22 Weeks!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  I seriously cannot believe it’s Wednesday already.  It’s been such a hectic week.  I couldn’t sleep at all last night.  I actually woke up in the middle of the night and started making a list of everything that I need to get done before I leave work today.  I am that crazy.  Making that list did allow me to go back to sleep though because my mind stopped racing since I wrote everything down.  I am having trouble remembering things.  Pregnancy brain is a real thing!  I have never had trouble remembering a thing in my life and now if I don’t write it down, forget about it.  I will not remember.  I don’t like that.  Do you have a good memory?  

Well this week I am 22 Weeks!  So let’s get started with my weekly recap.

22 Weeks Pregnant

22 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 22 Weeks

  • At 11 inches and almost 1 pound.  Baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. Her lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and she’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath her gums. Her eyes have formed, but her irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.
  • If you could see inside your womb, you’d be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers her body and the deep wrinkles on her skin, which she’ll sport until she adds a padding of fat to fill them in.
  • Inside her belly, her pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

How far along? 22Weeks & 4 Days

Baby’s size? A spaghetti squash

Maternity clothes? Yes, I bought a few more t-shirts and a tank top from Old Navy.  I also bought a comfortable dress to wear.  I’m thinking I will probably need to get a few more dresses/skirts to wear because the summer is going to be hot and it will be more comfortable to wear that.

Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.

Sleep: I wake up numerous times throughout the night.  I think it’s partially because my mind is racing thinking of all that I have to do and because I am uncomfortable.  I toss and turn and get up to use the bathroom several times a night.  Sometimes I will feel her moving around in there and that keeps me up because I wait to see if I will feel a strong kick.

Best moment this week: Feeling a lot of movement all the time but no strong kicks yet.  Starting to make a list of names.

Miss Anything?  I’ve been wanting a glass of wine for some reason.  I’m sure it will only get worse at my large work event with everyone having cocktails.  I will be perfectly fine with my Shirley Temple.  :)

Movement: I feel a ton of movement in my belly.  She is very active but has not kicked me yet.  I am waiting patiently.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Coffee, Decaf Iced Coffee, Texas Toast Croutons, Pineapple, Salad, Ice Cream, Cheeseburger from McDonald’s (random, haven’t had one of those in YEARS).

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Guacamole makes me sick just thinking about it and some Mexican foods.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain, tired, breakouts on my face/body, headaches, heartburn, charlie horses in my legs/feet, indigestion, feet get swollen occasionally

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: More stressed than happy or moody.  I am under a lot of pressure and stress for this week/weekend.  I just want everything to go perfectly with my work events.

Looking forward to: Finally focusing my time and effort on all things baby.  We really need to start doing a lot to prepare for our little one’s arrival.  I haven’t had the time since I’ve been so focused on my work event.  After this weekend, I am going to prepare every single way that we possibly can for this little one and to make sure she has everything that she needs/deserves.  I really would like to pick a name soon also and we need to register.

So there you have my 22 Week Recap!  It’s been quite the stressful week.  It should definitely calm down once this weekend ends and I am looking forward to relaxing and getting ready for the baby.

Have a great Wednesday!

And So It Begins!…

Hey there!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a nice weekend and a Happy Easter if you celebrate.  What did you do this weekend?  On Friday, Mike and I made dinner at home that would leave enough for leftovers for the next night so we wouldn’t have to cook.  We actually made that skillet meal that I posted about last week.  It was still so delicious.  We treated ourselves to frozen yogurt for dessert.  I haven’t had frozen yogurt in a while.  We were getting the occasional treat from our favorite water ice place but decided to switch it and get frozen yogurt.  I have to say that I think I am a bigger fan of the water ice place.  The frozen yogurt just didn’t do it for me.  I’m not sure why.  Do you prefer ice cream, water ice, or frozen yogurt?

