmost importance to me, I knew that significantly changing our grocery budget to include grass fed meats and ritzier options was not going to happen. I always read my labels and sometimes am sadly shocked to find what additional crap goes into some items, but other times am happy to see it’s just as clean as can be. It works for us.

In reading back on my previous blog posts nearing the end of pregnancy, I’m shocked by how much I had to complain about! I have easy pregnancies and I know I do! And yet, all I have to say at the end is how miserable I am. It’s made me really pause to reflect on the fact that, while yes, I’d kill for a good nights sleep, I feel so much better at this point! I really think it has to do with the food choices I’m making and that I’ve gained almost a 1/3 less this time than with Isaac and Ezra. Seeing as how Baby Sweets has continued to grow on track and was even measuring a week ahead at one point, I think it’s fairly safe to say that that’s 9 lbs less of me! And that 9 lbs less of me is equating to less pain, less discomfort and less overall complaints. 

I’m really excited to see how this diet effects my post partum recovery as well. Both in terms of weight loss and with baby blues. I know that baby blues are caused by hormone changes, but I can’t help but wonder if choosing the right foods for my body can’t juice up some endorphins to combat the negativity. Time will tell.

Boys ate cereal, I tried #paleo banana pancakes for the first time, with pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. For a girl who doesn't like bananas, but experiences almost nightly leg cramps due to pregnancy, I really love that going paleo has helped me intake mySpaghetti squash amazingness with turkey sweet Italian sausage, sweet peppers, pepper infused olive oil, spinach and topped off with a little marinara and goat cheese. So freaking good! #cleaneating #cleaneats #dinner #paleo #paleohashtag #glutenfreeGood morning friends! #sweetpotatohash #myfamilyissickofit #imnot #paleo #paleohashtag #glutenfree #dairyfree

36 weeks | Baby Sweets

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

36w 

How far along: 36 weeks. [36w with Ezra, 36w with Isaac

How big is baby: Little miss is measuring in over 19 inches and 6 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: Down to 20lbs this week. We barely ate this past weekend due to this dang sickness. It completely wiped out our appetites, so my MW wasn’t too surprised when I showed zero weight gain from my appt two weeks ago. And because I love comparing, it absolutely blows my mind that I weighed 9lbs more at this point with both boys!

Stretch marks: After two pregnancies, I somehow still don't have any.

Sleep: Well our house seems to be on the mend with this sickness, but unfortunately the damage was done. While we had a good week of him sleeping through the night in his crib, he now expects to be whisked away to cuddle in bed like he was when he was in the pack and play in our room and most recently when he was sick. We’ve had back to back nights of wake ups demanding he be let out. I really hope he’s a quick study and realizes it’s just for the best if he rolls over, hunkers down and falls back to sleep in his crib.  

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Much like last week, alcoholic beverages and tortillas, filled with pretty much anything.

Movement: My goodness this girl can stretch out in a small space.

What I'm loving: Last week was hard. Very hard. My having to stay home two days didn’t really help my position at work going into maternity leave, but it was also an incredibly sweet time. As any mother who has dealt with a lengthy sickness knows, in just a week or two or a month, you forget just how bad it was, but you remember the snuggles and the way that you, and only you, are needed by your child. I essentially had a 4 day weekend to cuddle with my family and get healthy. It wasn’t fun, but I will cherish the memories of just being with my family.

Symptoms: Still a very apparent lack of heartburn. I swear I’m not complaining . . . it’s just definitely different. Otherwise, you name it.

What I'm looking forward to: Considering that we actually have things in place, have transitioned the boys, have remedied the carseat situation . . . I’m actually starting to nest, maybe, I think. It’s never been an option for me, because we were always stressed about one thing or the other right up until delivery! So, with that being said, we’re making some updates to the photo wall and our bedroom. I’m really looking forward to getting some of these pieces in place!

Also, I’m really looking forward to spending some time with Gina next week for a late maternity session. She’s still nursing a broken foot and I’m going to be 37w pregnant, so as she said “I’m not going to try to make it perfect!” It’ll be what it is and it will be the perfect representation of us, now.

Best moment of the week: Today. Today, I'm having a good hair day and I'm wearing a pair of my non-maternity jeans with a hair tie.

