Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Butternut Squash (wk 29) is a whole food!
Went to see Michal Pollen last night talk about food and all the issues that surround it politically, emotionally, environmentally. An interesting talk that got BP And I discussing future plans for the Tenant and food consumption. Moreover...WHERE and HOW to eat. (BP did a great write up with video over at his blog; The Institute of Jurassic Technology)
I remember sitting down to dinner every night with my folks and came to find out later that it was one of the things my dad felt was really important. I can't speak to the social dynamic that was created ( I remember some...er, tense-ness there) but I do think that coming together for meals is more than just eating. The creation of community must be intentional in order for it to stick, and I think that is especially poignant when you toss a small sponge into your dynamic.
I'll be interested to see what other things he has to say when I get around to reading a couple of his books. He makes an excellent case that most environmental issues can not be fixed without looking at how we farm. Monoculture, pesticide use, huge agro-business conglomerates deciding what to grow (commodities vs. whole foods) all add to the woes.
Currently, I've been eating way more MEAT, and could stand to down a few more portions a week given that I'm still pretty darned tired. When I cut out the sugar crutch the anemia stepped right up and walloped me! Sheesh! It's very interesting how much better I feel when I just eat more red meat. The supplements do what they can, but I think the iron in meat somehow gets in there better. Could be hokus-pokus!
Here's the pertinent stats for the Tenant...we have a BBdr visit on the 21st, which hearkens the introduction to my every 3 week visit schedule. Ooh...it also hearkens audit season! Woot! It's going to be a blurry run to the water breaking, I have a feeling.
Now THERE'S a way to freak out a client! AHAHAHAH (*cough)
How your baby's growing:
Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.
Dang! That is a lot of Calcium! Perhaps that explains my Keifer cravings of the last few weeks. Hey, I learn stuff from these posts too, people!
I am looking forward to seeing as many folks as I can at the shower. It's been excellent and very exciting to reconnect with many a misplaced or rarely seen person over the last few months. I am excited to introduce this person to our vast and eccentric horde of aunties and uncles, not to mention there are a few grand parents out there who *might* take an interest in the child. PLEASE, if there is someone who we forgot to invite to the shower and you happen to be chatting with them, INVITE THEM! The more the merrier and the fewer hurt feelings due to my pregnancy brain not firing on all cylinders the better!
KT and Tenant