On Saturday, I woke up early to bring my car in for service.  I was so glad that Melissa and my mom had time to pick me up so I didn’t have to sit and wait for it.  We ran some errands together and I bought a few t-shirts from Old Navy.  I still need a pair of jean capris and a few more spring/summer items but I’m buying a few things at a time and when I can find good deals.  Maternity clothes are super expensive so I wait for deals to pop up anywhere I can find them.  I’ve found that Old Navy’s t-shirts and tank tops are really comfortable.  So that makes it a bit easier to find shirts knowing that I like them from there.  I got this really cute shirt that I am wearing today:

Maternity Slub-Knit Split-Neck Tees

I’m wearing it in that exact color with a cream color scarf.  I love it.  It has such a nice shape to it and I like the neckline and the pocket on the shirt.  It’s super cute!  I really want to get another color.  I figured I would get the shirt in green because I don’t really have anything green and it’s a pretty shade of green.

Yesterday, Melissa and I spent time together after work.  I had a great time just spending time with her.  We went out to our favorite restaurant to go to together, Ruby Tuesday.  We haven’t been there in a really long time.  I tried one of their new pasta dishes and it was fantastic.  I would totally go back for it again.  It also helped that I had a coupon for us to use.  It was a nice break seeing as this week is extremely hectic for me.

This week is the week that I have been waiting for since I started my new job.  On Thursday starts events that I have been planning since I started my job in July.  The events go through the weekend.  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous.  I have worked so incredibly hard for these events and I really hope that my hard work will pay off.  My boss and I have planned the events together and I really hope that it shows how hard that I have been working to make these events a success.

I feel added pressure being pregnant.  I’m not sure how it’s all going to work out with me running around crazy and lifting and carrying things.  I’m definitely going to only do what I can do.  I don’t want to injure or harm myself or the baby.  I will do all I can.  I find it hard to ask for help when I can’t do something but I’m learning that I need to do that so I don’t get injured.  I’m just nervous all around but I’m sure things will go smoothly.

Well that’s all I have for now.  I’ll be back with my 22 Week Recap tomorrow!

Have a great day!

Fun Finds Friday: New Breakfast Items!..

Hey there!  Happy Friday to you!  I don’t know about you but I am thrilled that it’s Friday.  I am absolutely exhausted.  I didn’t sleep very well last night.  I think I might have gotten 2 hours of sleep at most.  I sure could use a cup of decaf coffee.  I’m not sure it would do anything to wake me up but it might help.  What are you doing this weekend?  Happy Easter to those who celebrate!  I’m not sure what I’m doing.  All I know is that tomorrow morning, I have to bring my car in to be serviced.  I’m really hoping that it won’t take a long time.  I hate waiting for my car to be serviced.

Anyway, today I decided to do another Fun Finds Friday post.  I am featuring new breakfast items in this post.  I love breakfast and I could eat it anytime a day and love it.  So let’s get started!

Nature Valley K-Cup Oatmeal

nature valley keurig

General Mills is going to release Oatmeal K-cup packets that can be made using the Keurig machine.  The product contains a packet of oatmeal, fruit, nuts and flavoring in the right amounts to mix with a six-ounce water dose from the Keurig.  The flavoring cup is what gets plugged into the machine.  I think this is a unique idea and I really want to try it.  I usually use my Keurig machine for hot water so I think this a neat concept and am excited to see it in stores to try it.

Taco Bell Breakfast

Taco Bell introduced their breakfast line as you can see at the end of March.  They have quite the variety of items.  I’m not sure that I really think of Taco Bell as a breakfast choice but now they at least have options for those who might be interested.

Post Honeycomb Cereal with Twisted Marshmallows

Honeycomb has introduced a new limited edition of their cereal that contains twisted marshmallows.  To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever tried honeycomb cereal.  I don’t even know what it is.  It doesn’t really appeal to me but this cereal might appeal to others so I’m posting cause I find it interesting.

iHop Cinnamon Roll Brioche French Toast

iHop has introduced a new edition to their brioche french toast, cinnamon roll.  I enjoy going to iHop for breakfast.  I think this looks delicious!  Mike has tried their brioche french toast before so I bet he would be interested in trying out this new one.

So there you have a few new breakfast items to try or think about.  Have you ever tried any of these?  Which would you most want to try?

Have a great Friday and a lovely weekend!

