NEW BLOG ADDRESS!!

Posted in non-baby related

Do me a giant favor.

Go to MY NEW BLOG ADDRESS and save it, follow it, all that jazz. It’s the same content as before, but now it’s my own “dot com” (domain? url? I don’t know the lingo).

It should be way easier to comment and subscribe, and I can do a lot more with it.

Yay!

Movin’ on up.

Thanks!

Much love,
Bethany

Quick, 33-Week Update

Posted in reflections, symptoms, the bump

For those of you that think gospel music has gone too far…..

Okay, just kidding. If you don’t get the reference, just carry on.

First, here’s my casual 33-week pic:

For those of you who are interested, here are the current baby stats:
33 weeks, 1 day
6 weeks, 6 days left
Baby weighs about 4.5 to 5 pounds
Baby is about 20 inches long
I weigh about 161 pounds, as of this morning
Baby’s fingernails have reached his fingertips and may have gone past
Apparently a new symptom is that my eye sight may get blurry, my eyes may get dry, and the shape of them may change a little so that contacts are uncomfortable. Groovy.

Recap of the week:

The Goods
It was a 3-day work week.
We had a fun dinner guest.
I lost weight (not sure if that’s good or not at this point, but it sure made me feel a tiny bit better).
Hung out with a new friend, Brooke, who’s also pregnant. She is 16 weeks along.
People are still mostly good, even though….

The Bads
The world went a little crazy.
Exhaustion has really started to creep in.

Weight Loss?

Posted in movement, weight

I have lost about 5 pounds in the past week. I guarantee it isn’t diet- or exercise-related because I have NOT been working out real hard or eating real well. I mean, nothing’s changed there.

And baby’s good because he’s moving like a wild animal, even right now. He needs to chill out – I’m still waking up.

So my conclusion is that baby’s been working out hard this week.

It’s the only thing that makes any sense.

Pie for Dinner

Posted in food, non-baby related

Tonight we are enjoying two of my mama’s recipes (she’s the best cook in the world): Chicken Pot Pie for the main course and a version of Eclair Pie for dessert!

There are lots of versions of Chicken Pot Pie out there, but this is basically my favorite ever. And when I made it for Cameron the first time, he fell in love. So, I’d say it’s the best in the world.

Here’s what you’ll need:
1 whole chicken, boiled (or just pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken)
4 eggs
1 can of mixed vegetables
1 can of cream of chicken
3 cups of chicken broth
onion flakes
salt and pepper
1 stick of butter, melted
2 cups of milk
2 cups of flour

Directions

1. Boil the chicken! If it’s already boiled/cooked, you can obviously skip this step.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or about 175 Celsius).

3. Boil your 4 eggs.

4. While the eggs are boiling, pull apart your chicken.

5. Once the chicken is pulled, the eggs should be done boiling. You’ll want to peel them. I’m really bad at peeling eggs….

6. Now slice them into little pieces. I use an egg slicer and just turn the egg once.

7. In a big bowl, put the eggs, the can of cream of chicken, the mixed vegetables, onion flakes (just a few sprinkles), salt (a few sprinkles), shredded chicken, and the chicken broth. We make our own broth by boiling the bones for a long time!

8. This is the inside. Now onto the crust! Melt your stick of butter.

9. In a separate bowl, you’ll mix the butter, milk, and flour. That’s the crust.

10. Putting it all together: Pour the innards into a pan (we don’t have a 9×13, so we just use two smaller pans). Then pour the crust on top.

11. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour!

For the dessert….

For the eclair pie, you’ll need these few items:
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 package of vanilla pudding (and milk to make it into pudding)
1/2 can of chocolate frosting
About 1 sleeve of graham crackers

Directions

1. Start by mixing the pudding using the directions on the box.

2. Once it’s pudding-y, mix in the tub of Cool Whip.

3. Now layer! In a pan, put a layer of graham crackers, followed by a layer of the pudding mixture, then more graham crackers, pudding, crackers, pudding, and so on. I suggest making the top layer crackers!

4. Spread some chocolate frosting on top!

5. Fridge it up for about an hour before eating (just so it softens up a little). It lasts and is delicious for at least a week.

I’ve linked up these recipes with the following parties!

The Weekly Creative at The Girl Creative, The 36th Avenue Party, Whatever Goes at Someday Crafts, Be Inspired at Elizabeth & Co, Lovely Blog Hop at A Lil Dash of Diva, and Thursdays are Your Days at 52 Mantels.

What I Wore Today!

Posted in clothing

I know I know… you’ve been asking yourself, “What has Bethany been wearing?” Or maybe not since I just posted an outfit 3 days ago.

Anyway, there is a link party called What I Wore Wednesdays. The lady who runs it is a mom and said that she’d wear sweats if she didn’t feel motivated by her link party. I like that. :) So yesterday, my outfit was…mediocre. I decided to put a little effort into my outfit today so I could take pictures.

Without further ado, here is what I wore today!

This was a candid shot…. Thanks Cam ;)

The mirror shot was just to be silly. I wanted to have at least one cheesy one.

