Thursday, March 28, 2013

The 3rd Trimester Begins ! Large and in Charge!





Sorry for the belly pics cause I know my Nonie HATES these, but you can not appreciate the huge-ness when it is covered. DUDE! This thing is HEAVY. I am pretty shocked at how uncomfortable I am these days (already ) because I fully expect to gain another 15-20lbs in my last trimester.
It really blows my mind how different this pregnancy is from my last. I feel like I am not as wide as I got last time, which is weird bc I thought girl babies made you get wider than boy babies?
Whatever the case I can tell you that this belly is hurting every inch of my body. I am ill equipped for holding it up. I ordered the Belly Bra from amazon and it was not made for tall chicks so I had to return it.

Hope everyone can appreciate a good re-run because that is the only cute outfit I own that fits right now and I keep holding out and holding out for warm weather. UGH. I should have bought another pair of jeans like 2 months ago.
I have had some great luck dress shopping at ROSS of all places. They are not maternity dresses, just stretchy fabric that I buy a size up ( or in this case two sizes up as my Nonie insisted). Most of their dresses are $15-20 . Cant wait for it to be dress weather every day!



and... even though I have been eating Cadburry's by the boat load, I am only up 1 pound and 1 inch this week from last week. You see that it is a family affair now. Like my Lucky Charms.. I wanted those for my pregnancy snack and now all of a sudden my son and husband are woofing down my cereal! 

In Other Bumpdate News:


  • Major Braxton hicks contractions lately. I will be riding scooter wheel chairs for likely the rest of this pregnancy.  Anytime I do much on my feet I start having them.
  • Decreased appetite, significantly, but still nurturing my sweet tooth.
  • I have another cold this week :( I think that makes 3 colds I have had during this pregnancy ( which I had none with Fenn) one of the side effects of having a toddler during pregnancy!


Big Brother: 

Has been enjoying this Easter Season with Egg Dying, Visiting the Mall Easter Bunny, and practicing his egg hunting skills. He is still talking, singing and dancing up a storm. 

He still is clueless about the impending arrival and loss of his "only child" throne. I may try to chat with him about that a little soon. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail!



We took our annual trip to the Easter Bunny today! I am so sad that no one has a cute ( white) Easter bunny that is not wearing some tacky garb. I am sincerely thinking that I will order and own an Easter Bunny costume for Erik to wear every year at our Easter Brunch that way everyone can get some cute , low stress Easter pics. Not to mention, save some $! I could have 2 Easter Bunny costumes by now for how much these little mall pictures cost! HA

This year I tried to talk up the Easter Bunny a lot and I told him that the EB would give out      " chocolate eggs" aka Cadburry Eggs( his cryptonite).  He did smile long enough to grab that egg from the Bunny's hand and then he wanted out of there! But not far far away. He was perfectly happy to blow kisses and wave and smile at the Easter Bunny from the checkout table!... just not within touching distance. He especially loves tap dancing around in those Sunday shoes on the mall floor. 




I learned the hard way last year that finding an Easter themed photo frame is impossible, so I snatched one up at the Mall Easter Bunny stand and I think it is so cute! 

Frames of years past!




Monday, March 18, 2013

Attention all Boy Mommas...





For the LOVE, can some of you guys explain to me how to get the stains from every day life out of your boys clothes? 
Lately I have been trying to wash clothes like normal but do a soak cycle if stained stuff is in there, and add oxiclean oh and also pre-treat stain with Resolve spray. STILL it does not work. 
What am I doing wrong? Or is Peebs just like the messiest kid ever? 





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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks







YAY ! Almost closing in on the end of the 2nd Trimester! 


Symptoms: I am for realz pregnant now. Everything was pretty easy up until this point. My body HURTS and I sleep like crap. Those are my biggest complaints. I still have " pregnancy cold" so also get really stuffed up at night. I can take some killer naps during the day though! 
Occasional Sciatic nerve tweaks. 



Weight Gain:  22.5 lbs. This is generally the stage of pregnancy when I start to really gain weight. My doctor said he is not worried with my weight gain due to big baby history and the fact that ALOT of it is fluid, so that is good news for losing it post birth.

