These raw energy balls have been my go to snack for the last couple of months and are so easy to make. They are the perfect pregnancy snack packed with delicious natural goodness not to mention great for the whole family. I personally like them straight out of the fridge and they keep for at least a week in sealed container.
2 cups nuts – any nuts will do. I generally use a combination of walnuts, cashews, almond meal, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
1 cup desiccated coconut
2 cups Medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 tbls coconut oil
In a food processor, process the nuts with the coconut. Add the dates, vanilla, coconut oil and salt. Process until combined. Place the mixture in the fridge for about 10mins before rolling individually into balls. Coat in chia seeds and coconut and store in the fridge.
Makes about 25.
Now this is a special week! No need for the fruit analogy on size because on the 8th Feb at 5:11am – two days before the due date, our beautiful baby boy arrived into our arms. He weighed in at 3.192kg and 50.5cm in length but before I go into lengthy details about the birth, I’ll fill you in on some events that preceded it.
Overall it was a good week. I went for swims, had massages, drank raspberry leaf tea, ate pineapple and spicy foods and had a fairly comfortable week. With the baby dropping lower into my pelvis, I found it easier to breathe which made sleeping a bit more comfortable too. I didn’t experience any other symptoms other than increased discharge this week but no significant ‘show’ as such. On Wed 4th, we made our way back to Melbourne via Kai’s swimming lessons in Geelong. That night we picked up my mother-in-law Leena who had made the long trip out from Finland to be here to welcome her second grandchild and also to help keep Kai entertained. I had a visit with my obstetrician the next day on the 5th and he did his routine checks of blood pressure and an ultrasound. Our baby’s vital signs all in good order. The only different check this week was that he did an internal examination to see if my cervix had started to soften – which it had, very slightly. That day, I had a meeting with my management group and finished my outing in the city with a hair cut. I spent the night splashing in the pool with Kai and relaxing with family…trying to stay patient, present and calm. I can’t describe the feeling, but I sensed our baby was very close now. (more…)
Our bub is as long as a leek!
Now that I’m at the tail end of this pregnancy, I can feel the excitement build. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel. It also a time of mixed emotions. At times, I feel confident and ready to take on the forces of natural labour – determined to naturally and calmly birth our baby (will let you know how I go with that). I also have moments of fear and worry. Hoping that the baby is healthy. Hoping that I will cope with the birth and that everything runs smoothly. I feel so much love for newby inside and so much wonder for who this little person innately is. Girl? Boy? Arty? Sporty? Shy? Outgoing? The list is endless.
Whatever the case, I’m trying to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Focusing on my breathing helps me to do that especially when I feel weird or uncomfortable sensations in my body. In my athlete life, breathing techniques are familiar practice and standard preparation for any major event. Tightening up with fear, tightens your mind and body – not an optimal performance state. So, remaining positive, staying calm and having trust in myself and my support team is key. Same goes for labour and birth…. I would think? Another important fact I remind myself of is that women have been birthing their babies since the beginning of time. It’s a natural process, not a medical condition (unless there are complications) and a process you can’t so much control, but instead surrender too. What will be, will be I suppose.
I had another check up this week which involves the usual monitoring and ultrasound. The benefits of having a private obstetrician is being able to see the progress and hear the heart beating each time I visit, which reassures that everything is on track. At 38 weeks you can’t see too much on the ultrasound. I can imagine it’s getting pretty squishy inside but we did the usual measurements of the amniotic fluid, head circumference, humerus and femur bones. All looking good. I really felt as though the baby had dropped lower this week, however when the doc checked, he said the head position was still fairly high.
This week I really felt myself in full nesting mode – mopping floors, cleaning windows and washing bed linen. I detest ironing, but somehow I’ve really enjoyed the process of washing and ironing all the baby clothes and linen. It’s all so sweet and tiny. Everything is in place now and ready, which is a nice feeling. I’ve actually enjoyed the cold snap of weather this January and consider myself quite lucky to have escaped what could be scorching heat.
Next week, we’ll make the move back to Melbourne until the birth. My mother-in-law Leena is arriving from Finland so she’ll be a great distraction for Kai and he’s so excited she’s coming. Until then xxx
Our bub is as long as a stalk of rainbow chard!
37 weeks is an exciting benchmark in pregnancy. You are considered to be full term any time between 37 and 42 weeks so there’s comfort in knowing that if our baby was born any time from now – it’s fully cooked and equipped to survive on the outside. It’s also exciting to know we’re nearing the end of our pregnancy journey and will soon meet the little person we’ve created.
The start of this week was quite jam packed. I flew to Sydney on Tuesday for the day and arrived back in Melbourne and headed straight to the Australian Open that night. Needless to say, I was a little zonked the next day! We made some great progress with our house plans this week and have placed them up for advertising -which means people have 2 weeks to raise any objections. Hopefully there are none and we can then proceed to get our planning permit. It’s a process but we’re making good progress so far. Our Australia Day celebrations were fairly mild and had a quiet weekend with some friends which was nice.
Our bub is the length of a large cos lettuce!
Just when I thought the weeks were slipping by too fast, they seem to have sped up even more as I near the end of my pregnancy. I’m a little late with this post and the 36th week zoomed by in a flash! It was my Birthday week – so I guess that’s a good excuse!
The week kicked off with Kai’s first sessions in occasional care. Given he’s about to start 3-years old kindergarten and has never been in childcare, I thought it would be a good idea to get him started in some kind of day care where he gets to play in a more organised way. Day 1 started off ok and Kai was so excited to have a backpack and a packed lunch, but as soon as we got there, he decided he didn’t want me to go and turned on the waterworks. I peeled myself away from him (horrible feeling) and left him in the wonderful hands of the teachers. I’m fairly certain he continued to cry until I picked him up as his eyes were swollen and red…poor little darling. He went again the next day and although he didn’t want me to leave again, he didn’t cry when I left and I picked him up happy painting and playing with the other kids. As a special prize for his good behaviour I bought him a new bus to add to his excessive automobile collection. Who know what goes through their little minds. Did he think I wasn’t coming back?
Our bub weighs as much as a honeydew melon!
I had a pretty cruisey week this week and I’m really struggling to recall what I actually did! Maybe it’s the pregnancy hormones:)
We had my grandmother’s funeral on Wednesday followed by her wake which was in Melbourne. As expected, it was difficult to say goodbye as I have so many great memories spent with her. I had the pleasure of delivering the eulogy which was a collaboration of all her grandchildrens’ memories and it was a nice way for me to pay tribute to a beautiful soul that taught me many life lessons. Somehow there’s comfort knowing that the circle of life continues with myself and my sister-in-law heavily pregnant and ready to bring new lives into the world.