Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

You guys... I'm 30 weeks prego... that means I'm just 10 weeks away from being a momma!!! #faintsatthethought


I can not believe how fast my pregnancy has gone by. I'm sure all you other mommas out there felt the same way with your babies! Its been an experience to say the LEAST. And as we're nearing the end, my mind has been racing with things I need/want to do before Emma arrives, what items she still needs, etc. My baby shower is in a couple weeks, so luckily I will be able to see what all we have before the holidays arrive. This way, whatever is left we can try and snag on Black Friday! .... What? You didn't think I'd be going this year due to my huge belly? Think again! I'd NEVER miss it! And my husband lives for it each year, so there's no way I could leave him to all the fun without me! haha. Luckily, we go with his mom and family, so I'll be able to sit in the car if needed (and keep warm! LOL). I can't wait!

But back to the preparations I was talking about... I have a little list of some things I want to accomplish before the big day:

1. Stock up on paper plates, cups, etc. I've heard that this is something a lot of first time moms did not do and wish they would have. I can already understand why! Who wants a bunch of dishes piling up when you have a new born to nurture and snuggle with?!

2. Prep freezer meals. I've also read that this is something a lot of first time moms regretted not doing. I know I will have family and friends bringing us food, but like I told my husband, after those meals have been eaten and I've gone back to work, what then? I like the secure feeling of knowing there will be meals in our freezer that I can pop in the oven or throw in the crock pot on my lunch break. If you all have any freezer meal ideas, please feel free to share! I've not made my list yet.

3. Stock up on "personal items" for momma. Who wants to come home from the hospital only to realize you don't have what you need in the "lady dept"?? Yeah, not me!


If you guys have any other items you think I should add from your own personal experiences, please please let me know! I can use all the help I can get!

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Now, for the good stuff... BABY PICTURES!!!

A couple weeks ago we had a 4D-Ultrasound with little Emma. My mother-in-law was so sweet to do this for us! We got to watch her in "high def" (haha jk). But seriously, it was such a neat experience! They did a video of the ultrasound, which was about 15 minutes, and took a couple pictures. I got to keep all those items! The nurse also would point out different body parts as we were watching. Emma had her feet up by her head, so it was hard to distinguish her toes from her fingers lol. She kept putting her toes in her eyes, and she yawned those big precious baby yawns a few times. It was so sweet!!! An experience I'll never forget. Here are the pictures we got to take home:




Isn't she so cute?!?!?! My husband is praying she has brown hair like her momma; he is not a fan of red hair like his. I know she'll be beautiful no matter what, though!

And since I haven't shared any baby belly pics since week 24, let me show you how we've grown:

Week 27



Week 29



Week 30



And with 10 weeks still to go, Emma has a lot more growing to do! I'm trying to prepare myself for the miserable stage that will soon hit... I'll just keep reminding myself of how much she'll be worth it! :-) hehe.

Have a blessed day friends!

-M


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks

I am 6 months (or 24 weeks) prego today!

It's so hard to believe I will be in my 3rd trimester in just two short weeks. Just crazy how time flies!

Baby Emma is steadily growing, moving more and more each week. And momma is starting to feel the aches and pains of pregnancy! I've had a difficult time sleeping the past couple weeks due to leg pains and cramping. I got leg cramps here and there before pregnancy, so they weren't new to me. They just happen more often now, and man does it make for a rough night of sleep! I drink lots of water, eat bananas, and walk around throughout the day to try and increase blood flow. Is there anything else that you mommas out there would recommend to help?

For the past couple months, my husband has really made exercise a priority in his life. He says he wanted to start getting in shape now to be around longer for Emma and I, and also to just have a better quality of life. How sweet :-) It's had me thinking about how I am going to lose this baby weight once she arrives, as well. I want to be able to get around easily with her; to play and have fun without getting out of breath every 5 minutes! Plus, we want to promote a healthy lifestyle to Emma so she is encouraged to live healthy as she gets older and makes her own choices. Any suggestions on the best way to start an exercise regiment after our baby is born - types of exercises, how to juggle an already busy schedule with working out, etc.?

Your help/answers to my questions would be awesome and much appreciated!

