19 Week Update


This photo is actually from Friday so, 18 weeks 5 days but it’s my second baby so it’s all really the same now. 

This weekend I woke up and was like You Are Pregnant.

I had to add ANOTHER pillow to our bed, which was dire.

I still feel fine, the baby has started to kick, the anatomy scan is next week, and I am still at a place where I cannot REALLY envision that in five months we will have a newborn.  But apparently this is what is going to happen so I am getting on board.

We’ve planned our babymoon.

JW Marriot Desert Ridge

In June, over our anniversary weekend, we are headed down to the JW Marriot Desert Ridge in Phoenix for a LONG weekend sitting by the (salt water) pool with (virgin) Pina Coladas.  I really wanted nothing more than a vacation where we did nothing at all, because we haven’t been on one of those since…2008?  Since Zika rules out most tropical areas and we are very obviously not at a point where we have the time to get to/from Hawaii, Phoenix was a great choice.  I cannot wait.

Otherwise, right now I am just living the dream chasing a toddler who can never seem to decide whether he wants to be running around or carried.  There’s really not a lot of time to overthink this one.

 

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Surviving the Hair Salon

On Friday, I got my hair cut.


This is not a post pandering for compliments (but feel free to leave those in the comments anyway).  But mostly to tell you about my extremely bizarre salon experience.

When I get my hair cut, I just call the salon and ask for whoever is available to cut my hair in that time frame on that particular day.  My hair is straight, with no texture.  It’s not colored.  It does not hold curl.  As long as I don’t get That Stylist Who Really Believes They Can Give It Some Shape (they can’t), I’m in a good place.  Anyone can cut my hair.

If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that on Friday, I listened to my salon confirmation call to discover that the receptionist thought my appointment was on Saturday (it wasn’t, I booked it for a Friday and my mother witnessed me making the appointment) and I was just happy to be able to have my hair cut at all on Friday.

On this particular visit, we started off with New Stylist apologizing for being five minutes late because her friend had stopped by with her puppy.

Me: Great.

After New Stylist and I returned from the wash station, she apologized.  Again.

For seeming distracted because they were shutting down April the Giraffe’s feed at 3:30 PM (my appointment started at 3:15).  And she sort of gestured to the iPad that was streaming the feed in the empty station next to us.

I will now take a moment to say the following: (1) It was at this point I was not entirely convinced that I was going to escape the salon with any hair left on my head and, (2) The only things I know about April the Giraffe are that she had the baby, it took a really long time, and that you could watch it on the internet.

Like, you guys I just cannot do it.

She then went on to talk about how emotional she found the giraffe to be and what a connection she had to April and how this was NOT the same as the DNR Eagle Nest Cams.

It was at this point that I realized that she was wearing an I Survived April The Giraffe Shirt.  As I continued to watch her cut my hair in the mirror, I noticed an “It’s a Boy!” birth announcement bunting above the mirror.  Giraffe figurines in the styling products cubby, one of which wore an “April” tag, and one station over, an “It’s a Boy!” mylar balloon.

It was all really too much.

Friday Food Round-Up!

Last weekend, The Universe delivered unto us an abundance of new recipes to try. We’re still working through them!  It was also Passover (until Tuesday) and Easter weekend. We planned meals that Marcus could eat around to be very observant, meals that I could sort of be observant with and the whole family ate. 

Friday – One Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard, Potato Salad


This was a great meal. We’d work it into next year’s Passover menu and general rotation for sure. 

Saturday – Steak, Baked Potatoes, Salad


We eat a lot of beef now, in case you haven’t noticed.

Sunday – Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns, Bacon, Cinnamon Rolls


Easter breakfast!  I scrambled the eggs and picked out the cinnamon rolls so that counts for something. Right? I cannot tell you what the mystery pastry item is but I think it came from the Trader Joe’s freezer case. 

Monday – Brisket, Tots, Baked Beans, Asparagus Salad, Bread, Coleslaw


This was a combo of leftovers and new things (tots, slaw, beans).

Wednesday – Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings


I actually saw this recipe on Lag Liv (also her blog is great, read it!) and knew immediately we needed to make it.  It’s a true dump into the crockpot meal which makes it the best kind. Even better, Mom dumped it into the crockpot for me!

Also, it is salty enough you do not need to do the seasoned salt (we omitted) and if you want a kick, add some cayenne. 

An Easter Weekend Update.

As I am writing this, I am sitting with my feet up because I spent the last two days (mostly) on my feet and more importantly, I survived two days without napping in the afternoon when Critter was napping.  For those not in the loop, I’ve pretty consistently napped in the afternoon when Critter naps since he started napping for more than 20 minutes at a time.  ANYWAY, I was strong!  I stayed up!  With the help of cold brew iced coffee, Amen.

Between Passover and Easter we have Had Some Holiday Time.  Also holidays are so much more fun with a toddler than a screaming newborn, I am just going to say.  Everything about this week was a million times nicer/easier/more relaxed than last year. 

Most importantly, Billy came home.  And because I am incapable of photographing anything anymore, I made him take a selfie with me after Easter was over because, you know, memories.


