Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tour the Nursery

We recently purchased a camcorder…Ben’s form of preserving family history.  In our attempts to learn how to use both the camera and the software, we made a tour of the baby’s room.  This is our first try, so please don’t laugh!

I guess things are going well in the pregnancy.  My doctor insists I will go late, but I am praying that I will go into labor on my own next week.  I don’t want to be induced!  I’ve starting having a few “practice” contractions here and there, but not really anything to talk about.  Everything is ready, so the baby can feel free to come anytime.  Ben would like to finish out the month for work before taking time off.  

Leave me a comment with suggestions for the filmmaker. 

Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Us

Today is our second wedding anniversary.  I have been blessed to be married to my best friend for two years!  We are planning a special dinner out later this week to celebrate. 

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Dear…

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Do you know what is special about today?  Only 13 days until baby is due!  Just kidding.  While that is true, today is special because my Grandma, MaryLou Paul, is having a birthday.  She is…21!  Can’t you tell?

Tea at Mom's houseThis is me, Grandma, and Mom at our Christmas Tea in 2008. 

 

I found this little picture while searching for the birthday cake, and it made me laugh.  I knew it would make Mom laugh too!happy_birthday-13337

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Beautiful Crib

Ben drove to Shelby, NC on Saturday to pick up the baby’s crib.  Mr. Greene had stained and finished it for us.  It is a beauty!  We got it all set up on Saturday night.  On Sunday Ben had to finish mounting the locks on the hinged panel so that baby can’t fall out.  Here are some pictures.  Everytime Ben walks by the nursery, it’s hard to resist flipping on the light and taking a good look at the crib…again!  It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the bumper is baby blue with white polka dots.  It’s reversible to white with blue dots, so if it’s a girl we can make it a little less boyish.

The Finished Crib

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15 Days and Counting…

Friday, October 16, 2009

Ultrasound Pictures

I had an ultrasound yesterday to verify that the baby is gaining weight and developing properly.  Everything is fine!  According to our prepared child birth class, a baby at 37 weeks should be about 6 pounds.  I was 37 weeks two days ago, and the ultrasound estimated the baby’s weight at 6 pounds 14 ounces.  He/she should gain another pound to pound and a half before birth.  I don’t think the pictures are very clear, but here they are…

2nd Ultrasound Face labeled

Baby was looking right at us!

2nd Ultrasound Body

This is a picture of the body, but the spine shows up very well!

Only 19 days and counting…

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Baby Shower

Last night the ladies of my church threw me a baby shower.  I came home with a car packed full of goodies!

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Linda Skinner is the Pastor’s wife.  She was in charge of the shower.  She decorated with a Precious Moments theme.

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Some of the ladies of the church – Kathy Lynch, Mary Hunczak, Janet Lancaster, Kayla & Hannah Russell

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Yeah – Fuzzi Bunz!  (Susan Ruiz in background)

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I looked in the bag and thought it was a package of diapers.  But it was SO heavy!  After I managed to pull it out, I found a mega package of wipes – 6 refills!!!  What a blessing!  (Denise Sweede is the nursery coordinator at our church, and we have a great nursery!  She kept track of all the gifts for me)

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Julia Hutson gave me a Bumbo.  I am very excited to try it out because I have heard so many good things about them!

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Presents from Mom & Grandma – Fuzzi Bunz, Wet Bags, and a butterfly blanket with matching burp cloths.  Everyone was impressed that Mom made it!

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I got this cute little owl clip on rattle.  When you pull the top, it jitters.  The other moms told me its great in the car because you can reach to the back seat and yank on it while you’re driving!

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A diaper caddy from the church family. 

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This is what I brought home.  I am blessed, and baby is spoiled!  I won’t have to buy wipes or baby wash for a while.  I also received lots of cloth diapers…just what I wanted!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I feel so…so…PREGNANT!

Here is a picture of me at 36 and a half weeks.  I finally look a little bit pregnant, although I’ve been feeling it for a while!PICT0006

Cooking to Fill My Freezer

I’ve been freezing some meals and things so that I don’t have to cook right away after the baby is born.  My freezer space is very limited, but I’m working with it!  Here is what we have ready:

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1 batch.  I found this recipe via Money Saving Mom.

 

Sloppy Joes 
2 batches.  This is the best ever recipe, compliments of my mom!

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
3/4 c. chopped onion
1 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. chili sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1 Tbsp. mustard
8 oz. tomato sauce

Directions:
Brown beef and onion; drain grease.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.  Serve on hamburger buns.  We like to eat ours with American cheese on top!

Southwest Burritos 
1 batch.  I made a batch and split it.  We ate half last for supper last night, and I froze the other half.  It was a new recipe, so I wanted to make sure we liked it before making a bunch for the freezer.

