Sunday, August 17, 2014

Baby's First Bunny


A few years ago, one of my wonderful friends sent me Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing for Christmas.  I used one of the softie animal patterns to make this little bunny for Baby Jimanda.  The ears did not turn out quite as well as the one in the book, but that's okay.  In 19 years I'll be weeping over it and saying, "Don't you want to take this to college with you??"


Friday, August 15, 2014

Week 15


Week 15

This week baby is around the size of an apple or orange!  It looks like a weird, tiny human.  I have been able to feel it moving (or I feel gas) which is exciting.  Confession about this picture: it was taken in the morning.  By night, I look 10x more pregnant because of all of the water I drink during the day.  I have already gained more weight than I would have liked, but I guess my body needs it.  And I can't complain because I just made a batch of peanut butter cookies, so I guess it's fun to splurge right now.  And that's what breastfeeding is for, right?  Jim also agreed long ago that when I had his child he would buy me an elliptical.  (My attorney said that verbal contracts are binding.)  I have been feeling much better lately.  I went on a lovely run this morning and got a bee in my bonnet and scrubbed all of the shelves of the fridge, so I must have some energy.  It's been nice to be pregnant in the summer, because dresses and skirts are much more comfortable as my waist expands.  We go for my next appointment on Monday afternoon, which will mainly been blood work and another Doppler.  I also have to collect my urine for 24 hours to get a baseline for my kidney function due to my blood pressure, which can be high at times.  (Don't look in our fridge on Sunday or you may see a large bucket of urine.)  In the meantime, we're just enjoying this beautiful summer.  (It was 46 degrees out when I woke up!  Is it pumpkin time yet??)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Big News!

We are excited to tell you we are expecting a little baby!  Baby Daddy does not want any mention of it on social media at this point, but I think he was okay with me blogging about it.  (I think.)  I will be at 14 weeks this week, so entering month 4/ second trimester.  We have heard the little heartbeat twice now and I go in for a host of lab work in 2 weeks.

I will try to think of all of the baby questions you may ask at this point.....

Our due date is February 3rd!

I am going to try to hold out and not find out the gender.  Jim is going to find out.  To me, it doesn't matter whether it's a boy or girl.  I would like gender neutral items that can be reused if we ever have another child.  And this poor kid is gonna have his or her whole life to live with gender stereotypes, so if I have a girl and can put off the Princess culture for a few months, I'll be happy.

I have been feeling blah every day but haven't actually thrown up.  Lots of headaches and such.  I have been told this should start to pass in the next few weeks.  I am still jogging and exercising and trying to stay fit.  We are trying to buy mostly organic/ hormone free/ antibiotic free right now.

I have a little bit of a belly but it mostly looks like I am getting fat, not pregnant.  I have not graduated to maternity clothes yet.  Luckily this time of year I am able to wear a lot of skirts and dresses.

I plan on returning to work after 6 weeks of maternity leave.  At this point, we are planning on a combo of daycare and a nanny/ babysitter who lives in the DeKalb/ Sycamore area.

We live in a 2 bedroom condo so the guest room will become my crafting room/ nursery.

I think that's all I can think of at this point!  Get ready for baby!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Thank Your Girlfriends

I just came home from a lovely dinner date with a girlfriend and thought about how thankful I am for the wonderful women friends in my life.  Through all of my adventures, I have met some many awesome women.  And sometimes you need to be reminded to go to dinner or have a glass of wine or just pick up the phone and call one of them.  Gossip, complain, laugh, cry, do whatever you need to do.  Thanks, girls.

Last night I made a tasty summer dinner from Rachael Ray: Summer Corn Fettuccine.  This is a fun summer meal that is kind of like cream corn but better.  (And for any of my dairy free friends: I had a good friend make it with coconut milk instead of half and half.)  I used bow tie pasta and organic frozen corn.  It was also good as leftovers.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Grocery Judging

I had a special request that I post to my blog.  Sorry, peeps.  I have no good excuse for not posting.  Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to say, but someone out there must enjoy my commentary.  We have been enjoying this beautiful summer.  Working, walking, jogging, biking, and just being in love with each other.  (Me and Jim and Trooper.)

A few weeks ago I meant to post about a Pioneer Woman recipe that I made: Sloppy Joe's.  I made the meat (would you call that the Joe?) before work so that Jim could reheat it.  I also put in a special request to butter the buns and grill them on the griddle pan just as Ree advises.  This was a key step.  Butter griddling (is that a verb?) is so much better than toasting in the toaster.  In my humble opinion.  This would also be a good freezer meal.  Much better than the weird Sloppy Joe mixes at the store.

Which makes me want to confess to you.  In case you didn't know, I am a grocery shopping snob and I love, love, love seeing what other people buy at the grocery store.  I know I'm totally being an elitist shopper and I'm pretty sure The Onion made fun of me in an article I posted on Facebook a few months back.  But don't you love seeing what people pay money to eat?  You might be at Super Target and the person in front of you is buying 10 cans of Spaghetti O's.  Or 12 boxes of Pop Tarts.  Or Manwich.  I'm so intrigued and I know I stare and am really rude, but I can't help it.  I like to think I'm like the Margaret Mead of my local grocery stores, but really I know I'm just being judgemental.  Sorry.  You can all eat what you want.  I bet the person with the Pop Tarts is staring at my food thinking, "What is she buying?!"

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Summer Fun

Hi Dear Readers!
I have been too busy taking in the beautiful weather to sit at Jim's computer and blog.  I am not that sorry!
One thing I like about spending time with my lovely husband (when he isn't working too hard) is that we both like to be outdoors and stay active.  Even before we adopted Trooper Zika, we loved to take walks together.  Some of my favorite times together are when we are biking, hiking, walking, etc.  Hopefully we will encourage each other to stay young!
Last weekend we ran in one of our fave runs, the Lincoln Park Zoo Run for the Zoo.  We both ran the 10k option and it was a blast.  We stayed with friends the night before and started running on Lake Michigan bright and early.  I overheated a bit and did not get my best time ever (1:02), but it was still a lot of fun.
We are counting down the days: one week from tomorrow until our family vacation!  We are very excited to be spending four days in a condo on Siesta Key Beach.  I am already dreaming of my Publix sub on the beach.

Friday, May 23, 2014

(Unofficial) Summer

The time of year has arrived that makes me fall in love with the Midwest.  My 35 commute from work is so lovely these days.  I pass baby cows and sheep, baby corn sprouting from the fields, and Trooper B. Zika sleeps in the back seat.  (Did you know I have always wanted to live on a farm?  One where I get to sleep in and someone else does all of the chores.  And I have access to walking paths and the public library and the grocery store is five minutes away.)  We are all in great moods in this weather (although one member of our family is still ready to move to San Diego after this winter) and ready for a lovely three day weekend together.

I just realized that I would do some chores on the farm.  Petting the mini donkey is a chore, right?