Lately: Fall 2014

As I mentioned in my latest Baby Coop update, this fall has just been flying by! I thought I’d take a few minutes to sit down and recap some of the things that we’ve done since the end of summer!

What We’ve Been Eating

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea & Turkey Stew (gluten-free) from Skinnytaste

Skinnytaste Moroccan Chickpea stew

This was SO GOOD! Super easy to prep, too! You could absolutely leave out the turkey & sub vegetable broth for a totally vegan meal. I swapped in about 1tsp dried adobo chile for the fresh poblano chiles, but you could also probably use 1tsp dried chili powder there too! Adeline liked this as well, it was so flavorful with the coriander, turmeric and chile! I also sautéed some zucchini and added it in just before serving (I didn’t want it to get mushy),

Saweet Potato Casserole w/Crunchy Topping (gluten-free and vegan) from Oh She Glows

Saweet Potato Casserole Oh She Glows(photo from Oh She Glows)

This was pretty good. This casserole can stand as a side dish instead of dessert, there’s not much sugar in there! It was definitely lacking in some richness, so next time, I may take the suggested advice on Oh She Glows and add some canned coconut milk to the sweet potato mixture before baking. The topping was good, although I think baking the oat and nut mixture before hand (more like making a granola) would ensure that it gets REALLY crunchy! We all ate this without complaining, though :)

The Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies by Heart Beet Kitchen

Best Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies | heartbeet kitchen(photo from HeartBeetKitchen)

My mom passed along some Cup4Cup gluten-free flour, and I really wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies. These cookies were WAY too good. I’m guessing a pound or two of the weight I’ve put on in the past few months came from these cookies :) Let’s hope I’m not creating a little “cookie monster” inside my belly!

Winter Minestrone by Ina Garten


Did anyone else ever watch Ina on the Food Network? Her show kind of drove me crazy, but this recipe is awesome. This minestrone has butternut squash, along with tons of other veggies. I used the America’s Test Kitchen Slow-Cooker Minestrone recipe to adapt this recipe to being made in the slow-cooker. Basically, you cook off your bacon/pancetta, sauté your veggies, and add in your DRAINED canned tomatoes, and you cook those down until barely any liquid remains. This helps the canned tomatoes to taste richer and less “tinny”, and it intensifies the flavor of the veggies! We left out the ditalini pasta, and we didn’t serve it with the garlic bruchetta (although I’m SURE that would be delicious!)

Granola from Blissful Eats


My blog-friend, Nicole, has an awesome granola company called Blissful Eats. I won an Instagram giveaway, and Nicole graciously sent me a bag of their NEW Apple Cinnamon Harvest Granola to try! This was the first paleo granola I’ve ever had- no grains! It’s chock full of pumpkin seeds, fruit, spices and coconut. SUPER DELICIOUS! She also sent along some Honey Blueberry Granola (made with GF oats) some Maple Nut Crunch granola- they both ROCKED! I’ll definitely be purchasing some in the future!! I hear they’re putting together some Holiday Gift Packs, I’ll certainly be keeping my eyes open for when those are revealed!

What Adeline has been up to

Well, we celebrated this special girl’s 2nd birthday! We were hoping to recreate last years’ outdoor birthday bash, but the weather was cruel and COLD. We ended up moving the party indoors after nearly freezing our toddlers at the playground. I have one measly photo from her birthday. Our current apartment does NOT have adequate lighting for inside photographs (especially in the evening!)


The grandparents all chipped in to buy Adeline (and all future children) this awesome play kitchen! It’s a KidKraft kitchen, and it looks like it will stand the test of time! Adeline is absolutely in love with “cooking”, it’s the first thing she asks to do when she wakes up (until she remembers that she is HUNGRY!)


