Thursday, December 23, 2010

December Party's (so far)

Christmas Party #1: Our friends, The Hartz, hosted a fun party the first weekend in December. Unfortunately we don't have pictures from this party to show for.

Christmas Party #2: We do Bryant Christmas (my mom's side of the family) the Saturday before Christmas. So, last weekend we traveled to spend time with family, eat delicious food, and play dirty Santa. As always, we had a blast, and this year Brody got spoiled with gifts from his great aunts!

Christmas Party #3: The Mitchell's hosted another fabulous party this year.

I had the BEST 26th birthday, and somehow I got to celebrate all week. Monday night we celebrated with the Swann family. Tuesday I got to celebrate with my mom and Am in Fayetteville. Wednesday, the 22nd, was my actual birthday and J had a prenatal massage scheduled for me - WONDERFUL. Last night we were treated to dinner by my parents at our favorite restaurant with the company of my brothers. AND today J and I had breakfast at Stoby's with our great friends, The Blanchettes, then my dear friend Jill took me to birthday lunch. Needless to say, Brody and I have been eating well!! We're on a sugar overload and I'm afraid its only going to get worse with Christmas coming up.

Now we're gearing up for more Christmas, so....TO BE CONTINUED....

Monday, December 20, 2010

33 weeks

Stats: According to WTEWE, because he is 4.5 pounds (plus), my amniotic fluid is maxed out. Which explains why his pokes and kicks are sometimes extremely uncomfortable: There's less fluid to cushion the blows.

Movement: Oh yes! It is what I will miss most about being pregnant.

Feeling: Most days I feel GREAT; however, I'm starting to feel bit uncomfortable at times. For example, when I put on my socks and shoes/boots... I laugh at myself because I HAVE to sit down, and I find that it is so hard to do and takes quite a bit of maneuvering.

Food: I'm confused...they say that by this point I should be having less of an appetite because he is taking up so much space in my belly...this isn't the case for me. :)

Favorite moment of the week: Getting our last "big" piece of furniture set up in B's nursery. I have to brag on my husband because the dresser was delivered WITHOUT instructions and he managed to put the thing together in a couple hours! Now we just have to finalize the accessories/details of his room.

Coming soon: Recent Christmas Party's!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

You can find me....


After J went to work I did an early morning Walmart run (drive - to clarify) and came home to bake for the remainder of the day! Whew, I am pooped!

I made 4 pumpkin rolls; one for J to take to his office Christmas party, one for Bryant Christmas (mom's side of the fam.), one for Swann Christmas, and one for McConnell Christmas.

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Pumpkin Roll:

Beat 3 eggs, add 1 cup of sugar, 2/3 cup pumpkin

In small bowl mix 3/4 cup flour, 1 tsp. baking powder, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. ginger, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt. Mix well and blend into the first mixture. Beat well.

Pour batter in long cookie sheet or a cake pan that holds two cakes. Grease and flour pan or spray with Pam. Sprinkle with chopped nuts if you choose. 1/2 cup. Bake 325 for 15 min.

While cake is cooking take a dish towel and sprinkle with powder sugar. When cake is done, dump on towel and let sit for 10-15 min. Next roll it up. Let cool about 1 hour. When cake is cool unroll and fill with filling remove towel and roll back up and place in frig.

Filling: 8 oz pkg. of cream cheese, 1 cup powder sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/2 tsp vanilla.

** One regular can of pumpkin makes 2 rolls be sure you use a large pan. You want the cake to be thin so it will roll good. Be sure the towel is dusted with powder sugar so that it won't stick.


Also prepared in my kitchen was a breakfast casserole. There are several variations to this simple and delicious recipe.


1 pound sausage (substitute- turkey sausage)
8 eggs
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 can (8 oz.) Pillsbury crescent roll dough
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


UNROLL dough in 13x9-inch baking dish; press to cover bottom of dish, firmly pressing perforations and seams together to seal. In a skillet, brown and crumble sausage; drain and set aside. In a large bowl, beat eggs; add milk, salt and pepper. Scramble eggs. Pour sausage and eggs into baking dish. Add cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

The kitchen is clean, Christmas lights are shining, and I'm going to go curl up with a book and hot apple cider!

Monday, December 13, 2010

32 weeks

Please bear with me as this is a wordy post!

Stats: Brody is weighing in at almost 4 pounds now and about 18 inches long. According to WTEWE, these last few weeks its all about practice, practice, practice as he hones the skills needed to survive outside the womb, from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking.

Movement: Absolutely, and he is starting to be MOST active just before mommy lays her head down for a good nights sleep. :)

Because he is growing, thus my belly is growing, we are able to see my tummy ripple more as he pokes around in there.

Feeling: GREAT!

Food: I mentioned the chocolate last week....I need to stop! I use to be a huge dark chocolate fan - it was my favorite, but lately I tend to favor milk chocolate. I sit here drinking my MIL's homemade hot CHOCOLATE! :)

Favorite moment of the week: Our check-up last Thursday! I ended up having an unscheduled ultrasound and got to check on my little guy!

