How Far Along: 16 weeks... the 4 month mark!
Size of Baby: About the size of an large pear
Total Weight Gain: This I have just been guessing on this whole time and my doctor hasn't said anything about!!! Finally, when we went back to see her this week I asked about my "total" weight gain and held my breath and bit my lip. She replied, with a smile, "only 4 pounds - that's perfect!" I was VERY relieved! lol :-) Chris keeps telling me I didn't need to worry about it and he couldn't tell that I had gained ANY weight, but my mid section has been thickening and I was worried, lol. Turns out (at this point) it's all baby! lol
Maternity Clothes: Yep! Mostly borrowed at this point... and some loose fitting tops I had that are not maternity. The biggest issue is bottoms, not tops. I tried the belly band to help me keep wearing pre-prego pants and stuff... it works, but I am SO uncomfortable... I only do that if I have to! lol. That thing bunches up and rolls down and gets on my nerves all day... I'd rather wear too big maternity pants. LOL!
Gender: We will be finding out on August 19th. Chris is still convinced it's a boy. I'm still undecided, lol.
Movement: YES! Finally. And only once! lol. Oddly enough, we were on the golf course. I was sitting in the cart and felt an unmistakable flutter!!! It made my day and Chris' too! You couldn't wipe the smile off his face! lol
Sleep: A little better! I guess I am just becoming used to stumbling to the bathroom 2 times a night and falling right back into bed asleep!
Symptoms: Just a little, barely-there baby bump!
What I Miss: Wardrobe variety!
Cravings: Nothing really... well, maybe water! I seem to be thirsty all the time!
Best Moment This Week: Our doctor's appointment! We heard the heartbeat for the first time! 166!
What I'm Looking Forward To: Finding out if this little one is a boy or a girl and holding him/her in my arms!!!!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
How Far Along: 16 weeks... the 4 month mark!
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Ashley requested a couple of recipes from my meal plan, so I thought I would share them with all of you! I absolutely LOVE getting recipes from my blog friends because I know that they must be good and "reasonable" (as far as ingredient lists and cooking skills, lol) if friends have tried them and like them! So, here you go!
Chicken Casserole (This recipe is originally from Chris' mom)
2-4 Cups cooked Chicken - chopped
1 Cup cooked rice
1 Cup diced celery
2 Tbs grated onion
1 Can sliced water chestnuts with juice (do not drain)
1 small package sliced almonds
1 Can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 Cup mayonnaise
2 Tbs lemon juice
salt & pepper to taste
(Topping: 1 Cup grated sharp cheddar and 1 Cup crushed potato chips)
Mix all ingredients (except for topping) in a large bowl. Pour into a buttered casserole dish.
Sprinkle with cheese and top with crushed potato chips.
Bake at 350 degrees until brown and bubbly (15-20 minutes)
***This recipe is a fav because I keep the ingredients in my pantry and I can always whip it up quick. PLUS... if you have a Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker it becomes a one dish wonder... as in, only ONE dish to clean. I put the chicken in the baker with salt and pepper and microwave (yes, that's the magic of the baker) for 10-12 minutes until the chicken is 165 degrees inside (and so jucy and tender that you'll call the Deep Covered Baker - MAGIC!!), chop the chicken with my Pampered Chef Salad Choppers, so I never have to touch the meat! Then I dump the rest of the ingredients in, mix, top it, and toss it in the oven! When dinner is over, all I have to do is throw the salad choppers and one spoon in the dishwasher and rinse out and brush clean the baker! LOVE IT!
Chicken Roll Ups (this recipe is originally from my mom)
1 can Crescent Rolls (I usually end up using 1 and 1/2 cans)
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1/2 cup milk
1 cup grated cheddar
3 chicken breasts cooked and cubed or shredded
There are a couple of ways to do this! One way is to separate the rolls, put the chicken on the dough and then roll them up (hence, chicken "roll ups"). OR you can use 2 rolls put the chicken between them and press the sides together to make a chicken "bundle." OR if you are REALLY in a hurry (I do this A LOT), you can just line a square casserole with one layer of crescent dough, sprinkle with chicken, and top with another layer of crescent dough. LOL!
Either way you make the "roll up" part, it'll be good. THEN... heat the soup, milk, and cheese in a saucepan. After you place the chicken in a greased casserole dish and the sauce is fully combined, pour it over the chicken roll ups. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brown.
***This is probably Chris and Lily's #1 favorite recipe, which I LOVE because it is SOOOOO easy and quick to make and I almost always have all the ingredients even when the pantry is looking bare! It is also a really really budget friendly meal! I usually pair it with broccoli or green beans and call it a night! :-)
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
You absolutely MUST pop over to my Mama's blog and check out the snake my dad caught in their barn! OMG! You can't say much... I just said, "WOW!"
Monday, July 25, 2011
I am really going to apply myself in couponing and meal planning! I am determined that this is a great way to save money and eat better!!!! SO, I am going to start sharing my menu plans weekly and some recipes too! I'd like to give a shout out to Ashley over at The Rest is Still Unwritten for sharing her menus and ideas which inspired me to
copy cat do the same. :-)
This week breakfasts will consist of: Cinnamon Raisin bagels (they were on sale AND I have a coupon), cereal, and cheese toast! :-)
Lunches will be: homemade pasta salad, chicken salad sandwiches, and cucumber sandwiches
Monday: Eating out with Chris' family for his Aunt's birthday at Mimi's
Tuesday: Grilled pork chops, grilled corn on the cob, and garden salad
Wednesday: Chicken Casserole
Thursday: Leftover chicken casserole
Friday: Eat out
Saturday: Grilled chicken, squash casserole, and peas
Sunday: Chicken roll-ups
And, yes, I know that we weat a lot of chicken. It's our favorite, lol!
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Friday, July 1, 2011
How Far Along: 11.5 weeks
Size of Baby: About the size of a lime!
Total Weight Gain: Not sure.... around 4 or 5 lbs probably
Maternity Clothes: I wore my first maternity dress yesterday... more for the desire for comfort than necessity... my clothes still fit, but I am not loving the waste band of anything on my tummy. :-)
Gender: I don't really have any inclination, but Chris is completely and totally convinced that it's a boy!
Movement: I read that my little lime is in constant motion and now has reflexes, so when we poke my belly he/she moves away, but of course I can't feel any of that yet!
Sleep: Interrupted. My sleep is still interrupted by trips to the potty, but it seems to be getting a little better! Down to only once or twice a night instead of 3 or 4 times a night! Whew!
Symptoms: Nausea has given way to major hunger! I am "starving" hungry about every two hours! The funny thing is, when I start eating, it takes very little to make me feel full!!
What I Miss: Wine. :-)
Cravings: It seems like I don't crave one specific thing, but on any given day I will think of something that sounds good to eat and nothing else even compares! I'm just glad I am hungry again!
Best Moment This Week: We went to the doctor! It was just a check up, but I love going to the doctor and soaking up all the info about our baby!! :-)
What I'm Looking Forward To: Everything! I am especially looking forward to finding out if this is a boy or a girl!!! I have to wait 7 more weeks!