Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sunshiney baby


We're ready for SUN.  I am so done with the cold.  Fifty degrees is not cutting it- I want EIGHTY!  I'm ready for popcicles, lemonade, and tan lines.  And flip flops... ohhhhh flip flops. 

Yes I realize that I'll be the size of a house this summer.  Don't care.  Bring it on.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Updside Down Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Pregnancy Update: 20 weeks

Happy Halfway!  I'm now pregnant with a cantaloupe-sized baby... weird to think about.  I can't believe how the time has flown so far.




I'm feeling great right now.  I've happily passed the "chunky" looking stage and am noticably pregnant for the most part.  I rarely feel queasy anymore and my energy has returned.  I do feel much bigger than my non-pregnant self, but it's still fairly easy to me to manuver through doorways and grocery store isles.  Check back in a few months and I might be telling a different story. 

Though I've noticed quite a bit of growth these past four weeks, my weight hasn't changed much.  This really suprised me when I went for my last appointment.  I was sure that I'd see my number jump, but in actuality I think I'd only gained a pound or less.  This puts my total weight gain so far at about 10 or so pounds, exactly where I was at this point in my first pregnancy.

About a week and a half ago we found out that we're expecting a little girl.  That has really set in and I find myself looking at little girl clothes wherever I go.  Her bedding was ordered and arrived last week.  This past weekend Hubs, Dominic, and I went to Lowes to pull a bunch of paint samples for her room.  I love painting... and kids' rooms have to be the most fun of all.  Dominic's room is my favorite in the house right now.  I'm sure our little girl's room will rank right up there too.  We're planning on splitting the walls with white chair rail like we did in his room.  The bottom half will be aqua and the top half will be light purple.  I can't wait to update as we start that project! 


As for my cravings, I'm loving tart things right now.  I've been drinking a LOT of lemon water.  I also have a new favorite fruit- yellow plums.  omg.  I tasted one about a month or two ago that my Mother-in-Law brought home from work and I've been on the hunt for them ever since.  I hadn't had any luck and was settling for nectarines.  Then, the last time we were grocery shopping my husband shouts from across the produce section, "Look!" as he's waving a yellow plum around.  Awesome.  If you've never had a yellow plum, track one down and eat it.  You'll thank me.  They are delicious.

So that's pretty much all for now.  We're super busy clearing out our "extra" bedroom, which was once Dominic's playroom.  We have so much crap to get rid of.  We're also preparing to transition Dominic into a toddler bed so that his crib can move into the new baby's room.  Wish us luck.  I'm really hoping it goes smoothly because I desperately value my sleep right now.  It took us 16 long months to get to a point where he was sleeping through the night and I hate to disrupt the good thing we have going now, which is partly why he's still in a crib.  If it's not broken, don't fix it!  .... until you have a new baby on the way.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The hairy debate

... to cut or not to cut.

If you frequent my blog you have probably noticed that my son's hair is on the long side.  If you know me in real life you've probably witnessed him sporting a dissheveled mop on more than one occasion.  The thing is, I love his hair long.  And by long, I mean not buzzed.  No offense to mothers of buzzed little boys out there (because honestly there are days I consider it) but I just can't bring myself to get him a clipper cut.  I just feel like he has the rest of his life to shave his head.  There is just something so sweet about a little boy with a wild head of hair.  Unfortunately, lately his semi-curly hair was getting a bit out of wack.  Try as I might, no wet comb or hair dryer would make it look half presentable on his "bad days". 

This is a before shot (from St. Patrick's day):


So in we went to the salon for probably the fifteenth time in his short two years for yet another hair cut.  My stylist (whom I love) does a great job at cleaning up his style without leaving him bald.  It's a great compromise between keeping the length and still looking a bit more polished.  This was his first time ever sitting by himself in the chair... something he resisted but eventually gave into.  He kept still the entire time and was rewarded with a lollipop... and the 'oooohs' and 'aaaaahs' of every lady in the shop.

And here he is after his haircut:


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Puddin' Pie

One word- yummy!  I love chocolate pudding pie and I love making different variations of it for holidays and special occasions.  This past Thursday I made a minty version for St. Patrick's day that was SO delicious and refreshing.  I really enjoy the choco-mint combo and will definitely be making this one again.



You'll need:
- An Oreo cookie pre-made pie crust
- 1 Lg (5 oz) package of Chocolate Cook & Serve Pudding (do NOT use instant)
- 3 cups of 2% milk
- 1 tub of Cool Whip
- 3/4 teaspoon pure mint extract
- Green food coloring

Step 1: Open the pie crust and set near the stove so it's ready for you to pour the cooked pudding into.  Cook the pudding as directed on the package.  It's super simple.  You just whisk together the milk and pudding mix in a medium saucepan over med-high heat until boiling.  The most important thing is that you must keep stirring constantly.  It won't take long to boil and if you stop whisking for even a few seconds you will end up with lumps from the pudding sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Step 2: Once the pudding has come to a full boil, remove from heat.  Continue to stir gently for another few minutes.  This allows the pudding to cool slightly.  Using a flexible spatula to scrape the sides of the saucepan, carfully pour all pudding into the waiting pie crust.  The pudding should be the perfect amount to fill the crust.

