As I’m in the last trimester, it’s been crazy to reflect about the last 9 months.
Pregnancy hasn’t been easy – nausea severe enough to send me to the Emergency Room for IV fluids and medications, 30 lb weight gain limiting any sort of mobility, frequent bathroom breaks, horrible insomnia, constant shortness of breath – but the finish line is near, and we are SO excited for baby girl.
The last few weeks were interesting given the coronavirus pandemic – I still had in person Ob-gyn visits since I was in the 3rd trimester, but B was no longer allowed for ultrasounds or appointments.
Since the baby has been measuring small, we’ve had extra appointments and ultrasounds for close monitoring but so far everything looks ok.
Luckily I stopped working right as the coronavirus hit our hospitals. I had traded and worked extra shifts in January and February so I would have two weeks off prior to my due date. Patients were commenting on my belly – I feel super huge, but apparently I look small to most people because they couldn’t believe my due date was so soon! With this extra time quarantined at home, I’ve been cooking a fair amount.
Also during the quarantine, we’re watching the TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and there’s an episode about eating certain foods to conceive a girl or a boy.
Marshall’s Dad: Since the Viking age, the Eriksen men have passed down ancient secrets for conceiving boys. Number one, avoid lemons; they’re baby girl fertilizer.
Marshall: No offense, Dad, but I doubt there’s any scientific data to support…
Marshall’s Dad: I had all sons, your grandfather had all sons, your great-grandfather had ALL SONS! So who are you going to listen to: me, or (*mocking tone*) scientific data?
We joke about having a girl and all the citrus fruits I’ve been eating (we have gone through SO many oranges, lemons, and limes). So I wanted to share this Lemon Sugar Crepe – this is B’s favorite way to eat crepes after we went to Paris for our honeymoon.
B’s aunt told him to conceive a boy for next time, he needs to drink a lot of coffee and eat red meat. B says this sounds like a recipe for hypertension and heart disease. He’s so excited for future babies already – but I told him let’s get through this first pregnancy for now haha.
Recipe adapted from Alton Brown.
Lemon Sugar Crepe
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
Butter, for coating the pan
In a bowl, combine the egg, milk, water, flour, and melted butter and stir well. Place the crepe batter in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Heat a small non-stick pan. Add butter to coat. Pour batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove.
Fold in half and fold again into a quarter. Top with lemon juice and powdered sugar.