18 weeks and favorite holiday recipes

Yesterday I hit 18 weeks. For the first time 2 days ago, I felt the fluttering. With the first 2, it wasn't until 22 weeks so it's early for me! It's so weird and I'm still in major denial that this is happening and have major anxiety that I will be able to handle 3 children and give them each their time.  I have a strong feeling that it is a boy, but last night I had a dream that a girl was born! We will be surprised - that is my favorite thing! Other than emotionally, physically I have been feeling fine. Some days depending on the position of the baby, I cramp up when I'm running, but otherwise everything is good and I can't complain one bit. I've been able to eat pretty well and have not had too many aversions or major cravings so I'm lucky!  I was MAJORLY sore yesterday from the TRX class on Tuesday. I am still sore - everywhere. Every muscle in my body. Probably worse than the marathon soreness? I'm considering doing it once a week, it was a great workout!!

17 weeks:

I'm so excited to for the holiday season, I love it!! Share your favorite holiday recipe link - I love trying new recipes. Here are a couple that I want to try but I'm definitely looking for already modified tasty somewhat healthy recipes.

gingerbread cookies (vegan)

Italian Christmas cookies

Mickey Peppermint Cookies
Here is a nice start to the day with a Sugar cookie smoothie!
  • 2 Celestial Seasonings Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride Tea Bags
  • 1 1/2 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used trader Joe's hemp protein)
  • 2 T. old fashioned oats
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t. xanthan gum (optional, for thickening)
  • 1-2 c spinach
 Mama Pea boiled the milk, then steeped the 2 tea bags overnight in the fridge. I couldn't wait when I saw the recipe so I cut the tea bags open and just dumped the herbs directly into my milk.  Then last night I tried the overnight steep but honestly didn't find a difference.  So go ahead and dump the tea bags in!

Next - I added spinach and the frozen banana!  With the green color, it's not as pretty but you can't taste it :) I added in a cup or 2 of fresh spinach and used a frozen banana instead of ice cubes. Didn't have the xantham gum so it wasn't as thick as the picture but still yummy, the kids ate it up! ! Great recipe Mama Pea!


  1. my first TRX was sore too...could feel every ab muscle i had, plus some i never knew about!

  2. You're looking great! I can understand your anxiety- I only have one and am not pregnant, but already wonder how people handle two! I haven't tried this yet, but am looking for a reason to make it: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/11/28/healthy-chocolate-pecan-pie/

  3. My friends have a 3 year old, 18 month old, and a newborn. So far, they are loving it! I think the older two will band together to fight the (new) common enemy they will have!

  4. You don't even look preggo!

    Funny that you're just now feeling the fluttering. I guess everyone truly is different. With both my kids, I felt them as early as 13 weeks!

  5. You are so tiny! :) Yay for feeling the flutters!

    Oh my gosh, you totally made my day by posting the Sugar Cookie Smoothie recipe. Thank you! Thank you!

  6. Oh the fluttering! You do really look great. So glad you're not feeling physically yuk. I have no doubt you have anxieties, but you WILL cope just great. I love the look of those ginger bread men. I reckon Murray would like them too! I made him rye + rice flour pancakes last weekend served with warm pear and cinnamon and a little maple syrup. He LOOOOVED it!

  7. Love the gingerbread recipe...I was looking for one!
    TRX scares me and I know my new training is going to be busting it out on me..

  8. you need to gain weight! I think I can see the baby :P lol you are so thin! I wish I looked like that at 18 weeks - I looked 8 months at 3 months :(

  9. Yah you look fantastic - I only have two kids and on the second I was huge by 18 weeks! I like your smoothie idea...do you promise that you can't taste the spinach?

  10. omg you look amazing!! you already are a great mama - your kids (all three of them) are lucky to have you.

  11. Cute bump! I am amazed at all the activity you are still doing.