Monday, December 17, 2012

week 20: pomagranate

Week 20
this week our baby boy is the size of a pomegranate, which makes me feel very festive for some reason.  christmas is right around the corner now and i can't wait!  loyal and i decided that for christmas this year, instead of getting each other gifts, we are going to go to Buy Buy Baby and get some things for the baby.  i think that will be so much more fun than getting a shirt i will probably have forgotten about in 6 months.  we also decided to go ahead and book tickets to new orleans and i am super pumped about that too!

as far as pregnancy stuff...i have noticed that my face has cleared up significantly.  maybe the "pregnancy glow" has finally decided to make an appearance.  other than that, the only other symptom that i've noticed is a sharp pain in my stomach from time to time.  right on track according to my pregnancy app:

You may notice some achiness in you lower abdomen or even an occasional brief, stabbing pain on one or both sides.  The ligaments that support your uterus are stretching to accommodate its increasing weight.

good to know.  the biggest thing that happened this week was that loyal felt the baby kick!!!  we were out to eat, mexican of course.  after i finished eating i kept feeling the baby moving all over the place.  i told loyal to press on my stomach, right below my bellybutton.  it took a couple of seconds but i felt a kick and told him that was it.  he felt it!  he said it felt as if you put your hand over someones heart and felt their heartbeat.  such a special moment, so of course we had to celebrate with pumpkin breadpudding. :)

jersey shore


Friday, December 14, 2012

missed signs

as i was organizing some of our baby stuff, i began to realize that i should have known that i would have a boy.  the signs were there, so how did i miss them?  i think i must have just been so wrapped up in my own thoughts.  anyway, i figured i would share.
my sister and i have always had this infatuation with turtles.  ever since we were little, turtles were our thing.  several years ago, my sister and i were buying someone a baby gift and we saw a bib with turtles on it that said "i love my aunt"  couldn't be more perfect!  without much thought, we bought it that day and decided that whoever had a baby first would use it.  well, that turned out to be me and wouldn't you's blue.
a couple years ago, loyal and i were shopping for christmas presents.  we knew we wanted kids one day so when we came across saints pacifiers they immediately went in the basket.  boy or girl, our baby will rep the saints!
but of course, no pink in these.
once i did found out i was pregnant, i started to get little freebes from the doctor's office, maternity store, etc.  (very exciting i must add!)  the first one i got was a pacifier.  blue.
Paci blue
i remember the night before the doctor's appointment when i found out.  i was taking a bath and i remember looking down at my stomach and thinking that my body was changing to carry a boy.  i have no idea why i though that or what it was about my body, maybe that my stomach seemed more round.  i still don't know.  it was a very weird feeling though.  every time we saw our baby move during the ultrasound, i would look at my husband and say "did you see that? he just moved!"  i kept saying he.  every time.  when she finally took a gander down in that direction, i saw it first.  i knew right away it was a boy.
we had planned on doing some shopping as soon as we found out the gender.  we bought one thing, a onesie with pups on it.
it wasn't until i got home and took a closer look that i realized how perfect it was.  it had 3 pups: a big brown one, a medium blue one and a small tan one.  just like ours. :)
i have always wanted to make my own baby blankets.  i would go to the store all the time and look at all of the fabric options.  when the day finally came to buy fabric, i realized that i never really gave the boy patterns much of a look.  it was like i was seeing them for the very first time.
dinosaurs, i love it!  boy clothes and colors have definitely grown on me.  i love buying little things for him.  the clothes are just so cute, especially all of the ones with animals!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

week 19: it's a boy!

