Life

A puzzle…

I have been wanting to write this post for so long….but first, the holidays, traveling and my birthday happened…
PuzzleBlog1Then there were snowshoe adventures, Valentine’s Day, and more travel…
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I was still baking and sharing along the way…another birthday celebration with vanilla cake, homemade graham crackers, ginger mint tea, triple gingerbread…
PuzzleBlog3I have had to leave some things out and I am learning to adapt…slowly.
PuzzleBlog4.jpgThat trip to Mexico…?
EZAnnounceHeartsTechnically, there were three of us! If all goes well, on September 12, 2014 NQGBebe will be joining us! Those ‘drinks’ above are all alcohol free. Those oysters from our trip to California in December? I savored every last oyster (and sip(s) of wine)…not realizing they would be my last oyster for some time.

So I have been adapting. Experiencing pregnancy for the first time (and especially in my ‘advanced maternal age’ class) is wild. The physical changes, the hormones, how my body reacts to this little baby growing inside…there are good and not-so-good parts sometimes. I have been in awe learning all about what the baby is up to each week in his or her growth and development. Hearing the heartbeat a few weeks ago? Incredible. Seeing a very grainy, sneak peek of an ultrasound and watching this little baby move all around on a screen and I cannot feel anything just yet? ┬áSimply amazing. I have been reminded of some important life lessons. Obviously, I can control what I eat, drink and do yet there is so much beyond what I can control. From someone who has spent her life thriving on having a plan and being in control…whoa…this was unsettling and upsetting for a time. I wanted answers back then and I wanted those answers yesterday. I have been learning to embrace what I can be in control of and to let the rest just go. And the craziest thing about this new adjustment? It has given me a feeling of being grounded, connected and at peace.

I am not sure if I will be making a pregnancy section to this blog. On one hand I do want to share and learn from others. This is why I started NQG in the first place to share and learn from all of our kitchen shenanigans. Am I the only one who is now utterly in love with peanut butter, pickle and maple syrup sandwiches (Joy the Baker you are a genius!)? Or the fact I wanted a gin and tonic… I found myself driving miles upon miles to find juniper berries to make a mocked up version of the classic cocktail? Or how about celebrating how delicious cold, sliced apples are? What are your thoughts, readers?

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