A House Divided

The last few weeks, I have been struggling with pelvic girdle pain (PGP). It can manifest in different women in different ways and is the all encompassing term for pain in the hips and pelvis and can travel down through the legs. The cure? Have the baby. 93% of the time at least. For me the pain is in my hips, mostly on one side, and travels down the back of my thigh and in to my calf. Sitting can be torture and getting comfortable in bed is like a long forgotten dream. Pacing for a while helps. I seem to be saying to the Little Paddle, “I can’t. Mammy’s leg is sore.” She makes sure “baby sister” is ok and then gets me a cushion. She’s very considerate really.

to be fair, she is getting pretty good at cracking eggs
(photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

To compensate a bit, we have been doing a lot of baking and experimenting in the kitchen. She is able to climb up in to her helping box by herself and recently, with a little help from Mr. Fairweather, has mastered the art of climbing down herself. I can set her to work and move around as needed. The place is usually destroyed by flour and sugar by the end of it. But she’s happy to be working in the kitchen, Mr. Fairweather is always thrilled with baked goods of any description and I feel like we accomplished something – everyone wins.

Recently, we tried peanut butter cookies. Mr. Fairweather was surprisingly unimpressed. But then he is not a peanut butter fan. I on the other hand adore it. He blames my foreign roots. I ignore his uncultured ways. And just so you know, if you lash it on to fresh bread with a good dollop of jam – #AllTheNoms.

definitely getting the seal of approval here
(photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

However, I am hoping that you’ll side with the Little Paddler and me on this one. Peanut butter cookies are delicious.

Peanut Butter Cookies

7 oz plain flour

4 oz butter, softened

3 oz light brown sugar

3 oz caster sugar

4 oz crunchy peanut butter

1 egg

3 oz shelled peanuts, optional (if you are feeling a little daring you could sub chocolate chips in here – just saying)


Preheat oven to 180C.

it needs to look suitably beige
(photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

Cream butter, sugars and peanut butter until light in colour and texture before beating in the egg.

Sieve in flour and, if using, add half the peanuts (or chocolate chips). Mix well.

good spacing as they will spread a bit (photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

Divide the dough in to fourteen balls and space them well apart on the baking sheet as they will spread a good bit as they  cook. Flatten with a fork. Top with remaining peanuts or chocolate chips if using.

they didn’t last long in the jar really (photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until pale golden in colour and slightly soft in the middle. Leave them to firm up for a few minutes before removing from baking tray to cool.


14 thoughts on “A House Divided

  1. I hear you about that pain—I had back labor pains…talk about agony—now all these nearly 30 years later—it’s called sciatica and herniated discs—not due to birthing mind you—just genes and a woman who has considered herself akin to a draught horse πŸ™‚
    Can’t wait to try the cookies!!!
    I sent you an email earlier about the tomatoes—-
    happy cooking and try to find some position of comfort!!!!!

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    1. Great. About the email. Not the pain. When I was out kayaking and paddling more, they use to tease me and say, ” she’s a great one for lugging and hauling”. But I never looked after my back. I just got stuck in with youthful exuberance. I think we can all be guilty of taking health in general, but especially backs for granted.
      I will open up email and have a look over coffee!

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  2. Is is sciatica? It sounds exactly like sciatic nerve pain, mama! There are some very simple stretches that can help alleviate this pain πŸ™‚ I had sciatica when pregnant with my first, and have experienced it off and on since, and CERTAINLY during pregnancy. When I feel it happening, I do a good 30 minutes of yoga, and it always makes a massive difference.

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    1. I was convinced it was sciatica at the beginning and was doing a few stretches and trying to get baby to move and change position but nothing was working. Only thing that has been helping has been deep tissue massages on my lower back and pelvis and a hot water bottle.
      Am hoping it does indeed disappear when baby arrives. Think I’d cry if it stayed after that. Did the sciatica improve after baby? Glad you found something that works for it.


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