Lots of bloggers do “Five Things Friday” posts, but I’m coming at you with five random things on a Monday.
SO rebellious, right?
It doesn’t even sound good (Five Things Monday?), which is why I had to come up with a different title.
Basically, we’re already off to a rocky start, but here we go anyway…
1. If this late-pregnancy “nesting” thing is real (I’ve always been skeptical—couldn’t I just like a clean house?), then I got hit by it hard this past weekend.
Out of nowhere came the energy to do something I’d been wanting to do (but putting off) for at least a year: minimal-ize my kitchen countertops.
I know you’ve never seen the “before,” but imagine this PLUS a large crockpot, a blender, a coffee bean grinder, a couple more bottles of oils/vinegars, and a coffee mug holder thingie. It was crazy cluttered, and for no great reason—sure, I use all those things a lot, but it won’t kill me to spend five more seconds pulling them out of the cupboards first.
I might even go back and stash that can opener, now that I’m looking at the picture. Do I really need that to be ultra-accessible?
Of course, it also took some serious cupboard reorganizing to find new and still semi-convenient homes for all those things—but it was almost embarrassing how easy it ended up being.
I also did five loads of laundry on Saturday—one of those being a huge pile of Mason’s old baby clothes. Baby #2 now has fresh, clean clothes in drawers and ready to go!
I forgot how cute all this stuff was! Can’t wait to get more use out of it.
Next, I made a giant batch of my latest favorite salad for quick grab-and-go lunches throughout the week:
The me of last weekend, who spent all Sunday afternoon napping and the rest of the time lounging/whining, totally didn’t recognize the me of this weekend.
2. I know white polo shirts probably aren’t the most practical for a 2-year-old, but I just think they’re so darn cute.
I gave Mase a haircut and I swear he aged 5 years.
3. We tried a new recipe last night: this lemon-garlic picnic chicken.
The skin didn’t turn out as crispy as I was hoping (anyone know the secret to crispy chicken skin??), but the chicken itself was to die for.
I was also thrilled to discover the blog behind the recipe. The author is a fellow food-allergy mom, and every word on her about page could have come out of my own mouth. I have the same exact gut feeling that she does—that there’s “something more” behind this whole modern-day food allergy uprising. Leaky guts? Autoimmune issues? Who knows, but I pray that someday we all know the answers…
4. In semi-related news: as of Saturday, I’m officially eating dairy-free.
Yep! It’s back to the old elimination diet for me (but hopefully I won’t have to go as strict as I was when BF’ing Mason).
I wanted to cut dairy for at least the beginning of my breastfeeding journey (yes, it’s a journey) with baby #2, not because I’m assuming he’ll be allergic to it like Mason is, but because lots of newborns have a hard time digesting dairy at first. From what I’ve read, lots of moms have found their babies to sleep better, spit up less, and be less colicky when mom was dairy-free in the early months. This seemed to be true even if the babies were later able to tolerate dairy just fine, once their digestive systems matured a little more.
I’m starting 2 weeks before my due date because it takes at least that long for dairy to get out of your system. (Breastmilk is tricky like that—it won’t just use the most recent things you’ve eaten, but everything in your system at the time.)
I’m also considering cutting gluten (another super common stomach irritant for bambinos), but I don’t feel as strongly about that one, and I don’t eat that much of it right now anyway. (Most breads/baked goods have dairy in them too, so that stuff is already off the table.) As of now, my plan is to “go super light” on the gluten and see how the baby does.
5. I finally found a few hours to spend doing some photography for my prenatal workout program!
I have to say: as secure as I am, it’s not easy taking a bunch of pictures of yourself doing exercises at 38+ weeks pregnant. And it’s definitely not easy to do that in public. I got plenty of curious stares.
Plus plenty of interruptions from oblivious ducks, casually meandering into my shots.
I mean, really? You all need to hang out right here?
Hope you have a great week!
Something to read: 20 examples of “thin privilege” – what do you think of this??
Do you believe in nesting?
How many appliances do you leave out on your countertops vs. stashed away?
What’s the latest new recipe you’ve loved?