Five Things Friday

Today’s Friday 5 is brought to you by the word RANDOM! This has been a pretty boring week around here, so here are 5 things that I’m loving on this week.

1. Baby girl and I are officially halfway through this pregnancy! The first half was pretty rocky and emotional, so fingers crossed the 2nd half is boring and routine.

2. This book that I’m reading:

Being a good mother is never simple: each day brings new choices and challenges. For Dianne Robbins, being a devoted single mother has resulted in her greatest joy and her darkest hours. Weeks before her daughter was born, she and her husband, Tim McIntosh, received the news every parent fears. Tim had not reckoned on their child being anything less than perfect, and abruptly fled to a solitary existence on the sea, leaving Dianne with a newborn—almost alone.

It was Tim’s brother, Alan, the town pediatrician, who stood by Dianne and her exceptional daughter. Throughout years of waiting, watching, and caring, Alan hid his love for his brother’s wife. But one of the many hard choices Dianne has made is to close her heart toward any man—especially one named McIntosh. It will take a very special twelve-year-old to remind them all that love comes in many forms and can be received with as much grace as it is given.

As lyrical and moving as the poetry of nature, Follow the Stars Homeis a miracle of storytelling that will take your breath away. If words alone can dare us to confront our fears and to choose joy over sorrow, then Luanne Rice’s magnificent novel is a benediction and a call to celebrate our lives.

3. First baby girl purchase

4. Christmas tree is up and shining bright.

5. World’s greatest Christmas sweater.


Mug cake and taco night

I couldn’t think of a good title for the post tonight, so I went with my two favorite things from today.


The usual favorite: scrambled eggs, hash brown, canadian bacon and 1/2 a grapefruit. I absolutely LOVE grapefruits, the tangier and sour(ier?) the better!

Since Aiden was supposed to be our last child, as he has grown up, I’ve donated or sold all things baby, which means we are starting completely over. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on everything, because the paperwork has already been signed to get my tubes tied, so this one is for sure it…but she can’t spend her life in nothing but cloth diapers and a few onesies. I have driven by this store a bunch of times, but today I ventured in. Baby mothership.

I was in love. Rows and rows of baby and children’s clothes, maternity clothes and almost every baby supply you can imagine. I almost picked up a diaper bag and boppy, but remembered I was just browsing today and finding some Christmas gifts for the other kids (which I did find a few of us as well!). I can’t wait to really go shopping in this store, holding off until January before we start shopping for this little one.


I mentioned this on the WIAW post from yesterday, but I had it again and it should be mentioned again based on how absolutely delicious and amazing it was! Here’s the recipe again for you. The best part was how filling it was! Based on this meal plan / insulin regime I’m on, about 2 hours after a meal, you better feed me or I’m going to eat someone. But after this snack, it was nearly 4 hours before I felt the tiniest bit hungry. HOLLA!!! #winning


You can’t go wrong with taco night around here; kid and parent approval. I do the base of the corn tortilla, beans and cheese in the oven and then everyone can top their own. Usually the kids will leave them with just beans and cheese, I only added spicy guacamole to mine tonight and they were amazing.

What I Ate Wednesday {3}

It’s that time of the week again, What I Ate Wednesday! I love looking through all of the other entries, gathering meal and snack ideas for when I’m stuck eating the same things over and over again.


Scrambled eggs, hash brown and an orange.


I saw this recipe here and knew I needed to make it ASAP. I made mine with white chocolate chips because that’s what I had in the house, but let me tell you, this is amazing and you should make one. I will be having another one tomorrow and probably every day until I get sick of them.


Two leftover slices of pizza from dinner last night. Apparently my body was not a fan, because even though I gave myself enough insulin to cover the pizza, it was still way too high after that. Lesson learned.


I thought I was ready to cook and eat chicken again. I haven’t been able to eat since the day I got a positive pregnancy test, but it sounded really good. About 1/2 hour into the chicken cooking, I knew that I wasn’t going to be eating it. It still smells in the house and it’s making me so nauseous. Instead, I made a simple wrap with cheese, 1/2 a grapefruit and a yogurt.

Since today is also hump day, bump day; here’s a shot of baby girl at 20 weeks and 4 days. As I was going through the pictures on my phone I saw that I was wearing the same shirt at just 5 weeks pregnant. Amazing how fast the body changes!!!



20 Weeks

Baby girl is officially half way done baking!

Symptoms: This baby is a ninja. It’s especially awesome at 4am to get a swift kick to the bladder making me nearly pee myself, but I am SO happy and relieved to feel those little movements!

Food Cravings: I want all the things.

Food Aversions: Nothing, bring me food.

Appointment Updates: I had my 20 week OB appointment today, it was short and sweet. I refused to look at the scale because it just doesn’t matter. My blood pressure was 110/76 and the uterus was measuring right where it should be. Apparently I haven’t had a pap smear since April 2012, so I’ll be having that done next week. Sounds freaking fabulous.

Upcoming Appointments: Nothing else this week.