 

21 Weeks!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  We made it to the middle of the week already. We just have two more days to get through and then this week is done.  This week continues to be stressful for me and it’s only going to get worse as we get closer to the events next week.  I’m just hoping that I can survive all of this.  It’s a lot to handle for anyone but it’s multiplied when you are pregnant.  I’m trying to take it easy as much as I can but it’s hard when you are under a ton of pressure.

Anyway, last night when I got home from work, I started on Matzah Ball soup for Passover!  I ALWAYS make my mom’s recipe.  She really has the best recipe and it’s so simple and brings a lot of flavor.  Matzah ball soup is my favorite soup and I don’t know why I only make it on Jewish holidays.  I’m going to start making it throughout the year.  It’s that good.

A pool of matzah balls

A pool of matzah balls

A delicious bowl of Matzah Ball Soup

A delicious bowl of Matzah Ball Soup

I can’t wait to have the leftovers tonight!  I made sure to make a ton of soup because I know how much Mike and I enjoy eating it.  The soup really does bring me back to my childhood and I’ve had it every single year of my life.  I can’t wait to share this soup tradition with our daughter.  I think the most special moment will be when she can make the soup with me.  I really cannot wait for that.

Speaking of which, I am 21 Weeks this week.  Let’s get started with my recap!

21 Weeks Pregnant

21 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 21 Weeks

  • Baby now weighs about three-quarters of a pound and is approximately 10 1/2 inches long.
  • You may soon feel like she’s practicing martial arts as her initial fluttering movements turn into full-fledged kicks and nudges. You may also discover a pattern to her activity as you get to know her better.
  • In other developments, your baby’s eyebrows and lids are present now.
  • The baby swallows a bit of amniotic fluid each day (for nutrition, hydration, and to practice digesting), so she eats whatever’s on your menu — and gets to put those developing taste buds to good use.

How far along? 21 Weeks & 4 Days

Baby’s size? A pomegranate

Maternity clothes? Yes, please.  They are much more comfortable.  I bought a different dress to wear to my fancy work event and that was all the maternity clothes I bought this past week.  I really need to get a pair of jean capris and summer/spring clothes because I barely have any.

Stretch marks? No, still using lotion.

Sleep: It’s hard to sleep.  I still get up numerous times a night.  I toss and turn a lot to get comfortable.  I might need to start putting a small pillow under my stomach so I can get a better nights sleep.

Best moment this week: Clearing out a lot of the baby’s room to make room for her items.  Also, feeling a lot of twitching this week that seems to be getting stronger each day.  I hope that means I will feel a strong kick soon!

Miss Anything?  No, not at all.

Movement: I feel a ton of twitching in my belly like I mentioned above.  I still don’t feel strong kicks but I hope they are coming.

Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Coffee, Decaf Iced Coffee, Texas Toast Croutons, Pineapple, Salad, Matzah with butter on it

Anything making you queasy or sick:  The thought of Mexican food makes me not want to eat it for some reason and I love Mexican food.

Gender: Girl!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain, tired, breakouts on my face/body, headaches, heartburn, charlie horses in my legs/feet

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: I can be quite moody this week.  I think it’s because of all of the stress I’m under.

Looking forward to: Feeling those kicks from the baby and surviving my work event next week.

So there you have my 21st Week recap!  I don’t have my next appointment until the end of the month.  I’m looking forward to that appointment only to hear the baby’s heartbeat again.  That sound never gets old.

Alright, well have a lovely day!

Calm Before The Storm…

Hey there!  Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Did you do anything fun this weekend?  I got quite a few things accomplished this weekend.  On Friday, I didn’t really do much.  The extent of my Friday night was getting a gelati for dessert from my favorite water ice shop.  After a really stressful week, I knew a gelati from my favorite place would cheer me up.  That it did.

