30 week update…

8 Apr

30 weeks!

I figured I’d do a 30 week update since it’s been awhile. I’m officially in the third trimester – not in too much pain, but some of my first trimester symptoms are coming back which can happen. We have tons to do before little girl gets here, but it’s finally sinking in that we are going to have a baby in a bit over 2 months!

Must have items: Bigger Shoes! My feet are swelling a tiny bit. I finally bought a pair of shoes for work that don’t make them swell as much as they are bigger. I probably need another pair of flip flops with more support or something, but we’ll see how the next few months go!

Sleep: I wake up about 3-4 times a night to roll over, use the bathroom, or get a drink of water. I’ve still been actually sleeping pretty good and sleeping through baby kicks that my husband feels, so I hope that it continues!

Cravings: Sweets or just more food. I’ll really eat whatever these days, but my appetite has increased a lot! We made a pumpkin pie last week for a craving and I’ve been snacking off of it! I’m glad I passed my glucose test and don’t have to watch my diet as I just want to eat. However, I’m making sure to get tons of fruit and veggies so my weight gain hasn’t been too bad at all.

Baby movement: Around the same as last time. If I’m really busy during the day or moving a lot, I don’t feel her as much, but I feel her enough to know that she’s doing good.  She poked me once hard today and it hurt for a moment, but then it stopped. She also discovered my ribs late last week, but has since turned back around. She still has plenty of time to get into position so I’m not worried.

Challenges this week: Not feeling overwhelmed. It’s starting to sink in we are having a baby. I’m thrilled. There is just a lot to do and I’m a planner. I’m happy that our baby shower is in a few weeks so that we can set up her room with gear. We still have to start decorating it.  I’m sure we will get a lot done over the next few weeks. I just wish I wasn’t working so much so I’d have more time to work on baby stuff.

Best moment this week: Sometimes my stomach just moves a LOT really quickly almost like she’s dancing. Her dad finally saw it this week and it brought a huge smile to his face. It always makes me smile when it happens as it’s a wonderful feeling.  I really do enjoy being pregnant so I’m thankful for this time. <3

Babymoon/Birthday Vacation…

26 Mar

Last year when we were setting up our vacation for this year, we took time off for our birthdays. It was the first year that we ever took any time off in quite a few years. We wanted to either get on a cruise or go away somewhere for my birthday.  However, since we originally took the time off, we are now blessed with a little baby girl so it became our babymoon or last vacation before baby arrives.

A cruise was out as I had passed 24 weeks and am no longer allowed on cruise ships. So a road trip was our next choice. I didn’t want to fly (as much as I would have loved going to Disneyland), I’ve made the choice not to fly during this pregnancy if I can help it.  So two road trip possibilities came into play either Memphis or Hilton Head, SC.  Eventually, Hilton Head won as it is only about a five hour drive from our house.  Considering I’m now just in the last trimester of pregnancy and needed to get up and stretch my legs every 1.5 hours in the car, I definitely think we made the right choice.  We both had never been to South Carolina so we didn’t know what to expect.

The Beach House is located on the beach, while the actual Resort is not. It's just a 1.5 mile bike ride or 5 minute drive away.

The Beach House is located on the beach, while the actual Resort is not. It’s just a 1.5 mile bike ride or 5 minute drive away.

We stayed one night at the Omni Oceanfront Resort. It was a gorgeous resort with plenty of amenities. We didn’t arrive until about 9 p.m. after leaving our house late and stopping for dinner at Cheeburger Cheeburger nearby, so we didn’t really explore the Resort much. Our room was gorgeous and we’d definitely stay there again.

It was also a bit colder than we would have liked since it was 60s/40s most days and cloudy or rain. However, we can have fun wherever we go and make the best of things.  After our one night right on the beach, we moved over to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort which checked off our last Disney Resort in the US that isn’t attached to a Theme Park. We were lucky and our room was ready when we showed up at around 11 a.m. after a late breakfast at the Palmetto Bay Sunrise Cafe. (The Cafe was super delicious and is on our must-visit list the next time we return.)

Banana Rum Pancakes with Sausage! Yum!

Banana Rum Pancakes with Sausage! Yum!

We were impressed with the Resort as the Front Desk Cast Member came out to greet us by name after buzzing us in through the gate. She also checked us in and called our room after we were settled to make sure that we had everything we needed. The Resort is located right on a harbor between other hotels, apartments, restaurants, and stores.

We were in building 20 which is close to the middle of the Resort. The Resort has corn hole, horseshoes, shuffleboard, and tons of other activities on the grounds along with two pools.  It’s surrounded by nature and even though they were doing construction on the building next to us, we hardly heard it.  Our room was absolutely gorgeous and it was definitely a convenience to have a full kitchen.

We settled in the room and then went to explore the island after reading through two guides they provided about things to do. We drove around looking at various shops and also went to the Coastal Discovery Museum.  We went through the building of the museum and part of the outside. However, it then started to rain and considering it was only in the 50s, it was cold. My husband graciously agreed to cut the museum trip short and we went back to driving around the island exploring.  We stopped at Publix to pick up some groceries for breakfast the next morning and some beverages for us to enjoy over the next few days and then headed back to the Resort. We had lunch at a local BBQ place that was recommended, but we both weren’t that impressed and I didn’t end up eating much.

