Tuesday, October 30, 2012

28 weeks

How far along? 28 weeks 1 day

Baby's size? HUGE. just kidding, but he's getting big. Around 2 1/4 pounds and nearly 15 inches long.

Weight Gain? 20 pounds! No wonder my legs feel tired after a long day.

Maternity clothes? Yep - got some new ones this weekend! Some of my t-shirts are starting to look a little short these days already...

Stretch marks? still staying clear of my belly. breasts & hips have been the hardest hit areas.

Belly button in or out? out, and reverts back in when I lay down

Sleep? I am always up between 3:30 and 4 feeling very uncomfortable, and baby feels like he's having a party in there. Then I wake up just about every hour until my alarm goes off for the day or I just give up.

Foods I am loving? milk, pop, tortilla-cheese roll-ups, hot dogs, reese's cups, junk food in general

Foods I am hating? nothing, I got kind of sick of orange juice

Best moment this week? having some days off

Movement? lots and lots. Depending on the day he seems to be more or less active.

Symptoms? Trouble sleeping, back pain, hip pain, shortness of breath, legs feel sore after a long day, and I think some braxton hicks

Gender? we're having a boy :)

What I miss? being smaller

What I'm looking forward to? this weekend we are taking maternity pictures and next weekend is baby shower number 1

Weekly Wisdom: if you have to go up more than one flight of stairs, take the elevator. that way you won't be breathing embarrassingly hard when you walk into a classroom/office

Milestone: 3rd trimester

Emotions: excited and nervous. I can't believe we are getting so close and yet I keep feeling like this pregnancy has been dragging on forever.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently I bought a LOT of bananas. Too many bananas for two people to eat before they turned ripe. They were 33 cents a pound and it felt like a marvelous idea to me to buy a ton of them. Usually with leftover bananas about to become tomorrow's trash, I'll make some banana bread and call it a day. In fact, given the vast banana-haul we were dealing with, I made two loaves, which we ate up within a week. But there were still a few bananas lounging around and I figured I'd try something new.

Enter these banana cookies. There is a lot going on with these cookies - from walnuts to chocolate to oatmeal. I think the layered flavors are what make them especially good. If you have some bananas lying around and are tired of the same old banana bread, or if you're just looking to spice up some chocolate chip cookies with a new flavor, I'd recommend trying out this recipe.

Banana Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 2-3 dozen

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup mashed ripened banana (about 1-2 bananas)
1 cup quick or rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
2/3 cup chocolate chips

Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheets with cooking spray or cover with parchment paper.

In a standing mixer (or in a large bowl with a hand mixer) beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium speed until fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add egg and vanilla extract. Next, add mashed banana, also until just combined. Finally, add dry ingredients until just combined. Remove mixer and fold in oatmeal, walnuts, and chocolate chips.

Spoon about 1 1/2 inch scoops of dough on cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches of space in between. Bake for 10-12 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through. Cool about 5 minutes on pan before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Martha Stewart Living

Monday, October 22, 2012

Dinner Tonight: Sloppy Joes and Baked Oven Fries

Another Martha Stewart recipe? Say it ain't so! This recipe requires some prepping of vegetables, so obviously it isn't going to be as simple as opening up a can of Manwich. But you can feel good about making something homemade and cutting down on your sodium and processed food intake - that makes this recipe all the worth it. To be honest, my husband and I didn't taste a huge difference between this recipe and classic Manwich. If I chopped up my veggies a bit smaller I may have been able to trick him into thinking the mixture was from a can (although I let him in out it before we even began).

We served this meal with baked oven fries and some frozen corn. But as with any sloppy joe, you can serve it with even simpler sides and you'll do just fine. More on the baked oven fries later - they are my new go-to recipe because they always turn out crispy. And if you couldn't tell by the pictures, I may have gotten carried away with the crispy. Although they look a little burnt, they were still delicious and we ate every last one.

