22 weeks and counting…

14 Feb

Since we had amazing news at our doctor’s appointment last week, we have been extremely busy.  After our appointment, we took a moment to go have lunch and celebrate just the two of us. Then we started getting busy registering (at Babies R Us and Target) that same day.  We made decisions on nursery decorating and added all of our must-have items!  We went a bit crazy, but it is our first baby so we will see what we enjoy using and what we don’t!

Our notes from the scan was that baby girl was perfect in every single way!  They didn’t see anything that was a cause for concern and she was moving around a lot. (Keep it up little one!)  I’m starting to feel her kick more and more, but my husband hasn’t been able to feel her except one time. She tends to stop kicking as soon as he puts his hand on my stomach where she last kicked.  However, I feel her when I sit for longer periods of time so I am thankful. I love feeling the kicks/pokes/bubbles.

Our Gender Reveal Photo

Our Gender Reveal Photo

I figured I’d post another survey so I have a record of this pregnancy.  Knowing what the gender was and already having her full name known to us is very exciting! (No, we won’t tell you the name. We will reveal when she’s born to make sure the name fits her as we do have a back-up just in case.)

22 Weeks+ Pregnancy Survey

Must have items: 

  • More cute Maternity clothes! I feel like my closet shrunk since I’m staring at 50+ shirts that I can’t fit into currently. I plan on packing them up until I can wear them again. However, I went out this week and added more tanks, t-shirts, yoga clothes, and sweaters to my wardrobe this past week. It’s nice to have some options in the clothing department again instead of the same six shirts.
  • Comfortable shoes. My feet are starting to hurt if I walk around too much in flip flops for long periods of time. This makes me sad as I love my flip flops. I feel I will keep using them as much as I can though.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping mostly soundly. I had a night of a horrible nightmare this week that kept me up most of the night. As when I kept going back to sleep, I could feel myself going to start my nightmare again so I just kept waking myself up. However, when I get tired I normally fall asleep quickly and I’m still getting 7-10 hours of sleep a night (broken up of course with bathroom breaks and shifting positions). I’m going to buy a new pillow for my legs to try and help me sleep more comfortable as that’s where a lot of my annoyance comes from.

Cravings: Meat.  Breakfast sausage. Bacon. Burgers. Steak. Meat is what I’ve been craving a lot of this week.

Baby movement: Definitely feeling a few kicks here and there – especially when I’m at work and sit for long periods of time. I love feeling these kicks. I can’t wait until others can feel them too (only if I give them permission).

Gender: Baby Girl! We didn’t care either way; we just wanted a healthy baby. We are thrilled to know as it definitely made it more real. It’s a girl!

Challenges this week: If I sink too far into a couch it feels like I take forever to get up. Something I’m sure will get more and more difficult as weeks go on. Also had some horrible hip pain for a few days. I know it’s just our little one making more space, so I am thankful!

Best moment this week: Seeing our families and revealing the gender to them.  It’s nice to have it known and everyone excited. Now to plan for our baby shower in April!

Baby Girl Waving!

Baby Girl Waving!

18(ish) weeks and counting…

17 Jan

I figured I’d do a pregnancy update. We have been doing fairly well minus my ER scare a few weeks ago when I ended up with a nice long seven hour visit to the Celebration ER.  Thankfully baby and I are both okay and focusing on keeping ourselves hydrated ever since the scare. Based on the scan we are either at 18 or 19 weeks currently. The little one loves to move around and not stay straight or still… at least in that scan.  So we got some varying measurements – as long as everything is healthy I really don’t care.

I figured I’d finish the blog by having an update of common questions just so I have some sort of record. Not sure if I will continue doing this, but I figured one week won’t hurt!

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Must have items: 

  • Water or Powerade. It’s been my go-to since my hospital visit. I miss drinking things with more flavor, but I’ve officially kicked my caffeine addiction a few weeks ago and have minimal since (just any amount in chocolate or a few sips of soda).
  • Maternity Jeans – I can still zip up my old jeans but they are so painful. Especially for more than a few minutes. We went out shopping yesterday to pick up a few more things and I also bought yoga pants and a jacket. I guess this means I need to go to prenatal yoga soon!

