Monday, October 22, 2012

the best kind of shower...

the kind of shower that involves cake and presents!!! saturday my amazing friends teamed up and threw me a kickass baby shower! they seriously went all out and i have been kicking myself for 2 days for not bringing my camera to prove it.  thankfully mom did get some pictures on her iphone so i can prove that this shower did happen and that it did indeed kick ass...but i wish i had more pictures! i even got a diaper cake for goodness' sake...who doesn't love a diaper cake!! (too bad i would rather stare at it than use it's contents...i'm not sure how long chuck is going to let it serve as our dining room table centerpiece...)


the party started with food...lots of food.  there were at least 10 different appetizer options, cake, cookies, oreo balls, and tons of candy to graze upon.  i must admit, i probably ate more dessert than i did regular food...no regrets here! check out this cake Mary had made for the event...her baker even mimicked the fabrics i am using in the nursery on the frosting...(ignore the fact the Spearman may or MAY NOT have the R in it...)

after food, all the guests took turns painting customized onesies for Charlee.  they turned out really good, and the event did not fail to entertain! next we played a quick game of "who knows mommy best"...it shouldn't surprise anyone that my own mommy took home the grand prize....i think i woud be a little hurt if she hadn't.

next up was gifts! we got so much stuff! thankfully many of these girls know WAY more about parenting than i do and hooked me up with all kinds of goodies! charlee got toys, books, clothes, and all kinds of other stuff.  i was so excited Sunday, i washed all her clothes and assembled her swing (our house will never be the same).


i can't thank everyone enough for throwing me such an fantastic shower! my friends never cease to amaze me with their awesomeness! all we need now is a BABY!

75% complete...

 
How far along? 30 weeks, 4 days (30 out of 40...hence the title...)

Total weight gain: 20 something pounds... 
Maternity clothes? YES.  

Stretch marks? not yet, not sure how

Sleep: sleeping pretty good
 
Best moment this week:  my baby shower hosted by some amazing friends
Wedding rings on or off? On! 

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy this week

Miss Anything? turkey sandwich (jimmy johns in particular)...STILL

Movement: everyday! 

Food cravings:  sweets, i had a random pimento cheese craving that i fulfilled at lunch today

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: little precious GIRL

Labor Signs: Nope. 

Symptoms: indigestion! (i live on tums) and a big ol belly.

Belly Button in or out? OUT!!   

Looking forward to: finishing the nursery...like really done.  we washed all the clothes yesterday, now i just have bibs, blankets, towels, etc left to wash.
Other: we had our first shower on saturday, i am reserving a whole post just for that...it was AWESOME! i got to see lots of friends, ate lots of yummy food and cake, and everyone showed so much generosity to our little angel  baby!

since i am a slacker and haven't posted 3d pictures yet, here is a teaser.  I must note that due to an unfortunately located placenta, we really didn't get that great of pictures.  we are actually going to try again this friday at our appointment, so if we see better results I will post more.  regardless, she is still the cutest thing in the entire world and no one can tell me otherwise....

and yes, i do have a CD full of the actual images, but this is a picture of a picture taken by my phone...sorry!

Friday, October 12, 2012

nails + string = AWESOMENESS!

i have let my creative side flourish a bit during this nursery preparation! you have already seen the results of my sewing (well some of it anyways...i promise you will see it all eventually).  the next project i'm going to show you is sort of a nod to the wooden letters everyone is doing in nurseries these days.  I just couldn't bring myself to spell out her name in wood letters hung by cute ribbons **while there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with this, it just didn't have the right feel for me**; however I did want to have her name or initials somewhere in the room.  after tossing around a couple of ideas, i settled on doing a string art project.  this probably isn't new to anyone, it is much like a "trace the dots" kinda thing...make dots with nails, fill in with string! I'll quickly take you through the process, if you aren't interested in my labor just scroll to the bottom to find the finished product. 

First i bought a piece of sanded (paint/stain ready) wood (i think it is about 2.5'x4').  Then Chuck stained and polyurethaned it for me (i don't have pictures of this part...i think it is pretty straight forward).  Then it sat in our basement for 2 weeks waiting on me to get motivated.  finally, i was ready.  i used adobe illustrator to type out the name and then convert the outline to a dotted line (i ended up with a dot every 0.75").  here is my font

I went with the one on the top
Once I sized it correctly and changed the outline, i printed it out, taped it to my stained wood and started putting nails on the dots (this took a while...and my hand started hurting from nailing).  during this phase I had three spectators (2 were critiquing my every move...chuck and dad, and one was sucking on that pink bunny)
during the nailing process

finished nailing! considering leaving it just like this!
the next step (while the most time consuming) is probably the easiest and most straight forward.  use your chosen string and start filling in between the nails.  I chose to go around the outside edge once and then do the middle.  the picture below was taken after about 2 passes across the name (i probably ended up doing about 8 passes). 


i left the string at the ends of the nails, to give it more dimension...i know, i'm artsy!

finished product...where it still sits.
  i love it! i can't wait to hang it in the nursery.  obviously i'm going to have to secure it very well to the wall as we don't want this falling on anyone.  i'm glad i thought outside the box on the whole name art thing...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

29 weeks


How far along? 29 weeks

Total weight gain: 18 lbs, at least. 

