This morning we woke up at 04.15 to start our ski trip to Germany. First taxi to the airport, McDonalds breakfast (which I really love their bacon/cheese sandwich and hot chocolate), then flight to Frankfurt and about 5 hours drive from there to the German alps. We just had one stop on the way at McDonalds to have lunch and a coffee which was supergood (and easy when travelling with children) so it took us a bit longer before we arrived. It was an amazing view of the snowy mountains on the way and we hadn’t seen snow since last year in Amsterdam so it’s always exciting when you see snow again.
Tomorrow it’s a family ski day, gonna be so much fun so now it’s time to get some sleep after a very long day 🙂
I started this blog last year to blog mostly about my pregnancy mixed with health and wellness posts, but unfortunately as we started to get bad news along our pregnancy journey, I wanted to avoid to write anything about it until I knew what was gonna “happen”. It’s still very recent that our baby girl was stillborn (in week 28+3) so for me it is the most sensitive subject I am gonna blog about, but I am gonna make a try as I think it can be helpful for others who unfortunately has been in the same situation as us or a similar one. It seems to be a taboo today to talk about childloss which actually is the hardest thing a parent can go through, so if my blog can help any pregnant woman or any partner in this situation it would make me happy.
After the birth I got a syndrom called Hellp Syndrom, which is a life-threathening pregnancy complication for both the mum and the baby, not even the doctors themselves know really the reason why it occurs. So I’m gonna write a few blog posts about my pregnancy and about the disease from my own experience and perspective.
When me and my boyfriend started to plan to get pregnant there really wasn’t anything more we wanted then to find out I was pregnant, so the day we did the test together in our bathroom was the most nervous thing I’ve ever been through! 2 days before that we were out with our friends having sushi and wine talking about babynames and since I didn’t know if I was pregnant or not I decided not to eat sushi or drink anything just in case we would be lucky this month. And we were lucky. The luckiest. I have never been so happy in my life as that day when it showed us on the test; Embarazada 2-3 (pregnant 2-3 weeks). It was the best feeling in the world to know that we were gonna be parents!
3 months later we published our announcement on Facebook with the cutest picture we took at the beach with our flipflops and a pair of baby flipflops in the middle that we were expecting our baby in February 2017. (Everyone recommended us to wait until 3 months had passed to tell the world and I think it’s a good idea as most miscarriages happens before 12 weeks so it’s just harder in case anything goes wrong if everyone knows). The happiness bubble we were in back then was amazing and cannot be described enough with words, I just felt so blessed everyday I woke up together with my boyfriend and the little one that was growing inside. 2+1 was gonna be 3 🙂
Here is one of the photos of our announcement we took on the beach;
Next post about my pregnancy is gonna be about food and health during my pregnancy.
Today I wasn’t really feeling like cooking lunch so I made a easy, but healthy salad. This salad is perfect for those days when I feel a bit lazy in general and I just want to prepare my lunch fast (not eat fast though).
I went to the supermarket and bought what I call ready cheese, which is those little cubes of cheeses with lots of herbs on, and they are already prepared (cut and all), so you just sprinkle them over the salad. As protein I had tuna and eggs (which I had already boiled yesterday to save time for today). Usually when I make a tuna salad I use ceasar dressing (that I just love) but today I just put oliveoil, balsamvinegar, salt and you can also add a bit of honey to make the dressing a bit sweet. In Spain the most common (and easy) is to buy salad leafes in a bag that has already been washed which is convenient and save a lot of time, (however I always wash the salad anyway). I love new baked baguette and I can’t resist eating it even if it may not be the healthiest in the world, and today I did pan con tomate which is tomato on a bread with oliveoil and salt, it’s so tasty and perfect to have with a salad.
Monday evening I started to do some squats at home, not many, but at least I can still feel it in my legs, and it feels great! My plan is to start the gym in two weeks so I’m starting slowly at home to get into the exercise rythm again. I haven’t exercised since last May (just before I got pregnant) so it’s gonna be tough, but I feel motivated and that is the most important. My goal is to go three times per week to pilates classes and then also do some squats, abs and powerwalking. Right now I am struggling to gain weight as I lost a few kilos after the pregnancy, but I am sure that after I start the gym I will easier gain some kilos back again. I really love pilates because it tones the body and makes you feel stronger and for me it focus on my areas of the body where I want to improve. Yesterday I went to Primark and I bought some new blue gympants and gymsweater (it always feels better to start the gym when you have something new on).
This weekend went superfast and it’s almost Monday already. I really wish there was a day between Saturday and Sunday sometimes as weekends happens to fly away! Yesterday we went to La Maquinista which is a huge shoppingcentre and we had dinner in La Tagliatella where we ate a 4 cheese- and a 7 cheese pizza (which I have blogged about before). It really is the best pizza in Barcelona, they put a lot of cheeses and blue cheese (my favourite) and the crust is very thin just as it should be. As we were tired from Friday night we stayed home watching a new serie on Netflix and I fell asleep in the sofa. Today we took the metro to the centre and went to our favourite nacho place to have lunch, George Payne, it’s a big Irish sportsbar that has good food and a really nice atmosphere. We always eat nachos there (the best in the city) and my boyfriend is crazy about their super spicy chicken wings. The nachos is amazingly tasty with two different cheeses, guacamole, sourcream, spicy sauce and leek on top. After we just went for a coffee to wake up after the dinner 🙂 Tonight is football night and I really hope that we win!
Yesterday Friday me and a friend met in the centre of Born to have a drink and tapas. We found this place I’ve been to before (with my cousin and aunt), a “Bask” place called Euskal Etxea Taberna (long name) and they have pinchos that you pick yourself from the bar and later you pay for how many toothpicks you have on your plate. We were lucky that got a table as the place got super busy after we arrived. It is a bit turistic but we were saying as well that we heard a lot of Spanish so it’s also a bit local people. The wine was amazingly good and I only had one pincho that was salmon with dill and capers, and she had two different pinchos with goatcheese, but they have a lot of variety of pinchos in the bar.
The other day I read that popcorn is one of the few new members of superfood. I never thought that popcorn were unhealthy (only the sugar ones) but on the other side I didn’t expected it to be so beneficial for our health. I really love popcorn and the other day when we went to the cinema it felt wrong not to buy popcorn, because it fits so good together with a movie. The only thing is that you need to pop the popcorn yourself in a pan and without any oil and with as little salt as possible for the popcorn to benefit your health. Apparently popcorn are loaded with antioxidants, it lowers the blood pressure, contains B-vitamins and lowers bad cholesterol. Popcorn is a whole grain (unprocessed) and in recent studies it has even showed to prevent cancer and heart diseases. So I think it’s the perfect snack we can enjoy without feeling guilty eating too much 🙂
These cheddarpopcorn are definitely the most tasty popcorn I have tried (but they don’t sell them here in Spain)