On Saturday, I went out with Melissa and my mom.  We went to quite a few stores because I was unhappy with the dress that I purchased to wear to the main event from my work next week that I’ve been planning.  There are several events that lead up to a larger event and I was just not happy with the original dress that I picked out.  Luckily, we were able to find another dress which looks much more flattering and actually has something to it.  It actually ended up being on clearance so I got an even better deal!  I was very happy with my purchase.  This is the dress that I got:

Petite Sleeveless Empire Waist Maternity Dress

It’s very flattering and I got a pair of black peep toe sandal heels to wear with it and another dress I am wearing during the events.  I was worried about wearing any of the heels that I currently have since all of those shoes have at least a 4 inch heel or higher.  I didn’t think that was a smart idea being pregnant and working these events running around.  So the shoes I got, only have about a 1-2 inch heel and are comfortable to wear.  The shoe looks like this:

Metaphor Women's Dress Shoe Stori - Navy at Sears.com

I think that will look cute with the dress.  I actually have a shoe that looks like this one but has MUCH higher of a heel on it.  I also spent under $20 for these shoes from Sears.  So that was even better!

On Sunday, Mike and I went food shopping and stocked up for the week.  We also did a ton of organizing in the baby’s room.  We made SO much progress. All that’s really left in that room now is furniture that we need to move into the garage and our computer desk that needs to be moved into our bedroom.  I’m so happy with the progress we made.  It was a lot of work but it was definitely much-needed and worth it.  I started hanging a few of the baby’s clothes in the closest that I have and it’s all starting to become more real that instead of just a second bedroom it’s going to be a nursery and a baby’s actual room.  That is exciting and scary at the same time.

Yesterday, started a hectic week.  This the week before my work’s huge events and it’s very hectic.  I’ve been stressed and running around like a crazy person.  I think I will feel extremely relieved next Sunday once everything is over.  It’s been a long and stressful road and I can’t wait for this event to come together.  After work, we went to my in-laws house for the first night of Passover.  It was nice to get together with Mike’s family.  Tonight, I will be making my mom’s recipe for matzah ball soup that I always make.  I cannot wait!  I love my mom’s recipe and I will be counting down the hours until I can make that soup tonight.  Yum!  What is a favorite family recipe of yours?

Have a great Tuesday!

The End of A Long Week!…

Hey there!  I hope you had a good week and have something fun planned for the weekend.  What are you doing this weekend?  I’m planning on cleaning out more of our second bedroom.  I’d like to tackle the shoe problem we have in our closet and transfer Mike’s sneakers into our bedroom from the second bedroom.  That means I need to get myself in gear and organize my shoes in our closet.  I don’t think it will be a problem.  I just need to do it.  I want to get as much done now while I still can lift some things and move things.  I have a feeling in a few more weeks I won’t be able to do as much.  I’m also hanging out with Melissa and my mom tomorrow.  I need to find a dress for my work event because I’m not sure I really like the one I bought to wear.  I also need a pair of comfortable yet stylish shoes to wear because all of my heels are VERY high and that is not conducive when running around like a crazy person in charge of a huge event.  So we shall see what we can find.

I know on Fridays I usually do Fun Finds Friday but today I am just not feeling it.  So I’m going to skip it for this week.  I would like to share a recipe that I tried earlier this week.  On Monday, I made this recipe for dinner.  It was for Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper.  Now, I’ve never had Hamburger Helper in my life so I wasn’t sure what to expect but this dinner was fantastic!  Mike and I couldn’t stop saying how good it was.  The only change I made from the recipe was using ground turkey instead of ground beef.  We’ve already decided that we will be making that for dinner again next week.  It actually covered two days of meals which is great.

I made Eggplant Parmesan on Wednesday so we had leftovers last night and I am bringing the rest for lunch today. I’m excited.  I love good leftovers for lunch.

I also have to mention yesterday I had to travel for work and I had the most delicious lunch!  I got lunch from Au Bon Pain which I had never been before.

I tried a Chicken Caprese Sandwich which looked similar to this one:

It was fantastic!  One of the best sandwiches I’ve gotten from a cafe like that.  It had fresh homemade pesto, arugula, grilled chicken breast, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on ciabatta bread.  It was DELICIOUS!  Of course I couldn’t leave the train station empty-handed when I saw a Crumb’s!  I got a cupcake I never tried before.

