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DITL: Pregnant Edition, Part 3

25 Jan

Part 1

Part 2

I eat a granola bar on my way home from work (why does my life seem to revolve around food?)…

These from Trader Joe’s are so yummy.

I meet my husband at home and we head out to the appointment at around 3:00pm.

I pack some pretzels and water because I know there can be a long wait at this doctor’s office and I’m always hungry, obviously.

My husband is laughing because he just made an inappropriate joke, as usual.

I sneak this picture of the ultrasound computer when we’re alone in the exam room because there are signs everywhere that say no cellphones or picture taking allowed.

After our appointment, which was pretty uneventful, we head to my sister in law’s to visit with her and our nieces at around 4:30pm. Then, we go out for pizza.

How cute are they?

There was a beautiful sunset, but I didn’t get a picture, so I stole my sister in law’s off facebook.

Thanks, Molly! Beautiful, right?

We get home at around 6:30pm and I put our new photos in our little ultrasound album while we watch the end of the state of the union.

It kind of felt like watching a pep rally in high school.

Then, time for some jellybeans (this is why I should not be allowed to go to Costco alone)…

And some puppy play time. Jackson was squeaking that toy like crazy!

We head to bed extra early tonight at 7:45pm! Usually we’re still eating dinner at this time. My husband made a fire and we watched Jon Stewart while I blogged.

I’m currently watching reruns of Sex and the City and it’s a little after 10:00pm. My husband has been asleep for at least an hour, but I couldn’t sleep until I finished these posts. Now that I’m done, good night!

DITL: Pregnant Edition, Part 2

25 Jan

Part 1

I listen to Ryan Seacrest on the way to work, but I wish Adam Corolla still had a morning radio show. He’s my favorite.

We have these fancy new hand scanners we use to sign in. So official. I sign in at 7:35am.

The first thing I do when I get to my room is put up the new agenda on the board. It’s good for the students and good for me, so we all know what’s going on that day. Today was a professional development day, so each class is a little shorter and the kids get out early, but the teachers go to meetings until 3:15pm.

This screen stays on a tab on my browser all day so I can take roll and enter in grades. First period begins at 8:01am, but I always have students in my room well before that.

For my ninth grade classes, we’re reading Night by Elie Wiesel. Such a powerful book.

I always eat a snack during second period and today it’s my favorite yogurt.

After second period is nutrition, so I have a little break. I stalk my registry and add a breathable bumper because a few people have told me it’s necessary.

Then, I reply to some comments on my latest post on Hellobee, which today was Our Birth Plan.

After nutrition, I have my conference period. This is a time to prepare, grade, email or call parents, turn in paperwork, or whatever else I need to do.

First, I eat another snack: honey crisp apple and low fat cheddar cheese stick.

Then, I write a quiz for my 10th grade honors students. They’re reading A Tale of Two Cities by Dickens, which isn’t my favorite, but it’s required.

Two more classes to teach, then it’s lunch time.

I have leftover mac n cheese and a diet cherry 7up. Healthy, right? I also have a few students in at lunch making up a test.

I use part of lunch to enter grades into the computer.

One more class to teach, then it’s time for professional development. I got permission to leave a little early due to my appointment with the perinatologist, so it wasn’t too bad. We affectionately refer to these meetings as teacher detention ­čśë I leave work at 2:35pm and I’m home in about 10 minutes to meet my husband before we head to the appointment.

DITL: Pregnant Edition, Part 1

25 Jan

I love looking at other blogger’s day in the life posts, so I thought I’d do one of my own. I think I’ve only ever seen people with babies or toddlers do them, but it might be cool to look back on my child-free days later and remember what it was like.

Alarm goes off at 6:00am. I snooze a few times until my husband gets up, then I lay in bed and play on my phone for a while.

I’m glad this photo is such poor quality because my morning face isn’t pretty. I check all my favorite apps: facebook, twitter, instagram, google reader, email, baby center, and what to expect when you’re expecting. Then I finally get my lazy bum out of bed, which today was at around 7:00am, much later than I’d like.

Usually I stare at my closet for too long trying to figure out what to wear, something that gets more challenging each day, but today I had my outfit planned out, so it was a quick process.

