Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dinner with Friends and a Shore Weekend

Camp Chaos is OVER! :) Yesterday afternoon I came home, took a nap, went for a walk with my friend Amanda, and JA and I had dinner with our friends Kevin and Brian. They brought me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers and graciously paid for dinner. I can't wait for Baby A to meet her favorite gay uncles. :)

Today I ran some errands at WalMart. I bought a few storage containers to help me start cleaning out some closets. When I got home I moved JA's clothes out of the nursery and into another closet. I also packed away the clothes that were in the dresser in the nursery which I plan to list on Freecycle. It's time to de-clutter Casa de Allen!

Now we are down the shore to celebrate with John's family who is visiting from Minnesota. Tonight - dinner. Tomorrow - BEACH!

Breakfast - egg white and low fat cheese on an everything bagel
Snack - handful of almonds
Lunch - two slices of pizza; Greek peach yogurt; organic strawberries and blueberries
Snack - organic celery and peanut butter
Dinner - dinner roll; Caesar salad; linguine with assorted vegetables

Breakfast - egg and cheese on a croissant; fruit smoothie (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, banana, and OJ)
Lunch - two slices cheese pizza; two Twizzlers
Snack - peach; Sun Chips; Vitamin Water
Dinner - two pieces of bread; Caesar salad; garden salad; two bites of birthday cake

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jersey Shore

I'm not sure how long one has to live here to be considered a "Jersey girl," but I've lived in the Garden State for five years and I haven't gone tanning or gotten fake nails yet. I do, however, love NJ reality television. Jersey Shore, Jerseylicious, Jersey Couture... bring it on. Tonight Tom and Stacy came over to watch the new season of Jersey Shore (which mysteriously takes place in Miami?) One thing is certain... JA and I will NOT be raising a Jersey girl (or boy). ;)

Breakfast - two organic eggs on whole grain toast with ketchup
Snack - organic banana; handful of almonds
Lunch - Amy's vegan burrito; organic strawberries and blueberries; half a brownie bite (the last of 'em - I shared with my friend)
Snack - organic plum; organic grape tomatoes with honey mustard dressing
Snack - pita chips and organic hummus
Dinner - two slices of cheese pizza; handful of potato chips

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A new 'do

Today was my third day of Camp, which the custodians at school are affectionately calling "Camp Chaos" because of the mess we make! Over the past few days I've been covered in paint, bubbles, marker, tape, hot glue, and sweat. It's awesome. ;) Which is why it was so nice to go to the spa and get my hair done today. Nothing like resting back while someone massages your head with aromatic shampoo. Ahhhh... Speaking of massage, I think it's time to schedule a full body prenatal one for Friday. It will be a nice respite from the chaos.

Breakfast - two organic eggs on whole grain toast
Snack - Greek pomegranate yogurt
Lunch - multigrain bagel with light cream cheese; organic strawberries and grapes; celery and peanut butter
Snack - brownie bite
Dinner - bowl of Cinnamon Chex with organic lowfat milk
Dessert - cherry italian ice

I am still, apparently, all about the carbs. :)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


I will let these videos speak for themselves...

I know I may be biased, but that is the cutest little baby I have ever seen! What an awesome experience today. Of course, the whole point of the ultrasound was to screen for genetic disorders, and the results could not have come back any better. Nothing is 100% guaranteed, but we feel really good that Baby A is growing into a perfect little one. The ultrasound technician did offer her guess as to the gender with 85% accuracy, but I think I'll keep that a secret for a little while... ;)  We'll make the big announcement at 20 weeks when we have the anatomy scan on September 21 (mark your calendars!) I am giddy over seeing our peanut again and I'm amazed at how much he's grown. She was dancing and waving her arms all over the place, especially after the techs made me eat a piece of candy to get her to move. He really seems to like cherry Jolly Ranchers!

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an everything bagel
Snack - organic banana
Lunch - organic tortilla chips and bean dip; organic Romaine and tomato with honey mustard; organic strawberries, grapes, and blueberries; one brownie bite
Snack - the rest of my fruit; another brownie bite (I had already heard that sugar got the baby moving so this was my attempt to help) :)
Dinner - slice of bread; house salad; veggie tower and mashed potatoes

Monday, July 26, 2010

What was I thinking?!

