I never watch tv

I am my own television in my head


A new record!

New baby toy unwrapped: 4pm
First notice severe drool stains: 5:12pm

This kid is good!

Gila on the stairs

Belly belly

Okay, I stand corrected.

For most of my first trimester, I thought to myself (and aloud to others) "gosh, what's all this noise about how different each pregnancy is -- this one is pretty much the same as last time".

And it was -- I spent most of the first trimester wanting to sleep 20 hours a day (and occasionally doing it thanks to Dave's exceedingly patient ministrations), having some minor food aversions (with Sabine I couldn't look at chicken or leafy greens, with Peanut I couldn't handle excessive sweets and a few others things which have already escaped my memory). Last time I also had some minor cravings like cheesecake and strawbery flavoured foods and fish, this time it's milk and leafy greens and fish. Last time and this time I had some very minor nausea in the first trimester, and a bit of dizzinness until Dave reminded me to take extra iron supplements.

Then the second trimester happened... Last time, I spent the second trimester wanting to eat non-stop and run marathons and ebulliently happy.

This time, I'm not quite as hungry -- and my "morning sickness" suddenly started the day after I was officially in the second trimester. And what morning sickness! I don't have nausea really, just this constant gagging sensation in the back of my throat, which every few days gets strong enough that I empty the contents of my stomach four or five times in a row. It gets worse when I eat meat, better when I do yoga, and I have a surprisingly hard time brushing my teeth. (Not that it stops me from brushing them, there's just a lot of... unpleasantness twice a day.)

Last time I was sensitive to all smells, this time I'm so sensitive to rotting smells (including poo, garbage, compost, and vinegary anything) that I will instantly empty my stomach. Again, Dave's long-suffering acceptance of poopy-diaper-duty is saving us both a lot of unpleasantness.

This time I'm still ebulliently happy (gods if only I could bottle my pregnancy hormones), but not QUITE as energetic -- although that is easily chocked up to a) working in a much more draining job, and b) not spending 1-2 hours a day sweating my face off in the park with Milo. Physical activities are ramping up though, so I'm hoping to be back to my crazy active self soon enough.

I guess the bottom line is, while this pregnancy is turning out to be surprisingly different, the excited anticipation, and bubbling over with warmth and love for my family is exactly, thrillingly, the same.


Yoooogasm, yogasm

There's something particularly incredible when there is a really good fit between student and teacher. Even after two years away, Mieko still remembers my strengths and weaknesses, and what my body and head can do enough that she doesn't even bother to look over when shouting a modified asana in mieko-style sanskrit at me that she knows I know how to do properly and won't hurt myself (unlike Sarah who assumed I was doing it wrong because you're supposed to assume level 1s do it wrong) and she's RIGHT there the minute there's something to do that I don't quit get yet. She also knows when to yell at me NOT TO PUSH SO HARD while pregnant (now is not the time for this, Gila! If you want to do that, wait until after baby!), and when to push me to do something I don't think I can do.

Eg: Given my ridiculously loose hamstrings and hips, I am officially not allowed to do any kind of forward bend -- not downward dog, not forward twists, no putting my hand on the floor for triangle or warrior pose. There's no way for me to do any of those without squishing Peanut.

On the other hand, there is NO WAY I expected to be doing a HANDSTAND while pregnant! Especially not after a year of not being allowed to do any kind of "male" inversions (ie: anything but a shoulderstand which is a "soft" or "female" inversion) at the Iyengar school. And she talked me into it! Twice! And just when I was getting brave (read: reckless) about it, she made me stop and do a modified-for-Gila forward bend.

Anyway, for the first time in a few days that feeling of "about to puke any second now" is completely gone, and I feel like running a marathon before bed.

Yoga is awesome, and yoga with Mieko -- is SUPER awesome. Compared to the hip-achy, un-challenging, mindnumbing, shoulder-injuring prenatal crap that most prenatal places offer -- having something completely personalized to push me and keep me safe and help my pregnancy thrive is utterly wonderful.

I'm feeling really lucky right now.