Week 19 (2)
i know i said before that i was hoping for a girl but i am very excited to have a baby boy on the way.  loyal and i were both overwhelmed when they initially told us.  looking back, i think we would have been overwhelmed either way.  
my doctor's appointment was last thursday and they confirmed that we are having a little boy!!!  during our ultrasound he was moving a lot just like last time.  he kept putting his hands up to his face and it was so cute.  they did all of the measurements and said that everything was right on track and looking very healthy.  here are the pics...
19 1
there is an arrow (kinda hard to see) pointed at the "goods"
19 2
getting big!
19 3
19 4
this one took me a while to figure out but it's a close up of the profile.  still trying to figure out whose chin he has.  jay leno's?
so, a little side note...
i think i said in our last post that at our 13 week appointment we had an idea of what the sex was.  the lady doing the ultrasound was pretty much 100% sure that it was a boy and here's why...
this was the ultrasound picture at 13 weeks.
it looked pretty clear to me that it was definitely a boy.  i've still heard so many stories about it not being what you initially thought so i wouldn't let myself be 100% convinced.  even the lady that was walking me back to the ultrasound room looked at the picture and said that they all look like boys at 13 weeks.  well that had me really freaked out.  still a boy, thank goodness.  i still think it is pretty amazing comparing the 2 pictures that are 6 weeks apart.  i think i like the 13 week one better. :)
after the ultrasound i saw the doctor.  pretty standard visit with her.  next was the dreaded blood work.  i got myself all worked up and cried a little before she did it.  thankfully, it wasn't that bad.  i say this but i'm sure i'll cry again for the next one.
did anyone notice that i have been using blue for all of these weekly pictures???

Monday, December 3, 2012

week 18: part 2

i hadn't taken my 18 week picture when i did my 18 week post so, here it is...
i went to work with loyal yesterday and we were near the coast.  i snapped a few pics with my phone so unfortunately, they are not the best quality.
IMG_0538 IMG_0539

Friday, November 30, 2012

slow cooker meatloaf

Slow Cooker Meatlof
this was definitely a first for me.  i've never made meatloaf before because from what i remembered, i don't like it.  decided to give it another try and wouldn't you know...i liked it!  maybe it was just my moms that i didn't like before.  sorry mom. :/
2 lbs lean ground beef
1/2 sweet onion
bbq sauce
salt & pepper
italian seasoning
2 eggs
carrots and celery for flavor
season meat and add diced onion and mushroom.  mix in a little bbq sauce, i used sweet baby rays.  lightly beat 2 eggs and add to meat.  add breadcrumbs {i can't tell you how much to use because i forgot to pick some up from the store so i used leftover stuffing.  worked just as good}  mix all this together, i used my hands.  mold it into loaf form since you won't be using a loaf pan.  place in crock pot, cover top of loaf with ketchup and surround with carrots and celery.
cook on low for 6-8 hours or until done in center.
serve when ready.
this was so easy to make and turned out better than i expected!  hubbs loved it too, which is always a plus.  this serving size made a pretty large amount.  i would have probably been ok with 1 pound of ground beef rather than 2 for just the two of us.  (use 1 egg if using  1 lb of meat.)  luckily i had a lot of plans for leftovers.
meatloaf sandwiches
Metloaf sandwich
i used rye bread, munster cheese, ketchup, mashed potatoes and a little bit of creamy horseradish.  i put some pepperoncinis on mine because i was craving them :)
meatloaf leftovers #2 on the menu for tomorrow.  you'll have to check back to see how different this meal will be!  using an ingredient i have never cooked with before, another first and pretty excited about it!

happy friday!
here is what mine is consisting of...
IMG_0507 17 wks 6 days
a little christmas spirit: miracle on 34th street, a movie i watched so many times when i was younger, popcorn, a little chocolate, long janes and a baby bump :)


Thursday, November 29, 2012

week 18: boy or girl?