Today was my first day teaching a science camp in my district. I remember being exhausted doing it last year... what was I thinking signing up for it in the first trimester?! The kids are adorable and we had a blast, but I literally fell asleep after lunch during my free period. This free period does not happen in my schedule tomorrow, so I better suck it up! ;)  I'm hoping the excitement over tomorrow's ultrasound will help keep me awake. Can't wait to see baby A again!

They really have a great curriculum... if only they'd incorporate nap time.

Breakfast - two organic eggs on a sandwich thin with ketchup
Snack - pita chips and organic hummus
Lunch - organic Romaine, tomato, and black beans with honey mustard dressing; organic strawberries, blueberries, and grapes; organic celery and natural peanut butter
Snack - Greek peach yogurt; Chex mix
Dinner - half a cheese quesadilla and sweet potato fries (the last of the batch - talk about huge restaurant portions - I've eaten these things for days!)
Dessert - half a brownie (I like to bake for the ladies at the ob's office. I told JA they are like the custodians and secretaries at school - you need them to like you!)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Twelve Weeks

Week 12! It's truly amazing how quickly the time has gone. Actually, some days it seems to pass so slowly, but when I think I'm at twelve weeks, I'm amazed! Our little peanut continues to grow each day and I can't wait to see him/her on Tuesday. I've also promised to take weekly pictures from this point on, so here goes.

May 28

July 25

  • How far along? 12 weeks
  • Total weight gain/loss:  +1 lb.
  • Sleep: I've been getting up once a night just about every night... though I did manage to sleep from 10-5:30 last night. :)
  • Best moment this week: Seeing my mom and dad!
  • Movement: too soon
  • Food cravings: The carb and meat cravings have subsided for the most part, but I've been all about sweet potato fries lately. I thought veggies were working again, but couldn't choke them down on Friday. The salads I've been making at home with my favorite dressing have been working well to get my veggies each day.
  • Gender: too soon
  • Labor Signs: waayyyy too soon ;)
  • Belly Button in or out? in
  • What I miss: frozen drinks (solved this with a virgin pina colada on Friday night)
  • What I am looking forward to: Our NT screening test on Tuesday. John managed to get out of his work event early and his parents are coming too. :)
  • Weekly Wisdom: We have plenty of time to set up the nursery. (This came from JA).
And here's what's happening with Baby A this week:
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.
Breakfast - one organic egg on a sandwich thin with dijon mustard; organic grapes; OJ
Snack - Greek peach yogurt; pita chips and hummus
Lunch - one mozzarella stick; veggie burger with a side salad; one onion ring
Dinner - celery with peanut butter; bowl of organic strawberries, blueberries, and grapes

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lazy Days of Summer

There was a heat advisory in our area today. As a result, I neither changed out of my pajamas nor left the house today. Ahhhh... it felt pretty nice. I bonded with my computer and my television and even managed to get some curriculum work done. Molly and Maggie have been equally lazy with me. JA, however, was quite productive today and did tons of yard work this morning. What a trooper!

This was me today... minus the snacks (mostly). ;)

Breakfast - one egg on a sandwich thin with ketchup; organic grapes and blackberries
Snack - Greek blueberry yogurt
Lunch - garden salad (organic lettuce, tomato, and black beans with light honey mustard dressing); sweet potato fries (my new obsession!)
Snack - organic red delicious apple
Dinner - half a veggie wrap; rest of my fries
Snack - frozen fruit juice bar

Friday, July 23, 2010

Saying Goodbye

Today we buried John's grandma... the last of our grandparents in fact. It's quite sad that Baby A will not have a chance to meet any great-grandparents. Before she died, grandma left her Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for the baby. We will treasure them always, just like the memories we have of all our grandparents.

My parents came down last night and attended the funeral with us. After, my mom and I went to that one store in the state that had the stroller I want in stock. Of course, they sold the floor model two days ago! This stroller is becoming like the lost city of Atlantis. Does it even exist?! We did at least choose red as the color to order.

We also got a good look at the Graco Snugride 35 infant car seat. I like this color to match. :)

I feel good that at least we have two major products chosen. My crib/dresser combo doesn't have my mom's complete support however. The other day I was so proud for choosing something safe and inexpensive. She thinks they look "cheap." ;)  My mom and I have a pretty good track record of shopping together and when we both agree on something we know it's the right choice. In fairness, she hasn't seen either furniture piece in person, so maybe when I head up to MA in a couple weeks we'll have a chance to shop a little more. Babies need a lot of stuff! I'm trying not to load our home with tons of baby stuff, but I'm thinking a crib and dresser/changing area are probably important.