Belly Growth:  39" so about 7" added since week 5
My belly is getting bigger by the day, but it is SO MUCH LOWER with this pregnancy than it was with Fenn, that it is very uncomfortable. Did any of you have that experience? The heaviness of it pulling on my body is awful. I tried to buy a support garment called " A belly Bra" and I think it would have been awesome if I was not so tall. I have a long torso which makes this belly bra not long enough to fit me properly :( so disappointed. Can anyone else recommend something of this nature?

Baby News: I need a name for this baby. I can not come up with anything, and I am NOT an indecisive person! This is killing me. Erik has already picked his name and now I need to pick one that will go with it and I just can't decide. Every name I like he hates!  For the love of monogramming, I need a NAME!
This girl kicks all day long, and jams out in there. She enjoys everything I eat and loves Cadburry eggs like her momma and big bro.

Food
Yes please! I have to eat like 8 meals a day to keep from starving. My current obsession ( other than Cadburry eggs) is Lucky Charms. How disgusting! But I am mowing through box after box.  I remember panicking with my 1st pregnancy about how crappy my eating habits were and I was worried they would stay that way, but everything went back to normal after the baby so here is hoping that is the case this time as well. 

Big Bro:



This little scrompy could not be cuter! I just love all these new phases he is into right now where he can talk, sing, and show interest in things he likes, or communicate that interest.
He is full of spunk and attitude too which has been spending lots of time in the time out chair when his ears are not working.

- He is really into singing and imitating still. I love watching him copy EVERYTHING his daddy does, and stuff he sees on TV too like dance moves etc.
- He has ( for unknown reasons) started racing all through the house chasing Ralphie and saying " RARRRRRRWWWRRR" while he does it. He will crawl over and under anything in the process. Poor ralphie is a good sport but I do have to intervene often and give the poor dog a break.
- He asks me often to watch " ipppooo momma" which means the Baby Einstein with the Hippo on the front that is about musical instruments. Then he goes to his playroom and brings out his piano, guitar and a table that he pretends is a drum and he copies what the characters on the screen do to play each one. He hums the classical music REAL loud too and will often dance to it.
- He basically NEVER stops moving! 
- Still doing well with sleeping in his big boy bed. He really loves that bed and just even playing in it. The other night Ralphie kept trying to get me up, barking and so forth because Fenn was laying close to the edge of his bed, and sure enough he fell out of it! Erik put him back in and he pretty much never woke up during the process, although he cried out when he fell. Gotta give ole Ralphie props for watching after his little master so diligently and having good intuition.




 and here is my little rockstar singing Rhianna " Diamonds" He also really loves some Taylor swift! You can see how serious he is about it! HA
video


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Menu Monday: March Week 2






Monday: Sweet Potato & Caramelized Onion Shells
Sauteed Spinach & kale



Tuesday : Chicken N Rice Casserole
Jim -n- Nicks Cheddar Biscuits
http://pinterest.com/pin/71494712806916849/



Wednesday : Skinny Chicken Florentine
Texas Toast, Salad 
* I will omit the chicken*
http://pinterest.com/pin/71494712806947811/







Thursday: Sweet & Sour Chicken
Fried Rice, Broccoli
http://pinterest.com/pin/71494712806913131/
http://thebitesizedblog.com/blog/2013/03/06/fried-rice/#.UTz-oqWEzdk




Friday: Spanish Chicken & Potato Roast
Fried Okra, Salad
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/spanish-chicken-and-potato-roast-recipe/index.html


Extra Item : Chicken Salad for Lunch Sandwiches.
http://blog.naturebox.com/post/35207819367/harvest-chicken-salad

MENU MONDAY REMINDERS


  • I have the week planned out but rarely cook the assigned item for that day and go more with what we are in the mood for.
  • If any of the recipe links don't work properly you can refer to my pinterest boards. I have one for recipes to try, one for tried and true recipes, and one for failed recipes. Self explanatory. I usually comment on the pin on each board as well.
  • I try, try being the key word, to find a good balance of health, thrift, and only a few days with meat for both health and financial reasons.
  • COSTCO really , really is a good idea. trust me.
  • You can follow me on instagram to see pictures of what I cook every day 
  • I plan for 5 meals a week because we eat leftovers for lunch and the other 2 days. Meals that make a ton or enough to freeze half I will notate. Gonna be doing that soon with baby coming this summer!



