Friday, April 26, 2013

34 Weeks


We missed 33 weeks since we were in Bend for the weekend, but here is a recap of the last two weeks. Figured I should probably get it up before I hit 35 weeks tomorrow so I'm not even more behind!

We had a doctors appointment at 33.5 weeks, and everything is still looking good. I'm still measuring a week ahead but since 2 +/- weeks is normal it doesn't look like we'll need to do a growth ultrasound before little mister makes his appearance.

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How far along? 
34 weeks
Weight gain?
24 lbs. YIKES!
I gained about 30 with Claire and was hoping that since I've been so diligent about working out this pregnancy, I would gain a little less, but the doctor said she thinks this is a great weight gain.
Maternity Clothes?
Yes. 
Sleep:
I've been waking up pretty consistently around 4:00am every morning and not being able to back to sleep. 
Best Moment this week?
Spending some extra special mommy-daughter time with Claire before baby comes!
Miss anything?
My overall comfort haha.
Movement?
Yes!
Food cravings?
No
Queasy or sick?
No
Started to show?
Yes
Labor Signs?
Mild contractions here and there but nothing consistent
Belly button in or out?
I think this is officially the week my belly button is not longer in. It's pretty much flat now; poor belly button.
Wedding rings on or off?
On most the time, but with the weather warming up, I've had to bust out the fake wedding band a few times.
Happy or moody?
Happy.

Our last travel weekend


We took our last trip before baby brother gets here a couple weeks ago. We thought it would be great to get to Bend and visit Drew's parents one last time before the baby comes, and some of our friends just had their second (a little boy!), so we made sure to see them too!

Of course I forgot the camera in my packing haze, so I only have a few pictures from my phone.
Claire had a great time playing with Grandma and Grandpa, and getting to "drive" Grandpa's train around the tracks.

We even got a offered a date night out by the grandparents, so we of course took them up on their offer! I forget how much easier it is to eat out and have a real conversation when there isn't an almost 2 year old around to distract you :)

Thanks for hosting us Grandma and Grandpa, we had a great time!

Reading with Grandma
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Grandpa's train is always a big hit!
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The best way to end the weekend....with a nap!
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I said I would never....


Before I had Claire I nannied for a family for almost a year, starting when the baby was 7 weeks, until right after his first birthday. Before that, I had watched a lot of other kids, and over the years I had stock piled in my mind the things that I would never do when I was a parent. 

HAHAHAHA! So naive....

Man, it was easy to be the perfect parent in my head. Then I got a big old dose of reality. 
One of the bloggers I follow had a guest post today about the ways they've become the parent they said they would never be.

So for fun, and lets be honest, to keep myself humble, here are 5 examples of how I became the parent I said I would never be.

1) This sounds dumb, but I was never going to change my child's diaper standing up. I remember seeing parents struggling to do this so they didn't have to try to get their child to lay still on the floor. I told myself "my child will just learn then when its diaper time, it's diaper time and they need to cooperate".
Let's just say I am the master of changing Claire while she's standing up; sometimes it's just not worth the fight.

2) Claire was not going to be a picky eater. This was mostly because Drew and I were both such picky eaters when we were little, I was determined that Claire would not be. 
Guess what happens when you cook your child their own meal every night instead of giving them what your eating? 
They become a picky eater. So now, thanks to me, we are struggling to get Claire to eat what we're eating and try new foods. Oops!


3) Claire was not going to need sleep aids to go to bed, she was going to learn to put herself to sleep.
Then Drew and I rocked her to sleep every night and for every nap cause she was so dang cute! This then lead to us always needing us to rock her to sleep if she woke up in the middle of the night. 

Which leads me to....

4) I was going to be a pro at cry it out. I mean, I'd done it with other people's babies, it would be a breeze to do it with mine. Turns out your own baby crying has a lot more emotional effect than someone else's baby crying. I was a mess.
Disclaimer: Crying it out ended up working awesome for us! We started when Claire was about 5 months and the longest she ever cried was 7 minutes. She's been a great sleeper every since, but boy was it hard for those couple of days!


5) When Claire was born, I planned on having her sleep in our room for a month or two. It was going to be easier for nursing, create good bonding, and all that other fluffy, lovey stuff you hear....
Well Claire is a stinking loud sleeper and I woke up to every. single. noise.
Not only did she go sleep in the nursery the second night we were in the hospital, but Claire got the boot from our room after a week and a half. Little brother probably won't even last that long. Sometimes I get the impression from other mom's that not letting my kids co sleep or room in with us makes me insensitive, but I know I'm a better mommy when I've had some sleep!