I usually shower at night, so my morning routine is pretty quick. I hate waking up early more than anything, so this is my coping mechanism: get up at late as possible and rush out of the house and fast as possible. Today, the toothpaste reminded me to do my kegels because of a silly analogy our childbirth teacher made in last week’s class. I’m supposed to do 100 kegels each day, but I rarely remember to do them.

I keep my makeup routine simple: mineral foundation, mascara, and chapstick. Sometimes I wear eye shadow and lipstick, but not everyday.

All ready!

Next I make my lunch (I’ve bought lunch at work once this school year, no time to go off campus for lunch).

My husband went to work early this morning so he could get off early for our perinatologist appointment that afternoon, but usually he leaves for work after me, so I don’t have to put the dogs out. Today, they got special dental treats from momma!

Breakfast was english muffin with jam and decaf vanilla tea. I eat it in the car on the way to work.

The car was all wet from the rain the day before, but no rain expected today. It takes me less than 10 minutes to get to work, which is awesome. I finally left at around 7:25am.

It took me less than 25 minutes from the time I got out of bed to the time I left the house. See what I mean about the quick routine?

NYE 2011

4 Jan

I’m a little late with this post, but better late than never, right? Originally, we had planned to spend the early part of New Years Eve with my family celebrating my aunt’s birthday and then I thought we would come home and be asleep before midnight. However, plans changed with my family and my husband surprised me with late dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant. He didn’t tell me where we were going until we were almost there and I was┬ápleasantly┬ásurprised. We went to Saddle Peak Lodge, the same place we went for our anniversary last year! Unfortunately, all I have is cell phone pics, but here’s what we ate:

I had the filet, same as last time. So amazing.

My husband had the wild game trio: wild boar, ostrich, and antelope. A bit more daring of a choice, but equally as delicious. We also shared the pork belly appetizer (oh yum) and the chocolate cake with ice cream (yes thanks). The food is amazing and the service is equally as good. The decor is a bit… quirky. There are animal heads everywhere. However, it’s so unique and cozy we just love it as a romantic splurge.

This was sort of our last hurrah. There’s a good chance we won’t go out for a fancy dinner like this for a very long time, so we decided to live it up. Since we didn’t get back from dinner until almost 11:30, we made it past midnight like the youngsters!

Ew, sorry about the terrible quality of this picture. Here we are ringing in the new year!

I was a party animal with my Martinelli’s!

I really loved the outfit I wore that night, so I’m going to wear it for my weekly bump pictures so you can see. I’m also wearing it to a wedding we’re going to this weekend.

How did you ring in the new year?

Gender Reveal

30 Nov

Did you hear? It’s a BOY! We are so excited. I’ve been having a hard time working the past couple of days because all I want to do is look at baby boy clothes and toys. Read all about how we told our families here.

There are some things I learned from our little gender reveal weekend that I’d love to share with you all, in case you’d like to do something similar one day.

1. If baking isn’t your specialty, leave it to the pros. I had a great experience with Crumbs, but I’m sure other bakeries would accommodate similar requests.

2. Skip the cupcake flags or any other decoration that might accidentally reveal the filling early. Cute it theory, but not practical.

3.Choose dark colored frosting. I wanted chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and frosting so people had a choice, but the white frosting didn’t hide the blue filling that well. I’d do all chocolate if I could go back in time.

4. If possible, get both sides of the family together for the reveal. It was fun to be able to do it twice, but it was hard to keep the secret for the side of the family that had to go second (and friends who were dying to know). It would have been so much fun to have both families find out together – the more, the merrier, right?

5. Enjoy yourself! Any time I plan something like this, I have a hard time relaxing and enjoying the moment once it arrives. If you’re anything like me, try to take a deep breath and remember what’s important – celebrating with family and friends!
Would you ever do a gender reveal party or gathering?

It’s a…

28 Nov
If you remember, my husband’s 30th birthday was on Thanksgiving this year. We thought we might open our card the night before, but we were so exhausted from going to a friendsgiving dinner, that we decided to wait until the next morning when we would be fresh. All night both of us had multiple dreams about opening the card and for both of us, every time we opened the card in our dreams it was a boy.

Well…

Our dreams came true!! Right after we opened the card (which also had an ultrasound picture of the genitals that I’ve decided to keep private), I gave my husband his other birthday present.