Breakfast - Cinnamon Chex with half a banana and organic low fat milk
Lunch - slice of spinach and tomato pizza; pink lemonade
Snack - organic strawberries, grapes, and blackberries
Snack - egg on an everything bagel (half a sandwich); POM juice
Dinner - garden salad and grilled cheese

Breakfast - egg and cheese on a croissant
Snack - roll with butter
Lunch - a few bites of ziti, Caesar salad, and roasted potatoes; decaf hot tea (wasn't really feeling the lunch today)
Lunch #2 - spaghetti and meatless meatballs
Dinner - cheese quesadilla; sweet potato fries; virgin pina colada
Dessert - chocolate cherry gelato (JA's second birthday treat!)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Birthday Boy

Today is JA's birthday! I love birthdays and celebrating the day someone I love so much was born. He's going to be such a great father and I hope this baby realizes how lucky she is to have him for a daddy.

I toured a third day care center today and it was by far the priciest and the nicest. :)  I doubt it will be the one we go with however, because I couldn't take the baby out for the summer. Well, I could, I'd just still have to pay tuition. So I still feel good about the place I saw yesterday, but will continue to check around for a few places to see what will be the best fit for us. At least they keep getting better and better...

Also, could it be possible that I found a crib and dresser combination that will work? They are not a matching set, but what do you think?

They look a bit boring at the moment, but with the right bedding and accessories I think they could really work. I like the clean lines and dark color. And, contrary to what JA might think, I managed to find inexpensive pieces! Actually, his only concern was that I find safe, well-built pieces and he'll be happy to know that they meet all safety regulations and got excellent reviews in my Baby Bargains book. The crib is $160 and the dresser is $300. There are also a few other pieces that I might like for the room like a chest of drawers, bookshelf, nightstand, etc... All very reasonably priced as well. :)  They will make up for the upholstered rocker/glider/recliner that I want, which will probably cost about $700. I've set a nursery budget of $1500-$2000, and I think I'm on the right track.

I don't like this color, but man is that chair comfy! It comes in a bajillion other colors and fabrics so I could pick something a bit lighter that would coordinate with whatever bedding I decide to use. Decisions, decisions...

Breakfast - two organic eggs on a sandwich thin with dijon mustard; OJ
Snack - Kashi granola bar
Lunch - slice of cheese pizza; lemonade
Snack - bowl of organic strawberries, blackberries, and grapes with half a banana
Dinner - nachos; half veggie wrap and fries (went to Tashmoo for JA's birthday!!)
Snack - kiddie cone of bown cow peanut butter oreo ice cream (my reward for resisting birthday cake?) ;)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Second Time's the Charm

Today I toured my second day care center and the experience was much better than the first. I could actually picture leaving our child here during the day and felt comfortable with the environment. I still have a few places to check out this week... at least I'm comfortable with one facility right now.

I also went to The Birth Boutique today - what a great store! Of course, they still didn't have the other stroller I wanted to look at, but they had so many other great products. I didn't buy anything (hurrah for me!) but I did sign us up for a cloth diapering class at the end of August. Oh, the center today didn't really love my cloth diaper idea, but the director was willing to have me bring one in to show her. I figure by the time Baby A is six months old and ready for day care, I'll be an expert and will make it look so easy that she'll have to say yes. ;)

My final stop today was Crib World. They carry the Bonavita Peyton classic crib which I really like.

Of course, I don't care for the dresser. I like the case pieces with the Hudson collection, but I don't like the crib. Soooo... I will continue to search. I have decided to stick with dark wood rather than white no matter the baby's gender, so at least I've made that decision. When I'm in Massachusetts in August I hope to visit Baby Furniture Warehouse to see even more options.

I found another meat substitute today, which helped satisfy those cravings. The Birth Boutique has a great natural grocery store around the corner with a deli - yum!

Breakfast - Cinnamon Chex with half a banana and organic low fat milk
Snack - Kashi granola bar
Lunch - Impostor BLT (tempeh, lettuce, and tomato on whole grain bread with low fat mayo); all natural salt and vinegar chips; organic white peach tea (30 mg caffeine - 300 allowed per day)
Snack - organic strawberries, blackberries, and grapes; half a banana
Dinner - spaghetti and all natural meatless meatballs; side salad with organic Romaine and grape tomatoes with light honey mustard dressing

Monday, July 19, 2010

Eleven Weeks

It's been three weeks since we've seen Baby A in action and I'm very much looking forward to my next appointment next Tuesday. I'll be twelve weeks then, and just a week shy of that second trimester milestone! Very cool indeed...

