Sunday, August 14, 2016

What's cooking this week?

Sunday mornings are for jammies! That's a thing, right? We are lounging over here. There's lots to do around the house. It will get done, but I'm in no rush.
Sunday: BBQ at Mom & Dad's house! (Gotta love it!)
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Cucumber Avocado Subs
Thursday: Pulled Pork with sweet potatoes and mixed veggies
Friday: Roasted Garlic Spinach White Pizza

For most of this weekend, the theme has been "RELAXATION". Not total "laying around the house all day" kind of relaxation, but "taking it easy and enjoying quality time doing homey things" kind of relaxation.

Yesterday, we had some Mommy/Ella time in the morning when we went shopping for her new "dancin' shoes". My baby started dance class this past week, she's a natural of course! We also bought lots of goodies to finish of Lil Sissy's room. At night, we met up with friends for dinner, dancing and ice cream with the kiddos.
Tonight we are going to my parent's house for a BBQ, and then Grandma may come back to my house to put Ella to bed so Hubs and I can watch the last episode of Game of Thrones with my dad on his fancy-schmancy new TV! We literally binge watched that entire series in a little under 2 months. LOVE it! Now we have to wait for season 7 like normal people?! We need something new to get into...suggestions?! 

So that's it over in our world. Enjoying one more day of chilling before we get back to the grind! 

Happy Sunday! 
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Saturday, August 13, 2016

36 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

Baby Girl is the size of a chihuahua...or a cabbage patch doll!
Whoa, she's getting big, I promise....this pic seems to be a bit deceiving. I don't know if it's the angle, or the black shirt but I'm glad I snapped this one a few days prior. Now, this is a little more realistic!
At my appointment on Wednesday, I found out that I'm two centimeters dilated already! I'm not surprised because I've been feeling all kinds of pressure lately. She feels very low and it doesn't particularly feel very good! The news doesn't excite me too much because I know there's really no way to know if this means she's coming early or not. I'd like her to cook a little longer despite the fact that I'm very OVER being pregnant. Regardless, I'm trying reallyyyyyy hard not to rush whatever time I have left and enjoy our last days of being a family of three. My next appointment is on Tuesday, so we'll see if I'm progressing any more. I'm trying not to put too much stock into it though. 
As you can tell, I've been taking more photos of the bump these days. I never know which bumpdate is going to be my last. I had to take this one of my shiny coconut oiled belly the other day! Just weighed myself...I've gained exactly 30 pounds so far (same as 36 weeks with Ella). I'm super bloated and noticing that I'm seriously retaining water. I've been vigilant in making sure I'm drinking lots of water. There's nothing worse than waking up with cramps in my ankles and calves. The goal is to avoid that altogether! Speaking of waking up...I wake up anywhere from 4-6 times per night. Getting up to go potty is not as big of an issue for me as the actual act of getting up out of bed. It takes a lot of effort. Looking forward to having a core that works again!

Two more weeks left of work! It has been intense, I'll just leave it at that! I'm planning to stop working about a week before my due date (I'm about 90% sure of this, may extend it if I'm feeling fabulous). It would be nice to have a little time home to prepare for Lil Sis. Her room is coming along, it's starting to look like a newborn is going to be living here soon! Hubs, Ella and I are getting very excited! 

Click HERE to check out 36 weeks with Ella Rose! 
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Sunday, August 7, 2016

What's cooking this week?

We are less than a month out from my due date, and something tells me I should get getting going on stocking that freezer with food for after baby! I did this with Ella and it was SO helpful to have the option of many ready-to-go meals within that first month. Right now I still have some frozen sauce, but that's about it. Here's what else I'm adding to the mix. 
Sunday: Manicotti (parents are coming over!) and a side salad
Tuesday: Double batch of chili in the crock pot (freezing 1-2 meals worth)
Wednesday: Pasta Aglio E Olio with broccoli
Thursday: Crispy Cheddar Chicken (making 2 trays, freezing one) with brown rice and broccoli (leftover from night before)
Friday: Turkey Meatloaf (making 2 freezing one) with red potatoes and green beans

Awesome! I'm SO excited to not only have EASY things planned for the week, but also to be able to say I'll have 3-4 more meals ready to go for future lazy dinners. Standing in my kitchen and spending a ton of time cooking does not appeal to me. I'll get back into my more adventurous cooking mode someday soon. For now, keeping it easy and cooking in bulk when possible.

My parents are coming by for dinner tonight and I'm clearing out not all, but some of my frozen Sunday sauce. I hope to be able to make one more big batch before baby sometime in the next few weeks. That's always good to have around!