How I'm feeling: Now that we’re clearing out this sickness, I’m feeling really good! I’m praying that God is in complete control of the when’s, where’s and who’s of this little miss’ delivery and that’s about it! God has amazingly blessed us with 4 pregnancies and I’m overjoyed to meet my 3rd child and trying to enjoy what we expect to be my final pregnancy. 

MishMash

Monday, March 18, 2013

Remember when I blogged regularly? And commented on other blogs? And actually read other blogs? Jeez louise, last month I only managed to scrounge up 10 posts!

So here we go, a little Fontaine MishMash.

When Ezra was about 5 months old, the swing we were gifted when expecting Isaac called it kaputs. After several battery changes, it was the determined the motor had just given out. Considering how little Isaac was in the swing and that Ezra only used it those 5 months, it had a lot to do with Isaac as a 2+ year old loving to use it. We knew we would be in the market for a new one for Baby Sweets and I was so excited when my friend Sarah sent me a listing for a $140 Fisher Price swing on craigslist for $40! $40 you guys! Too bad we missed our opportunity on that one, but as it turned out, we were able to snag one last week for $50. I still feel like we overpaid $10, but am so thankful for such a nice swing at such a reduced cost.
So this happened tonight. After two babies, our previous swing completely crapped out on us . . . Enter craigslist, $50 for a $140 swing! #babyprep #herebeforeweknowit

It's a little surreal to see the swing in the living room, as it's the first of the baby gear to start making it's way out, just like when we were expecting Ezra.

That night, Isaac excitedly told us "I love it! I really, really, really love it!" He has been so sweet about expecting his baby sister. As usual the whole concept of time has proven a little difficult though, as he wants his sister here now. And as I've mentioned, Ezra is obsessed with babies. Even knowing that, neither Tony or I could handle it when he put his Lion in the swing, tucked it in with his blanket and start to sway while rocking the baby.
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With a bit of sickness hanging out around our house, I ended up having to take two days off of work last week, Thursday and Friday. Once the decision was made, I tried to look at it, even though sick, as one of my last opportunities to really cherish time with my boys.
Sometimes, I just don't even know what to say. He's just too much.  #ezrajohn loving on his baby sister.

There were some challenging moments due to first Ezra being sick, but Isaac not and then vice versa, but it really was a sweet time together.
Full arms, smiles and a growing lil miss. What a blessed life, even if peppered with sickness this week. #blessed #soontobefamilyof5 #boysarecrazy
Additionally, Levi and Bethany were able to bring their puppy, Ralph home! He's a Duetsch Drahthaar and Levi is just a little bit in love.
Ralph08
Ralph18

35 weeks | baby sweets

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

 #35weeks and 35 days to go! I love the 35/35 milestone. Keep on growing baby girl! #babysweetsbabybump
How far along: 35 weeks. [35 with Ezra]

How big is baby: Little miss is measuring in over 18 inches and 5.25 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: Right at 21lbs again. Looking back, when I was 35w with Ezra we’d just shot our maternity session and went camping and while I said that I didn’t weigh myself . . . I did at some point between 34-26w and I tracked a 6 lbs weight gain! I’m hoping to avoid repeating this, because I distinctly remember thinking “Well, pictures are done, so how much damage can I really do?”

Stretch marks: After two pregnancies, I somehow still don't have any.

Sleep: So much for remembering what sleep is. Ezra ended up with croup on Saturday night and unfortunately has had a 103-104F fever off and on ever since. Neither Tony or I were too alarmed, because the high fever was a symptom of croup, but today after 4 days of this nonsense, we’re bringing him in. I’ve been up with him several times throughout the night the last two nights and this girl is spent.  

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Hard apple cider. A tall Dos Equis Especial with limes. A refreshing Riesling. Also, random, two weeks ago we had friends over for tacos and let me tell you . . . those gosh darn flour tortillas practically sing to me every time I open the fridge. All I want is a cheesy gooey chicken quesadilla with sour cream!

Movement: My goodness this girl can stretch out in a small space.

What I'm loving: Tony totally came through last weekend! We now know that 3 carseats can and will fit into our vehicles [2 Diono Radians and a Safety 1st Infant Carrier]. The spin off of knowing this, is that we now know we don’t have to spend any of our saved money on a new to us vehicle, which means I can take the full 12 weeks off, without trying to do the PT work from home nonsense like I did last time.

