Monthly Archives: March 2012

Newest addiction

Have you been to Etsy yet?

If you haven’t. . . don’t! Save yourself. Smile 

If you have. . . then you know why I am addicted. . . especially with all the cute baby stuff that’s out there.

The only problem with Etsy is that you have to look through a lot of stuff to find things you might be interested in, but it is totally worth it.

Check out these cute baby things: (That I may have bought this week. . .)

Winnie the Pooh burp cloths

Winnie the Pooh Burp Cloths Set - PICK YOUR PRINTS

Paw Prints Fabric Pacifier Clip

Paw Prints Fabric Pacifier Clip -- Universal -- Soothie - Paw Print Felt Embellishment

Burp Cloth Set for Baby Boy – Puppy Dogs & Pawprints

Burp Cloth Set for Baby Boy - Puppy Dogs & Pawprints

And the things I haven’t bought yet. . .

Dog Paw Print Baby Bodysuit Onesie

Dog Paw Print Baby Bodysuit Onesie

I think I could totally do this on my own. . . some fabric paint and Abby’s paws. … craft project!

Doggy Hearts Bib

Doggy Hearts Bib - READY TO SHIP

Puppy Paw Plaid Doggy Nursery Name Sign Plaque

***Not our baby name*** But after we name him, I think these are the letters I am going to get for the nursery for over his crib.

Puppy Paw Plaid Doggy Nursery Name Sign Plaque - Personalized Name Sign - Hanging Wall Letters - Baby Kids Custom Letters

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Craving and Aversions

I thought it would be fun to reflect on my pregnancy and share with you all my weird food habits during this pregnancy. . .

Cravings!

Pickles

Typical pregnancy stereotype. . . but I loved pickles – although not just any pickles… they had to be Claussen Dill pickles!

Orange juice

It just tasted so good! I even cried over it one night. . . seriously – pregnancy hormones are no joke! Winking smile 

Fiber One Bars: Oats and Chocolate

These were my go to snack. As I got further along in my pregnancy, I found that I would have to snack more frequently. This was the perfect size and amount and easy to take with me in the car or my purse.

Aversions

Caribou coffee 

Oh, it was so terrible in the first trimester when my normal caramel skim latte had NO appeal to me. . . Thankfully, it got better into the second and third trimester, and I was able to have my normal (well, half-caffeine) latte in the morning. .. but then just recently into the third trimester my taste buds are playing an evil trick on me and my normally favorite place for lattes – Caribou Coffee – tastes just awful! I hope things turn around again soon!

Fish

I never have really liked fish or the smell of fish, but during pregnancy, I can’t even be around it. If anyone in the lunchroom at work has fish or the worst –tuna fish – I can’t even be in there to eat lunch!

Meat

I have always been picky when it comes to meat, but it has intensified during pregnancy. I was pretty routinely eating turkey sandwiches for lunch until about 2-3 weeks ago, when I had one bite of turkey that was just weird and since then – I can’t even think about eating a turkey sandwiches – seriously, I am almost gagging just thinking about it right now!

Yogurt

I usually love chobani yogurt, but just does not taste good right now. . .

Veggies

My usual salads or side veggie with dinner has been absent for most of this pregnancy. Just doesn’t sound or taste good. Thankfully, I have been able to sneak some veggies into dishes and have been able to snack on fresh baby carrots to get my nutrients in!

I am looking forward to having my taste buds go back to ‘normal’ after the baby is born. I am planning on breast feeding though so it will be interesting to see what changes in my diet I will have to make depending on how they affect the baby!

If you are or have been pregnant: what are some of your craziest food cravings or aversions? And if your not pregnant – what food are you loving right now???

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38 weeks!

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The past two weeks:

  • The ladies at work surprised me with a baby shower/potluck!
  • Scott installed the car seat
  • We took a breast feeding class
  • We celebrated Scott’s 31st birthday
  • Minnesota has had record highs for March – 80+ degrees
  • Still running!
    • Took Scott and Abby for a couple slow runs outside with the nice weather. Also, did a run with my Dad and Abby too.
  • My rings still fit. . . but the ankles are swollen after a long day in clinic!
  • Abby seems to know ‘something’ is coming because she is wanting more attention every day! She still wanders into the nursery daily to check things out. . . I hope she still goes in there when the baby comes!
  • When I was out on a walk with Abby, I passed a grandfather with his 2 grandkids, a 6 year old girl and a 4 year old boy. As I got passed them, I hear the boy whisper to his grandfather, “Grandpa, that lady has a baby in her tummy!” So cute!
  • I continue to love every kick, jab and twist of the baby
  • As of the doctors appointment yesterday, baby is 6 pounds 13 ounces!
  • 14 days until the due date!

