Archive for November, 2007

First Ultrasound

I had my first ultrasound today.  Everything looked great.  The baby was wiggling around and we got a heartbeat.  (167 bpm).  The baby measured at 9 weeks and 3 days…right on target.   AND, I only gained a pound since my first appointment November 1st, (I made it through Thanksgiving with only 1 lb!)  So hooray!  So far, so good! 


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Thanksgiving ’08

9 adults, 9 children, and 1 teenager.  That’s 19 people in my house for Thanksgiving dinner!  Let me just say it was wonderful.  Our friends drove up all the way from Oklahoma (some of you may know Katrina as “Transplanted & Growing” – although her blog no longer exists!), with their 3 children.  Thankfully, Katrina helped me cook up the food and even made most of the desserts (I can say I made the pecan pies, but she did the rest of the sugary treats!)

Our other friends who live in the area showed up with their two kids, and the wife’s two younger brothers and mom.  They are such a neat family and I really enjoyed getting to spend a holiday with them too.  They brought food too.  They made Lumpia Shanghai, a tri-tip roast, and brought a deep fryer and deep fried a turkey and another breast. 

Needless to say, we had plenty of food! 

Thanksgiving 08 Food

We had so much food I couldn’t fit it all on my plate! 

My Plate

By the way, the Sweet Potato Casserole recipe I posted on my recipe blog was a hit!

The kids sat at their own table. I covered it with wrapping paper, only reversed, and placed a box of crayons on it so they could color during dinner.  I figured this would keep them occupied while we ate our food too!

Kids' Table

And since we had so many adults, we had to put two tables together in our formal dining room in order to fit everyone! 

Formal Dining Room

Afterwards, almost everyone went on to dessert.  But not me.  I was way too full.  I didn’t eat any dessert until the next day!


I forgot to take the picture with the Apple Pie included!

This by far was the best Thanksgiving meal EVER.  Everything just came out perfectly.  And I’m not just saying that because I’m pregnant.  Everyone thought so!  That very rarely happens, but obviously this Thanksgiving was meant to be filled with lots of delicious food.  That’s just one more thing I have to be thankful for!

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The Comma

I’ve been a bad blogger but let me start by saying that I’ve been busy, tired, and nauseated!  I know I shouldn’t wish my life away but I really can’t wait to get into the 2nd trimester.  Less worrying, less nausea, more energy!  Even with all this griping (sorry), this pregnancy has not become a reality to me yet.  I go in for my first ultrasound next week (after Thanksgiving) and hopefully after seeing everything is okay (because I’m always a little nervous until I see the heartbeat), maybe then this pregnancy will seem more real to me.

This last week we celebrated our 10 year anniversary (as I shared with you in my last post), and then two days later Scott had his 34th birthday.  If I were feeling better, I would have thrown him a party, but I just couldn’t put anything together fast enough so it was just me and the kids singing him the Happy Birthday song with a cake from Costco and three candles on the left side, four candles on the right.  (Fortunately, I had just enough candles to pull this off because I forgot to buy some at the store!  This way the cake wouldn’t catch on fire either!)

As we stuffed ourselves on cake and enjoyed family conversation, Dwight sat back and said, “Ahhhhhhh.  I ate so much cake, I think I’m going into a cake comma.”

 That is not a typo ladies and gentlemen.  My fourteen year old just told us he was going into a cake comma.

Scott looked at me and saw the smile creeping in.  I really was trying hard to contain the laughter but I knew I couldn’t hold it in long.

“Dwight?  What is a cake comma?”  He asked.

“You know, it’s like when people are in hospitals and they are just lying there and their heart stops beating…”

“That’s a comma?”  Scott asked.

Sorry guys.  I couldn’t help myself.

 “You know, it’s like a pause.  Not like a cake period where you are over and done – you know, it’s the end with a cake period.   But a cake comma just causes you to pause for a moment from the sugar overload and then you go on with life, right Dwight?” 

Poor guy didn’t have a clue.  We had him going for a while and Scott and I got a good laugh out of his mispronunciation of the word coma.  But finally, we set him straight.  There is a difference between a comma and a coma!

But just to make it clear, if I ever had to choose, I’d much rather suffer from a cake induced comma, and not a cake induced coma.  I have too many kids and just can’t handle taking anything more than a brief break, a pause from the business of life.  But that sugar rush sure is nice sometimes!

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10 Years!

It seems the spotting stopped.  It only happened briefly Friday night and it wasn’t too bad at all, so I’m not going to worry, but I am taking it as a sign to slow down a bit.  I worked out with my neighbor Thursday morning and probably over did it a bit!  I guess I’m just determined to make sure my body is as strong as possible before I give birth to this baby!  THANK YOU for all of your prayers during this time!  It’s comforting to know that there are people who care enough to pray for me during a time of concern!

As far as the nausea goes, I’ve discovered that smoothies actually help me feel better in the mornings.  I mix orange juice, strawberries, bananas, and yogurt in the blender and mmmmmmmmmm!  It calms my tummy and eases the nausea a bit.  Madison seems to like it too.  She drank the majority of my smoothie this morning.  (Stinker!)

Today Scott and I celebrated our 10 year anniversary.  It’s kind of funny how I envisioned we’d spend this day 10 years ago.  I always hoped for a cruise with all our friends and family where they’d witness us renew our vows to one another at sunset with all of our beautiful children dressed up and standing by our side.  I never thought about where the money would come from for such an ordeal, but hey, a girl can dream, right? 

But today?  Today we were just thrilled to be able to get away from the kids!  We enjoyed a typical date night afternoon (hey, I’m pregnant, I didn’t want to be too tired!) – dinner and a movie.  Something we haven’t done in ages! 

And my dream with the romantic cruise and exchanging the vows has changed.  Perhaps for our 20th I’ll be lucky enough to simply be surrounded by my friends and family in our home – people who will be thrilled to celebrate the special event with us.  That would be a dream come true.  But tonight I’m satisfied to be in a healthy marriage with a man who loves me and spoils me rotten.  (And we got away from the kids for 5 whole hours!)

Not that he could leave me.  He couldn’t afford the child support with all these kids!  (Hey, I know how to trap a man!)  MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!  Just kidding. 

He really does love me!

And tomorrow night, we celebrate another 10 year anniversary.  You know which one I’m talking about, right, Honey?  😉

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I started spotting tonight.  I went through this with Madison and am hoping everything is okay this time around too.  Naturally, I noticed it in the evening, after the doctor’s office is closed, and as the weekend is approaching.  I know there’s not a lot they can do anyway, so I’m just going to take it easy and pray that everything is okay.  It’s all out of my control anyway!

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I’ve been working on posting more recipes on my recipe blog.  If you are looking for a change, feel free to stop by and try out some of these recipes.  I’ll be posting some of my Thanksgiving favorites soon too!  Oh…and if you have a favorite recipe you’d like to share, feel free to send me an email!  Let me know if I can add it to my recipe blog…I’ll give you full credit!  😉


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