Sabine's 8 month photos

Sabine is going to be 9 months old tomorrow, so I figured I should finally get around to posting the rest of her 8 month old photos.

She's got that michievous look down pat!


Sabine is 8 months old and standing

Sabine is 8 months old today.

She started hauling herself upright last week.

The week before she started stealing dog food in lieu of the hippie vegetable crap we'd been feeding her.

Clearly, she's old enough to make her own decisions now.


Sabine is seven months old

Okay, Sabine is now almost eight months old, but we've finally posted the handful of photos that we've taken since her 7 month lunniversary.


URGENT Office furniture giveaway!

[Edit: Only the desk is left]

The friends who were supposed to be taking my half of our office furniture just backed out at the last minute so I too have to get rid of:

- 1 Ikea desk, curving to the left like in this picture: in BEECH veneer
- 1 wooden filing cabinet that I paid a lot more than this for, from business depot in a similar veneer:,4571&webid=751197&affixedcode=WW
- 1 hanging wooden bookshelf from IKEA in BEECH:

These items NEED TO BE OUT OF OUR HOUSE by Sunday, or we can't get the rooms painted so if no one comments on this post by 1pm then I'm going to freecycle it.

Will likely need a van/pickup or larger to transport since the desk is rather large, and definitely need 2-3 strong people to get that filing cabinet down the stairs.

Let me know!


Sabine plays pattycake

In honour of Sabine's 7 months "monthday" today, I finally finished uploading the last of the photos from the first 6 months of her life.


Crockpot (thai) curry

This is the recipe that mildred_strange shared with me for a crockpot curry, which is sort of thai-ish in inspiration:

Curry Chicken.

- 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk (don't use the light, it doesn't taste as good. or use the light and then stir in heavy cream at the end. Your tongue wants the thick stuff... trust me.)
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 4-6 frozen skinless, boneless chicken thighs
- 1 T tomato paste
- 2 T curry powder (not a typo, it's a lot, but it's good. Curry isn't spicy, just flavorful)
- 1 t ground coriander
- 1 t ground cumin
- 1 inch peeled and grated ginger (I didn't use that much, I don't particularly care for ginger)
- few dashes of hot sauce (I used Tobasco)
- 1 yellow onion. chopped
- 2 or 3 cloves of smashed and chopped garlic
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 of an eggplant, chopped (I didn't peel)
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped (I hate peeling sweet potato, so used a knife and lost a lot of the flesh accidentally)

The Directions.

Assemble all of your spices, coconut milk, tobasco sauce, and tomato paste. Combine the sauce ingredients in the bottom of your crockpot. The sauce will be a lovely yellow.

Add the chicken, flipping it over a few times to coat it nicely. Pour in the garbanzo beans.

Wash and chop all of the vegetables, and then add to the Crock-Pot. Don't worry about stirring them in the sauce. Let them sit on top of the chicken and steam away.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours, or on high for 4-6. I cooked our dinner on high for almost 6 hours. The chicken was fully cooked, but still had shape, and the vegetables were soft and quite nice.

Stir carefully to mix flavors. If you stir too rough, the sweet potato will fall apart.

Serve over rice; I used brown.

Now, aside from the REALLY IRRITATING parentheticals, the recipe isn't bad. It's not amazing, but it's food and we ate it and will likely finish the leftovers later this week. It's sort of bland, though. I guess I've been spoiled by some of the fantastic curries I've had recently, but I guess I expected a little more from something I went to the effort to make.

I think the problem is that the recipe cuts corners in terms of spices -- nothing good comes from using tablespoons of yellow curry powder. Next time I'm going to try it (I will likely try it again) without the curry powder, using turmeric and increasing the cumin and maybe adding some fennel and possibly fenugreek or something. I'll have a look at the more complicated thai recipes I have in a cookbook and see if I can come up with some better spicing.

So for the folks who wanted a verdict -- I'd go ahead and give it a try and use it as a base to come up with a better recipe. IF you feel like consuming an entire can of coconut milk, this is an OK place to start.


Sabine is 6 months old!

And lookit the fancy outfit lookforthewoman got for her!


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