Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 23 Weeks

How far along? 23 Weeks + 1 Day

Food size: Big A$$ Mango

Total weight gain: 15 lbs

Exercise: 4 workouts done!  2 BodyPump, 1 Spin Class, and 1 Sculpting Class

Sleep/Dreams:  Sleep is pretty good.  But in the past week Wyatt woke up in the middle of the night a couple times.  Is this preparing me for newborn sleep again?  Ugh.

Movement: Feeling little jabs every day!

Symptoms: On most days I get pretty sleepy around lunch time.  Luckily it usually coincides with Wyatt's nap.

Preggo Brain Moments:  Still putting the wrong items in the fridge/freezer.

Food cravings: I can't think of anything specific, I want it all!

Food aversions:  I've really been anti-salads, but I keep eating them at least 4 days a week for lunch.  Maybe I need to get more creative with them?

Maternity Clothes: Mostly maternity wear now.  My regular shirts are starting to get too short.  The top and shorts from the photo are both from Old Navy.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: Easily bending over to pick up the many things that Wyatt throws and/or drops on the floor.

Best moment this past week:  Getting to sleep in 2 days in a row thanks to my awesome husband!

What I am looking forward to this week: Date day with Jay on Saturday!  Going for a morning jeep ride and grabbing some bbq for lunch.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Yeah it's the middle of summer, yada yada.  But sometimes I need my soup fix!  Plus, I'm in cheese craving mode again so this soup hits the spot.  It's lick your bowl good.

I was browsing recipes and came across a mouth-watering creation from Averie Cooks.  I modified a few ingredients & techniques, and came up with a nice little version of my own.

  • 1 tablespoon + 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 
  • 1 small/medium sweet yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 cups chicken stock (veggie stock may be substituted) 
  • 2 cups half-and-half (you can sub whole milk but won't be as creamy) 
  • 3 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 large carrots
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste 
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika or regular paprika, optional and to taste 
  • pinch cayenne pepper, optional and to taste
  • 8 ounces grated high quality extra-sharp cheddar cheese, with a small amount reserved for garnishing bowls
 1.  For the EASY veggie prep, use a food processor!  You can always chop by hand, but it just takes a bit longer.

  • Quarter the onion and pulse in the food processor until diced-size, place in small bowl
  • Chop the carrot into large pieces, and pulse until small diced-size, place in separate large bowl
  • For 1 cup of broccoli, chop into bite size pieces and place in bowl with carrots
  • For the other 2 cups of broccoli, pulse until diced-size, place in bowl with carrots

 2. In a large heavy-bottom pot, add 1 tablespoon butter, the diced onion, and sauté over medium heat until the onion is translucent and barely browned, about 4 minutes. Stir intermittently.

 3. Add 4 tablespoons butter, flour, and cook over medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes, whisking constantly, until the mixture is smooth, thick and slightly darker in color.

 4. Slowly add the chicken stock, whisking constantly.

 5. Slowly add the half-and-half, whisking constantly.

 6. Allow mixture to simmer over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until it has reduced and thickened some. Whisk intermittently to re-incorporate the 'skin' that inevitably forms, this is normal. 

7. After simmering 15 to 20 minutes, add the broccoli and carrots.

 8. Add the salt, pepper, optional paprika, and optional cayenne. If you don't have these seasonings on hand, it's okay, but they do add subtle depth of flavor. Stir to combine.

9. Allow soup to simmer over low heat for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until it has reduced and thickened some. Whisk intermittently to re-incorporate the 'skin' that inevitably forms, this is normal. 

10. While soup simmers, grate the cheese. It's important to use a high-quality cheese (not the cheapest thing you can find) because the flavor of the soup depends on it.  After simmering about 20 to 25 minutes, add most of the cheese, reserving a small amount for garnishing bowls. Stir in the cheese until melted and incorporated fully, less than 1 minute. 11. Transfer soup to bowls, garnish with reserved cheese, and serve immediately. Soup will keep airtight for 5 to 7 days in the fridge. Reheat gently in the microwave.  If the soup is overheated it will break.

This is a delicious and rich soup!  It's great for a meal and you don't need much to fill you up.  I will be making this again very soon.  Picky little Wyatt even liked it.  Do you like to eat soup year round?  What's your favorite?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 22 Weeks

How far along? 22 Weeks + 1 Day

Food size: Spaghetti Squash

Total weight gain: 13.4 lbs

Exercise: Only 1 workout, BodyPump.  Does walking my butt off at Sea World count?

Sleep/Dreams:  Sleep is good!  Dreams don't seem to be as insane this week.

Movement: Jay felt the baby move, yay!  It's a lot different this time around with a posterior placenta.  With Wyatt, I had an anterior placenta (where it's near your belly), and it took a while to feel anything.

Symptoms: Still feeling drained once in a while, but the past few days I've had more energy than usual.  Plus I feel huge, what the heck is 40 weeks going to look like? yikes!

