Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Little House

This is one of a thousand and two reasons why I love my husband. I don’t think anything more needs to be said.Little House

I’m going to marry this man. Mark my words.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Cobbler Cravings: Satisfied

Last night I was hit by a cobbler craving that would not be turned away. I did not feel like baking but I was compelled and I’m so glad I didn’t resist because I discovered the simplest, most delicious berry cobbler recipe ever. Original credit goes back to Ree… you know, as in THE original pioneer WOMAN who does it ALL… but secondary credit goes to me, who does a few things right and this is one of them! This is actually a funny combo of cobbler and coffee cake, but I’m not a stickler for titles as much as taste so here you go. You want to make this. Today. Your husband will thank you… if you choose to save him some.

Berry Cobbler

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 1/4 cups sugar (reserve the extra 1/4 cup)

1 cup flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking powder

1 cup of milk (OR you can do what I did: 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup milk mixed together)

zest and juice from one lemon

2 cups of whatever fresh or frozen berries you have on hand

Preheat your oven to 350* and grease a 3 quart baking dish with butter. I used my spring form pan and it worked beautifully. Melt butter. Wisk together your sugar, flour and baking powder. Stir in milk mixture and then the melted butter. You don’t want to over-mix it. Pour the batter into your baking dish and then sprinkle your berries lavishly over the top. Over that, sift some of your reserved sugar… it makes it SO yummy and lightly crispy on top. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden brown and bubbly. Sprinkle the rest of your reserved sugar over the top when you have about ten minutes of bake time left. Your house will smell divine and there will be no self-control left in your body by the time it cools enough to eat. It will be perfectly golden and lightly crispy and utterly irresistible.

If you need proof of the above statement, here it is… this is all that's left of last night’s impulse bake…

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The best part is that its so easy, I can think of no good reason not to make another one tomorrow!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Expecting ~ 25 Weeks

25 weeks 4How far along? 25 weeks

Baby’s size: My little son is 13 1/2 inches and over a 1 1/2 lbs.

Maternity clothes? Church clothes have been hard to figure out since every dress I put on resembles a tent. Other than that, I love to rock my boots and skinnies. So far I’m big enough to look pregnant but not so big as to be uncomfortable in clothes. We’ll see how long that lasts!

Stretch marks? Nope! More coconut oil please…!

Symptoms: The last couple weeks I’ve been having a bit of hip pain – that lovely stabbing kind. Not a fan. I’m hungry all the time, but have no room to put food. Acid indigestion is not a fun symptom, but I’m managing that with TUMS. My favorite pregs symptom is having happy skin, which is truly a miracle considering how much baby loves chocolate! I’ve been waiting all my life for happy skin. Makes me feel like I finally grew up.

Sleep: We got a new mattress this weeks...  Aaahhhh, bliss. Now if I could stop dreaming all these wacky things. Seriously, where do I come up with this stuff?

Best moment this week: Watching my daughter’s eyes light up as she felt her baby brother kick for the first time. I’ve been looking forward to sharing it with her ever since I found out our little son was on the way.

Miss Anything? I had a brief moment of envy this week when I looked at one of my skinny friends looking oh-so-adorable and thin and wondered how long it might be before I’m one of the little people again… but it passed. I miss sleeping through the night without getting up to pee…

Number of times I get up to pee each night: At least once, but this week more like 2-3 times. UUugg. I think I’m actually getting pretty good at sleep walking my way to the bathroom though, if only I didn’t have to wrestle over my mountainous body pillow to get out of bed. Its complicated.

Movement: Most of the time baby Watson keeps his little feet on my bladder and kicks  to his hearts content. Every once in a while he turns over and sticks his toes between my ribs. Its all very endearing, if not terribly comfortable. He is shy about letting anyone else in on his motion, almost never letting daddy or anyone else feel his kicks. Seriously, how does he know??

Food cravings: Carbs, chocolate chip cookies, oranges, mexican , apples. I wish I could say I had greater will power to resist but so far baby gets what baby wants. Lets hope I don’t gain 40 lbs over the next 3 months…

25 weeks 3Anything making you queasy or sick: I’m happy to report a queasy free couple weeks.

Have you started to show yet: Just check out the pics! Yea, I’m rocking a pretty good bump now and I’m happy about it.

Belly Button in or out? Still in.

Mood: Cranky when I’m tired. Overwhelmed easily by little things. Happy and thankful for my beautiful family and my lovely home. Thoughtful.

Looking forward to: I’m almost to my third trimester, I have a midwife appointment this week, and I’m  interviewing with a doula this week. Oddly enough, I’m kind of looking forward to giving birth… after reading through Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth I’m feeling informed and empowered… don’t laugh, its true!

What the baby is up to this week according to
“Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.

25 weeks-1 14 weeks to go. Exciting!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Expecting–23 Weeks

23 weeks

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How far along? 23 weeks

 Baby is the size of an: Eggplant…Why are we so stuck in the produce section? Baby Watson has grown to 1 whopping pound and is between 9 and 12 inches long from head to toe.

Maternity clothes? Oh, yes. Love my maternity skinnies.

Stretch marks? Not yet… fingers crossed.

Symptoms: Other than getting rounder all the time? I’m still tired a LOT, but more energetic overall. Food and I are friends again… seem to be hungry all the time, although I have to remember there is just not as much room in there as there used to be!

Sleep: I love to sleep! More please.

Best moment this week: Hanging with my sis-n-law who is due in a couple days. She looks so cute! Hope to look as good as her at 39 weeks. And my son, just turned two, proudly declaring to his daddy, “There’s a beebee in’ere!” Love to watch his wheels turn.

Miss Anything? Yes! Sleeping on my tum, and not waking up with aching hips.

Number of times I get up to pee each night: At least once.

Movement: I think I’m carrying an active boy. He jumps, kicks, hiccups, punches pretty much all the time. Every little motion makes me smile!

Food cravings: Chocolate... but then, that’s possibly not a pregnancy thing!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Just my prenatals on an empty stomach.

Have you started to show yet: Oh, yes, and I love my bump! Its been a long time in coming. Sometimes I forget that I have to allow for a little extra room when squeezing through places…

Gender: A SON!

Labor Signs: Nope

Belly Button in or out? Still in.

Mood: Happy. 40 weeks of elation. Well, that’s not entirely true. I get moody and irritable when I’m tired (which is a lot) but at least I recognize it. Crying is easy these days!

Looking forward to: Midwife appointment on the 17th of January. Hoping for another peek at my precious boy.

What the baby is up to this week according to
“Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With his sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that he's more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound, you may be able to see him squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in his lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby's increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing his for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won't faze him when he hears them outside the womb.”

Notes on Week 23: If baby was born this week he would have a 35% chance of survival! That amazes me. By week 27, survival chances skyrocket to 80-90%. There is something reassuring about knowing he’d have a chance at life if delivered today.

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