I followed these recipes exactly, so I'll include the links below. My only question is regarding the sloppy joes, and that is that I'm not sure if I should have attempted to drain the meat and veggie mixture before adding the sauce. It seemed awfully greasy not draining, but the directions didn't indicate in any plain language that I should. Maybe it was assumed? When I make this again, I will drain the meat mixture and see if that makes a difference. It was still delicious nonetheless.

Sloppy Joes; source - Martha Stewart
Baked Oven Fries; source - Annie's Eats

27 weeks

27 weeks - and kitty wanted to be in the picture today

Wow! I am 27 weeks pregnant today. By some sources, this means I am entering my third trimester and my 7th month of pregnancy! Hard to believe that in as little as 10 weeks we could be meeting our little guy. It feels like there is still so much to do.

Thankfully, my schedule has slowed down a lot this week and last, and we've had more time to concentrate on baby prep and spending time with family. My first baby shower with Mark's side of the family is all scheduled for November 10, just a few short weeks away. Our baby registries are nearly complete aside from narrowing our high chair choice. 

Yesterday we went out to Carter's and bought a couple of items for our little boy, one of which being his coming home outfit. It's technically an outdoor snowsuit type outfit, and I'm not 100% sure what he'll wear underneath it, but I'm excited nonetheless. (Picture from carters.com)

I can't wait to bundle him up in this! It's so fuzzy and soft. We bought the 3 month size and I'm crossing my fingers that he'll be able to wear it for the remainder of winter. The newborn size looked just a wee bit concerning that he might outgrow it before winter ends.

We've also chosen our travel system, and either my parents are going to buy it for us as a gift or we are going to split the cost somehow. Either way, as much as we were planning on going with something a little cheaper, after checking them out and test driving some less pricey options side by side you could certainly tell the difference. We thought it was worth it to go with something of better quality, even if it was more expensive.
(Picture from buybuybaby.com)
This is the Chicco Keyfit 30 Travel System in Romantic. It looks like it is a lavender color of some kind, but it is actually just gray. Mark and I are big fans of blacks and grays and we figured that it is pretty gender neutral to use for future babies. I've noticed a big trend in car seats and strollers with shades of brown and tan and I'm really not into it. Not that looks mean everything, but if given the option I would rather have black or gray as a base.

On Friday I went for my 1 hour glucose tolerance test and I was pretty worried about feeling horrible after it, but it really wasn't bad at all. I'm not sure where I heard that hype from but the drink tasted delicious, almost exactly like Hawaiian Punch, and apart from having a little headache and feeling tired the rest of the day, I was golden. Mark came with me and we got lunch afterwards, so it ended up being a nice little day off anyway. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and hopefully I'll find out that I've passed. I have already started on appointments every 2 weeks because my last appointment indicated some possible high blood pressure issues. I borrowed a cuff from Mark's mom and have taken my blood pressure occasionally since then and it's been fine, but better safe than sorry is the motto when it comes to anything related to pregnancy or the baby.

I think that about wraps up the 27 weeks summary! For fun, let's do a belly shot comparison.
From left to right, 21 weeks, 25 weeks, and 27 weeks. I can even see a slight difference between 25 and 27, but wow...I can't believe how much I've grown since 21weeks!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekly Menu 10/21-10/27

Yes, I know. All I'm good for is posting meal plans occasionally. I promise I will be better at remember to take pictures of my cooking - possibly. In fact I could take a picture of some banana nut bread I made  yesterday and share the recipe with you all. Yes! Perfect. I will do that.

But anyway, here is what's on the menu this week!

Sunday: Sloppy Joes, Baked Oven Fries, frozen veggies

Monday: Slow Cooker Beer & Cheese Potato Chowder

Tuesday: bacon, mushroom, and onion frittata

Wednesday: panko-crusted fish, frozen veggies, garlic bread

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Lentil Soup, salad and bread

Saturday: Pepperoni Pizza BurgersPotato Skins

We aren't being super healthy this week it seems. Some days are better than others, ha!

What's on your menu this week?