Step 3: Allow the pudding to cool on your counter top for about 5 minutes, or until you can safely handle it.  Tear a piece of plastic wrap slightly larger than the diameter of the pie.  Lightly place the plastic wrap onto the surface of the pudding.  Be sure to press it all the way to the edges of the crust.  This will prevent a "skin" from forming while it cools.  Place the pie into the fridge and allow to set overnight or at least a few hours.  The results seem to be better if you make it the night before because the crust softens just slightly and is less likely to crumble when cut.

Step 4:  While the pie is cooling, empty the contents of the Cool Whip tub into a medium mixing bowl.  Add the mint extract and a few drops of green food coloring (or one of the other mix-ins below).  Mix well using a flexible spatula.  Add additional food coloring until you achieve the desired color, mixing every few drops added.  I think I ended up adding a total of about 15 drops to my Cool Whip, which was much more than I expected to have to add.  Spoon the Cool Whip mixture back into the tub.

Step 5:  Just before serving, remove the pie from the fridge and carefully peel off the plastic wrap.  Spoon the Cool Whip mixture on top of the set pie.  Gently spread the topping around so there is an even layer.  Slice pie into 8 even pieces and serve.  Enjoy!

Other Mix-In topping ideas:
- 1/4 cup Strawberry preserves
- 1/2 small package of Pistacio flavored instant pudding mix
- 1/2 cup Oreo cookie crumbles
- 3/4 tsp orange extract and orange food coloring
- 1/2 cup chopped marichino cherries

Friday, March 11, 2011

Pregnancy Update: We're having a girl!

My appointment last night couldn't come soon enough.  Once we got back to the exam room, the first question the ultrasound technician asked us was, "Before I get started, do you want to find out the gender today?"  My husband and I said in unison, "Yes!"  So I hopped up on the table and she began. 

First off, the images were shockingly clear.  It was so amazing.  We just kept remarking how we could pretty much tell what everything was.  The tech was so sweet and took her time talking to us and explaining everything she was looking at.  She told us about all of the important things she was checking for, since this was our 'big' anatomy scan.  Unfortunately, she was not able to get a couple of the shots she was trying for, including the nose and lips picture.  She told us that we would have to come back in about a month for another try at that. 


She was, however, able to finally get a clear potty shot.  She froze the screen and asked us, "What do you think?"  I knew exactly what I was looking at.  hah.  I said, "Girl." and she confirmed. 

We are having a little girl! 

I am so excited to have one of each.  I love having my sweet boy, and I know there is nothing like the relationship between a mother and son.  But, I'm so excited for my husband to have a "daddy's girl".  I couldn't sleep last night.  I was up dreaming of hair clips and painted piggy toes. 

As for the baby bedding decision, we made one!  We ended up going with our original girl bedding choice.  We had to get the pieces from different places since the set is being discontinued and no longer fully in-stock at Babies 'R' Us.  I was able to get most of the accessories that remained at the store and my awesome in-laws ordered the bedding set from babysupermall.com.  I am so in love with this design!  Like I mentioned in my 16 week update, I'm not a big fan of pink.  I also don't like bugs of any sort- ladybugs, butterflies, etc.  This set had exactly what I was looking for- purple flower design with a less girly accent color (aqua) that we could use throughout the room.  I can't wait to put it all together.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Anticipation


Tonight we will (hopefully) find out if we're expecting a little girl or a little boy.

Although this pregnancy seems to be going rather quick, this past week the seconds have ticked by.  I have no solid "feelings"... some days I think boy, others I think girl.  So either way will be a suprise!

I can't wait to make the announcement.  Everyone out there in blog land wish us luck!  Hopefully our little one won't be shy and will give us a good peek :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

leave it to me to wait until the eleventh hour.. literally.



"Feeding the Ducks"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Stop what you're doing and read this.

This post by Single Dad Laughing has got to be one of the most moving posts I've ever read. 

http://www.danoah.com/2010/09/you-just-broke-your-child.html

As a parent I often think about how my actions will shape my child.  After reading this post I did a mental recap of our day.  I cringe at the fact that I told him to "get a grip" as he tried to squirm out of his stroller when it came to a stop while we were at the mall today.  I smile as I think about our watercolor paintings that are drying on our kitchen table as I type. 

Ladies, I hope this blog post touches you the way it touched me.  Please please share it with your husbands.  It's good to be shaken once in a while, to re-evaluate the way you parent your children.  Take the time to hug your babies.  Sing with them.  Paint with them.  Tell them that they're smart and funny and the best at whatever they are doing at that moment. 

Normally I look forward to bedtime, for quiet and rest in my house.  Right now I'm looking forward to tomorrow morning.  I'm looking forward to milky smiles and little boy bed head.  I think the world of my child and I'm going to work harder to make sure he never forgets it.

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