Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Cribs are ready!
Going Home Outfits - Preemie Size (ready for a warm or cold June)
Start to the Travel Theme Nursery
Size of Babies: Our next ultrasound is in a week so we will find out how much they have grown then. Meanwhile, the belly is definitely huge so that is a good sign I'd say! At the last appointment, Baby A was measuring smaller. I'm wondering if that will be the different as most of the activity I feel is coming from his side lately. I'm always tired and feel lots of movement on Monday/Tuesday of each week it seems and then I look bigger come Wednesday/Thursday so I think that is when they hit their growth spurts each week. Fingers crossed they keep doubling in size.
Milestones: Feeling lots of movement and kicks every day now. At exactly 23 weeks, they were kicking during dinner so Chris put his hands on my stomach and felt his first kick. Pretty memorable moment for the both of us. We try to get him to catch kicks each night, but for some reason they are always quiet in those moments. They really kick a lot after I drink orange juice and when I was sick I drank a whole bottle and they were kicking all night. I've been watching my belly lately to see if I can start to see kicks from the outside. I think I saw one during lunch one day but I can't be sure.
Aches and Pains: Nothing too terrible on a daily basis. However, I can definitely tell when I'm doing too much as my back will start to hurt, walking gets tough and overall my body just wants to shut down. Belly definitely feels heavy this week like someone is stepping on my bladder. I'm sleeping on my side all the time now which does cause the side of my belly to get sore as gravity pushes on it, so I am switching sides several times through the night. It is usually a groaning, uncomfortable process that I'm glad doesn't awaken Chris. I wonder too if the babies get pushed to whatever side I am laying on and that is part of the pain.
What I Miss/Things I'm craving: Can't think of anything I miss because of the pregnancy, I really do love being pregnant. My only complaint along with everyone else would be the winter weather. Come on spring, I'm starting to outgrow my winter coats! I am constantly craving liquids. This whole pregnancy I can't get enough to drink. Being sick lately I have just been using the plastic cups at work and not my water bottle. I fill three cups at a time and probably fill them at least 4 times a day, often more. If I'm in a meeting or in the car without water, I am counting the seconds until I can get something to drink. Chris has been making homemade orange juice with strawberries and its pretty much the best thing in the morning.
Worries: I'm starting to slightly worry about how big I'm going to get. Not the weight part but the uncomfortable part. I'm beginning to experience some uncomfortableness which I know is only going to get worse and I just don't want to get so uncomfortable that I have to completely slow down. Working on the nursery this past weekend really had my back hurting and just overall tired. And I wasn't even doing that much work! I was in bed at 8:00 that night as I could barely move by the end of the day. It's tough for me to slow down but I think its time to start acknowledging that it is coming.
Sleep: Sleep has been ok. I got sick for the 3rd time since Xmas, this time with a cold, sore throat and a terrible cough. While it made me have no energy and I was in bed for about 3 days, sleep was pretty much nonexistent without being able to breathe, swallow, etc. I definitely feel better, but after 1.5 weeks the cold is still lingering. I'm just starting to accept it as a way of life I think. We also got a new bedframe this past weekend with drawers underneath for more storage since we had to figure out a way to combine our clothes into one room and maybe the "new-ness" of it is helping since sleep this week has been good. I'm usually up at midnight and 4:00 with trips to the bathroom and/or heartburn but that is becoming par for the course. Sitting up and getting myself over the Snoogle and out of bed is becoming a challenge though with lots of groaning and breathlessness sometimes.
Notable Moments: Getting the nursery put together. I'm going with a travel theme for the nursery with grey cribs and navy and green accents. (So that I can remember the days when we used to take two vacations a year....). Both our parents came up to help and we made a whole day of it. The Dads put together the cribs and the Moms filled the dresser drawers with little clothes and helped give a creative eye for all of the pictures I wanted to hang. I was so excited for this day and I am so pleased with how the nursery looks so far. Both Chris and I feel like we are in a new house, it feels so different.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Week 22 - Another ultrasound day
Here they are! Close buds already.