That’s right, a carrot cake cupcake!  It was delicious!  Although the weirdest part of my trip was on the train ride home, a man sat literally on top me squashing me into the train.  My boss was sitting across from me and the entire ride, this man proceeded to drink about 4 mini bottles of alcohol.  At one point he turned to me and said, “Being around a pregnant woman makes me drink for two.”  Um, I didn’t even know how to respond to that!  I was just nervous for him to get into a car and drive home.  Hopefully he wasn’t driving!  Scary!

Anyway, on that note.  I hope you have a lovely Friday and an even better weekend!  Enjoy the beautiful weather!

20 Weeks & Baby’s Gender!!…

Hey there!  Happy Wednesday!  Wednesday is becoming my favorite day of the week on here because I have been doing my baby week recap’s on Wednesday!  I love that.  I did that with Wedding posts as well.  I have a lot to share in this post so I might as well get started!

20 Weeks Pregnant

20 Weeks

Fun Facts About the Baby At 20 Weeks

  • Baby weighs about 10 1/2 ounces now.  The baby is also around 6 1/2 inches long from head to bottom and about 10 inches from head to heel.  (**our baby was actually weighing 11 ounces last week so I’m guessing it is above the average right now).
  • The baby is swallowing more these days, which is good practice for its digestive system.  Baby is also producing meconium, a black, sticky by-product of digestion. This gooey substance will accumulate in its bowels, and you’ll see it in the baby’s first soiled diaper (some babies pass meconium in the womb or during delivery).

How far along? 20 Weeks & 4 Days

Baby’s size? A banana

Maternity clothes? Absolutely!  I bought the shirt you see above on the clearance rack at Old Navy, along with a short sleeve shirt on the clearance rack and a maxi dress.  All of the items were 20% off.  You can’t beat that!  I still need quite a few spring/summer clothes in order to make it through and feel comfortable.

Stretch marks? No, using lotion daily.

Sleep: It seems like my sleep is getting worse.  I wake up several times to use the bathroom.  I toss and turn trying to get comfortable.  My nose has been getting stuffy while I sleep.  It’s rough but it’s all worth it.

Best moment this week: Feeling more twitching from the baby especially during moments when I’m really stressed.  It’s almost like the baby is saying, “it’s okay mom, I’m here.”  It makes me feel better.  Also, purchasing some baby clothes for the little one and cleaning out more of the baby’s room.

Miss Anything?  No, not that I can think of.

Movement: I feel a lot of twitching in my belly.  It feels like it’s slowly starting to become stronger.  I’m praying that I feel really strong kicks soon.  I have no patience.

Food cravings: Cheese, Pink Lady Apples, Decaf Coffee, Texas Toast Croutons, Pineapple, Salad

Anything making you queasy or sick:  The thought of guacamole completely turns me off for some reason.  I’m not sure why.

Gender: We know and you will know in a few moments!

Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!

Symptoms: Round ligament pain, tired, breakouts on my face/body, headaches

Belly Button in or out? In.

Wedding rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy but very stressed.  I have a lot of pressure on my shoulders with work and it’s a lot to handle especially when pregnant.

Looking forward to: Feeling stronger movements from our little one, buying items for the nursery and for the baby to use.

Well, let’s get to the moment that you’ve been wanting to find out!  The GENDER!  Our baby is a…..

 

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GIRL!!!!!

That’s right!  My feelings and symptoms all along were correct.  I still find that weird that I was right but we are both very happy.  We would have been happy either way as long as the baby is healthy.  It’s fun to shop for girl clothes though and I’m already planning cute outfits in my head and can’t wait to put bows in her hair and little fake uggs on her feet.  I can’t wait.

That little outfit that you see above is something that I got at the consignment sale.  I believe that sleeper was only 50 cents!  You can’t beat that.  The thing that got me are the little bunnies on the feet!  Too cute!

I feel so much better now that I have told you so I can refer to the baby as “her or she” instead of “it.”  I almost blew it the other day when I was typing that I bought her a pair of leggings and then I quickly deleted it!  Now I don’t need to worry about that.  I’m glad I was able to share with all of you.

On that note, have a lovely Wednesday!

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