It’s like all of my stress has been removed, well, aside from the who/what/where/when questions of the delivery and two crazy boys. But in comparison to only qualifying for short term disability to the day that Isaac was born and needing to shoot at wedding at 37w with Ezra [just two weeks before he was born], being relatively stress free 5 weeks before little miss is HUGE!

Symptoms: Leg cramps are back with a vengeance. I hate succumbing to marketing, but I don’t seem to have any on days when I drink coconut water . . . but it’s so dang expensive to have as a daily habit. Other than sleep and normal body aches and stiffness, from reading back on my update with Ezra, I think I’m doing pretty well!

What I'm looking forward to: The first weekend of April. I’m going to take Friday off of work and we’re going to have a Fontaine Family Fun Day. We plan to go out to breakfast, then something super fun, lunch, drop Tony off at work for ½ the day, boys home for nap time and then something equally fun for the evening! Then on Saturday the 6th, I’m getting my hair done and going shopping with my Mom like we traditionally do before the little one arrives. To finish it out, my baby sprinkle is on the 7th hosted by my wonderful sister in law. And I might be crazy for considering it fun, but I have my 39w appt with Fern on the 8th and we’ve already agreed to strip my membranes in hopes to get baby out before she and Gina leave me.

Best moment of the week: Hmm, I bet it’s still coming.

How I'm feeling: Other than extreme exhaustion, I’m feeling good. I’m feeling like we’re finally getting ready!

What a weekend!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Probably one of the ugliest pictures in my IG feed, but it gives me so much joy/hope/reassurance, and mainly resolution. With the purchase of two more Diono Radians we will be SET. No new vehicles. Now, now, finally now, I can be excited about how close o

I never knew I could be so happy about car seats! After a few weeks of nagging, a couple of tear filled breakdowns and at least one week of bad attitude from me and Tony finally provided us with the answer: the carseats fit! We'll need to purchase two new Diono Radians, but that's a whole lot cheaper than one or two new vehicles!
Date night with @fontainenine! #brasa, naturally followed by the MN State High School Hockey Championship game.
Tony and I went on a date Saturday night. We went to Brasa for the third time and goodness, it just tastes so freaking good! We shared three small meat plates and three small sides, including our favorite the fried yuca.
Like most parents of young children, Tony and I have been certain today's observation of DST would hurt. We assumed it'd only be felt in early hours and cranky nap times, but neither of us saw croup coming. :(

Ezra unfortunately ended up with croup, so we spent some time in the steamy bathroom at 4:30am Sunday morning. And here, we'd been dreading DST, but instead it was croup that hurt the most. He's doing much better, but still has a bit of a cough and fever.

And to round it out, Isaac spent the night last night at my Mom's, so Ezra and I meandered around Target for a good almost two hours. I spent a bit of money, but I'm happy to say that their Easter baskets now have contents and I have most of the makings of their busy bags/big brother gifts for when their sister makes her appearance!

Oh, and I shot the last of my scheduled sessions! This was a great anxiety reducing weekend!

Sweet Potato Hash

Thursday, March 7, 2013

 Obviously if I don't post a picture of my #weekend #breakfast everyone will be concerned we're starving up here, right? #paleo sweet potato hash with zucchini, sweet peppers, onions, eggs and leftover chorizo chili with carrots and celery! #glutenfree #da
So, as most of you who follow me on instagram [leahfontaine] know, in October I changed my diet to the simple paleo diet. Essentially, it's no carbs, dairy, legumes or corn. Remarkably, I love it. I know it's pretty much a fad diet, but it was undeniable to recognize how much better my body felt and operated when I cleaned up my eats.

One of my favorite things about the paleo diet is that it's increased my consumption of sweet potatoes. Prior to this little experiment, I think we'd only ever had prepackaged sweet potato products. Apparently they look pretty enticing too, because there have been quite a few comments asking that I spill some details. I'm definitely not an aspiring chef, so this is just the simple way I do it.

A quick way to jazz up your morning routine with the added nutrients of sweet potatoes is to make a sweet potato hash. After washing and peeling your sweet potatoes, you can then either grate or dice them. Dicing is obviously much faster!

