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Monday, November 30, 2009

Friend Makin’ Mondays

Today I’m participating in Friend Makin’ Mondays, hosted by Amber at aefilkins.

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Today’s topic is a quick survey… right up my alley! I love surveys.

1. Favorite website

I love Google Reader. I import all my blogs onto my reader, and it’s one stop shopping for all my bloggy needs. I also love celebrity gossip sites, like Perez Hilton and the like. I actually can’t stand Perez Hilton, but I do love my daily fix of celebrity pictures and news. It’s my guilty pleasure.

2. Favorite color

Pink!

3. Facebook?

My husband refers to this as MyFace. Find me at andrearhouse at yahoo dot com. Let me know who you are so I can be sure to add you!

4. Favorite Christmas song?

O Holy Night – love Martina McBride’s version. My favorite Christmas CD is Point of Grace. It’s classic songs, sung beautifully. Please check it out.

5. Christmas tree: Real or fake?

I’ve actually never had a real Christmas tree. Apparently when I was little, my parents did real trees, and once when my dad was at work, the whole tree fell over in the middle of the night. My mom switched to artificial and never looked back.

I’m the crazy person who has a tree for every single room in her house (even the bathrooms – miniature trees, of course!). Last year I stalked Target and Goodwill and got 4 pre-lit trees for less than $15 each. Score!

Of course I’m not doing Christmas decor this year but let’s not remind the hubs of that fact, mmmkay? He still grumbles and mumbles about the trees when he has to enter the garage.

6. Hottest celebrity?

Chris Pine (Star Trek)

7. Favorite restaurant?

Have you guys ever been to Five Guys? Best burgers and fries ever! I love me some Carrabbas as well. Of course, you can’t go wrong with any place that serves soup and salad. Olive Garden = yummy in my tummy!

8. Favorite magazine?

US Weekly. Again, guilty pleasure. Don’t judge me.

9. Favorite thing to drink around the holidays?

I’ve never had eggnog, which I suppose would be the obvious answer. I don’t like cider either, so I’ll go with my usual sweet tea.

10. Favorite Christmas movie?

I’ll tell you what it’s not – Love Actually. I had to rent this movie FOUR TIMES to get all the way through it. That movie is just painful.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Moving right along…

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Happy Thanksgiving (a little late….)! I hope you all had a wonderful day and cherished the time spent with family and loved ones. I wanted you all to know how very thankful I am for each and every one of you. It really does mean so much to me that you continue to read my blog despite the fact that in the past 7 months I have not been a very good blogger. I wish I had some amazing excuse to offer as to why my updates and posts are so sporadic, but the truth is that blogging has had to take a backseat to work, pregnancy, household chores, nursery projects, and the other aspects of life. I do love my readers, and I am visiting your blogs… I’m just not doing a very good job with leaving comments.

A few updates….

My shower was in early November, and it was fabulous! Cooper is fully outfitted. Seriously – my Target and Babies R Us registries were completely cleaned out. I’m so incredibly thankful and grateful for all the blessing my friends and family have provided. Here’s a few pictures of the big event:

DSC02355 A close up of the cake my aunt made… isn’t it gorgeous?

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Dessert table and table decor

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Here I am, posing with Jason and my mother

If you happened to send me a gift and I have not thanked you, could you please email me? I got a gift from Amazon (a book) that had no packing slip. I have no idea who it was from. It was addressed “To the parents of Cooper ____ ____” and had no enclosures other than the book. If it was from you, I want to thank you! Please let me know.

I’ve had a few interesting experiences over the past few weeks. The other day I was sitting on the bed, folding laundry, when some clothes fell off the side of the bed. I bent over to pick it up and had a sharp, stabbing pain in my stomach. It was so severe that it took my breath away but it passed once I sat up. Right after that, I started coughing, gagged, and ended up throwing up blood. Y’all, I was FREAKED OUT. I immediately called the doctor and while I was talking to the nurse, realized my nose was dripping blood. Color me embarrassed – the blood must have went down my throat when I bent down. I had no idea nosebleeds were common during pregnancy.

This weekend I started to feel an incredible amount of pain in my groin area – like the bones of my vajayjay hurt. It seriously feels like I’ve been riding a horse for a week. I don’t know what the dealio is, but trust me – it isn’t pleasant. It hurts to walk at this point.

In general I’m just starting to feel very uncomfortable. The baby is moving and kicking up a storm, and my stomach feels very heavy. My back is starting to hurt and I experienced swelling for the first time this weekend (hello, cankles!).

Cankles defense would like me to mention that I was on my feet, shopping, from 9:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Bite me, cankles. Black Friday happens once a year, darn it.

