these days with baby zee.

well hello there!

as i write this little update, i am having the most overwhelming feeling of “time flies when you’re having fun”. or in my case, when you’re pregnant with your second child. as of this week, i’m already in the third trimester. as in, there are only 12 weeks left in this pregnancy. as in, i should probably start doing some kind of (any kind of) preparation for this baby to get here.

i mean, i wasn’t the model of an adorable, nesting mother the first time around (more of an ice cream eating, resting on the couch mother), but we still managed to get the nursery painted and equipment assembled before baby’s arrival. cross your fingers we get there this time around too!

28 weeks with baby number 2
[not the MOST flattering belly photo i’ve ever taken, but there it is. i think i’m running about 2-3 weeks ahead of last time, size-wise.]

how far along: 28 weeks. how did the third trimester get here so fast?!?

i’m feeling: still pretty good. still a bit sore. definitely noticing when i have a full day of activity. for example, on monday, we had a morning park playdate, went grocery shopping, made lunch, and then during naptime i harvested the garden, washed the veggies, prepped dinner, and then i finished cooking dinner and did the dishes while Mister Man got Amelia ready for bed. by 9:30pm, i was done for, and i also woke up kind of sore this morning. so i might need to make time to get off my feet more often for the next 12 weeks. other than that, i’m all good!

total weight gain: 18 pounds. last month i was at 14, so it looks like i’m at a steady one pound a week gain. just a note to those of you who may be going through pregnancy and struggling with accepting weight gain, or those of you who may be nervous to get pregnant for that reason. i do tend to be more relaxed than most about accepting the higher numbers on the scale, because for me it is all about the health and growth of that baby. but i don’t want anyone to think that it isn’t normal to struggle a little bit with seeing that number go up each month. even me, who is in awe of my body and all it’s doing, gets a little uncomfortable as the number gest closer to 20. today was one of those uncomfortable days. but i want you to know that you don’t have to know how much you’re gaining if you don’t think you can handle it…just tell your doctor to let you know if it’s normal each appointment, and be done. my doctor made me feel better today by telling me my weight gain and blood pressure were “perfect”. and how often are we able to hear that our weight gain is perfect? never. except when we’re growing babies. so for any of you struggling, know that you’re normal, but always remind yourself that what you’re doing is more amazing than any number on a scale.

baby zee’s size: this week, baby is the size of an eggplant, about 2.25 lbs. and 14.8 inches long (except based on how jabby this baby is, it might be longer).

this week: it’s been hot as all get out here, so i’ve been trying to take it easier. i’ve also realized that both Mister Man and Amelia’s birthdays are just a few weeks away, so i started planning out both of those this week. all i know is that it’s definitely going to be low-key this year.

maternity clothes: i’m living in dresses. i may also need to invest in some stretchy shorts for the remainder of summer, because it’s been so hot! i’m starting to think about buying a new cute pair of pjs for the hospital too…almost too much fun to think about, right?

sleep: a little meh, but i can’t complain. my biggest wakeup these days is an early morning bathroom run, or if Amelia unluckily stirs and yells at us from our room.

best moment this week: Amelia and i have been having so much fun this week. she is really turning into such a special little girl, with so much personality (follow along on snapchat if you don’t believe me: hooleywithaz). i love hanging out with her. she has the best ideas, is so loving to everyone around her, and is always looking to play play play. it’s such a great reminder for me to have. so nothing super special happened, it was just a good week.

movement: as i tweeted last week, i now refer to the baby as “jabby” or “jabs”. because whoa are they all knees and elbows up in my grill. there are times where i actually have to stop what i’m doing because of the gymnastics happening inside my belly. it’s different from how active Amelia was (and believe me she never stopped moving), because this one seems to be occupying different space inside me than she did. each one is new, that is no joke.

food cravings: not a lot in the way of cravings persay, unless you guys want me to repeat how often i eat ice cream. which is a lot. (oh, p.s., i passed my 3-hour glucose test…again. might just have to go straight to that one if i have another baby.) i am getting really into canning ALL OF THE THINGS in the garden, so maybe that’s my way of nesting?

food aversions: still getting really full, really fast, mostly at the end of the day. so i try to eat big lunches and a couple protein-filled snacks throughout the day.

belly button in or out: what even is a belly button anymore guys?

looking forward to: getting the kids’ (ah!) bedroom set up to include the baby’s crib and a new dresser/changing table so we have more room for clothes. it’s such a weird thing to know there will be two of them in there eventually. baby will be sleeping in our room for a while, but their stuff being in there with Amelia is going to make it feel real. i’m so excited for them to share a room, even though i’m sure there will be challenges that come along with it.