i usually like to wait until saturday to do my weekly post so that i can put my picture in it but i couldn't wait! 
Week 18
one week from today i will be at the doctor looking at the little babe in my belly.  i can't wait!  at the last ultrasound we had they told us what they "think" it is.  i can't 100% percent accept it until this ultrasound just because i've heard so many stories along the lines of "oh just kidding, it's actually not a girl/boy!  hope you didn't buy anything yet!"  i couldn't even imagine. soooo, we will wait one more week.  other than the ultrasound, i think this will be a regular visit.  a lot of poking around at my stomach aaaaannd...the dreaded blood work.  i hate having my blood drawn so much, i could cry right now just thinking about it.  hopefully it will be quick.
this tag is by far my favorite!!!  i am honestly obsessed with it!  i usually buy the ribbon closer to the week of so that i can coordinate it with whatever the tag says.  i saw this ribbon when i was buying the ribbon i used for loyal's "we're pregnant present"...
BW Ribbon
i just had to have it.  so, i bought both!
right there in the middle of the store my mind started racing with all of these ideas for baby stuff.  it was then, at five weeks, that i planned out this particular tag.  finally, it came to life!

well, i have always wanted a girl first.  i don't know why but i just have.  i do want a boy but i also want two little girls just like me and my sister. :) i have definitely warmed up to the idea of either.  just going to let whatever happpens happen the way it's supposed to.  we have names picked out for both and i have a collection of boy and girl things that i have fallen in love with.  here are a few of the things that inspire...
Baby girl Baby Boy

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

crock pot chili

Chili Bowl
green chili pepper
2 stalks of celery
green pepper
1 can corn
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can rotel
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 small can tomato sauce
1 large can tomato paste
lean ground turkey
salt, pepper, cayenne pepper
dice onion, jalapeno and green chili.  set aside a small amount for the meat, throw the rest in the crock pot.  dice celery and green pepper and add as well.
drain corn and black beans (rinse also) and add.
add rotel, stewed tomatoes, sauce and paste.
heat a little evoo and garlic in a pan over medium heat.  add onion, jalapeno, chili and ground turkey.  season with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and tony's.  cook until brown.
once cooked, drain and add to crock pot.  cook on low for 8 hours.  serve when ready.

great meal for a rainy day and this ended up making quite a bit so i was able to put half in the freezer, which is great for those lazy days.


so a couple people have asked me about the slow cooker disposable bags.  i absolutely love them.  i would use them occasionally for those extra messy meals, but now that we have a very small sink with out a garbage disposal they are a MUST.  no more soap and scrape for this girl!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

quick and easy stir fry

Stir Fry
this meal is super easy and turned out great.  to start, i cut a piece of steak into strips and marinated it along with a diced onion.  i had some left over marinade (it was a ginger sesame flavor) and added garlic and sriracha.  mix it up before you pour it over the meat.  let that sit for a little while, i think i did a couple hours.  for the veggies, i bought a stir fry mix that comes in a bag and added fresh mushrooms and baby corn. 

heat a little evoo and minced garlic on the stove.  add the veggies and cook for a couple minutes.  add about 1/3 cup of water, cover and cook for about 8-10 minutes.  remove from pan and set aside.  heat up a little more evoo and garlic and add marinated meat to the pan.  cook until it reaches the temperature you prefer.

i served this over sticky white rice and for left overs the next night, i cooked some spaghetti noodles and turned it into lo mein.  both were delish!
Lo Mein

Monday, November 26, 2012

thanksgiving: crock pot chicken

as i said in my previous post, we went to ruth's chris for thanksgiving and forgot our leftovers.  i had been waiting all week to stuff my face with thanksgiving food for a couple days so i was completely bummed when i realized that would not be happening.  i had to pick up some chicken the next day at the store and while i was there i passed a big display of thanksgiving cooking items.  the second i saw the box mix for stuffing, and it happened to be for chicken rather than turkey, i was sold.  my plans changed immediately.  i still bought chicken, but this time i bought a whole chicken rather than breasts like i usually do.  stuffing, carrots and gravy to go with and i already had some leftover potatoes in the fridge.  oh did this meal hit the spot for me.
crock pot chicken:
6-8 hrs cook time
i diced up an onion and a few stalks of celery and threw it in the crock pot along with baby carrots.  i drizzled a little evoo onto the chicken, seasoned it and threw it right on top.
cook on low for 8 hours.
{i did mine on high for 5 or 6ish}
unfortunately i don't have a picture of the whole chicken when it was done because i was way beyond the "ready to eat" phase.  the chicken came out great, much better than i expected.  mine was a little dry on top, i think because i cooked it on high.  the meat on the inside, and especially the bottom, was oh so tender and juicy!!!
i threw out the celery but the carrots and onion turned out awesome, as they always do.  as i said before, the potatoes were leftovers.  now the stuffing turned out much better than i had expected.  i didn't get my hopes up about the 5 minute box kind but, with some gravy on top...perfect!
fyi: i had this for lunch AND dinner the next day too :)


