Sunday, October 26, 2014

Cooking with M: Weekly Menu

In all the chaos, weekly meal planning has fallen by the wayside. (Chaos and food aversions coming back!) I'm going to try again for this week. You'll probably notice the theme of easy-to-cook comfort foods. I don't have much energy to cook and am craving the comfort foods so that's why.

Slow cooked marinated pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes and veggies

Mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and green salad

Steak, three grain salad and veggies


Soup and grilled cheese.


Spaghetti and green salad

Baby2 Nursery and M2 Weekly Update

The crib is now put together and the rug is out. That's about it for this week. We were too busy going to doctor appointments 1-2 hours away Thursday and Friday, continuing with M2's speech evaluations, Christmas shopping, birthday shopping and I've been tired.

Sales, sales, sales.
At least the Christmas and M2's birthday gift shopping is almost done. Amazon and Kohl's online are a lifesaver this year. Almost everything is coming from there and both already have great deals. Hurray for coupons and discounts! Another hurray for not having to wander stores endlessly while tired looking for gifts!

Almost ready to wrap.

I'll be wrapping all the presents the week before Baby2 is set to arrive. I'm one of those crazy people everyone complains about this year, shopping early and enjoying decorations that are already up. I wish they were all up,really, as we won't get a chance to see much of them since Baby2 will have us hopping. Next year I'll be back on the, "Why are there Christmas items in the stores before Halloween?!" bandwagon.

More doctor appointments?! Yikes.
To add more to the list of already crazy busy and stressful, I found out my thyroid has gone screwy. The ob/gyn did blood tests which came back abnormal. She then did some more and got more not-good results. The endocrinologist said he doesn't think it's pregnancy related. Thyroids just don't do what mine is during pregnancy. The ob/gyn and endocrinologist are both concerned so I'll have an appointment this week (2 hours away again, oh fun!) to start looking into that. It would seem a high heart rate and heat intolerance aren't normal pregnancy symptoms. Instead, it's from the thyroid going wonky. The weight gain, over what is normal for pregnancy, is also probably related. The downside is the options of how to treat it are more limited until after Baby2 is born. None of them are fun options even then.

M2's full speech evaluation went well. The therapists said she's very smart and observant. On everything else the ladies tested her for, including comprehension, she's on track or ahead. We just need to get her to use her words! Even for the speech part, she's not as far behind as we thought, coming in at 15-17 months when she's 22 months old. The speech therapist agreed it's best to intervene now before she gets farther behind. Along with my thyroid and prenatal appointments this upcoming week, we'll be meeting with M2's service coordinator for the final complete evaluation report and to get the speech therapy appointments set up. Ideally, we'll have at least one session before Baby2 arrives. We'll see, since we're insanely busy and the therapist's schedule fills up fast as well.

For M2's fun activity of the week, she and I went to the library's Halloween festival. There were stories, songs, goody bag decorating and trick-or-treating with story book characters. M2 wasn't impressed. She made it through the songs and stories, barely. After that, I asked if she wanted to do the rest or leave. I got my answer as she ran out the door, around the edge of the library, to the front doors, was hunting for the special needs door button, and then ran out to the car saying, "Go! Go! Go!" She even ran past baskets of candy. The kid just did NOT want to be there! She looked darn cute in her monkey costume, though!
Getting ready for trick or treat. (No, this isn't our house. ;) )
With doctor appointments taking up a full day this week, M2's speech appointment, Halloween with friends, pumpkin carving, house cleaning, continuing with Baby2's nursery and more, this next week is going to be another busy one. My goal is to at least give you all a weekly update these next few weeks. There are only 4 to go until Baby2 arrives! Hopefully, there will be enough finished with the nursery next week to make it worth posting update photos.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Baby2's Room--Bright and Beachy

A and I finally picked out a paint color and he painted Baby2's room this week as musical couches was completed with the donation pickup. We went with Valspar's beach blanket color to keep the room colorful, light and airy while being in line with the nautical/sea theme. It also goes with the rest of the colors in the house to keep the peaceful, relaxing vibe going. We splurged and got the new top-of-the-line paint with zero VOCs that's easily washable. It needs to hold up and last a long time so we thought it's worth the extra bucks. With the paint up, a trip to Walmart yielded a turquoise and white rug that will go down once we carpet clean the whole house.
Fresh beach blanket color paint. 
M2's contribution is a twinkle twinkle little star wall hanging. She grabbed it at the store and loved it so into Baby2's room it goes! What's a nautical theme without some stars to guide you, right? I also got an anchor decoration to paint and hang. One of our family traditions is my painting a big wooden letter of the new baby's first initial to put up on the wall. I haven't found one I like yet though I've got a few ideas on colors. M2's was pink and glittery. Her room didn't have much pink so it became a girly statement piece.