Dress: Old Navy Maternity
Cardigan: Banana Republic
Scarf: Anthropologie
Shoes: Anne Klein

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Frustrated and Tired

Posted in reflections, symptoms, the bump

Quick update:

I am 32 weeks, 6 days (so basically, if you ask me today, I’ll say 33 weeks). And by the end of the week, I’ll tell you I have about 6 more weeks to go.

Last night, and many nights recently, I have had trouble sleeping. The heaviness of my belly, pulling to one side or the other, is uncomfortable. And when I feel twinges of pain, I immediately think that correlates with my doing something wrong — in other words, hurting the baby. So it’s mentally exhausting at the same time.

From now on, I told Cameron this morning, I’ll probably sleep on the couch at first. There’s the back of the couch that I can lean up against, and there are the arms, which I can use to push against with my feet, helping me to adjust as needed. I find I slept better last night on the couch first (for a few hours) before moving to the bedroom.

BUT…I woke up feeling totally drained at 6 am.

My friend (and neighbor) Shea, who is 39 weeks along, posted on Facebook last night: “It’s been about 1 month of unintentional sleep deprivation practice (aka insomnia).”

I decided to look online for answers. “How can I get some rest in the third trimester?”

Before I hopped online, though, I checked my What To Expect When You’re Expecting app (it’s great, by the way!). And, lo and behold, the weekly “tip” was regarding insomnia. There are lots of reasons women can’t sleep this late in the game: heartburn, hormonal changes, treks to the bathroom, leg cramps, and, of course, sleeping with a watermelon attached to your stomach. Fortunately, I ONLY feel the last one of those while I’m asleep (heartburn hits me when I first lie down but not afterwards). Basically, the solution is to read a book until you get drowsy OR just deal with it: it’s God’s way of getting you ready for life with a newborn.

Or, as Shea continued, “Wishing this baby would get here so all this practice has a purpose.”

CONCLUSION:
If I’m not my usual self the next time you see me, just pat me on my back (not my belly) and tell me I’m going to be okay. Just 6 more weeks.

If My Life Were My Pregnancy

Posted in clothing, doctor, movement, nursery, reflections, symptoms, the bump

The assignment from Northwest Mommy was to determine the 10 chapters that would be in your autobiography.

My first instinct was to jump right on it, starting with being born in Louisiana and all that jazz. Then I remembered: my blog is about my pregnancy, my baby, and the future. A TRUE autobiography wouldn’t be relevant to my blog. So I closed her site and moved on.

It came back to mind today, and I thought about how pregnancy would just be one chapter in my autobiography. How could I fulfill the assignment and also keep it relevant to the blog?

Then I came up with a scenario: What if my life was just 9 months? What is my whole life was my pregnancy? And from that birthed (wink) the following:

The 10 Chapters of My Autobiography (Life = A Single Pregnancy)

Chapter 1: Birth of a Pregnancy
In August of 2012, my husband and I decided to try having a baby. By the end of September, it was confirmed: we were pregnant with baby number one. This chapter will chronicle the trials of conception, what actually happens when a baby is made (the biology of it), and the anticipation that we felt in the 3 minutes of waiting to see what the pregnancy test said on that Thursday night. It will include the late night run to the store to get a second pregnancy test and the subsequent third test the following morning.

Chapter 2: Sharing the News
Shortly after we found out (aka that night), we called my mom and dad. You’ll read about their reactions. The next day, I mentioned it to one of my coworkers. And throughout the next weeks, we carefully told a few close friends and family members. It wasn’t until the end of the first trimester that I told my students (I knew they would freak out, and I didn’t want to jinx anything).

Chapter 3: Seeing the Fetus
In this chapter, I’ll talk about the first sonogram when we got to see our little munchkin for the first time. This will also cover the first visit with the OB/GYN.

Chapter 4: Symptoms Begin
During the first trimester, symptoms began. They came on slowly but grew to be true enemies of mine. Hunger, I can handle. Tiredness, I was used to. But the nausea? Sore boobs? There wasn’t anything I could do except complain. This chapter will chronicle the symptoms, when they began, how long they lasted, and how intense they were. I’ll also mention some ideas for relief that worked for me.

Chapter 5: A New Wardrobe
Early on, I decided it was best to buy new pants. I didn’t want to squeeze into my “regular” clothes, stretch them out, and then not be able to wear them again after the baby! In this chapter, I will mention Grace, from work, who loaned me bags of maternity clothes. I will talk about my first trip to Motherhood Maternity. I will include my favorite styles and sizes and brands.

Chapter 6: Lack of Excitement
This chapter will be an emotional one. For much of the pregnancy, I was not excited or thrilled to be pregnant. In fact, I was frustrated and negative more than anything. I had the support I needed, but I was not feelin’ it. This chapter will include stories of those ups and downs and how I made it through the emotional side effects I experienced.

Chapter 7: The Giant Woman
It seemed to happen overnight, but when I got big, I got big. And I kept growing. This chapter may end up being that middle section of the book where you only find pictures.

