Thursday, July 28, 2011

GET IN MY BELLY - a.k.a. A Baby Update

Since you asked. :)

This picture right hurr is my attempt at a top view to capture my enormous boobs and growing belly. I've never exactly been lacking in the ta-ta department, but after losing so much weight they had gotten smaller. I purchased a new size bra before I got pregnant, and got to wear it for a WHOLE MONTH! haha. Thank goodness I only bought one.

I don't have any good side views of my baby bump because my husband is a party pooper and doesn't put much effort into taking a good picture. 


As for the latest baby update, everything is good! I wish I had more frequent news to report, but I'm still at the point in my pregnancy where I only visit the doctor once a month.

I had a Penta Screen done which tells you based on your blood levels and some other things whether you are showing a high risk for having a child with downs syndrome or other chromosome abnormalities. Everything came back normal, and we look to be having a healthy baby so far!

We have another appointment next week for our monthly checkup, and he will schedule our big ultrasound to find out what brand of baby we're having. Place your bets ladies! He will send me around 21 weeks, so I imagine it will be sometime during the week of August 22nd. I'm so excited!!!!

In the process of pregnancy, you face a lot of differing opinions and preferences, and it has been a learning experience for my family. Some people are very public with images and things on facebook. Some people want their families, extended families, friends, bosses, acquaintances, dentists, and hair stylists in the room when they have their ultrasound. Or the baby for that matter. :) I am more private. I love the intimacy of a new family, of starting a future with my husband and the life that he and I created. I want maternity pictures, but I want the really special ones for my home, for my husband and I, and not for the world of facebook. (Or blogger. Sorry! I lurve you guys!)

So with that said, there have been a few people who have asked to be there when we have our ultrasound. And after discussions with Papa Lo, we decided it is our private moment. We would like to find out alone, since it will be the 3 of us in this family unit. And the rest of the family can have copies of the sonogram, or perhaps a DVD.

It is so interesting to find out what feels right to one family, and what feels right to another. At the end of the day, it is all based on love. Making these decisions together has created an even stronger relationship between Mike and I, and as much as I was once anti-kid, I have to admit my parent friends were right. My love for my husband has grown exponentially since we've created a life, and I think it will continue to grow until my heart bursts.

Coming soon to My Humble Journey, my AMAZING dinner from last night. I just forgot to take a picture, so I will have to photograph my leftovers at lunch time.

Mama Lo

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I Love You Because

I love you because, you are the most motivated individual I've ever met. I'll never have to worry about food on the table or a roof over my head. You live to provide for our family.

I love  that you have goals that will set us up for a happy future.

I love that you are a rockstar in the mini-truckin world. The first time you picked me up in your little truck at the age of 17, I never dreamed you would craft it into something that would be on magazine covers with your own two hands.

I love that after just one truck show "for fun", you made the decision to make your truck better, and WIN shows some day.

I love that you never went to school to learn all the things you know about vehicles. You are self taught. When you want something, you put in the work and learn the ropes by yourself.

I love that mechanics and body shop workers call you for advice.

I love that you suddenly got turrets when I gave you your birthday present this year. And this one time, I'll accept the pet name of "bitch", because it showed your pure surprise and joy.

I love your hands. They are rough but gentle. I know your touch. If you walk up behind me and put your hands on my shoulders, I know it's you. I feel safe when you're around.

I love the way you talk to our cats. The tough man turns into a little boy when he talks to his "kitties." Because of this, I know you are going to be a great dad.

I love that you'll work a 12 or even 16 hour day, and come home and start the dish washer or laundry.

I love that you care about your health and my health. And that you refuse to let us eat poorly (for long periods of time) and harm our bodies.

I love that you care about and support my career. Even with a baby on the way, you are excited about my professional future.

I love that you don't make me stay home, and empower me to have everything I want in life.

I love the artist in you. You are talented, and you don't even know it. 

I love that you don't let anyone make you feel inferior.

I love that you don't care what others think of you.

I love your deep blue eyes.

I love that you are 100% trustworthy.

I love that you are easy going, and even me out when I'm wound tight.

I love that you love my parents.

I love that you love me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Sorry friends, I have no pictures of this dish, but I thought I'd start posting some of the budget friendly recipes I'm making these days. I'm getting into "Mom Mode" and trying to make low cost, high volume, and healthy (for the most part) dishes to save money. We are fine in the money department, but it is way more fun to buy toys and baby clothes than an Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich. (Most days!)

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken

4 to 6 chicken breasts
salt
pepper
garlic powder
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup

-layer 2 or 3 chicken breasts in bottom of crockpot
-season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder (to taste)
-layer the remaining chicken breasts
-repeat seasoning
-in medium bowl mix together soups (do not add water
-pour soup mixture over chicken
-cook on low for 6 to 8 hours

Note: I placed them in the crockpot frozen, and they were cooked through just fine.

Serve over noodles or rice.

This was pretty good! Though it could use some veggies, and I think I like the chicken stroganoff recipe a little better. So, I'll make that in a couple weeks and share.

