First, I want to say thank you to all of you who commented on my last post. Your words were exactly what I needed to hear, and I am so grateful. I haven’t gone back to respond and honestly, I probably won’t—only because I’m feeling pretty good the last few days and I don’t really want to go back there at the moment. But thank you. Infinitely. You made me feel so much better about being sad, and that’s not an easy thing to do.
We had gorgeous weather in L.A. over the weekend, and the sunshine made it a bit easier to pull myself out of that dark place as well. On Saturday, we celebrated our official first steps into the second trimester over breakfast and then ran a bunch of errands. I can’t remember the last time I was so happy to be out buying dog food. My energy is slowly starting to return, and I have days where I feel like a normal human being. It’s amazing.
On Sunday, Catch watched the Packers lose while I took the opportunity to get myself back into the kitchen. I made these awesome baked turkey & spinach meatballs. (I’ve made them with kale before, too.) The recipe is HUGE but they freeze beautifully and make a great office lunch. I packaged them up for our lunches this week with some spaghetti squash and marinara sauce and a side of steamed broccoli. Then, since our Meyer lemon tree is about to explode, I made the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for lemon bars. I don’t think I need to say how good they are. The kitchen is my domain, and it felt really good to have the energy to be back in there.
Monday was my favorite. When a day off from work coincides with a Monday, it is a beautiful thing. We started the day with the best waffles you will ever make. Seriously. Smitten Kitchen knows her waffles. (And her pie crust, in case you ever have a need.) These have ruined me for all other waffles. It was a beautiful day, so we piled the dogs into the car, picked up my mom and her dog, and headed to Santa Barbara to visit our favorite dog beach. (There are dog beaches closer to us, but this one is our favorite–it’s worth the drive.) I am my absolute happiest when I’m outdoors, and the beach was medicinal.
I also wanted to let you know that I met with a neurologist yesterday at the request of the perinatologist. My neurological exam was absolutely normal, and she really doesn’t think I have anything to be concerned about. She did confirm for me that the headaches I’ve been getting since I got pregnant (I had one for 4 days last week) are mild migraines (yay!) and as we all know, all I can do is pop a couple of Tylenol and hope the universe takes pity. The best part of my visit with her was that she has two kids, both of them via IVF. We chatted about everything quite a bit. It was so nice to talk to a doctor who really gets it. Too bad I (hopefully) won’t ever need to see her again (knock wood)!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week. I can’t believe it’s already Wednesday!