On Saturday, we went and painted pallets because I promised cousin Sharon last summer that we would do this.


My sign will be going up north to the cabin.

We colored eggs, and after a family vote, agreed that Mom did not need to unearth the Easter baskets that are buried somewhere in the basement, ostensibly in the same area as the missing Christmas ornaments.


Our baskets were instead a modern art piece.

The weekend was delightful, it was warm enough that I could wheel out a maxi dress.  I’m at that weird point in my pregnancy where I’m not quite big enough for maternity clothes yet (except for jeans, I have been wearing those since the six week mark, my God).  I’m also at a point where I outright hate everything I own because I haven’t had a real wardrobe refresh since I finished buying maternity clothes at the end of 2015.  SUFFICE IT TO SAY THAT I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL SAY, JANUARY 2018 TO PURCHASE SOME ACTUAL ADULT CLOTHES AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IS EVEN COOL TO BE WEARING ANYMORE.

But, back to the maxi dress thing.  I am beyond ready for the weather to be consistently toasty enough that I can just…wear them.  I don’t find them to be terribly glamorous, but I do find them to be less frumpy and slightly more put together looking than say, yoga pants AKA Our True Uniform.

Friday Food Round-Up!


TGIF!  Passover started on Monday night, so I really don’t know where this week went.  At all.  I will also say this was probably my worst week on record for photoing our dinners.  Ever.  Like, probably I could have snapped the steak and salad and potatoes we had on Saturday night.  Or the Seder dinners.  Or the matzo pizza.  I didn’t you guys.  Just use your imaginations.

Sunday – Pizza, Chopped Salad


YOU GUYS THIS PIZZA WAS FROM PAPA MURPHY’S SO I DON’T EVEN REALLY THINK THIS COUNTS BUT WE HAD TO BAKE IT OKAY?  Also, Mom’s chopped salad was pretty great.

Thursday – Salmon, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Parsley-ed Carrots


This was a really delicious slice of salmon, I will say.

Workshopping.

Happy Monday, everybody!

Apparently I haven’t “just posted” in nearly two weeks so a few updates are in order, I suppose.

Critter is one week into his 10 day dose of antibiotics for a double ear infection.  He actually seems to enjoy these ones so it has been nice that this hasn’t been as much of a battle as medications past.

The spring weather this weekend was delightful.  We spent so much time going for walks, running around the backyard, playing at the park, and trying to eat dead leaves.  It is so good to be outside again!

In the past two weeks, we’ve visited three houses and seriously considered making an offer on one.  It had the most perfect backyard (the lot was an acre!) and overlooked a large marsh and then farmland beyond it.  But, for a number of other reasons it was not the one.

I finally finished watching season one of Victoria.  Now, I need to get back into The Crown.  Other shows I am watching: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules, Southern Charm, Quantico.  Other shows we are watching: Planet Earth, Designated Survivor.

I lasted approximately one week without a cold and then on Wednesday or so, a new one came roaring in.  So that has been pretty fun. I’m really tired of being congested.  But right now my immune system is about as strong as Critter’s so, there’s not much to be done there.

When Jillian and I were on a walk on Sunday, we were discussing my pregnancy and it was simply unbelievable that I am already 17 weeks along.  We have done literally no planning at all.  What we need: a crib, a crib mattress, a double stroller, another soft-structured carrier, a hiking backpack for Critter.  I’m still just happy we’re at a point where I can simply focus on being pregnant.

Things I need to schedule for my own self-care: a haircut (omg my ends are terrible and I have been putting it off for no reason) a prenatal massage with the gift card I got LAST mother’s day.  Possibly a pedicure. 

Passover starts tonight.  Last year Critter screamed through both Seders so pretty much anything we achieve this year will be an improvement. When I was working through a meal plan this week, I looked back at what we did last year and I still have no idea how we cooked that much food with a three month old.  It’s best not to overthink. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

We tried so many new recipes this week!  And I cooked four full meals this week!  Who am I?

Friday – Perfect Seared Scallops with Warm Corn Salad from Cravings, Tater Tots


I’ve always wanted to try this recipe and since we can make shellfish here, we did!

Saturday – Lasagna


Mom made this with cottage cheese instead of ricotta and then we ate lasagna all weekend. It really was an 11/10 recipe. 

Sunday – Salmon, Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Peas from Cravings, Salad


Mom made the salmon and salad, I made the risotto. 

Monday – Shrimp and Grits, Salad


I promised to make shrimp and grits envisioning it to be less time intensive than it was. Beka shared this recipe care of her Louisiana cousin. 

For the grits I added 1 cup of cheese, 2 T butter and salt and pepper to taste at the end. I also made the cream sauce with regular hot sauce because we did not have green. 

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos, Pinto Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice


I thought we had black beans and then we didn’t. 

Wednesday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings, Stir-Fried Pea Pods, Kung Pao Cauliflower from Trader Joe’s


I made the sesame noodles with peanut butter instead of tahini this time and they were WORLDS better. Would not recommend this cauliflower product.