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  • Roasted chicken carcass is on its way to becoming stock, and I have six little jam jars in my water oven turning into yogurt. I hope! We'll see. I upped the cream content so...hopefully that doesn't cause things to go awry. This is what experimenting is for!

    Tomorrow night is Korean BBQ with coworkers. I think I'm doing something with the lamb on Weds. And I guess Thursday we'll have chili. Friday we're heading down to the desert for a family thing, which means dinner with family. Which means I really need to seal up some of the lamb; there's no way we're going to eat it all between now and Sunday. Hmmmm.
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    • Chicken stock succeeded, yogurt is a little less tangy than I'm used to, which I think is the result of the added cream. I'm looking forward to sampling it for reals come post-lunch hunger craving.

      I did some quickie math to figure out how much I'm saving by making my own individual servings of yogurt. It came out to this:

      1 6 oz (quality) yogurt = $1.50
      1 6 oz mason jar = $1.08 (one-time cost)
      5 oz organic milk = $0.24 (figure a half gallon costs $3)
      1 oz organic cream = $0.19 (figure a pint costs $3)
      Total initial cost: $1.51 (let's say $1.60 if you include energy costs and the spoonful of honey I threw in)

      Cost next time: $0.43

      Yup, that's a win. Bonus: I get to eat it out of glass and I don't have to clutter up trash with plastic cups. Definite win.

      Aside: my work cafe charges $3 for Chobani. Seriously. WTF? Even with the mason jar cost, this comes out cheaper. Argh. It's annoying because the food in the cafe is supposed to be "subsidized" for the workers (it's one of the perks of working here). In what universe is a $3 yogurt cup subsidized?

      On to accountability.

      Breakfast
      10 oz oatmeal
      1 Tbs butter
      1 Tbs brown sugar
      2 Tbs raisins
      1 banana
      I felt terrible when I woke up this morning (pounding headache, queasiness), and the eggs and bacon made my stomach turn. Oatmeal isn't ideal, but it did the trick.

      Lunch
      Leftover shrimp
      Leftover tomato-basil-butter sauce
      Parmesan cheese
      This is practically soup, and fairly delicious. I threw out the pasta. I don't need it!

      Snack
      6 oz homemade yogurt with 1 tsp honey
      1 cheese stick
      Yogurt consisting of 5 oz whole milk and 1 oz cream. About 210 calories, if my measurements and math are right. Oh, and it tastes great!

      Dinner
      Korean Barbeque
      Lots of variety meats (sirloin, rib, brisket, tongue, marinated pork and steak) and all the starch-less banchan (pickles, kimchi, lettuce, radish wraps). I am known as a bit of a kimchi freak on my team, and so one of my coworkers told the servers to bring us extra because otherwise they knew I would eat it all. They had to refill us twice. :3

      Succeeded in not eating rice or potato. Also ate way too much. It's just so easy. I am now ridiculously full of meat and banchan.
      Last edited by onalark; 10-16-2012, 09:40 PM.
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      • So as much as I enjoyed my lunch (and for leftover seafood, which is notoriously finicky when it comes to reheating, this was very good), my digestive tract is somewhat less thrilled. Raw tomatoes are just...not kind to me.

        I has a sad, because I was thinking it would make a nice soup. Too bad my body is AW HELL NO'ing that idea.

        Ah well. Me and nightshades have never been buddy-buddy, but it looks like me and raw tomatoes are definitely not on speaking terms anymore.
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        • Champagne toast today at the company, which means people grab whole bottles of champagne and spray each other with them. Tremendous fun. I watched and cheered and enjoyed the spectacle, but did not participate. The smell is...woof. Barely tolerable when I wasn't pregnant, gag-inducing now. Also, last time I was part of one of these, I took a cork to the head. Hah.

          Managed to remember my lunch AND my coffee this morning, which is better than Monday and Tuesday. Go brain.

          Thyroid came back in normal ranges. Doc still wants to see me. Am hoping she isn't going to give me the third degree about being older and opting for a midwife. She's been a fairly reasonable doctor, and it's probably just my paranoia talking, but I am curious as to why I need a follow up when all my testing is coming up "normal".

          Breakfast
          @1 oz of leftover lamb
          1 bacon strip
          1 scrambled egg
          1 banana
          Half-caff ice coffee with a splash of half-n-half and 2 drops of stevia

          Lunch
          Mixed greens with carrot, beets, marinated artichokes, olives, parmesan cheese
          5 oz leftover lamb (cold)
          Ranch dressing

          Snack
          6 oz homemade yogurt
          1.5 Tbs blueberry-plum jam
          Cup of herbal lemon tea

          Dinner
          We ate out. I wanted goat cheese and, honestly, not to cook. So we had goat cheese and ribs and sweet potato fries. Now I'm sleepy and hoping that tomorrow I don't wake up with a headache like I have the last two days in a row.
          Last edited by onalark; 10-17-2012, 10:25 PM.
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          • Last night, it turns out, was a bit of a pre-celebratory dinner. Today I called the clinic to see if my results were in -- and they were. Baby Onalark is not at risk of the major chromosomal genetic conditions (21, 18, 13) and...we found out she's a girl.

