maple syrup saves my life.

because our due date is quickly approaching and pancakes sounded like the best idea ever.

i should be posting my latest journal entry where i use twirly words about my final weeks of pregnancy and how these days have made me think a lot [A LOT] about my life as a daughter, a friend, and a wife.  about how the past nine months have already completely changed my life and he isn't even in my arms quite yet.  but i feel him.  i feel him resting in there, scooting his arms from one side of my belly to the other and as much as the month of May has felt like a decade, i think i can wait a few more days.  this boy will forever be a part of me and i sometimes forget that in the midst of the hard and the holy and the exhaustion.  i keep smiling.

instead of that post, i decided to give you two things.  a recipe + a little list of love.

first, pancakes.  blueberry oatmeal yogurt pancakes.  

ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (any kind you like!) 
  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 
  • 2 tablespoons sugar 
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 cup almond milk 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
  • 2 large organic eggs 
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • Maple syrup, for serving

method:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and a nonstick griddle to 350 degrees F. 
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, butter and eggs. Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist. Add blueberries and gently toss to combine. 
  • Lightly coat a griddle or nonstick skillet with nonstick spray. Scoop 1/3 cup batter (it will be thick) for each pancake and cook until bubbles appear on top, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook pancakes on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer; keep warm in oven. 
  • Serve with maple syrup.

next, a small list of things over the past nine months that have brought me health, happiness, and the feeling of 'normal' when everything is actually really really not.

i use these every single day:  Nivea Touch of Smoothness Body Wash, Spoiled Mama Tummy Butter, Peace & Calming Oil (i diffuse it in our house and place it on my feet and wrists through out the day. lovliest.thing.ever) clinique three step skin care system, Smart Water (best, THE best thing for your baby and your body and for preventing stretch marks and tiredness). Honey-crisp apples, Decaf Iced Coffee, and a Boppy Wedge (for sleeping).

i use/do these a few times a week: gentle baby oil (i diffuse it in our house and place a few drops directly on my belly)  extra virgin olive oil (on my belly and legs. it feels extremely greasy but i put it on before a shower and let it sit for about ten minutes and then wash it off). my yoga mat, exercise ball, and my tennis shoes (because i never allowed myself to believe that pregnancy was an excuse to not exercise.  it has actually helped me through these nine months lots!)  

lastly, i just want to take a moment and let all of those who have supported nick and i during this time a very large and much overdue thank you.  to my family, friends, and readers: i couldn't have made it without you.  i look at myself and think 'who IS this girl!?' and yet in the midst of it all, you have kept me grounded. you all have helped me realize the beautiful and miraculous miracle inside of me and because of that i'm able to confidently answer myself, 'i am a mother.  the kind that is young and in love and will dream and learn as she goes forever and ever.'  and nine months later, i'm perfectly okay with that.

thank you.

THANK YOU!

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