Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 14 Weeks

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend!  I meant to do a post yesterday, but Wyatt was not having nap time yesterday...grr.  That makes for a very tired mommy.  By the time he went to sleep last night I was completely exhausted.

But I'm happy to say I'm in the 2nd Trimester!  I'm starting to look pregnant, which is a relief since I basically looked like I was always coming back from a buffet pig-out for the past 2 months.  Here is how my 14th week is going so far...

How far along? 14 weeks + 1 day

Food size: Lemon

Total weight gain/loss: 4.4 lbs

Exercise: Got in 5 workouts!  2 BodyPump classes, 1 Zumba, 1 day with some Treadmill and Weights, and a 3 mile walk.

Sleep/Dreams:  Vivid pregnancy dreams are back this week.  I had a really freaky dream where very large spiders were trying to attack me, not fun!

Movement: Not yet

Symptoms: Had a 24 hour period with headaches, ugh!  Some mild cramping yesterday.

Food cravings: I want to slather butter on everything.

Food aversions:  I'm still not really into cold chicken, but I did eat it once and tolerated it.

Maternity Clothes:  Still not really wearing any, but I have some very forgiving shorts.  I just got a delivery from Gap & Target.  The Gap shorts are a return, boo.  But I kept the dress & bathing suits from Target.  Looking forward to getting my 1st Stitchfix next week!

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

Gender: We find out on June 29!

What I miss: Publix Ultimate Sub, every time I pass a Publix I think about how badly I want one.

Best moment this past week:  Having the hubby home for a long 3 day weekend, and having my Dad & Stepmom here for a visit.

What I am looking forward to this week:  We are off to Destin for the weekend, woohoo!

Do you have any beach vacations planned for the summer? Have you been to Destin? Any recommendations there?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Ravenous Baby: 13 Weeks

Thanks everyone for all the love!  We are so thrilled to be expecting another member of the family.  I can't believe I'm almost out of the first trimester.  It seems to be going by a lot faster this time... maybe because I have a rowdy toddler to chase around?  He won't even stop moving to let me take a picture...

How far along? 13 weeks today

Food size: Peach

Total weight gain/loss: 2.2 lbs

Exercise: Got in 4 workouts!  2 BodyPump classes, 1 Zumba, and 1 day with some Elliptical/Stair Mill

Movement: Nothing yet!  Maybe soon since this is Baby #2?

Symptoms: Not many this week!  But definitely feeling bloated.

Food cravings: Cheese... lots of it!  I craved cheese a lot with Wyatt too.

Food aversions:  Cold chicken, the thought of it kinda grosses me out.  I used to eat chicken salads almost every day for lunch, but I can't even think about it now without getting a little queasy.

Maternity Clothes:  About to break them out.  But since last time I was preggo in winter, I'll have to get some new pieces to add to the wardrobe... darn ;)

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

Gender: Still don't know, but the ultrasound tech thought it was a boy.  Jay said he is "100% sure" the baby is a boy.  We will see!

What I miss: Sushi & sake nights.  I want my raw fish fix.

Best moment this week:  Seeing the baby on the ultrasound, always amazing!

What I am looking forward to this week: Visit from the fam, it will be a great Memorial Day weekend.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Wyatt Has Some Big News!

The blog has not been too busy lately, but life has been exciting around our household for sure!  Wyatt wants to share something with everyone (as you can see he is bursting with joy)...

Our newest addition is scheduled to arrive around November 24th!  It's been so hard to keep the news in over the past months.  It has been especially nerve-wracking since we had a loss in January.  But we just had a first trimester ultrasound and everything looks perfect.  Our little nugget was squirming around and had perfect measurements.  As you can see... the ultrasound technician made a guess that baby #2 is a boy... but that is yet to be determined.

How far along are you?  I am on my last day of week 12 today.

