Friday, August 22, 2014

This is when I was Born

So, this past week I surpassed my mom when she delivered me!  I was delivered at 35 weeks.  I also had my last weekend of call at work before going out on maternity leave.  Let me just say, it was a doozy!  I think I got paged in the middle of the night every night and Sunday was just plain crazy!  I was so glad when Monday at 8am came.  No more pager....but hello baby call.  :-)

Sunday afternoon, I had a baby shower from my Sunday School class.  It was really nice.  Several of the girls from class came and some other ladies in church were invited as well.  Kate went and played with her friends while we chatted and opened presents.  I got lots of useful items, some cute clothes, and a stroller.  We were a little taken aback when we found that it wasn't a five point restraint system; however, it does have the infant click system and is a lightweight stroller.  So, I think we're going to keep it.  It is really nice as it is one hand close, rolls easily and steers well.  I like it!

I had my doctor visit on Tuesday and everything seems to be going well.  I don't have another visit for 2 weeks.  I thought for sure it would be 1 week now but I guess not!  So, next visit is at 35 and 5.  Wow!  At that point, I'll have 1.5 weeks of work left.  My little man needs to stay put for at least 3 weeks.  I think we can make it, don't you?!

Tuesday night, Kate started acrodance and seemed to really like it.  I hope she does.  I can't figure out if she'll end up doing dance or gymnastics as she dances all over but was treating her bed like uneven bars the other night.  Who knows!  Wednesday we had church with children's choir starting back.  Then last night I went to a consignment sale where I got both kids (!) some fall and winter clothes.  I am EXHAUSTED!!!  I think that Kate and I will likely go back tomorrow for the half price sale.

Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 35 weeks 1 day
Fruit/Veggie: honeydew melon, bunch of carrots,   - 17-20 inches, 5.25-5.5 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily.  I'm definitely slower, have trouble bending over, and doing knee pulls. 

Sleep: This week has not been a great sleep week.  I have woken up most nights three times.  Thursday night I woke up 5-6 times over 6.5 hours.  ugh!  I can nap great.  Hoping for a good one tomorrow!

Cravings: Um...not really anything.  Eating is hard now. I don't really crave much and sometimes eating is just unpleasant.  I'd still say breakfast with cereal as an added pleasant thing...and ice cream!  Really just cold stuff.  It's hot!

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! We got all of our family pictures this week and I LOVE them!!!  Can't wait to pick some out and order them.  :-)  Kate is loving acrodance, church and school. It just makes me happy to see her happy and thriving.  David and I mentioned that we really like our new furniture tonight, especially the chair and a half! 

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, having energy, not being tired, going full out at the gym, knowing what I want to eat (though David would say I never do anyway!)

What I'm looking forward to:  work shower on Monday, a cookout with friends on Saturday

What I'm thankful for:  My sweet husband, always taking care of me.  A healthy pregnancy. Being able to set up house - new furniture! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

34 weeks!!!

It has been a BUSY week!  Kate started school on Monday and has been loving it.  Then we had work parties, the start of church choir, and back to school night at Kate's school.  Tonight, David is working until 1 am.  I'm hoping we can have a quiet weekend despite the fact that I'm on call.  We have told Kate that we're going to inflate her pool this weekend and hang out.  I hope I get to just lounge in the pool some.
The biggest thing I've noticed this week is that I am SO SO tired!  I just stop at the end of the day...sometimes before.  I think that Wednesday I could have fallen asleep as soon as Kate was in bed at 830!  I even took a nap that day.  I tried to take a nap today but my pager went off about 30 minutes in.  Oh well!  May the weekend bring rest.  :-)

Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 34 weeks 1 day
Fruit/Veggie: canaloupe, savoy cabbage  - 17-19 inches, 4.5-5 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily.  However, it's a LOT harder...and I think I'm sweating more!  I feel like I slow down more and more each day.  But, I'll keep going even if it is super slow because it's good for me, good for baby, and will help after delivery.

Sleep: Most nights still up at least twice.  Though I have been SO tired the last two nights, I only woke up once.  WOW!