I've always enjoyed reading these updates on other blogs so trying one myself:
Size of Babies: At ultrasound yesterday Baby A was 1 lb 2 oz with a heartbeat of 152 and Baby B was 1 lb 4 oz. with a heartbeat of 153. Both babies are on track size-wise! In fact, 3 weeks ago both weighed around 10 oz so they've pretty much doubled in size.
Milestones: Now feeling actual kicks at all different times of the day. It startles me each time still. Baby A is head down so his kicks are on the upper right and Baby B is feet down so his kicks are on the lower left. Another "milestone" is that I officially weigh more than my husband.....
Aches and Pains: I woke up on Monday with major pain around my belly button, almost like it felt bruised. A dangerous Google search later and I'm wondering if it was a hernia, although belly button is still an innie, but closely approaching an outie. The ultrasound confirmed it wasn't hernia, but rather a head and two knees both surrounding my belly button! Made for two painful nights of sleep as it got worse as I laid on my side, but tonight it is feeling better. I felt movement and kicks from both babies one right after the other earlier, so I think they were shifting which gave me some relief. I know my aches and pains are just starting!
What I Miss/Things I'm craving: I honestly can't think of anything I miss that much. It's winter, so I think that makes it easier to be sitting on the couch night after night. If it was summer, I'm sure I'd say I miss happy hours and just being busy without getting tired all the time. Surprisingly, I don't miss alcohol at all. And those that know me, know I ENJOY my adult beverages! I suppose I could say vacations as we probably would have taken a winter vacation or would be in the midst of planning a spring vacation, but planning for the babies is so much better. Food I crave: For awhile it was cupcakes and I right now I'm crazy for girl scout cookies. I'd say a constant thing I crave would be a turkey sub with mayo, lettuce and tomato. I've been sticking to the no deli meat rule.
Worries: Miscarriage (yes, still can't erase it from my mind, although it is much, much less as we keep crossing off weeks). Also work and maternity leave and what happens after.
Sleep: Ever heard of the Snoogle? It's been a god-send and has taken over our bed. My poor husband doesn't get much for snuggle time anymore. I'm up 2-3 times a night to go the bathroom, however getting up once or twice before pregnancy wasn't much out of the norm for me. The last few days I've woken up at 4:00 and felt wide awake. I know everyone says "sleep now", but I think I almost will need to start un-sleep-training myself before babies come. I have always been someone who needs 8-10 hours a night to function normally and I've got to change that! My baby book said I would sleep sometimes 14 hours a night, so it has always been my nature, I suppose.
Notable Moments: Seeing the babes on the ultrasound with Chris by my side holding my hand. We celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary last week and reminisced about the early dating days. I can't believe I waivered over dating this co-worker of mine named Chris whom I hardly had spoken to in the two years we worked together all those years ago. Glad he was persistent because I couldn't imagine what life would be like without him.
Monday, February 3, 2014
I didn't start taking pictures of the belly growth until 13 weeks as we were quite paranoid the first 12 weeks and didn't want to do anything to get ahead of ourselves or jinx anything. Looking back, maybe I regret for a tiny bit that I don't have pics of those initial weeks, but that is what was right for our sanity at the time. We were lucky enough in that we got to see babies on the ultrasound and hear/see heartbeats at 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks and 12 weeks, so those assurances will serve as our special memories.
It's been a pretty good pregnancy so far and I really have no complaints overall. Chris may attest to that, as each day I will have some sort of symptom/complaint, but I really don't think I've been too difficult to deal with! Some morning sickness, or rather afternoon/evening sickness the first trimester that affected my appetite and had me on the couch most nights, but nothing too terrible. While I dropped some weight in the beginning due to low appetite and no longer drinking alcohol, I'd say overall I'm up about 10-12 pounds only. I know more is to come!!
We've taken this pregnancy one day at a time and I don't read too far ahead in my books and I really have no "plans" for the birth that I so often read about or get asked. I'm so grateful for this pregnancy, I'll take all the aches and pains with as much stride as I can and I'm not going to try to control how these babies are born and set myself up for disappointment. I'm open to having the babies naturally or by c-section, whatever my Dr. thinks is best. If natural, then you bet I'll be having an epidural. I do realize the babies may be born small and may spend some time in the hospital and we'll deal with that as it comes. I'll research the pros and cons with breast feeding or bottle feeding and do whatever works best for the babies and our family. We set small goals for ourselves with each week and as we reach them, we set the next goal. Goals for this week are the stroller/car seats and cribs which I am excited about!