We went pumpkin picking, which happened to fall at the end of a difficult week. Adeline had a rough week- she was just extremely upset all the time, and nothing that we did was right. Of course, this challenging week also coincided with Daniel’s “staycation”, so we were both pushed to our limits with a fussy and clingy toddler. You would think that having 2 parents around during the difficult weeks would make things easier, but instead, we were both just WORN OUT by the end of that week! Pumpkin picking was fun, over all, but life is hard when a pumpkin is just too big for you to carry. #toddlerproblems

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Pumpkin painting was a MUCH better experience than the picking. We happened to have a REALLY warm day, so I stripped Adeline down to her diaper and we set out to create some pretty pumpkins! We still have them on our porch, and Adeline will usually mention either painting them, or about how one of the stems fell off after the dog knocked the pumpkin down the front steps.



We had a great time trick-or-treating. Adeline borrowed a pumpkin costume from her little friend, Lydia. She was in LOVE with getting a treat at each house! However, she was NOT in love with getting her photo taken. I think we only ended up letting her have 2 Reese’s cups and a lollipop or two over the course of the past few weeks. The rest of the loot went to mommy and daddy :)

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We’ve been trying to spend a lot of time outdoors before the weather gets icky, and we went on a hike at Ault Park a few weeks back. Adeline had a blast dropping leaves off of this little bridge into the creek below. We’ve also been having lots of fun sending leaves and acorns down the slide at parks!






We’ve also been squeezing in some family time where we can. We usually take a family walk (or hike) on the weekends, and I think we’ve just enjoyed being all together lately. I’m glad we snapped this selfie when we were at the pumpkin patch! And then there’s the whole “we bought a house” thing, we’re set to close on November 24th, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more soon!

That’s all I’ve got!

Baby Coop: Weeks 22-24 and our upcoming move!

Happy Friday! Anyone else wondering where October went? Adeline’s birthday was in the beginning of October, we BOUGHT A HOUSE, and Halloween wrapped up that busy (beautiful) month! We’ll be moving in less than a month! This is a recap of weeks 22-24, but I only have non-cellphone pictures from week 24. #fail

We’ll still be living in Cincinnati, but further out on the east side. We started house hunting in late August, so we had been looking for about 2 months before we found “the one”. It’s actually kind of amazing how everything fell into place, I was visiting my friend Kaitlyn and after stealing snuggles from new-baby boy Hayes, while driving home, I saw that a house in their neighborhood was on the market! I looked EVERYWHERE online for information about the house, but I couldn’t find a thing! I passed along the info from the sign to our real estate agent and she got us a showing the next day. We put an offer on the house and it was “ours” before it ever went on the market! We had our inspection last week, and we’re STILL in the process of negotiating repairs. We’re set to close the Monday of Thanksgiving week, so we’ll be moving when I’m 26/27 weeks pregnant, which is almost exactly how far along I was with Adeline when we moved Daniel from Lexington, KY to Cincinnati! I officially came to Cincinnati when I was 32 weeks pregnant (after summer classes ended), and I’m INCREDIBLY thankful not to have 6 weeks living in two-places this go-around. Here’s a peek at the front!

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Anyways, that was more “life updates” instead of pregnancy updates, but honestly, there’s not much to update on with Baby Coop. She’s still unnamed, and I feel pretty good physically! It’s really quite difficult for me to hold Adeline while walking, I’m almost wishing that my belly would get bigger so that it can be a bit more of a ‘shelf’ for her to sit on. I officially have no waist, and it’s just awkward to try to jut my hip out far enough for her to have a place to sit on. I’m thankful that Adeline and I can still snuggle (she lays on my chest while I’m laying on the couch), but I’m wondering if we’ll have to find a new way to snuggle as the bump grows.


Let’s see, what else… I’ve been walking and doing at-home workouts still. Some days I have a TON of energy, other days, I’m craving a nap or an early bedtime. I can’t really sleep in anymore, but it’s ok, I like to be up before Adeline anyways. Plus, I have a ton of energy in the morning, so it’s easier to get in morning workouts. I have about 1 day a week that I feel super low on energy, and it usually falls on a weekend so I can take a nap. I had my glucose screening yesterday, I’ll find out today if I passed. I failed the 1hr with Adeline (I ate breakfast before) and had to do a 3hr test (which I passed). This time, I had a few bites of cheese before the test, not a breakfast of any sort.