Here's what happened... I went in for a quick, routine two week check-up - weight, urine, blood pressure, she measured my belly, and we listened to his heartbeat. Well, normally she will comment like "oh he/you are measuring right on track" (meaning that my belly measures the week we are at), but this time she skipped over all that and just acknowledged his heartbeat being "great." I had this urge to mention to her my concern, so when she asked if I had any questions I voiced it. I asked her if she thought I was growing as I should be (my belly) because I cannot go anywhere without someone telling me my tummy is not big enough. **it is very frustrating because to me it is like they are telling me something is wrong, or I'm not doing what I should be doing. I want to tell people that I'm doing my absolute best to be as healthy as I can for my little guy and I'm eating like a CHAMP! My doc then told me that I was measuring at 30 weeks (when I should have been closer to 32 weeks). So, to easy my concern, my wonderful doctor did a quick ultrasound to make sure everything was okay with B. All is good with our little boy. The ultrasound confirmed that he is healthy and his head measured to be 31 1/2 weeks.

On another note, I also got to see that his little booty is still where his little head should be for delivery. I covet all prayers! Please pray for B to turn. I learned some tricks to do, so you can bet I will try my hardest to get him to make a move! I also want to stay calm because I know he is breech for a reason.

A close second this week would be our childbirth class. We went all day Saturday, and I soaked up as much information as humanly possible. Believe it or not, Justin also found it to be informative and he was glad that we went. Fortunately for me, J learned several massage techniques that he will practice on me until B arrives!! I'm afraid I was the girl in the class that would not stop asking questions, but like I tell my students, "you have to ask the questions to find the answers." I like to quote Mr. Einstein, "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing." We also had a very interesting class experience, one of the girls in the group started having contractions and went into labor. Now I am familiar with labor contractions and what to look for because we witnessed it firsthand.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brody's Buddy Emmett

Any day now Brody's buddy Emmett will be born! Obviously B isn't here yet, but these two are destined to have play dates and become fast friends! I neglected to post pictures after his Momma's shower (about a month ago) because I was so busy at the time. The hostesses did a fabulous job decorating and bringing in the elements of Emmett's nursery. As you will see, there was a "bird" theme. The cake was adorable, as well!


The beautiful Curry girls

Please join us in praying for Sarah and Emmett. We're praying for health for mom and baby, smooth labor and delivery, and that joy will fill all hearts involved.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

31 weeks

31 weeks

Stats: B is weighing in at 3-plus pounds this week and about 18 inches long, according to WTEWYE. Supposedly he is quickly approaching his birth length.

Movement: Throughout the day! The hiccups are pretty funny.

Feeling: GREAT!

Food: Still no cravings. Unless you count chocolate, which has always been a craving. :)
I most definitely took advantage of the "eating for two" last week during Thanksgiving!

Favorite moment of the week: Monday, J and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary. Our last anniversary with just the two of us. Once again, J out did himself. He made reservations at one of my favorite restaurants, surprised me with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and gave me another special surprise - a beautiful necklace. The charm on the necklace has two tiny baby feet in gold. Once B is here Justin will go back and get his name and birth date engraved on the back of the charm. I absolutely LOVE it! It was the most perfect and thoughtful gift. As for my stellar husband, he got a recliner. Yes, I said RECLINER. He has been wanting one ever since we found out about our little prince. Although I never thought I would agree to a recliner in the living room, I must admit the thing is SO comfy!

[In addition this week - because it's too good not to....]

Favorite comments recently:

One of the teachers in the lounge during lunch: [she walks in complaining about being in between sizes.] She then looks over at me and says, " Girl, get ready because your body will never be the same after you have him. This is what you have to look forward to."

My thought: Are you kidding me. How do I get brought into every weight or size conversation now? I was just minding my own business enjoying my left-over poppy seed chicken!

My reaction: Hummm....well my mom looked her best after having 3 kids, so hopefully by eating healthy and exercising I can get back in shape.

***I'm by no means saying it will be easy to get back to my pre-baby body, but come on try to stay positive. Not to mention, my body is not the same as hers. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!

A lady out shopping: "Honey you're just glowing!" and she proceeds to make sweet comments.

My thought: Okay am I really 'glowing' or is it this basketball belly I have out in front of me?

My response: "Thank you!"

I could go on and on with all the comments I've received thus far....

If only more people (women) focused on the positive - even if it's not what they are really thinking. I say keep your mouth closed if you have something negative to say!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Vegas [I forgot]

Opps! I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I would post pictures from J's business trip to Vegas. Better late than never.

Before he left I forced the camera on him and told him to take lots of pictures!! :) He gladly accepted.
The company put them up at the The Venetian. J had his own suite. He called the night they got there and said I would love it because the bathroom had a huge jacuzzi with a flat screen.

Taking a picture of the bathroom for me

Inside the hotel. The shops outline the "Italian themed waterway."

the gorgeous ceiling

J wanted to see a Cirque du Soleil show, but the group decided on seeing Phantom of the Opera instead. Phantom is my favorite play so I was ecstatic for him!

Las Vegas isn't one of my top places to travel to, but if I do go one day I would love to see the Cirque Du Soleil show "O." I've heard it is nothing short of AMAZING!