He’s a huge Raider fan and I ordered this onsie thinking it could work for a boy or a girl, but it REALLY works for a boy.

As for our reactions? I didn’t cry right away. I think my husband did, but he’d probably deny it. Later, though, when I went to pick up the cupcakes and to Starbucks, I was crying every five minutes. I would see something that made me think of our little boy and cry. It was quite overwhelming.

After picking up the cupcakes, we decided to try some to make sure the filling was the correct color.

They got it right! Crumbs was just great about this whole thing. I definitely recommend them for your custom cupcake needs.

I just know our little boy will grow up to be as handsome and kind as this guy. I can only hope he will be as silly ­čÖé

Then, we headed to my parents’ house for some cupcakes and champagne, followed by Thanksgiving dinner.

Here’s our plate of cupcakes with my little question mark flags. They were super cute, but not super practical. Nobody wants to bite into a cupcake with a toothpick in it, so you have to take it out first, but with the surprise filling, you run the risk of seeing the color on the toothpick before the big bite. It was a nice idea, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

I love this picture! They haven’t even seen the color yet, but they’re so excited!

Can you see my brother doing the fist pump YES! ? He was super excited, as were my mom and stepdad.

After some more cooking and football watching, it was time for dinner. My parents make the BEST turkey ever. The breast is so moist and flavorful, even the next day out of the microwave.

After dinner we played games and had underdone pumpkin pie (that I made – whoops) while watching Christmas movies.

The next day, we headed to my husband’s parents’ house for our second reveal and third thanksgiving. However, we wanted to wait until my husband’s sister, nieces, and friends arrived the next day, so we had to hold in our news. It was so hard and I think my husband slipped once, but he tried to cover it.

Finally, everyone (well, almost) arrived and we got another plate of cupcakes ready.

This time, only a couple of flags in the middle.

From left, Molly (sister-in-law), Ann (mother-in-law), Gwen (niece), Stella (adorable baby), and Caren (our sweet friend). My husband’s dad and our other niece Ava are just out of the frame of the picture.

Yay! It was so funny to see if people would bite into the cupcake or rip it in half to see the color.

This will be their first grandson (they have two granddaughters), so they are so excited.

Our friends Paul and Jackie arrived a little late, but we saved cupcakes for them!

Jackie lost a bet on this one!

Then, it was time for dinner. My husband worked hard carving out 12 mini pumpkins for a delicious butternut squash soup that Ann made from squash from her garden.

Adorable and delicious!

I wasn’t quite sick of turkey yet, but this meal might have put me over the turkey dinner edge. Delicious!

More games, toddler play time, and lots of talking about our future baby boy and it was time for bed. What a weekend!

The majority of you guessed that it would be a boy in my poll, so as a reward to all of you, even those who guessed wrong, I’m going to have a little giveaway! One lucky winner will receive 12 delicious mini cupcakes from Crumbs! They are not sponsoring this post, I’m paying for them out of my own money because I love you. Leave a comment on this post to enter and be sure you are signed in with your email address or leave it in the comment! Comment by Friday at 11:59pm.

Get ready for lots of nursery inspiration, baby boy clothes, and more fun baby related posts!!

Must Have Thanksgiving Food

22 Nov

I’m hungry all the time lately, so it’s natural that I’m really looking forward to pigging out on Thanksgiving this year. Here are the things I must have on my plate each year:

Brined turkey. Do it. Start like now.

Mashed potatoes made with real potatoes, lots of butter, and heavy cream. Throw in some fresh roasted garlic for good measure. Use this recipe from Martha or this one from my stepdad.

Cranberry sauce made with real cranberries. I like the canned version to spread on sandwiches for leftovers (dude: use hawaiin rolls, mayo, canned cranberry sauce, turkey, lettuce, and stuffing – omg yum – thank you Ann for introducing me to that), but the real stuff is delicious for the actual meal.

Something green. I have this weird thing where I have to have something green on my plate or I feel like I’m not getting a balanced meal. For Thanksgiving, I like green beans or brussels sprouts. I’m making this recipe for a friend’s potluck Wednesday night.

Stuffing without any fruit in it. Fruit in savory dishes is not ok with me.

