Tuesday, February 26, 2013

20 weeks! [baby g #2}

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Today I am 20 weeks with our baby girl!  It's hard to believe that I am halfway through my pregnancy.  It seems Kason's pregnancy crawled by (see Kason's 20 week post here), and this one is flying by.  I guess that's what happens when your busy chasing around a toddler!

Pregnancy Updates:

Baby G's size: She weighs about 10 and 1/2 oz and is about 6 1/2 inches long.  She's the length of a banana.

My size: I weighed myself a few days ago and I was 117 pounds.  I believe that is 4 (or 5) pounds above where I started.  IDK...I've lost count! :)

Movement: This week has been kind of discouraging in the movement department.  I can def. tell my placenta is in front, because I don't feel this baby nearly as much as I felt Kason at 20 weeks.  It's pretty typical to feel her kick very lightly in the morning, and then a few more times when I lay down to go to sleep at night.  Other than that, I rarely feel her during the day.  This makes for a very nervous momma. Those tiny movements ensure that she's ok, and moving around like she's supposed to.  When I don't feel her I get worreed something is wrong.  Thankfully, this should get better as she gets bigger.  Can't wait to be able to feel her moving around all day long!

Most excited thing: We're SO close to settling on a name.  I actually think we've settled on it, because it's one we've liked for a while and keep coming back to, but we just haven't made the final call.  We're not keeping it top secret like last time and will tell close friends and family.  This is mainly for Kason's sake.  We want him to get used to her name, and hearing other people talk about her.  That being said, I won't announce it publicly (Duane's request) until she is born.

Most annoying thing: Heart burn and not being able to sleep.  It's just amazing how quickly things kick in this time around.  At 20 weeks with Kason I was sleeping great. With this girl, not so much.  I've also started feeling braxton hicks contractions already.  I was totally freaked out the first time I felt one (sine I knew exactly what it was) but then I googled it and talked to my mom and realized it's completely normal.  So, keep contracting body!  This momma wants a quick delivery! :)

Cravings:  Still loving those salads.  Especially Panera's grilled chicken caesar salad.  I also crave Chick Fil A's tortilla soup.  SO GOOD!

Sickness: Still feeling nauseous and throwing up every now and then.  I think it's here to stay.  Oh well.

Next appointment: March 14!  Two days before my sweet boy turns TWO!!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless wednesday...kind of :)

I've seen others do these wordless Wednesday posts and I just love them.  I did one last week and I think I will try to do one every Wednesday.  I love shots of Kason that are unposed.  There are so many things I want to remember about this time in our lives, and photos help me do that.  So, that's all the words for now.  Enjoy these photos. :)

Disclaimer - Kason had a nasty head cold that spread to his eyes, so his eyes are very red in a few of these photos.  They are much better now. :)

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

18 weeks!

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I was 18 weeks on monday, but waited to post until we had our ultrasound!  We are thrilled that Kason will be the proud big brother to a precious baby sister.  We are over the moon excited.  I've already been shopping and holy cow, girls clothes are so cute!  In other news, Duane is talking about confiscating my debit card.  Yikes!

Pregnancy Updates:

Baby G's size: At my ultrasound, she was 8 oz, about the size of a bell pepper.  The ultrasound tech. said she was measuring right on track, and looked perfect. :)

My size: At my appt. I weighed 116 pounds.  That puts me up 3 pounds total.  The doctor seemed please with that, so I'm not worried as much anymore!  I'm pretty much wearing all maternity pants at this point.  I can still fit into my regular jeans, they just aren't as comfy.  All of my shirts still fit fine, and I expect most of them will throughout my pregnancy.  I probably own about 8 maternity shirts, most of which are sweaters.  So I'm really hoping to just wear my normal shirts...with a few maternity shirts thrown in there!