Sunday, November 25, 2012

week 17: thanksgiving

Week 17
i started feeling a little bit of movement inside my tummy this week!  i wasn't sure at first.  everyone kept asking if i felt "flutters" but i didn't.  what i experienced was more like bubbles popping or popcorn.  luckily, i happened to be reading one of my pregnancy apps and this is what it said...
What will those first movements feel like?
Women have described the sensation as being like popcorn popping, a goldfish swimming around, butterflies fluttering, a tapping sensation, and bubbles.
yay!! that described what i was feeling exactly so i was very reassured after i read that.  i usually felt something if i were sitting down shortly after i ate and ONLY if i were focusing on it.
well since these tiny little movements had me thinking of popcorn all week, how could i resist?
seriously i wait all year for these.  yum.

i fell in love with the picture i used for this week.
i just have to share the full one.

in other news, for thanksgiving this year we decided to go to atlantic city for the evening.  we initially intended to go in the afternoon and hang out at the casinos for a little while before dinner but loyal ended up having a lot of paper work to do.  oh well.  we ate at ruth's chris this year.  everything was great...until we forgot our leftovers.  bummer.  and then realized on the way home that we didn't even get a picture together.  double bummer.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

august 30, 2012

here we are on thanksgiving day.  i have been thinking all week about how different this thanksgiving is.  i am thankful for so many things: the obvious being family, friends, good health and so on.  but what i am truly thankful for, more than anything, is the blessing in my belly.  i have decided to share something so very personal to me.  our pregnancy journey.  many people don't know this but loyal and i were trying to get pregnant for a little over a year.  we started out just "winging it" and after a couple of months of nothing we decided to dive in a little deeper.  that led to numerous apps on my phone, a precise schedule, etc, etc.  at the time, loyal was in dallas and i was in atlanta.  every month i would strategically plan my trips around ovulation time, according to my apps.  still wasn't working.  i stumbled upon the idea of tracking your bbt (basil body temperature).  now this was super confusing and still is.  apparently, your body temperature rises right before ovulation.  after a few months of tracking my temperature every single morning, i realized that i ovulate earlier than normal.  without going into to much detail, you are supposed to ovulate about 2 weeks after the day you start your period and you are fertile about 4 days before that.  well, i was ovulating before those 4 days even started and in my case, before i even left for texas.  talk about a blow to the stomach when i figured that out.  so many months that seemed like wasted time.  together, we decided to consult with a doctor just to talk about options.  come to find out, just the tests to see if there is a problem runs for about $3,000.  we just couldn't bring ourselves to spending the money just to hear "everything looks fine, keep on trying!"  at this point, something had to give.  i ended up getting so involved in trying to get pregnant that i felt crazy.  i wasn't happy for people that were pregnant.  i cried every time i found out someone else got pregnant.  this was no way to be.  i realized that this would never happen for me if i couldn't learn to be happy for other people, because who knows what they went through.  i deleted all of my apps, decided to stop caring and get my priorities straightened out.  i also decided to see a phychic.  i've tried everything else at this point so what the hell?  it was march of this year and to sum up what she said: everything was fine, don't see a doctor, it will happen when the time is right and that time would be closer to the end of the year, before october and when i least expected it.  so, i figured that i would give that a try and if i wasn't pregnant by january, looks like we would be spending the 3 grand after all.  much to my surprise, she was exactly right.  just as she said, it happened to be the month that i least expected it.  so from here i figured the best way to tell the rest of the story is to share a piece of the journal that i started the day i found out i was pregnant:

I have learned my lesson far too many times to read into anything.  I have taken so many pregnancy tests, month after month, and nothing.  So here we are, another month and another week of waiting for another period.  At this point I have set rules for myself: don’t think about it, don’t read into it and whatever you do, DO NOT take a test.  That became my golden rule.  I would not take a test until I was a full week late, 7 complete days.  Too many times I was fooled by a period that was 2 days late, 3 days late and sometimes even 5.  That was one emotional roller coaster I refused to ride again.
August 30, 2012:
     Today my period is 5 days late.  No sign of it but yet again, that means nothing.  Not yet.  Saturday will be a complete week so that’s what we are waiting for.  Right?  Not so much.  Loyal says to me right out of nowhere “are you pregnant, or what?”  What other answer would I give him other than the routine response?  ”I don’t know babe, we’ll see.”  He went back to work and I went to pick up some groceries...and a pregnancy test.  I have no idea why I went back on my word, but I did.  I stood there in the aisle, holding the box, just thinking.  Rationalizing and trying to convince myself not to buy them.  Or should I buy them?  Oh what the hell, there’s a free one in the pack of two so I might as well waste the free one this month.  I’ll eventually need the other two.  So that was that, I bought them.
     I get home and of course, go straight to the bathroom without even putting the refrigerated items in the fridge.  That’s right, back on the roller coaster I go.  I take the test, leave it on the counter and put the groceries away.  3 minutes goes by, maybe even 2½ because I’m obviously impatient.  I look at the test and I see something I have never seen before, a positive pregnancy test.  My mouth drops, my eyes grow wide and I pick that thing up for a closer look.  I could not believe it.  I was in absolute shock.  I thought I would have been jumping up and down but I definitely wasn’t.  The tears welled up, the sobs came and I couldn’t do anything but stare at the test and cry.  I sat down, right on the floor and just cried.  I cried so hard, tears of joy, happiness, relief and shock.  This was the month I least expected this. 

i'm sure some people remember when i posted this picture.  i took it right after i finally stopped crying, you can see that my eyes were already puffy.  sweet maxer bear was so worried when he saw his mommy crying.  he's so cute.
So I’m pregnant, now what?  I guess I need to tell Loyal.  I know better than to invite him on the emotional roller coaster that I insist on riding every month.  He didn’t even know I was taking a test.  I felt nervous and giddy and a little weird being that it didn’t seem real.  Nevertheless, off to Hobby Lobby I went.  I knew just the perfect way to tell him.  That night, when we got home from work we followed our usual routine of feeding the dogs, taking them out and discussing the day.  I was having the hardest time trying not to smile ear to ear like I wanted to.  All I could think to myself was to not say too much or I’ll give it away for sure.  After we finished doggie duties I told him to sit on the floor because I had something for him. 
inside the box was a note and 3 frames
Note 2 yes 2 i do 2 three 2
There it was: the final picture, our future.  As we sat face to face, I wasn’t sure of the response I was going to get.  I guess I expected the same reaction out of him that I expected out of myself, jumping up and down, but what I got instead was the exact reaction I experienced myself.  He just sat there.  He sat there for a long time, just starring at the picture.  Finally, he asked “are you sure?”  Yes.  I explained to him that I was positive that I was pregnant but then again, I had only taken one test.  We agreed I would take another one first thing in the morning since that is the best time.  So what do I do?  Go straight to the bathroom and take another test.  Positive.  I show him and we repeat the same process, just starring at it.  The next morning he woke me up before he left for work, which I didn’t realize would be at 5:30am, and we took yet another test just to be triple sure.  Positive.  That was that, I was definitely pregnant.

i usually don't post such long and very personal posts.  not only did i want to express how happy and very thankful i am to be pregnant, but i also wanted to share my story to hopefully help someone along the way.  no one ever told me that maybe i ovulate at a different time than normal but everyone is different and anything is possible.  so with that being said, keep trying, keep your head up and explore all options. 
Happy Thanksgiving
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