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Request, Prayer & Kindness..

Hey guys, just wanted to have a space to explain to you my tweets etc about this little boy Caelon. 


He is in the hospital for having strokes and his doctors have yet to find a diagnosis for him. He is 4 years old and enjoys cruising facebook and seeing people talk to him on here and post pictures to his timeline. One of his people reached out to me and asked me to share with my social media channels because of my strong network of Mommas! and Christian mommas at that. 
I am scared that quick tweet blurbs might not get anyone's attention as it looks so much like the spam that is all over the net. So I wanted to clarify this is a real deal, and that 30 seconds of your time really does make a difference. 
I also want to ask all you prayer warriors to add him to your prayer list. When I hear about stuff like this, it is really hard not to imagine myself in their shoes, I am hoping y'all will do the same and 

  • "Like" his facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CaringForCaelon
  • Leave him a comment on his page with a picture if you are feeling especially kind
  • SHARE this link with your social network.
  • Pray for him


It is a beautiful thing the way the blogosphere comes together in situations like this and works hard to support and lift up our fellow parents.



and @melanyburtonrogers I know you are good at recruiting prayer so hook me up girl!



Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tip Tuesday : iPhone & iPad Mini Cases

                         



Being the new owner of an ipad mini ( yes I love it even though at first I thought it a ridiculous notion), I have been scouring the internet for a good case because it feels so fragile. Cases are hard to find! 

I have been using an iphone 5 case from a company called "iOttie" that I bought off groupon and I love it. Partly because it is easy to get on and off and provides great protection against the toddler, and partly because it comes in beautiful colors ( I am obsessed with mint green right now)


and as it turns out they are making matching cases for the iPad mini that will be out in March!







Just wanted to pass that along if any of you are looking for new cases. I am not affiliated with them in any way I just love their products and wanted to share with my readers.


and.. until that case is available, I am currently using an $11 " Poetic" Brand case off Amazon .....








Sunday, March 3, 2013

March Week 1 : Menu Monday





Monday: Mushrooms & artichoke Tortellini , Salad, Texas Toast
( I omit the chicken from this recipe) 

http://pinterest.com/pin/71494712804749496/



Tuesday : Taco Stuffed Shells & Spanish Rice
( that spanish rice recipe is really good and worth the effort. Make sure not to leave out the lime juice)
I also add jalapenos to our stuffed shells.

http://blogchef.net/taco-stuffed-shells-recipe/
http://pinterest.com/pin/71494712806890249/




Wednesday : Lemon Chicken Picatta, Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Asparagus
This is something I cook regularly, it is really good and not too difficult. There are tons of variations and I actually got my recipe from @matthill but basically you are pan frying floured chicken breast filets in chicken stock, capers, lemon juice, & butter.

http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chicken_piccata/




Thursday: Parm. Crusted Oven Baked Chicken Fingers, Cream Corn Casserole, Green Beans. 

I omit the bisquick and just use butter, Ritz, Garlic salt and park cheese)

http://pinterest.com/pin/554787247816632875/
http://pinterest.com/pin/71494712806620889/




Friday: Pesto Pasta , Salad, Texas Toast
I omit the olives since we don't like.
http://ponderedprimedperfected.blogspot.com/2012/12/pesto-pasta-salad-easy-and-tastes.html?m=1



MENU MONDAY REMINDERS


  • I have the week planned out but rarely cook the assigned item for that day and go more with what we are in the mood for.
  • If any of the recipe links don't work properly you can refer to my pinterest boards. I have one for recipes to try, one for tried and true recipes, and one for failed recipes. Self explanatory. I usually comment on the pin on each board as well.
  • I try, try being the key word, to find a good balance of health, thrift, and only a few days with meat for both health and financial reasons.
  • COSTCO really , really is a good idea. trust me.
  • You can follow me on instagram to see pictures of what I cook every day 
  • I plan for 5 meals a week because we eat leftovers for lunch and the other 2 days. Meals that make a ton or enough to freeze half I will notate. Gonna be doing that soon with baby coming this summer!



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