Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pregnancy Must-Haves

Now that my pregnancy is said and done and just a speck in time, there are definitely some stand-out items that helped make those prego months more comfortable and enjoyable.  I kept an ongoing list so I have a quick reference for my next time around, and maybe you can find some comfort in these as well.  Please share with me any item or product that really helped you during your pregnancy.  I'll add them to my list as possibilities for my next go-'round.

Water bottle - I constantly drank water.  Constantly.  It helped with swelling and getting light-headed.  It's so important to stay really hydrated while pregnant, so I just had my water bottle with me at all times and that also helped me keep track of how much water I drank each day. 

Breathe Right nasal strips - During my 3rd trimester I had nasal congestion issues, which is common during pregnancy.  This would wake me up at night because I had trouble breathing, and the nasal strips are amazingly helpful.
Breathe Right Nasal Strips Clear Large

Xylitol nose spray - In my 3rd trimester, I also had issues with a really dry nose. Not too many nose bleeds, which are common in pregnancy, but very dry. Leary of putting any unnecessary "drugs" into my body, this nose spray was recommended as a natural alternative and it worked great. Also, when it inevitably drips down the back of your throat, it has a sweet taste rather than the usual nasty nose spray taste. It can be found at Super Supplements, and can be ordered online.

Prenatal yoga - This helped keep muscle aches and tension and bay, as well as help keep my flexibility up.  We focused on certain yoga poses that help with labor and delivery.

Leggings - I could only wear my regular jeans with the rubber band trick for so long, and I pretty much loathed maternity jeans.  I was pregnant through the winter, so the leggings worked perfectly with boot weather.

Face wipes - I was tired.  Really, really tired most of the time. So these came in handy most nights when I didn't even feel like washing my face before bed.  I went to bed with makeup on once while I was pregnant and my face broke out two days later.  The wipes are nice because they even removed my eye makeup and I could practically use them in my sleep.  I think I liked the Olay wipes.

Change-of-Life jar - This needs to be started well before getting pregnant.  We use a large "water cooler" jug to deposit all of our loose change and even the occasional bill.  During my 3rd trimester, I rolled a lot of coins over the course of a week and we had enough to cover my airfare for our Babymoon to Oahu.  Matt had to go for work, so his portion was covered by his company, but I got to tag along using the money we had saved in our jar.  You could use your change for whatever you have enough for, of course, but the goal is to do "one last thing" before life changes.  We don't know when we'll get to Hawaii again, now that we have a baby, so we wanted to make that happen.

Tums - The heartburn wasn't too bad for me, but these were definitely nice to have on hand for when the fire started.

Mamma Bee lotion - I bought other "popular" lotions and oils but could not stomach the smell of any of them, and still can't.  I actually still have a bottle of Bio-oil shoved into the back of my bathroom cupboard because I can't even look at the bottle.  I don't even want to talk about it any more.  This lotion is fragrance-free and nice and thick, so I could slather up my belly like a Thanksgiving turkey every night and not feel nauseous doing so.

Vega - You can expect to be hungry pretty much all of the time.  I was, anyway.  Vega is an all-natural, plant-based protein supplement that I drank nearly every morning to help hold me over until lunch.  It also has "no sugar added" so it's great if you have Gestational Diabetes like I did, because most other protein/meal replacement drinks have sugar added. 

Think Thin Bars - These were also helpful in curbing my hunger, and I kept at least one with me in my purse at all times. They are low in carbs and sugar and high in protein, so they are a good alternative to other "protein bars" that are pretty much the nutritional equivalent to a candy bar. 

Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs - If you can get past the nasty language, Jenny covers just about everything that could possibly happen during pregnancy with a big dose of humor.  She covers things that not everyone is willing to tell you.  Her book Baby Laughs is also funny and informative, but I thought this one was better.
Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth about Pregnancy and Childbirth

Supernatural Childbirth - This book is so encouraging and helped me mentally prepare for labor and delivery.  I typed up the prayers and scriptures and taped them to our bathroom wall so we could read them every day while we brushed our teeth. I really think this was monumental in helping me to stay relaxed and calm when things started getting intense. Like many things, take some of the book with a grain of salt :)
Supernatural Childbirth

My prenatals - The prenatal vitamins I first started taking were just fine in the beginning, and then my body said "Nope.  I do NOT like these any more!"  They actually made me throw up, and made me feel like I was going to every time I took them.  The smell, the taste, the feel...yuck.  I switched to softgels and never had a problem again.  They went down very easily and have no taste or smell.

Bella Band - Have I mentioned how much I hate maternity jeans? :)  These helped me wear my regular jeans even longer after the rubber band trick no longer worked.  I still wasn't a huge fan of the Bella Band, but it's still better than most maternity jeans.  Toward the end of my pregnancy, I did discover designer jeans at A Pea in a Pod and plan on getting a couple of those next go-'round! 
Ross - I did not want to spend a lot of money on maternity clothes that I wouldn't even be wearing for that long and may not want to wear during my next pregnancy (unless they're the aforementioned jeans at A Pea in a Pod).  I hit up Ross every couple weeks for some simple t-shirts, nicer shirts, maternity shorts, and dresses for really great prices.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Four-Month Blur

