Makeshift Monday

Happy Monday!

I’m home with my sick little guy, today, and am fighting something myself. It seems that he goes about two weeks in between some kind of (daycare) sickness.  Two weeks ago it was diarrhea, two weeks before that, vomitting, two weeks before that, a bad cough/cold that required puffers. Everyone says the first year at daycare is the worst, and we are only three months in…

Hopefully we are all healthy for Easter, which is coming up this weekend. I thought I would share a delicious dessert perfect for Easter dinner.

Banana Cream Pie


  • 1-1/2 cups graham wafer crumbs 1-1/2 1-1/2cups cups(375 mL) (375 mL) graham wafer crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter , melted1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) butter, melted
  • 2 oz semisweet chocolate , melted2 2oz oz(57 g) (57 g) semisweet chocolate, melted


  • 4 egg yolks 4 4egg yolkegg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 1/2cup cup(125 mL) (125 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch 1/3 1/3cup cup(75 mL) (75 mL) cornstarch
  • 3 cups milk 3 3cups cups(750 mL) (750 mL) milk
  • 2 tbsp butter 2 2tbsp tbsp(30 mL) (30 mL) butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla 1 1tsp tsp(5 mL) (5 mL) vanilla
  • 2 small bananas , sliced2 2small bananabananas, sliced


  • 1 cup whipping cream 1 1cup cup(250 mL) (250 mL) whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate , grated2 2tbsp tbsp(30 mL) (30 mL) semisweet chocolate, grated (optional)


Filling: In bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the milk; set aside.

In heavy saucepan, heat remaining milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge; whisk into yolk mixture. Return to pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla. Scrape into bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate just until cooled, about 2 hours.

In bowl, stir graham wafer crumbs with butter until moistened; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Drizzle melted chocolate over bottom of crust; spread evenly with back of spoon. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. Without stirring custard, spoon half over chocolate. Arrange banana slices over top, overlapping slightly. Top with remaining custard. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

Garnish: In bowl, whip cream. Using piping bag or with spatula, pipe into rosettes or spread to cover top. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. (Make-ahead: Insert 6 toothpicks into pie; drape plastic wrap loosely over top and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)


Canadian Living, 2004


20 Weeks: Halfway There

I can’t believe I am at the halfway point already. I remember it feeling like forever with Maxton; but, when you have an almost-nineteen-month-old, there is no time to think about time. Does that make sense?

I am happy to report I have been off diclectin for 1.5 weeks and am feeling okay. If I happen to go several hours without eating (for whatever reason), then the nausea will set in, but other than that I feel 100% better. Hopefully the nausea is gone for good. Now I am dealing with some fatigue (of course), which tends to slap me in the face around 2-3:30pm at work; and some nights I am in bed shortly after Maxton.

I feel the baby move a lot more now, and have felt him/her on the outside a few times. For some reason, 98% of the kicks/hiccups I feel very low, down in my incision line. I remember feeling them all around by this point with Maxton, I guess it’s just the way baby has positioned him/herself, or the position of my uterus. Perhaps my OB can offer some insight into this when I see her next week.

Sleeping is starting to become…interesting. I wake several times in the night, and am finding rolling over to be a little more floppy and a little less graceful. I’m sure Steve would agree, if you asked him. I have also developed a lovely pain in my right hip (in the back), which I thought was sciatic pain. My massage therapist explained it was actually the muscles around my sciatic compressing around the nerve, in combination with a loose pelvis. Doesn’t it sound fun? I never had this with Maxton. Massage therapy does help, but after a week or so it’s back in full force. Prenatal yoga is also helping but the pain creeps up on me by the end of the day.

So here is what I am looking like these days:


Check out my 20 week photo with Maxton:


I am definitely popping out more this time around – it’s fun to compare.

I also tried to snap a photo with Maxton; but getting him to sit still for a “posed” photo is near impossible these days. This is the best we could do:


We were both laughing and having fun, and that’s all that matters.

20 weeks down, 20 more to go.

19 Weeks

Today we had our 19 week ultra sound. This ultra sound is for measuring the baby, his/her limbs and organs. This baby was a little more cooperative than Maxton was at his 19 week ultra sound. Maxton spent the entire time somersaulting, so it took the technician a long time to get all of the measurements. This baby was more cooperative, although I did have to walk around about half way through to try to get the baby to flip around, which he/she did.

Baby #2 (3) 001Profile of our little one, with his/her arm by the face.

Baby #2 (3) 001Baby’s arms/hands covering his/her face, being shy.

Yes, this was the ultra sound where we could find out the gender, but we didn’t. The gender of this baby will remain a secret until his/her birthday.

Keep growing little one! xo

18 Weeks

Sorry for the silence around here. Between working, mothering a toddler and growing a baby, there isn’t much time for blogging these days.

I am trying to keep up a pregnancy journal (which I also did with Maxton), and a toddler journal for Maxton – so it’s challenging to find the creative energy to battle all three!

Anyways, I missed my 16 week update here, but I promise I will be better going forward. I did manage to snap a photo at 16 weeks before my yoga class, so I have that for my pregnancy album.

Here is what I am looking like today, at 18 weeks, 1 day:


Baby is getting bigger – I am definitely showing more this time around. Yes I know, you always show quicker the second time around. It’s amazing the memory your body has.

These days the nausea is better, fatigue is so-so, but the last few days I have had some nasty sciatic pain – I never experienced it like this with Maxton. I have a prenatal massage on Sunday, so I am hoping that will help.

I am starting to feel more movement from my peanut, and can’t wait for those nice strong kicks! I have the 19 week ultra sound next week, and no, we are still not finding out the gender (as tempting as it is).

22 weeks to go!