Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pregnancy | Week 36

Guess who accidentally made a cameo in this week's photo! That little ball of fluff is not leaving my side these days. So, another week down equals a week closer to meeting sweet baby girl. The anticipation and unknown of her arrival is killing me. My planning personality hates the unknown timeline of delivery. Part of me wishes that labor and delivery was just like another routine doctor appointment. You plan for it show up and then come home with a baby. Unfortunately that is not how labor works. I am praying for patience and peace to get me through these next few weeks of uncertainty.

Size of Baby: Baby is still around 19 inches long and weighs about 6 lbs. She is the size of a papaya.

Gender: Sweet, sweet baby girl.

Weight Gain:  Up 27 pounds. Feeling quite large these days.

Maternity Clothes: All day, every day.

Nursery: Everything is finished and ready for baby's arrival! I have one last load of laundry to complete this weekend and then need to figure out the best way to organize her clothes. We also have the stroller assembled and car seat installed. Going to get it inspected Friday after work.

Movement: Feeling her roll around a lot more. She will stick her butt out of my side trying to stretch out. Sitting on the couch at night is very uncomfortable as she will happily lodge herself up into my ribcage after dinner. 

Symptoms: Pregnancy swelling is no joke. At the end of the day, my shoes are becoming quite uncomfortable. I have given up trying to wear my wedding rings since my fingers swell so much by the end of the day. Exhaustion and tiredness set in each day when I get home from work. I also have a pretty patch of varicose veins on my right leg. I am 99% sure that I have a few stretch marks as well but just can't see them. I knew they were inevitable as I am prone to stretch marks and had quite a few already.

Sleep: Sleep really depends on the night. I am getting up to use the restroom more times than I care to acknowledge. Then finding a good position once I crawl back into bed is very difficult. I have ended up on my back with my feet propped up on pillows frequently.

Cravings: Still loving carbs and sweets. I don't think that will be changing anytime soon.

What I Miss: Oh how I miss moving at a normal speed. Sleeping on my stomach is a close second!

Exercise: 4 PB classes this week and some long walks in beautiful weather once the snow cleared. The studio is having a challenge of completing 19 classes in February which I am itching to give a try!

Best Moments: This weekend was filled with a perfect mix of time with just me and Joe and celebrating baby. Joe and I enjoyed a lazy Saturday paired with a fun date night enjoying fondue. Then Sunday I enjoyed lunch with with friends celebrating baby girl. We also received a ton of adorable outfits from Joe's family this weekend.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Five

Let's get this party started with a few things I have been loving this week. Hope you enjoy and would love to hear about a few of your favorite things.

{One} Currently Craving. Pineapple Lemonade. I have always loved Chick-fil-a's diet lemonade. Pregnancy has taken this drink obsession to a different level. While enjoying my large diet lemonade this week (with breakfast), I thought about how amazing it would taste with pineapple juice mixed in. Apparently, I am not the only one to have this thought. I found this super simple recipe that I can't wait to replicate with my juicer this weekend.

{Two} Spring Fashion. I am not doing much (read:any) clothes shopping these days. However, I have enjoyed day dreaming while browsing new arrivals online. I know my wardrobe after baby is going to consist mainly of leggings and over sized shirts. I hope to add at least one new dress into the mix. Anthropologie is  my go to for dreamy dresses. This one looks perfect for concealing all my post-baby lumps and bumps. 

{Three} Meal Prep. I am very excited to have a few healthy and wholesome meals packed away in the freezer for when baby arrives. We have a lot of delicious grab and go snacks from Costco and Sams which is great in a pinch but I know is not healthy at all! You can check out all the freezer meals I prepared this week on the blog!

{Four} Amazon Prime Obsession. Amazon has been our go-to for online shopping for the past three years. We decided to keep Amazon Prime even with the huge price jump because of their great discount on diapers and baby registry items paired with two day free shipping. The unsung hero of their service is theTV shows. We just finished The Man in the High Castle over the weekend and both loved it. The show is loosely based on the novel of the same name which portrays a dystopian world in which the Axis powers won World War II. The US is divided up in between Germany and Japan. It is a bit chilling to see memorable landmarks including the US flag changed to include the Nazi logo. A bit of warning though: Some scenes are a bit rough as many of the same practices from WWII have continued including continuation of the Holocaust and Japanese ritual of seppuku. 

{Five} Happy Friday!! I have planned a great date night for Saturday incorporating the Triangle's restaurant week. I am loving and embracing all the quality time the two of us can get together. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Keeping Busy | Freezer Meals

Last weekend into the beginning of this week I was stuck inside with no where to go. Winter Storm Jonas left the Triangle with inches of ice and very little snow. Playing it safe, Joe and I hunkered down for a few days at the house. We had plenty of food and TV to watch to keep us entertained for a day or two. I have never been the sit at home type for long and found myself getting restless on Saturday. I decided it was the perfect time to cook up some freezer meals in preparation for baby. I already had a Pinterest board dedicated to a few delicious recipes and decided it was time give it a try.

I did a mix of casseroles and crockpot meals. I considered doubling the ingredients to make extra batches but decided to cut each recipe in half instead. With just the two of us, we never eat a full casserole. I always end up packing it for lunch or freezing it.

The chicken and rice is a dish I made months ago and was a big hit with Joe. I substituted chicken breasts for thighs to make it a bit healthier. It makes a ton of rice so it is perfect for cooking up and freezing for later. The flavors really hold their own when frozen. 

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
This one was so easy and all I needed to buy was the roast. I liked that the recipe included ingredients already in my pantry. I froze the meat and potatoes with the glaze in a gallon size bag. I will add the beef stock in when it goes in the slow cooker.

This recipe is a homemade favorite for me. The directions are easy and simple to follow. I love it served with a bowl of soup and cornbread on cold nights. 

I had never heard of freezer mashed potatoes until I stumbled upon some a Trader Joe's last year. I hate boxed potatoes and was curious about being able to enjoy instant mashed potatoes without making a huge batch. It is so simple, I can't believe that I waited this long to try it myself. After cooking the potatoes, I let them cool and then froze individual scoops on a baking sheet overnight. Then I transferred them to a gallon size freezer bag the next day. You can thaw overnight or heat directly in the oven or microwave. 

After all that cooking, I have a freezer full of un-processed ready to eat foods. I hope to cook a few more meals before baby arrives. Have you ever made freezer meals before? I would love to hear your favorite recipes!

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