Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yummy hummus!

Here is a simple hummus recipe that I like to make whenever I'm in the mood.

  • 2 Tbsp. ground sesame seed or tahini (I normally toast my own seeds under the broiler and grind them the best I can)
  • 2 gloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. lemon juice*
  • 1 15 1/2 ounce can chick peas**, drained (save the juice)
  • 1/4 cup of the juice from the chick peas

Put all into blender (except the juice from the peas) and blend until smooth (or use a hand blender and slowly add ingredients and water). For more moisture, add some of the extra chick pea juice or water until you get the thickness you like.

*The lemon juice makes this a little zesty. If you like it blander (for children), you can use a little less.

**Or 1 cup dried chick peas, reconstituted per package directions


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Another Tooth Gone

Joshua has lost another tooth this week.

He came home from school one day telling me another he didn't finish his lunch because his tooth was too loose. By the following morning the tooth had fallen out.

Doesn't he look so cute with the big gap. There is just something very classic about the look of missing your top front teeth.

My little boy is getting so big!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

20 Week Ultrasound

On Monday this week we had out 20 week ultrasound scan of the baby.

At this scan they measure the baby's growth and check the heart, spine, internal organs, more to see that everything is developing well and on schedule.

This is also the scan where you often find out the gender of the baby. However, here in Aberdeen it is their policy NOT to tell you the gender of the baby.

I am not entirely sure where this policy came from, but this is the only place in the UK that this policy exists (as far as I am aware). I have heard rumors that it was to decrease the number of pregnancies terminated over gender, but I have no idea if this is true.

All that to say, unless we pay out of pocket for a private scan, we are going to be surprised on the gender of our baby #3.

Part of me thinks the surprise is fun, but part of me really likes the idea of preparing for a specific gender with clothes and things, not to mention picking out names and being mentally prepared.

For now I can say that our baby is healthy and growing right on schedule.

And because of our history, we'll get to see the baby again at two additional scans that are scheduled for 30 weeks and 34 weeks just to keep track of progress.

Check out picture #4. The baby is arching his/her neck backward as if stretching. The baby did this several times during the scan so the technician gave us a picture of it.

And I love the shot of the feet in the last picture. So precious!

It was a great blessing to see the baby again and laugh at how active he/she was throughout the entire scan. Wonder if that means we're in for a really active baby?

We have reached the half way point and are excited as we count down the weeks until baby is born!

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