Here's what's happening with our little one at eleven weeks:
Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden.

She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.
Hiccupps?? Who'd have thought that was already possible? I've also decided to start a weekly update here and will try to post belly pictures to accompany them. Here's the first:

  • How far along? 11 weeks, 1 day
  • Total weight gain/loss: 0 lbs.
  • Sleep: Because of the concert and being down the shore this weekend, I was a bit sleep-deprived. But I went back to sleep when we got home around 7 this morning until 10:30, so I'm feeling much more rested. I'm getting up once to use the bathroom about 3-4 times per week.
  • Best moment this week: I'm feeling better this week and I ate a salad with enjoyment!
  • Movement: too soon
  • Food cravings: I'm still interested in cheeseburgers and meatballs, but I haven't given in to any meat cravings (yet).
  • Gender: too soon
  • Labor Signs: waayyyy too soon ;)
  • Belly Button in or out? in
  • What I miss: iced lattes; iced tea
  • What I am looking forward to: Our NT screening test next week. Word on the street is that the ultrasound involves a bunch of measurements, so we get to see Baby A for a good 15-20 minutes!
  • Weekly Wisdom: Stay positive that everything is going well and baby is growing beautifully.
Breakfast - two eggs on a sandwich thin with spicy mustard
Snack - Kashi granola bar
Lunch - organic romaine, organic grape tomatoes, organic black beans, croutons, almonds, and honey mustard dressing
Snack - pita chips and organic hummus
Dinner - spaghetti and organic sauce with all natural vegetarian meatballs (not the real thing, but it hit the spot!)
Snack - frozen fruit juice bar

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Growing Old

We are heading down the shore today to visit John's parents. His grandmother is very ill, and they aren't sure she's going to survive the night. Facing mortality is something we have to do more and more as we get older, and it's sad to realize that Baby A will most likely not know any of his/her great-grandparents. I am comforted, however, in the knowledge that they will all be smiling down on our child and his/her grandparents will more than make up for their absence with love.

Yesterday Baby A attended her second concert - Dave Matthews Band. I hadn't seen Dave play in 10 years, and yesterday's show was rather disappointing. He played so much new stuff and only about 5 songs that I was able to sing along too. Bummer... On the bright side, we spent a fun evening with friends on a beautiful (but hot!) summer night. And we got lost walking back to the car, so I got in an extra mile of walking. :)

I prefer the younger, thinner version of Dave.
And the one who plays songs I know.

Saturday (not a great eating day, but Sunday will be much better)
Breakfast - two eggs on an English muffin; half a slice of French toast; OJ
Snack - trail mix; 3 garlic knots
Lunch - cheese, lettuce, tomato, and pickles on a roll with oil and vinegar
Dinner - soft pretzel (at the concert); cherry Italian ice; Kashi granola bar
Snack - Wendy's french fries (I'm not proud, but I was starving!)

Breakfast - one pancake with syrup; sliced organic strawberries
Lunch - Amy's vegetarian enchiladas; zucchini; nectarine
Snack - Wheat Thins; three Twizzlers
Dinner - broccoli, carrots, and bok choy in a spicy sauce with brown rice
Snack - one mini chocolate donut

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day Care and Strollers

Well, I toured my first day care center today. I'm not sure how I'm going to do this! The place was fine, though I ultimately don't think it's the place for us. But seeing those tiny babies actually made me quite sad! I have a few appointments scheduled next week, so maybe I'll see something I like better.

On a brighter note, I think I've found a couple of strollers I'd like to "test drive." Meet the Baby Jogger City Mini and City Elite! Aren't they adorable??

Apparently the rest of the world is also loving these strollers and some are backordered until October! There's a store about 30 minutes from here that has both in stock to try out, but is sold out for orders. At least we'll get to see if we like them. Here's a link to videos where you can see them in action. Can't you just picture Baby A riding around in style? My friend Kristi was teasing me because the website mentions something about navigating the "urban jungle" with them... you know how it is on the crazy streets of Mo-town!