I've been absent from the blog-posting world, and the last four months have been an amazing, emotional blur.  My new life as a mother is overwhelming in such grandiose ways and I've been busy learning the ropes of motherhood while trying to balance my life as a mother, friend and career woman.  I was blessed to have 3 1/2 months at home with our little Lucy before returning to work, and feel I have found a healthy balance of at-home time and work time.  I was ready to return to work, but definitely not full-time.  I am working about 2 1/2 days a week, and so far it is working out very well.  I get most of my time with Lucy, but also get time away in the adult world, working in the career in which I spent so much time and money learning and training for. 
I've been trying to master the household cleaning schedule and meal planning, to make the days I work as simple as possible at home, and my days at home as organized as possible so I can maximize my time with Lucy.  My new life is full of experimenting with cloth diapers, dealing with a dwindling milk supply after returning to work, going dairy-free with my diet, low weight gain and spit up issues with Lucy, and teething.  I've been studying the Proverbs 31 woman and striving to "be enough" without being too hard on myself.  Life is all about balance, and more than ever I'm striving to find that balance.  I find some days I'm over-tired, overwhelmed and all I want to do is sleep; and some days I feel I am a full-of-energy superwoman.  What woman doesn't have good and bad days?!
Through the ups and downs of this new season of life, one thing is for sure; our house is filled to the roof, busting through the cracks with love!  Matt and I have a new-found love and respect for each other, and don't think it could be possible to love Lucy more than we do...until we wake up the next day.  I think she is cuter and cuter each day, and I can't begin to explain how my heart feels when I see her smiling up at me in the morning when I lift her out of her crib.  I never, for one second, take for granted how beyond blessed we are with our new, happy, strong, smart, beautiful little life. 
I've contemplated continuing to keep up with my blog, especially now that my time is so precious. However, as I've started to settle back into a routine I'd love to find time to share the things I'm finding helpful in this new season of life.  I would also love to continue using this blog as an avenue to obtain advice from you.  Experienced mother, new mother, future mother; we all have something to share, something to learn, and could all use a good dose of encouragement from someone who understands.  Let's start here:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lucy's Speedy Arrival

Our lives changed forever for the better on June 18, 2012 when our baby girl Lucy Elizabeth decided it was time we meet face to face. She wasn't due for another two weeks, but we are so head over heals in love and thrilled we got to meet her sooner than later. Here is the story of her arrival to the world:

I woke up for work on Monday around 6:00 a.m., like any other day. However, I noticed some amniotic fluid leaking while getting ready for work and decided to call our midwife just before leaving for work at 7:00. I wasn't noticing any contractions but she wanted to see me that day, so I called my boss and told him what was going on. As it turned out, we had a bunch of messages at work from patients needing to cancel their appointment, so a few arrangements to the schedule later and a temporary hygiensit didn't even need to come in for the day. I saw two patients that morning and was at work until about 10:30. During that time, I started noticing some mild contractions (like menstrual cramps) and began to notice they were averaging 8 minutes apart.

I arrived back home around 11:00 and although I was in denial that labor was soon approaching, I cleaned up the house before getting into bed to rest. I was not able to sleep. A little before 2:00, about the time we were planning on leaving for the birth center, I called my midwife to let her know I was definitely having contractions and still leaking fluid. My contractions were still about 8 minutes apart, give or take, but they were definitely getting stronger. She said to stay put and continue monitoring the contractions and to give her a call and head to her when the contractions were 4 minutes apart for 1 hour.

After that phone call, I changed my clothes, brushed my teeth, washed off my makeup and prepared for what was to come. Things also moved very quickly after that phone call. Matt came into the bedroom with me and took over timing the contractions, because I was no longer able to focus on anything other than getting through them. Between contractions, Matt changed his clothes, brushed his teeth, took Goose for a quick potty walk, and started gathering up things for the car ride. He put a towel down in the passenger seat for me to sit on (lots of leakage, including blood at this point), and I also requested a large ziplock bag in case I needed to throw up on the car ride (I started to feel like I might, but it was not needed).

My contractions quickly reached a point where they were 4 minutes apart, but we were waiting until they remained that way for 1 hour before heading out. However, they quickly progressed to every 2.5 minutes without warning (and definitely not an hour later). I instantaneously told Matt we had to leave right now! But it took a while for me to get down to the car because the contractions were so intense and so close together. Matt grabbed a pillow for me to take in the car, my iPod, and the aromatherapy, and by 4:20 p.m. we were off to have a baby!

That car ride was the worst car ride of my life! Every bump in the road was excruciating, traffic was moving slowly and Matt was tempted to drive on the shoulder of Hwy 167. I opened up the peppermint aromatherapy and immediately hated it so I put it back in the ziplock and threw it into the back seat. The lemon aromatherapy was better, but I couldn't focus enough to open it up more than the first time; so that's all that it was used. Next, I tried the iPod. I quickly skipped ahead to 'None but Jesus' and 'Hosanna' by Brooke Fraser and then had enough. The feel and sound of the cool breeze blowing in through the cracked windows was better in that moment than the music. I am so grateful Matt thought to grab a pillow, because that was the one thing that made that car ride so much more tolerable. I squished it up between my head and the window so I could lean over to the side. I squeezed it, bit it, and screamed into it. SO thankful for that pillow! Matt lightly rubbing my back and neck was also helpful. It was difficult for him to apply counter-pressure while driving a car and that was the point of labor when I could have used that the most.

We arrived at Nancy's about 4:40, only 20 minutes after leaving our house. Let me emphasize that we have NEVER made it there that quickly before. Even with no traffic and speeding when running late to an appointment, it always takes more like 30 minutes. We keep playing it over in our heads and are claiming it as a miracle that we arrived so quickly with how much traffic there was and how slowly it was moving. By this point, my contractions were right on top of each other with only about 10-20 seconds of rest between. As Matt opened my car door for me another contraction started, so we had to get through that before heading inside the birth center. By the time I got inside I felt another contraction starting and my instinct was to sit on the toilet. Mostly because of the fluid and blood that was leaking at this point I didn't know where else to go.

As Nancy finished getting things set up (I don't think she expected us to arrive so quickly nor be so far along with the contractions) I remained on the toilet through one more contraction. Looking back, I think the toilet was where I ended up because of the urge to push. I guess I just didn't think I should be ready to push at this point and I must be having back labor. I didn't know how much more I would be able to take at this point. When I was able, she helped me over to the bed so she could check to see how far I was dilated. I was both completely shocked and relieved to hear her say, "Well, sweetie, you're there! Are you ready to push out your baby?" I really didn't believe her, but YES! I was ready to push!