Preggo Brain Moments:  I'm always putting the wrong items in the fridge/freezer.

Food cravings: I'm really wanting some nacho cheese sauce right now.

Food aversions:  Still not feeling eggs

Maternity Clothes: This sea green top from StitchFix is a keeper!  I was too lazy to do anything to prep myself for my 22 week photo.  I'm in my gym clothes and sans-makeup waiting to go to BodyPump... all non-maternity.  The capris are my fave Lululemons (which I've had for about 7 years) and the top is a Gap Fit Breathe T-shirt.  The Gap shirts are amazing!  I have 3 of them and wear them constantly.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: This week I'm really missing sushi.... and wine of course.

Best moment this past week:  Seeing Wyatt experience Sea World for the first time

What I am looking forward to this week: I'm getting my hair done on Friday!  It's a disaster, and I have way to many grays for my age, ugh.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Adventures at Sea World

We had a great time visiting Madre in Orlando last week!  Wyatt is now just over 2 years old, and I thought it would be a great time to introduce him to a place I loved as a child, Sea World.  We were armed with our BOB and snacks, ready for a day of fun and toddlerhood.  Our first stop was one of my fave things to do when I was younger... touch the sting rays!  They are just as slimy as I remembered.  Wyatt was intrigued, but didn't want me to put his little hands in there.

Then at 10, we went to the first show of the day, the Dolphin show.  We arrived about 10 minutes early to the hot stadium.  Wyatt was getting ancy as usual, saying done.. done..done.  But as soon as the show started he was intrigued!  He kept telling the dolphins to jump but they weren't obeying his commands.

Then we hopped across to the Turtle Trek, where we saw turtles and some huge manatees!  Then went back to get our stroller, and half of Wyatt's snacks had holes in them, ugh.  It totally baffled me... then I looked at the other strollers and there was a squirrel rummaging around.  That dang squirrel must have been the culprit.  I guess it was Wyatt's lucky day because I had to buy some Combos to make up for his damaged goodies.  I wish they had a better selection of healthy snacks there for the kiddos.

After the show we started walking, and Wyatt became mesmerized by the Journey to Atlantis ride.  We spent about 10 minutes watching the boats go down the ride.  Too bad this preggo couldn't ride it, grrrr.

Then we attempted to see the Penguins, but there was a 30 minute wait.  I could just picture Wyatt terrorizing the line with his screams of impatience.  So we wandered over to the shark exhibit (and finally got into some a/c).  Wyatt loved going on the "escaltoh"!

Wyatt was getting a little cranky then fell asleep in the stroller while us 2 adults had lunch.  We got burgers at The Spice Mill, nothing to write home about.  When Wyatt woke up we grabbed a hot dog for him and sat next to one one of the rollercoasters.  He loved watching them go by!  I think it was his favorite part of the trip.

The only place that's really little kid friendly is Shamu's Happy Harbor.  They even had a splash pad, I wish I had brought a towel and swim trunks for Wyatt to wear.  But he really enjoyed the slides.

I tried to take him on a few rides, but he freaked out at every single one.  I wasn't going to make any more attempts, but he seemed really into the Jazzy Jellies.  He said "no cryin" so I decided to give it a go.  He had a blast!  The teacup like ride goes slowly up in the air about 30 feet then comes back down.  We went on it 3 times.

After the 3rd ride was over we hit the Shamu show.  I'm pretty sure he liked the dolphins better.... except for the part where the orcas get some major splashing on at the end.  We were all pooped and ready to go home!  It was a fun but exhausting day.  I think we will attempt to go to Disney World when it's a little cooler.  Been to any theme parks lately?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 21 Weeks

How far along? 21 Weeks exactly

Food size: Carrot

Total weight gain: 13 lbs

Exercise: 3 workouts.... 2 Sculpting classes and Weight training on my own one day, dang BodyPump was full!

Sleep/Dreams:  More crazy dreams every night.  I wake up multiple times during the night feeling confused, haha.  Luckily I haven't had to use the restroom in the middle of the night... yet.

Movement: Feeling little bumps every day!

Symptoms: Twice a week or so I feel pretty drained.

Preggo Brain Moments:  Constantly misplacing my keys

Food cravings: I just want to eat everything!  I've been pretty hungry.  Maybe that's why I've gained 6 lbs this past month.

Food aversions:  Not really into eggs lately

Maternity Clothes: Mostly maternity, today's outfit is all Old Navy maternity.

Belly Button/ Stretch Marks: Still in, and none yet.

Gender: BOY!

What I miss: Being able to walk up the stairs without feeling winded

Best moment this past week:  Having an awesome beach day at Cape San Blas!

What I am looking forward to this week: We're heading to Orlando today to visit Madre, and taking Wyatt to Sea World for the first time (yes, I saw Blackfish but I'm choosing to ignore it so Wyatt can see "fishies"). I'm horrible.