Breakfast - egg white and cheese on an everything bagel
Snack - Kashi granola bar; Greek pomegranate yogurt
Lunch - organic tortilla chips with black beans, salsa, and low fat cheese (my fancy homemade nachos - and a good way to get in some veggies)
Snack - baked curly fries
Dinner - an apple (was full from my fries!)

And the BEST part of today?? John comes home!! :)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Belly

So many girls on the pregnancy message boards I visit have been saying how they can't wait for their baby bellies to show. Some of them who are in their second or third pregnancies already have a little baby bump. Nothing for me yet... which according to everything I've read is the way it's supposed to be. Even though I have a pretty short torso, I don't expect to show until 16-18 weeks. And even then, most strangers shouldn't be able to tell until 20-22 weeks. Here's our progress so far. I took the last picture this morning, and realized that morning light is much better for picture taking. I won't be quitting my day job any time soon to become a professional photographer. ;)

Breakfast - Greek strawberry yogurt; slice of whole grain bread with natural peanut butter
Snack - pita chips and hummus; Chex mix
Lunch - half a veggie wrap; half a baked potato
Snack - Kashi granola bar; nectarine; Vitamin Water
Dinner - cheese ravioli; garlic bread; garden salad (dinner with Kristi and Avery!)
Dessert - one teaspoonful of chocolate peanut butter ice cream

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


JA left for Chicago for a few days this morning. When we first got married, it was no big deal to spend time away from each other. We lived in different states until the wedding, so we were used to being apart from each other. Now however, it's really lonely here! Thankfully he'll be home on Friday night.

In the meantime, you may have noticed that my blog got a facelift! I had some time on my hands today so I thought I'd make it look a little prettier. What do you think?

Breakfast - egg and cheese on ciabatta
Snack - Kashi granola bar
Lunch - garden vegetable soup; half sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, pepper, and hummus
Snack - Chex mix
Dinner - half a veggie wrap; half a baked potato
Dessert - crumb cake; glass of milk

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Nuchal Translucency Screening

Being pregnant certainly improves my vocabulary. Today I had to prick my finger for the bloodwork portion of the nuchal translucency screening. Basically it's a first trimester test that screens for disorders like Down Syndrome and Trisomy 18. The results are about 93% accurate when combined with an ultrasound (which I will go for on July 27th). Pricking my finger gave me a much greater appreciation for my poor dad who tests his blood sugar for his diabetes. My poor little finger! Here's what my test looked like... my aim was not so good, but it's hard to control a drop of blood, especially on your less-dominant hand. They only included boring bandaids in the kit, so I had to improvise. The phlebotomist at the lab usually gives me Garfield ones. :)


Breakfast - Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Greek blueberry yogurt
Lunch - summer salad (mixed greens, strawberries, raisins, and walnuts); baked potato
Snack - cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a whole wheat everything bagel (OK, that's more like lunch #2, but I was driving past my favorite bagel shop and had to stop)
Dinner - nachos (met Nicole and Amy for dinner at Tashmoo!)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Maternity Fashion?

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not very fashion forward. I don't think I'm a contender for What Not to Wear or anything, but I've never cared all that much about clothing. Maybe it's because I wore a uniform until I was 18... who knows? I have decided, however, to be very conscious about what I wear when I start showing. Maternity clothing has come a long way, and I think I'll be able to make it work. A great tip I got was to purchase regular tops in long sizes to help cover your belly. That way you're not stuck with specific maternity clothing and you can still look cute. I'll keep you posted with how it goes with some pictures... and I know I need to take another belly pic soon. We are officially past the 10 week mark. Here's what's new with Baby A. She has officially graduated from embryo to fetus!
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.
He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.
If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.
In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.
Pretty cool right? And for those with a touch of morbid curiosity, here's what she looks like in utero. It's like high school health class all over again--unless you went to Catholic school like me. ;)

Breakfast - Special K Red Berries; piece of crumb cake; OJ
Lunch - mixed greens salad with strawberries, raisins, and walnuts; sweet potato fries
Snack - Kashi granola bar; Chex mix; decaf iced latte
Dinner - PB&J; blueberry POM juice

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Weekend with Friends

After work on Saturday, JA and I drove down the shore to Chris and Kristi's house. We got to share our news with John and Abby and Matt and Lara, which was very fun. Abby is a NICU nurse, so she is all about the babies. :)  I promised myself that I would stay up until at least 11 on Saturday night. I made it until 1! But I paid the price when Maggie wanted to wake up at 4 to hang out...not cool Maggie... not cool at all.