When did you find out?  On March 20th, my period was 2 days late... it was a Friday and I was planning on indulging on vast quantities a few glasses of wine.  I wanted to take a test mostly to rule it out, I did not think I was pregnant.  It was an exciting morning!

Were you trying?  Actually no.  We tried for 4 months when I miscarried.  My ob/gyn said to wait 2 months after my period returned to try again.  But only one month after aunt flo came back we were preggo!  It was a little unexpected but awesome.

How are you feeling?  Pretty great for the most part!  I have been extremely lucky.  I've only felt a little mild nausea.  Fatigue has come and gone, but seemed alot more tolerable during this pregnancy.  The worst I've felt was maybe a couple weeks ago, when I think I had a headache almost every day.

More info to come tomorrow, for my 13 week update... See ya then!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Parmesan Broth

I've been meaning to share this recipe for a while, so here it goes!  We had a plethora of parmesan rinds that we needed to use (we love our fresh parm!).  I googled parmesan soup and came across this gem from The Smitten Kitchen.  The way she described the broth was so enticing, I knew I had to make it.

I was so excited to make this recipe, and she was right about how amazing it is.  It is the best broth you will every have.  It's velvety, rich and so luscious.  I can't wait until we have enough rinds to make this again.  Side note: you can usually find rinds at stores like Whole Foods for a reasonable price.

I didn't have the white beans or kale that she used in her recipe, but I did have tortellini. I made a small change in water quantity to her original recipe to compensate for cooking the tortellini in this mouth-watering broth.  The end result was awesome.

Parmesan Broth with Tortellini

8 ounces cheese rinds
7 cups water
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
Handful of flat-leaf parsley
Salt, to taste

To serve
1 - 10 oz package of fresh tortellini (we used cheese)

Make the broth: Bring all broth ingredients to a boil in a large pot, then reduce it to a simmer. Simmer for one hour. Pour broth through a strainer. Your yield should be approximately 4 1/2 cups. You can use this right away or cool it before storing it.

Tortellini time: Bring the strained broth to a boil and cook tortellini according to package directions.  Serve in a big soup bowl and enjoy!  Makes about 2-3 meal size servings.

I hope you enjoy this just as much as we did! What is your favorite soup?

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Week of Fun!

Lots of good stuff to recap this Friday!  We had a great week with Madre visiting us from O-town.  Every day starts out awesome with coffee...mmmm.  I picked up Costco's House Blend and found out it was roasted by Starbucks, who knew?  It is definitely good stuff.

We did a little exploring around Tally, and went to Bradley's Country Store.  They are famous for their sausage and dang it is good!  Perfectly smoky and spiced.  It wasn't over smoked and greasy like lots of other sausages.

The sausage dog was screaming my name.

Last Saturday we stopped by the Tallahassee Downtown Market, it was a beautiful day!  I'm sad to say that the market was a little disappointing.  Not many local produce vendors were there, if any?  We were really spoiled by our farmer's market in Cali.

After the market Wyatt was pooped!  He fell asleep in the car and immediately cuddled with his dog when I put him in his crib.  So friggin cute!  I had to take a pic (in silent mode of course).

On Sunday we decided to drive to Apalachicola, it was a beautiful drive down the coast!  This quaint gulf town is known for it's oysters, and they were worth the drive.

Another yummy treat we got at Up the Creek Raw Bar (full review soon!) was Alligator Empanadas.  I could not say no to those.  They were filled with a slightly spicy and cheesy filling with plenty of ground gator tail.  Just like chicken....hehe.

Last but certainly not least, we have had so much fun exploring our new neighborhood.  Wyatt loves to go on the bridge on the nature trail and look for fishies.  Yesterday we got lucky and spotted 3 different turtles!  Too bad they moved too fast (ironically enough) for us to get a good photo.

No plans for this weekend!  Just playing it by ear.  For my uber-exciting Friday night I'm going to see a movie, either Birdman or Boyhood...which one should I watch?  What are you up to this weekend?