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coffee date.

it’s been a hot minute since i’ve had a coffee date with you people. i’ve been a bad friend. summer gets the best of me, what can i say? there’s so much to do that there’s almost too much to do, you know? so i end up not doing anything. is anyone else like that? or is it just terrible me?

so let’s get back into it again, shall we? because i need some coffee. i always need some coffee.


if we were having coffee, i’d tell you how much i wish i could drink coffee all day long these days. because being pregnant, and not sleeping, and also running around because it’s summer does not make for a rested me. and unrested me wants a coffee IV drip. but pregnant me can’t have a coffee IV drip. so i nurse my morning coffee until noon.

pregnant coffee belly

if we were having coffee, i’d ask you to tell me about any trips you’re planning. you see, because of this whole procreation thing (gross) that Mister Man and i have going on right now, our travel plans are a little lacking. and i know, i know, you can still travel with little kids, and all that fun stuff, and i agree. but i know how i get after i have babies, and even though i wish i had the energy of this lady, i just don’t. so you need to tell me all about your travel plans, from the quickest weekend trip to the most amazing european adventure.

if we were having coffee, i’d probably be weird and ask you to look at my belly when the baby started doing its acrobatics. because you’d either think it was awesome or super creepy and both of those are fine reactions. but seriously, there is an alien inside my belly and i need to share it with people.

if we were having coffee, i’d ask how you were and i’d wait to hear the answer. because i’m trying this new thing where i listen better. a lot of people i know are going through a lot of hard things, and i’ve started to learn that if you just give it a minute, you can help lighten their burden by just listening to their stories. so just know that i’m here to listen to you if you happen to need it.


let me know what you’d be chatting to me about at our coffee. i promise that i have the time to chat as long as you need. like, until our coffee gets cold. i’m used to cold coffee these days anyway.

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summer and ice cream treats; the way to my pregnant heart.

hi friends! how was your weekend? i spent the whole thing balancing a bowl of ice cream on my belly bump while relaxing by a lake. it was as good as it seems, thank you for asking!

we spent our 4th of july holiday (well, the weekend leading up to it) at the cabin of our lovely family friends, and it was absolutely magical. seriously, what a treat to be able to be with family and friends in a gorgeous setting, doing absolutely nothing but enjoying ourselves for three whole days in a row. add in the fact that miss amelia was (mostly) an angel and it’s the recipe for a perfect weekend.

family time on the lake

[but seriously how about that view?]

if you know me, you know that there are a few things in this world that i love with a deep, deep passion. number one is my family (big duh there). number two is summer in minnesota. number three is ice cream. and ice cream in the summer with my family all at once? it’s enough to make my pregnant heart skip a beat. if you’ve been around for a while, you know that i basically kept our local ice cream store in business when i was pregnant with amelia. so get ready for some photos of real deliciousness from the past few days.

kemps cherry fudge chunk and mint cow tracks

kemps ice cream #itsthecows

we’re lucky enough to live in a place where kemps ice cream is readily accessible to us as a way to celebrate national ice cream month (which is apparently what july is, how did i not know this??), and it was the ideal treat to get while we were at the cabin. kemps has been around for a looooong time, and is known in a big way for their 40(!) flavors of ice cream. they literally have something for everybody. (click here to see if kemps is available near you. if it’s not, i’m very sorry for introducing you to this goodness but i had to, you know?)

kemps ice cream family treat

kemps ice cream family treat

in between all of our swimming and reading and relaxing over the weekend, we obviously did some serious eating, because summer weekend at the cabin, duh. we did the usual burgers, brats and fish fry, but for dessert, we opted for some mint cow tracks and plenty of cherry fudge chunk ice cream, and we were not disappointed.

after an informal poll, it was decided that baby zee preferred the cherry fudge chunk, while amelia liked the mint cow tracks a bit more. i’d like to lie to you and say that i only had one bowl, but i think we all know that wouldn’t be the truth. i’m only showing you one of my empty bowls though.

kemps mint cow tracks ice cream

kemps ice cream treat cherry fudge chunk

and now for the fun part…a giveaway!

because july is national ice cream month, kemps is letting me give away five $5.00 coupons for kemps ice cream to you guys! YES, I KNOW IT’S AMAZING. to enter, just visit the kemps website to take a look at all of their 40 ice cream flavors, then come back here and leave a comment telling me which flavor (or flavors) you want to try the most. it’s that easy. the giveaway will be open until July 19th, and i’ll pick the five winners randomly at that time. good luck!