Since our family was under a gag order for the first 12 weeks and I didn't share the pregnancy with social media until almost 20 weeks, I did want to write about some of our fun gender reveal moments.
The day we found out both babies were boys, we had an impromptu dinner with Tara, Anna, Dan & the kids. It was a quick decision and we opted to wear the same color blue shirts (brewer shirts inside-out) and then take our jackets off for the reveal. A loud reveal with laughter and tears!
For our parents, my friend Emilie at Sassy Bandit on Etsy made two ornaments with two babies in stockings wearing blue hats. I just loved them. I had my parents open their ornament on Thanksgiving. Both sets of parents were super surprised as they thought for sure we were having girls.
We loved telling people in person so much, that we waited to tell Ryan & Veronica until they were here on Christmas that we were even pregnant. So on Christmas they opened these onesies that I had purchased off of Etsy. Poor Sue had to keep the secret forever!!!
First clothing gift for babies from Anna.
I opened these baby figurines on Christmas from Sue & Mike. I absolutely love them and have them on my dresser for the time-being.
Babies also got a ton of loot on Christmas!!
While I realize this is primarily a food blog, I'll likely be documenting the pregnancy here from time to time as a way to update family and friends and memorialize everything for myself too. I appreciate those of you that will stick along for the ride!!
Sunday, January 26, 2014
We've been seeing two of everything lately....
Foreseasons will be doubling in June and adding twin baby boys to our family!
These pictures were taken at Hoyt Park in the same spots where our wedding photos were taken. Married in 2007. Parents in 2014. We are overjoyed.
the belly is 18.5 weeks at the time of these pictures.
Full credit goes to our creative and photography team of Tara, Anna and Liam.
It was a day I will always remember thanks to them.
And we can't forget Liam getting his picture taken with his impending primos (cousins in Spanish). No blog post is complete without a brag picture of the first little boy who stole my heart. I am happy he'll have some cousins to play hide n' seek with besides this 36 year old Aunt/BFF.
Our pregnancy journey was long and not without struggle of which I am still pondering sharing on this blog. You name it, we tried it or experienced it. We are incredibly thankful to our family and friends for all of their support. God truly has a plan for everyone, some just require a bit of patience.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
With the temps being below frigid, I stayed in my pajamas all day, spent some time on the couch relaxing and a good chunk of the morning in the kitchen cooking.
I made food for our lunches this week: Four Bean Salad and Shrimp Salad Wraps
For the bean salad (adapted from a Guy Fieri recipe):
- 1 can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 can garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 package grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup sliced peperoncinis
- 2-3 celery ribs, chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion finely diced
- chopped parsley to taste
For the dressing:
-1/3 cup red wine vinegar
-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
-1/4 cup olive oil
-kosher salt & pepper to taste
-3 tbsp. honey
Add salad ingredients to large bowl.
Whisk dressing ingredients together in separate small bowl (minus the honey). Add to the salad, coating it completely. Drizzle the honey over salad while mixing in thoroughly.
This one tastes better if it has a chance to sit and marinate for a bit in the fridge.
*Note that the dressing ingredients are approximate as I usually add extra directly to the salad as I taste (in today's case I added more red wine vinegar and honey).
The shrimp salad wraps were inspired by our new Costco cooking book from Chris' Mom. Costco is like her grocery shopping mecca. I still have to get there to check the place out.
To make these I did the following:
Combined 4 oz cream cheese, two avocados and zest/juice from 1 lime for the spread.
For the shrimp salad part, I mixed a package of cooked shrimp (that I thawed in water and roughly chopped), diced orange pepper, green onion, diced celery. Then added part Greek yogurt, part mayo, chopped parsley, pepper and seasoning salt.
To assemble, layer the avocado spread on a tortilla, top with shrimp salad, arugula and chopped tomatoes.