Cravings: Ice cream, breakfast.  The breakfast thing has been pregnancy long.  Ice cream more second half.  But I'm telling's a REAL thing, folks!

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! I'm still in love with our family pictures.  Love that Kate is having a good time in kindergarten.  Our new furniture.  My nursery glider!

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, having energy, not being tired, going full out at the gym

What I'm looking forward to:  a couple more showers, seeing our family pictures,

What I'm thankful for:  My sweet husband, always taking care of me.  A healthy pregnancy. Kate doing well in school.  Being able to set up house - new furniture!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Recently, I've found a gluten free hamburger bun that isn't a crazy amount of calories.  Seriously!  Those things are at least double the calories of normal buns.  however, I just found one that is about the same and is really good; so, I've gotten that a couple of times for David.  Before I found this one, I would make Oopsie rolls.  It is something that our neurology nutritionist suggested to me.  It uses eggs, cream cheese, and cream of tartar.  They work really well for bean burgers and David doesn't mind them.  The last time I made them, I messed up royally and didn't think they'd work.  However, (after I calmed down!) I poured the disastrous "foam" into a pan instead of making separate rolls and just made a sheet, that I cut into squares.  Kind of Kyrsal-esque!  Anyway, if you are gluten free or low carb, these are good bun options.

Oopsie Rolls from Your Lighter Side

3 large eggs (separated)
pinch of cream of tartar
3 ounces cream cheese, unsoftened (I used Nufchatel cheese)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Separate the eggs and add cream cheese to the yolks. Use a mixer to combine the ingredients together. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff (if you’re using the same mixer, mix the whites first so you don't contaminate the bowl with yolk). Gradually fold the egg yolk mixture into the white mixture, being careful not to break down the whites. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray and spoon the mixture onto the sheet, making 6 mounds. (I actually made about 10 smaller rolls). Flatten each mound slightly.  Place pan into oven and bake about 30 minutes (You want them slightly softer, not crumbly). Let cool on the sheet for a few minutes, and then remove to a rack and allow them to cool. Store in a loosely open sack and allow to rest on the counter before use (otherwise they might be too moist). Can be frozen.

Nutritional information per roll (per 6 total):

Calories:85 , Carbohydrates: .6 g, Fiber: 0g, Net Carbohydrates: .6g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7.5

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Manly Pancakes

Ever since David decided to do an essentially gluten free diet, he has told me that he wanted to try buckwheat pancakes.  He thought they sounded "manly!"  Well, try as I might, I couldn't find buckwheat flour.  Sure, I found buckwheat pancake mix...but it wasn't gluten free.  Then, we had a Whole Foods open.  I finally made it by and found the buckwheat flour...which IS gluten free.  Then I had to go in search of a recipe.  I was originally going to use this one.  However, some of the ingredients seemed a bit "further" than I wanted to go. So, I ended up just modifying my dad's recipe.  It turned out pretty good!  You definitely need to refrigerate any leftovers.  The color is a bit shocking, but the taste is pretty good.  Only a mild change in flavor from regular flour, in my opinion.  And most importantly, David liked them.  We've had them one other time since.

Buckwheat Pancakes
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon oil

Place griddle on medium heat and heat pan until a drop of water sizzles.  In a bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  In another bowl, whisk egg, buttermilk (or regular if preferred), oil and vanilla (I do about 1 tsp).  Then add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir with a fork until incorporated.  If it is too thick, add some (regular or almond) milk to thin it out.  Using a 1/4-1/3 cup measure, pour batter onto hot griddle.  Allow to cook until bubbles come to the top and break, then flip.  Cook until done (not long!).  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weeks 32-33

Not too much to say over the past couple of weeks except that I'm pretty sure Caleb is growing!  My tummy has definitely grown, though I was still able to wear a non-maternity dress to church today. 

I had a visit to my doctor this week and she said that everything looks great.  We should have one more ultrasound to check growth in 2-3 weeks.  Excited about that!  I actually wore the same outfit that day that I wore at 19 weeks.  Um...a little different, huh?!

