Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The gender reveal!

We are SO excited.

Actually, that doesn't even begin to cover it.

Bring on the dresses and hair bows!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

{Bumpdate} 20 weeks and Gender Prediction

Shirt - DownEast Basics  //  Maxi Skirt - CoziBear Boutique

Well folks, I've officially reached the halfway point in my pregnancy! Crazy! As you can see in the pictures, it has become evident enough that I am pregnant. The bump still isn't very large, but it is certainly noticeable. We will be going in for my ultrasound this week, and hopefully the baby will cooperate so we can find out the gender! But enough talk. Time for the bumpdate!

How far along: 20 weeks

Baby is: 6 1/2 inches, or the length of a banana

Symptoms: Very light nosebleeds in the morning. Round ligament pain. Occasional headaches.

Sleeping: I started feeling uncomfortable at night, which made sleeping difficult. Then I started using a body pillow that I can drape one arm and leg over. Sleeping patterns are now back to normal! (For now...)

Food cravings/aversions: Major cravings have died down, but I have small, brief cravings now and then.

What I'm missing: Being able to sleep on my back

Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody? Happy :)

Belly button in or out? Still in!

Maternity clothes: I finally broke down and bought 2 maternity shirts, although my normal shirts still fit. I haven't purchased any maternity pants. I still have a couple pairs of normal pants that fit me, AND I've basically converted to wearing maxi skits, maxi dresses, and yoga pants every day anyways.

Movement: YOU GUYS! Up until recently, I've only felt little flutters here and there. On Thursday evening I was sitting on the couch and this baby started kicking up a storm! I could even feel the kicks through my belly with my hand and could see a little bulge appear in my tummy when baby kicked. I finally got Doug to feel a kick yesterday afternoon. Sure, it was in a dark movie theater (awkward?) at the very end of How To Train Your Dragon 2, but it was an exciting moment nonetheless.

What I did/got for baby: We have a baby swing! Battery operated. Swings back-&-forth and side-to-side. We got it used and free from a lady in my church who wanted to get rid of it. Score!

Best moment of the week: Feeling those baby kicks (which seem to happen on a regular basis now!)

What I'm looking forward to: Gender! Gender! Gender!

That's right, folks. As I said before, we find out the gender this week! And for those of you who enjoy looking at what the old wives' tales indicate, I've put together a little chart based on what certain old wives' tales predict about the gender of our baby.

This is all for fun and I don't really set much in store by these indicators. Besides - they seem evenly balanced!

Some of the old wives' tales are rather strange. I mean... not eating the ends of bread? How does that indicate anything?! And that's not even the strangest prediction method. Meh.

So... what do you think? Boy or girl?
We will know for sure in just a matter of days!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

{Recipe}: No-Bake Peanut Butter Squares

Sometimes, you NEED the classic chocolate-peanut butter combo.

And sometimes, it's the middle of summer and you don't want to turn on your oven.

I think these treats are the perfect solution! Not only does it satisfy my little preggo sweet-tooth, but I cannot eat these things without a good glass of milk - so our milk will quickly disappear as these treats do. The recipe is listed right below. Just take note that I did not use peanuts in mine; I just used a full 3 cups of graham cracker crumbs instead. Whatever floats your boat! And yes, I've shared this recipe on my blog before, but I can't help it! They're just so good! Gotta share the love.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Squares

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped peanuts (like I said before, I left these out and just used a little more graham cracker crumbs)

For topping:
1 package (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/4 cup peanut butter

Line square pan, 9x9x2 inches, with aluminum foil. Beat powdered sugar, butter, 1 cup peanut butter, and vanilla in large bowl on medium speed. Stir in graham cracker crumbs and peanuts (mixture will be stiff). Press in pan.

Melt chocolate chips and 1/4 cup peanut butter over low heat, stirring frequently, until smooth. Spread over bars. Refrigerate about 1 hour, or until chocolate is fairly firm (but not too firm because you don't want the chocolate to break when you cut it!) Remove from pan, using foil to lift. Cut into rows (6x6 is a perfect snack-size, but for the pictures above I did 4x4). Refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm. Store covered in refrigerator.

Enjoy! (with an enormous glass of milk, of course)

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