I'm sure as we add another baby to the family, and Claire gets older there are going to be a million more times that I become the parent I said I would never be. I guess that's God's was of keeping you humble :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Baked Potato Soup: A Pinterest Recipe


I love Pinterest, especially for finding new recipes, but there have many times that it's let me down. Everything always looks so yummy in the pictures, but sometimes that isn't always the case. Luckily I have also tried a lot of recipes that we've loved and have since become staples in our household; crockpot baked potato soup is one of them.

I love soups, especially how easy they are to throw together in crockpot, but I realized this winter that most of my soup recipes were tomato based, so in an effort to find something different I decided to try a baked potato soup. I was a litte wary at first, since my first go at this soup (with a different recipe) was a bland disaster, but this soup is so creamy and flavorful! 

We're actually having this soup tonight with homemade bread bowls; yummy!

Recipe and Picture Source: Mama Loves Food

A few notes:
I have done this soup with peeled potatoes and unpeeled potatoes. Personally I like it better without the peels, but Drew likes it with, so I think it's more of a personal preference. Also, this makes A LOT of soup, so I usually half this recipe and it's still enough for all three of us and for Drew to have leftovers. I have also found when cooking my potatoes on high in the crockpot, 6 hours is too long! I usually cook them on high for about 4 hours, but if you're going to be gone all day, 6 hours or longer on a low setting may work best.

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup Ingredients:
5 pounds russet potatoes, washed but NOT peeled. Diced into 1/2 inch(ish) cubes
1 medium/large yellow onion, diced
10 cloves of garlic, minced (if you use jarred, it's a 5 teaspoon equivalent)
64 ounces (8 cups) chicken stock or broth
16 oz cream cheese, softened (I use low fat)
1 tablespoon seasoned salt 
optional garnishes: crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, green onions

Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup Directions:
Add potatoes, onion, garlic, seasoning, and chicken stock to slow cooker.
Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 10 hours.
Add the softened cream cheese and puree soup with aimmersion blender until the cheese is incorporated and about half the soup is blended. (Alternately you could remove half the soup and the cream cheese to an upright blender, then re-incorporate).

*We don't have an immersion blender, so I have to do the blender method. A little messy but it works!*Stir well, top with your choice of garnishes & enjoy!

Yields about 10-12 servings.


Monday, April 8, 2013

31 and 32 Weeks


How far along? 
31 Weeks 1 Day
Maternity Clothes?
Yes
Sleep:
I'm usually up at least twice a night to use the bathroom, so my sleep has been less than stellar.
Best Moment this week?
Spending Easter with family
Miss anything?
sleeping on my stomach
Movement?
All the time!
Food cravings?
No
Queasy or sick?
Queasiness happens at night before bed
Started to show?
oh yes!
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Happy



How far along? 
32 Weeks 
Maternity Clothes?
Yes. My closet seems so boring when there are only a few shirts that fit.
Sleep:
Ugh the dreaded leg cramps have started this week. So far they aren't as bad as with Claire but they can sure wake a girl from some much needed sleep.
Best Moment this week?
Getting babies room almost done!
Miss anything?
Being able to move and play with Claire easily. I miss having the energy to really play around with her.
Movement?
Oh yes! Things seem to have slowed down a bit now that he is getting more cramped in there, but he still knows how to throw a good jab here and there.
Food cravings?
I wouldn't call it a craving, but I am so thirty all the time! I just want to drink gallons of ice water all day.
Queasy or sick?
Not too bad this week
Started to show?
Yes
Labor Signs?
No
Belly button in or out?
In, but barely hanging on.
Wedding rings on or off?
On
Happy or moody?
Mostly happy :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Easter 2013


Our last holiday as a family of three!
It's still crazy for Drew and I to think that by the end of next month (hopefully!) we'll be bringing our little man home.

We could not get a decent family picture to save our lives. Maybe someday we'll get  a picture where everyone looks at the camera...
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Sunday morning we headed to church and then over to my parents house for an early dinner.

Grandma and Grandpa filled a bunch of eggs for Claire and hid them throughout their yard. I was wondering if Claire would get the idea, but she caught on after the first egg, and that was even before she knew there was candy inside!
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Claire opened her Easter basket from Drew and I. Of course the first thing she did was try to devour all of her candy! We let her have a few jelly beans and a nibble of the chocolate bunny, and then hid the rest.
I wasn't sure what she would think of the chocolate bunny, but once she got the first taste, she was pretty easily convinced ;)
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This years Easter basket consisted of some new sidewalk chalk, bunny stickers, bubbles, a new Llama Llama book (Claire's favorites), some jelly beans, and the classic chocolate Easter bunny.

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