Today has, therefore, been a napping kind of day. We came to the in-laws house on the way back up. I slept in the car for about an hour and then again when I got here for about two hours. And I plan to go to bed right after my favorite summer show... True Blood!! A great way to spend a Sunday night...

Breakfast - one egg on whole grain toast; OJ
Snack - pop chips; Vitamin Water
Lunch - veggie chili and organic tortilla chips; apple; slice of cheese pizza
Snack - Greek peach yogurt; pita chip and hummus
Dinner - veggie burger
Snack - cheese and crackers; watermelon

Breakfast - bagel with veggie cream cheese
Lunch - tomato and cheese on whole grain bread; three Twizzlers
Snack - bowl of cereal
Dinner - spaghetti with roasted zucchini and tomatoes; spaghetti squash
Dessert - two chocolate chip cookies

Friday, July 9, 2010


Today was such a productive day! I repaired our vacuum (cleaned it out and replaced the belt), wrote a curriculum document for my school district, baked a crumb cake, and did 4 loads of laundry. Rock on! My productivity did come to an end when I came across a marathon of The City on MTV.  That Olivia is so mean!

Look out for that one on the left...

Breakfast - Kellogg's Cinnamon Corn Flakes; slice of bread with natural peanut butter; OJ
Snack - a few Pop chips
Lunch - organic tortilla chips with veggie chili and low fat cheese; natural apple sauce
Snack - homemade crumb cake (I'm a baking superstar); glass of milk
Dinner - organic/natural mac and cheese (last night's leftovers)
Dessert - fruit and veggie smoothie (broccoli, carrots, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, Greek strawberry yogurt, almonds, Trop 50 blueberry/pom juice)

I've decided that so long as veggies still make me a little queasy I should make my smoothies to make sure I'm getting them into my diet. Other ideas are soups and V8 Splash... we'll see.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Day Care, Diapers, and Decor

Today was one of those days when I found myself thinking, "I'm going to have a baby!"  And I thought this about every five minutes! For whatever reason I was in complete baby mode today and made some progress in day care (called a few places), diapers (researched and finally know the difference between all the cloth styles), and decor (planned the location of furniture in the nursery). Busy little bee! Here's what I'm thinking for the nursery. Now the colors are obviously undecided until the anatomy scan at the end of September. These are the default colors from the room arranger on the Better Homes and Gardens website. Don't ask me why they show a crib as a gay pride bed. :)

I'll obviously add area rugs and other decor as appropriate.
Baby A will be sleeping in style!

As far as diapers go, I never imagined there were so many options! I am totally committed to cloth diapering and I'm so proud because I know it's better for baby's bottom and our bottom line. Not to mention - the average disposable diaper sits in a landfill for 500 years! Yikes!

Finally, I started thinking about day care options. If all goes well, I will stay home through the end of the school year and through the summer. That means Baby A starts day care at 6 months. I haven't gotten exact pricing yet, but I believe most reputable places around here will run about $1500/month. Gotta love New Jersey... we are in save-save-save mode!

Here's today food journal:

Breakfast - two eggs on whole grain bread; blueberries
Snack - Greek blueberry yogurt
Lunch - Jersey tomato; baked potato (pretty random, but I went to the grocery store later today!)
Snack - handful of almonds; organic granola bar; handful of sour candies
Dinner - organic/natural mac and cheese (no butter)

Toy Story 3 - Baby's 2nd movie!

I hope Baby A is a movie buff like his/her mom. I just love movies - either watching them at home or at the theater. After a hot day spent by the pool (heaven!) a cool theater felt pretty good too. The movie was so cute... and of course, it made me cry! Even JA confessed that he was a bit choked up at parts. :)

I went to bed as soon as we got home, so this is what I ate on Wednesday:

Breakfast - veggie and fruit smoothie (broccoli, carrots, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, flax seed, walnuts, yogurt, grape juice, and POM juice)
Snack - half a sandwich thin with almond butter
Lunch - Amy's veggie burrito; peach; asian pear
Snack - pretzel bites and fruit snacks (the healthiest thing I could find at the movies!); Vitamin Water
Dinner - veggie burger (no bun); corn on the cob

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I have a few facebook friends who are pregnant right now and most of their posts today were not happy ones. Apparently being very pregnant and 100 degree temps are not a good match. I'm feeling pretty good, and in order to beat the heat, I came down to the shore today to head to the pool tomorrow.

