Monday, February 18, 2013

week by week: 34



How far along: 34 weeks
How big is baby:see above or picture bigger.
Total weight gain: a pound a week, let's hope that's still the same at our appointment this Wednesday
Maternity clothes: just shirts and a belly band
Sleep:has been completely awful with my sickness, I can't breathe or my throat wakes me up from itching so bad.
Best moment these weeks:uhm nothing? I have a terror of a little boy, I'm sick, the boys were sicky when they were home. Just run down this week.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Craving: Doing pretty good not craving anything
Movement: kicking my lower right side pretty hard that it takes my breath away. Other than that not too incredibly active.
Labor Signs:Had a really good braxton hicks last night. Hoping I will be able to suck it up and survive a natural birth.
Belly Button in or out:in but stretching
Stretch marks:slowly starting, trying to rub coconut oil on them each night.
What I miss:sleeping well and my pelvis not hurting.
What I am looking forward to: meeting this girl and having some activity back in my life
Listening To: The Lorax. Emery has demanded to watch it at least 2 times a day.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Carbs, how I love thee..

Everyone knows I love my bread and pasta. Go out to dinner and you get bread served. Why yes I will eat 6 pieces through out the meal. Then I look back and wonder where the love handles and pooch managed to get there.

Fast forward to early this year when I was doing my personal training. I learned so much more about food that I never knew. Very grateful for that. Add in a kiddo who has to see a dietician and my knowledge has extremely helped us and hasn't made the process a hard transition at all.

I got a bread maker from a yard sale last spring and never had the chance to use it as I always used my grandma's if I wanted bread.

I've been dying to use and have homemade bread. I have never made my own bread using yeast and needing it. In Home Economics we made pretzels once. (yes I have a pin ready to go for that to make with the boys).

Add in a blog post from Becky How to make bread and I was done for. I love reading about how her yummy food she makes and jealous that she's such an adorable little homemaker. So I added it to my starred items and vowed to jump on it soon.

I got the bread machine out of the garage and got it all cleaned up and ready to go. However she linked to a post about Quick French Bread and I realized I didn't need to bread maker. I was going to give a go all on my own.

The recipe is as follows:


    2 1/2 Cups Warm Water
    2 T. Yeast
    2 T. Sugar
    1 t. Salt
    3 T. Oil
    5 1/2 -6 Cups Flour

First:  Add yeast and then sprinkle the sugar over the 2 1/2 cups of water.  Let it sit for about five minutes until you see the yeast get all bubbly on top.

Next:  Stir in the salt, oil, and flour.

Then:  Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is smooth and pulls away from the bowl.

Then cover your bowl with a warm wet towel and let the dough sit for about 15 minutes.(The author put in this **Update:  Tip - put a bowl of water in your microwave and turn your microwave on for two minutes.  Then take the bowl of water out and set your bowl of bread dough in the warm microwave for the 15 minutes.  This moist, warm envirmonment makes the bread rise a lot faster.) I however didn't do this step, I just remoistened my wet towel, set the oven at 170 degrees per the adorable Becky's instructions and let it go 10 minutes that way.










I pulled it out after 10 minutes, kneaded it on the counter for a few minutes, just to feel like I actually did something to make bread haha.





Next, divide the dough into two long loaves (rolling like a jelly roll and tucking in the ends). Place both loaves side by side on a greased cookie sheet. Then take a knife and slash the tops of each loaf diagonally. Allow the loaves to sit for a few minutes while you preheat your oven to 375. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown.


pre-cooked



It seemed like it turned out all right. I used whole wheat flour so I don't know how or if that changes the outcome and if I needed to add more or less of anything. It was pretty dense but very soft. I have a long ways to go. I can't say how great it tastes due to being sick and stuffed up. But I can say it doesn't taste horrible. However I won't let Jake try it because he's so damn picky that I know he wouldn't like it. He rolled his eyes at me when I said I was going to make bread. I will try it again either way because I love fresh warm homemade bread. My sense of taste will hopefully be back by then so that I can accurately judge.

Either way, give it a shot and let me know what you think of it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

week by week: 33



How far along: 33 weeks
How big is baby:probably closer to the 5.8lb mark.
Total weight gain: 20ish pounds. The midwife said I've been at a pound or a tiny bit more and that my weight gain has been really good. Whew.
Maternity clothes: Somewhat. I still wear yoga pants just with a belly band to feel more put together. I can still wear my layering tanks from Wet Seal with a jersey t from Target, sometimes a maternity shirt.
Sleep: Since being sick not good. I wake up in a pool of slobber and it is SO gross. I roll over and my hips pop and my pelvis feels like it's breaking. Jake said I snored like no other the other night and I tossed and turned most of the night switching sides.
Best moment these weeks: Our baby shower. We put her name on the cake to surprise everyone. They all thought they would have to wait until she was born. Seeing Auntie Jess' face was priceless, it was EXACTLY the reaction I was wanting!
Gender: GIRL!!!
Craving:No cravings.
Movement: She slowed down for a couple days but yesterday and today I've felt her rolling around quite a bit. Sometimes my whole belly shakes. With Emery it was like that shiver feeling when you have to pee sooo bad and finally go and shiver in relief. With her it feels like a dog scratching his side. My whole belly just bounces.
Labor Signs: none.
Belly Button in or out: in
Stretch marks: She is still so high up that it's stretching out my belly up there so my stretch marks up there are starting to get pink like they're going to grow. Eh :x
What I miss: too many things to list. Pregnancy isn't as easy around the 2nd time around for me or I just don't enjoy it as much and just want her in my arms.
What I am looking forward to: just having this baby!

Obsessing Over: Getting her side of the room set up and organizing Emery's half and keeping it that way!
Anticipating: nothing major.
Listening To: Daddy, Emery and Ethan playing War and Ice Age 4 in the background.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Painting with a truck!

I follow Mandey from Mama Mandolin and her adorably cute twin boys. This post was of her boys painting but with cars and trucks. The wheels gave the painting different textures.

Being the mama to a boy who is OBSESSED with his cars and trucks I just knew we were going to have to do it.

Fast forward a few months to when I finally unpacked enough to get to the paints out. We sat down and I used some Crayola finger paints on some card stock taped to the table.

He had a blast driving the truck through the paint and being allowed to make a mess and smear stuff everywhere for once.




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

week by week: 32



How far along: 32 weeks
How big is baby: according to this 2.5 to 3.5 pounds. I'm sure she's pretty close or above that.
Total weight gain: about 20lbs
Maternity clothes:Oh yea! I tried wearing a non maternity shirt and it was just too tight across the chest and arms. I wore it just fine pregnant with Emery but it was too uncomfortable this time.
Sleep: Hit or miss. Sometimes I just can't shut my mind off and have to take a sleeping pill.
Best moment these weeks: Just enjoying all the extra snuggles with Emery before sissy gets here.
Gender: GIRL!!!
Craving: Haven't craved anything since about the beginning of the pregnancy.
Movement: Girl is a ninja. I swear she has little throwing stars on her elbows and knees and is trying to slice herself out.
Labor Signs: none.
Belly Button in or out: in
Stretch marks: The ones higher up on my belly are starting to get a little pink.
What I miss: not hurting. My pelvis hurts really bad lately.
What I am looking forward to: snuggling my girl.

Obsessing Over: Projects for her.
Anticipating:Our baby shower and surprising people.

Wordless Wednesday