While I was in Augusta, shopping it up with my mom, Jason was home painting the nursery. He’s been working so very hard and the nursery looks amazing! It’s a work in progress, of course, but we’ve got one thing crossed off our to-do list.

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Well, readers, that’s about it for now. I would promise to post more often but I’m a little incapable of promises right now. If you are on Facebook, add me! I’m updating that pretty frequently because I can do that from my phone. My email is andrearhouse at yahoo dot com. Please just send me a note to let me know you are coming from my blog. I’m also trying to update Twitter as well so follow me there as well if you have an account (the info is in my sidebar).

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tuesdays at the Table

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Today I’m participating in Tuesdays at the Table, now hosted by Cole at All The Small Stuff. Head on over to her place to link up!

Muffin Pan Scalloped Potatoes

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Ingredients:

  • Red potatoes (large)
  • Salt & pepper
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Green onions, diced
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter

Start by wrapping potatoes in saran wrap and microwaving for about 15 minutes. Let cool, and then slice thinly. Spray your muffin tin with Pam. Layer one pat of butter, one slice of potato, salt and pepper, cheese, and scallions. Add another layer of potato, salt and pepper, cheese, and onion to each tin. You should be able to fit at least two layers in each tin. Top with one more pat of butter. Fill each tin with about a tablespoon of heavy cream. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

These were delicious! I paired them with sliced tomatoes and teriyaki chicken. Yum!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Pregnancy Update

Today I am 27 weeks and 4 days pregnant. Holy cow! Where has the time went? I can’t believe I am officially in my third trimester and only have 12 weeks to go… and that’s IF the little man doesn’t decide to come early.

You would think that I would have some nursery pictures to show you, wouldn’t you? Well, I hope you aren’t holding your breath, because I haven’t even started. Wow, just typing that caused me to hyperventilate a little….

The last time I did a pregnancy update was at 18 weeks, and a lot has happened since then! I went in for my anatomy ultrasound when I was 21 weeks pregnant, and Cooper is perfectly healthy! Praise God!

The ultrasound itself was NOT a pleasant experience. The ultrasound technician was completely rude and did not converse with Jason or I at all. I had to ask her what I was looking at and if everything was normal, and even then I only got one word responses. The images themselves were super grainy (I haven’t even scanned them – they are that bad) and indistinguishable. My 2d images from my 3d ultrasound experience are 10x better. I am so incredibly grateful that I decided to get the 3d ultrasound done because it was a such a beautiful and special experience. I only get two ultrasounds through my insurance company, so if I that had been the final opportunity to see my baby in detail I would have been devastated.

I finally felt him move around 22 weeks. As a first time mom, I was completely panicked and worried at that point, but it turns out that I have an anterior placenta and it is normal to feel movement a little later in the pregnancy. That was the most amazing experience of my life – I can’t even put into words how it feels. I had felt love for my child since the beginning of the pregnancy, but at that point he was real to me, if that made sense. As much as he is moving now, I still stop and smile every single time I feel him move.

I went in for my one hour blood sugar test last week, and I failed. I am going in tomorrow morning for the three hour test, and let me tell you, I don’t have the greatest attitude about it. Can someone explain to me how it is realistic to expect pregnant women to fast from 10pm until 12pm the next day? I know it is necessary and I also know I’m being a whiny baby but DANG. I am not going to be a pleasant person to be around tomorrow. I’m just hoping I don’t get sick and have to do the whole test over again.

Jason and I started our childbirth awareness classes last week. They are hosted by our delivery hospital and run for two hours each week for four weeks. It makes for a long day after working for 10 hours, but the information is reassuring. I still have no idea where I stand as far as natural childbirth/medication and breastfeeding/formula goes but hopefully this will help me to really get a handle on what I want and what is best for baby.

Registering was such an overwhelming experience. The weekend that I registered, my mom, aunt, and cousin came down to help me. We headed out to Babies R Us on a Saturday, which was my first mistake. It was packed! I also registered at Target. I was completely panicked by the end of the day. It’s such a huge list and I just kept thinking “are people seriously going to buy me this?” I’m grateful to my cousin because she has passed down boy clothes, a highchair, a bath chair, bobby, bumbo, jumperoo, exercauser, and a bouncy chair so those are items I don’t need to purchase. If you want to critique my registry and offer some suggestions on what else I might need, let me know!

My family baby shower is next weekend and I am so super excited! I’ll take pictures and let you know how it all turns out.

I’ll leave you with a couple of recent pictures of me.

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P.S. Did I mention that I am going to Disney World in December? Yeah, I’ll be 31 weeks pregnant. What was a I thinking?! To my credit, this was planned before I got pregnant. I love me some Disney but I’m very worried I will be miserable for this trip.



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