Sleep: I always wake up twice to run to the bathroom and attempt to not step on the puppy who sleeps soundly next to me. He’s moved once or twice after my stumble so I don’t think he trusts me too much right now. I’m to the point that I should start sleeping on my side due to all the pregnancy books, so I’ve instructed my husband to roll me over if he finds me on my back.  He’s done it a few times, amazing husband as he is, and hasn’t minded when I’ve used him to prop myself up sideways.

Cravings: Still Mexican, Chocolate Shakes, Cookies’n’Cream Shakes, Bacon, Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit, and Veggies. A random variety, but so many of my cravings are foods that my husband craves or eats. He finds it hilarious as I’m eating mostly all of his favorites that I don’t always eat a ton of.

Baby movement: I still think I’m getting a few flutters here and there. It doesn’t seem to be increasing, but I do still think I’m feeling it off and on every few days. I’m not worried as it can take up to 25 weeks to feel it stronger in your first pregnancy (at least that’s what they say and I keep telling myself).

Gender: We will find out at our next appointment first week of February! We will announce it a few days later after our immediate families know. I’m excited for our gender ultrasound even though I have to drink a bunch of water before it.

Challenges this week: Working a ton. I slept so much as we had overtime at work. It was a struggle to keep my eyes awake and some days it didn’t feel that I woke up until noon even though I had been at work awhile.  I can’t wait until things slow down a bit.

Best moment this week: Impromptu date night to eat Nachos at Chuy’s. Something about their nachos and creamy jalapeno dip makes me very happy! I was also told I’m starting to actually look pregnant this week by multiple people. That makes me very happy! <3

Jolly Holiday Chicken Enchilada Soup…

17 Jan

I’ve been meaning to add this recipe for a few weeks.  So I figured I’d finally add it so I have all my favorite recipes saved all in one place. A few weeks ago Ryan made Chicken Enchilada Soup from the Jolly Holiday Bakery at Disneyland.  The only difference is we didn’t fry up corn tortillas. Instead we had it in a sourdough bread bowl. It was DELICIOUS.

our finished masterpiece!

our finished masterpiece!

Cheesy Enchilada Soup from disneyfoodblog.com

Disneyland’s Jolly Holiday Bakery
Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients:
5 yellow corn tortillas, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 cup corn
5 cups chicken stock
15-ounce can tomato puree
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/4 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon Tapatio hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 teaspoons flour
1/2 cup water
2 1/2 cups shredded cooked chicken
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

Instructions:
1. Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a 10-inch skillet. When oil is hot, add tortilla strips and stir until golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

2. Cook onion in remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until translucent. Add garlic, bell pepper and corn; cook for about 2 minutes.

3. Stir in chicken stock, tomato puree, salt, chili powder, pepper, sugar, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce; bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

4. Whisk flour and water in a small bowl and stir into soup. Bring to a boil, then simmer 4 minutes.

5. Add chicken and bring back to a simmer. Stir in cream, sour cream, shredded cheese, and black beans.

6. To serve, garnish with fried tortilla strips and cilantro.

Our Family is Growing…

13 Dec
Front of our Announcement

Front of our Announcement

I know most people know due our Facebook posts. However, I also wanted to save this onto my blog.  I haven’t been a good blogger lately at least on this one.  Throughout this year we’ve had many difficulties that I didn’t feel like broadcasting on my public blog. Instead I created a separate one that I don’t share publicly on my page.  However, if anyone does want the link to my other blog please let me know and I will share the link with you.

We are absolutely thrilled, excited, and nervous that our family will be growing. We have been wanting to add a child to our family for awhile, and are happy that the time seems to finally be here.  Since we kept it a secret until 12 weeks, just my husband has gotten to deal with my morning sickness, cravings, crankiness, and moods. However, he is a trooper and really amazing.  He is wonderful and I don’t know what I ever did to deserve him!  I can’t wait to see how we handle this next adventure.

Currently, I am just looking forward to shopping for maternity clothes and I am dying to start showing more. It’s the little things that really make the world go round.  I’ve been craving mostly Mexican food which makes us joke that the baby is Mexican. We also did some extra genetic testing just to see what our chances are – although we won’t put much value into them.  I just can’t wait to go through the steps and the next appointment.