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these days with baby zee.

happy friday before a long holiday weekend! aren’t these the best kinds of fridays? i really think they have to be. also, happy first day of july! did you hear me? JULY. what the actual.

i’m writing this in the car on the way to a cabin for the weekend. Amelia just upchucked a little (update: she upchucked twice within the first hour of the drive) so we made a nice little gas station pitstop and now she’s riding in a front-facing car seat for the first time ever. it was very unceremonious. 

and with that fun piece of info, please to enjoy my latest belly photo and fun, necessary facts about this pregnancy. have a fabulous 4th of july everyone! 

how far along: 24 weeks. (i’m on the every month update plan for now but will get more frequent after 32 weeks.)

i’m feeling: honestly pretty great.i have some round ligament pain (for those of you who are like, wtf is that, it basically means the muscles around your pelvis are stretching and it feels like you’ve been kicked in the crotch by someone for a while…every day), but still have great energy and i even golfed 9 holes walking last night!  

total weight gain: 14 pounds. like i said last update, i was at about 12 pounds gained at 24 weeks. so i’m not too far ahead of where i was last time anymore. i’ve definitely been feeling more full these days so that might have something to do with it. 

baby zee’s size: this week, baby is the size of an ear of corn. which is very appropriate for 4th of july weekend! 

this week: i had my 1-hour glucose test…and failed. it’s like the worst dejavu ever. i failed my 1-hour last time too and had to take the 3-hour test and i swear to you, it was more unpleasant than giving birth. so i’m a little salty about the whole thing. i’m pretty confident that i do not have gestational diabetes so it’s that much more annoying. 

maternity clothes: i broke down and grabbed a few dresses during a huge old navy sale and it was so worth it. i spent $75 on four dresses and found the holy grail of maternity dresses in the process. take note: old navy maternity is the best, bar none. 

sleep: still pretty okay. the round ligament pain gets worse when i’m laying down, so that’s no fun, but once i’m asleep, all is well. 

best moment this week: not my appointment…probably watching Amelia play with her baby doll and feeling really awesome about how she’s going to do with another sibling around the house. 

movement: slowly getting stronger and more frequent. baby zee seems to be a jumper or a boxer. lots of jabs this time around. 

food cravings: malts. why? it’s so weird. 

food aversions: i get full after about 8 bites of anything so that’s not cool.  

belly button in or out: it’s basically flat now. 

looking forward to: spending the weekend with the family at the cabin…we might try to get out once more before october but either way i want to enjoy this time together before we grow by a person. 

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gluten-free pumpkin muffins.

oh hey everyone! guess who’s back in the baking game? this pregnant lady.

if you follow me on snapchat (find me at username hooleywithaz) you might have seen some of my gluten and dairy-free baking shenanigans lately. long story short, and which i will be going into in more detail in the future, we’ve been battling some pretty severe eczema with Amelia over here. the good news is that thanks to some dietary changes and some amazing topical treatments (both of which we hope are temporary after some months of working everything out), she is now a happy, itch-free toddler who can wear short sleeves and run around in her birthday suit.

toddler mama picnic

we are starting to slowly transition gluten and dairy back into amelia’s diet, starting with dairy, but because it’s slow, i’m still doing a lot of modified cooking and baking. and while there are a lot of great commercial gluten-free products out there, sometimes you just want to bake something homemade, you know?

enter the savior: mama hools. my mother has a special set of skills, many skills. one of these skills happens to be cooking for people with food allergies. and i’m talking real food allergies, not “i want to lose weight so i’ll tell myself i’m allergic to gluten” allergies. she also happens to know how to adjust recipes to make them taste delicious, even when they’re free of anything seemingly tasty. she’s a magical fairy, i’m telling you.

she has many amazing recipes, but one of our favorites is her gluten-free (and dairy-free) pumpkin muffins. they are moist, flavorful, and freeze beautifully, which makes them the holy grail of gluten-free muffin recipes. she found the original recipe at gluten free goddess, but modified it a lot to accommodate some additional allergies and in my opinion, made it easier and better. i would choose to eat this pumpkin muffin recipe, and i’m not even gluten-free.

i posted a picture of this deliciousness on my instagram and got so many requests for the recipe that i thought i’d share it here. if any of you are gluten-free, or just looking for an awesome pumpkin muffin recipe, i highly suggest that you make these. let me know if you have any questions on the ingredients or the recipe, just leave a comment and i’m happy to help!

gluten-free pumpkin muffins

gluten-free pumpkin muffins (makes 12-16 regular muffins)

dry ingredients

  • 2 C. all-purpose gluten-free flour (w/ xanthan gum added, my flour called for 1 1/2 tsp. for this amount of flour and type of recipe)
  • 1/3 C. organic coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 C. coconut sugar (mix it with enough maple syrup to make it packable)

wet ingredients

  • 1/3 C. olive oil or coconut oil (i used coconut)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 C. almond or coconut milk (i used almond)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree

preheat oven to 350 F. whisk together dry ingredients. add in wet ingredients, mix well by hand or mixer, making sure all dry ingredients are incorporated. if desired, stir in by hand 1/2 C. roughly chopped pecans, walnuts, raisins or chocolate chips.

line a muffin tin (regular or mini) with liners or grease well. spoon batter into tins, filling close to the top. smooth the tops with the back of a wet spoon. bake 15 minutes for mini muffins, 22-25 minutes for regular muffins. let cool and remove gently. store in a tupperware, or freeze. to defrost: 5-10 seconds for mini muffins, 10-20 seconds for regular muffins. keep an eye on them though, i’ve burnt my fair share, they go faster than you think!


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