Monday, April 30, 2012

The Things an Expecting Mom Does NOT Want to Hear

There are PLENTY of things people have said to me that I just could've done without hearing. I just wonder sometimes if people think before they speak. Have you ever heard the saying "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all"? Totally qualifies here. These ladies should have stuck with option b. Don't say anything at all. Here are some of my favorites/most offensive.

Omitting name: Oh, you're only 14 weeks? Hmm, I would have guessed you were further along!

Rude.


My parents' neighbor: Oh, Becca, you're not the pregnant one? I would have guessed you were the pregnant one...

Um dear, shut your pie hole while you're behind.


Co-worker to my sister: Congratulations!! I hear you're expecting (patting her belly). 
Becca: Um no, my sister is expecting. But I will pass on your congratulations *place lady's hand back at her side*.

This one makes me laugh every time. Silly lady.


Friend of a friend: Oh, you're looking at maternity clothes? Make sure you spend money on something you like. You will LIVE in them. I'm still wearing mine!

Hello new friend, your youngest is 4 and you are STILL wearing your maternity pants? Shame on you.

Just about every stranger that I've told we're pregnant: Get ready to never sleep again!

Optimism is key, people. I don't need your negativity.

My favorite... from anyone that knows both my husband and I:

You and your husband are tall! You're going to have a 12 pound baby!

Ouch! 

I'm sure I will have more of this in the weeks/months to come... I will keep you all updated. : )

Friday, April 27, 2012

Food Friday: Fudge

Today I share with you the easiest recipe ever. It is almost summertime and most people want to spend their time in the beautiful weather, not slaving over a hot oven. So if you need a delicious desert in a hurry with ingredients you probably already have, try this recipe.
You will need:
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  1. Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter in large microwaveable bowl. Cook in microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 3-5 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. Stir in nuts, if desired. We don't put nuts in anything (per Tyler's request) so we skipped this.
  2. Pour into well-greased 8x8-inch foil tin. Refrigerate until set.
Now the reason we use a tin is because you can cut the fudge out of it or *lightly* spray the foil tin and tip the fudge out. I found it to be easier.

It has been a long and trying week so I am leaving it at that. I will explain why later : )

Friday, April 20, 2012

Food Friday Link Up - Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


I love food. I love to make it and I love to eat it (but mostly make it). Every Friday I intend to post a new recipe for you to try. I won't post it unless I have tried to make it because I want to know it is good.

Believe it or not, I had NEVER made these cookies before. BUT I have loved them almost all my life. So I went to Allrecipes.com and found one. Yep, I was doing this.

They turned out fantastic so I HAD to share! Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
This is how you make 'em:
  
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. 
  3.  Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. 
  4. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips. 
  5. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

I would have pictures of the final product, but as they finished, they were eaten! You'll have to try it yourself and take pictures to make up for my lack of.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Food Friday: Tuna Casserole

This stuff is amazing!!

I got that new Campbell's cookbook which I had to try right away. My one recommendation is that if you have  3 or less people, cut the recipe in half. This is a lot of food.

You will need:
  • One can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 (6oz) cans of tuna drained and flaked
  • 2 cups of hot cooked medium egg noodles
  •  1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 400*. Stir soup, milk, peas, tuna, and noodles in a 1 1/2 quart casserole

Bake for 20 minutes or until hot. Stir.

Sprinkle cheese over mixture and bake for two more minutes or until the cheese melts.


ENJOY!
My handsome husband enjoying the fruits of my labor. Do you see why I need a new camera?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Food Friday: A Great Potato Screw Up


I love food. I love to make it and I love to eat it (but mostly make it). Every Friday I intend to post a new recipe for you to try. I won't post it unless I have tried to make it because I want to know it is good.

I like to think I am a good cook. This was, however, until I realized I can't boil an egg!! Swear to the skies, I cannot boil an egg. I have tried countless times and even (I'm afraid to admit) GOOGLED IT! But It failed.

The yolk always turns all gooey and stuff. Yuck.

So a while back, when my eggs failed and all I had for potato salad was the already peeled and boiled potatoes, I decided to improvise.

I mashed them, and added a lot of stuff.

Here is what you need:

10 medium sized potatoes boiled and peeled
1 (8oz) tub of sour cream
4 tbsp butter
1 cup colby jack cheese shredded
Fresh chives (if you have them)

Grab your good 'ol potato masher and mash away at those spuds.

When they are (relatively) smooth, dump in the butter and mash in till melted.

When butter and potatoes are fully mixed, add sour cream and cheese.


Place in a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350* for 1 hour.

Remove from oven and serve!

If you need to reheat, just be sure to bake at same temp covered with either foil or the lid to your pan to ensure they don't burn!

**Warning: you might have to make some small modifications as this was (as mentioned) a screw up. I was panicked. The in-laws were coming over and I was not about to have gooey egged potato salad.

Good luck!!

Have a super fantastic weekend!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Letters to my sweet, sweet child...

I love baby books. Actually, I love the idea of baby books.

But what if you move and it gets lost? What if (God forbid) your house burns down? All would be lost.

I wanted to do something ever since I saw a commercial for it. I will give you a hint...


Yes, I started writing to my baby. I want him or her to know what we went through... the ups and downs. The experiences. The LIFE! I want him or her to be able to experience everything and have memories of it to share with their family one day.

If he or she is having a rough day at college someday, they can open the first e-mail talking about how excited we are to meet our new baby.

I want our baby to feel loved.

To feel admired.

To feel special.

So I will do just that. I will write to my baby and add pictures, videos, the link to this blog, everything I can possibly do to make sure our baby knows that they are the best thing that has ever happened to us. And guess what?! I already started. A glimpse of 3/1/12:


So excited to meet our child. I've written 4 now. 2 with ultrasound pictures, 1 when we found out we were expecting, and one with our silly crayon art that his or her daddy helped me make. I hope our baby likes it!!



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Clear Blue Said IT'S TRUE!

I will warn you....I didn't write this post today... or yesterday. I wrote it on 2/11/12. Exactly 8 months after we got married. Like most married people, they wait to say big things to their friends and family until they are certain it is true. True Blue confirmed it. Below is me explaining exactly how I felt as it was written shortly after we found out. (About 15 minutes to be exact.)

Let's start at the beginning (just FYI, when I say that, expect a long(er) post).

Tyler and I knew we were ready. Despite all of the stories (that may or may not have been viewed as encouragement) of people who waited 10 years, or 15 years to have a baby... we were ready. I had some severe baby fever and when we thought about it, we actually had a lot working in our favor. It was late December when we went off "the pill" and although I have always had an irregular 'cycle' (sorry, boys... TMI), this one was different. I was tired, my stomach hurt, and I was tired (intentional double mention here). On top of that, I was 3 weeks late. Ding ding ding... there's an indicator!

Tyler told me that we should go get a test on Wednesday (the 8th) but when we got it, we decided to take it on Saturday so he wouldn't find out then have to go to work. Valid, but I wanted to know now. Like a good little wifey, I waited. We talked about it on Friday night about how I should 'go' before bed so I wouldn't get up early. Well I did. Honey, I peed before bed. Right before we went to sleep, he put his hand on my heart and said "I think I feel two heart beats". Smarty pants. 

I think I may have had too much water before bed though (or I was just so dang anxious) because by 4am, I was ready to explode. I decided it was time to know. I rolled over and asked Tyler if I should go, and his response was "no, honey. Get some sleep.". I explained how badly I had to go and he said fine. I walked into the bathroom at 4:15, did my business on two of them and set them on the counter without looking so we could look together. Corny I know, but we are excited/nervous and it's our first one!! Why not do it together?

I raced back into bed and talked to him for a while about what it might say. He ensured me he wouldn't be disappointed in me if I wasn't bearing his youngins yet. We finally decided to take a peek. Counted to 3, and pulled back the tissue that was covering them. Pregnant. That's all the little stick had to say and our life changed. I can't remember, but I think I said HOLY CRAP about 8 times. Maybe 12.



You might not be able to read it, I may have been shaking and Tyler always stood in the light, but these things are straight forward. Pregnant or Not Pregnant.

After a couple of minutes (and pictures), we headed back to bed. Tyler's first reaction was "we don't even have a baby and I'm already losing sleep". He seemed excited.

After laying there for a while wide eyed and in disbelief, I told Tyler I was surprised it happened so quickly (the doctor said it could take a few MONTHS)! He said (and I want to quote this because it was hysterical) "I  knew it would happen... I have good swimmers. Olympic style.". Again, too much information but it was SO funny! Then he said something scary. "You took two tests, I bet you're having twins". Not funny. Becca and I put mom through the wringer and I'm not sure I could handle it with the same grace she did!

We took our first test exactly 8 months after our wedding. Pregnant. Went to our first appointment to meet our OBGYN on Valentine's day and found out we are 5 weeks and 4 days along with a due date of October 13th. 

And here we are, folks. We are having a baby.

We just finished our first trimester. 12 weeks and 4 days. Do you know how hard it was to not blurt it out right away?!?!?!?!

That is so weird to say.

WE ARE HAVING A BABY!

Holy. Crap. A baby.

WOW! What a feeling.

The projects I was doing a couple of weeks ago were our announcements to our family (siblings and parents). Watch for those soon!

Holy crap.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Some GREAT News. Can you guess!?

***Today's Tell Me Tuesday (POST 20) is going to be a tad different. This one, rather than being an old story/memory, this is just plain news. Boring, right? You tell me.       

You know how sometimes you say things and can't believe they're true?? Well.....    


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WE ARE HAVING A BABY!!!     

 I have never been more excited to tell the world something. 

We are pregnant. 

We found out on February 11th, 2012. Exactly 8 months after we said "I do". And on Valentine's Day, it was confirmed by our wonderful doctor. I will share the story with you tomorrow. For now I am going to cry and laugh and rub my belly.   Getting engaged was amazing and wonderful and such a wonderful day. Getting married was so much more wonderful than the engagement! But finding out that you and the man you love more than anything in the world are forming a family?! There's honestly nothing like it.   What an amazing feeling...   

Our little plum.
 
Until tomorrow...
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