On the ‘M’ word – #36 weeks

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on August 27, 2014

in Baby and Pregnancy

We’re getting closer and closer!  Officially there are less than 4 weeks left until my due date, but technically my lil’ munchkin could make an appearance anytime from now. Exciting times! 

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Over the past week I’ve gone into nesting over drive and been on such a cleaning spree.  I’ve filled up several bags with old clothes and bits from around the house for charity that we no longer need or use and started to organise our cupboard space.  I always think that a good clear out is good for the mind and now that couldn’t be more true as we wait for our new arrival.  Re-painting some of the walls has also been another task that I’ve left until now.  I know that he won’t be bothered what colour the walls are or whether the cupboards are still full of unwanted crap, but I’m determined to freshen up the house for his arrival.   Another thing that I need to get started with is washing all of his clothes, they’re so tiny and cute!

Again, there has been lots of movement this week and my bump has popped out a bit more as he puts on more weight.  It was lovely when my mum saw him wriggling around at the weekend as she hadn’t seen that yet.  I have experienced some lightning pains under my bump, which after consulting some websites sounds like it could be lightening crotch, which is when the baby is trying to engage, but perfectly normal.  I still haven’t developed any stretch marks, but I know that these could still appear; although I swear that slathering on the coconut oil every day has helped. 

Last week I went to a breastfeeding course that is run by La Leche League, an international charity foundation that helps to support breastfeeding mothers.  I didn’t know what to expect from the class to be honest, but I’m so glad that I went along.  Like all of their courses they are run by former breastfeeding mamas who have a vast knowledge and experience on the topic.  There were about 8 of us in total and we got to share our personal fears about breastfeeding as well as gain some informative knowledge on technique and what to expect.  I would definitely recommend this class to any mums-to-be if they are running courses in your area.  

36 weeks

No words can describe the feeling of excitement that has built up over the past few months.  Now that we are so close, he could literally decide to come at anytime.  I’ve always known that I wanted children in my life and when we found out that I was expecting I couldn’t have been happier.  A few weeks into my pregnancy, it sounds really silly, but it suddenly dawned on me that I was going to be someones mother, responsible for a life.  Motherhood is such a scary venture, but something that is equally rewarding and full of joy.  

So many fears about motherhood have passed through my mind over the past few months.  One of my main worries was about the strong connection that I have with him and whether this would be replicated outside the womb.  After reading lots of birth stories I feel certain that this is something that will naturally grow and grow between mother and son.  The amount of love that I feel for someone who I’ve technically never met is incredible.  I know that motherhood isn’t going to be easy, all of my friends that have had babies tell me that it’s difficult and tiring, but so worth it.  With the reality of motherhood and all that comes with it,  I have a deep respect for all of those mothers out there and a deeper respect and gratitude for my own.

Even though I feel physically and mentally prepared for labour, nothing can prepare me for the emotions that I will feel for holding my baby boy for the first time.  I imagine that it’s going to be one of those magical moments that I will cherish.   I’m really looking forward to meeting him, nurturing him and watching his little personality develop.  I’m already certain that he and his dad are going to be like two peas in a pod.  I think that I have a cheeky monkey on my hands already. 

Expecting or not, do you have any fears over the ‘M’ word?  How did/have you deal/dealt with these emotions?

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{Recipe} Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins

by Jemma Andrew-Adiamah on August 26, 2014

in Recipes

There are some flavour combinations that just belong together: cherries and chocolate, blueberries and lemon, peanut butter and chocolate.  Well how about peanut butter, chocolate and banana bread? Seriously it works and I’m a little bit in love with it!

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When my brother visited a few weekends ago now, we made a big loaf of banana bread.  My kitchen smelt divine! We couldn’t stop eating it and kept going back for more, even when it was fresh out of the oven. Luckily, our eyes weren’t too much bigger than our bellies and there was plenty left to take home with him…sharing is caring after all! 

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I knew that I wanted to make banana bread again at some point, but wanted something completely different from the loaf that we had made previously.  After looking at my store cupboard ingredients and researching some recipes I came up with these tasty morsels. 

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins
Yields 30
An easy deliciously addictive mini muffin recipe, incorpating some of my favourite ingredients.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour
  2. 1/2 cup ground almonds
  3. 1/2 cup natural yoghurt
  4. 2 over ripe mashed bananas
  5. 1/3 cup peanut butter
  6. 1/4 cup honey or agave nectar
  7. 1/3 cup coconut butter
  8. 1/3 cup milk or dark chocolate chips
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1 tsp baking powder
  11. 1/2 tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and prepare a mini muffin tin.
  2. Beat together all of the wet ingredients (peanut butter, yoghurt, vanilla extract, coconut oil, mashed bananas and honey) in a mixer or by hand until well combined. Pour in the ground almonds, spelt flour, baking powder and baking soda and mix in well. Add in the chocolate chips, making sure that they are well distributed.
  3. Next portion out the batter into mini muffin trays and bake for 10-15 minutes at 180 degrees.
Notes
  1. This recipe yields 30 mini muffins, but you can easily get 6-10 larger muffins from this muffin mix.
Adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
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The best thing about these, other than being totally scrummy, is that they’re very quick to whip together and bake.  On a day when you have a sweet craving and want to bake something quickly, these are just perfect. Of course, I’ve attempted to make these as a healthier alternative to conventional banana bread recipes by omitting the butter and using coconut oil.  I also used wholemeal spelt flour, which give the muffins some density in their texture.  

You can really go to town with the additional ingredients too.  I would love to try some raisins and cinnamon with the peanut butter.  Even adding some cocoa powder to the batter would work, making them even more chocolatey and indulgent.

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As the recipe notes suggest, if you wanted to make the batter into larger traditional muffins as opposed to these cute mini muffins, I think you can easily get 6-10 larger muffins from this mix; perfect for on-the-go breakfasts or snacks.  When they came out of the oven I taste tested a couple…or 3 or 4…ahem!  Cook’s perks and all that jazz.  I warn you now they are seriously addictive, but worth it and there’s no real effort required.  Happy Baking!

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Are you a fan of banana bread?  Do you like changing it up with different add ins?

What are your favourite flavour combinations?

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