Maternity clothes? YES.  

Stretch marks? not yet, not sure how

Sleep: sleeping pretty good, getting pretty uncomfortable in the mornings 
 
Best moment this week:  watching our little girl almost kick the phone off my belly when I was playing her Mozart on Pandora

Wedding rings on or off? On! 

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy this week

Miss Anything? turkey sandwich (jimmy johns in particular)

Movement: everyday! 

Food cravings:  sweets

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: little precious GIRL

Labor Signs: Nope. 

Symptoms: indigestion! (i live on tums) and a big ol belly.

Belly Button in or out? OUT!!   

Looking forward to: our 3d ultrasound TOMORROW! i promise I'll post pictures of the cutest baby in the world soon!

Other: excited about seeing Mom tomorrow, and lots of UAH friends on Saturday when I'm in town for the alumni game! 

latest picture...baby as big as a butternut squash! apparently that is a BIG vegetables!


Friday, October 5, 2012

28 weeks


How far along? 28 weeks, 1 day

Total weight gain: 17 (!!!) lbs as of yesterday...and growing.  I'm trying to be ok with this.

Maternity clothes? YES.  all this time.  mostly dresses that resemble mu mus

Stretch marks? not yet, not sure how

Sleep: sleeping ok this week
 
Best moment this week:  finishing up my sewing projects!

Wedding rings on or off? On! 

Happy or Moody most of the time: happy this week

Miss Anything? nothing too bad

Movement: everyday! 

Food cravings:  sweets

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: little precious GIRL

Labor Signs: Nope. I did feel my first braxton hicks contraction the other day...interesting

Symptoms: indigestion! (i live on tums) and a big ol belly.

Belly Button in or out? OUT!! when i stand up.  

Looking forward to: our 3d ultrasound next week...

Other: headed to gainesville later today to watch FL vs LSU in the SWAMP! excited about the game, not so excited about the 8 hour drive and having to pee every 50 miles!


28 weeks and growing!


and just for fun...a look back

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

on nesting...

I'm not sure that I am nesting...I'm not even sure I know what that means.  I can tell you my house is nastier then it has ever been; we literally have crap strown from one end of the house to the other...BUT, I have been in the kitchen quite a bit as of late, and I have some pretty good stuff to share with you.  So maybe my version of nesting only involves baking, who knows...I am sewing as well, and clearly that isn't my "cup of tea".  Maybe cleaning will come next, I sure hope so.  I have some recipes that are worth sharing...as in, PIN these on your pinterest and find a reason to make them all....they are all really, really, good!

First off, a couple of weeks ago I had a strong key lime craving.  I initially could only think of my friend Christi's key lime cake balls, but alas she was in Clemson tailgating for the tigers and could not remember her recipe off hand.  Google failed me as I found 10 billion recipes for "key lime cake balls" but none seemed to match what Christi makes.  I did what any self-respecting, key lime craving, pregnant woman would do...I turned to pinterest and typed in "BEST KEY LIME RECIPE"...and this is where I ended up:


Key Lime Pie Fudge photo
courtesy of about.com...mine didn't last long enough for pictures

If you are too lazy to click the link, the recipe is pretty simple
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp, or 2 oz) melted butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs (from about 10 rectangles)
  • 20 oz chopped white chocolate (about 3-1/2 cup)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp finely grated lime zest
  • 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
make a crust with the melted butter and graham cracker crumbs (i suggest using more butter, since my crust didn't stick together very well) and bake for approximately 5 minutes at 375.

melt the chocolate (i used white chocolate chips), sweetened condensed milk, and salt in the microwave (stirring every 30 seconds), combine remaining ingredients and dump on top of your crust.  cool in refrigerator or freezer until "set", (I was impatient and probably only made it an hour or two), cut into bite size pieces, ENJOY!

Next up, when Chuck went out of town last week, I ended up with several over ripe bananas (no one eats as many bananas as Chuck so we always have a ton...without him they just hung on the hanger and started getting brown).  Again, I took the pregnant woman approach and converted my healthy bananas into a sugar filled snack...banana nut muffins! I followed this recipe (and added a handful of chopped walnuts), because it popped up when I googled "BEST BANANA MUFFINS" (are you starting to see a trend in how I find recipes?): Banana Crumb Muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Grease 10-12 muffin tins, Bake in preheated oven at 375 for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.


Finally last night, Chuck and I decided that with it being October 1 (officially Fall in our books), rainy and cold that we should cook a pot of chili for supper.  I had just happened to be reading another blog earlier in the day when I saw a recipe for Pumpkin chili with pumpkin cornbread.  Now, I am all about some pumpkin, but if there is one recipe I am not willing to mess with it is my chili recipe! Pumpkin cornbread, however, inticed me.  Go ahead and save this recipe, because it is a good one.  Just a hint of pumpkin and sweetness and spice.  I had another piece for lunch today :) Pumpkin Cornbread

YUM! picture from sweetpeaskitchen.com
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 8×8″ cake pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, brown sugar, and cornmeal; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, lightly beat the eggs, and then stir in the pumpkin, oil, and molasses.
Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined, and then pour the batter into the pan, smoothing the top.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.