Seven Quick Takes

— 1 —

I’ve been having weird dreams lately. Last night I dreamed that my brother had a traumatic brain injury that left him looking normal but mentally not there. It was terrifying. I woke up crying. I’ve heard that pregnant women often have vivid dreams so I’m not surprised, but I hope I don’t have too many like this.

— 2 —

If laypeople don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.

-Archbishop Charles Chaput

So true. We have to stand up. The bishops are leaders, but they are also servants, and they are also such a small segment of the Church. We have seen that what they say doesn’t always sway even Catholics (for example, Church teaching on birth control). If we believe, we can’t expect someone else to change the world.

— 3 —

Here’s a breakfast idea that I swear, sounds gross, but was yummy even when I wasn’t pregnant: scrambled eggs with rice. I whisk two eggs, stir in leftover rice until the eggs are pretty much full of rice, and fry them up in a pan with a little butter. That’s what I had for breakfast today.

— 4 —

Thank you to my girlfriends here on my blog, and at Living the Sacrament for suggesting some increases in iron and protein in my diet. I have started feeling better already. Someone recommended the Brewer Pregnancy Diet, which I found does have a protocol for twins. I can’t imagine being able to eat everything on the twins plan in one day, but at least approaching it has been helpful this week.

— 5 —

I heard my husband say something I’ve never heard from him last night: “For some reason, I’m really craving pizza.” I know he likes pizza, but I’ve never heard him say he has a craving. I accused him of having pregnancy cravings. He didn’t think it was too funny, but I did. Now I’m craving pizza too. I’m pretty easily suggestible when it comes to food.

— 6 —

I can’t believe this year is almost half over. And my pregnancy is almost half over too! My doctor told me with twins he’d like to see me get to 36 weeks. On Monday, not only will it be the first day of the second half of the year, but I will also reach 18 weeks. It’s amazing. I would like to get further than 36 weeks, but still, I’ll be halfway to that.

— 7 —

I’ve been very busy at work this week, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend. It’s going to be something of a busy weekend, but I get to sleep in on Sunday. I hardly ever get to sleep in.

I hope you enjoy your weekend too! God bless you!

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12 thoughts on “Seven Quick Takes

  1. Were you on a “special”/restricted diet before you became pregnant? I was on no dairy, no gluten, no red meat. Now I am having a hard time bringing all those back in to my diet.. I can’t handle dairy at all, after avoiding for so long it makes me sick now. My local doc, just said eat what you can, ( but he’s not NaPro & didn’t put me on the restricted pre-pregnancy diet ).

    • I was on no-gluten, no-dairy. I rather quickly started back on the dairy without ill effect, but I’ve found that I just feel better without gluten, although I cheat a lot more often (a cookie here, a slice of pizza there) than I did before. I have much more comfortable digestion and a lot less eczema than I did when I ate 3 wheat-based meals a day. I actually haven’t talked about nutrition with Dr. P. since I’ve been pregnant, except that he said “Add 600 calories a day.” I never counted calories before so that wasn’t easy for me, and I think I pretty much flopped at it.

      How far along are you? In the first trimester, my diet was very much eat what you can. I know some women are sick longer than others, but that was my experience. I wouldn’t force foods that you can’t stomach, just try to get more of what you can eat, when you can.

      • I am 8 weeks & I am just worried about the dairy.. I asked the local doc if I should take any supplements cuz I can’t stomach dairy & he said.. If you are not getting enough from your diet, the baby will take it from your body.. wasn’t exactly the response I was looking for, but will do for now. Maybe I’ll have to send Dr. P a little note.

      • Yes, you really don’t want the baby to take all your calcium – it’s not good for your teeth and bones, let alone your blood pressure. There are a lot of other foods that are high in calcium, like broccoli, almonds, and even oranges, among others. I would ask Dr. P., too, though. Based on my conversation with him about dairy before, I don’t think that he thinks it’s necessary for a healthy diet, so he should have some ideas for you.

  2. Those egg/rice pancakes sound yummy! I am going to try them, I am always at a loss as what to eat for bfast I do not like cereal or oatmeal and I am tired of just scrambled eggs. Praying you get past 36wks!

    • I don’t really make pancakes as much as scrambled eggs out of them. But they taste good.
      Thank you for your prayers.

  3. #3: Whatever floats your boat breakfast-wise. I’m allergic to eggs and cereal doesn’t work for me (thank you insulin resistance and PCOS!) so I do cottage cheese a lot of the time and occasionally cheese and crackers.

    #6: My mom made it to 39+ with my brother and I 33 years ago so you could easily do it. Twins have a higher chance of complications (which is why he’s aiming for 36) but you could also do completely well and take them to 40.

    #7: Enjoy the sleeping in on Sunday!

    • I would like to take them to 40 weeks. In that case, I’m still almost halfway there! So far, I feel fairly healthy. I hope I continue that way.

  4. I only have one baby (due 4 days after you are!) and I eat ALL THE TIME. Sometimes I actually get tired of eating, which I never thought would happen to me. 😉 I imagine that eating for twins is quite the task.

    Also, I love how the twin page nonchalantly suggests just drinking an extra quart of milk to get the necessary protein and calories. I probably drink a quart of milk a day (I don’t have any allergies/restrictions*), but despite my abiding love for dairy adding *another* quart seems like it would be crazy.

    *(Okay, I am restricted in going crazy with carbs–I second jen’s thank you to PCOS–but that isn’t the same as not being able to eat wheat or something.)

    • I know… an extra quart of milk! I can’t do that… I do my best, though. It is quite the task eating for twins, but I am enjoying it 😉

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