All the other wall decorations have been picked. I plan to buy them off Amazon this week, along with all Baby2's and M2's birthday and Christmas presents. I want everything done at least a week before Baby2 arrives so I don't have to deal with it! Gamma and Gampa will send the new crib and mattress soon as well. As deliveries come in, I'll be hanging and A will be building. M2's room is getting a slight re-do as well--the changing table it coming out of her room to go to the new baby and she's getting a set of cubbies for her toys and treasures instead.

Now, to get the closet cleaned out and reorganized so I can wash all the baby clothes, blankets, bibs, burp cloths, etc., and get them put away. Not to mention the big pile of stuff that needs to clean out of the room and all the books and knickknacks to take off the bookcase. The laundry hamper and diaper pail need to be selected. In other words, (as you can see from the picture) there is still a ton to do and not very much time to do it in since there is only about 5 weeks to go! Our next two weeks are packed with other appointments and activities (Halloween fun!) which eats up even more time. The to-do list of non-baby before-baby items is long as well. If you don't see many posts from me, that is why.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Peach Crisp

Being pregnant definitely has it's perks, like being to eat almost whatever I want and not get funny looks from people. But it also has it's downside, which in my case happens to be the ridiculous cravings that come on strong and won't leave until I eat whatever it is my brain has decided needs to be eaten. That craving this week was peach cobbler.

Since I wasn't in the mood for making dough, I decided to do a peach crisp instead. I looked up a few recipes and then basically threw some ingredients together and stuck it in the oven. It turned out perfectly!

K's Peach Crisp for One (or Two)

  • 2 large peaches, cubed
  • 4T white sugar
  • 3/4 c instant oatmeal
  • 1/2 c flour (I had wheat open, so that's what I used)
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter

Preheat oven to 350F. Place your cubed peaches into a shallow greased baking dish. Top with white sugar. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and butter. Using your hands, break up the butter until it looks like tiny little balls smaller than marbles. Spread over the top of the peaches. Bake for 35-45 minutes or until top is golden brown and peaches are tender. Enjoy!

Summer Reading Club Book #4 - Big Little Lies

From here on out, the "Summer" club will just be known as "K's Book Club"... I guess I didn't think I'd have time to read once summer was over? Not sure!

The book I just finished was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. It is about a group of moms, mostly wealthy, and how they deal with the everyday dramas of their life in the seaside town of Pirriwee Peninsula, Australia. Sounds pretty boring, right? WRONG. There is so much drama, so much tension, and then when you think it can't get any thicker, a murder. Don't worry, I'm not spoiling anything for you - you find out about the murder on page one!

Big Little Lies brings to life the true juiciness of upper-middle class suburban life. These moms have nothing better to do than play judge and jury to each other, and as that plays out we learn about their secrets, their fears, and their strengths. In Pirriwee, you absolutely cannot judge a book by it's cover!

The book is well over 450 pages long, but it reads like a short novel. I literally could not put it down. Every page made me want to get to the next page and the next and the next, and suddenly it was all over. I can't wait to get to the library tomorrow and pick up another one of Moriarty's books!

Bonus: It looks like Big Little Lies will be made into a movie! Yay!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Homemade Donut Holes

JI is constantly asking for "baby donuts from the donut shop," aka Tim Horton's TimBits. They cost $1.99 for a 10 pack, which isn't too much, but when this kid wants them every day, it can be a bit much. So, I busted out my Baby Cakes cakepop maker and made him some cinnamon-sugar donut holes, for free, at home.

I used my pancake recipe, because I knew that it works well in the cakepop maker. Then I rolled the hot donut holes in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. JI loved the first few, but then he realized they weren't "real" and decided he hated them. Now I have a ton of donut holes left! I think next time I will try making "real" cake donuts and frying them on the stovetop or possibly using the cakepop maker again.