I was lying on the bed and Matt was kneeling on the other side of the bed so his head was near mine and facing the same direction. I held his hands next to my neck and used them as leverage while pushing. With the next contraction, my feet went up onto Nancy's shoulders as she leaned into me and I began to internalize my noise the best I could and push from deep within. The first 10-second push brought me to the point where the previous push left off, a quick breath and another 10-second push to make progress, and a third quick breath and push if I had it in me. Matt gave me sips of water in between contractions; I have never had such dry mouth in my life!

With the first push, Nancy said she could already see the head. I kept asking how much longer she thought this would take, "Not long honey, not long. You're going to meet your baby soon." Nancy kept assuring me. A few pushes later and the head was halfway out. At this point, Nancy asked if I wanted a mirror to see the head and I was all for it. Seeing the top of Lucy's head gave me another burst of energy and motivation to push her out. About 6 contractions and rounds of pushing, and 30 minutes after arriving to the birth center, Lucy was ours to hold! She was screaming like crazy with those healthy lungs and we were in utter shock with what just happened.

I was able to just lay there and hold Lucy while Nancy wrapped us in towels fresh from the dryer. Matt and I just kept looking at each other and at Lucy; for me it was like an out-of-body experience and I couldn't believe I was holding the baby girl that had been living in me, through me, for the past 38 weeks.

Matt cut the cord and I kept holding Lucy as it was the placenta's turn for arrival :) After Lucy was weighed and measured, Matt got to hold her while Nancy got me cleaned up. I was pleased to hear no stitches were needed! It sure felt like I was going to need a lot of them!

We hung out for a while on the bed as Lucy nursed and we called and sent pictures to family. We never even had a chance to updated family after about 2:00. So when I got a text from my sister Natalie asking how things were going, she was shocked to receive a picture of Lucy! We also didn't have a chance to use anything I packed in our bag. I was prepared with snacks, and swim shorts for Matt to get in the water with me, but there was no time for laboring in water :)

We were then ready to head home, so Nancy helped us get packed up, checked my bleeding one more time to make sure everything looked good, and we were heading to the comfort of our own home. We were back home by 7:30, just about 3 hours after we left. Matt was able to take Goose out for a quick walk again and pick us up some dinner from Taco Time, and we had the evening to ourselves to try and comprehend the events of the day.

We feel so incredibly blessed beyond belief with Lucy's birth experience, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The whole experience was definitely an answer to our prayers! Although adjusting to our new sleep schedule this past week has been difficult, it's also to be expected. Lucy has been sleeping for 2-3 hours on average and is, overall, going very easy on us. Thank you to everyone who has sent gifts, flowers, cards, food, and sweet messages during this exciting time.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lucy's Labor Playlist

I have created a "labor list" on my iPod for D-Day.  I love music, always have, and I find it can help me focus and also help distract me.  I know I might not want to listen to music when I'm in the thick of things, but I want to be prepared just in case it really helps.  So far, the songs I have only add up to a little over 1 hour so I'll be adding more.  Let me know if you have any good recommendations!  Here is what I have (although I like them all, the * indicates my favorites), click the song title to listen/watch on YouTube. 

This Little Light of Mine By Addison Road*
Capri By Colbie Caillat*
Lullaby By Dixie Chicks
Angel By Jack Johnson
Never Alone By Lady Antebellum w/ Jim Brickman
Ocean Size Love By Leigh Nash
American Honey By Lady Antebellum
The Is Not the End By Gungor*
Falling Slowly By Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
To Build a Home By The Cinematic Orchestra*
To Make You Feel My Love By Adele
Happy Everafter In Your Eyes By Ben Harper
None But Jesus By Hillsong*
Hosanna By Hillsong United*
Cannons By Phil Wickham*
Beautiful Things By Gungor*
Desert Song By Hillsong*
You'll Come By Hillsong
Like An Avalanche By Hillsong United
Aftermath By Hillsong United*
Awakening By Hillsong United
Whole Wide World By Mindy Gledhill
All About Your Heart By Mindy Gledhill

Saturday, June 16, 2012

What NOT to say to a pregnant woman.

Luckily, I haven't had too many annoying conversations, but these are a few recent ones that pushed my buttons. Seriously people?!

"Are you having twins?!" - lady at Forever 21

"I have a friend who was your size and her baby was almost 10 pounds!" - a female patient

"I thought my wife was dying when she was in labor; good luck to you." - random man in grocery store.

Conversation with a male patient:
Patient:  "What does your husband think about this?" (First of all, what kind of question is that?)
Me:  "He's excited, and it's been fun to see his excitement grow as her due date approaches."
Patient:  *sarcastic laugh*
Me:  "Are we not supposed to be excited?"
Patient:  "He doesn't know what's coming.  He's about to realize he's not your #1 anymore."
Me:  Stopped talking and just cleaned his teath.

I "love" when people tell me their horror labor stories, even after they find out I'm planning a natural birth.  I'm aware having a baby is painful, messy, long, exhausting to the point where you "think you're going to die"...it's called labor for a reason, right?  I also know that everyone has a completely unique story and mine may not be like yours at all; better or worse.  I do like advice from others, but I think it's just the delivery of that advice that bothers me sometimes (no pun intended :)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Week 37 Prego Points

36 Weeks with Daughtry
37 Weeks
Gestational Diabetes:  I'm keeping my blood sugar well controlled, but my self-control is really being tested!  Some warm, gooey brownies keep sounding more and more tempting as the days go by.  My midwife is so happy with my blood sugar and the fact that Lucy does not appear large, I will most likely not have another ultrasound (which I was really looking forward to).  Oh well, in a few weeks we'll get to see her in person!

Weight Gain:  No change since my last visit, so 24 pounds is still the total.

Sleep:  I'm staying fairly comfortable in bed, although rolling from side to side is becoming more difficult.  I am having trouble turning my brain off at night, so I find myself lying in bed for a while before falling asleep.  I wake up around 2:00-3:00 a.m. to empty the bladder, then it takes a while to fall asleep again, and waking when the alarm goes off has been difficult.  I guess my body is just preparing me for less sleep and more waking up at night!

