23 Weeks: Back at Home & Teaching Cooking Class



After getting back from my vacation in Hilton Head, I've been getting back into the groove of normal life. I started volunteering as a chef instructor for a kid's cooking and nutrition class run by City Harvest. The class meets once a week at a public middle school in Long Island City and we have thirty (!!) 5th and 6th graders registered for the class. Clearly it's mass chaos, but it's also a lot of fun. We started with some basic knife skills (with plastic knives of course) and then made yogurt parfaits and an apple salad. The class was 2 hours long but somehow we barely had enough time to get through the recipe and serve it to the class. I taught a similar class a few years ago for City Harvest, but that class was made up of preschoolers and their parents. I have a feeling that I'm going to enjoy this class even more.

With regards to the baby, he or she is growing by leaps and bounds, and I say that only because my stomach seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. This was the first week that strangers have commented on my stomach, asking me when I'm due. I was even given a seat on the bus the other day. I gladly accepted because I had been walking for a long time and had a heavy grocery bag with me. Definitely a perk of being pregnant in NYC while using mass transit:) 

We also began using our Bellybuds. Brian insisted on buying Bellybuds after he saw them on an episode of Shark Tank over a year ago and loved the idea. So far Brian has recorded himself reading Goodnight Moon to the baby, and I've played the recording a few times for the baby. I also have plans to play music and have downloaded some Bach to my computer/itunes. Here's a photo of me modeling our Bellybuds.


Here's what's happening with Baby Riley this week:

  • Baby Riley can now feel me dance or move
  • He/she is the size of a large mango (which is weird considering BabyCenter said that it was the size of a spaghetti squash last week and spaghetti squash are usually larger than mangoes)
  • Blood vessels in the lungs are starting to form
  • Loud noises are becoming more familiar to the baby 

And what's happening with me:

Weight Gained: I'm going to guess 13-14 pounds, but we'll know for sure after our next doctor's appointment.

Favorite Moment: Feeling the baby move, it never gets old. The baby almost always moves around lunch time.

Workouts: I'm back in the gym this week! Similar to last week, I occasionally feel tightness and twinges during long walks or while on the elliptical and if it's bothering me I try to switch to an exercise that isn't uncomfortable. 

Symptoms: I've noticed that it's becoming more difficult to do simple things like roll over and get out of bed, mostly because I have to maneuver around my large snoogle pillow to get out of bed! The good news is I've been surprised by how much energy I have had lately, I rarely have a desire to nap.

Food Aversions/Cravings: Ehh, nothing much to report here. I try to buy salmon once a week to make sure that I'm getting enough Omega-3's and fatty acids but I have noticed that I don't generally crave fish right now.

Sleep: I would like to say that I have been sleeping great but I experienced 2 nights of being very uncomfortable because I had lower back pain. I'm not sure if my snoogle pillow was positioned incorrectly or what, but it was uncomfortable and I found that I had to get up for a few minutes.

Looking forward to: Having Brian be able to feel the baby kick