I don't typically have a huge sweet tooth - I tend to gravitate to savoury, but now that I've been told I can't have sweets its allllllllll I want. Plus they're calling for snow in my neck of the woods so it seemed like the perfect day for hot chocolate.
Coco powder naturally doesn't have sugar in it, but when you buy prepared hot chocolate it has a butt load of added sweeteners. So I did a little research and found several recipes for diabetic hot chocolate mix, but a lot of them had milk powder and protein powder which I wasn't a huge fan of. Or they had a ton of sweeteners in them (some double of what I used below).
So this worked with my blood sugars, but keep in mind I'm not a registered dietician so enjoy carefully! In addition - now that I'm posting this I also wish that I was storing it in something a little classier than an old cool whip container. Please feel free to class up your storage container :).
> 1/2 cup coco powder
> 3/4 cup sweetener (I used Splenda)
> 1 package sugar free vanilla pudding
> Mix all ingredients above well
> I use milk for making my hot chocolate (I need the calcium and it makes it feel luxurious)
> I just heat up a mugs worth of milk and add about a tablespoon or so of hot chocolate mix (or more or less depending on what you like)
Note: if you are heating the milk on the stove make sure to wish - a lot to keep it from burning.
This weekend Jordan and I hosted Thanksgiving - kinda. Our house hosted Thanksgiving, but due to my current limitations my Mom mostly hosted from our house. Which I really appreciated.
My contribution to Thanksgiving were apple roses. I had seen this on the Domestic Geek's you tube channel and did a few updates to make the recipe a little more gestational diabetes friendly.
These apple roses are all over Pinterest and are super popular and so easy to make. Before diving into the instructions here are a few tips:
In my last post I talked a little bit about how pregnancy had taken to kicking my ass, and at my last doctor's appointment my doctor let me know that the score was now pregnancy 1, Erin 0, and it was time to go on medical leave. Sciatica, rib pain, diabetes, as well as typically pregnancy symptoms were making functioning at work near impossible.
So here I am, it is officially day two of my leave and I am learning what relaxing is. I think the hardest part of my leave is just being off and not being allowed (or really even physically able) to do a hell of a lot. I have always been more of a busy body versus a sit still kinda girl, but many of my regular activities have been nixed from my to do list (I can't even really walk Bear our dog without supervision).
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind being on leave, I will do anything for my little guy. I'm just slightly overwhelmed at being off for the weeks leading up to baby boy's arrival, when I'm not 100% sure how to fill my days.
So, that got me to thinking, if I've always loved lists, why not create a list of things I'd like to do before baby arrives.
I'd love your help as well- from any moms out there, what do you wish you had done prior to your baby coming? Keep in mind, my activities need to basically have limited to no physical activity and truth be told cant require a lot of standing or sitting (I know, what the hell do you do hahaha).
Here is what I am thinking so far:
I learned a big lesson over the past several weeks, I am even less graceful then I originally thought. Now, being honest from the get-go, grace doesn't really run in my family, we tend to lean towards klutzy versus ballerina. Pregnancy has not helped with this. As my centre of gravity has shifted (hardcore) over the past several weeks and I feel like in the past week in particular, things have changed. That turtle on it's back who can't get up, it's totally me.
I actually see this ad the positive side of my 30 week update for a couple reasons. First, it means little boy is growing and that is a wonderful thing. Second, it's funny. Being honest, this pregnancy has started taking a bit of a hard turn, and I've been really uncomfortable, so you have to find the joy and things you can laugh about from time to time, and right now, it is my turtle styling.
So, what has come up over the past couple weeks do you ask? If you read my earlier pregnancy update you likely heard that I have been having some hardcore rib pain. Not your average kinda pain but pain caused from muscle separation. I now know that I've always taken my muscles being where they should be for granted. That was really foolish.
I've also come down with sciatica. To the pregnant ladies out there - how have you dealt with sciatica???
My Dad had sciatica a year ago and I don't think I fully appreciated how uncomfortable it can be and how consistently inconsistent it is. My best description for it is that it's like the fire swamp from Princess Bride. You remember in the fire swamp how they would hear a pop pop pop before the fire came? That's basically what happens with sciatica. I get this pinching sensation and then my leg kinda gives out. There's also no rhyme or reasons for when it strikes, so I'm not 100% sure what to do to prevent it from happening again. Like the fire swamp, it's still a bit of a surprise.
The good news is, the pain is all temporary. I've been getting progressively worse with the rib pain, sciatica and gestational diabetes (though truth be told no pain with GD, just a pain in the ass to monitor) and I've asked my doctor about it. Apparently after having my son I will basically go right back to normal and feel like a new woman.
As hard as some of this stuff is, every time I get a kick or feel a flip I know that I'm in this for the right reasons and that in two-ish months I will get to welcome my little boy. Another plus is that I get to get checked out more than the average pregnancy, so I think the hidden blessing that I've been having these challenges.
I'm also excited about being in the homestretch. The last 10 weeks we are planning and preparing for little guy to make his appearance. The one thing that I am struggling with is getting ready for baby.
This is my first baby and I am totally open to suggestions about websites to go to or list recommendations - please!!! People keep asking me what I need, but truth be told as a first time mom (FTM) I have no clue what the hell I need! So to my readers (Hi Mom!) please leave a comment below and let me know about some helpful mommy websites.
I love to cook, entertain, craft and create - all while being a wife, friend, daughter and a mom to a little boy.