I met with Alice and Ella today (and Will) and had a lovely lunch. I found myself looking at Ella and being amazed at how quickly babies grow. She's such a cutie and she was walking all over the house exploring all sorts of things. It was really fun to watch. I can't wait to see our little one grow like that... though I'll bet as a parent you wish they wouldn't grow so fast.

Today was the first day I felt nauseated in the morning. As I was driving to PA around 11, I started to feel sick. It got a little better throughout the day, but I was still exhausted all day. I woke up at 4:30 this morning too, so that probably didn't help matters too much. Alice, if I seemed out of it today, I'm sorry! :)  I did sleep when I got to the shore for a couple of hours, and I plan to go to bed early tonight. Big day at the pool tomorrow!

I'm still loving all things carb, but I'm also trying to make sure to get some fruits and veggies in too.

Breakfast - slice of toast with peanut butter; handful of almonds
Snack - handful of potato chips
Lunch - spinach salad with raspberries, oranges, and avocado; slice of bread
Snack - small fry and yogurt parfait
Dinner - vegetarian pita (lettuce, tomato, cheese, and pickles); a few fries

Monday, July 5, 2010


Yesterday my parents and I took a boat out on New York Harbor and watched the fireworks. Ah-ma-zing! Such a fun time... and the best part is I didn't puke on the boat. :)  I knew I couldn't take my usual sick-sickness meds, so I used my Seabands instead and they did the trick beautifully. I got to enjoy this view without feeling queasy.

Yesterday's food journal is a little all over the place, and since it was a holiday, I'm gonna "forgetta 'bout it" (as we say in Jersey). Let's just say that pizza and Skittles were involved. :)  Here's what I ate today.

Breakfast - one slice French toast, organic syrup; one small breakfast potato
Snack - Italian ice
Lunch - half Caesar salad; half tomato and mozzarella panini
Snack - veggies and dip (broccoli, celery, cucumbers)
Dinner - baked beans; pasta salad; potato salad

We had dinner with our friends Chris and Kristi and finally got to share our news with them. Very exciting! Chris said that he was very happy to have someone in "the circle" with a baby too. :)  He'll just have to wait until February.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

My mom and dad came down to visit this weekend! I had to work at the bridal shop, but my mom came to keep me company. Good thing too... we had two customers in seven hours! Everyone is on vacation, which is how it should be.

We also saw Eclipse... and I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I'm sort of over the whole Twilight phenomenon. I'm sure I'll still watch Breaking Dawn (both of them) but it just doesn't have the same appeal to me anymore.

I felt pretty good today... just really hungry at snack time!

Breakfast - slice of banana bread; egg on toast
Snack - pita chips and hummus; Greek peach yogurt; Asian trail mix
Lunch - half a veggie wrap; spinach salad with walnuts, strawberries, Craisins, and walnuts
Snack - organic granola bar
Dinner - Subway Veggie Delight; apple juice

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Would my Portuguese family disown me if I got a cleaning lady?

I spent the entire day cleaning our house in preparation for a family visit this weekend. I don't mind cleaning so much, but I hate the harsh chemicals used in some cleaning products. I try to use natural products as much as possible, but haven't found ones that clean the bathroom to my standards. I might explore the cleaning lady option... even if it's just for the bathrooms.

This is my typical cleaning attire.

I also met with a family today for a tutoring job this summer. I'll be working with a little boy once or twice a week on his writing. I'm looking forward to it... it will give me a chance to keep my teaching skills sharp, but only for an hour or two. Beach times can still be scheduled in as well. :)

Today was a carb-tastic day for eating, but it helps me feel better, so I'm OK with it. Plus I worked hard cleaning! :)

Breakfast - one hard boiled egg; natural peanut butter on one slice of toast; slice of banana bread (homemade by yours truly!)
Snack - Jersey tomato; Terra chips
Lunch - organic tortilla chips with bean dip and guacamole; baked curly fries (totally random, I know)
Snack - Asian trail mix; organic iced tea (150mg of caffeine - half the amount they recommend for pregnancy)
Dinner - pizza (oh, how I'd missed you!)
Dessert - bowl of berries