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Now that I'm in week 29 of pregnancy I feel hungry all the time. I remember feeling this way towards the end of the first trimester and I'll admit that currently I don't feel nearly as ravenous as I did back then, but I can still tell we've entered into another "major growth" period.
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I've been very conscientious of choosing snacks that are healthy and more filling so I (hopefully) don't overeat and take on much unneeded weight (I already know I'll be pushing that 40-pound recommendation for women who started their pregnancy at a low weight but I want to make sure the pounds I'm gaining are healthy). Some of the common snack choices I currently make are: yogurt, bananas, cottage cheese + granola (delicious!), apple slices + almond butter (simply because we tend to have that and not peanut butter in our pantry), oatmeal, trail mix, crackers + tuna (only once or twice a week, of course), a variety of smoothies, and spinach-leaf salad with almonds. Do any of you have other healthy snack ideas for pregnancy? I'm always on the look-out for new ideas!
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Michael and I realized this week that we need to learn some DIY frozen yogurt recipes. Believe it or not, my husband has more food cravings (especially for sweets) than his pregnant wife and lately - probably because of the evolving weather - he always wants to get ice cream after dinner. However, this past week the couple of times we went out for dessert I successfully talked him into getting frozen yogurt with fruit toppings instead because I know that I'm already going to gain about a pound a week from here on out and don't want to be gaining much more than that if it's unnecessary. Plus, fro-yo is delicious...but it is expensive! So thank you, Pinterest, for existing. I've already found several recipe ideas! Do any of you have a favorite homemade frozen yogurt recipe you'd like to share??? I'll keep you posted as we try to make our own.
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While I was scouring Pinterest for frozen yogurt recipes I got distracted (of course) and began looking at other pins...and I found this handy source for praying novenas! PrayMoreNovenas.com delivers monthly novena prayers to your email inbox so that you can join in one novena per month and not miss out on novenas for major feast days. How awesome is that? I found it just in time to begin the Novena to the Sacred Heart which ends in time for June 7 - this year's feast day. Pray with me?
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Speaking of the novena, are you familiar with the promises and graces associated with a devotion to the Sacred Heart? I knew it was supposedly a pretty powerful novena and devotion, but never before had I prayed it or looked into it (there's always a new prayer resource to discover in Catholicism!). I'm so grateful I found that novena website when I did and finally learned more about the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Ironically enough, I had just been talking with my husband about the Sacred Heart about a week ago; God's timing is truly providential, is it not? I want to begin incorporating this devotion into our home.
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This week I discovered two exciting things! 1) I was nominated for the Very Inspiring Bloggers Award! This means I wrote a response piece in which I nominated a few bloggers who inspire me. You should check it out and visit the blogs of all the lovely ladies I nominated if you get a chance. 2) My readers can get a discount on lactation cookies! If you or a loved one you know plans to breastfeed at any point you may want to check the offer out here.
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Today Michael and I will be driving to my hometown in Indiana because tomorrow is the day of the baby shower!!! Words cannot express how happy I am at the thought of seeing some of my closest friends and finally getting to celebrate this pregnancy and our baby boy with people I love (other than my husband, of course)! Plus, I haven't seen my mom, younger sister, or my grandmother (all of whom will be in attendance) since Christmastime. I cannot wait!
I hope you all have a great weekend!