Mixed Feelings & A Strawberry Yogurt Parfait

by Melissa on April 13, 2012

This is a sort of follow-up post to my announcement earlier this week:

I have never considered myself a baby person. In fact, I have never been too fond of children. I’m the type of person who has always found children to be more annoying than useful.

Even though I have always pictured myself having children, it was something that would take place, at some point… in the far future. But, after our accident back in December, something changed. Due to the traumatic event, I was suddenly ready for kids. Life and death experience thing, I guess.

So, we started trying.

And immediately got pregnant.

To be honest, most days I am absolutely terrified.

Aside from not knowing whether or not I am going to be a good mother, I am terrified of how having a baby is going to interrupt my career and life goals. I have always had that Type A personality where I have goals in mind and I work my ass off in order to reach those goals. Having a baby was never on that priority list.

But it must be the hormones, recently I’ve started to sympathize with mothers who have crying children in public, kids have started to look more tolerable to me and having a baby suddenly doesn’t seem so daunting.

At our last ultrasound, when I saw Baby’s sweet Buddha belly, body wiggling around and playing with its feet… my heart melted. Before our appointment, I was starting to get used to the idea about being a mother, but seeing that ultrasound sent me over the edge. I am ready to do this.

I don’t know what the future is going to be like. But, I won’t be the first working mom and I certainly won’t be the last. It’s going to be more difficult with children than without. But it will be more exciting and rewarding.

I am ready for this next stage of life.

As for this blog, it has been tough to keep up with blog posts and new recipes when for the past month and a half all I really want is not even think about food. The nausea is starting to wane (slightly) and with the strawberry season, I am looking forward to getting back in the kitchen and testing out recipes.

Here’s a quick and dirty video of our strawberry farm outing. Somehow by a miracle, I managed to get some footage through the constant sneezing, thanks pollen:

Although I will technically be a mommy blogger, this blog will remain a place for food & photography. Of course, with family stories tossed in the mix *grin*

Recently, the quick, simple and fresh recipes are the ones that I’ve been sticking to. Here’s a quick and easy, but fancy-looking, recipe that you can put together quickly for a fast breakfast or as a brunch starter.

Strawberry Yogurt Parfait
I’m not going to put exact measurements here, to me, the beauty in making your own yogurt parfait is that you can put as much or as little of the ingredients as you like. But for the most part, equal parts of yogurt, granola and strawberries is recommended. Also, I did not use honey when I made the recipe. The strawberries that I used were pick-your-own from our local farm so they were sweet enough, so no additional sweetener was needed.

Ingredients:
Vanilla Greek yogurt
Granola (I used oats & honey flavor)
Raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
Sliced almonds (optional)
Honey (optional)
Sliced Strawberries

Let’s Assemble:
In a glass (size of your choice, a dessert trifle glass works great), layer yogurt, granola, raisins, almonds, honey and strawberries. Repeat layers until the glass is full.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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1 Heather @ Better With Veggies April 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Thanks for sharing some of your apprehension, it’s a little refreshing to hear actually. I actually enjoy other people’s kids but still can’t fathom having my own. Maybe that will change one day, maybe not.

And that photo of the parfait is gorgeous!

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2 Melissa April 15, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Thanks Heather, I try to be honest when writing on the blog so I’m glad to hear that you liked it. I was a little afraid of offending some people, or having some think that I’m ungrateful. But, I wanted to get these feelings out there :)

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3 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Again, major congrats to you both! Pregnancy and parenthood can be terrifying and scary and like omgwhatarewegoingtodonow!! But honestly, just take it a day a time. Best ride of your life! :)

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4 Melissa April 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Seeing you do it all while raising a beautiful daughter at the same time is inspirational to me! I can be done! :)

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5 Heidi @ Food Doodles April 14, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Aw, congratulations again! So exciting! I admit I felt that exact same way before I had my first. I knew deep down I wanted kids, but I always said I never wanted kids and I was never too fond of little kids either. But don’t worry, even now that I’m waiting for number three to arrive any day now I still have terrified moments, but it really is the best :) I hope you’re starting to feel better! Morning sickness is awful :(
And beautiful parfait! I can’t wait to go strawberry picking, it’s so much fun!

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6 Melissa April 15, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Haha I’ve heard that the feelings alternate between being excited and terrified and last even till the kids are grown up! But I am looking forward to it now, it’s going to be crazy fun!

When does strawberry season start for you guys up north?

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7 Oana Hogrefe April 15, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Congratulations, Melissa! The baby will bring a whole new dimension to your life, and your plans and dreams will naturally expand and rearrange to include your larger circle of love!

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8 Melissa April 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Thanks Oana! At first I was scared of what having a baby would do to my goals and dreams, but I am starting to realize that it will all work itself out :)

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9 Oana Hogrefe April 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I know what you mean! It will all make sense as it happens. One of the biggest lessons motherhood has taught me is the truth in the quote: “I love the recklessness of faith. First you leap, and then you grow wings.”
~ William Sloane Coffin Jr.

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10 Melissa April 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

Oh, thank you Oana! I LOVE that quote. I think I will print it out and hang it in my office :)

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11 Simply Tia April 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

This looks so lovely

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