Friday, February 22, 2013
*warning I cry a little....darn hormones. lol
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Hi everyone! I have been counting each week that passes with a sigh of relief. Early on, holding my breath to make sure all was going well and now enjoying every part of this experience.
All is going great! We did opt to have an amnio, skipped the pre-testing, and we were thrilled when we received the call that we have a healthy baby GIRL! So I went SHOPPING!!! I could not help myself! So many cute girl stuff out there!
Not too many issues besides the fact that I shun most raw veggies. Indigestion is NO fun! lol Even a few cooked ones I can no longer eat! I wake up hungry, have a larger lunch than I am use to, and dinner is on the small side. I have been enjoying frozen yogurt on occasion. Hey it's calcium! lol
I still feel like I can’t get enough fruit! lol
I did make a yummy dinner recently that I had never made before! THIS Coq Au Vin recipe from Martha Stewart. It was delicious and I got to use my new Le Creuset!
We have been busy picking out the nursery furniture.
I’ve enjoyed unpacking items that were given to me as a baby! I can’t wait to start decorating!
Baby stuff is taking over the house!
These books are really helpful! The Baby Bargain book helped me decide on so many items! Great rating system and tons of tips!
All is going well with my back so far…I have been keeping up with my pool routine, still attending the aerobics water class too. My doctor was happy that I was able to get to a pool- best exercise for us pregnant peeps!
We are headed to Kauai for a much needed vacation soon! We can’t wait to get our toes in the sand! Anyone have any favorite spots there that we can check out? We loved using Yelp to find tasty places to eat when we went to Maui, but any tips would be helpful for this new island adventure!
I would also love any tips, websites, or items that you all could recommend to me being a first time Mom. I have been trying to work on my registry and also learning basic things like what diapers to buy! Seriously SO many things to learn!
Thanks everyone! Have a fantastic day!
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hello Everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season with your friends and family! We sure did! So much to be thankful for this year and we are loving every step of this experience. Probably because I never got sick. lol
Thought I would share some pictures with you all!
This one is the reason for the post title- The baby is the size of an onion this week! You would have thought they could have come up with a cuter fruit/veggie to compare a baby to right? lol Well here it is, my week 17 BUMP!
All of a sudden I feel like I have a huge belly! lol I can’t bend forward very well and notice that turning over at night is a difficult task. I can only imagine when things get bigger! aahhhh!
I bought this cool pillow to help me be more comfortable while I sleep-
It has so many ways to use it! Even seems like I will get use out of it when the baby comes along.
Speaking of baby….. we had the most amazing ultrasound experience last week! Almost a full hour of being able to see the baby! They measured, counted, and even checked my organs! We had no idea we would see so much! Last time we got to take a peek the baby was only 7.5 weeks and we just saw a little burry spot on the screen and the heartbeat.
So here HE/SHE is….
(great profile view!
…maybe more SHE than HE?? Since 2 technicians said GIRL!!
We will know for sure in less than 2 weeks so for now we are still waiting to shop for pink items! lol
I feel so lucky to have felt good so far. Besides the daily excitement I honestly forget that I am pregnant most days! I can not wait to start feeling the baby move! We know he/she is active due to all of the flips, kicks, and karate chops that we saw on the ultrasound screen! ha! It was so cute to watch! I know both Sean and I will enjoy feeling the movements, making it feel so much more real. I keep saying how weird it is that I have a tiny little human growing inside me.
As soon as we know for sure what we are having I plan on going shopping for some goodies. I would love to hear from any Mom’s out there as to what you would recommend as far as must haves. I am seriously clueless as far as strollers, car seats, and even breast pumps. I would appreciate any tips you may have for me.
EATS have been strange still over here. We spent $100 at costco today and the basket had only fruit & ground turkey in it. FRUIT is my friend! I love it! I can’t get enough of it! Also loving Fage yogurt ( with fruit mixed it!) I am struggling with raw veggies in salads (can we say indigestion!) so I am trying to get in my fill by cooking them. I mentioned meal planning is hard and it still is….I never know what I will feel like so I kinda need to play it by ear most nights and have a few easy meals ready to cook.
