Monthly Archives: November 2012

Week Fifteen

How far along? 15 weeks, 5 days

Total weight gain: Negative 4 ounces. I actually lost 4 pounds during the first trimester because I couldn’t eat anything! So I’m making my way back up. 
Maternity clothes? Yep! I love these leggings from Destination Maternity and wear a pair almost every day. (They come almost all the way up to my ribs–which is awesome.) I’ve also started rocking ruched maternity tees a lot. (Like these.) I have a couple pairs of maternity jeans, but my favorite pair has to be tailored. I keep meaning to take them in–and then getting too lazy. 
Stretch marks? No
Sleep: Not great. I wake up allllll the freaking time to pee. But I do have really vivid, really cool dreams. Frequently involving celebrities.  
Best moment this week: Cheating and going a few weeks back–to the ultrasound we had for the nuchal translucency test. (I actually only signed up for the test because I knew we’d get an ultrasound out of it! Otherwise I wasn’t worried–and the results, though they came back completely normal, wouldn’t have changed anything otherwise.) It was SO cool to see the baby! The first ultrasound, at around 6 weeks, we just saw a little sack with a flickering heartbeat–which was cool– but at week 12? Head, arms, legs, body–and still a strong heartbeat. It was pretty phenomenal. 

Look at those frog legs! I can’t believe how long they already are!
Also, about a week later, we shared with our friends on facebook (and my writing friends on twitter), which was a lot of fun. I’m happy to have it out in the open finally! 
We posted this pic with the caption: Nelson and I are excited to share that we have our own little super fan on the way, first appearance scheduled for May 2013!
Miss Anything? I miss the ability to have a beer or a glass of wine. And lunch meat. I would love to have a sandwich with regular lunch meat. I fixed the sushi craving by realizing I could still have veggie sushi! I ate about six tons of it in a two week period and now I’m okay for a while. 
Movement? Actually… Okay, it’s probably just in my head because it’s still a little early for this, but I’ve been waking up in the really early mornings. And while I lie there waiting to go back to sleep, in complete darkness, stillness, and silence, I feel these little, tiny flutters–sometimes they feel like small gas bubbles, but they don’t hurt and I don’t actually have gas. I think I’ve been feeling the baby!
Food cravings: Nothing really. Toasted English muffins with butter and strawberry jam are my standard go-tos. Or apples. But they aren’t necessarily from cravings. I just enjoy eating them right now.  
Gender prediction? Boy! 
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: Headaches, nosebleeds (mostly just dried blood that comes out when I blow my nose), tiredness (though I have moments with a LOT more energy now that I’m in the second trimester). My boobs are still sore, but not nearly as bas as the first trimester.
Belly Button? In
Wedding rings? On
Mood? Surprisingly happy and calm! An occasional dark moment of uncalled for tension/anxiety/feeling like a jerk, but they pass pretty quickly and I haven’t let much of it out toward anyone else. (Go me.) 
Looking forward to: Finding out the gender!
Any other changes? I’m definitely showing now. More than I feel like I should be. But just in the belly. 🙂 

2nd Trimester Update

*blows dust off of blog*

Yeah.

I had all these grand plans for pregnancy. Weekly belly shots. Weekly updates about cravings and body changes and anything else interesting…

Clearly, these things have NOT been happening.

It just takes so much effort. And I haven’t had the energy. Well, for the past few weeks my energy’s come back (it’s so true what they say about the second trimester!) but I’ve been busy doing things like making lists of everything I need/want for the baby, taking apart and reorganizing closets (I’m halfway done… ish), watching TV, dealing with massive headaches, and some other stuff.

It’s been a lot of fun to figure out everything we’ll need–though it was super overwhelming at first. My sister is awesome and sent me a list of everything on her baby budget. I used it after the fact to make sure I hadn’t forgotten anything, because I really love to figure stuff like this out for myself. I did tons of online research and looked for mommy blog and real-life friend recommendations, too. Just in time–because I was able to take advantage of some of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. I ordered our stroller, the pack ‘n play, a baby swing and a baby rocker. They’ve mostly all come in already and it is FUN to watch the boxes pile up. Each one makes me feel a little more prepared–and like this is even MORE real than it’s even felt this whole time.