Wednesday, we registered Kate for Kindergarten.  She is so excited!  We read a Berenstain Bear book about school tonight and actually got her in bed early.  Hope she sleeps well.

Friday we had family/maternity pictures made by Emily Brandt.  She was great with Kate...and, oh my goodness...we got a preview today of the pictures and I am SO excited about them.  Love them and can't wait to see more!  She has a great plan and was wonderful to work with.  HIGHLY recommend her!

Due Date: September 25, 2014  
How Far Along: 33 weeks 3 days
Fruit/Veggie: honeydew melon, pineapple, cabbage  - 17-19 inches, 4-4.5 pounds
Gender: It's a BOY!  
Exercise: Still exercising almost daily.  However, it's a LOT harder!  I've slowed down some and can't do somethings.  Tonight I was doing a Jillian Michaels' video that I've memorized...but was having trouble doing some of the things like the warm up that is twisting down to touch your toes and doing a circular "kick over the chair."  Yeah...doesn't work so well anymore!

Sleep: I'm pretty consistently up at least 2-3 times a night.  Thankfully, I fall asleep almost immediately upon getting back in bed.  The only problem is if we are awakened by Kate.  I think it's harder to fall back asleep because I am startled awake instead of just wake up.  Hopefully she won't continue this!  On the other hand, I have decided that this is God's way of preparing moms for baby.  I wake up pretty much on a schedule every 2-3 hours.

Cravings: I really don't have cravings right now though I'm still ENJOYING breakfast stuff and ice cream.  I'm actually having a hard time planning menus because I don't really want anything.

What I love: Feeling and watching the baby move! Our family pictures.  Saw proofs on four today and I'm in LOVE with them.  I can't wait to see them all...and for our newborn session!  I'm also enjoying not feeling guilty about eating ice cream...though I do try to not eat TOO often!

What I miss: turning over in bed easily, moving easily, going full out at the gym

What I'm looking forward to: BUYING furniture for the house and nursery (pretty sure we know what we want!), a couple more showers, seeing our family pictures...and Kate starting KINDERGARTEN tomorrow!  BIG DAY!

What I'm thankful for:  My sweet husband, always taking care of me.  A healthy pregnancy. That Kate is excited about school.  Finally deciding to get pictures made and doing it. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Moroccan Eating

Several weeks back, David found a recipe on a Kroger publication of all places!  It was for Moroccan quinoa.  He's not a big fan of quinoa but Kate and I both like it.  She actually said "I love quinoa" last night.  :-)  So, if he suggested it, you better believe I'm making it.  It really turned out GREAT!   I ended up leaving out the corriander because all I could find was corriander seeds.  Forgive me, but I am NOT crushing my own seeds!  The spices I used were paprika and cumin.  With just that it turned out SPICY.  I guess it's the paprika?  I also added some bell pepper.  I just felt like it needed some veggies in it.  Looks like a great dinner to me?  Try it!

Moroccan Quinoa Chicken Skillet from Healthy Living Made Simple July/August
2 lemons (I just used lemon Juice because I oddly enough couldn't find lemons!  I found limes but no lemons)
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (I didn't use this)
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
3 garlic cloves (or 3 tsp preminced garlic) minced
1 cup dried apricots, chopped (I used about 1/3 cup craisins - despite loving apricots, they were too pricey for me)
1 cup quinoa
2 cups veggie stock
2 chicken breasts, cubed

In a medium bowl, combine the paprika, cumin, salt and pepper.  Toss in the cubed chicken.  Once coated, place chicken in a pre-heated skillet sprayed with cooking spray (or a small amount of olive oil).  Cook until browned.  Add the onion, bell pepper and craisins.  Add lemon juice at this point (or the thinly sliced lemon).  Cook until the onion is softened.  Add the quinoa and stir for about two minutes.  Then add the veggie stock and more lemon juice.  Raise heat to a boil.  Then cover the pan and lower heat to medium low.  Cook for 20 minutes, covered.  I cooked about 30.  Remove from heat and let cool five minutes.  I meant to top with sliced green onion but forgot.  Oops!  Fluff the quinoa gently and enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Getting to Know You!

