Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Baby OII::34 weeks!

Jeepers.  Time is flying at this point!  Tomorrow marks 34 weeks, but as we'll be driving for Thanksgiving, I figure most likely I won't be posting anything.
32 weeks had us at a large jicama... your guess is as good as mine.
33 weeks put the little man a little over 4 lbs!  Think... pineapple!  He's also passed the 17 inch mark, so we definitely are getting closer.

I am hitting the exhausted point for sure, mostly because I can't get comfortable at night to actually fall asleep.  Dominic keeps me on my toes the rest of the time.  His 2nd birthday is sneaking up on us - I can't believe how much has happened in the past two years.  Two Thanksgivings ago, we were anxiously awaiting his arrival!

Last Saturday, two friends of mine threw me a most awesome shower.  The theme was Eric Carle's 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' and the decor was superb.  I will have to post photos as soon as I can "borrow" some from someone who did remember their camera.  It was great fun to have a day with friends and to be blessed with many great gifts in prep for Baby O II.

A word of advice... be careful what you say around Dom.  He loves picking up on catchy phrases that come out of anybody's mouth.  Not only does he repeat it incessantly, but he makes sure he tacks on "'So-and-so' says" in front of it.  So at this point all words coming out of anyone's mouth are in danger.

On that note, I will wrap up as I need to go finish packing (my stuff is at least easy since I have about 5 outfits that fit me well at this point).  Happy Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your time off with whomever you are lucky enough to spend it with!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A yummy (easy) dinner.

Sausage + Lentil Stew (Slow Cooker style)

serves 4-6

1 cup lentils 
2 cups beef broth
1 (12-ounce) package smoked chicken or turkey sausage, sliced--your choice of flavor. 
1 cup chopped carrots
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
9 ounces (or so) fresh spinach (to add at the very end)

The Directions.

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Rinse your lentils under cold water, and place them into an empty slow cooker. Add beef broth, and sliced sausage. Add the entire can of tomatoes and a cup of chopped carrots. The broth and the seasoning from the sausage is enough to flavor this dish-- there is no need for additional spices.

Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, then stir in fresh spinach. It'll look like a lot at first, but the spinach will wilt and I promise it will all fit. Cover again and let the spinach soften for about 15 minutes. Serve in a shallow bowl with cornbread.


Also posted at Comestibilis - a recipe blog I post to with friends

Monday, November 7, 2011

Checking in.

November is already here!  Less than 2 months til Baby OII's duedate.  It truly goes a lot faster when you have a 23 month old to keep you on your toes.

Our little one is checking in at 4 navel oranges...  (and has passed butternut squash - week 29, and head of cabbage - week 30).  He's already over 16 inches and somewheres around 3.3 pounds.  I've still been feeling pretty good - no swelling and fatigue only due to extreme back, shoulder, and neck aches.  No worries though - massage has been scheduled.  Dominic is slowly losing "his" spot - mostly this is changing the fact that he doesn't get carried as much.

In other news, Big Bro has loved talking to my belly button as he tells Baby Brother stories about triceratopses (?) and excavators.  His song of choice at present is "Whiskey in the Jar" - we can thank Uncle Thanny for this one.  He has, however, made it sweet (to me, at least) by changing "Whack for the Daddy-O" to "Whack for the Mama-O."  This song choice doesn't surprise me at all since at 2 weeks old this was one of the songs sung by David to calm him down.

Dom has learned his middle name, but sometimes he tells me that his name is "Dominic the Snugglebear."  His sentence structure is getting fantastic, but when he asks for something he wants, he always says: "May I please be...?"  This is due to the fact that he's been requesting to be excused from the table with these words for months.  It still is always a little funny when he asks to be salt + pepper or a cookie.
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