Adjusting

Thursday, February 24, 2011

(via text message)

me: Can we do FaceTime w/our fams all at once to tell them boy/girl?

Jonny: I don't know. Let's make a cake.

me: No cake.

Jonny: Or get a pink bowl and a blue bowl and put cat food in both and let Red choose which one to eat out of. And then we let him go since he won't be important to us anymore.

me: Um, I don't think so.

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Mommy Blog

Thursday, February 17, 2011

While I've gawked and/or scoffed at blogs that turn into complete mommy-blog mode after the writer has children, I can definitely understand how this happens.

The primo number one main thing going on in my life right now is that I'm going to have a baby. It's changing what I wear, what I eat, when I go to sleep, how much activity I do (or how much time I do/want to spend on the couch). So, how could I not write about these things?

Another reason the full-out Mom Blog is so tempting is that it's a free & easy place to document things about your pregnancy or your child's life (I know Anne has made a scrapbook from hers--great idea!).

All that said, I give you permission to skip these posts if you don't want to read about it...I'll forgive you. I was you once.

Tomorrow, I'll be 15 weeks along.

Right now, I like to eat/drink:

-smoothies smoothies smoothies
do not get sick of these guys (yet)



I even drove to McDonald's yesterday of all things to try one of their "real fruit smoothies" because I wasn't close to my regular smoothie stop. [And by the way, the clarification of "real" fruit makes it worse. I haven't looked up the ingredients yet because I'm kind of scared.]

-Fresca

-Orange Juice

-Greek yogurt

-kettle-cooked salt & vinegar chips

-hot or grilled sandwiches (with and without turkey, but I'm abstaining from the Great Turkey Meat Debate)

Drawing inspiration from this:

-post for dressing myself


{photo from here}

How freaking cute is she? I don't know if I'll have the ability to use many of my non-maternity clothes for much longer...(there are a few but it's already kinda challenging in more ways than one, if you know what I mean).

Several other great maternity style blogger mavens: Rockstar Diaries and Jenloveskev.

Has anyone out there found maternity inspiration online?

Peppermint Patties, too

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day, or whatever.

We made these peppermint patties the other night, inspired by Darby's post here (and subsequent re-try).



If you make them yourself, heed the following:

We pretty much followed the recipe, except doubled it, and there was no way we were going to get all of that powdered sugar mixed in there. We just put as much as the ole KitchenAid could handle (I would NOT recommend trying this with a hand-held mixer).

Also be sure to freeze the minty fillings after they're shaped and before dipping in chocolate. I don't see how hardening at room temp for 2 hours would really cut it.



They're definitely a project, but well worth it I'd say. REALLY hit the spot the past couple of days.

We got a lot of work done around the ole abode this weekend...way more activity (outside of work, that is) than I've been able to do for weeks/months. Finally feeling a bit better, if still really tired.

We played closet musical chairs to get ready for bebe (and thanks to Grant, again, for the closet build-out help--invaluable). Tons more to do. I am a messy pack rat, apparently.

I'll Try to Make It Up to You

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Bad blogger. I've been awful. Although I know yall don't wake up every morning thinking, "did she post did she post" I do like my little corner of the internet and appreciate the community here.

Thus, I feel remiss.


{it's snowy and this is what we're doing tonight}

But you see, this has been pretty much the only thing on my mind recently:



{look at his/her foot kicking! future soccer player like their old man}

Yep. We're having a baby. A little Jerkins. We are so humbled & thrilled!

And boy howdy, has it made me feel sick. The morning-that-really-lasts-all-day sickness otherwise known as constant nausea, actual throwing up, and fatigue different from any other I've known.

{Hence the radio silence on ye ole blog. I've been thankful for the sickness as it's a reminder things are going well in there, but sheesh I have felt awful.}

While I have had very few cravings, the story of the day has been more in the food aversion variety.

The thought of going to the grocery store? Gross. Going to a grocery store that is next door to a Pei Wei (ie, my regular Kroger)? Unimaginable.

I'll cook something that sounds so good, really enjoy eating it, but once I put the leftovers in the fridge cringe at the thought of having to deal with them again. {This even happened with the blessed hummus.} Weird.

One thing I have really wanted a couple of times:



You'll notice that this is a photo of an almost-empty bag.

Quick shout-out: I am so lucky that my sister lives about two streets away from my office.

At least once a week (or more), I will go take a nap during my lunch break, lay on the couch, or she will feed me lunch (or buy me Sour Patch Watermelons!). Thank you, Marthie. Your geography and hospitality have been indispensable to me + Baby J.


Another food item/recipe that hasn't grossed me out at all thus far (I've probably eaten it four times at least over the past couple of months):

Laura's Crock Pot Lasagna, via Martha

Behold the-worst-photo-ever-that-accomplishes-nothing-and-you'd-be-better-off-using-your-imagination:



Jonny likes it because there are no crunchy corners like the baked kind has (I kinda like those, but whatev).

Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot Lasagna
(thanks Laura & Marth, it's been a lifesaver!)

1 lb ground turkey (or ground beef, whatever your preference)
2 (29-oz.) cans tomato sauce (or already made spaghetti sauce)
8-oz. package lasagna noodles, uncooked
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
1/2 diced onion
3-5 cloves garlic (i do 4)
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Basil

* Spray the interior of the cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
* In a large nonstick skillet, brown the ground beef (or turkey). Stir in the tomato sauce (and onion, garlic, oregano and basil) and stir well.
* Spread 1/4 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker. Arrange one-third of the uncooked noodles over the sauce, breaking them up as necessary to fit better.
* Combine the cheeses in a bowl. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture over the noodles.
* Repeat these layers twice more; top with remaining meat sauce; cook on low for 4 hours. Serves 6 - 8.

Yum!


Oh, p.s. For those readers who have been around this blog a while, you'll know that I absolutely hate summer and hot weather. When's the due date, you may ask? August 13. Joke's on me!!!

p.p.s. That will probably be the only ultrasound photo you will see. (I just couldn't resist it with the little foot and plus, I have nothing else to show you yet.)
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