Friday, January 27, 2012

15 weeks

Baby must be growing, because this week I got HUGE! Seriously, it is way to early, but bring on the maternity clothes – they are WAY too comfortable to wait any longer!

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14 and 15 weeks – Big difference!

With Blair, I wasn’t quite this big, but I did have a good bit of change between 14 and 15 weeks with her just like this time. I’m going to spare you the pictures – I have my shirt pulled up in all of the Blair ones! This pregnancy is so much like Blair’s. I have experienced the same (almost non-existent) symptoms with this baby as I did with her. The worst I’ve gone through is being starving and not being able to think of something I wanted to eat. I know, I have it real bad. Maybe that’s part of why I love being pregnant so much!

How far along? 15 Weeks

Size of baby: About the size of an apple

Total weight gain/loss: 1.5 pounds. Just wait folks, it will come. I’ll quit posting it at some point I’m sure! One month when pregnant with Blair, we went on a cruise, and I gained 8 pounds!

Maternity clothes? Bring ‘em on! I love maternity clothes and don’t see why I should put them off any longer! Plus, I’m a nurse. I don’t have many real clothes to begin with! Been wearing the pants for a week or so, but I added some shirts/dresses this week.

Sleep: Fabulous when I’m not working!

Movement: Just started! Different from last time. I was 17 weeks with Blair, and it was like popcorn. This is like tickling or light pressure right where the baby is.

Food cravings: Fruit, peanut butter and jelly.

Symptoms: I’m feeling great for the most part. I think most of my being tired is from working nights.

Gender: Can’t wait to find out!

What I miss: Sushi. As usual.

What I’m loving: My lounge pants, maternity jeans.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out the gender in two weeks!

Milestones: Feeling the baby, maternity clothes, my belly popping!

Best moment this week: Hints of feeling the baby on Tuesday and Wednesday. My favorite part of pregnancy, I think!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Marinated Cheese: An Appetizer Recipe

An appetizer that I have loved for years now is marinated cheese. When we used to have teacher breakfast at school, one of the moms would bring this, and we all loved it.

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I made it during the holidays for two different occasions. The colors are perfect for the holidays, but it works all year round! And it’s pretty easy. Find a printable recipe at the bottom of this post.

The ingredients:

½ cup olive oil

½ cup white wine vinegar

1 (2 oz) jar diced pimento, drained

3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

3 tablespoons green onions, minced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon sugar

¾ teaspoon dried basil

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 (8 oz) package cheddar cheese

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese

In a jar, combine all ingredients except cheeses.

marinated cheese (5)Drained pimentos, vinegar, olive oil.

marinated cheese (7)Chopped parsley.

marinated cheese (9)Chopped green onions.

marinated cheese (14)Basil, sugar, salt, pepper.

marinated cheese (21)Minced garlic.

marinated cheese (22)Shake well to combine and set aside.

Cut the cheddar cheese lengthwise in half to make two long pieces. Then, cut each piece into ¼” square slices.

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Cut the cream cheese in the same manner – lengthwise and then ¼” slices. Cream cheese should be cold. Spray knife with nonstick spray and/or clean after each cut.

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In a shallow serving dish, arrange the cheese pieces into logs, alternating cheddar and cream cheese.

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Pour the marinade over the cheese, spreading the vegetables out evenly over the top. (This platter is really too shallow. The liquid ended up leaking a bit off of the side.) Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for up to 6 hours.

(Marinating is optional -- I have covered the cheeses on the platter with plastic wrap, traveled to my event with the marinade in the jar, and poured it over when I arrived. It is still great, and folks still rave over it’s yumminess!)

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I double this recipe for parties – above is a double recipe, but be sure to only get 8 oz bars of cheddar cheese, not 16 oz.

Serve with Triscuits or Wheat Thins. This appetizer will be a hit!

Click here for a printable recipe.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Watermelon Baby

Looks like this summer in addition to loads of watermelons, we’ll be having loads of fun with a new little one in our family! We’re expecting a new baby in July – and not a bit sooner!

I’ve been doing great. I feel exactly the same as I did when I was pregnant with Blair. I haven’t been sick at all. I was hungry a lot actually, but for several weeks I had a hard time thinking of something I actually wanted to eat. And I’ve been tired – night shift or baby, who knows! All of that has passed now, and we’re moving along quickly it seems. I’ve seen the baby three times already on an ultrasound – love those things!

Blair doesn’t quite get the whole thing, but she knows that when watermelons come we’ll be getting a “Faegan” – my new niece’s name – her only experience with a new baby. She’s great with Faegan, so I expect she’ll be equally as sweet with this one!

12 weeks (2)Blair helps me take belly pictures. She’s the remote guru. This is 12 weeks. Still wearing regular clothes, but I live in scrubs and loungewear when at home!

We’re excited and looking forward to finding out girl or boy hopefully next month! Maybe I’ll get a Mama’s girl or boy because Blair is a “Dada do it!” kind of girl!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Baby Talk

Me: Blair, where is the new baby?

Blair: In Hawaii!

Me: Really, the baby’s not in mommy’s tummy?

Blair: Yes, she is. She is in mommy’s tummy.

Me: She? What if the baby’s a boy?

Blair: No ma’am.




Me: Blair is the baby going to be a boy or a girl?

Blair: A girl.

Me: What are we going to name her?

Blair: Old Macdonald!

Me: Old Macdonald? You can’t name a girl Old Macdonald.

