Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Scary Mom Moment - Baby Update

This is kind of hard to write and I have seriously contemplated even posting about it. Being pregnant is scary.

You should know before I begin, that the baby and I are both fine. 100% Healthy and our baby is in the 75+ percentile for growth! We are wonderful.

This one is very very personal. But I have chosen to share it because I know I'm not alone. Pregnancy is scary! You develop this unconditional love for the little nugget growing in your belly. The only problem is that apart from eating the right way and not participating in a friendly game of tackle football, the baby's growth and development is really out of your control. This leaves you constantly worrying.

On April 25th, I had a routine check-up at my doctor's office. You know the drill, a quick "how are you feeling" and a check of the heartbeat, blood draw and you're out the door! Typically, it's a 20 minute process. Tops.

This one did not work out that way.

I went in as normal at 10:25, checked my weight, asked the routine questions, and jumped up on the table to hear that precious heartbeat. But she couldn't find it. Normally it is a 5 minute process of searching, finding, listening, and oohing/aahing. This time, we only got to step 1, the searching. She looked for 20 minutes and this far along in the pregnancy it should take less time than the 13 week appointment did. But there was nothing.

Once in a while she thought she heard the baby move, but she couldn't find the tones. I didn't panic, yet.

After a few more minutes of searching she said (in a panicked tone) "We need  to get you in for an ultrasound right now". I still didn't freak out.

I asked her "has this happened before" and she said yes. So I made her promise and she did.

She simply stated that she was concerned that this far along she can't find it.

Now I freaked out.

I cried. A lot.

So she said "it'll be alright", gave me a hug, and rushed out to schedule the ultrasound.

I didn't see her again after that. But I did see her nurses. One who came in, hugged me (crying, mind you), and handed me the appointment sheet for the hospital (ultrasound). The next two came in to take all of my blood. OK, two vials. Of course, one of them hugged me too! If that doesn't get you worried, nothing will.

But these ladies are wonderful. Every one of them. My doctor, her nurses, they all rock.

Once the blood draw was done, I got in my car at 11:25 (still sobbing) and called Tyler who said he would meet me at home to take me to the hospital. He continually said motivational things like: don't worry, you are fine, the baby is fine... just supportive. Then, when he got home, he just hugged me. That's all I needed.

After I applied makeup to try to hide the red splotches forming on my face (I'm an ugly crier), we left.

They rushed us through the sign in and brought us right back. I think they felt bad for the ugly (obviously crying) girl that just walked in... but I appreciated it. So we sat. Only for a few minutes, but it felt like forever! Especially when a little old lady tries to carry on a conversation with you. I was cordial, but wanted to punch her in the face. I was in no mood to talk to anyone right now. I just wanted to know that baby K was OK.

When we went in, I knew the process: lay down, pull up shirt, tuck towel into pants, and they put warm goo on your belly. I held it together this time up until I saw that heartbeat. Then I lost it. I was so excited that my fears were unwarranted and our nugget is fine. What. A. Relief.

Tyler rubbed my leg the whole time while they took the measurements, looked at the baby, and printed our pictures. He was amazing.

We got a call shortly after from my doctor saying "the baby looks great". Then, about 10 minutes later from her nurse, Heather. Yes, Heather called to say that she'd heard the good news and wanted to let me know she was so thrilled and make sure I was doing OK. They care that much.

I have never been to a doctor's office where they know you by name right when you walk in. It makes everything so much more comfortable!!!

Now, we are at 5 ultrasounds for this kid. Typically, a pregnant lady will only have two throughout a pregnancy. Sure we'll more than double it! Ugh.

Ultrasound one was at 9 weeks. Typical.
Ultrasound two was at 13 weeks as I was having TERRIBLE cramping and morning sickness.
Ultrasound three was when they couldn't find heart tones.
Ultrasound four was for gender/organ development.
And ultrasound five was yesterday because during the 20 week ultrasound, the little nugget was dancing and squirming too much and they couldn't get good pictures of the heart and spine. Silly baby.

Pretty sure we have the most photographed fetus ever.

Here is what I took from this experience:
  1. Do not panic if they can't find the heartbeat with the little wand thing. It has happened before. They will just schedule an ultrasound to see the little bugger.
  2. Go to a doctor who recognizes you as (___Your Name Here___), not just a patient. You want someone you know to give you good or bad news. Not somebody who has to look at their sheet to remember your name.
  3. Make your husband go to all of the appointments. He can sit outside while you do the icky stuff, but make him be there. Tyler had meetings in the morning so he couldn't make it to the check-up, but he has promised to go to the rest of them. Especially after this experience. Even though he had wonderful composure, I know he was worried. The relief on his face was all I needed to see.
Optimism is really the key to pregnancy (well, mine anyway). If I eat right, sleep plenty, drink lots of water, and exercise, my body will do the rest. What an amazing thing.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ultrasound Number Five

Tomorrow I will explain what all this ultrasound nonsense is about. Typically during a pregnancy, you will have one or two. But not our baby! She just wants to strike a pose so we just keep going back. (I WISH that was why.)

For now, I am going to bask in the knowledge that in a coupe of hours, we will see baby K again. 

Oh yeah, and I intend to ask them to PROVE IT!

I was so completely and utterly convinced that she was a he so I want them to prove it. Double check, if you will. I hope they're not offended!

Hopefully this is our last ultrasound appointment.

Not that I don't LOVE seeing our little nugget...

But these pictures aren't cheap! : )

Happy Humpday!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gender Reveal Pictures

As most of you may know, we did a gender reveal to discover if baby K was a boy or a girl.

We wanted our whole family to be a part of our celebration as they are all first-timers too! First time grandparents. First time aunts. First time uncles. And of course, first time parents.

It was an outstanding, thrilling, surprising experience!

Between this, a ball game, and Memorial Day Weekend, my camera got a workout!

Here are the pictures from the gender reveal.



Before Party

Getting ready for this gathering may have definitely stressed me out. A lot.Especially when my sweet husband was running around taking pictures of ev-er-y-thi-ng. Seriously. He was amazed by his picture of chips. Then he asked for a picture of our baby. I couldn't resist the smile this provoked. The top right is daddy-to-be Tyler. Bottom left is my g-ma sitting on our big-people couches. She fit very well! Ok, maybe not. But it was funny! Next is excited dad Tyler. Finally, last but certainly not least, aunt Becca. She was working and waiting for family to arrive.

Before Discovery Entertainment

Before we found out, we played games and sat around chatting. I mean, who (besides me) REALLY does dessert first? We played bean bags, bocce ball, and sat around enjoying some friendly conversation.

FOOD


We all enjoyed an abundance of food pre-discovery-dessert! My dad grilled the burgers (which he brought) and hot dogs (which he bought). Such a good man. next, look. at. that. spread. Yum. We did buffet style serving.

CUPCAKES

Ooooooh Boy! (You'll have to excuse my hair. It was rainy/humid/gross outside.) I LOVED the cupcakes. They were cute and delicious. Bottom left is the family waiting to be served (with smiling grandpa Jeff) and on the right, our cupcake cheers.

Parents' Reactions

Tyler's and my reaction was something to be remembered because we were shocked. I was 100% certain she was a boy. Tyler thought girl until a few days before at our ultrasound. Starting at the top right: I peeked. I wouldn't show Tyler what I had, but the tears started coming! So he looked and was SOOOO surprised! We had to check and double check the frosting. Notice Tyler's eyes stay big the WHOLE time. He was in shock. Smooches for mom and dad. Finally, our pink surprise. SO excited.

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Our parents and siblings brought us gifts.I had to laugh because I LOVE monkeys and my mom and dad brought us monkey butt pjs! Also, I likes the cupcake outfit. How appropriate. Not sure cupcakes will ever mean the same thing to me...

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Proud mama and daddy to be. Can't wait to meet our baby girl!



Monday, May 28, 2012

Blog GENDER REVEAL!

Here it is, everyone.

The moment you've all been waiting for.

The moment you find out if Baby K will be a he or a she.

Boy or a girl.

Pink or blue.

But first, to keep you on the edge of your seats, our reaction.

I know, the anticipation was killing me, too.

We got our cupcakes Saturday morning after 2 full hours of crazy Melissa cleaning.

They. Were. Adorable.

I didn't need them though. I already knew what we were having.

When we got home, we all showered and got ready for the day (Becca (who stayed the night before), Tyler, and I).

People started coming over at about 2. By 4 we were eating with every single person we invited.

5:30 was the big moment.


Cupcakes were passed out and everyone was told to wait until Tyler and I looked at ours.

Tyler said "ready?!" and I was. I stuck my finger in my cupcake. (I wasn't going to bite it... I was too excited.)

I looked at Tyler, tears in my eyes and said "I WAS WROOOOOONG!"!

Oh my gosh.

Tyler broke his open and looked at me with his mouth wide open. Oh. My. Lanta.

IT WAS PINK!

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Yes, we are having a baby GIRL in October.

How unreal.

48% of you were right (I, was not. I was 100% sure we were having a boy).

I might have to have them double check on Wednesday at the next ultrasound. Prove it!

Time to start stocking up on ribbons and bows!

Holy Hannah, a baby girl.

My first thought when I saw it was: Tyler told me exactly one week before that he wanted a girl. 

I am going to go bask in the girly details that will soon be in my daughter's room. AGH! My DAUGHTER!

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

Pictures to come tomorrow.

















And the ultrasound says... ________________!!!!!

Holy cow!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Food Friday - Baked Chicken Strips


Oh yeah... did I mention we find out what we are having TOMORROW?!?!?!?!?!?!?! HOLY MOLY!

Baked Chicken Strips are the "healthy way" to get those strips you loved so much as a child. I LOVE these and know that you will too. I won't buy another bag of Banquet.

You will need:

two medium chicken breasts (thawed)
two eggs
one sleeve ritz crackers
two tbsp garlic 
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp parsley
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese  

Pre-heat oven to 370 degrees.  

Scramble the eggs in a bowl.  

Smush (not a word? Hmm...) crackers and put in a separate bowl.  

Stir garlic, salt, cheese, and parsley into crackers.  

Set off to side.  

Cut chicken breasts into desirable size (remembering that if they're too fat they will take longer to bake). 

Dip chicken strips into egg, then into cracker mix.  (repeat if you want them more crunchy)  

Lay the covered strips onto a baking sheet.  Place in the over for 30 minutes at 370 degrees.  Remove and enjoy!!

This is simple, fun, and will probably cost a LOT less than those bargain brands anyhow.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Food Friday: Chicken Broccoli Casserole

You maybe don't know this about me, but I LOVE casseroles. I love to eat them, yes. But I LOVE to make them. They are easy, delicious, and take very little time to make. This one is AMAZING! I do have to apologize... no pictures for this one. It was consumed almost straight from the oven. Both Tyler and Scott burned their tongues. Silly boys.

Chicken broccoli casserole is a mixture of common ingredients that you might already have around the house.

Here is what you'll need:

  • 1 package of 8 crescent rolls
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups broccoli partially cooked
  • 3 cooked, diced chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • 3/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 375*

Roll your chicken and broccoli in crescent rolls. Line the rolls in an 8x8 pan. Sprinkle cheese on rolls. Mix milk and soups and pour over the rolls. Bake at 375* for 30-50 minutes or until the bottom of the crust is brown and ENJOY!

See? Easy, cheap, and delicious! Win win win.

Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Food Friday: Tater Tot Hotdish

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 delicious.

This one is a CLASSIC!

It is a tad made up so I will guarantee you, you will make changes. I didn't branch off of a recipe so bear with me. There will be a lot of "pinches of this" and "touches of that".

Preheat oven to 350*.

You will need:
  • 1 lb of ground beef (or turkey) browned and drained.
  • One can of evaporated milk (small can)
  • One can cream of mushroom soup
  • One can of cream of chicken soup
  • One bag of steamer veggies (for this recipe and only this, we use the carrots, beans, corn, peas blend)
  • Half of a 2 lb bag of tots (I have only ever seen 2 lb bags... you only need one lb)
Mix the beef, milk, soup, and veggies together.

Add in a couple of frozen tater tots so you have potatoes in the mixture and pour into an un-greased 9x13.

Top with rows of tots, sprinkle with season all or whatever spices you like, and stick in the oven for 1.5 hours or until the mixture is heated all the way through and the tots on top are golden.

Plenty for leftovers since it was just the two of us.

Terrible phone picture (pre-camera) but HOOOOOOLY delicious.
ENJOY!

Let me know if you try it too!

Don't forget to link up for Food Friday!


Have a great weekend!



Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I Need Help Moms!!!

I went into panic mode when I discovered we are almost halfway through the pregnancy and we haven't planned a thing. So I thought this would be a great opportunity to reach out to you moms or moms to be to see what recommendations you have for us to buy/register for!

Here is what I need help with:

EVERYTHING!

Yes, I am pathetic.

I got SUPER stressed out when I was looking at bottles, pumps, changing pads, high chairs, you know... EVERYTHING!

What have you gotten that you've loved? What have you gotten that you do or don't recommend?

The one thing I think I am sold on is the stroller that my friend pointed out to me. Other than that, we've got nothin'.

HELP ME PLEASE!!
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