Tonight's dinner: BLT's!!!!!! I love summer food.

What budget friendly meals are your favorites?

~Mama Lo~

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Pregnancy brain and other ramblings

This evening I reached a new level of pregnancy brain. I was so excited to take a shower after this hawt day in the state of Missourah. I jumped out of my tight skirt, the one I thought would fit in my baby bump denial, and squeezed my arms out of the shirt.

I promptly picked up my clothes, threw them in the shower and went and stood naked in the laundry room. I was all kinds of confused, and when I returned to earth I was grateful my husband wasn't home to witness this event. I am officially a hot mess.

In other news, nobody mentioned how much worrying a mom does while she is pregnant. Or a dad for that matter. They talk about the cute baby, the pickle and potato chip sandwich cravings, the occasional barf fest, and the irrational spats of anger. Nobody told me about the irrational fear.

My husband and I have hit the point in pregnancy where I look overweight but not pregnant, there is no kicking felt yet, no frequent visits to the doctor to see everything is ok, and we're left to our imaginations and worries. What if our baby isn't healthy? What if we're one in 1300 who have a baby with downs? What if what if what if?

It is so scary going through pregnancy for people like us. We're planners. We both started careers right out of high school, I worked my way through college, we owned a house by the age of 20, and we followed our "plan" and married after I graduated from college. I have zero debt to my name besides our mortgage, and I planned my weight loss this year to the calorie burned.

And now I am in the most amazing yet scariest moment of my life. I have zero control over what happens to my baby beyond eating well and doing some light exercise. I can't plan anything that happens. This is 100% in God's hands. The safety of my baby and what happens to him or her is crafted by someone else, someone who knows best, but someone who doesn't pick up the phone and tell me the game plan directly.

Ah the life of a human. I'm ashamed to even write this, because I know it shows my lack of trust and my extreme need to have more faith. I'm working on it. Really, I am. This first time mom just has to go through the motions and growing pains of making one more sacrifice for another. This particular sacrifice is sanity.

Those are my thoughts today. They are sad, they are haunting, but I'm still so much in love with the child we're going to have. And each milestone makes me smile more than the one before.

Mama Lo

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

I really am this crazy...

I use Excel for all things in my life. Obsessively organized...

Adventures in Eureka Springs - Episode 4 - Turpentine Creek Animal Refuge

We spent quite a while on Saturday visiting Turpentine Creek Animal Refuge.They rescue mostly tigers, but lions, bears, and a few other random animals as well.

Apparently, people purchase Tigers as pets. When they grow up and weigh hundreds of pounds, they realize they can't afford to feed them, nor can they handle them. I must say though, watching the interns pet the tigers and play with them like I do my house cats, I can see why people buy them as pets. Especially the babies! They are so cute!

If you'd like to read more, visit http://www.turpentinecreek.org/

You will see the animals eating chicken. All food to feed the animals is donated by WalMart. So while WalMart gets a bad rap for a lot of their practices, I have a lot of respect for this one.


This is Bam Bam eating his fruitcicle


I want a bear after watching this precious guy



Me, Mike and a Lion

Notice the tongue hanging out. My cat does that too. :)

Bam Bam being teased by an idiot with a water  bottle





A lion pooping in his food dish. Smart one.


This Tiger is looking at my husband.

Husband to Tiger: "My cats don't like water like you do." In proper cat voice of course.



Look at that precious baby. This is why people think they can have tigers and lions as pets.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

NEW FOOD Weekend!

This weekend was a weekend FULL of BBQ’s. Thank goodness I’m knocked up, because well, I sure ate like I am. Through all the food I consumed, there were two new foods introduced to me. And I honestly can't stop thinking about them.


A friend of mine works in the HyVee meat department, and she introduced me to the amazing land of Pineapple Brats. Yes, that’s right: Pineapple and brats in the same sentence. I liked them so much that I went back to HyVee yesterday to buy some more. Normally, I have to really be in the mood to have a brat. They have a strange aftertaste and can cause me to have some serious heartburn. Not these though. I didn’t even put ketchup on them.


Picture compliments of google images

Unfortunately, the guy that gave me the brats got a little mixed up and sent me home with some jalapeno brats. We didn’t realize they were jalapeno until my father-in-law took a bite and turned 3 shades of red. They were pretty good, but the psycho side of me is thinking about going back AGAIN to get the pineapple kind after work. It’s true, I’m obsessed.

The other food find this weekend was a homemade salsa that a good friend’s girlfriend brought. I don’t know what all it had in it, but I WILL figure it out. And I will say that what made this salsa so tasty and different were cucumbers. Who would have thought that cucumbers in SALSA would be so amazing? I think at one point there were 20 people crowded around the bowl trying to get a scoop at once.

I didn't get a picture, but it looked something like this.


Source

What did YOU eat for 4th of July weekend??

This Week's Goals

So apparently even though I'm not dieting to lose weight or anything, I need to set some boundaries and goals for myself. In short, I've been lazy. My excuse through the first trimester was that I was exhausted and queasy, but I'm past that. I NEED to exercise.