Blair: We name a boy Old Macdonald.

Me: What about a girl?

Blair: Faegan.

Me: That’s your cousin’s name silly!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

January 2013? We’ll pass.

For the third January in a row, Blair is sick. Last year wasn’t so bad – she didn’t even need extra oxygen. But the year before was bad (we actually had bad ones in January and April 2010, which was the last bad one), and this year has been another doozy. We’ll skip January 2013, thank you very much.

By the numbers: fever for 11 days (and counting, but now we’re low-grade), 103 axillary max temp (on an airplane – yikes! I almost had a panic attack), 5 days straight sleeping, 3 trips to Macon (one to the ER and two to see the amazing staff at Blair’s doctor’s office), 9 hours in the ER, 5 days at my parents’ house (my mama is awesome), umpteen extra breathing treatments, 1 mama begging for an oxygen concentrator for the plane so we could get home from Hawaii, and 1 liter of oxygen at night.

january cold (5)Thursday when we got home, she didn’t feel all that great, but she was so happy to see Gus.

Long story short… she started with fever on Monday in Hawaii, we got home Thursday, her chest got super nasty on Friday, and she pretty much slept until Tuesday. Wednesday she was finally talking some and acting more herself, and today she was back getting into everything but still really touchy! Whew!

It all started the day we left for Hawaii. I felt something in my chest – such a weird way to start a cold. I usually start with a sore throat. This is the first cold I’ve had since I can remember. We are careful. We wash hands. We cough in our elbows. We work hard. But this cold was too tough for us. Blair, Brad, and Brad’s mom all got it. And it’s a bad one.

january cold (4)Living on Gigi’s couch for several days!

We tried to get an early flight home from Hawaii, but I couldn’t manage a thing. It worked out well though because I had to get oxygen secured for the plane, and it was not going to be easy. I had oxygen set up in the hotel in case of an emergency, but I didn’t set it up for the plane. That was a big deal, it was expensive, and she had hardly used oxygen at all in the last several months. So I begged and pleaded. Thankfully the only place on Oahu that had a concentrator we could take on the plane let us use it and take more batteries than they could spare. The Lord was taking care of us, folks.

january cold (3)Monday: one of the first smiles we got during the whole thing.

We got on the plane. I had given Blair tylenol 30 minutes prior to boarding. I stuck the thermometer under her arm. 103. I had a small internal panic attack. I sent Brad (during taxi) to wet her blanket for her head. I gave her ibuprofen. I took her temp every 30 seconds it seemed. It finally started coming down. I kept asking her if she was okay – “ye’ ma’am.” My sweet child.

january cold (1)Tuesday: oranges!

We made it home and ended up in the ER on Friday. Since we have all the supplies at home, Blair’s doctor let us go home to ride it out. But it was almost midnight, and Brad was starting to get sick. We camped at my mom’s. Then I had to work. I called out on Thursday and had to go if at all possible on Sunday. Blair seemed to be stable with what we were doing so I left her with mom and headed to work for three days.

january cold (2)Wednesday: At Gigi’s we eat M&Ms for breakfast.

Although she felt really really crummy, this time wasn’t quite as bad as the last. She hasn’t needed oxygen 24/7, which is what has happened in the past. She also has not been breathing quite as fast. The last cold, she kept a really high respiratory rate -- from 60 – 80 breaths per minute. She’s older now, so she should be slower, but she stayed lower than 50 and mostly around 40. I hope this is all saying that her lungs are at least a little better than they were!

We are thankful to be on the mend. She even got in trouble a few times today, so… she’s back! We appreciate those who have prayed for Blair, and we are certainly thankful for the entire staff at Blair’s doctor’s office. When Blair is sick (and probably normally!) I drive them crazy, I know, but they are so patient with me and treat us like we are their only patient. And they love my baby.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Big Girl Bed

At three years three months, Blair is finally out of her crib. And Brad said I was pushing her. (I think I did great!)

She got bedding for Christmas (her main gift from Santa), and we are using my Mema’s twin beds, one of which she slept on as long as I knew her.

big girl bed 122611 (2)The big helper getting to the job.

big girl bed 122611 (7)The child loves a measuring tape.

I found the cutest bedding set at the Land of Nod that was affordable and matched her curtains. Blair loves blue, so the quilt is blue. She calls it her “blue bay-ed.” (The girl knows she is southern!) I used the paisley fabric of her crib bedding for blackout drapes in her nursery. It’s such a great fabric that has a lot of her favorite color, so I wanted to stick with them. I also used the pillows that matched her crib bedding.

big girl bed 122611 (12)big girl bed 122611 (13)Isn’t it cute?! She wanted a blue owl for Christmas, so that gift came in the form of the pillow.

big girl bed 122611 (15)Happy about her new bed!

It turned out so cute – and the best part: Blair loves it! I was so worried about messing up a good thing. We have a good sleeper, and we waited so long because we didn’t want to make any changes to that. Since she started climbing in her bed recently (but not out), I thought the time was right.

When the new baby comes, we’ll set up the other bed in the larger back bedroom and redo Blair’s current small room for the nursery.

big girl bed 122611 (17)Her first big girl bed nap. No problem in the sleep department – except the curtains. I was out doing laundry (on the porch outside her window) one day during her nap and looked up to see her perched on top of her headboard looking out the window!

What’s really funny is that she still calls us to come get her after naps and in the morning. She has yet to get out of the bed by herself! I know it won’t be long!