Next, since I need to start reaching for something healthier than cupcakes and cookies, these Carrot Zucchini Muffins from the Penzey's website fit the bill. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but one of the nice things about baking is that you can buy most items once and then always have it on-hand for awhile. With some of the wet ingredients, I just used whatever I had in the fridge/cupboards (in other words, no raisins or pineapple and almonds instead of pecans). I think you can throw pretty much anything in a muffin, can't you?
Meanwhile Chris made a lasagna for dinner tonight and then it can also be on repeat for other meals this week. Six layers of noodles, ricotta cheese, shredded Italian cheeses, Italian sausage and marinara sauce.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I know I've neglected the blog for a few months it seems. I hope to get back to cooking and blogging in 2014. We had a great Thanksgiving, Christmas and NYE. We did the usual Xmas Eve at my parents house and then Xmas Day at Chris' parents house. I always have more pics on Xmas Eve it seems...we must like to show off in front of the camera more I guess!
My generous Mother-in-Law made us each a scarf
Dan wants Liam to get into biking and/or Motor-Cross this summer,
so "safety first" with a gift of a helmet for Xmas.
Rowe Pottery Crock for my parents as a gift from all of us with a picture of our house on it.
Chris' job of stuffing the tenderloin.
Lily's first Xmas. I'm not sure it gets any cuter.
I love this kid.
Winners of the 'guess the National Lampoons Vacation movie quotes' game
"I wouldn't be more surprised if I woke up with my head sewn to the carpet"
We had a relaxing NYE with dinner at Coquette Cafe, a french restaurant in the Third Ward which I would highly recommend. We hadn't been there since we were dating and it was even better than I remembered it. This is the first year I hadn't gone out since I was probably 16 (no joke) and we headed home afterwards to watch Breaking Bad on Netflix, caught the ball dropping on TV at midnight and were asleep 5 minutes later. It was nice to start out the new year without a hangover!
Happy New Year everyone!
Sunday, December 8, 2013
We went to Chicago with Tara and Erik a few weekends ago which happened to coincide with the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival so that made it a fun way to kick off the holiday season. We hit Michigan Ave upon checking into our hotel in order catch Debbie Gibson playing a small afternoon outdoor concert. It was freezing, but fun to hear all our old 80's favorites: "Out of the Blue", "Only In My Dreams" and "Electric Youth". I was glad Debbie stayed with the old favorites rather than trying to pedal any new stuff.
Tara and I did some shopping while the boys caught some warmth and bonded over beer and sports at some bar. Michigan Ave then shut down and started to get really packed in with people waiting to see the parade. Pretty numb from the frigid temps, we decided to head back to our hotel for the complimentary happy hour.
But, I changed my mind about seeing the festivities and so Chris and I left the hotel to catch the end of the parade. It was a mob-fest after the parade so we snuck into some shops and caught a couple of fireworks from inside a store window.
We stayed at the Hotel Palomar in the River North neighborhood. We picked it since they allowed dogs so Tara & Erik could bring Daytona and not have to board him. They even had his name on a doggie chalkboard in the lobby to welcome him. The hotel was in a great location, staff very accommodating and our room was real spacious. I would recommend it and would stay there again.
We had reservations later that night to eat at the restaurant in the hotel, Sable. That worked out perfectly since downtown was a madhouse and it was so cold. It was nice not to have bundle up and take a cab anywhere. I would say our restaurant experience was 50/50. Food was top-notch as would be expected. However, the location of our table and the service left much to be desired. We were put in a table in a room that seemed like an add-on to the restaurant, not real decorated like the rest of the place and near an exit door. I was freezing our entire meal. Since we were in the boonies, I think it was hard for our server to get back to us, so the service was sub-par. My biggest pet-peeve is sitting with dirty plates for too long and waiting for the check. Both happened here. Even more-so though, our plates and silverware were not replaced as new dishes were brought out, which really surprised me for a Chicago restaurant.
We ordered several different dishes to share. Some of our favorites were the deviled eggs with truffle oil & black trumpet mushrooms, mini lamb burgers with feta, minted yogurt & cucumber, chicken & waffles with a bourbon maple syrup and bread pudding.