Thank you for all the prayers and congratulations that we’ve already received. They are most appreciated.

Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Burgers…

5 Sep

Tonight we had one of our now deemed favorite meals we’ve ever made. We made homemade onion rings which I’ve posted in the past. Then we tried a new recipe from skinnytaste.com for Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki burgers.  It fed our burger and fattening food craving without making us feel gross and it was super delicious!

We would have never thought to hide vegetables in the burger patty like this recipe calls for, and you couldn’t taste them. We both agreed we have a feeling we will be doing this more often in the future for us and for our future kids someday.  I wasn’t that good at shredding the carrots as we had baby carrots already, but even with bigger chunks, you couldn’t taste them and they were easy to eat through.

Corn on the Cob, Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers, and Homemade Onion Rings

Corn on the Cob, Pineapple Teriyaki Burgers, and Homemade Onion Rings

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Lean 93% ground beef (we had 1.5 lbs and made 7 burgers)
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
  • 8 slices fresh pineapple
  • 8 whole wheat 100 calorie buns (I used Martin’s)
  • 8 lettuce leaves

For the pineapple teriyaki sauce:

  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, very fine
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced

Directions:

For the burgers: Gently combine the ground beef with grated carrots, scallions, ginger, soy sauce and sriracha sauce. Form into 8 equal sized patties, try not to overwork the meat so it doesn’t get tough.

For the teriyaki sauce:  Combine the cornstarch in cold water and dissolve. Set aside.

Mix soy sauce, pineapple juice, brown sugar, grated ginger and garlic in small saucepan over medium-low heat; bring to a boil and simmer until sauce reduces, about 15 to 18 minutes. Add cornstarch water mixture and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Heat the grill. When hot clean the grates and spray with oil. Place the patties on the grill and cook on high heat for about 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until burgers are cooked to your liking. While the burgers are cooking, grill the pineapple slices for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

To serve, place a piece of lettuce on the bottom of each burger bun. Top with the cooked burger and 1 tbsp of teriyaki sauce, then top with grilled pineapple.

Yum! Super delicious. It was a bit labor intensive, but we definitely plan on making them again soon!

Visiting Wisconsin…

13 Aug

This year we were able to go up to Wisconsin to visit where I grew up as we haven’t been able to visit in a few years.  We were only there for a semi quick weekend trip. However, we got to see a lot of people and had a lot of fun.

We visited the Milwaukee County Zoo one of our days which is always one of my favorites.  I love the train, I love some of the buildings – it has lots of memories so I’m happy we were able to go again.

We also spent two days at the Wisconsin State Fair.  This fair has ruined me for all other fairs.  The options of food is simply amazing and beyond delicious.  When we went to the Florida Fair earlier this year, we were disappointed as the most unique thing there was pork – at least that we could find.  However, the Wisconsin State Fair has lamb sandwiches, bison burritos and sandwiches, honey ice cream, maple cotton candy, etc. So many delicious things!

The fair is known for its Cream Puffs which I didn’t love too much growing up, but they’ve grown on me the older I’ve gotten and I have to admit other cream puffs I’ve had have not been as good, so maybe I’ve just been spoiled – like so many other things!

Cream Puff

Cream Puff

 

Between my husband and I we ate a lot of delicious stuff over the two days.  His favorite item that he had was a pizza cone. However, the Ruben egg rolls that they had years before were delicious too.

pizzacone

sausage pizza cone

I played it pretty safe my first day – nachos and a taco hot dog.  However, the second day I went a bit more crazy.  I had a Fat Elvis on a Stick which was a peanut butter cup deep fried with banana, chocolate, and bacon.  I also had a turkey and cranberry doughnut – both were oddly delicious although!

Fat Elvis

Fat Elvis

Turkey Donut

Turkey Donut

We also stopped for Kopp’s burgers and custard one night on the way home.  I forgot how delicious their burgers are, definitely need to be a stop on our next trip!  All in all it was a deliciously fun weekend. It was good to see friends and family and a good trip to visit Wisconsin.

Music Mondays…

11 Aug

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