Human baby! That’s right, a real live human baby! The sonographer…nope, that’s not a word I don’t think…I’m confusing that with stenographer…The ultrasound technician (thank you Google!) let us know several times during the course of our ultrasound that we are indeed having a human baby. What?!? Of all the things I have been worrying about, I should have been worried about her giving birth to an alien or a T-Rex and I did not even know. Of course, I would love that alien or T-Rex to pieces, though the challenges of raising a giant short-armed dinosaur would be great! How do you even swaddle a dinosaur?
Well now that we know we have a 100% human child on the way, I will sleep .00009% better at night. We do not know the sex of the baby…we closed our eyes tight when the scan reached that portion of the body…just in case we were naturally master ultrasound readers. I held my breath for most of the scan…waiting for her to say…”Whoa, that’s crazy!”…or “Eh, that doesn’t look good.”…The fear seems natural and totally rational…It is extremely hard not to worry that something is or will go wrong…But I try to remain normal and calm instead of screaming…”Good God woman, just say everything looks great!” The baby was less than enthusiastic about the long 20 week ultrasound. The baby was lying on his/her face at the beginning…then after Lisa was tilted to try to get the baby to turn over…which did happen…the baby would not turn his/her head for the entire scan…but did show promising ninja skills…maybe we have a soccer player on our hands! We also saw the baby open his/her tiny little hands. So awesome to see. Turns out everything was perfect with the baby and it is in fact a homo sapien. We also received a little lecture on evolution and how Lisa should eat more fats so she has a nice protectant barrier.
Below is proof of human life in Lisa!
As Lisa’s bump continues to grow, we make changes and prepare for our little one’s arrival. Not only has Lisa sacrificed her body for the cause…she also had to sacrifice her Jeep. Lisa has loved and owned a Jeep for a long time…but we just couldn’t see a two door vehicle being very practical…and it would be super annoying pulling a baby and a baby carrier in and out. Not to mention…getting in a two-door vehicle as a grown human is pretty difficult…seatbelts slapping you in the face…getting tangled…Do you go in butt first or head first? It’s an overly complicated task for an adult…imagine what it feels like for a toddler! Lisa searched for something she would be able to tolerate driving for a few years or more…And that my friends is how we became a two Subaru family…
I know things will keep changing but so far I am loving and enjoying our ever evolving life. It is crazy to think that 20 weeks have come and gone. We are lucky that things have been so smooth even though Lisa has had EVERY single pregnancy symptom…but her bump remains a slight hump…but there is a 13 oz. little human inside kicking and squirming about! Allegedly, our little life form was the length of a banana…B-A-N-A-N-A-S
In honor of our little banana, I made a recipe I found on the Esther’s Kitchen Facebook page. Do you know who Esther the Wonder Pig is? You should! Get to know Esther…She is changing hearts and minds about animals…her dads recently held a campaign to help them buy a farm for Esther and rescued farm animals. You can read all about Esther and experience the Esther Effect yourself! For now here is the recipe for Banana Bread Snack Cake by Esther’s Executive Chef.
BANANA BREAD SNACK CAKE
- 5 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 flax egg*
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 1/3 cup cacao nibs or dairy free-chocolate chips
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, just melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
*To make a flax egg mix 1 Tablespoon ground flax seeds with 3 Tablespoons water and allow to sit for 10 minutes (ground chia seeds can also be used)
- 2 1/2 cups oat flour (simply grind rolled oats in a coffee grinder or blender)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat over to 375 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper.
- Mix wet ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Mix dry ingredients together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients bowl until just mixed. Spoon mixture into lined pan and bake for 30 minutes or until top starts to brown.