We are having a stay-at-home day. I'm excited, even thought this means I'll be cleaning bathrooms and bedrooms! Poor baby's room is still a disaster, all of her clothes we will need in the beginning are washed but they don't have a home yet because we've been shuffling furniture around. Let the nesting finally begin! Baby Girl's nursery WILL be in some kind of order by the end of today. Also, that hospital bag WILL be packed for real this time. #SUNDAYGOALS

Next week is the first full week since we've gone "back to school'! We are really in school mode now. Here are some pics of our first day on Thursday. Ella switched to a new building and seems like such a big girl now that she's started Pre-K 3! When I picked her up on Thursday, she proudly said "Mommy, this is my new school"! Love my smiley girl! XO
Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week! 
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

35 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

THIRTY FIVE weeks! People keep telling me I look small, but I sure feel GIANT this week! Baby Girl is the size of a bunch of carrots, which is a weak comparison. I looked up alternatives and decided that a pineapple is way more fun to say!
I'm not sure how much weight I've gained, it's not like I weigh myself often....and I just ate a donut so it will have to wait until next week! I'd be willing to bet it's at least two more pounds since I last checked a week ago. My belly is rounding out a lot more and baby is starting to drop! The pressure on my pelvis is getting intense, but not enough to alleviate the squishing of my lungs. I feel full all the time, even when I'm hungry. Does that make sense? It doesn't to me either, but it's the only way to describe it!

Here's another thing that makes no sense. Even though I'm waking up anywhere between 4 and 7 times during the night to pee....I'm still sleeping well. I'm as comfortable as I can be at this stage and falling back to sleep is never a problem. That's probably because I'm exhausted and working like a dog. Everyone keeps telling me to "take it easy" but there is sooooo much to be done at the beginning of the school year it's impossible to do any such thing. I'm work. Somehow I need to really make a switch and nest at home because it is time! I swear I'll have that hospital bag packed tomorrow for real. I've been talking about it for weeks now! 

My girl is moving around so much in there but instead of being quick, fluid kicks and jabs, it's more like slow stretching and rolling around. It's so weird, and feels like she's bruising me in a few spots. She's such a strong little lady! 

My work wardrobe is limited, even my maternity clothes are getting tight and uncomfortable. My khaki capris are not long for this world. I may wear them one more time but with a long shirt, juuuuust in case. It looks like the seam is about to give. I have a pair in blue and black, so now I'm scared! I have about 3(ish) weeks left of work, so it's going to have to stretch...literally!

Thursday was the first day of school. I wore the same dress as I did on the first day of school when I was pregnant with Ella. Remember, I'm on the exact same track as I was since my due dates are only 1 day apart. Look how much smaller that belly looked 3 years ago!
 I'm thinking Sko Dos is going to be at least a 7 pounder (Ella was 5 lbs. 13 oz.)! Calling it now! Three days ago I said at least the days go by, my "guesstimates" are increasing! Here's a (ridiculous) pic I took about an hour ago, before the donut. Tomorrow is 36 weeks, that's nuts! Less than a month until my due's almost time to meet Sissy!
Click HERE to check out 35 weeks with Ella Rose! 
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Sunday, July 31, 2016

34 Week Bumpdate #BabySkoDos

I'm so late posting this! My app has already switched to 35 weeks so I don't even know how big Baby Girl is. I think it was some type of cabbage...or maybe also a baguette?! Oh well, let me dramatically fill you in on my 34th week....
I gained another pound. That means I've gained 27 pounds so far. My biggest challenge has been staying hydrated. Work has been ridiculously busy and I just can't get enough water in no matter how hard I try. It's a priority I swear, I'm somehow falling short because my braxton hicks have been in full swing, not to mention all the charlie horses and cramps I wake up with every night and morning.

Nowwww, let's get the complaints out there. I'm exhausted. Everything hurts. It's official...I'm to "that" point. I'm ready to not be pregnant anymore. Just. So. Done. And the heat! OMG, my office is a sauna! That's not the hormones (although I'm sure everyone thinks I'm the crazy overheated pregnant lady)'s downright HOT!

No matter what though, I'm SO excited about work! There's nothing like the fresh start of a brand new school year, it's one of my favorite parts about being a school counselor. The goal is to put on my happy face and crank these next few weeks out! Students start on Thursday and the 16/17 year is already off to a great start! Despite the excitement, I'm thinking right now isn't the best time to be writing this. I practically worked all weekend long and I'm drained both physically and mentally.  You're just catching me at a bad time. Honestly I feel decent when I wake up in the morning and I'm able to power through most of the day, but as soon as late afternoon rolls around, it's like I turn into another person. I try to get as much relaxation in as possible when I'm home. I'm really looking forward to being able to get down on the floor and actually PLAY with Ella. Poor girl probably thinks Mommy is such a lazy bum!

I have some simple meals planned for the upcoming week. I'm not sure I'll even be around much to cook so at least there's not much to think about. I haven't done a "what's cooking" post in a bit...but the plan is to clear out my freezer (grilling up meat and pairing with simple veggies...a taco salad one night...finishing some leftover sauce....nothing fancy). I want to make room for some meals for when baby gets here. When Ella was born, I stockpiled the freezer with things like turkey chili, and chicken fajitas. Maybe I'll check out some of those ready to go freezer crock pot meals I pinned ages ago. If anyone has any favorites, let me know! Right now I'm "nesting" but it's translating to my office. Switching gears to nesting at home! I should probably pack that hospital bag. I've only been talking about it for the last month!

We took some maternity photos last week with our friend Bobby. Although I didn't feel like doing a fancy formal photo shoot, it was important that I had some photos to remember this pregnancy by! It is so darn hot and humid out, it had to be quick! For being such a last minute and casual thing....I'm LOVING how these photos came out! Here are a few...
Click HERE to check out 34 weeks with Ella Rose! Ha, I was so ready at this point last time. Slackerrrrr!
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