Friday, June 19, 2009

12.5 Weeks and Counting

I thought I would give everyone an update on how I am.....

How far along: 12 1/2 weeks. Saturday I will start my 2nd trimester!!

Total weight gain: According to my doctor, only 2 lbs (they go from my 8 week weight). I say 4 lbs from my normal weight. Most people would probably think I am insane to want to claim more, but right now I think it is funny. I might reject the extra 2 lbs at a later date.

How big is baby: Well, according to the charts, the size of a small lime and about 1/2 an ounce.

Maternity clothes: Not yet, although I secretly leave my pants and some skirts only partially zipped on occassion. I think I will be okay for another month or so.

Food cravings: None really. Pickles are my favorite food and it is a little odd b/c I don't want them as often now and I couldn't finish a movie pickle to save my life at this time, when normally I could eat two, no problem. I don't think I would call it a craving, but I drank MASSIVE amounts of apple juice during my morning sickness weeks b/c it soothed my nausea. I also eat a lot of fruit.

Morning Sickness: Waning slowly. No more extreme sickness in the morning. Randomly though I get sick. This afternoon I ate a biggie-sized 10 nugget meal from McDonald's and finished off every bit of it. I realized it was a mistake when I finished the last bite and got sick. I overflowed my stomach.

Mood Swings: Not too bad. I would have been able to answer "none" but I had a breakdown this weekend. I also have gone into a couple of panics that the house is a mess and I have SOO much to do, but those happened before the pregnancy too.

What I think is weird: Well, sometimes I think the whole idea of some little person inside me is strange, but the weirdest thing is that lately I wake up with a fairly flat stomach, but by the end of the day I am poking out like crazy. I am told this is normal.

What I miss: Well, I must admit I miss drinking a glass of wine or a beer with dinner, sometimes. I also miss having more energy and not feeling like barfing after a big meal.

What I'm looking forward to: I am starting a prenatal yoga class this week! August 14th we will find out pink or blue! Think BLUE everyone :)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Greek Spaghetti

One of my favorite and EASY recipes that I thought I would share!

Greek Spaghetti

Ingredients:1 stick of butter
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 chopped small onion
2 cans of petite diced tomatoes in sauce
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 small can of sliced black olives (I use the 2 inch tall can b/c I love olives)
1 jar of sliced mushrooms (I also use a lot of mushrooms b/c I like them)
1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 package of spaghetti noodles
1 2 cup package of shredded cheese (I used Colby jack, but sharp cheddar is also really good)

Prep (easy as ever):*This makes a full 9x12 casserole dish, so for JB and I, I freeze half the sauce and use it at a later time for a fast meal when I don’t have a lot of prep time.

1. Start boiling the water for the noodles. If you are going to freeze half the sauce, only fix half the noodles. I break the noodles in half for easier serving later.

2. In a fairly deep skillet/sauce pan, sauté the chopped onions and bell pepper in the stick of butter (yes, a WHOLE stick), until soft.

3. Drain and rinse the mushrooms and olives – I usually dump them in the same colander. Add them to the sauce pan

4. Add the 2 cans of diced tomatoes and tomato sauce.

5. Let simmer for a while. It will smell WONDERFUL. Let all the flavors mix – I usually just simmer it as long as it takes the noodles to finish cooking.

6. Drain and rinse the pasta when done.

7. If you freezing the other half of the sauce, divide and set it aside to cool – wait until not so hot to put it in a container and in the freezer.

8. Preheat the over to 350 degrees.

9. In the casserole dish (I use a clear pyrex), put half the noodles as a layer on the bottom (if you only using half the recipe – 9x9, whole recipe – 9x12).

10. Of the remaining sauce, put half over the noodles – it will not completely cover the noodles, don’t worry.

11. Then put half the cheese (1/2 cup for 9x9, 1 cup for 9x12).

12. Layer again – noodles, sauce, cheese.

13. In a small bowl mix the condensed can of cream of mushroom soup with about a cup of water – I usually wisk it so it is fairly smooth – you’ll only need have for the 9x9 dish. Sorry, throw out the rest, or let me know if you find anther use for it. One time I only mixed the half can with a ½ cup of water and used the cream of mushroom over a small chicken breast, but usually I just chunk it.

14. Pour the mixture over the top with a thin layer. Sometimes I use a spoon so it gets spaced out evenly.

15. Cover with foil and put in the oven. Cook about 30-35 minutes or until bubbling hot. The cream of mushroom soup doesn’t always completely mix in, but just mix it up when you serve it.

16. ENJOY!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

And Baby Makes Four!

Yes, that's right, Sully is going to be a big brother and have to share the running of the household.

On April 30th, JB and I found out we are going to be parents!

JB went with me to my first doctor's appointment and we got to see and hear the little heartbeat on the sonogram. It doesn't look like much, but it is exciting all the same.

I am only about 10 weeks along now and I went ahead and took a belly picture b/c even though everyone else will probably think that it doesn't look like much, but my middle is rounding out a bit. Don't need any new clothes yet, but somedays, some pairs of pants are a little more snug than normal. I swear JB makes me lift my shirt at least 2-3 times a day to see if there is any progress.

My proposed due date is January 1, 2010. We are so excited and can't wait to welcome this new addition into our family.

Let them have cake and then send them home!

JB and I love being an aunt and uncle and we are so blessed to have 2 of our 4 nieces just 20 minutes away in Arlington. We wish we had the other two closer as well. What is best about being an aunt and uncle? We get to spoil them and the leave them with their Mommy and Daddy.

A couple Saturdays ago, we got to go to one of Gracie's t-ball games. She did so good in the game, so go awarded the game ball. See how proud she is! It is so awesome that we get to go to everyday things of hers and be a part of her life, not just during holidays.

A couple weeks later I went to Grace's kindergarten graduation. I was sitting too far back to get any pics of Grace and my sister and Mom were doing a good job of that, but I did snap this one of Tessa. She is normally a smiley girl, but I think the presentation was boring her....I love you, Gracie, but man, was that picture slide show LOOONG. I feel you, Tess!

Tessa is quite Miss Personality. I call her Monkey b/c she makes a face similar to the above one but also makes a "whoowhoo" sound when she is being silly. We can't wait for her to start talking, saying our names and wanting to hang out with Aunt Emmy and Uncle JB. Right now we are just "eh" people that sometimes tick her off when they keep her and her mommy and daddy leave.

The Grass is Greener

Well, I am more than a little behind on posting, so I am determined to get caught up over the next few days....although I have some exciting news to post, I will go in chronological order instead and start out with April's project - LANDSCAPING.

When we moved into the house in the summer of 2006 the landscaping was all molded yaupon bushes which I loathe and poop brown trim.

Eventually we took care of that, repainting the trim and JB spent long hours tearing everything out of the flowerbed...ground cover, yaupon bushes/trees and holly bushes. JB is such a sport. But then we got stuck.

We have a 1970s ranch house that is VERY long and therefore our flowerbeds are quite expansive, we got overwhelmed and busy and fall (good planting season) turned into winter (bad planting season) and we broke down and called a professional : Harvest Landscaping. They were AWESOME. I cannot brag enough about Travis (our landscape designer) and all his crew. In fact he came out this week to look at some small cleanup/mulch projects for the backyard b/c I know JB would rather play golf than work in the flowerbeds with the nice summer weather we are having. Here are some pics of the finished project. Probably not the best photography work and pictures can't even show the transformation fully.