            (I didn't know the test also determined gender, though I speculated on Saturday that it ought to. After all, it's looking at genetic material, which means it HAS to know gender. Then I speculated that they probably wouldn't tell us anyway, or charge us an extra $50 for that privilege, but I guess I was wrong! Science, I love you!)

            This, as my husband said, "makes it real". I'm so happy. And next week, I swear I will start exercising so our little lark is acquainted as soon as possible with proper squatting technique.

            Breakfast
            Coconut-banana muffin
            Sunflower butter
            Half-caff
            Last of the muffins. I need to make a new batch. They are the best el-cheapo quickie breakfast in town.

            Lunch
            Ham
            Green beans
            Roasted potatoes with ketchup

            Snacks
            Fruit snacks
            Sprite Zero
            Homemade yogurt with homemade kumquat preserves
            Cheese stick
            Last edited by onalark; 10-18-2012, 05:28 PM.
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            • Congratulaaattttttttioonnns!
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              • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                Congratulaaattttttttioonnns!
                Thaaaank youuuuu!
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                • Going away for the weekend, so this is the last update until Sunday. I can tell you now that I'll be eating at least two meals out. Part of why I was keen on cooking most of this week.

                  All is well otherwise. I slept great last night, as I knew I would. The stress headache I had for two days is alleviating. Yeah, I get stress headaches. I wish I didn't. I try to relax and stop sweating the small stuff, but man...when you're waiting for major news (like whether or not the baby you're carrying is going to have developmental challenges that may force you and your husband to make some very hard decisions), it's just not always possible.

                  Next time, more massages and hot baths.

                  Breakfast
                  Hashbrowns with ketchup (cooked in bacon grease)
                  1 duck egg (double yolker!)
                  Half-caff with stevia and half-n-half (a half-n-half-half-caff? sounds like something out of Steve Martin's L.A. Story)

                  Lunch
                  Eating out with my mom and grandmother. Four generations (well, one still half-baked) at lunch. Awesome.

                  Dinner
                  Mom's making pork roast, sweet potatoes, and green beans. She tailored the meal for me and Mr. Onalark. <3
                  There will probably also be...ice cream.
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                  • Congrats on your baby results!!! What a relief to know everything is normal. And you are right.. it's very hard not to worry while you're waiting for answers. Or not to worry in general, really.. And yay for finding out the gender! I feel the same way, that knowing what we're having makes it feel more real now. We're having a boy, and just being able to say 'he' instead of 'it' makes him feel more like a person.

                    My partner and I opted out of the genetic testing because we are both mid 20s and generally healthy. Logically, I knew it was what I wanted to do. But around the time when I would normally be tested, I was a bundle of nerves thinking 'OMG did I do the right thing? What if something is wrong and we don't know?!' It's stressful caring so much about someone who isn't even fully formed yet!

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                    • Originally posted by HeatherJ View Post
                      Congrats on your baby results!!! What a relief to know everything is normal. And you are right.. it's very hard not to worry while you're waiting for answers. Or not to worry in general, really.. And yay for finding out the gender! I feel the same way, that knowing what we're having makes it feel more real now. We're having a boy, and just being able to say 'he' instead of 'it' makes him feel more like a person.

                      My partner and I opted out of the genetic testing because we are both mid 20s and generally healthy. Logically, I knew it was what I wanted to do. But around the time when I would normally be tested, I was a bundle of nerves thinking 'OMG did I do the right thing? What if something is wrong and we don't know?!' It's stressful caring so much about someone who isn't even fully formed yet!
                      Heck yeah it's stressful! Tina Fey has a great quote in her book. Let me see if I can dig it up...ah, here it is:

                      And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,” she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

                      -- A Mother's Prayer for Her Daughter
                      I probably didn't realize how much my mom worries until I started taking steps toward being a mom. And she had even fewer diagnostic tools at her disposal back then. No ultrasounds, no dopplers, no fancy blood tests. Her first two kids, they diagnosed the gender by the heartrate. Hah!

                      Congratulations on the boy! We've been saying Baby Onalark's name and talking about the forthcoming daughter which is all very weird (we still have half a year to go!) but also very right. I had this same sense when I was getting used to calling my husband a "husband". 30+ years as a single lady makes certain words unfamiliar coming out of my mouth in reference to the human being next to me.

                      Good luck on a happyhealthysafe pregnancy!
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                      • Weekend was actually not bad food wise. Saturday morning I made buckwheat pancakes, and saved one for later. I learned that a buckwheat pancake with melted brie is really, really, really good. I may have to start saving them in the future for such purposes.

