Monday, May 28, 2012

twenty two.

How far along? 22.6777 weeks
Sleep: Yes, except for at 5 am, or every time I need to turn over because my left or right hand has fallen asleep. Whats amazing about this is that I used to NEED 8 hours of sleep or I would be yawning and exhausted all day. Now, I think God is getting me used to sleepless nights because I haven't had a full nights sleep since day one and its no biggie anymore! You're worth it lil bean. 
Best moment this week: Sitting on the beach with my toes in the sand while a little baby bean kicked away in my belly. (Ocean sounds are a MUST on her future sound machine!)
Miss Anything? My cheekbones! Ha where has thou goneeee? 
Movement: Yes, she just so happens to have found a new spot where she cannot be intterupted from curious hands on the outside of my belly. So I've been hogging all her movement this week...
Food cravings: Ice cream!!!
Have you started to show yet: Is this a trick question?
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: No-17.5 weeks to go and I am going to freak when the answer to this is yes.
Belly Button: I have a flattie.
Stretch Marks: None yet! 
Looking forward to: Taking our little bean to the Bahamas this week! 

"He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams." Psalm 23:2

Sunday, May 20, 2012

twenty one.

How far along? 21.5 weeks
Sleep: Sleep sleep wonderful sleep.
Best moment this week: Hubby got to feel a swift kick from our baby banana!
Miss Anything? hmmm nope. Feeling happy and content.
Movement: She is getting very good at water aerobics morning, noon and night.
Food cravings: avocado. In the form of guacamole or just plain ol' avocado.
Have you started to show yet: funny.
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: No
Belly Button: In-so barely in... 
Stretch Marks: None yet! 
Looking forward to: Meeting her in a few months!! I can't wait to put her in all the itty bitty clothes and shoes with ruffles!

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:13

Monday, May 14, 2012

Black-eyed pea-brain salsa

Have you ever heard of pregnancy brain?

Or the lack of brains during pregnancy.

[It is a real thing people.]

I should wear a sign that says "Please don't judge. I am with child and have not lost my mind."

Like this morning, when I called the hubby on my way to work because "my car is making this funny noise and won't go over 60 mph on the highway and is at 4000 RPMs."

His response? "Oh that could be bad."

I then proceeded to make the grrrrrmmmmm noise the engine was making and I told him it sounded like the engine was working real hard.

And then he said, well before I try to figure out what it is, is your car in DRIVE?

Um, no.

It's in 2nd gear (I have an automatic.)


He laughed profusely, and then wished I had gone to a mechanic so they too, could laugh.

i.e. pregnancy brain.

So try as I might, I will beat pregnancy brain.

I will make lists, I will double triple check the iron, coffee pots, curling irons, etc.

And I will eat black-eyed peas.

I recently learned they are full of protein- 13g of protein in just 190 calories. And according to the brain and memory foundation, protein boosts memory. Yay protein!

So whether you're having pregnancy brain, memory problems, or are just plain ol' hungry, try this salad. It's tangy and crunchy and good for your brain (and baby's brain too: if applicable)!

Black-eyed pea-brain salsa
1 can black-eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup diced green pepper
1/4 cup diced onion
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
Juice, 1 lemon
3 Tbsp olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp fresh cilantro leaves, torn

In a small pot, cook peas over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until tender. Transfer to a colander and run cool water over beans.

Combine beans with remaining ingredients in a bowl, and serve chilled. Eat with a spoon or tortilla chips!

"He is my God, and I will praise him." Exodus 15:2

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Thursday was my momma's birthday!

And she requested her birthday cake to be a trifle.

At first, I freaked at the thought of making something as complicated as a trifle.

Also, did this count as baking? Because we all know I can't bake. Extra freak.

But then, she quickly assured me it was like a parfait but layered with cake instead of granola.

I can do this. I can make parfaits.

And it was. Easy as  pie  parfait.

With a lemony simple syrup, fresh peaches from MacBee, SC, strawberries, and a fluffy and delicious cream cheese whipped cream. 

All of those delightful layers meet nicely together in your mouth and dance down the top of a hill whilst singing, [cue Julie Andrews]. 

I urge you to make this Fresh Berry Trifle for your momma on Mother's Day. Thank you mayasmom for a delicious recipe!

And thank you to my mom, who always shares her birthday week with mother's day. I am so thankful for her joyful spirit, her dreams for me, which were always bigger than my own, and her sweet goodness. 

And-her love for foo-foo gifts like frilly shower caps!!

I hope that I can be as good of a mom to our little bean as she has always been to me! Happy Mother's Day momma!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


How far along? 20 weeks- halfway there!!
Sleep: Yes, please. Whoever said the sleepiness goes away in the 2nd trimester is playing a rude joke on you. I still <3 sleep and naps like they're going out of style.
Best moment this week: Feeling baby move! Lots!
Miss Anything? Today...lack of heartburn??
Movement: Squirms and squiggles after almost every meal! It's so great to feel her wriggling around in there.
Food cravings: Gum. Can this be a craving? Yes, I guess so, if I've gone through 2 packs in 1 week. Now don't get all pica on me, I don't EAT it, I just like to chew it. All the time.
Have you started to show yet: hahaha....
Gender: Girl
Labor signs: No
Belly Button: In-but hanging on for dear life.
Stretch Marks: None. I'm slathering on cocoa butter every day just in case.
Looking forward to: Baby movements that the hubby can feel too!

"he will quiet you with His love." Zeph 3:17

Thursday, May 3, 2012


How far along? 19.5 weeks
Sleep: I <3 sleep. Sleeping pretty good except for random 4 am waking times almost nightly. At least I can catch up on my reading.
Best moment this week: Buying the baby's first pair of shoes! I will share once they make it in the mail. Eee--- they are so teeny and fabulous!
Miss Anything? Today...Red wine.
Movement: Little squirmies felt here and there. But still very faint. Thank you anterior placenta.
Food cravings: McDonald's Sausage breakfast burritos. Like almost every day at 10am.
Have you started to show yet: See above...
Gender prediction: GIRL!!! Yay for pinks and bows and ruffles and tutus and sugar and spice and everything nice. 
Belly Button: In-but looking decidedly funny lately. Like the shallow end of a baby pool.
Stretch Marks: No-PTL
Looking forward to: Feeling our sweet baby girl move very distinctly.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12