Project Nursery:  We have much more to do in the nursery than I would like at this point.  I would love if it was completely finished now but the truth is, there are more important things we need to be spending our money on to prepare for Lucy.  We won't even be using a crib for a while, we're using a bassinet in our bedroom, so there's no need to buy a crib right now...I just want to have it in her room.  I've been searching for a white glider that is small enough to fit in her room, sturdy to last, but won't cost $600.  Craigslist only turned up ONE white glider in the Seattle area!  Other than that, the crib, and a few accessories, the nursery is done.  Which sounds not even close to done, ugh :(
I love her dresser/changing table!
(The room does look more complete since this picture was taken)
Labor Bag:  Our D-Day bag is pretty much complete and stowed away in my trunk.  I just have to find some more songs for my Labor Playlist on my iPod and then that can get thrown in.  We now have Lucy's diaper bag, so that is packed with the essentials including a few outfit options...we'll have to see what she feels like wearing that day :) 

Car Seat:  Her stroller is assembled and car seat installed.  It's so strange having it in there, and even more strange to know she will be in the car seat in a few short weeks!

Work:  I only have 7 days left at work!  WEIRD!  It's actually two weeks, but because of the Dental Convention this week, it works out to a total of 7 days.  Hopefully Lucy doesn't arrive too far past her due date, because I don't want two weeks off before she is even here.  I'm hoping for an arrival date between July 1 and July 4 (sometime between Canada Day and Independence Day!). 

Maternity Photos:  We were suppposed to have our maternity photo shoot last week, but the weather was cold and rainy (icky even for Seattle this time of year).  Hopefully, the weather and my work schedule will cooperate so the photo shoot can happen this week.

Freezer Meals: I have dinner for the first two weeks of Lucy's life taken care of! Click HERE for the recipes.

Overall, we're ready.  All of her clothes are washed and organized (as well as blankets, swaddles, etc), bottles sterilized, and pacifiers washed.  There are just a few more essentials I need to pick up this week including a couple nursing bras, breast pads, gel pads, wet bags for her diaper bag (for her diapers) and some more cloth diapers (she'll probably be in disposables at first anyway).  I'm beginning to feel overwhelmed with how quickly her due date is approaching us and how many little decisions need to be made (such as disposable wipes vs. cloth wipes) and items purchased. I know it will all come together and we basically have everything we NEED, but I don't like this feeling of being unprepared.  My brain is beginning to feel like mush and Matt is remaining so calm.  He keeps assuring me we are prepared and we'll have to make decisions and purchases as we go as we find what works and what doesn't work for us and Lucy.  I'm so blessed to have Matt as a husband, friend, partner, and support; and I know he's going to be an amazing father!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Turkey Burgers - Freezer Meal

This recipe is courtesy Make-Ahead Mamas, a local group of women who specialize in freezer meals.  I have made this one before, and it is high on the yummy scale.  Turkey burgers can end up dry, but I remember this one staying juicy and that might have to do with the tomatoes. 

What You Need:
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1 egg (or 2 egg whites), lightly beaten
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drain and squeeze out excess liquid
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt (such as Lowreys)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, but I recommend it)
What You Do:
  1. In a large bowl, mix turkey, tomatoes, bread crumbs, onions, egg, garlic, seasoned salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper.  Form into 12 patties (I only got 8 patties, so I guess I make mine large).
  2. Freeze patties on parchment paper or tin foil on a cookie sheet.
  3. With a Sharpie, write on a 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bag:  Thaw in fridge overnight, or if patties aren't too think, you can put them directly on grill frozen (just add more cooking time).  Either grill or cook cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees (85 Celsius). 
  4. Store stacked with parchment in between patties in airtight container or freezer bag.  (I wrap each patty in plastic wrap and then in freezer bag)
  5. Serve topped with caramelized onion, blue cheese, and/or avocado on whole wheat bun.

Skid Row Stroganoff - Freezer Meal

Ok, this isn't the recipe I made for the above-pictured freezer meal, but I don't like how creamy it turned out.  The pictured recipe might end up tasting just fine, but after I put it together I wished I would have made the following recipe, Skid Row Stroganoff.  My friend Mish gave this recipe to me at one of my bridal showers and I have made it many, many times and I know it's delish.

What You Need:
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 oz can mushrooms (I can't stand canned, I use fresh)
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 package wide egg noodles
  • Chopped parsley (optional, and dried can also be used)
What You Do:
  1. Brown garlic, onion, mushrooms, and beef in oil.
  2. Add flour, salt, paprika.
  3. Simmer until beef is cooked.
  4. Add soup, simmer on low for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and stir in sour cream.
  6. Remove from burner and allow to cool.
  7. Label a gallon Ziploc freezer bag:  Thaw in fridge.  Simmer on low until heated through while you cook egg noodles.  Serve over noodles and garnish with paprika and parsley.
  8. Pour into freezer bag, remove as much air as possible, freeze flat.

Creamy Green Chicken Enchiladas - Freezer Meal

What You Need: 
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cut into strips to make it melt faster
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles (mild or hot, your preference)
  • 1 package flour tortillas (I used diabetic-friendly, wheat free, high fiber Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Tortillas, and ended up using 7 tortillas to use up the filling and fill the dish)
  • 1 can (19 oz) green chile enchilada sauce
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (3 oz)
What You Do: 
  1. Cook chicken in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. 
  2. Add cream cheese and chiles, reduce heat to medium.  Cook and stir until blended and cream cheese is melted. 
  3. Spoon a small amount of enchilada sauce into 9x13 foil freezer pan, just enough to cover the bottom.
  4. Spoon chicken filling onto tortillas, roll up and place seam down down in freezer dish. 
  5. Pour enchilada sauce over top evenly and top with cheddar cheese.
  6. With a Sharpie, write on the lid:  Thaw in fridge day before, bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. 