We then headed to meet Shadow, the resident dog of Hilton Head. He seemed to love my husband (with good reason most dogs do!) We learned about Shadow from his trainer, played a game of pool in the den, and I discovered the put out fresh cookies and hot apple cider daily. (Yum!)

Shadow!

I have been battling a cold, so I was tired and just wanted a night in our room. I used yelp to find a local pizza place. We ended up calling Giuseppi’s Pizza and ordering a pizza and garlic knots to pick up which was five minutes from the Resort via car. We then curled up and watched a DVD (Bears) while I devoured half the pizza and garlic knots. It was drizzling out still, so it was perfectly okay with me that we just enjoyed our hotel room and some uninterrupted company with each other.

The next morning we got up and it was my birthday. The Resort had dropped off a birthday gift of chocolate and taffy. I was also given a card at check-in. (Very Nice!) It was the warmest day of our visit so we had plans to go explore the beach house and spend some time at the pool.  The beach was cold. We were bundled, but we sat there for awhile reading books and just enjoying the fresh air. We ate lunch at the Beach House (steak sandwich, mahi mahi sandwich, and onion rings) which was delicious and then headed back to our room and went to the pool.

Beach!

Beach!

We spent some time at the pool which was heated reading. During this time we got to watch a lifeguard save two girls that were being ignored by their parents. They were crying hysterically for help and the life guard jumped into the water to save them. He blew his whistle, and by the time he hit the water, three other lifeguards appeared from nowhere. One took over his post patrolling the rest of the pool while the other two went to help in any way that they could.  Meanwhile, the girls parents just stared at the lifeguard saving their children.  Eventually after they were questioned, they got up and were told by the life guard that their children needed life vests. Sadly, the girls had been swimming fine moments before and had been obviously trying to get their parents attention. We were very impressed by their response and I was glad that the lifeguard was sent to go get new clothes as it was still only in the 50s and he was now drenched.

We spent some more time at the pool and my husband enjoyed the slide.  After that, we went back to our room and got into dry clothes and warmed up. We had picked up hot chocolate the day before, so we made some hot chocolate and slowly got ready for dinner.

Our Room

Our Room

We then went out to explore a different section of the island and stopped at the Island Fudge Shop.  We then ended up driving out for dinner a bit early as we were done exploring the island. We debated going to the lighthouse, but you had to pay to get even close to it which wasn’t worth it in our opinion.  We had decided on Hudson’s on the Docks for dinner due to multiple yelp reviews saying how delicious it was and it featured fresh seafood.  We enjoyed our dinner and were impressed by the quick friendly service.

After dinner, we went back to the Resort and went out to play corn hole.  Apparently, I’m a natural and won the first game rather quickly.  After a few games and a walk around, we went back to our room and enjoyed our last night.

Hilton Head Island is definitely a different sort of vacation. It’s relaxing. There is plenty to do if you want to do activities at the Resort, but if you want to just relax on a beach, a bench, or a hammock there are options. It was definitely quiet and a nice relaxing getaway.  We would definitely visit again in the future. We realized that next time we would have a little one that may want to do more of the kids activities.

We drove home the next day after sleeping in and going to part of Shadow’s Bunny Hunt.  We stopped in Savannah for lunch right by the river. While it was nice to see the Savannah, it wasn’t really a city that either of us could see ourselves vacationing at in the future.

It was a good trip. We got to spend some time together and relax away from preparing for our exciting addition arriving in June!

25 weeks and counting…

7 Mar

We are officially over 25 weeks with our little girl! It’s fast approaching that we will soon be a family of seven (three humans, three cats, and a dog).  We had another doctors appointment this week that gave us good news. I get to do my glucose test and get a TDAP shot at my next appointment.  (What’s the best flavor for the glucose drink?)

Must have items: Comfortable Shoes. I have a feeling I will be going shoe shopping soon. My feet have been swelling during my longer days at work. Considering that I don’t see my longer 10+ hour days ending anytime soon, I will probably need to go look for some shoes that hopefully help relieve the pain.
Anything that helps me Organize. We sent out our baby shower invites this week! (RSVP if you got one please!) I think I’m starting to get a tiny bit forgetful, so I’m organizing up the wazoo to try and keep a handle on everything.

Sleep: I’m starting to struggle a little bit.  I wake up more and more during the night. I can no longer roll from one side to the other so any shift in position involves me waking up (and normally going to the bathroom and trying not to step on the sleeping puppy next to me) and sitting up to move.  I still have been managing 8+ hours most nights. I just need longer to get all the sleep in.

Cravings: Cookies & Cream Flavored anything or cupcakes! I’ve definitely been gaining weight the last few weeks, so I’ve been trying to focus on eating healthier, but still feeding my cravings.

Baby movement: A lot most days!  She definitely enjoys kicking and poking and letting us know that she’s there.  I love feeling all the movements and my husband has gotten to feel her more and more lately.

Challenges this week: My hips are starting to hurt a bit. Although, part of that is from my yoga class yesterday.  I know pain and discomfort is on its way, I just hope that it just keeps coming and going in doses.

Best moment this week: Waking up in bed this morning and we both feel a few big kicks from our baby girl.  It was an amazing way to start the day!

(click photo for source)

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.

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