I really can’t wait to start the nursery! I have a ton of ideas for it. Color schemes and stuff, but I have to wait to find out the sex of the baby to start finalizing anything. And speaking of…

We have an appointment for the big gender reveal on December 22nd. I’ll be one day shy of 19 weeks then, and we’re supposed to have it at 20 weeks–but I want to know the gender on Christmas, so we’re taking the chance and trying to find out early.

Nelson, his mom, and I have all dreamed the baby is a boy. My dad is convinced it’s a boy. I have a few friends who swear it’s a girl (but only one of them has seen my belly). I’ll be thrilled either way–I just want a healthy little bean.

Thanksgiving was last week–and thank God I was already a couple weeks into the second trimester because I’m finally able to eat again! And to say the food was awesome is a complete understatement. It is every year–my dad’s such a phenomenal chef! I meant to blog all the recipes and pay attention while he cooked, but all I wanted to do the day of is sleep. I couldn’t keep my eyes open. So a picture will have to suffice for now–I’ll blog all the recipes next year.

From left to right, top to bottom: Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cranberry Jelly (SO clutch for the perfect Turkey sandwiches!), my plate of food, Turkey, Peas, Creamed Onions, and Red Cabbage

We also have our first ever Christmas tree! We’re not going crazy on decorations this year because we won’t actually be in town for Christmas, but we finally have a house that will fit a tree and N really wanted to get one! (How cute is he?)

I was really skeptical about the red star on top at first, because I wanted to go with a more traditional gold or silver–but when we put it up, I kinda fell in love with it! Next year we’ll do two trees. One just like this, and one with family ornaments–or maybe just birds. I’ve always wanted an all-bird tree… 

There are a few other little decorations up around the house and we’ll finish stringing lights outside this weekend, so maybe I’ll do another post later with more pictures. But that’s it for now.

Dad’s Ham Salad

Wow. I have been siiiiiiick the past month. No energy. No ability to eat anything. Queasy 24/7.

I still lack the energy to do much, but I wanted to get this recipe down since I just made it and don’t want to forget it…

My dad’s ham salad. It. is. SO. good. And for the most part, it’s also SO easy.

Also I forgot to take photographs of the beginning few steps–and the ones I took at all were with my iPhone. Not the best quality, but whatever.

I had a baked ham from earlier in the week. (For some unfortunate reason, ham is the only thing that’s a SURE thing going to taste good to me these days.) I cut off the skin and any little patches of fat and then sliced it into chunks. (Inch by an inch, or so, and pretty flat, since the ham had already been cut into slices.)

I put all the little chunks into our 9-cup food processor, so eyeballing it, I’d say it was about a total of 7 cups of meat. And the rest is as follows! (Although this recipe is formatted for 4 cups of meat, so adjust accordingly)

Ingredients:

4C Baked ham, sliced into small pieces (fat and skin removed)
1/4C Chopped onion
1/4 C Sweet relish
2t Dijon Mustard
Mayo (eyeball it)

Directions:

1. Put the ham in a food processor and press pulse until it’s the desired consistency (see in the photo with the mustard & relish below)

2. Add the onion to the food processor until it’s blended into the ham. (Or you can just mince the onion really finely and mix it in later. I hate mincing onion, sooooo…)

3. Pour ham mixture out of the processor into a bowl to mix the rest of the ingredients with. Add sweet relish and dijon mustard. (There is more than 1/4 C of each here because I started off with almost double the amount of ham.)

Note the consistency of the ham! 

4. Add mayo. I’m actually not sure how much I ended up using. You can see the starting amount below, which LOOKS like it’d be more than enough–but I had to add quite a bit more to bring the consistency of the ham salad to where I wanted it. BUT start with a small amount and add to it. Because you can’t take it back if you use too much!

5. Enjoy!! It’s great on rolls (either by itself or dressed up with tomatoes, lettuce, etc), it’s great on crackers, honestly… it’s even great just by the spoonful.