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir Fry - Freezer Meal

What You Need:
  • 6 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups Apricot preserves (two, 15.2 oz jars)
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 6 tablespoons grated ginger (I use jarred because it's much easier)
  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 16 medium carrots, sliced very thin on bias
  • 8 cups snow peas, cut in half on bias
  • 4 cups frozen broccoli
What You Do:
  1. With a Sharpie, label two, 1-gallon Ziploc freezer bags:  Thaw in fridge day before.  Cook chicken in oil until no longer pink.  Transfer to a plate.  Add veggies to oil, tossing, about 2 minutes.  Return chicken to skillet, add sauce.  Cook 2-3 minutes longer.  Serve over rice. 
  2. Divide veggies in half and place in two, 1-gallon freezer bags (I had enough veggies for three bags, so I divided the veggies evenly among three bags and put the third bag in the fridge to be used now).
  3. Mix preserves, vinegar, ginger, pepper, and 1 Tbsp water.  Place in quart-sized freezer bag and remove as much air as possible.
  4. Cut chicken into strips 1/4-inch think. Place in quart-sized freezer bag and remove as much air as possible.
  5. Place one bag of sauce and chicken into each gallon bag with the veggies.  Remove as much air as possible and freeze flat.

Heather's Meatloaf - Freezer Meal

I have no idea who Heather is, and I failed to save the link to the website where I found this recipe, so I can't give credit. You can do this with any meatloaf recipe.

What You Need: 
  • 1 lb ground beef (93% lean)
  • 1 lb jimmy dean spicy sausage (I used 1 lb of Isernio's sausage; a local brand that has no additives or preservatives)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 - 1 cup bread crumbs
What You Do:
  1. Using clean hands, mix together all ingredients in a bowl and place in a foil loaf pan designed for freezing (found in the baking aisle of grocery store).
  2. Using a Sharpie, write on the lid:  Thaw, bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  3. Freeze.
  4. Before baking, cover with your favorite meatloaf topping (such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, marinara sauce, etc) if desired.

Beef and Bean Chili - Freezer Meal

The directions for this recipe say it can be eaten out of a bowl,
or rolled in a tortilla and eaten as a burrito.

What You Need:
  • 1 lb ground beef (optional if you want to make this vegetarian, or turkey)
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, including liquid
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, including liquid
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
What You Do:
  1. On a one-gallon Ziploc freezer bag, write with a Sharpie:  Defrost, cook in crock pot on high for 4 hours.
  2. Brown ground beef and let cool.
  3. Add all ingredients, including cooled beef, to freezer bag.
  4. Let out as much air as possible, freeze flat.

Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken - Freezer Meal

What You Need:
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or thighs)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup honey (or 1/2-3/4 cup agave nectar)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (olive or canola oil ok)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 6 tablespoons water (to be added on cooking day)
  • Sesame seeds (to be added on cooking day)
What You Do:
  1. On a one gallon Ziploc freezer bag write with a Sharpie: Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 1.5-2.5 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.  Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce.  Dissolve 4 teaspoons of cornstarch in 6 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot.  Stir to combine, replace lid, and cook sauce on high for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened.  Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces, return to pot and mix into sauce.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice or noodles.  Sprinkle with more red pepper flakes if you want more heat. 
  2. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper and place in labeled freezer bag.
  3. In a small bowl, combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, garlic, and pepper flakes.
  4. Pour over chicken, seal bag, and massage to coat chicken.  Let out as much air as possible, reseal, and freeze flat.   

Cranberry Chicken - Freezer Meal

What You Need:
  • 8 Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (1-oz) envelope dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (16-oz) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup Catalina dressing
What You Do:
  1. On two, 1 gallon Ziploc freezer bags, write steps #5, 6, 7 and 8 with a Sharpie.
  2. Place 4 chicken breasts in one bag, and 4 in another.
  3. Mix remaining 3 ingredients in a bowl and divide evenly between the two freezer bags.
  4. Seal bags massage to coat chicken, let out as much air as possible, reseal, freeze flat.
  5. Thaw in fridge the day before you want to cook.
  6. For Oven:  Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes in a 9x13 baking dish covered with foil, remove foil, reduce temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
  7. For Crockpot:  Low for 7 hours, or High for 4 hours. 
  8. Or grill.

Freezer Meal Frenzy

I spent about 6 hours cooking the other day in preparation for Lucy's arrival.  I wanted to have a freezer full of meals which will be easy to heat up after she's here, because (1) I know I won't feel like full-on cooking between feeding her every 2-3 hours, diaper changes, laundry, etc. and (2) I don't want to survive, nor spend the money, on pizza and Thai take-out.  My grocery store had the chicken I normally buy "buy one, get one free", so I definitely took advantage of that with all the chicken I had to buy!  I would like to make more freezer meals, but had to rearrange the freezer to get everything to fit, so I'm not sure how much more I can squeeze in there right now.  We now have enough food for 14 dinners, in addition to the leftovers from those dinners so, other than cooking up some wild rice or throwing together a salad, I at least won't have to worry about dinner for the first two weeks of Lucy's life! 

I scoured the internet for meals that not only sounded tasty, but were somewhat healthy as well (some of these are healthier than others :)  I found most of these off of one website that I forgot to save, so I can't give credit for those.  I've tried two of these in the past, but the rest are newbies so I can't vouch for them on the tasty scale yet.  These can, obviously, all be prepared for dinner the night you want to eat it; just completed the cooking process and eat instead of bagging and freezing.

Whether you're a new mom, busy mom, busy wife, or just don't feel like cooking dinner during the week, join me in the world of freezer meals!  If you're already an experienced freezer meal mama, please share some of your favorites in the comment section below so I can add to my stash!

The Menu:
Cranberry Chicken
Slow Cooker Sesame Chicken
Beef and Bean Chili
Heather's Meatloaf
Sweet and Spicy Chicken Stir Fry
Creamy Green Chicken Enchiladas
Skid Row Stroganoff (from my friend Mish)
Turkey Burgers (From Make-Ahead Mamas)

All you have to do is click on a dish above and *poof!* you'll find yourself at that recipe!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Ten Years Ago

While doing some organizing in our office today I came across a little something I wrote about 10 years ago while working front desk at a gym, soon after my move to Seattle..  As my 30th birthday approaches, I thought it was very timely. 