                        I had steak (of course) with dinner. All the appetizers were meat. Amazaballs lambchops, some scallops (I do not much care for scallops, but Mr. Onalark is a certified scallop freak and assured me they were amazing), and chicken with real mayo to dip them in. Ungst. So good.

                        I did have a piece of bread, and I definitely had some bites of cake. It was my dad's 70th birthday, and I enjoyed myself. The cake tasted good at first, but progressively became too sweet. I ultimately gave up after the third or fourth bite due to sugar overload.

                        Aaaaand this morning there may have been a biscuit. And gravy. But it's okay, because I got home (after a 2.5 hour drive), had a migraine, took a nap, woke up, and puked. Hah. I made it through A WHOLE TRIMESTER without puking, and it's the biscuit and gravy breakfast that does it. Awesome.

                        Mr. Onalark took over dinner duties tonight as it became clear I was in no condition to cook. He got me some tom ka gai from a local Thai place, and I ate half of that, waited to make sure it wasn't coming back up, then ate the other half 2 hours later. I may make myself some chicken soup tomorrow, as I have plenty of stock in the fridge for just such uses.

                        Accountability starts again tomorrow. I had a lovely, relaxing weekend (except for the migraine at the end), but I am probably going to stay home from work tomorrow just in case the stomach thing is more serious than I thought. Which reminds me: time for bed. Night!
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                        • Feeling more gooder, but my stomach is kind of grumpy.

                          May go and get some short ribs for dinner. Or I might sit on my ass with the cats and watch Teen Wolf and drink hot tea. We'll see how I feel in an hour or so.

                          Breakfast
                          Grilled cheese (GF bread, cheddar cheese, butter, mustard)
                          1 cup split pea soup (homemade)
                          1 raspberry-cream bar
                          After last night, I was starving and still not feeling great, so I got my emergency backup bread out of the freezer and made a quick grilled cheese. Sicktime food.
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                          • Nope. Nevermind. Was still throwing up yesterday. Still queasy today.

                            It's entirely possible this is NOT a bug or food poisoning, but morning sickness turned vengeful. Ugh. Anyway. I'll restart accountability tomorrow because we just aren't going to talk about what I ate these last few days to keep something in my stomach.
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                            • Heartburn is funny. No, wait, it's not funny. It's painful. But it's funny in that I only get it mid-day. After dinner, I generally don't have any. After breakfast, same thing. What is it about the 2-6 PM window?

                              Trying not to go crazy with the Tums but ugh it's hard. I drink water -- I drink it by the truckload -- but too much water and I start feeling like a big ol' squishy bag of squish. Sometimes it's just easier to pop an antacid. Maybe I should try chewing on celery sticks.

                              I've tried papaya enzymes. They work for about ten minutes, then it's back to acid burning in my throat. Sigh.

                              Anyway, that's my pregnancy bitch of the day. All meals stayed down today, whoo hoo! Also: we went for a nice 40 minute walk. Whoo hoo! Hoping to do some weights tomorrow night maybe. Whoo hoo!

                              Tomorrow we return to your regularly scheduled accountability, already in progress.
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                              • Once again, a doctor has informed me that I'm "Doing great!" Also, I note that my records say "hyperlipidemia" and "hypertriglyceridemia" and PCOS. I should really ask them to remove those.

                                Got my flu shot, and before anyone marches into my thread and rants about my vaccination choices, let me just say: fuck off. Love and kisses, Steph.

                                So, got my flu shot and got my hall pass that says I'm doing good and now I am back to not feeling like crap or feeling like my stomach is going to turn inside out if I eat bacon and eggs. Hooray!

                                I did get kind of an odd look from the nurse when she asked me about prenatal vitamins. I rattled off the list (iodine, selenium, Vit-D, folate), and she said, "Oh, all part of one multi-vitamin?" and I said, "No, I take them individually." Then she gave me The Look. The "ma'am, don't you know you're supposed to be taking a multi?" look. To which I gave back the, "lady, I am not bombarding my body with useless iron and calcium supplementation if I can help it." Good times.

                                My doctor was enthusiastic about my CNM choice, though, so no battles there. I was being paranoid about that. Good to know.

                                Breakfast
                                Couple bites cottage cheese
                                1 egg, scrambled
                                2 strips thin bacon
                                1 banana
                                12 oz half-caff coffee

                                Snack
                                1/2 bag of fruits snacks

                                Lunch
                                Japanese curry with beef and veggies
                                Kimchee
                                100g rice
                                Sea-salt cream and green tea
                                Picked around the potatoes, ate a bit of rice, and thoroughly enjoyed my lunch out. Will concentrate on making dinner lower-carb.

                                Snack
                                1 persimmon
                                1 cheese stick

                                Dinner
                                Spring rolls with shrimp and pork, fish sauce
                                Pho with all the nasty bits - picked around the noodles, ate broth and meat
                                2 macarons
                                1 dried persimmon
                                Yeaaaaah. So much for low carb. :P
                                Last edited by onalark; 10-25-2012, 10:48 AM.
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