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My pregnancy must-haves

One of the things that was super helpful to me during my pregnancy was reading other people’s blogs (Emily at Daily Garnish and Gina at Fitnessista) who were blogging through their pregnancy. And the pages I always bookmarked were the list of “must-haves.”

So, I thought I would put together my own must-have pregnancy list!

Body pillow

I just bought a Target body pillow with a super soft cuddly (and hot!) cover, but I know Boppy makes a body pillow specifically for pregnancy too.

Stretch mark cream/lotion

I have no idea if it made any difference at all, but it at least made me feel better to lotion up my belly after showers. It also helped with itchy skin. I think the biggest thing for stretch marks is to gain weight slowly thru pregnancy (as much as you can!) I used Palmer’s Cocoa Butter – again from Target. You can spend a lot of money on stretch mark cream and “belly butters” but not sure it is really worth it because they say nothing really prevents stretch marks. . .

Bravado nursing bras

Thank you to Gina for posting about this bra. I bought one about 28 weeks and have been wearing it almost every day since then. I actually just ordered another one and a nursing tank too. They are a little spendy (i.e. more than nursing bras at Target) and not the prettiest, but they are super comfortable and fit really nice.

Pre-natal vitamins

A must-have during pregnancy! As soon as you are thinking about starting a family it is important to get started on pre-natal vitamins. They have extra folic acid to help with baby’s brain and spinal cord development, which is really important during all of pregnancy – but especially early in pregnancy, maybe even before you realize you are pregnant!

Baby Center

A good website for general info about pregnancy and babies. And if you sign up, they will send you weekly emails with updates and information specific to how many weeks pregnant you are! And the most fun thing – they compare baby to a food. . . i.e. when I first started baby was a sesame seed and now he is a Crenshaw melon. (ya I don’t know what that is either. Smile )

Comfortable workout clothes

Just as when you’re not pregnant, when you’re pregnant, working out is easier if you feel good about yourself and have some workout clothes that fit and make you feel cute! I love my shirt that I got from for two fitness. It is extra long to cover the growing belly with side rouching to fit comfortably.

Supportive husband

Someone to hug you when you are crying about orange juice and don’t know why. Someone to tell you every day how beautiful you are. Someone to put together the crib, swing, and install the car seat. Someone who is just as excited about the baby as you are! My husband was/is all of these things and more!

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Self control against all cute baby things

There are so many cute baby things out there! Especially if you are addicted to Etsy like I am. Smile The hardest thing is to wait until the baby showers are over and to see what you need before you start buying up the whole baby section!

Healthy diet, exercise and sleep

Good for you and baby! And important for a healthy and happy pregnancy. I think I have had a pretty good pregnancy (so far – knock on wood!) because I have tried to keep a fairly healthy diet and not letting the fact that I am pregnant mean that I can eat ice cream all day without any consequences. I have really kept the fact that any weight I put on during pregnancy, has to come off after pregnancy! Exercise, staying active – for me – running – has been really important to me to keep myself feeling good, keeping tabs on the weight gain and helping with sleep at night! Everyone tells you to sleep as much as you can before the baby comes. . . well..  . that is a good thought, but since you can’t bank sleep, isn’t the most useful advice. But, making sure that you are getting the sleep you need during pregnancy (which might be more than you used to need), is useful to making you feel good throughout your pregnancy!

If you are pregnant or have been pregnant – what are your “must-haves” for pregnancy? If you’re not pregnant – what are your current “must-haves” in your life?

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The nursery!

Before. . .

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After. . .

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Lots of books ready for reading!

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Another etsy.com purchase – cloth toy bin with puppies on it!

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Cute little baby clothes – seriously how do you fold these things???051

These little hangers just kill me – and I love all the footie sleepers.

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The changing table

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with super cute ‘puppy love’ cover (*cough* another etsy.com purchase *cough*)

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IKEA shelf

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Swing! Hope he likes it. Smile

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Car seat. Can’t wait to put him in it and bring him home.

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Shelf for closet organization = storage for diapers!

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Super comfy rocker/recliner

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Stuffed animals keeping the crib occupied for now. . .