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"Sit it out or dance" I hear as Lee Anne Womack belts out her beautiful voice over the stereo.  It's 4:10 p.m. and I'm sitting at a job that I love, studying homework I actually enjoy, and I'm living with my best friend Cheryl.  This time in my life is so perfect...okay, I might be overdoing it a little.  This time in my life that seems so perfect in so many ways also seems to be the most hectic, confusing and uncertain time in my life.  I say "time in my life" like I've been around for decades and have experienced so much.  But I haven't.  I've only been walking this earth for a measly 20 years; 20 years that I am very grateful for, might I add. 

Twenty years sounds like a long time, but it sure doesn't feel like a long time.  I can't help but imagine what the next 20 will feel like.  Twenty is such an odd age; it's so perfectly imperfect, completely incomplete, and totally confusing.  It's nice to have the "teen" stigma detached from me; it's amazing what one more year can give you.  When I started telling people I was 20, I was stunned by the way people treated me differently.  My opinion actually matters? After being alive for 20 years, the level of respect sure does acclimate, but the level of accountability does also.  People expect me to know what I'm going to do for the rest of my life.  I dread the question that I have to answer almost every day, "So, what do you plan on doing?"  What kind of question is that?

I plan on living. 

I plan on working. 

I plan on getting married and having a family. 

I give people the answer "I'm in a dental assisting program, will be working in less than a year, and then I plan on applying to dental hygiene school."  No matter who I tell, it seems I always get my future plans analyzed.  Either they approve, or they have some comments on why I shouldn't do it, or do it the way I plan.  I just tell myself not to listen to anyone their opinions.  Advice, on the other hand, comes across differently and is greatly appreciated and accepted.  Sometimes, especially now, I have to learn for myself or I will never know what it is that truly makes me happy, and right now I am happy.  I am happy with my job.  I am happy with school.  I am happy living with my best friend in the whole world. 

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The choices made at 20 years, have such an impact at 30 years! I'm so glad I got my act together and made some changes for the better 10 years ago.  I would have never become a dental hygienist (a career that I love), I would have never met Matt (I can't imagine spending my life with anyone else), and our baby Lucy would not be arriving in just a few weeks.  I am so incredibly blessed, and I am welcoming my thirties with open arms!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Curry Chicken Skewers

This is another winner from Suzanne Somers and comes from her Slim and Sexy Forever cookbook.  We're getting more grilling weather lately, and the next time you fire up your "barbie" you have to give this one a try.  Matt and I recently went to Ravish (the restaurant that catered our wedding) and had some chicken skewers, and he said these were better!  I can definitely say they were easier to remove from the skewers than Ravish's :)  I cooked up three chicken breasts because that's how many were in my package, so I doubled the marinade.  It gave us plenty of dipping sauce and just a couple leftover skewers.  So, keep this in mind if cooking for more than two people, or you want more leftovers.  I'm also going to try this as a freezer meal for when Baby Lucy is here!

What You Need:
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste (sold in small jars in the ethnic aisle of the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (from the can, not the kind you would use in your cereal)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into lengthwise into 4 pieces
What You Do:
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the curry paste, coconut milk, lime juice, and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Add the chicken and coat well.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Heat the grill.  Remove chicken from marinade and skewer with either presoaked wooden skewers or metal skewers. 
  4. On a hot grill, cook until done, about 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Meanwhile, to make a dipping sauce, bring some leftover marinade to a boil on the stove, then cool slightly and blend in a couple of tablespoons of crunchy peanut butter (I used creamy). 
Happy Grilling!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Tarragon Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

Carbs have not been my best friend with this Gestational Diabetes, but oh how I miss them!  I have been getting by with a couple of cookbooks I have never used until now.  This recipe comes from Suzanne Somers' Eat Great, Lose Weight.  I now wonder why I've waited so long to use her cookbooks, because every single meal I've made from them has been so delicious; Matt says some of his favorites yet!  This chicken salad was not only amazingly mouth-watering, but so easy to make too.  I cooked chicken up especially for this salad, but it would be a great meal to make using leftover chicken from a previous night's dinner.  If you're not being forced to restrict your carb intake, this would make a delicious sandwich!

What You Need:
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken (be sure to season well with salt and pepper before cooking)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise (there's also a recipe for homemade mayo in this cookbook)
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 1/4 sweet onion (Maui or Vidalia), finely chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped (I had green, so that's what I used)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, or 1/2 tsp dried
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4-6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • Sprigs of fresh tarragon for garnish, optional.
What You Do:
  1. Place all ingredients for chicken salad (first 7 ingredients) in a bowl and mix until well combined.  Adjust seasonings to your liking. 
  2. Place a large dollop of chicken salad in each lettuce leaf.  Garnish with green onions and tarragon.  Then fold it up like a taco and enjoy.
Makes 4-6 lettuce cups.  I think Matt and I got a little more than that out of it and had just a little left over.  So, it may be a good idea to double the recipe if cooking for four people, etc...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Week 34 Prego Points

Gestational Diabetes:  Although frustrating at times when all I want is a brownie, I've found some good sweet-tooth alternatives that don't spike my blood sugar and the diabetes is really easy to keep under control.  I haven't had another ultrasound yet, but I'm going to ask about that today when I call my numbers in.  I'll have to share some recipes we've been enjoying lately.  They are great for my diabetes, and have also been some of Matt's favorites!

Fundal Height Measurement:  My belly measurement at 33 weeks was 34 cm.  Still on track, but it's the first time the measurement has been one centimeter over my week.  Slow down Lucy :)

Weight Gain:  As of last Thursday, my total weight gain was 24 pounds.  So my last Prego Points update was incorrect. 

