Merry Christmas from our house (filled with bouncers, burp cloths, and one cute baby) to yours! May your celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ be full of peace, food, and fun. Having a baby this time of year makes it special because I’m connecting to Mary more than before. I’m going to share with you the newborn photos we had taken in the hospital two days after our son was born (and then a few photos from the last week or so): Continue reading
Joel was born yesterday the 14th of November at 2:20am!!! He is a blondie, weighed 9 lb 8 oz at birth and is 23” long. He has Stephen’s forehead and my chin. 👶
We labored at home from Sunday morning until Monday afternoon so that we were 7cm dilated when we checked into the hospital on Monday; after 10 hours of hospital labor, we got to see our baby boy, Joel Christopher Schuh. Then we got to celebrate him the rest of his birthday day!!
I love being a mama!! Joel is a good eater and sleeping pretty well for a newborn; we are so thankful for this gift!
The first sushi I ate was handmade by a college friend and her mom back in 2005, and since then I have been hooked. Eating raw fish is not recommended for pregnant women, so I hadn’t eaten sushi since January until I made it last week!
Pregnant and craving sushi? Or trying to watch the budget and am not letting yourself go out for sushi? This is a recipe for people who desire tackling sushi rolling and saving money; feel free to experiment with which vegetables or canned fish to use. Check this out:
1 cup. short grain white rice, cooked according to the directions, so it should be about 2 cups cooked rice
1 tsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
5 Tblsp. Rice vinegar
The rest of the ingredients:
4 sheets nori (toasted seaweed rolled out into paper)
1 small cucumber
2 leaves romaine lettuce
Tuna Cream Cheese:
1 (5 oz.) can tuna in water, drained
5 oz. cream cheese
1 green onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
If you want this mixture spicier, try adding 1-2 tsp. wasabi powder and/or 1 tsp. soy sauce
Bamboo sushi mat, such as this: BambooWorx Sushi Making Kit – Includes 2 Sushi Rolling Mats, Rice Paddle, Rice Spreader |100% Bamboo Sushi Mats and Utensils.
Soy sauce and pickled ginger to serve with the sushi (some people also like wasabi).
With so many books and videos out there on the topic of pregnancy, which ones should a new Mom read and watch?
The book that I found at a thrift store after I found out I was pregnant that I have been reading every week is this:
You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide
This book has a few photos, lots of diagrams, and a week-by-week update on how the baby is developing. I read it before bed, and sometimes I read ahead because I get so excited! I'm in week 27 now, feeling the baby kick a lot, and am feeling well.
There are many "Don't's" out there for pregnant mothers; for example, "Don't lie on your back after 20-weeks," "Don't eat cold cuts," and "Don't eat soft cheese." Emily Oster, in her book
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong–and What You Really Need to Know
walks you through the nine months of pregnancy and shares all the research she did when she was pregnant about these "don't" and which ones are wise to pay attention to and which ones you have more of a choice than you thought. Stephen's cousin, Anni, gave me the book, and it is one of the first ones I have read. I enjoyed Emily's non-nonsense attitude and all the stories from her pregnancies. Check it out!
I've found several YouTube videos that have helped me start doing prenatal yoga; there are many free yoga routines to choose from, but I have three that I am enjoying using. The first one has peaceful music in the background and the narrator is encouraging (which is my favorite)! Check it out:
The next routine is more strenuous, it has no music, but it makes you work harder:
A new video I found recently is a bit shorter, it is a quicker sequence, has a little music in the background, but is a more no-nonsense, get-to-business video:
Mothers out there, what books and videos have you used that you enjoyed when pregnant? I would like to hear from you.
Have a peaceful day!
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When pregnant, should you spend the money to go to an amusement park, such as Six Flags or Cedar Point? The doctor will say “NO—do NOT ride roller coasters when pregnant!!” On the other hand, there are other things to do at these parks, such as gentle rides, eating the fun food, and being able to be there with someone you love. Consider these questions before you decide if you should go or not:
A few months back when my friend Betsy, who I have known since first grade, told me she was pregnant with her second baby, I whooped with joy! Then, a couple months later, I got to tell her that I was pregnant, and she gushed with happiness. Last summer she had moved to Tennessee, so I have seen her a lot less, but last week my husband and I visited her and her family. We got to celebrate being pregnant together! We snapped some “baby bump” pictures together on Wednesday night to celebrate her being 29 weeks and my 20 weeks along: Continue reading