I need to do something to help keep my body in shape, assist in an easy delivery, and every pregnant chick can use some stress relief.

This week's goals:

Get Movin'
Tuesday - Prenatal Yoga
Wednesday - Elliptical at work
Thursday - Prenatal Yoga
Friday - Walk
Saturday - Explore some trails near my new house (walk)

Eat!
Drink 1 glass of milk a day
Get in 8 glasses of water a day
Start incorporating veggies back into my meals (I've been slacking on this BIG time.)
Get out the weekly ad for the grocery stores and make a meal plan today.

Mama Lo needs some structure.

Wish me luck friends!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Adventures in Eureka Springs - Episode 3 - Quigley's Castle

I got a little tourist-ey on this trip, and drug my husband to all sorts of penny and diming sights. One of the more interesting attractions was Quigley's Castle. You can read the story here but basically, during the Great Depression, a woman named Mrs. Quigley tore her house down while her husband was at work, and moved her family to the chicken coop. She rebuilt the house out of rocks she had collected her entire life, and there are literally trees and crazy plants growing on the inside of the house.

Ladies, I don't know about you, but I don't think my husband would build my dream house if he came home and I had torn our house down. I think he'd create one hell of an "accident" and bury me in the yard next to the dog.


Front of the house


 

Inside the living room



Bedroom. Open area there where trees will grow up.


Wall of butterfly art.

Mrs. Quigley's last art project when she was in her 70's or 80's


Those are real butterflies. She farmed them and waited for them to open and glued them in.

Old stove. I thought that was cool.

Bottle Art/ Rock Fence

Rock Flower Pot


Table and benches make out of rocks

Back of the home


My husband creepily looking in the outhouse. He wasn't happy with what he found. 




Flower baskets made out of rocks.

So good for Mrs. Quigley. She knew what she want and made her vision come to life. I'm not much of an artist, and I don't know that I could have even dreamed a project like this. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

My Week In a Nut Shell

Bad blogger! I guess I forget that my life might be somewhat interesting, even though I'm not following a specific diet and exercise routine.

So my week in a nut shell:

Had an epiphany with a friend. She's put me through hell time and time again. I'm removing myself from the relationship of drama. Nobody else I know treats people with the random silence or cold shoulder, and I don't see why I'd continue to put up with it from someone who does. Rant over.

On a HAPPY note, I got out my baby journal and wrote to my sweet Peanut for the first time in a month. I can't wait to find out what I'm having. I have finally passed the point of being scared of miscarriage to accepting the things that are happening. I have become SO excited. I even bought diapers for the first time this week. GASP! I also used my home doppler and listened to the fast, deep pitched heart beat that only a mom can get teary eyed and giddy over all in a moment's time. My baby is okay. :)

Last weekend, I went to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Hannibal, MO and stopped for some Taco Hell aka Bell on the way. And I vomited my life away the following morning. Helllloooo food poisoning. No more Taco Bell for me until they start using real beef. But I'm REALLY going to miss those Nacho Cheese chalupas.

Did I mention my husband got me an iPad for my birthday? He also played with said iPad and made some fun pictures.

Enjoy and HAPPY FRIDAY!!! This weekend is my FAVORITE weekend of the year because I LOVE FIRE, I LOVE BLOWING THINGS UP, I LOVE FIREWORKS!!!!


Adventures in Eureka Springs - Episode 2

When we arrived to Eureka Springs, we had one main goal for the evening. EAT. Something about traveling makes us so hungry!

We changed into clothes and per a recommendation list from our tree house owner, we wandered down to a restaurant called Local Flavor.



Holy Pregnant Ta-ta's!
 The food was okay. They use all fresh home grown ingredients and make everything from scratch. I don't know what possessed me to get chicken, since I can't hardly stand the sight of chicken during this pregnancy. And to top it off, all the food we tried had pine flavor in it. I HATE the taste of pine.

Other restaurants we tried was the Mud Street Cafe, which had excellent breakfast. If I ever go back, I'll probably order a huge order of potatoes and a glass of chocolate milk. Honestly, the potatoes were THAT good.

My favorite dinner was from Ermilio's Italian Homecooking. I had the BEST meatballs I've ever had in my entire life. Seriously. We waited an hour to eat there, and it was 100% worth the weight. And this is coming from a pregnant woman who was fighting morning sickness people.

Saturday morning, I woke up and for the first time in weeks, I felt completely normal. I did not feel pregnant. So much that I googled "is it normal to wake up and not feel pregnant anymore?" (It is, don't worry.) So with that said, we did as MUCH as we could on the day that I felt good.

Mike got a massage, and I got a mini-facial and scalp massage. Unfortunately, I missed the cut off period by just a little over a week to where I can have massages again. The scalp massage and facial were amazing though. I never thought I'd see the day where it felt GOOD to have someone pull my hair. If you are ever in town, I highly recommend a little pampering at Serenity Spa.

And the rest of the morning was spent wandering the streets of historic Eureka Springs. Enjoy!








Most of the buildings are from the late 1800's.



And the shops had some good, quality products.