Sunday, November 26, 2017

Monthly Meal Plan-December (Christmas and NYE)

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This meal plan is a big one: it's for the holidays (a huge time for cooking and baking and fun) AND it's my last time participating, since life is about to get pretty crazy with the new baby. It's been amazing being a part of bringing you guys delicious meal plans but keep following some of the other participants as they'll be keeping it up!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Something Saturdays (11/25/17)

Did you guys have a good Thanksgiving??

We had a good week! Michael and I had a good mix of relaxation and getting things done over the weekend. Monday I showed my friend, Jenna, around Cuyahoga Falls which was fun and taaasty. Tuesday I had my doctor's appointment which was exciting-they said he's head down, dropped, and I'm just shy of 1cm dilated: so essentially I'm definitely in a good spot, but he's probably not coming right this second lol. Other than that I just got some stuff done, but I'm starting to get more uncomfortable so I'm having to take it a little easier. Thursday was, obviously, Thanksgiving. I had a headache and was exhausted so I wasn't able to enjoy it as much as I would have liked but everything was delicious and it was fun spending time with everyone. Friday I went to the Holiday Tree Festival with Michael's mom, aunt, and cousin-which was pretty cool and then we got some food at Luigi's (an Italian place in Akron that is SUPER popular).

Today we're hanging with some of Michael's cousins while they watch the OSU game (we are there for the visiting, not the football lol).

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Baby Update -- 36 Weeks

How far along: 36 (37 on Friday) weeks--so this might be my last pregnancy update?

Due Date: December 15, 2017

Baby's Size: Supposedly right on track, on average my app says babies are just under 6 lbs. at this point (obviously won't really know his size until he's here lol).

Total weight gain/loss: 24 lbs gained

Maternity clothes: Yepp-plus some of my larger clothes, like big sweaters and pj's and such.

Stretch marks: Yeahhh I have some :( They're not terrible but they're definitely there.

Sleep: It's ok but I'm up a decent amount to go to the bathroom plus sometimes I'm uncomfortable so it's getting a little harder.

Best moment of this week: Getting to spend a whole weekend with Michael (since I'm now done with work) getting stuff done and just spending time together. Plus having the confirmation from the doctor that he's head down and dropped and everything is pretty much where it should be :) 

Miss anything: Seriously....I miss sleeping on my stomach so bad! I'm also starting to get more back pain and stuff so ya know, I miss not having that.

Movement: Lots of movement, even though it's usually just him shifting around in there, there's not really much room for more than that lol.

Food cravings: Nope.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Have you started to show yet: I'm giant (in my opinion) lol. Big old dropped belly sticking out, and people are frequently referencing my pregnancy in public now haha.

Gender: boy!

Labor signs: Nope. I'm like not even a cm dilated and am not feeling any contractions (I think I'm probably having Braxton Hicks when my belly gets all hard but I don't feel them).

Belly button in or out: I had a really deep belly button so I sort of just have an in the middle one now, so it's almost flat :P

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy happy happy!

Looking forward to: MEETING HIM! Becoming a family of 3 and just having all these unknowns and questions finally answered. And getting to finally cuddle him. And watch Michael with him.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Something Saturdays (11/18/17)-on Monday

I'm pregnant and forgot to publish this. I have no other excuse. I'm sorry!

Woooo, we're officially within 4 weeks of my due date and I'm officially done working!

But let's rewind, it was my birthday week! We kicked it off by spending the day with Michael on Saturday. We had DELICIOUS brunch at Twisted Citrus (I found a new fave with their cannoli french toast) and then we got a few things done at home before running a couple errands and then getting a huge dinner (pierogi and mozzarella sticks and a sandwich to go for me, wings and tacos for Michael, and we shared a slice of peanut butter pie) at Beau's on the River. I spent the whole day having fun and enjoying the food but also in a bunch of pain because the baby was moving down and turns out that came with some pain. So then Michael put up shelves in the nursery (and it was officially declared DONE) and I took a bath and we went to bed. Sunday I had to work but we got some more stuff done at home, too. Monday I had dinner with my mom and Michael's mom at Hartville Kitchen (after running a couple errands and hanging with my cousin Brianna for a bit, and making cookie dough). Tuesday I finally made a dent in reading my Babywise book and had a super tasty dinner at Gervasi Vineyard with my dad and grandparents. Wednesday I cleaned the bathrooms, made soup, and Michael and I had our final childbirth class (which included a hospital tour which was so cool and sooo crazy since we'll be there soon HAVING A BABY). And Thursday and Friday I had my last days of work!!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Something Saturdays (11/11/17)

I'm exhausted. Luckily, I have finally got done most of the things that NEED done pre-baby (baby laundry, putting his stuff away, packing the hospital bag, etc.) but there are still many things I'm trying to do! Of course, I don't really feel like he's going to be arriving anytime too soon so I suppose I have some time.

Monday I babysat my cousin's baby all day and it was so fun and she is so cute but BOY did it wear me out (and I was pretty darn sore, being 8.5 months pregnant and running around after an 8 month old when you're not used to it really takes it out of you). Tuesday I had my early birthday lunch with my mom (at Table 6) and later on went to a networking group event thing with my boss for Perfectly Planned, which is always fun. Wednesday I had a doctor's appointment (and great news the baby is still head down! I was worried he'd flipped) and then I worked Thursday and Friday (and I work tomorrow, as well).

My birthday is this coming Monday so I took today off to celebrate and spend the day with my Michael :) 

Also, anybody else have this song in their head perpetually?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream

A simple recipe for vegan peanut butter ice cream, using only 4 easily found ingredients, that is creamy and delicious!

Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream
So...Michael isn't technically lactose intolerant. But he's definitely having a harder time with large amounts of dairy the older he's getting. So we've been cutting back a bit and subbing in with cashew milk. But he's a bit of an ice cream fanatic. So I decided it was high time I tried to make some dairy free ice cream for him and when I went looking for a simple recipe (with no weird, random, ingredients that a non-vegan person wouldn't normally have) this one jumped out at me! It's got only FOUR ingredients and is nice and straightforward. 
Vegan Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Michael also likes chocolate chips or chunks in his ice creams so I added that as an optional mix-in as well! Either way, the ice cream is creamy and flavorful (so peanut buttery) and Michael and I both loved it! I will say, you should leave the ice cream out for a bit after having it in the freezer before serving because it gets REALLY hard in the freezer. Like...unscoopable. But if we can't have patience for ice cream, what can we have patience for?

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Something Saturdays (11/4/17)

Ahhhh seriously busy busy busy around here! I went through my old boxes of stuff from my mom's house (ah, nostalgia), I put lots more baby stuff away, did more baby laundry, installed our carseats, did some cleaning, decorated for Christmas (he's due in December! Don't judge me for getting a jump on it!), did some work on setting up Michael's student loan repayments (oh joy), etc. etc. Poor Michael and I are so exhausted and we still have so much to do *sigh*. BUT we also really enjoyed this week's childbirth class (we learned about pain management and the whole labor process and watched a video of a birth-Michael cried twice <3. He also learned about techniques to use to be a good support person and honestly he's just going to be amazing, I'm so so lucky!) and got to spend a little bit of time together when he took the day off from work yesterday. And we're getting super excited about how soon we're going to get to meet our little guy. It's a lot but it's also pretty awesome :)

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