This is the only thing that I think is better not homemade. I have to have my flaky layers biscuits. I offered to bring them this year because I want to make sure we have the right ones (one year my mom got crescents and I was super disappointed).

Pumpkin pie. This has to be my favorite dessert EVER. I’m making it for the first time this year and I really hope I don’t have to run to the store for a replacement only to find that they’re sold out. Here’s the recipe I’m using (with premade dough).

I like gravy and yams, but those are not on my must have list. Actually, gravy is pretty necessary, but I have no clue how to make it, so I leave it to the pros.

What’s on your must have Thanksgiving dinner list?

Halloween Dinner

1 Nov

I made this meal for the first time last year a couple of days before Halloween when we carved pumpkins. It was so yummy and fun that I decided to make it again this year and I hope I can keep the tradition going. It was a little hectic making it on Halloween night because I was running to the door in between preparations and we had to keep getting up for the trick-or-treaters while we were eating, but I think it makes an excellent pumpkin carving night meal.

I made a meatloaf hand, a la Not Martha:

It fell apart a bit (last year’s looked way better), but notice the onion fingernails and wrist bone!

I don’t use a mold like Not Martha does, I just shape it by hand. It would probably be prettier if I cooked it on a rack so the juice just drips off, but I don’t have one so I either use a cookie sheet or pyrex.

For sides, we had Brussels sprout eyeballs and monster mashed potatoes (thanks Andy for naming those last year):

Yummy!

I used this recipe from All Recipes for the meatloaf.

The mashed potatoes are my stepdad’s specialty (he’s a chef).

4 russet potatoes
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz butter (1 stick)
salt and pepper to taste

Peel and boil potatoes until tender. Meanwhile, heat cream and butter together until melted. Once potatoes are cooked and drained, mash them up and add the cream and butter mixture a little bit at a time until it reaches desired consistency. Salt and pepper to taste (sometimes I add roasted garlic for added deliciousness).

He also taught me how to make really yummy Brussels sprouts – by the way, I never knew there was an s on the end of brussel when talking about the vegetable. Boil them until fork tender, but still bright green. Just before they’re done, heat some butter in a pan. Let it turn light brown and smell the heavenly aroma. Drain the sprouts and sautee them in the butter until browned a bit. If you want to boil them ahead of time, rinse them with cold water to stop the cooking process and sautee with the brown butter right before serving. Soooo good.

Not the healthiest meal ever, but that’s ok for a once-a-year treat. For dessert? Way too much candy. Last year we ran out of candy and had to give away some of my brother’s, so this year we over-compensated and now we have way too much left over. Dangerous!

Do you have an unusual Halloween tradition?

Another Acronym: BLW

5 Oct


Read all of my Spearmint Baby posts here.

Have you heard of Baby Led Weaning? Here’s a quote from the website:

“Based on a paper written by Gill Rapley, Baby Led Weaning just means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning.”


That’s right, no baby food, no purees, no mush. The argument is that babies who eat purees from a spoon fed by the parents learn how to swallow before they learn how to chew. They don’t get used to the texture of food and as a result can become picky eaters later in life. Babies between the ages of 6 months and 1 year get all the nutrition they need from breast milk or formula, so the food they eat is just for learning and exploring. No need to force them to eat, just give them a tray full of a variety of soft foods (cooked carrots, beans, fruit, etc) and let them go at it.

Our adorable niece Ava


The downside? First of all, it’s really messy. You can’t give a baby a bath every single time they finish a meal, but that’s what wipes are for, right? Feed them in nothing but a diaper and wipe them down after. Secondly, they might choke. The website says it’s better to learn what to do when a child is choking than to constantly worry about it happening. They say to make sure that risky foods are cut up properly (grapes cut in half), but really since they’re learning how to chew/gnaw before they learn how to swallow, they won’t choke as much as a baby food fed baby might.

I plan on trying out this new method of food introduction. I’m not saying it’s the best way or the only way to do things. I do think it seems a whole lot easier than buying or making baby food and spoon feeding it to a squirmy baby.

What do you think? Have you tried BLW? Would you?

The cutest thing I’ve seen all week

9 Sep

Instagrahams!

Bakerella made homemade graham crackers and, with a little fondant, turned them into these adorable cookies. I wish I was as awesomely creative as she is!

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