Movement: Still feeling little kicks multiple times per day.  Duane was even able to feel some little kicks this week, so that was really cool too.  He wasn't able to feel Kason until 24 weeks, so this was a huge deal!  The doctor actually said that my placenta is in front this time, which makes it harder to feel movement, but that hasn't seemed to be an issue thus far.  When I told her I feel the baby a lot, she said.."well, you should expect a very active baby for the next 22 weeks."  I have a feeling my ribs are getting ready to take a beating. :)

Most excited thing: Hands down, the ultrasound was so excited!  I was SO anxious about it, just because I wanted to know that the baby was healthy and growing just as she should.  It was such a relief when the tech., and my ob said that our baby GIRL looked perfect.  And finding out it was a girl...holy cow!  I was so shocked and SO excited.  Such a fun experience!  

Most annoying thing: Unfortunately, I'm already having trouble sleeping.  Other than that, I've really been feeling much better.  Still some headaches and heartburn, but I don't think those things are going anywhere anytime soon!

Cravings:  Sweets.  Definitely sweets.  As I sit here eating a bag of strawberry twizzlers. :)

Sickness: Still throwing up!  I got some new prenatal vitamins to try at the dr. today, so we're hoping those help.  I know they say those old wives tales don't predict what gender your baby will be, but mine are spot on.  I'm sicker, have horrible skin, and am carrying higher.  Thanks baby girl...momma appreciates it. :)

Next appointment: March 14!  Two days before my sweet boy turns TWO!!
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Ugh, these comparisons are starting to make me look really bad.  I was so much tanner and skinnier 2 years ago.  Oh well, it's SO worth it!
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Big news!

It's a. . . 

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

weekly menu

I've blogged about it numerous times before, but cooking isn't my thing.  At all.  It's just never been something I love doing, and therefore I've never put much effort into it.  When I decided to stay home full time, I knew there would be sacrifices.  Buh-bye Chili's, Panda, Noodles, etc.  Don't get me wrong, we still do our fair share of eating out, but we've tried to cut back, in hopes of saving money.  So what does this mean for my hatred of cooking?  Well, it has kind of gone away...for now! :)

I realized that a big reason I hated cooking was because I was so bad at it, that I would only make the most basic things.  This resulted in lots of bland dinners.  And who wants to eat bland food?  Not me.   It's hard to cook for a picky husband, a 2 year old, and a momma that doesn't like much other than chicken.  So, I have been working really hard at finding different recipes to try, even non-chicken recipes.  Now, I by no means am a future Pioneer Woman, but I must say, my dinners are getting better.  I still don't cook anything that requires too much work because let's be honest, cooking with a 23 month old at your feet can be challenging.  I thought I might share our weekly dinner menu with you all since some of you may be in the same boat. And I'll even let you in on a little secret...I'm actually kind of enjoying trying these new recipes.  I can't believe I just typed those words.  

So here's what we had this week.  I will say that Monday nights we go to my parents house for dinner, and Friday nights we eat out, so I just meal plan for 3 nights usually.  I make enough so that Duane has leftovers to take to work as well.  I get most of my recipes via Pinterest, but sometimes make adjustments to them.  I don't make any recipes that take more than 45 minutes to prepare and cook because I just don't have the time. I also don't have time to take photos of every step, so you're getting the Pinterest picture.  I tried to take pictures the other night, and found Kason hanging on the towel rack on the oven when I wasn't looking.  Bye bye big camera, Insert Pinterest photos.  Just click on the meal to get to the recipe link. :)

Tuesday: Oven Tacos
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Oh man, these were yummy!  I've seen them floating around Pinterest a lot, and don't know why I waited so long to try them!  Duane said they were great leftovers as well.  I will say that I didn't add the beans to all of the meat, because Duane isn't a bean fan.  I just added them to some of the meat for me, and left the rest without. :)

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These have been a favorite for a while.  So easy, and so, so good.  I do use ground turkey as opposed to ground beef.  I like it better and it's healthier..so it's a win win! :)
  PS - Yes, I'm craving mexican right now..if you can't tell! :)

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This one is a Bucca di Beppo recipe, and it was so tasty!  I will warn you, it was a little spicy but Kason did east some of it. :)

I hope these help you get some new ideas!  I'll share more next week.  Happy Thursday friends! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

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Not pictured: Duane.  You know, my husband and Kason's awesome daddy.  He's just not here during the day, so I feel like I have no photos of him..ha! :)