Sleep:  I'm thankful to still be sleeping well!  No more leg cramps since that one a few weeks ago.  I have started to get up around 1:00-2:00 a.m. to empty my bladder, but not every night.

Project Nursery:  We have new blinds installed, the trim cut and painted, and we have the first coat of white on all the door frames. I will get the second coat of paint on the door frames tonight as Matt installs the trim!  Matt should also have the closet organization system installed by this weekend and then we get the dresser put together and Lucy's items can start going in her room instead of taking over our office.  Several items have been ordered and are on their way to nursery land!  I know we (hopefully) have 6 more weeks to go, but I really feel like we're behind.  I would love if the room was ready by now.  Click HERE for pictures of the nursery update. 
Upstairs is a mess right now!
Nesting:  Not really "nesting" yet, but I know it doesn't always happen for everyone and it can also manifest in different ways for every momma-to-be.  I have had bursts of energy and have done some organizing, but nothing out of the ordinary for me anyway.  I welcome the crazy nesting to begin any time now :)

Home Birth Kit:  My birth kit arrived!  Click HERE to watch the video.

Labor Bag:  Now that I have my birth kit, I'm starting to put together "Labor Bags" for myself and Matt.  For Matt, I want to be sure he doesn't forget his swim shorts in case I want him in the water with me.  He might not want to strip down to his underwear to do so :)  When the bags are packed and ready, I'll do a video for that so you can see what we're taking.  I did buy some aromatherapy oil to add to my bag .  Peppermint helps with nausea, and lemon is renewing and I just love the way it smells!!  We are practicing using all of my senses during labor.

Birth Preparation Workshop:  Our birth workshop was last weekend, and what an amazing experience!  If you live in the Seattle area, we HIGHLY recommend Patti Ramos!  She is a doula and birth educator, and even if you plan on giving birth in the hospital with a doctor, take this class!  She showed us many techniques to help baby turn and get into the proper position.  One of which has been named "The Ramos" and 90% of the time allows the momma to avoid a c-section by getting the baby to rotate into position.  Matt calls it the "Cirque du Soleil" because it is...somewhat acrobatic and works best with two people assisting.  Matt was happy to learn that our 2-day workshop had been condensed to one day since one mommy-to-be was in labor, one was on bed-rest, and a couple other had to cancel.  Since there were only four couples total, we were able to complete the workshop in one day.  Many of my fears were laid to rest, and all of my questions were answered.  Everyone in the class cried, more than once, and it was definitely more emotional than we were expecting.  At times it was like a marriage retreat and Matt and I feel so much closer and connected, and are even more excited for the birth experience.  The Ice Journey is something I don't even know how to explain, and if you plan on taking Patti's class I'm sworn to secrecy.  Patti wants couples coming in to have no expectations in order to get the most out of, not only the workshop, but the birth simulation as well.  Let me tell you, you won't be disappointed working with Patti!  Sure, there are birth classes at hospitals all over the place, but I really feel like this is unique.

Overall, I'm starting to feel tired and easily out of breath, and have also had moments of dizziness.  While cooking dinner last night after work, I had to pull a chair over to the counter because I had to keep sitting down to rest.  It's frustrating, but understandable, as all my organs are being squished as baby grows...most notably, my lungs.  I've put a hold on my gym membership and am sticking to walking now.  I'm definitely moving slower at work, which puts me behind by 10 minutes all day long at times.  I have mixed feelings about work being a little slow right now.  I welcome the shorter days and work weeks at times, but also know my paychecks are about to come to a halt for a while and would really like them in full for now. 

Thanks for checking in and for all the sweet comments.  We are getting so excited to meet our sweet girl!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Project Nursery: Paint and Trim

The nursery is painted, the new blinds are installed, and this afternoon we worked on the trim (for the nursery as well as the hallway).  This week on Matt's agenda is to install the trim and get the closet organization system installed.  I've been searching for the perfect curtain rod and having a difficult time, so that remains on my agenda  Seems like a simple project, but I haven't found a white curtain rod yet.  I thought I could just paint the previous curtain rod in the room white and buy new ends, but that's proving to be difficult as well and Home Depot doesn't have a white rod nor the ends I want.  The search continues.  After this weekend, we will buy the dresser we have picked out from IKEA and get that put together and then Lucy's items received at her baby showers can be put in her room!
Cutting trim
Making sure everything fits before painting.
Painting trim (with no VOC paint, window open, and fan on :)
Painting the door frame (new white doors coming at some point).
Dry time!

Friday, May 18, 2012

What Comes in a Home Birth Kit? (My video debut!)

Have you ever wondered what comes in a home birth kit?

Me too!

Let's find out together as I open up my kit in my very first video...

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Week 31 Prego Points

Gestational Diabetes:  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and have to test my blood sugar levels four times a day:  first thing in the morning, then one hour after breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I then call my numbers in every Monday.  As long as I watch my carbohydrate and sugar intake, my blood sugar levels stay very stable and I do not have to take insulin.  If I did have to take insulin, my pregnancy would be determined to be high risk and I would no longer be able to work with our Midwife.  I'm missing my bagels in the morning and ice cream after dinner, but I can sacrifice some carbs if it means keeping myself and baby Lucy healthy.  There is definitely a silver lining:  Knowing, means I can keep myself and Lucy healthy, and greatly reduce my risk for developing Type II diabetes in the future.  My midwife, Nancy, said that in her 30 years she has never had a clients' blood sugar levels so high!

Leg Cramps:  I woke up in pain this morning about 5:00 a.m. with my first leg cramp.  Not a pleasant pregnancy milestone.  Because of the Gestational Diabetes, I cannot each much fruit (such a bummer) so bananas, cantaloupe, and even potatoes are not allowed to help with my potassium intake.  I already drink nothing but water, all day long.  My midwife suggested a warm bath with Epsom salts before bed because the Magnesium Sulfate will help

Nursery: After four different paint samples, we finally chose a color for Lucy's nursery walls! We chose Behr's Ice Folly.  A nice blue that's not TOO blue and I think it will look lovely with the white furniture.  Matt has also ripped out all the baseboard and door trim in not only the nursery, but in the hallway upstairs as well, so he can replace it with white baseboards to match the downstairs.  He's totally nesting right now :)

Fundal Height Measurement:  At 31 weeks, my belly measurement is right on track at 30 cm.