I heard from a couple of people who attend my Weight Watchers meeting and also from my leader. I was happy that they saw my blog post! I know I was late on telling everyone about our news and I know that everyone must have been wondering where I was hiding out. All is well….and I will be re-joining WW as soon as I can!
Happy New Year everyone!
Monday, December 10, 2012
We are so incredibly happy to be able to start our family! We still have plans to adopt too! The more the merrier!
I think this also explains my lack of posts. I have been eating kinda weird. lol I made it through the first few weeks without getting sick, but I sure was picky with what I ate. Nothing sounds good, so my meal planning went out the window! I never know what I will feel like and if I plan on a meal it never sounds good come dinner time! WEIRD!
I think the strangest thing so far is that childhood comfort foods are what I crave the most. My Mom already made me meatloaf, & spaghetti with meatballs. She has been spoiling me with making exactly what I want each time I go visit.
On my NO list- raw veggies. WHO AM I? I can eat a salad, but certain raw veggies- cucumber, bell peppers, radish- they all give me indigestion. UGH!
On my MUST have list- FRUIT!
I can’t get enough in my mouth! lol
I would also like to re-name the first trimester as CARBTIME! I swear all I wanted was carbs, especially when I was a little queasy.
Now I think what I am most concerned about is weight gain. Well yes, I will be gaining weight. As you can see I already have! lol I think what I am most proud of is the fact that I was able to lose weight to get my body healthier before I did get pregnant. I know with my back issues, any extra weight is not good for me, so I feel good about NOT being 232 lbs starting out.
I did have to quit Weight Watchers, but I love the program so much that I will certainly re-join as soon as I can. It works!
As far as recipe posts from me- I still plan on it! I do not have access to the Recipe Builder on e-tools, so all of my posts will be missing the points plus values on them.
I already have gotten so many wonderful emails & messages full of congratulations & well wishes & I must say they all make me cry with happiness so much! Darn pregnancy hormones! lol
Since this is my first time experiencing all of the joys of becoming a Mom please feel free to share any tips and or links to web sites that may have helped you! I would enjoy reading them!
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Hey guys! Sean came home with a 50 lb. box of Idaho potatoes from someone at work (WTF?) and besides giving away bags to anyone & everyone who stopped by my house I saw a recipe in a recent Cooking Light magazine that I knew I had to try.
The original recipe calls for red potatoes, cooked in the microwave, but I used my HUGE Idaho spuds. I peeled, diced, & boiled them until soft & just set aside. I weighed them (doubling the recipe) and followed the rest of the recipe as is.
Loaded Baked potato Soup- Cooking Light Magazine
4 (6-ounce) red potatoes
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 1/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 bacon slices, halved
1.5 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/3 cup)
4 teaspoons thinly sliced green onions
1. Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH 13 minutes or until tender. Cut in half; cool slightly.
2. While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; add to pan with 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.
3. Arrange bacon on a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Cover with a paper towel; microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Crumble bacon.
4. Discard potato skins. Coarsely mash potatoes into soup. Top with cheese, green onions, and bacon.
Makes 4 servings. 1 1/4 Cups each
This really came out good, but I didn’t like it leftover. Cream soups never taste that great leftover to me. I’m weird that way I guess. lol
Monday, November 26, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
It’s no secret that I like to unplug over the weekends. I think family time is very important and last weekend was PACKED with family time for me!
Months ago (feels like forever!) I purchased tickets to see Madonna in concert when she came to the Bay Area. I kept searching for tickets when they went on sale and with my 4th click (ok maybe it was 400) I saw the words FLOOR SEATS. I HAD TO HAVE THEM.
I knew who I really wanted to go see this concert with and it wasn’t my lovie boy Sean. Sorry sweetie. Don’t feel bad for him- he told me to to sell his ticket online! lol So I planned a birthday weekend for my baby brother and flew him here from NY for the celebration!
Madonna concert was AMAZING, but honestly the family time was even better. I always have fun with my brother Steve, and we also got to spend the day with my Mom & Dad on Sunday. I am so happy that I was able to enjoy everyone's company and especially my brother’s since he lives so far away. We really made the most of the fast weekend.
A few pictures to share & a reminder to spend time with those you love.