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Bouncer/vibrating seat – awesome baby shower gift from my little sister!

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Scott and Abby checking out the toys.

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Just have a few more pictures to hang and we should be ready for baby! I also have some letters that I want to get (puppy themed – of course!) for his name to hang over the crib but have to wait until he is born and we figure out what his name is!

37 weeks today! 20 days to go (if he comes on his due date – which less than 10% of babies do!) Winking smile

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36 weeks!

36 weeks. . . officially 9 months pregnant! Wow. That is just crazy. Smile 

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From babycenter.com

Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long.

And he is pointed in the right direction – head down at the last OB appointment!

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Some thoughts from the past 2 weeks:

HOT! This morning, Scott woke up and found me in just a t-shirt and underwear, snuggled with my body pillow and no covers. He said just the right thing: “You’re hot!” J I woke up in the middle of the night, so hot, so I took off my flannel pants and threw off all the covers. I can’t sleep without the body pillow, which unfortunately, has a very warm flannel cover. I am usually the one that goes to bed in long sleeves and pants and hogs all the covers, so this is a huge change!

Reflux – I never knew acid reflux could be so awful. Thankfully it only really bothers with working out, but it keeps going after I am done with my work out. Last night I rode the bike on the trainer in the basement and OMG, I thought I was going to die, ok, not really, but almost! I was still able to get my workout done, and took a handful of tums afterwards. . .

Swelling – it has started! Especially after a long day at work. . . boo. Thankfully only in the ankles – wedding ring still fits!

Tired – I feel asleep on the couch last night at 8:30! Scott woke me up at 9 because I was snoring!

Hungry – this baby is growing and needs food! I make it through the day with lots of (healthy) snacks. I don’t think I would have survived my pregnancy without oat and chocolate fiber one bars.

Excited – we got the car seat last night, so I think we are *ready* for the baby. . . meaning we have all the ‘stuff’ but are still both totally freaked out about bringing home a baby! Scott commented last night that it will be so weird to put a baby in the car seat and bring it home. I can’t agree more!

Belly Button watch– still not an outie. . . Scott is still waiting. Winking smile

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The nursery is almost all put together . . . hope to have a post up later this week with the finished product!

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Less than one month to go. ..

Outtakes!

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He went back for seconds. . . Balsamic (crockpot) Chicken

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My husband never almost never goes back for seconds. He eats dinner. Thanks me for making said dinner. Then, waits 2 seconds, and asks what  is for dessert (his real love and the reason he runs – see why we are totally made for each other?). But the other night, I made a new recipe – balsamic chicken. And he wasn’t even done with his first serving before he was back in the kitchen for more. He told me three (three!) times what a good dinner this was. . . And then waited 2 seconds and asked what was for dessert – cause hey, some things never change! lol. Smile 

And even more support of how wonderful this recipe was – the next night – he asked if he could have it as leftovers. . . as much as he doesn’t eat seconds… I usually have to trick him into eating leftovers!

The recipe is from SkinnyCrockPot.

And for me – soooo easy to make. Throw all ingredients into the crockpot and cook for 4 hours. Serve over cooked pasta. Sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Done.

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Chunks of tomatoes, balsamic softened onions, chicken so tender from cooking in the tomato/balsamic liquid you can shred it with a fork along with a beautiful sauce that goes perfectly with pasta.

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Next time: must serve with garlic bread to soak up that awesome sauce!

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Make this! Smile 

Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 t each dried oregano, basil, rosemary
  • 1/2 t thyme
  • ground black pepper and salt to taste

Directions

1. Pour olive oil on bottom of slow cocker
2. Add chicken breasts and salt and pepper each breast
3. Put sliced onion on top of chicken
4. Add dried herbs and garlic cloves
5. Pour in vinegar
6. Top with tomatoes
7. Cook on high 4 hours
8. Serve over pasta and top with cheese

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Talking Dog Video

Happy Friday! Hope you are having a great day. The sun is shining here and it is a beautiful day.

If you ever need a pick-me-up, check out this cute talking dog video. So funny and super cute!

I think the first video is the funniest but there are some cute bits in this second video too. . .

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Vegas Baby Vegas!

Scott and I recently went to Las Vegas for a long weekend (Thursday to Monday). I was there for a medical conference on Women’s Health and Scott tagged along for a little vacation before the baby comes in April.

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I had never been to Vegas before so I was super stoked about the trip.