I don't follow much of a recipe for my hash, I just eyeball it mainly and use what's available, but for enough hash for Tony, myself and the boys, I usually do this:

4 sweet potatoes diced
3 sweet peppers diced
1/2 onion diced
coconut oil [or whatever oil you prefer to pan fry]
and by sight: garlic powder, chili powder and S&P

I just pan fry the above over medium heat, allowing the vegetables to carmelize and brown a bit, which can take around 15 minutes or so. One thing to note is that if the other vegetables added have a higher moisture content, it can make it more difficult to brown the sweet potatoes [like when I add zucchini]. 

For the above, once the sweet potato hash is almost done, I crack a few eggs on top, lower the heat a bit from the medium high and let them just cook on top. Love, love, love.
Good morning friends! #sweetpotatohash #myfamilyissickofit #imnot #paleo #paleohashtag #glutenfree #dairyfree

34 weeks | Baby Sweets

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

 #34weeks #baby3 measuring right on track. #lasttimeiwearthis #babysweetsbabybump #babybump #pregnant
How far along: 34 weeks. [34 with Ezra, 34 with Isaac]

How big is baby: Little miss is measuring in at 17.2 inches and 4.2 pounds.

Weight gain/loss: Down a pound, at 21 lbs.

Stretch marks: After two pregnancies, I somehow still don't have any.

Sleep: Sleep. I actually remember what it is again. Isaac and Ezra are doing pretty well with sharing a room, so that’s been amazing. I’ve made sure my water intake is high to avoid leg cramps and I quit walking stairs a few weeks ago, so the  pelvic pain that was nightly waking me has disappeared.  

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I seem to be eating a lot of food with Mexican flavors. It seems to be the only thing that’s really flavorful and worth it, but I’m also really getting sick of it.

Movement: We’re transitioning from kicks to rolls and pushes.

What I'm loving: That we actually got the boys into their room, you know, before this little miss was born. We’re just not great at transitions, so it’s a HUGE win.

Symptoms: Primarily moodiness.

What I'm looking forward to: Shooting two engagement sessions and a 6 month session this weekend, as they’re my last sessions!

Best moment of the week: Tony initiated the baby names conversation the last two nights and it’s been very sweet. We never really “discussed” names with Isaac and Ezra, I just compiled a list and made sure a name had Tony’s approval to stay on the list. Hearing him mull over pros and cons, as well as question spelling and middle name pairing has just made me appreciate him all the more.

How I'm feeling: Today, I’m feeling annoyed and just pretty much peeved. I’m trying to keep perspective. Hopefully tomorrow will bring a better attitude. 

Their Room

Monday, March 4, 2013

Last week, the big news was that Isaac was no longer in a crib. Yes, this came as a surprise to many people that he'd been a crib up until last week. Imagine, an almost 4 year old in a crib. Tony and I really laid back in some aspects of parenting, one being "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." In this case, Isaac sleeping in the crib worked reasonably fine and Ezra seemed content as well . . . but, it was time for a change! So, this weekend, we initiated the process of getting both boys to sleep together in their room.

And, it was met with fair success.
We will see what the rest of the night holds, but for now, the impossible has taken place: both boys are asleep in the same room. #isaaclevi #ezrajohn #makingwayforbaby

Getting them both asleep was no small feat! Ezra usually falls asleep within minutes of being laid down, while Isaac chatters, plays and escapes his room for every reason under the sun until finally sleeping around 9:45. We're not sure what the best tactic will be. We first tried just laying them down awake, which worked, but was painful. We've also tried laying Ezra down first and trying to get Isaac to stay quiet and that proved largely unsuccessful at nap time yesterday, as Ezra slept for a bit, then Isaac woke him up, then Era kept Isaac awake and finally had to be removed from the room. The last option would be to to lay Isaac down and try to keep Ezra up until Isaac fell asleep, but I think both Tony and I know that is the least desirable.

Saturday night involved two wake ups from Ezra, where I essentially just had to retrieve his nuk and he happily rolled over and went back to sleep without waking Isaac up.

They were all smiles Sunday morning.
Smiles all around this morning, after the boys' first night together in their room! Two wake ups from Ezra, but Isaac stayed asleep. #boymama #siblings

 

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