I'll leave you today with some recent pics of the prego belly ;-)

Week 23



Week 24


Can you tell I like polka dots?? hehe.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Baby Emma's Moves & Grooves

The main reason I wanted to blog about my pregnancy experience is because I want to keep a log of all the exciting things that are happening. I want to be able to look back on how I felt and the pictures I took to remember what baby Emma was like through her beginnings. I know a lot of women keep a pregnancy journal, and I would like to, but knowing myself and my busy lifestyle, I find it hard to either remember to write things down or I push it off until I forget. With this blog, however, I can easily track all the little pleasures (and displeasures!) of my pregnancy. I'm constantly connected to the Internet, so I can take note of things quickly. I'm not sure how others feel about the world being able to read every detail posted of their pregnancy, but it is what works for me and I enjoy knowing I have record of my sweet baby's history!

With that being said, another exciting piece of news to share: we felt baby Emma's movements for the first time last week! #excitedfirsttimemommaface Of course, I've been feeling little flutters from time to time, and when she pushes on my bladder I certainly know it! But for the first time I felt her on my belly with a few of her kicks and/or punches (can't tell which just yet). I was sitting at my desk at work last Wednesday afternoon drinking a Diet Dr. Pepper when it happened. I thought I felt some movement, so I put my hand on the lower part of my belly, and sure enough I caught her last little "nudge" before she stopped. It was precious; I was beyond excited! I think the caffeine is what got her going lol. My husband tried so hard that night to get her to move for him while we were lying in bed; he was super jealous. We think she was sleeping, though (or teasing him, as we like to say), because she refused to budge - stubborn like her daddy already haha. Luckily, the next night he did get to feel her and was of course overwhelmed with joy. Since then I've been feeling her a lot!

I love being pregnant! Its seriously the coolest, most blessed thing in the world. What a miracle...

Here's an updated pic for you too. This is from last Wednesday when I was 21 weeks. My belly is really starting to poke out now! Ignore the ugly background - I was in the restroom at work haha.


-M

Friday, August 15, 2014

Smothered Pork Chops

Lightly breaded pork chops smothered in a yummy gravy!


Its been some time since I posted a recipe... but this one was so good, I felt I needed to share the love right away!

I had already planned to make pork chops for dinner last night, but I always make them the same way. Don't get me wrong, my way is super delicious, and the hubby loves it, but I was really inspired to try something new. So, I went searching and found this easy and delicious recipe for Smothered Pork Chops. I made some modifications to fit what we like, but feel free to look up the original recipe and just choose your favorite!

These pork chops are lightly fried in a seasoned flour, then the pan is deglazed to make a delicious gravy. Yum! We served ours with loaded mashed potatoes and broccoli.

I highly recommend this recipe for anyone needing a yummy new dinner idea. Enjoy!


Smothered Pork Chops
Adapted from here

Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 4-5 boneless, thin cut pork chops
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup skim milk


Directions
1. In a large skillet, heat your olive oil on medium heat.
2. In a shallow dish, mix together the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, salt and pepper.
3. Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel and dredge each chop in the seasoned flour. Shake off the excess. (Save the rest of the flour, you will need it)
4. Once the oil is hot, fry each chop for 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
5. Remove the chops and set aside. Sprinkle about 2 tsp. of the seasoned flour mixture in the pan and whisk with the fat until dissolved, about 30 seconds.
6. Whisk in the chicken broth and let it reduce and thicken for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally to deglaze the pan.
7. Whisk in the milk and let the gravy come to a simmer.
8. Turn the heat to low and return the pork chops to the pan, covering them in the sauce. Let simmer for another 5 minutes, or until you're ready to serve. Season with more salt and pepper if needed.




Monday, August 11, 2014

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks


So, last Wednesday I hit the half way mark: I am now 20 weeks prego! #halfwaytobaby

Unfortunately, we have yet to feel our little Emma, but she sure has liked sitting on my bladder recently! That's one thing I CAN feel now. My husband and I went on a little vacay this past weekend, which is when I first noticed that I could feel her putting pressure on my insides. We are hoping to feel her little kicks and nudges on my belly in the next couple weeks. It's almost as if it becomes more real at that point; I'm not just getting fat, there's actually a baby in there! LOL

I go for my monthly doctor appt this Wednesday, and I'll also be 21 weeks then. Time just seems to be flying by! But we are so anxious to meet our sweet girl that it also feels like its taking forever for December to get here! I can't wait to hold our precious Christmas gift in my arms.

Besides my belly getting bigger and my bladder feeling fuller, no other news to report from this momma-to-be. Maybe my next post will contain more exciting news ;-)

Happy Monday everyone!

-M