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We stayed at the Bellagio, which was fabulous!

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We had a view of the fountains… You could turn your TV onto the “fountain channel” and when the fountains were on, you could listen to the music that goes with the fountain show. That was the best part of the trip. Sitting next to each other in our hotel room, watching the fountains and the people through the floor to ceiling window.

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Our other favorite thing: blueberry French toast at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel.

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I had done some looking at other people’s blogs before going to Vegas for recommendations on what to do while we were there and everyone said to eat at this restaurant for breakfast. It was so good that we ate there on Sunday and Monday for breakfast!

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Other activities we did. . .

· Walked around lots!

· Shopping inside Caesar’s Palace

· Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3

· Crazy desserts at the Sugar Factory

· Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay

· Fleur (by Hubert Keller) at Mandalay Bay

· LOVE The Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil show at Mirage

· Watching the lions at the MGM Grand

· Lunch buffet at Bellagio

Also, since we knew we were going to Vegas in January, for Christmas I gave Scott a gift certificate for an Exotics Racing experience.

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We went to the Las Vegas Outdoor Motor Speedway and Scott got to drive a Ferrari F430!

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I also drooled over the Porsche. . .
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And of course we had to come home with something for the baby. . .

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It was a great trip overall!

My recommendations for anyone going to Vegas:

· Bellagio Hotel with a fountain view

· Mon Ami Gabi blueberry French toast

· Watching the lions at MGM Grand

· Cirque du Soleil show – LOVE was amazing!

· Walking around and checking out all the hotels

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34 weeks!

Ok Ok so if you are paying attention – it has almost been 3 weeks since my last pregnancy post (stupid blog posting issues! ***which will hopefully be completely resolved this week with the purchase of a new laptop!). .. and so *technically* I am 35 weeks today! 35 days to go.

But let’s go back to 34 weeks. . .

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I *love* this personalized shirt I ordered from Etsy.com. .. so cute and perfect for a baby shower! Smile 

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From my babycenter.com weekly emails: at 34 weeks the baby –

now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long.

I also had my first baby shower! My little sister, Laura, threw me the best baby shower. She made that diaper cake! She also may or may not be addicted to Pinterest! Winking smile 

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It was a nice group of friends of mine and Scott’s. And my best friend, Peggy, was there in spirit from Colorado, and sent the most precious box of baby goodies. I felt so special and loved by everyone and feel so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life who are just as excited about the new baby as Scott and I are!

Check out the spread of food – cute mini finger sandwiches (the cucumber cream cheese rocked!). . .

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Beautiful fresh fruit. . .

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Super cute cake balls with baby blue ribbons. . .

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And another friend of mine, Jodi, made this super cute Whinnie the Pooh and Friends cake (BTW I love Tigger!)

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Thoughts from the past 2-3 weeks

· I am hot! I can’t wear sweaters to work cause I will melt…short sleeve t-shirts in the middle of winter. love it.

· The baby is taking up more room and pushing everything up – which lead to horrible acid reflux when I am exercising! Thankfully lots of tums is a quick fix.

· My feet are getting farther away. . . I’m not ashamed to tell you that I have had Scott take off my shoes cause I don’t want to have to try to bend down to untie them.

· I have been excited the whole pregnancy to meet this little baby but as we are getting closer, I can feel my excitement growing. To meet him, snuggle him, watch my husband being a Dad.

· I am soooo hungry! I have been eating a lot more snacks and staying well hydrated too. My Baby Center email at 32 weeks said that for the last 8 weeks, you should gain about a pound per week (an extra 500 calories per day) and the baby will get 1/2 of that. He is basically just growing and plumping up now until delivery. Most developmental stuff is done!

· Sleeping on your side is hard! The other night, I just couldn’t get comfortable on either side. So looking forward to being able to sleep on my back and stomach again.

· My husband continues to be on “belly button watch.” He is super excited (and has been since about 14 weeks) for my belly button to “pop” out. Every week, since about 18 weeks, he is convinced that it is so close and will happen any day.

· I continue to cross my fingers: still no swelling – I can and still am wearing my engagement and wedding rings!

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I hope that Abby is as excited to meet this baby as she is about the treat in my hand! Smile 

Hope you are having a great Friday . .  any big plans for the weekend? Scott and I have another baby shower on Saturday and plan to spend more time in the nursery getting things organized and as ready as we can! Hopefully, some pics and updates for you next week!

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