Chapter 8: Anticipation
Near the end of the pregnancy, during this chapter, I will explain the last-minute requirements and responsibilities that come along with pregnancy. This chapter will include the various classes we took, the meetings with the doula, and the setup of the nursery. It will also include my feelings as the arrival date drew near.

Chapter 9: Gifts Galore
This chapter will simply be stories from the multiple baby showers we had. It will include some pictures and also many lists of items I received.

Chapter 10: Death of a Pregnancy
The final chapter in my autobiography will be the “birth story”, which I will call the death of a pregnancy. It fits the theme, yes? It will be explicit and detailed. It will, hopefully, bring closure to all of the chapters before it.

I wonder if this would sell… something to think about :)  

Baggu Backpack Review

Posted in clothing, non-baby related, symptoms, travel

For a while now, I’ve been having some major shoulder pain. I decided (okay, trainer Chris decided) that I needed to wear a backpack instead of a heavy one-shoulder bag (which apparently looks like curtains).

I did a search for “grownup backpacks”. Oprah had a list of them, ranging in price from $32 up to $3,900. I stuck to the low end of the spectrum and purchased the following bag from Baggu:

Monday, April 15, I decided to try it out.

Here’s a picture of the new bag with my old Vera Bradley:

It’s about the same size, which is great. The only difference is that the VB bag has two outside pockets, six inside pockets, and then the main section for big stuff. It was super easy to keep organized. The Baggu bag has an outside zipper pocket which has a small pocket inside of it, another small inside pocket, and then the main section for big stuff.

Before forging ahead, I emptied all the “essentials” from my purse:

I decided to put my phone, headphones, and sunglasses in the zippered pocket.

Inside the smaller pocket inside, I put my small things that I need access to regularly (like Kleenex).

There are other small items (like a single bandaid, medicine, and chapstick) that I don’t use often but might need one day. So I tucked them into a Ziploc bag and put that inside the main part of the bag.

Here is the inside of the bag, with my essential contents:

It was hardly filled AT ALL. So I tested it out for a typical weekday situation. I put in a big Tupperware container and a change of shoes. There was still TONS of space left! I could fit another pair of shoes, a bottle of water, a book, and my iPad easily (not that I’d ever bring all of that to work on a single day).

And finally, the test of cuteness. Does it look okay? My biggest issue with wearing a backpack is that I would look like a high schooler. A pregnant teenager. What do you think?

Overall:

PROS: Lightweight, colorful, waaaay bigger than it looks

CONS: Hard to access stuff (unlike a purse where it’s just right there at your side), not enough pockets!

But for $40 and loads of color options, I’d say it’s a perfect backpack for grownups. :)

Today, I’m linking up at Tuesday With a Twist, Adventure into DomesticlandThe Inspiration Board, Just Because, and Anything + Everything.

The Weekend Rolls On

Posted in clothing, the bump

I’m chiming in at the I Feel Pretty party because it isn’t very often these days when I actually think I look kinda cute. And this was one of them. :)

What a fun weekend!

Monday April 15
I’m cheating a litte because Mondays aren’t the weekend anymore. BUT I have the day off! So today and tomorrow are both part of my nice, long weekend.

Today I decided to be productive (off the computer). I bought some Velcro that I wanted to stitch onto the edges of our bedroom curtains.

Unfortunately, since I did it by hand, I could not get the needle to go through the Velcro AND the curtain fabric, so I ended up sticking it to the curtain instead… chances are, it won’t last very long. But, hey here’s the amount of light coming in with the curtains essentially stuck to each other and to the wall (it looks super tacky, I know, but I’m going for utility here!).

I was going to do laundry today, but everything seemed to take forever! Here’s my “day off” outfit number 1:

Hubbo was at work, so I had to take selfies! I’m not usually a fan of them, but it does give me the opportunity to take tons of them without feeling like I’m burdening Cameron. Here’s a side shot:

Here are a few other random shots, just because I had the time!

Another thing I did today was try out my new backpack. I bought a yellow “grown-up” backpack to hopefully help with my constant shoulder pain. I tried it out today, so in a few days, I’ll post a review of it. Check back :)

Linking up with these fine folks today!

stillbeingmolly

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Sumo's Sweet Stuff

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The Seaman Mom

if i could live anywhere….

Posted in non-baby related

If I could live anywhere, honestly, I would probably stay right here for right now. EXCEPT I would like to have a house here. I love where I live, but it would be nice to have more space and NOT live in a rental!

The only problem is that to BUY a house in my neighborhood, you’re looking at well over $1 million for a 2-bedroom. That’s a steep price to pay.

My second choice would be somewhere in another country. I grew up in Germany (well, from a baby until 8 years), and I’ve only been back once. But I remember a lot, and I loved it! I’d enjoy experiencing a different country again. I’ve lived in Europe, so maybe somewhere in Asia? I haven’t done any research because that isn’t on our horizon with the new baby coming. Perhaps, in 5 years, we’ll revisit the idea. :) (Don’t tell my mother.)

For this post, I’m linking up with the following blog party: