Archive for January, 2013

oops – forgot a picture at 13 (and that was one of my favorites, baby was the size of a Georgia peach)


14 weeks 1/29/2013


How far along?: 14 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013
Baby is the size of a?: Lemon
Maternity Clothes: 3 maternity shirts at old navy (for $30 total!), and another shirt and skirt at target! – now I officially have enough clothes to get me through the week!
Sleep: some nights – perfectly.  Some nights I toss and turn
Symptoms: still tired at night and my lower back has started to bother me a little (too soon!!)
Miss Anything?: Coffee – sushi
Movement: Not yet
Food cravings: Orange juice and avocado rolls
Mood: Happy
Pregnancy Workout: Admittedly – not much.
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: People giving me advice I don’t want 😉 and people telling me how much they hated pregnancy (gee thanks!)
Best Moment this Week: telling everyone about baby!
Looking forward to: Boy or Girl?
BabyCenter Update: Welcome to the second trimester! This week’s big developments: Your baby can now squint, frown, grimace, pee, and possibly suck his thumb. Thanks to brain impulses, his facial muscles are getting a workout as his tiny features form one expression after another. His kidneys are producing urine, which he releases into the amniotic fluid around him — a process he’ll keep up until birth. He can grasp, too, and if you’re having an ultrasound now, you may even catch him sucking his thumb. In other news: Your baby’s stretching out. From head to bottom, he measures 3 1/2 inches — about the size of a lemon — and he weighs 1 1/2 ounces.

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We really need to scan the rest of the ultrasound pics – but here is one at 12 weeks!


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12 weeks

12 weeks 1/15/2013

How far along?: 12 weeks
Due Date: July 30, 2013

Baby is the size of a?: Lime
Maternity Clothes: 2 maternity shirts and a pair of jeans my mom bought me.  Plus a pair of corduroy pants from Kohls, and pair of black slacks from old navy, and two shirts from target. A lot of my shirts still fit fine but the pants and skirts just aren’t zipping :(.  I bought a belly band from target to make those last a little longer but honestly the maternity stuff is a lot more comfy.
Sleep: Mostly like a rock – when my bed mate isn’t running me off the bed (can’t wait for a king sized mattress 😉 )
Symptoms: Nauseousness and fatique.
Miss Anything?: Coke, Caffeine, and fitting into my clothes
Movement: Nope!
Food cravings: Biscuits and gravy and strawberry poptarts.  But those could happen without pregnancy 
Belly Button: In but it does look funnier.
Happy or Moody: Happy and Moody 😉 and Tired!
Pregnancy Workout: We have a stationary bike that I’m trying to get into the habit of using daily.  This week however we made a trip to DC for one of Brett’s interviews and I got a pretty good work out from the walking around.
Pregnancy Pet Peeve: Since we haven’t told anyone other than the parents yet…I can’t think of anything anyone does that would get on my nerves!
Best Moment this Week: We had an ultrasound today and that was pretty awesome!  I like seeing that she/he is really in there!  Since sometimes other than sickness and chubbiness I don’t really feel pregnant.
Looking forward to: Finding out where we are going to live next year, if its a girl or a boy, all kinds of things
BabyCenter Update: The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby’s fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won’t be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder. Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby’s brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.
Pictures from our DC trip

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Baby Makes Three

Brett and I couldn’t be happier to add to our little family!  Our due date is July 30th!! Yippee!

However, someone else…is less than thrilled.

"I thought I was the only baby for you"

“I thought I was the only baby for you”

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Tortellini Soup

I’m always on the look out for lunch ideas.  Particularly things that my husband doesn’t really like.  That way I can still get my fill on them at lunch time…and he doesn’t have to suffer through them at dinner.  This is normally soups.  I love soup; butternut squash, clam chowder, chicken noodle.  I love soup.  Especially in the winter when it’s so chilly.  So this weekend I found this recipe and it was just too easy to pass up!



– Olive Oil
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– Pkg of refrigerated cheese tortellini
– 2 cups chicken broth
– 2 cans tomato soup
– 1 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)
– 2 cups half and half
– 1/2 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes (I pureed mine)
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 2 tsp oregano
– 1/2 tsp salt

1) saute the garlic in olive oil until golden (beware burning the garlic)
2) then add broth, soup, milk, half & half, sun dried tomatoes, and seasonings
3) cook until blended – you’ll know
4) add the tortellini and cook for as long as on package (normally 8 minutes).  I left mine a little underdone b/c I knew I’d be reheating everyday at lunch.

and that’s all it takes!  And trust me…its delicious.  And filling with all those tortellini!

I failed at taking photos but let me know how yours turns out!

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Two and a half months…

No, that’s not how long this project takes but instead how long its been since we’ve blogged. Bad bloggers! We/I needed to be punished for this gross and intolerable oversight. So what did I do? Banished myself to a day of chores and laundry. (oh wait….that kind of sounds like every Sunday…hum) Only problem, I was nearing the bottom of my Sam’s Club sized laundry detergent. What to do? I could just go buy more detergent. That’s what any sane person would do…but no. I remembered a project I’d seen months ago on Pinterest. Homemade detergent!

Now…if there is anything this girl likes…it’s combining things, dumping things out, putting them in other containers. I can’t really explain it. Since youth, I’ve loved sand art…this transitioned into my facination with containers (seriously…almost ever kitchen necessity I own must be put into a different container than what it was purchased in…I’m the proud owner of over 20 canisters). Nothing excites me more than when I run out of flour, b/c that just means I get to open a fresh bag and dump it into my old fashioned cracker canister…oh yeah! I’m getting off topic…

Back to the detergent – this is the original link that I found


I tweaked this a bit based on what I could find.

Here is what I used:

– Container of Oxi-Clean
– Box of Borax
– Box of Baking Soda
– Box of Super Washing Soda (didn’t even know this existed)
– Two bars of grated Ivory soap (most links say to use Zote but despite popular opinion…it is not easy to find. I found several articles that said Ivory soap was great! Plus side – it smelled just like the resort on my Honeymoon…weird
– Container of Purex Crystals laundry detergent (I originally wasn’t going to add this b/c I normally use Downy…or Snuggle…with a Downy Ball…that somehow magically dispenses the fabric softener on time. This was until a few weeks ago when my husband decided to do a load of laundry…maybe the third load he’s done in the 2 and a half years I’ve lived with him. Turns out he was confused…and used fabric softener…instead of detergent (he didn’t know fabric softener came in liquid form) and then tried to throw out my downy ball b/c it was “stupid.” So I decided to add the fabric softener crystals back in.. just in case some strange phenomenon happens where he needs to do laundry…there is now only one step to the process.



Then I layered all of the parts into a container (I used a small cooler that we never use). The layering helps make stirring/blending everything much easier. I got creative and used a vacuum attachment to stir with.

The Mixture

The Mixture

Last I put some of my detergent back into the fabric softener container since it was so cute. And the top is the perfect measuring cup for the powder!! So it should be a while before I run out of my cooler full of detergent! (PS this stuff smells good too!) My only complaint…I wish the fabric softener came in pink 😉 so I could have pink crystals in my detergent.

Finished Product

Finished Product

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