Weight Gain:  I gained another 4 pounds this month, which brings my total weight gain to about 24 pounds.  I can't really remember exactly after today's appointment for some reason.

Blood Pressure:  Nice and low at 100/60

Lucy's Heart Rate:  Strong and healthy at 140 bpm.  I love that sound!

Fetal Kicks:  Lucy has been moving and kicking like crazy!  I told Matt it's so amazing and creepy at the same time...but mostly amazing.  She is head-down, which makes momma happy.  My midwife told me that if she's head-down, she'll stay head-down.  It's so crazy seeing my belly jumping around and seeing what I think is a knee move across my tummy.  She also likes to stick her bum out on the right side and make my belly go completely lopsided.

Sleep:  I'm still sleeping really well, other than that leg cramp this morning :) 

Home Birth Kit:  It's time to order our home birth kit!  No, I'm not planning on giving birth at home, but I'll need it to give birth at Nancy's birth center, and we simply take it with us on D-day.  I can't believe we're close enough to be needing to order this!  I'll share the contents once I receive it.

What if I need to transfer to the hospital?  I get this question often from those concerned that I'm not giving birth in a hospital.  Our midwife, Nancy has delivered over 4,000 babies in homes and her birth center and has a transfer rate of only 4-5%.  This is lower that many midwives, who have transfer rates of 15-18%.  Most of her transfer rates are due to mothers asking for pain relief (epidural) after a long labor, and not due to an actual "emergency".  She said that if we do need to transfer, it's very easy and we won't have to worry about a thing.  Nancy handles everything and will have a hospital staff waiting for us when we arrive to the hospital if need be.  I'm not worried and I know we are in very knowledgeable and capable hands with Nancy. 

It's time for my appointments to be scheduled every 2 weeks instead of once a month.  I'll also be going in for more ultrasounds due the gestational diabetes; they'll want to take more measurements of Lucy to make sure she doesn't get too big.  We get to see more of her!!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Oahu Day 1: Let the fun in the sun begin!

Come along with me to Oahu!
Good morning Waikiki!  This is one of the views from our room, and although I can't really see the beach from here, Waikiki Beach is just beyond those buildings.  It's about noon here and I've been up since before 6:00 a.m.  Matt left for work at the Disney Aulani Resort around 7:00 a.m., and I decided to stick around here for the day to do some exploring and go with him on another day. 

Room without a view.
Although it would be nice to have a view of the beach rather than buildings while in Oahu, I can't complain.  Our room is covered since Matt is here for work, and I'll stay wherever they want us to!  We are downtown, so I do hear the sound of delivery trucks beeping while in reverse, car horns honking, and the hum of building air conditioners while outside.  However, Waikiki Beach is just a short walk across the street and I plan to check that out this afternoon.  I really wanted to get away for a "Babymoon", one last trip before our lives change forever, and it worked out great that Matt had to come for work right now.  Although he is working during most of the days while we're here, we have at least the next three days and all evenings together, and I really don't mind being alone during the day...I just want to relax and read (and shop) anyway!  I just spoke with him and he'll be heading back in a couple hours, "It's a bummer sitting in a dark closet in paradise", he said.  His equipment he is working on today is in a closet.  That is a bummer. 

I ate breakfast at the Jimmy Buffett restaurant at our hotel and pigged out on scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pineapple, and a bowl of oatmeal.  The waiters were so friendly and talked me into also eating a Belgian waffle...you know, because "I'm sure the baby wants one!"  Ok, twisted my arm!  It is an all-you-can-eat buffet so, why not?!   I felt like Katniss Everdeen eating her first meal in the Capitol! (I got through most of The Hunger Games on the plane).  I'm sure I'll be getting to know those waiters well by the end of my stay. 

Next, I decided to take a walk down Kalakaua Avenue...shopping galore!  Where did I find myself amongst all of the cute boutiques and luxury stores?  ROSS!  Let me tell you, the Ross here has the cutest stuff, and a great maternity section.  I found myself two pair of maternity shorts, which I've been desperately trying to find without spending a lot of money.  $13.00 sounds great to me :)  I browsed in some other stores along one side of the street and decided to head back to the room. 

I have our bags unpacked and clothes neatly stored in drawers and the closet for our week-long stay.  Next on the agenda:  Grab some lunch to go, and head over to the beach for a picnic, reading, and relaxation time!

Pregnancy Points:
  • I had my Week 27 appointment with my Midwife, Nancy, last week and got my injection of RhoGAM and my blood draw for my glucose test. 
  • Pregnancy brain helped me leave my keys (turned) in my ignition all night prior to my appointment, and luckily my neighbor was able to jump start my car since Matt was already gone for the day.  This, however, resulted in me drinking the glucose drink later than I was supposed to, and not realizing it might affect the results of my blood draw.   My blood glucose levels came back very high, and I was sent for the 2-hour glucose tolerance test where my blood was drawn three times...yesterday morning when I was planning to be doing laundry and packing for our trip.  I have yet to hear the results of the test, but hopefully everything is fine.
  • At 27 weeks, my Fundal Height Measurement (belly measurement) was right on track at 27cm.
  • I have gained another 6 pounds in the last month, which brings my total weight gain so far to 19 pounds.
  • Blood pressure is good.
  • Sleep is still good, although I'm starting to get a little uncomfortable changing positions.
  • Thanks to a friend from church, I have more maternity clothes options!  She let me borrow two boxes of maternity clothes and among them are a pair of shorts and pair of jeans that fit!  I'm so excited to have something other than leggings and yoga pants to wear!
  • Last weekend, I washed the walls in the nursery and they are now ready for paint!