(24 Weeks)

My best friend since high-school, Kristen, just found out that she’s having a little boy! She’s due just 7 weeks after me and I’m SO EXCITED for them! Friends in our small group also just adopted their newborn son! So many babies, I love it!

I’ll admit, I’m a little nervous about going from 1 to 2, just because I know it’s going to be rough for a while. Super awesome and lovely and everything, but it’s going to be another big transition for our family. And now, we have a toddler who will be lumped into those changes as well. I guess part of me is just selfish- I like our quiet evenings after Adeline is in bed. I know I’ll like getting one-on-one time with the baby when Adeline is asleep, but it’s just different to KNOW what’s coming. I’m a little nervous about PPD, because I had some with Adeline, and I know that 2 is going to be hard on me mentally (I have a “problem” with letting go of expectations- working on it NOW!) I’m really excited, but I’m also just scared, how do other families do it?!?

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(22 or 23 weeks?)

I had a dream about our little girl being born. It was actually pretty great, there wasn’t much to the laboring part, I remember pushing her out, but the labor was super fast! We had our first “planning” meeting last week with our doula, Emily Johnson with ERJ Baby. We went over our birth plan, and basically modified and updated the birth preferences that we had for Adeline’s birth! I’m sure the nerves about labor will kick in towards the end, but I’m kind of looking forward to this experience. We’ll be in a new house, we have an awesome doula to be supporting us throughout the labor and birth, and we’re bringing our second daughter into this world! All good things :)

OK, that was plenty of rambling. I’m working on a “Lately” post where I’ll attempt to recap what we’ve been up to in the past few months!

Baby Coop: Weeks 19-21

Time is just clicking right on by!
We had our big anatomy scan at 19 weeks, and Adeline will have a LITTLE SISTER! She’s been talking about “baby sister” ever since we told her we’re having another baby, and she has been adamant about the baby being a girl from the beginning. She does think “baby sister” is coming soon, but I have no way to explain that we have a few more months before she arrives! Adeline does ask if baby sister can cook with her in her new play kitchen (a birthday gift from the grandparents). I think she might have an idea of what’s coming, but we’ll see once this little one arrives!



We all went to the ultrasound together, and we just had the tech tell us there! A little different than what we did with Adeline’s gender “reveal”. We went out for “brunch” at the Sleepy Bee Cafe, and we got Adeline a berry smoothie so that we had a cute photo to send our friends and family. It was a fun way to celebrate the next little one coming to our family!

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I’m pretty excited to have another girl. My sisters and I weren’t very close until later in life (we’re 4 and 8 years apart- WOW!), so I’m hoping that Adeline and her little sis can be good friends in these younger years. We still haven’t really made a list of any names that we like. A few have resurfaced from when we were thinking about girls’ names for Adeline, but we’re still at that place of neither of us loving the name. She’ll have a name someday, right?

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 9.11.19 PMLet’s see… how am I feeling? Pretty good! Feeling bigger than I did with Adeline, but again, I think I’m carrying lower (and I feel bigger throughout my butt/hips/thighs). I feel like I look about 3-4 weeks ahead of where I was with Adeline (aka- I feel like I look 24/25 weeks pregnant). I probably shouldn’t compare, but I’ve only done this pregnancy thing twice, so it’s hard not to!


Fun fact: there are 6 other women at church who are expecting babies between November and March, and we are ALL having girls! There’s going to be quite the pick for the few young guys at church ;) Also, my best friend is having a baby, and she’ll find out in just 2 weeks what her little nugget is! So excited to be pregnant at the same time as my BFF! We’re hoping we’ll get to see each other over Christmas, she lives in Texas so we haven’t seen each other since last Christmas!

And, just for fun, a little collage of the last 21 weeks!


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