Cous-cous
This can’t be made ahead of time, but it is easy and very filling.  I learned to eat this meal while I was in Spain for my missions internship.  Even though Ben doesn’t like Beef Stew, he likes it served over cous-cous.  I buy the stew meat or beef blade steaks for $2 or less on the markdown meat rack.  I have two batches in the freezer.

Ingredients:
Stewing beef, or beef steak cut into small pieces
Zucchini
Onion
Broccoli
Carrots
Cous-cous (available by the rice)

Directions:
Make a sort of stew by boiling vegetables in water until tender.  Flour the beef and brown in a little bit of oil.  Add beef to the vegetables, along with cornstarch to thicken the sauce.  Make sure to stir the cornstarch into the water or it will taste starchy!  Prepare cous-cous according to directions.  Serve the stew over the cous-cous.  I make my stew with very little water so that it seems more like beef with vegetables than beef stew (for Ben).

Cowboy Soup
1 batch.  I froze half of this soup when we had it a couple of weeks ago.  It is too much for us to eat by ourselves!  I previously blogged the recipe here.  It comes from our friend Gizelle Greene in NC.

Chicken Tetrazzini
2 batches.  This is also a new recipe from Money Saving Mom

Pizza
I also have some pizza dough frozen and ready to thaw for an easy pizza night.  We eat pizza every Friday night.  I recently started using this recipe from Money Saving Mom for dough that doesn’t have to rise.  I use about 2/3 of the dough to make one large pizza, so I make a double batch of dough and get three pizzas.

That is about all that my freezer can handle.  I’m sure it will be enough to get me back on my feet and meal planning after baby comes!

Friday, October 9, 2009

The countdown has begun…

I have a magnetic scrapbook frame that hangs on the wall.  I just started a countdown…in days!…until baby’s arrival.  We will see if it is on time or late!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Last project…completed!

The very last baby project is done!  I made a Beatrix Potter quilted wall hanging to decorate the nursery.  I purchase a piece of Beatrix Potter fabric off Ebay several months ago.  Today I finally got everything together and finished the project.  I was nervous because it is like a small quilt, and I have never done any quilting before.  I didn’t have a pattern, and I only had one piece of fabric so there was no room for error!  I only had to use my seam ripper a couple of times.  Ben was nice and made supper while I finished up tonight!

Beatrix Potter Wall Hanging for Baby I have to find a rod that is a little shorter…I thought this curtain rod would work (it matches the other curtain rod in the nursery), but it’s kind of long!

Beatrix Potter Wall Hanging for BabyThere are scenes from Peter Rabbit, Jemimah Puddleduck, and Mrs. Tiggy Winkle (she is my favorite).

Baby’s Nursery

I am now less than a month away from my due-date.  Yesterday was packing and cleaning day!  I now have my bags packed and ready to go to the hospital, and I finished cleaning, organizing, and arranging the baby’s room.  The crib won’t be here until October 17th (pray that I don’t go into labor while Ben is gone on that day!), but everything else is set.  Ben requested that we purchase a changing table…only if I wanted him to help with some diaper changes.  That was all I needed to start looking for a changing table, which I previously not planned on purchasing.  I was able to find one on Craigslist that is a similar style to the crib, and it was only $20.  Now that we have the changing table I was able to pull out some of the diapers and better arrange all of the baby stuff that we have been collecting.  All we need is the baby!

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This is what you see when you walk into the baby’s room. 

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This is my nursing corner.  Ben picked the rocking chair up from the side of the road last year and fixed it up. 

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Here’s the changing table.  Everything is ready for baby!  I have some wallpaper decals from Beatrix Potter to stick on the walls, and I am in the process of making a small quilt-type wall-hanging that is also Beatrix Potter.

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This is the other side of the room.  I expect the swing to migrate to the living room once the baby is home.  The crib will go in the right-hand corner where the mattress is at.

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The car seat, diaper bag, and my bag are ready to head out the door to the hospital at a moment’s notice!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Too much advice…

Baby Comic

I thought this comic strip rather humorous, especially considering all of the advice that I have been receiving lately regarding this baby…and I haven’t even had it yet!!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

I Finished the Baby Blanket!

I have been working on a baby afghan for quite some time now.  Ben has teased me constantly that I won’t finish it in time for the baby’s arrival.  I was determined to prove him wrong, but not diligent enough to work on the blanket consistently.  Last week Ben issued an ultimatum – I’m not allowed to go into labor until the blanket is done.  So, I made up my mind to finish it.  Here it is!

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No, we don’t know that the baby is a boy.  But the nursery is going to be a theme of Beatrix Potter & Peter Rabbit characters, so the colors I chose are white, blue, and chocolate brown with a little bit of green.  That’s why the blanket is blue and white.  And, thankfully, now I can go into labor at any time.

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