Mississippi Women Bloggers is having a "get to know you" survey.  I really think these things are fun!  Check out my answers and then go see what my fellow Mississippi bloggers answered!  Get to know us!  :-)

1. Are you a morning or night person?
Do I have the option of saying neither?  I really don't like getting up early but can't really sleep late.  But I can't really stay up late either: midnight is about the latest I can do but I start fading around 10!
2. Are you a collector of anything?
I "collect" boxes.  This kind of started out of necessity.  My dad went on lots of mission trips when I was little and he started bringing back boxes as souvenirs.  They are now all over my house and I can't bear to get rid of any.
3. If you were given 1 million dollars, what do you do with it?
First I'd give to my church, then pay off debt (love medical school debt), probably take a vacation, and put some away in savings.

4. What is your worst pet peeve?
Hmmm...not sure about my worse pet peeve.  My husband just said "change of plans."  That's a pretty good one but I'm not sure if that counts as a pet peeve (though I really do NOT do well when what I have planned gets put by the wayside.  It really throws me for a loop).  Again, my husband came up with this but it's a pretty good one - patients being late to clinic appointments (I'm talking 20+ minutes, not just a couple).  Please, just get there on time.  If you are 20 minutes late, it means you got them 35 minutes after we asked you to arrive. (After experiencing this I have made an effort to really try to arrive that 15 minutes "early" that is requested to my doctor appointments)
5. What is the best thing about your hometown? (Psst…we’d love to hear all about it in a guest post for August’s “Local Flavor” theme.)
I'd say community.  People know other people, try to help out, have pride in the town and schools, participate in local events, markets, etc.
6. If you were stranded on a desert island, and your iPod could only hold 10 songs, what would they be (assuming the battery lasts forever, of course)?
First, I don't have an iPod, so I guess none!  However, I'd probably have "In Christ Alone" from the Getty's, "Defying Gravity", "Music of the Night," "The Prayer," some sort of Manheim Steamroller Christmas song, "Just to See You Smile" (this was on a cd David made for me our first Valentine's together.  I had never heard it before but it definitely made ME smile because I knew exactly why he had put it on the cd!), "When I Fall in Love" (first dance song), "Bring Him Home," some sort of Beetles song (I know, specific, right?!), and a version of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (I really like the new chorus combo of the old hymn with a new bridge).

7. If you could have a do-over in only one area of your life, would you want one? And if so, what would it be?
I have a couple, probably everyone does.  We'll go with the silly, childhood area.  I really wish I could go back and keep playing softball.  You see, I gave it up in 4th grade because at that point, the YMCA league stopped and you had to go to the city competition league.  It was (and still is) VERY competitive.  I just wanted to play for fun and not worry about whether winning was important or not.  Looking back, I REALLY wish I had kept playing.  It was fun!  Do I wish I had kept playing in band when I stopped in 10th grade because they wouldn't let me (an oboist) only do concert season and skip marching  But I do regret quitting softball in 4th grade!
8. What is your absolute favorite meal. (Pretend calories don’t exist.)
This is so hard for me!  I still think I'd say a good vegetable meal: fried green tomatoes, FRESH red tomatoes, sauteed squash, black eyed peas, green beans, okra, corn bread...maybe corn pudding.  Then blueberry pie and ice cream for dessert. 
9. Do you have a hero? If so, who is it?
A hero!?  hmmm, I've never really thought about a hero in those terms.  I have plenty of people that I respect, but I don't really know that I could say I have a hero.

10. Why do you blog?
I started blogging back in 2005.  WOW!  TEN YEARS!  I think I started because I liked reading the other blogs that were out there and I enjoyed cooking.  So, I thought I'd add a little hobby.  I has also been a way to try new recipes.  At that time, I think I wouldn't really have tried new things.  Now, I still try new things despite having less time to blog.  I have considered not blogging but it's still fun to share what I've been doing with other people.  So, even though I am much more random and sporadic at blogging, I will keep blogging.  I mean, who wouldn't want to share baking experiences with such a cute sous chef as I have...and a new sidekick coming soon!?